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U.S. and Cuba to announce embassy openings
The United States and Cuba on Wednesday plan to officially seal the renewal of diplomatic ties begun last year, announcing the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana for the first time in more than half-a-century.


How to Eat on a Budget While Traveling
Food and travel are inseparable these days, but how do you approach choosing a restaurant (or shack or stand or ambulant vendor) in a strange city?


Bank Closures in Greece
Greece's finance ministry announced late June 28 that the strict withdrawal limits imposed by the government will not apply to holders of credit or debit cards issued in foreign countries.


Apple Watch now being used to help flights arrive and depart on time
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport has taken the functionality of the Apple Watch even further by integrating it into its own workforce and daily workflow.


Is This the Most Efficient Suitcase Ever?
Calling all competitive packers — this suitcase is about to change your life!


8 productivity hacks to make packing for your next business trip easier
Work is stressful enough. When you stack travel preparation on top, it can become overwhelming. Having solid systems in place to get you out the door and on the road will not only guarantee you’re not rushing to the airport, but will also ensure you don’t forget anything. Next time you’re getting ready for take-off, try these productivity hacks.


Your Giant Carry-On Bag Is Safe for Now
Don’t worry, nobody is coming for your enormous rollaboard suitcase just yet.


United pulling out of JFK, moving all cross-country flights to Newark
United Airlines says it's pulling out of John F. Kennedy International Airport and that its flights from there to Los Angeles and San Francisco will depart from Newark, which for the first time will now offer amenities like flatbed seating and on-demand movies on cross-country flights.


8 Reasons Why Luggage Still Gets Lost
When it comes to flying, people usually worry about two things -- arriving on time and not losing their bags. Simply, travelers want to get where they’re going with the stuff they had when they left.


ASSIST AMERICA CASE FILE: Evacuation from a Western Caribbean cruise
Dana* and her husband Bill* were very excited about their upcoming cruise to the Western Caribbean. They never would have guessed, however, just what an adventure the trip would become.  While docked in the first port they stopped in, Dana became gravely ill.


Horrific hygiene on flights revealed *Gulps*
As if flying wasn't stressful enough, a study into hygiene and cleaning standards on planes has unearthed some pretty grizzly facts.


South Korea grapples to contain MERS as 1,369 in quarantine
The World Health Organization warned that the MERS outbreak in South Korea is likely to grow, as the number of people under quarantine crept up to 1,369 on Wednesday, with 30 confirmed cases of the disease.


The absolute worst kids on the plane
While we adore our tiniest flyers in most situations, they can be a handful in the worst way possible trapped in a giant flying tube (especially if their parents are phoning it in — after all it’s not totally the kids’ fault). Here are eight tots that can go from adorable to unbearable in no time flat on board a long flight.


Cash strategies for Europe
With the value of the euro dipping in the past few months, I've been able to experience Europe without as much of a strain on my wallet. I'm enjoying thinking of the euro as being worth a buck.


6 reasons to sign up for TSA PreCheck ASAP
There’s been a lot of talk lately about how the TSA is tightening restrictions on its PreCheck program, which allows pre-screened, low-risk fliers to pass through an expedited security line without needing to remove shoes, belts, light outwear and jackets, laptops and liquids.


Road Rage: Expedia Reveals the Worst Drivers
Though road trips are one of the best things about summer, the experience can also come with some seriously annoying driving behavior (especially if there’s traffic). Expedia released the results of its 2015 Road Rage Report analyzing driving etiquette.


5 Reasons to Stop Overpacking
It's the biggest mistake you can make as a traveler: trying to pack for every eventuality and ending up with so much stuff in your backpack you can barely walk from your hostel to the bus station.


After Amtrak Crash We Ask: Do Trains Need Seat Belts?
The commuter train, traveling from Washington DC to New York, left the tracks after taking a bend too fast, in one of Amtrak’s deadliest accidents to date. New reports suggest that the train took a 50 mph  at over 100 mph, twice the suggested limit, causing the engine and all seven cars to completely jump the tracks. 


5 Gorgeous Places Americans Can Visit Without a Passport
Americans have a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to travel, with only just over a third of citizens holding a US passport. The good news is that this number is steadily increasing.


In the wake of last night’s Amtrak train derailment, we are reminded of the importance of first responders.
Assist America supports your needs with our medically certified Operations Center staff, including doctors, nurses and EMT’s, available 24/7 to help during your travel emergencies.