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Trip.com provides one-stop travel booking services in 19 languages through their website and mobile app.

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Trip.com are a part of the Ctrip Group, a NASDAQ listed company since 2003 (NASDAQ: CTRP) with over 30,000 employees and over 300 million members, making it one of the leading online travel agencies in the world.

With more than 1.2 million hotels in 200 countries and regions, the company has built an extensive hotel network to give their customers a fantastic choice of accommodation.

Their far-reaching flight network has over 2 million individual flight routes connecting more than 5,000 cities around the globe. Combining this with their 24/7 customer service team speaking multiple languages via phone, email, or directly through their mobile Trip.com app. You can trust them to take care of your next trip.

The website is operated by Ctrip.com (Hong Kong) Limited, a Hong Kong entity duly incorporated and registered in Hong Kong. Trip.com is part of the Ctrip Group of companies and is licensed under the Travel Agents Ordinance under license number 352367.

No matter where in the world you want the go,  have they got you covered. From flights and hotels, to rental cars and attraction tickets, their extensive network connects you with all corners of the globe.

If in Australia, to learn more about them here: https://trip.com

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Security Tips To Make You A Savvy Traveller Traveling Overseas

When you travel overseas, sometimes it becomes hard to blend in like a local.  Depending on where you are going you may look different, but the giant bags, comfortable shoes, and cameras are pretty much a “tourist” marker.  Since you stand out so much, it only makes sense that you will want to be safe during your trip.

  • Communicate! Make sure that the relevant people are aware of where you will be going and the times you will be there.  Even if you are just meandering your way and don’t have a set destination, you can still let your friends and family know where you should be.
  • Safety starts at home.Don’t make it too obvious that you are going to be away, or you may come home to a house that has been emptied of all your valuables.  If you can get someone trusted to house-sit while you are way, it may be worth it.  If not, try timers to turn on the lights and even the TV.  Make sure that doors and windows are secure.  Ask someone to collect your mail and paper so it’s not piling up.  Even making arrangements to get your lawn mowed can help confuse would be thieves.
  • Make copies of all your important documents.This includes your passport, visas, driver’s license, credit cards, itineraries, and important phone numbers.  Keep them stored in your hotel room safe while you are out and about, or safely stowed deep inside your carry-on luggage whilst traveling.
  • Don’t carry all your cards and cash in the same place.In case you get robbed, or your bag gets stolen, it’s helpful to have other options.  Keeping around $200 “safety cash” means that at worst, you can find a place to stay, get a meal and get in touch with people who can help you.  Keeping a separate bank or credit card means that other cards get stolen or compromised, you still have one that you can use.
  • Speaking of credit cards, inform your bank of your travel plans.Most card companies now employ scam algorithms. This means that they look at your buying history for anything that seems out of the ordinary.  They will lock a card from being used when this happens, and you will most likely have to show proof of identity to get it back.  This can be difficult when you are in a different country and time zone.  So, let them know in advance to lessen your chance of being frozen out of your own funds!
  • Get informed about where you are going.Many government and travel websites will let you know about any dangers or political cultures of your destinations and how safe it is to travel there.  You should be aware that in some places, you may be expected to dress or act differently, and by leaving Australia, you may be leaving some of your rights and entitlements behind.  As an example, you may be asked to cover your arms or legs whilst in public or in a temple. Refusing to do so could lead your arrest, so it’s best to do your research.
  • See your doctor before you go in case you need any immunisations.If you need daily medicine, you may need to have certified doctor’s certificates for you to be allowed them.  In some Asian countries for example, opioids like oxycodone are illegal to be transported in the country even if you have a prescription for them.
  • Keep your eyes on your belongings.  You will read on travel Blogs whether you are waiting in airports or in lines, be aware of yourself and your belongings.  Don’t walk away from your bags even for a moment, and try to keep everything fastened and zipped. It may seem easier to keep that large bag pocket open to pull out your camera, but it’s also easier for someone to just reach in and pull out your items.  Resist the urge to keep anything in your back pocket either.
  • Be sceptical of what strangers are trying to tell you.If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers are especially good at appealing to a sense of greed, so if the dollar signs are flashing in your eyes, it’s probably flashing in theirs too. It’s obvious, but always ask for ID, and never get into an un-marked cab or transportation.  If a taxi driver doesn’t want to take you to your hotel as “another is better”, be firm, or better yet, get out of the cab.
  • Listen to trusted people.If your friends or a hotel desk clerk is trying to tell you that it’s not safe to go somewhere, listen to them.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Try to travel in a group if you can, and try not to travel alone in the dark or in enclosed areas, like alleyways.

This whole list may sound dire, and it hasn’t been written to take the fun out of travelling.  Even the most season travellers featured on travel blogs have been the victims of scams or thefts.  Just try to be more aware of your surroundings and keep being sceptical of offerings.  Above all, just enjoy your holiday – albeit safely.

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Are you travelling to the United States of America for a period no longer than 90 days? If so, you need to know you must have an ESTA Visa prior to going there.

From January 12th 2009, all citizens of countries belonging to the VWP (USA Visa Waiver Program) must obtain this online travel authorization before entering the territory of the United States of America.

The blog team have prepared some questions and answers below to help travelers to the USA understand what and ESTA Visa is and what they need to do before they travel to the US.

What is an ESTA visa?

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and whether such travel poses any law enforcement or security risk.

How long is a ESTA visa valid for?

Your ESTA Visa authorization is generally valid for multiple trips over a period of two years (starting the date that you are approved) or until your passport expires, whichever comes first*. This means that as long as you received an ESTA authorization to travel, you do not have to reapply during the validity period.

Who can apply for an ESTA?

ESTA is a mandatory travel authorization for travelers visiting the United States either by Sea or Air for tourism, transit or business visits under 90 days. Only travelers who hold a valid nationality from countries covered under the Visa Waiver Program are eligible to apply for an ESTA.

Why would esta be denied?

A denied ESTA is most likely due to one or more of the following reasons: On a previous visit to the United States, you overstayed beyond the amount of time allowable for your visa or visa waiver. ... The answers you provided on your ESTA application form were incorrect, once cross-checked with the US government systems.

How long can I stay in US with ESTA?

When traveling to the U.S. with the approved ESTA, you may only stay for up to 90 days at a time - and there should be a reasonable amount of time between visits so that the CBP Officer does not think you are trying to live here. There is no set requirement for how long you must wait between visits.

When should I apply for ESTA?

When should I apply for ESTA? Although your ESTA application can be approved in seconds, it's recommended that you apply at least 72 hours before departure. In fact, you may want to apply as soon as you decide on travel dates, just in case your travel authorisation is denied.

Do I need to print my esta?

Many applicants are confused by the fact that ESTA is an electronic travel authorization linked to their passport. Nevertheless, all travelers need an ESTA printout. Why do you need to print out your ESTA you may ask? The truth is that it is not necessary to have an ESTA printed out and we will explain why.

If you are Australian, you can learn more about the Electronic System for Travel Authorization Program by visiting EstaVisa.com.au, the online agency that provides assistance in obtaining the Electronic System for Travel Authorization that is necessary for entering the United States of America.

EstaVisa.com.au is a professional visa agency that our team have had positive experience with. They provide assistance with the visa waiver program where citizen travellers visiting the United States need an Esta Visa.  As part of their services, they include live validation data, 24/7 support, extensive PDF documentation and a 100% refund guarantee in case of visa rejection.

They also offer a ‘rush’ service that enables applicants to receive their USA Visa in under 5 minutes. All services are offered in applicant’s native language.

You can learn more by visiting their website here:  https://estavisa.com.au