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WHY YOU SHOULD RENEW YOUR PASSPORT RIGHT NOW | FLIGHTLAYAWAY

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We’ve all been cooped up the past year and many of us can’t wait to travel to far-off places again. As the world opens back up, make sure you don’t get sidelined by red tape and bureaucracy. At the moment, the U.S. State Department has a giant backlog (1.5 million to be exact) in passports to process, and they’re warning people to give them plenty of lead time. Standard processing times are currently delayed You can expect an up to 18-week wait for standard passport processing for both new and renewal services. The State Department asks citizens to start the process about 6 months from when they plan to travel. Limited expedited passport services too In the past, for a little inconvenience, you could get your passport on the same day. By visiting a Passport office (there are a few scattered across the country), waiting in a long line, and paying a fee to expedite, you’d walk away with your passport that day. Now, the State Department warns of extremely limited in-person passp

10 PHOTOS YOU SHOULD BE TAKING WHEN YOU FLY | FLIGHTLAYAWAY

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Photos are a great way to capture unforgettable moments when you travel, serving as proof that you really were there. But they can also serve as proof in cases where things don’t go quite so well on holiday. After snapping a picture in your comfy travel outfit we’ve got 10 photos you’ll want to add to your camera roll when you fly. Because if things don’t go quite as planned like if you’re hit with a flight delay or your luggage is lost, these photos can support a claim for compensation or reimbursement from the airline. Because like they say: if you didn’t take a photo, did it actually happen? Every time you fly… Take a photo of your luggage at check-in Pics of what’s in your bag Get a close up of any valuables Make a quick snap of your baggage tag Grab a shot of you at the gate Snap a photo of your boarding pass When something goes wrong… Capture your food and drink receipts on film Get a snapshot of yourself waiting on the tarmac Take copies of extra expens

A GUIDE TO SAFE SUMMER TRAVEL IN 2022 | FLIGHTLAYAWAY

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If you’re itching to get out and enjoy the sun somewhere other than your own backyard, we’ve put together some summer travel tips for you to do so safely and comfortably. When will travel restrictions be lifted? How long will travel restrictions last? Well, we can’t be sure for now, but it will depend on vaccination rates as well as the number of infections per country. However, several countries are already beginning to open up. Will summer travel be safe? While summer travel is not guaranteed to be 100% safe as the pandemic hasn’t officially ended, many countries require hotels and other establishments to follow strict hygiene rules to minimize the risk of infection. Plus you should also take precautions to make travel safer for you and your fellow travelers. Here are some ways for you to do so: Get vaccinated If it’s possible for you, the best way to keep yourself safe is to get a Covid-19 vaccine. Not only will it significantly reduce your chances of getting sick or hos

THE U.S. IS RELAXING TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR VACCINATED FOREIGN VISITORS | FLIGHTLAYAWAY

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It’s been a rocky road for international visitors hoping to visit family, vacation, or conduct business in the U.S. Luckily, the clouds are starting to clear! The U.S. will ease tough, pandemic travel restrictions for vaccinated international visitors from 33 countries in early November. The new policy requires non-citizens of these countries to show proof of vaccination before boarding U.S.-bound flights. Visitors will also be expected to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure. Why will the U.S. relax travel restrictions? The U.S. was under increasing pressure to relax restrictions for months, especially since many of these countries have already welcomed Americans back. The U.K. and E.U. countries relaxed restrictions for vaccinated U.S. travelers since the summer. Countries that will benefit from the new U.S. policy include Brazil, China, India, and the 26 Schengen countries in Europe. The U.S. has had an uneven reputation with countries arou

THE 5 SAFEST CITIES IN THE WORLD, POST-PANDEMIC | FLIGHTLAYAWAY

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In a post-pandemic reality, which cities are the safest in the world? The Economist Intelligence Unit recently published its 2021 Safe Cities Index, ranking 60 cities based on 76 safety indicators across infrastructure, digital life, personal security, environmental factors, and health – including pandemic preparedness and COVID-19 mortality metrics. The cities that are placed at the top of the ranking are perfect demonstrations of how overall safety is directly linked to a strong sense of social cohesion, total population inclusion, and societal trust. Read on for details on the top 5 safest cities and what they did to make the cut. The 5 Safest Cities in the World 1.     C openhagen Ranking first in the index, Denmark's capital city of Copenhagen performed well due to the newly introduced environmental security pillar. This measures sustainability (including renewable energy incentives), air quality, waste management, and urban forest cover. Without a doubt, the latter had

5 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR TRAVELING DURING COVID | FLIGHTLAYAWAY

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As the vaccine rollout against COVID-19 in the United States started to ramp up this past spring, many of us started making travel plans to make up for a lost time. Following a period of low case numbers and broader nationwide re-openings, the panorama has changed once again. The surge of the delta variant of the coronavirus – and the persistence of low-vaccine "bubbles" across the country – have us wondering if it's still safe to travel, and how we can do so. Inspired by the comprehensive and science-based information shared by Dr. Stacy De-Lin, M.D. on Instagram, we put together this list of five essential tips for traveling during COVID. Read on, share with your friends and family, and stay healthy! 5 Essential Trips for Traveling During COVID 1. No Vaccine, No Travel Before we delve into specific tips, the reality is this: If you are not vaccinated, you should not be traveling. It's as simple as that. The surging delta variant has changed the game and puts u

OUR DATA SHOWS YOU SHOULD BUY YOUR HOLIDAY FLIGHTS EARLY | FLIGHTLAYAWAY

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Here at flightlayaway.com, we are in the business of providing you with useful info to help you make important travel decisions. One of our most popular reports on Holiday Flights aims to make holiday flight shopping simple, straightforward, and economical. This year we decided to take a look back – to see if airfares are rising or if you can expect a bargain this year. Holiday Flights Elephant in the room This year, it’s a big question. Will flights be more expensive than in the past or will airfare be cheaper? Will the pandemic continue to impact people’s willingness to travel? Or, will the increasing number of fully vaccinated Americans and the need to visit family members make people more comfortable? If lots of people decide to get out there, it could be that airfares go crazy this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Surprise! Holiday Airfare is Not Going Up…Yet What we’ve uncovered is this. Last year, a lot of people didn’t travel for the holidays. Because they didn’t, airfare was a barg