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10 Foods You Can and Can’t Bring into the US

If you’ve tasted delicious snacks and beverages abroad, you may wonder if you can bring them on your international flight back home. As always, that depends. US Customs and Border Protection, a department of Homeland Security, has an ever-changing list of US customs food restrictions.

Consult the US Customs food list before purchasing food or beverage items overseas to bring home, and follow the rules on your immigration card about declaring foods as you go through customs. Failing to declare foods may result in a hefty fine. Here's a list of foods you can and can’t bring into the US.

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Topics: Travel Tips, Airlines, International Travel

How to Renew an Expired Passport

Whether you are traveling internationally for work or pleasure, a valid U.S. passport book is required. According to, the by mail or in-person processing time for routine passport services can be around 8–11 weeks, but may take longer. This typical renewal timeline may be affected by COVID-19 and the number of applications in their queue, so it is recommended to give yourself extra time.

It’s always best to be aware of when your passport expires, especially if you have upcoming travel plans. Some destinations require your passport to be valid for at least six months to be allowed to enter the country. And while passport cards are valid for land and sea border crossings from the U.S. to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda, they cannot be used for international air travel.

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Topics: Travel Tips, International Travel

8 Historical Sites of Egypt

Egypt’s culture and historical sites have held our attention and sparked our imagination for thousands of years. Its colorful myths, all-powerful pharaohs, burial rituals, and reverence for cats are irresistible to everyone from children to retirees. And nothing captures our interest more than the epic, iconic monuments that Egyptians erected over the course of its millennia in power.

Egypt is on many people’s bucket list. From pyramids to grand temples and lavish tombs, these are the must-see sites of this can’t miss destination.

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Topics: International Travel, Travel Inspiration, Africa

How to Avoid Jet Lag on Your Next Flight

We all wish we could avoid jet lag, the annoying side effect of long flights. Your internal clock, or circadian rhythm, is thrown off. So, for a few days, your sleep/wake cycle remains out of sync with the time zone you’ve flown into. Jet lag can make you wake up at 2 AM, want to go to bed 4 PM, and just not feel your best for the start of your vacation.

Thankfully, there are ways you can minimize the severity and length of jet lag. Smart choices before, during, and after you fly give you more time to enjoy your vacation without being bogged down by the frustrating symptoms of jet lag.

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Topics: Travel Tips, International Travel

How the Panama Canal was Built

The Panama Canal is one of the world’s most important and impressive engineering marvels. Once considered an impossible dream, this on-land shortcut across 50 miles of Central American jungle connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

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Topics: International Travel, Travel Inspiration

My Experience at Greece’s Ancient Sites

In 2019, my lifelong dream to see the ancient sites of Greece came true. I was raised hearing about the country’s magic, so arriving in Athens felt like a homecoming.

The people, the culture, the food, and the warm, salty Aegean Sea all felt like a natural fit. Most people spoke English, and the ones who didn’t had expressive hands like me, so communication was never a problem.

My husband and I wanted to make the most of our trip. What could we see here and nowhere else in the world? What most piqued our interest? What promised to move us? What seemed the most Greek?

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Topics: Europe, Greece, Guest Stories, International Travel

How to Avoid Pickpockets in Europe

Europe is a gorgeous place to visit. There is so much culture to experience and endless historic sites to see. What the eye can’t see, however, is the occasional pickpocket. While pickpocketing is something every vacationer worries about, it won’t be a problem if you are smart about how you travel.

With the proper travel tips and preparation, you shouldn’t feel nervous as you explore new countries. Here’s how to avoid pickpockets when traveling, so you can focus on enjoying your trip.

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Topics: Travel Tips, International Travel

Tips for Staying Cyber-Safe While Traveling

Before you embark on your transatlantic cruise or jet off on your international vacation, you need to make sure you’ve protected your devices. Don’t let unauthorized users hack your cell phone or laptop while you’re out of town. Strong cyber security helps keep your devices safe from unwanted cyber-attacks.

With solid cyber security, you can even protect your information if the worst were to happen and you lost your device – or it got stolen. Just as you would secure a lock on your suitcase to protect its valuable contents, you want to do the same with your devices before traveling. To keep your personal information and property safe, follow our easy tips for cyber security while traveling.

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Topics: Travel Tips, International Travel

Vietnamese Customs: Dos and Don'ts for Visiting Vietnam

Vietnam is fast becoming one of the most appealing destinations in all of Southeast Asia. It’s blessed with a huge variety of stunning natural beauty, as well as incredible cultural accomplishments. You’ll see an expansive coastline, pleasant beaches, countless rivers, thick forests, stunning Buddhist pagodas, and bustling cities. It is also home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and a varied and delicious culinary scene.

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Topics: Asia, Travel Tips, International Travel

How to Capture Travel Photos in Tourist Areas

Everyone wants to capture the perfect photograph while traveling. To make sure your photo does the beautiful view justice, you only need to follow a few simple travel photography tips. Professional experience and expensive equipment aren’t required to capture beautiful memories of your vacation.

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Topics: Travel Tips, International Travel

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