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Zika Virus Up-date

Zika Virus Warning Up-Date
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its Zika virus travel warning to an additional eight countries. As a reminder, while the mosquito-borne virus causes only mild illness in most people, there is mounting evidence linking it to a birth defect. Specifically, the CDC is recommending that pregnant women consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing, and women who are trying to become pregnant talk to their doctors about the risk of infection before travelling.
The 24 countries now covered by the CDC warning are Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Samoa, St. Martin, Suriname, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela. The CDC cautions that “specific areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing are often difficult to determine and are likely to change over time.”
Your clients will likely have questions about the disease and its ability to spread while traveling. You may want to direct them to http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information for the most up-to-date recommendations.
Finally, the Associated Press reported today that several airlines may be offering refunds to certain travelers concerned about the Zika outbreak. Check with respective carriers directly to determine their most up-to-date policies regarding refunds and exchanges related to the virus as this issue evolves.
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Central America Travel Apps- Central America Travel

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Travel Apps to Make your Trip to Central America Easier even on the Beaches of Mexico

Planning your trip to Central America which may include popular destinations as Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Guatemala and Nicaragua.  If you plan to take your Smart phone or IPad with you, here are a few well-chosen Apps that can help make your vacation easier.  Research has shown that Smartphone represent 56% of the mobile U.S. adult subscribers, 35% use a cell phone and 9% don’t have a cell phone. According to a recent travel survey, 94% of travelers plan on staying connected while on vacation with a cell phone, IPad or computer.  Of the smart phone users, 69% plan on sharing their vacation experiences with their family and friends while on vacation.

 7- Travel App’s to Consider while on Vacation:

1. Word Lens: This is a remarkable App that takes a printed menu or sign in a foreign language and translates it into English, it even overwrites the original text in the same font.  It is currently only available in Spanish and French.  Free download

2. Urban Spoon: Looking for the best places to dine, this app for both Android and IPhones helps you locate dining options. Looking for nearby restaurants, cafe’s within walking distance to your hotel, the GPS function will list dining options from your location.

3. Postcard on the Run: Do you like to sending post cards from a foreign destination to your family and friends in the mail but don’t really relish taking the time to buy the post card, write the message and mail it, hoping it gets to the recipient in the next 5-months.  This App allow you to take a photo from your phone, write a quite message about your trip and a physical post card will be delivered to your recipient home mail box within the next few days with your picture and message. So, how does this work, for 99 cents, the post card is created and sent.  Your credit card or debit card is charged .99 per post card. You can add such extras as a tiny map of your location (found using GPS) for about 50 cents more. App Free

4. Movie Looks HD.   Create a movie from your IPhone or IPad of your vacation. This app is a mini–film editing and processing studio for your iPhone or iPad. It can take your photos and videos from your vacation and can creates a professional looking vacation movie.  App $1.99.

5. mPassport: Sometime while on vacation accidents happen and an illness can occur.  This App helps you with getting medical help in a city you are traveling in.  A city-specific versions (just download, for instance, Paris or Madrid when you visit) will give you access to doctors, medical clinics and pharmacies with easy-to-follow directions and instant contact numbers. The app for iPhone or iPad covers 30 major cities on five continents with more to come. The medical clinics listed are by invitation only and are guaranteed to speak English. Also useful is a handy drug equivalency guide that gives you international brand and generic names for prescription drugs to aid you in finding prescribed medication when away from home. App 99¢ per city.

6. Hearplanet: This App is a good guidebook that you don’t have to carry around.  The GPS locates your position, then uses Google maps to associate useful snippets of audio description with the surrounding area.  You will information about public transportation links, historical sites. The app for Apple products or Androids uses audio content from Wikipedia.  App $3.99.

7 Smart Traveler: This App is designed to warn Americans of any potential trouble spots or emergencies from natural disasters to terrorism. It will list the State Department’s official Travel Alerts, which keep you abreast of anything the government considers a short-term threat to travelers. In addition to its browse able list, the app can help you find a U.S. embassy or consulate in the event of an emergency, and provide assistance if your passport is lost or stolen. Free.

P JamesMeet Our Central America Destination Expert
Patsy James
Patsy James has great insider’s knowledge in the history, culture and geography of Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Peru.  Having travel to these destinations she has firsthand knowledge of Central America from remote outposts to cosmopolitan centers, Patsy can create unique travel experiences for you, dream vacation, honeymoons, multi-generation family get-aways. Familiar with most common tourist attractions, Patsy also knows many “off the beaten track” secrets. Anyone interested in travelling from Belize to Guatmala or Mexico to Belize?

Patsy’s experience with destination weddings, eco-adventure & nature tours, group tours, spa experiences and jungle adventures makes her a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central America.

Patsy can be reached at 1-800-626-3482

Central & South America Flights – American Airlines

Central & South America Up-date on American Airlines.

American Airlines – Cancellations and delays are still ongoing. With one-third to one-half of American’s daily flights arriving late, industry analysts are starting to compare American’s pilot dispute to that of Eastern Airlines, which ended up liquidating in 1991 after years of labor issues and financial mismanagement.  Passengers have turned to Twitter and other social media to complain about long delays and cancellations, with some swearing they will never fly American again. Also, a third set of seats reportedly came loose on an American Airlines flight, a day after news first surfaced of loose seats on American Airlines flights that triggered two emergency landings in the span of three days. The latest reported incident happened on a flight from Vail, Colo., to Dallas.
The incident involved Flight 443 from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Miami. The plane returned to JFK without incident when the seats were discovered, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.  An airline representative said the airline does not believe the incidents are related to American’s ongoing labor issues.

Hurrican Irene Travel Advisory – Aug. 25, 2011

HURRICANE IRENE
If you are traveling from the East Coast for the warm tropics of Belize or Central America, here is an up-date on Hurricane Irene.  Please keep in touch with your airline,  United, U.S. Air, Delta, Continental & Jet Blue all have travel advisory and travel waivers for travel Aug. 25 – 28, 2011 from various cities along the east coast to the Caribbean, see the airlines web site for complete details.  While Hurricane Irene continues lashing the Bahamas this morning, officials along Central Florida’s beaches are taking precautions as stormy conditions slowly develop. Reports show the cyclone could strengthen into aCategory 4 hurricane by the time it reaches the Central Florida coast at 2 a.m. Friday. Once it passes the Central Florida region, Irene is forecast to weaken slightly and either brush or hit the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Saturday as a major hurricane. From there it would veer near New York on Sunday and arrive in Massachusetts on Monday.