Radar 22 Blogs
Got wanderlust for water?
Need inspiration on where to go on the coast of somewhere beautiful?
Have idle time to watch travel episodes?
These shows will give you plenty of ideas. Give yourself plenty of time to binge! check your local listings
1 Island Without Cars- any episode
2 Samantha Brown-Places to Love Big Sur, California
3 Samantha Brown-Places to Love Donegal, Ireland
4 Samantha Brown-Places to Love Vancouver
5 Samantha Brown-Places to Love Orange County
6 Samantha Brown-Places to Love Naples, Florida
7 Raw Travel - any episode with coastal destination
check your local listings
8 The Voyager with Josh Garcia Mexico
9 The Voyager with Josh Garcia Singapore
10 The Voyager with Josh Garcia Australia
11 The Voyager with Josh Garcia Caribbean
12 The Voyager with Josh Garcia Jamaica
13 The Voyager with Josh Garcia Greece
14 Departures Cook Islands
15 Rick Steves' Europe Italy's Amalfi Coast
16 Rick Steves' Europe Lisbon & Algarve
17 Rick Steves' Europe Scotland Islands
18 Rick Steves' Europe Norway
19 Rick Steves' Europe Spain's coast
20 Anthony Bourdain Sri Lanka
21 Anthony Bourdain Azores
22 Anthony Bourdain Venice
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On river cruises...
1. There is hardly any crowd on board. Choose a cruise during off season (usually in Spring & Fall) and cues or lines in cafeteria and reception are almost sure to be non-existent.
2. No constant packing and unpacking on your trip. Isn't this a pain?
3. You love to be catered to right? It is easier to get attention on a river cruise sailing with favorable staff-guest ratio of 2-1 on average.
4. Hit multiple cities/countries in one trip on many routes. A great example of a multi-country journey is an upper Danube cruise where passengers can venture up 3 or 4 countries, depending on itinerary ( Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary). For Lower Danube, 4 to 5 countries (Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria).
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5. Particularly smaller fleets have a "closer to nature" feel.
6. Meals and alcohol are often all-inclusive in the cruise price.
7. There is simpler pricing, compared to oceanic cruises. A cruise price is listed and port taxes may be added separately to it. Often, land extensions, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), drink and entertainment are included in the cruise price.
8. Small vessels not psychologically overwhelming, not like you're one of many
9. Passengers get to explore remote places that the ocean vessels don't go to.
10. Do a vino-cultural wine tour offered (Bordeaux, Burgundy). Fun way to gather up your vinophile friends and travel.
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11. Very cultural/historical in nature. Well-qualified, friendly tour guides show off the local culture and educate guests on the destinations.
12. There is more of an adult experience compared to popular ocean liners. Just a few kids are on board, mostly mature teenagers with families.
13. The atmosphere is great for intimacy and romance. Consider taking a river cruise for a honeymoon or an anniversary.
14. Castle lovers are delighted at many points. Think visiting Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany or Bran Castle in Romania.
15. There is a growing appeal to experience the journey. Though demographics tend to skew 55+ in age, there is something for younger generations as well. Gen Xers and Millennials are especially keen on doing wellness activities (yoga, hiking, spa, etc) and inland excursions that are foodie and wine/beer lover related.
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16. A better atmosphere for meeting people and developing friendships can be had, that is, if mingling's your thing.
17. There is a better opportunity for a localized experience. Staff is most often from the area you are cruising and can offer some tips on destinations.
18. Sea-sickness is not a problem. You're on the river. It's smooth sailing.
19. No tendering in - get to the heart of town from many port stops.
20. A good number of bicycles are board. Take up cycling- good the heart, mind and soul.
21. There's a homey feel on board, River cruising is "Cruising in your den or living room".
22. It's more quiet or chill on board. Less buzz from people, less engine noise than on ocean liners. Cruise on the river for a mellow journey.
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22 Reasons why you may be compelled to check the box for travel protection or insurance (Yes, you'll have to read through policy! Trust me, it's not that bad and DEFINITELY worth it.)
1. Despite great caution, you get significantly injured in an accident during a trip. If you are accident prone, buying insurance is a no-brainer.
2. In case a loved one, especially a child or someone who is under your direct care gets injured, having trip cancellation would be assuring for you and the loved one.
3. In case of unexpected death of a loved one , have insurance with trip cancellation would not add to the distress.
4. Mother Nature just ruins things sometimes. Hurricanes especially damper cruise and other coastal trips. Get trip cancellation coverage especially if going to a destination that often is affected by hurricane and other damaging conditions.
5. You want the right to change your mind. A "Cancel for Any Reason" generally works for this prerogative- though you have to pay dearly for this ($$$) and many insurances require CFAR deposit to be paid within 15 days of initial trip deposit.
6. Missed connection are the worse. Just imagine missing cruise embarkation because a connecting flight is delayed.
7. Flight gets cancelled way too often. No need to fret over this with insurance.
8. You don't want to be left with absolutely nothing after a theft.
9. Don't pass out over your Passport gets out. There is coverage for lost and stolen passports.
10. It's such a bummer if your baggage gets lost. There is common policy on baggage delay and baggage lost.
11. Terrorist activity is on your radar and you feel a bit apprehensive. Sign of the times.
12. Feel assured with emergency alternative transportation so as to not be stranded on the trip.
13. You would really want to have coverage for expensive emergency airlift evacuation. Ya never know. You may fall down into sinkhole or something.
14. You're a daredevil traveler. If you enjoy extreme sports or other activity (kayaking on rocky rapids, climb Mr. Everest, chances are higher you'll get roughed up significantly than the average tourist.
15. Work jerks you around. If you get forced to work during the time you plan to be on vacation. Get coverage for employment-related reasons.
16. You're an entrepreneur. Get trip cancellation with CFAR in case a big work opportunity happens to fall within the same time as your trip.
17. You like remote destinations, such as the Kerguelen Islands(the “Desolation Islands”) or Easter Island. Venturing off the beaten path is risky due to medical and emergency help access being extremely limited.
18. Life happens. Suppose you have to make an early return from the vacay because you found out your house got damaged in a fire or some other emergency came up at home. Get trip protection.
19. Life happens. If a costly divorce or separation sprouts up before your trip, you may want to consider trip cancellation.
20. Suppose you want to cancel your trip because a new, more exciting life event comes up and affects travel plans. Having travel insurance with CFAR would be ideal.
21. Don't be victim to a surprise bankruptcy from a travel company that you relied on planning your trip. Get protected.
22. Countries are starting to require insurance, especially to cover costly medical expenses. Popular tropical destinations, such as Cuba and Thailand plus the U.S., Ecuador, United Arab Emirates, Russia and Turkey have set new mandates on travel insurance for visitors.
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Bonus 22 fact:
Some 22 percent understood that their domestic health insurance would offer no coverage.
InsureMyTrip’s survey reached 498 Americans, 35 years or older, between Aug. 7-10, 2018.