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Travel and the Immigration Ban Executive Order

The world around us is changing. Whether we like it or not, the dynamics of international relations are strained, at best. And this affects travel. With the recent drama surrounding the travel immigration ban and its effects on travel, it is something that must be addressed by the travel community.

I am BarrisTourista. The “barris” portion is for barrister, or lawyer. But I am by no means an expert in immigration law. So I called upon one of my attorney colleagues, Lindsay Toczylowski, the Executive Director of Immigration Defenders Law Center. She was on the front lines this past weekend, spearheading the efforts at LAX to get detainees—including children—released from custody even after a federal judge ordered that they could not be held. Her weekend was long and her devoted passion to ensure the rights of immigrants has long been documented even before this weekend. So we asked her to weigh in on the recent legal issues that have arisen and what they mean for travelers.

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Travel Delays: What To Do When You Get Stuck

This tip is born of experience. Last year, a few days after Christmas, I was one of the unlucky many who got stuck at Chicago O’Hare when freezing rain hit. What should have been a 6-hour trip (with connection) turned into a 21-hour ordeal. That’s right… 21 hours door to door to get from Chicago to the west coast. And if I hadn’t taken some proactive measures, I could have been stuck for days. So here are some tips on what to do when you get stuck due to travel delays.

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Tips for Traveling and Working For the Professional

It’s one thing to periodically check your email, or log in to social media, or check out the news of the day from your preferred news outlet online. It is quite another to be a working professional on the road. Given that I bring my laptop on every trip and I work while traveling, I have quite a bit of experience with this. Trying to run a business while traveling can be tricky business if you don’t plan right. It can mean the difference between working for a few hours a day then enjoying your destination or major headaches. Here are ways to be efficient in your work and tips for traveling and working, whether traveling domestically or abroad.

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How to Avoid a Huge Cell Phone Bill When Traveling Overseas

Before the days of unlimited calls, people had to pay close attention to the minutes they used on their cell phones. But when traveling overseas, it is important to pay attention to both phone and more importantly data usage. Most people don’t realize that even if you don’t open the email, the fact that it came into your phone means it is eating up data. In order to avoid a big for hundreds or even thousands of dollars, use these tips on how to avoid a huge cell phone bill when traveling overseas.

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7 Travel Safety Tips

Whether you are at home, traveling domestically or abroad, safety should always be a priority. While it is likely, in most cities or countries you travel to, that you are just as safe as you would be at home, there is a certain vulnerability that you feel when you travel, especially when you are traveling to a place that you aren’t familiar with. Exercising vigilance is key, along with understanding the unique issues of the place you are visiting. Here are some travel safety tips to employ on all of your travels.

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Teen Travel Chat: Minimizing Fights Between Siblings While Traveling

Kids argue. This is an indisputable fact. And while going on a glorious vacation sounds fabulous, the notion of that putting an end to all possible negativity, fighting, or strife between siblings is not always the case. So how can you make the trip enjoyable for everyone, especially you parents? Here I explore a few avenues that can help minimize fights between siblings while traveling… all while increasing happiness.

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Tips and Tricks: Essential Oils for Travelers

Things happen when we travel. Sometimes it’s the aches and pains, many times from long plane rides in cramped seats with no legroom. Other times, you may get an upset stomach from the food or water in your destination. Or maybe you just happen catch a cold while traveling. Whatever the ailment, having your trust medication is key. And when I travel, I always carry certain essential oils that help ease any issues I face. Here is a list of the top essential oils for travelers, and why you shouldn’t take a trip without them. (Note: This is not medical advice and you should check with physicians or your advisers on usage. Also, keep essential oils away from children and pregnant moms can also have issues).

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Easy Ways to Spot Your Luggage

Unless you are #TeamCarryOn, one of the inevitable (and annoying) parts of traveling comes at the baggage claim. As bags start to drop, a sea of people flock to the conveyor belt, struggling to spot their bag, which they don’t usually spot until the last second. I don’t have to enter that fray, and don’t step up to the claim until necessary, because I can see my bag at a distance. Here are some easy ways to make your luggage easier to spot amongst the throng of travelers.

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