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The NEXT Network Resource Center

AAA Travel has been the agency of choice for travelers for decades. We pride ourselves in working with our partners and presenting our knowledge to members. Our NEXT network is a collection of articles designed to inform and educate members on opportunities and need to know information for safe travels.

A Group Meets on the Deck by the Pool for Mimosas at The Haven by Norwegian

Discover True Luxury at Sea

Hidden away at the top of each of our twelve ships is The Haven by Norwegian® — an exclusive oasis accessible by private keycard with our most luxurious and well-appointed accommodations.  Here, you'll…

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Our Delayed Italian Honeymoon

Italy has long been a AAA member favorite destination, with hundreds of Northeast travelers taking vacation in the country every year. When Diana, our Senior Manager of Public Affairs for AAA Northeast, returned home from her recent trip…

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WorldHotels™: A Curated Collection of Worldwide Destinations

Welcoming You to A World Apart WorldHotels™ is a curated collection of the finest independent hotels and resorts around the world. Catering to the unique needs and preferences of today’s sophisticated traveler, the WorldHotels Collection…

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A Summer Vacation in Spain, 2021.

Earlier this summer Spain announced borders would open to American visitors once again. As cities came back to life, and flights took to the air, travelers ventured out to reconnect with Europe. When we learned one of our team members had…

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Why a custom private driver tour may be right for you

For parties of nine or fewer, there is an opportunity to discover Ireland, Britain or Iceland your own way, at your pace, as you savor every moment with the people you know and love. With a custom private driver tour, you customize the…

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7 Coast-to-Coast Train Journeys you MUST Experience

With so much to discover and so many unfamiliar train routes to travel, planning, and booking a bi-coastal journey can seem overwhelming. But exploring North America from coast to coast has never been easier, or more memorable. Amtrak and…

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A “Pleasant” Caribbean Experience

A chain of diverse islands come together to offer a destination with a little of everything. If you seek clear waters, warm weather and fascinating history, the Caribbean is the perfect place. Islands like the Dominican Republic feature…

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SmartDepart Behind the Scenes: Flying American Airlines

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc80-pZVY38 American Airlines offers AAA Travel a tour of Logan Airport Ready to take to the skies? With so many AAA members preparing to travel, American Airlines invited our team to tour the AA…

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Uniworld: It’s time to GO BIG

IT’S TIME TO GO BIG with the trip of a lifetime. You’ve stayed home long enough, now it’s time to go big. Our collective sense of adventure has languished over the past year, and now that the light at the end of the tunnel is getting…

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AAA Members Save Big in NYC

New England is blessed to have one of the most iconic, diverse, and exciting cities so close to home. New York City is an American icon. NYC truly has something for everyone, with unique locations spread across the five boroughs, to…

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“Spotlights” tours shine light into destinations

Imagine yourself in Paris, ending a morning sipping a coffee in a corner cafe. Or maybe you’re in the Tuscan countryside, ending a day of exploration by greeting the sunset as it slips below a rolling vineyard. With a wide selection of…

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Wine Country

Club Adventures is AAA-owned and operated, equipped with a committed team of travel professionals at your call to make your adventure made easy. This includes multiple tours in sunny California! Tours include options for the…

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California’s Central Valley

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chowchilla - Yosemite Park Area Hotel offers comfort and convenience in California’s Central Valley, located just off Highway 99 in Chowchilla. The hotel is just 1 mile from award-winning golf at the…

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A Week in San Diego

A carefree vacation awaits at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa. Laze the day away on the private beach, sipping specialty drinks from the Tiki Bar or relax beside the adults-only pool. Unique rooms, each with its own oversize private…

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Buckle Up! – Road Trip in California

California is one of the most diverse states you could visit. City breaks, coastal road trips, desert escapes, wine country immersions, wellness retreats and mountain adventures…When you’re ready, California offers you a wide variety…

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Rockies to Red Rocks with Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer has an unforgettable experience waiting for AAA Members. The Rockies to the Red Rocks is a vacation package filled with highlights best seen by train, including Ruby Canyon, Mount Logan, and the Continental Divide. Wind…

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Princess Cruise Ships – Delights at Sea

Every Princess ship is a destination in itself with wide-ranging amenities, elevated culinary experiences and delightful activities. Expansive deck plans, modern stateroom, exquisite dining and more greats you on every vessel in our…

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You can “Have It all” with Holland America

Introducing a new way to experience the world of Holland America Line while enjoying amazing savings.  For one simple fare, you can get everything you want and enjoy in Holland America's best…

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AAA Vacations: Journeys Without A Crowd

As the world reawakens, many travelers are showing understandable concern with maintaining their personal space as well as the expectation of extra care during their on-tour experience, wherever they may go. Alexander + Roberts, a…

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Norwegian Cruise Line Unveils Norwegian Prima

Norwegian Cruise Line has opened the first of six ships within its highly anticipated next class of vessels, Prima Class, the Brand’s first new class of ships in nearly 10 years. With voyages beginning in summer 2022, Norwegian Prima, the…

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Disney Updates Face Mask Policy

As you prepare for your next visit to Disney, it is important to stay up to date on park policies and procedures. As of this week, Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members. Please bring your own face…

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10 Family Travel Tips (And Where to Use Them)

Family vacations are legendary. We all have "that one trip" we remember, whether for the epic location or that moment dad fell off the dock and straight into the lake. AAA Travel wants every trip to be great, and in that spirit, we have…

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Family Vacation! AAA Travel’s Top 10 Destinations

While most of the world has been off-limits thanks to pandemic restrictions, this summer looks poised to make up for all the missed opportunities. So whether you're still daydreaming of that perfect family trip, or you're ready to pack a…

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How Walt Disney World Parks® has evolved in 2021

Guest written by Felicia Troy, AAA Travel Advisor in Massachusetts. My name is Felicia Troy, and I am a AAA Travel advisor, plus a Disney enthusiast! I visited Walt Disney World back in October 2020 to see how the travel landscape had…

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AAA Travel advisors are prepping members for 2021 adventures

With more and more Americans receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, there is an emerging hope that travel options will widen, both domestically and abroad. However, what members will experience as they navigate the travel landscape will look…

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Sunny Escapes Virtual Savings Event

Sun-filled getaways await! March 24 & 254 p.m. - 8 p.m.CLICK HERE to Register During this two-day savings event, AAA members will be greeted with dream-worthy offers to inspire their next escape. This virtual show features hot deals…

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Why a Boutique River Cruise Makes Sense

Smaller may be better. As we all plan our return to travel, there is an increased focus on health and safety. As the industry responds with new measures and protocols, several inherent perks of boutique river cruising are rising to the…

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A moment with our “King of Hawaii”

It is safe to say that AAA Travel advisor Bruce Hebert is our resident “King of Hawaii.” Bruce has been to the Hawaiian Islands over 30 times, with each trip offering him a new and exciting way to experience the Aloha Spirit. For many,…

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River cruises predicted to return upon availability of COVID-19 vaccine

With the release of the COVID-19 vaccine, hope has been restored in many as they look forward to a pandemic-free future. Experts have predicted normal operations will resume for many industries by the summer, or soon thereafter. Consumer…

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COVID-19 testing now available at resorts in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean islands

Several resorts in Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean islands have stepped forward to announce they will now offer on-site testing to provide convenience and support safe travel that is aligned with the Center for Disease Control (CDC)…

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Introducing AAA Custom Journeys by Audley Travel: Specialized, Luxury Travel Around the World

Travel destinations, as well as tour operators and cruise partners, shift, innovate and further the “new normal” of the travel sphere. The industry is listening and understands every individual has preferences, expectations, and their own…

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Plan your dream safari to East Africa with Audley Travel

As the travel landscape evolves, it is now more important than ever to consider those once-in-a-lifetime destinations that have aged on your bucket list. If you are an eager explorer and ready for something new, an East African Safari may…

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Vaccine Boost? Predicting 2021 travel trends

Written by Chuck Nardozza, Managing Director of Travel Sales at AAA Travel Northeast There is a desire to travel laying dormant just below the surface of this pandemic. People continue to search for vacations through AAA Travel, with…

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Celebrity Cruises unveils ‘Always Included’ approach to cruising

Celebrity Cruises believes vacations should be effortless from the start. That’s why the popular cruise line announced a new approach to cruising called ‘Always Included,’ putting an end to confusing promotions, complicated add-ons and…

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CDC says “SAIL”, yet some lines suspend through end of year

The CDC  has replaced the no cruising order with a series of requirements that cruise lines must undertake in order to certify that they can prevent the spread of Covid-19 on their ships. This framework includes a requirement that ships…

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Haunted destinations to visit (year-round!) 

Halloween festivities look a bit different this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Communities continue to debate the risks associated with the trick-or-treat tradition, and similarly, spooky events have seemed to stall across the country.…

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African Travel spotlights ‘Private bubble’ safaris

Across the travel landscape, small group tour companies are shrinking the group size needed for departure. Club Adventures was one of the first to announce their "just your crew" approach, with a minimum group size of 6 individuals needed…

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Flying safer than grocery shopping? Harvard says YES.

Is it safe to fly? There is an inherent risk by participating in any activity during the current pandemic. yet according to an analysis by Harvard University's Aviation Public Health Initiative, the risk of Covid-19 transmission on…

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Getting to Disney! What to expect as you head to Florida

“What is it like out there?” I am asked this exact question multiple times a day. People want to know what it is like to travel right now, how are the airports, hotels, and destinations. I decided to look for myself, and recently took a…

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Massachusetts Road Trips! 2 broadcasts to help you plan

While October is coming to a close, you can still add some color to your life and enjoy a change of scenery with a socially distant leaf-peeping adventure! Experts from across the Commonwealth chart the most scenic highways and byways for…

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How COVID-19 changed Disney dining

Guest written by Felicia Troy, AAA Travel Advisor in Massachusetts. I love Disney, that’s no secret. I couldn’t help but wonder how COVID-19 would impact a visit to the happiest place on Earth. As a AAA Travel Advisor, I take pride in…

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Walt Disney World During COVID

Guest Written by Felicia Troy, AAA Travel Advisor in Massachusetts. Walt Disney World is known as the happiest place on Earth. Having been to the park several times I must agree. There is something genuine about. It’s a place where…

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Out There! One agent’s trip to the Painted Canyons of the West

Guest Written by Kelly Bohaker, AAA Travel Advisor in Massachusetts While the world has been impacted by COVID-19, the travel industry has searched for ways to keep people’s wanderlust fed. Although I am a AAA Travel Advisor, I am a…

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Getting Out There: Stepping into the Delta CareStandard

Guest written by Ray Hourani, Director, Travel Air Operations at AAA Travel Northeast. Airlines have made major adjustments to their safety and sanitation protocols in response to COVID-19. Middle seats have been left empty on many…

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6 Questions to ask yourself when considering travel insurance

Not all travel insurance is created equal. Like all insurance, there are levels of protection. It is common to find an array of price points and you may feel overwhelmed as you examine the coverage levels on a line by line basis. AAA is…

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Long weekend away! A necessary escape.

Guest written by Mike Rotondo, Managing Director of Travel Services. With the changing of the seasons, now is the perfect time to step outdoors. Mild temperatures, fall foliage, and pumpkin spice everything makes it easy to escape for a…

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New hotel “perks” during COVID era

Once upon a time, hotels wooed guests with luxurious offerings, such as free hot breakfasts and resort wifi. But now, various chains and boutique hotels are offering add-ons and incentives in response to COVID-19. Some hotels are going as…

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Cooking with Oceania’s Executive Chef

Throughout the pandemic, Oceania has been connecting with travelers through a series of videos that routinely get thousands of views on its Facebook page. Some of the most popular posts have been focused on cooking. Recently Chef Renald…

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Trick or treat? CDC’s No Sail Order on cruising possibly set to end on Halloween

Halloween is a spooky holiday filled with candy, costumes and scares, filled with goblins and ghosts living and dead. However, in true 2020 style, the holiday acts as a "dead" line for the cruise industry. According to Axios, CDC director…

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Celebrity Cruise: Healthy Return To Sailing

Earlier this week, the Healthy Sail Panel's expert recommendations for revolutionizing health and safety in cruising were submitted to the CDC. The panel presented 74 recommendations across five core focus areas, a result of a months-long…

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America ready to return to cruising? Indicators say YES.

Europe has seen a steady, incremental return to both large and small cruise ships over the past month. Cruise lines are encouraged that success there can be replicated here in the United States. Cruise executives referenced the European…

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Breaking News: Hawaii to Bypass Quarantine with Negative COVID-19 Test Results

Hawaiian officials have declared that travelers arriving from out of state will be able to bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival if they provide a negative coronavirus test. Hawaii Governor David Ige revealed that travelers…

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Global Entry fees on the rise!

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has recently shared plans for changes to its Global Entry program. The changes could affect our nation's three expedited entry programs, including Global Entry, the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers…

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“Travel Bubbles” and single-location tours for families

As AAA Travel mentioned in an earlier article, the rise of the "Travel Bubble" is here. Tour companies, families, and traveling friends are working together to design and embark on small group tours, with the possibility for a family or…

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How airline seating may change

One of the most common questions AAA Travel advisors field is “How are airlines handling the COVID pandemic?” AAA Travel recently hosted a SmartDepart Broadcast on the subject, which included representatives from the industry…

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Five international destinations to visit in 2020.

Yes, there are countries you CAN visit before the end of the year. While regulations and restrictions have fluctuated throughout the year, AAA Travel has rounded up our top destinations welcoming Americans looking to capture an escape.…

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Could you work from a resort? Some people are!

The terms "work remote" and "distance learning" are sweeping America as companies adjust their workforce policies and schools look to bring education to children through ipads and laptops. As we all adapt, some Americans are questioning…

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Let’s Go There! Planning brings smiles

The happiest place on Earth joins dozens of tourist boards, companies and more with one goal in mind! They want you to smile. In fact, a recent study shows that people's spirits are lifted as they plan to travel. Through this industry-wide…

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Aloha and Safe Travels with Hawaii’s New App.

The State of Hawaii is announcing that the new online Safe Travels application will be mandatory for all travelers on Sept. 1. This new digital application, which collects the required health and travel information, is critical to…

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What to know before going to Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort continues to work closely with local health officials and their own health and safety experts and reference CDC guidelines with respect to the safety of Team Members and guests during their limited opening of the…

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Winter ski trip? You may need a reservation

In an open letter to guests, Vail CEO Rob Katz announced that Vail Resorts will require skiers and snowboarders across its 34 North American resorts to reserve mountain space during the 2020-21 season. The need for reservations will be…

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CDC Removes Mandatory 14-Day Post-Travel Quarantine

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has changed its recommendations for quarantine. While the CDC previously recommended travelers quarantine for 14 days after visiting overseas destinations or arriving in areas with…

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Costa Rica to accept SOME Northeast Tourists

AAA Northeast members from Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maine, and Vermont may be excited to hear they are welcomed to Costa Rica. Travel will be accepted at three airports: Juan Santamaría International Airport,…

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5 Ways Amtrak is Delivering a ‘New Standard of Travel’

As you prepare for your next trip, Amtrak wants you to know they have continued to enhance safety and cleaning measures with a 'New Standard of Travel'. From beginning to end, you’ll experience a safe, convenient and contactless ride every…

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AAA Joins Delta for a Tour of Logan Airport

To fully understand what our members can expect as they return to travel, AAA Travel's Director of Air Operations, Ray Hourani joined Delta Airline's Charles Schewe on a behind the scenes tour of Boston's Logan airport. Because of AAA…

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All Eyes on Cruising’s Return to the Mediterranean

Come August 16, the waters of the Mediterranean Sea will once again be peppered with cruise ships. While the United States continues to halt cruise operations, this region of the world is preparing to welcome voyagers back to seas and…

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CleanComplete Verification with AMResorts

AMResorts recently shared this wonderful video outlining their networks CleanComplete Verification™ process.  AAA Travel is able to share this sneak peek our partner's video, which will be placed on the in-room TVs and tablets throughout…

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Rediscovering our own backyard: How to travel safe in ‘The Ocean State’ 

On August 4, AAA hosted a virtual town hall with regional travel experts in discussion of safe, local tourism. Communities alike have been aching to explore while remaining cautious of procedures in place across towns and their businesses.…

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Booking a Personal Travel Bubble

We've heard the term "travel bubble" in a multitude of contexts over the past 5 months. Originally, the term was used to describe agreements between neighboring countries or zones when it came to quarantine regulations. But as laws and…

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Are robotic bartenders just the beginning?

When cruise lines released robotic bartenders into the mainstream, they were treated with mixed reviews. How would a patron's teasing smile and gentle wink score the stronger pour? There was chat of the initiative being a money play, a way…

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Alaska Updates COVID Testing Requirements

Alaska has been one state that seems to have COVID contained, in comparison to more densely populated regions of the United States. In fact, the state holds some of the lowest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country. Even though Alaska is…

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Royal Caribbean Group Reinvents Muster Drill

For many cruise lovers, their least favorite part of a vacation (though possibly the most important) is attending the mandatory muster drill. In addition, while we all try to avoid gathering together in limited spaces, it seems a solution…

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AAA Northeast to Host Town Hall on Rhode Island Summer Vacationing

With restrictions, regulations, and requirements abound, Rhode Islanders may be left feeling the summer season is lost. AAA has gathered local industry experts to help members navigate their options for safe and fun summer getaways. On…

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AAA’s Paula Twidale Talks Road Trips with Kelly and Ryan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksCs7hoKetY Paula Twidale of AAA Travel recently spoke with Kelly and Ryan, sharing her tips and tricks for a successful and safe summer road trip. Paula shares must-haves to include packing, such as hand…

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Puerto Rico Slows Reopening

While Puerto Rico officially began welcoming back tourists on July 15, rising cases of coronavirus in the mainland U.S. has caused the island to postpone some of the reopenings efforts. Puerto Rico has now issued a statement in support of…

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Bahamas Postpone Welcoming Americans

The Bahamas will continue their ban on American travelers amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in the United States. The Caribbean nation started opening up to tourism be welcoming yachts and private planes on June 15, followed by commercial…

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Countries Welcoming American Travelers

Not all hope is lost for those looking to travel in 2020. Travel Pulse recently compiled 17 countries opening their borders to Americans this summer. There are conditions that must be met to visit. Here is a breakdown of locations and…

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Viking Announces More 2023 Mississippi Sailings

With itineraries selling out in weeks, Viking knew that their Mississippi sailings were a big hit with American travelers looking for that river cruise experience in rivers closer to home. In response, Viking has announced additional dates…

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American Airlines and JetBlue Partner Up

A new partnership between American Airlines and JetBlue is set to bring more choice to customers, as the airlines lay the foundation toward future growth. This new relationship promises travelers an industry-leading network in New York and…

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Planning one of 683 Million Road Trips

Despite the pandemic, AAA Travel predicts people will hit the road this summer at levels on par to recent years. In fact, we are projecting 683 million road trips from July to September. That's only a 3% decline from last summer and a 0.4%…

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Disney Announces Commitment to Health & Safety Measures

On Saturday, the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort will begin. Here is what park visitors need to know, and what they can expect, as they return to the park. 1.  Health & Wellness Limited and carefully managed attendance:…

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Global Entry Enrollment Reopens

Great news for the West Coast, but Northeast residents will need to be patient. As a sign that Americans and our infrastructure are looking to return to travel, the Los Angeles International Airport Global Entry enrollment center is set to…

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New England Road Trip: Restriction Spotlight

AAA Travel's quick guide to New England travel restrictions is designed to offer a glance into the regulations and rules that may impact your summer travel plans. While parts of the United States continue to see coronavirus numbers rise,…

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American Airlines updates LaGuardia Hall

Travelers returning to LaGuardia are noticing a new environment at Terminal B, thanks to updates American Airlines has put in place. Earlier this month the new Arrivals and Departures Hall at Terminal B began to serve as American Airlines…

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Viking will cruise the Mississippi River

Any river cruiser will share that Viking offers a relaxing, immersive and thoroughly enjoyable cruise experience. Viking is a leader in river cruising, and designs itineraries where you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery along the banks…

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Travel community praises passage of National Parks Bill

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on Senate passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill that establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to support deferred…

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Iceland to Reopen. What you need to know.

Travel restrictions in Iceland are beginning to ease. In fact, as of June 15, 2020, Iceland began to welcome passport-holders from the Schengen area and UK. However, AAA Travel wants our members to know that North American passport-holders…

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African Travel impacted by COVID-19

African Travel, the longest established luxury safari operator focused exclusively on the African continent, has released updates on the travel restrictions placed on African locations and their impacts on planned Safaris. Impacts by…

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Hurtigruten announces cancellations on the Norwegian Coast.

In March, Hurtigruten cruise made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend operations worldwide in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. As of June, and in light of the current Coronavirus situation, the cruise line has decided to…

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