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    Third-Party Travel Insurance

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    Purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment is a given, however all travel insurance is not made equal. Insurance offered by travel suppliers is typically not as inclusive as consumers are led to believe because they generally side with the supplier and not the consumer. So if the trip is cancelled, interrupted or has snafus […]

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    Travel Deposits

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    A deposit is always needed to book any trip in order to guarantee the price and secure the arrangements however the amount of the deposit is not determined by the travel professional who is securing the booking.  The deposit amount is determined by the individual suppliers based on how much they are willing to accept […]

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    Guaranteed vs. Non Guaranteed Departures

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    Most companies that specialize in escorted tours offer what are termed guaranteed and non guaranteed departures. Non guaranteed departures tend to have more options to choose from however they can be cancelled if there are not enough people signed up for the tour. The tour operators have up to 30 days prior to the departure […]

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    Hotel Classification

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    Ever see a hotel that looks like it belongs on a scary movie set yet it is being promoted as a luxury facility? This is because there are no set standards in the hotel industry for the luxury designation making the word over used and often times very inaccurate. Therefore, the only way to get […]

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    Hotel Designation

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    The word resort conjures a very specific idea among travel consumers that based on the facility may or may not live up to their expectations. To make things more confusing, some hotels market themselves as resorts contributing to this problem. However, there are some basic differences to look for when trying to determine if an […]

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    Travel during Hurricane Season

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    The official hurricane season in the Caribbean is from June 1-Nove 30 of each year with some hurricanes forming as early as May. The southeast region of the Caribbean has the least number of hurricanes while the southwest and northeast regions typically have the most. Hurricanes are most frequent in June and October however they […]

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    Destination Weddings

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    Destination weddings have been on the rise for a few years now and their popularity continues to grow. There’s no doubt that this is due to the beautiful locations and more economical options that they offer. However, all of these available locations and venues are not made equal and can prove to be more of […]

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    Repositioning Cruises

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    A repositioning cruise is one in which the embarkation and disembarkation ports are different. Basically meaning the cruise begins and ends in two different locations which are typically a great distance apart. Cruise lines typically offer these cruises in the spring or fall when they are repositioning their ships to their summer and winter destinations. […]

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    Cuba Travel for US Citizens

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    There has been a great deal of buzz about newly lifted restrictions allowing US citizens travel to Cuba including many commercial travel websites promoting tours and deals to the country. Although some of the restrictions have been lifted, US citizens remain unable to travel to Cuba for tourism. This is due to the US continuing […]

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    Unaccompanied Minor Travel

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    An unaccompanied minor is defined as a child traveling without a parent, guardian or another trusted adult the child knows. The age limit for this minor is generally 5-11 with some suppliers extending the age to 15. This type of travel has been on the rise prompting travel suppliers to establish rules and fees to […]

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