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Google Hotels

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This might be an exceptionally useful resource for those of you interested in getting good hotel deals.

 

Google Hotels: A Best Features Guide & Slick Tips

 

This site may revolutionize the choosing of foreign hotels when traveling.  I urge you to check it out.

 

 

US Immigration Pre-Clearance

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Did you know that when leaving some countries, you go through US customs and immigration at your departure airport?  It’s called “Pre-Clearance.”

 

I first experienced this on a trip to Aruba in 2018.  Travelers ending up in the United States go through the American customs and immigration procedures BEFORE their departure.

 

There are some advantages to this system.  You won’t be stuck in those massive lines for immigrations when your plane lands in the USA.  There are usually shorter lines at your departure airport than there would be when 10 planeloads of tourists arrive at the same time in the USA and there are only three US Customs officers manning the check in booths.

 

If you are traveling from one of the pre-cleared countries, you will have to take note.  Please get to the airport at least three hours before your flight to allow for the customs process to take place.  Your plane will then land at one of the domestic airport gates on its arrival to the USA.  That allows you to book tighter connections than you could if you had to go through customs on arrival.

 

There are currently 16 worldwide airports that do per-clearance.  Four more are opening up this year.  Read more about the program in the article below.  For what it’s worth, I think the program saves travelers a lot of time and hassles.  I’m absolutely in favor of its expansion.

US Immigration Pre-Clearance Is Landing In 4 More Countries

 

English?

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On my very first solo international trip, I ended up camping with a large group of Australians in Peru.  I quickly learned that thongs and jumpers were things that men could carry in their luggage.

 

If you are heading to the UK or Australia, understand that a lot of words you know in English may not mean the same things in another country.  The article below provides an entertaining introduction to some of these critical language differences.

 

30 Slang Translations Americans Need Before Visiting UK, And Vice Versa