05 Sep Travel Talk: Hurricane Dorian, Epcot Expansion & Renovations & More
In this week’s Travel Talk segment, a big focus is on Hurricane Dorian. We’ve scoured the web for the most accurate and up-to-date info on how the hurricane is affecting Bahamas and U.S. travelers. In addition, we’re bringing you eight ways to plan for travel during hurricane season. For lighter travel news, the ‘Friends’ Central Perk couch may be coming to a U.S. landmark near you. In addition, Epcot is getting an “epic overhaul” in the near future. Lastly, we’re sharing an article on your hidden travel rights. Read on for the full articles below!
How Hurricane Dorian is Affecting Bahamas and U.S. Travelers
Travelers are rerouting plans in order to stay out of the path of Hurricane Dorian. The areas most in danger include the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. The hurricane already reared it’s ugly head in the northern Bahamas for two straight days, causing immense damage in The Abacos and Grand Bahama. Hotels closed down in these two areas. In addition, Grand Bahama International Airport, Grand Bahama Island’s Freeport Harbour and Leonard Thompson International Airport in Abaco are also closed. However, Nassau and Paradise Island hotels remain open, as is Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau. Read the full article, linked below, for information regarding changing or delaying booked flights in the affected areas.
Eight Ways to Plan for Travel During Hurricane Season
September is peak hurricane season. It typically runs from August to October. According to Marshall Moss, AccuWeather’s vice president of forecasting and graphic operations, “the best thing travel advisors can do is to be informed and do research ahead of time so that you aren’t caught off guard and scrambling to find information at the last minute. Additionally, recommending travel insurance can be your best line of defense against unpredictable weather systems.” Now this advice is directed specifically towards travel advisors. If you are traveling during hurricane season, we highly suggest you use a travel agent. Read the full article below for more details.
The ‘Friends’ Central Perk Couch is Traveling to a Landmark Near You
As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the NBC hit ‘Friends’ premiere, Warner Bros. made 30 replicas of the iconic “Friends” Central Perk couch and is placing them at locations around the world, including the Grand Canyon. You may remember that HBO pulled a similar stunt when they hid six Iron Throne replicas around the world last March to promote the series’ finale. To read more about the history of the orange ‘Friends’ couch, head to the link below. In addition, you’ll find a full list of landmarks where the orange couch replica will be displayed.
Epcot Is About to Get an Epic Overhaul — Here’s What’s Coming
Details on Epcot’s major upcoming changes were confirmed last week at the D23 Expo fan convention. New attractions will include those with ‘Moana’ and ‘Mary Poppins’ themes. In addition, a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster and a new nighttime show are all in the works. All of these exciting new additions should be open in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary in 2021. In addition to completely new attractions and rides, iconic attractions are undergoing big changes as well. Perhaps the most iconic change will be for the ride within Spaceship Earth. This is the “golf ball” at the front of the park – an icon of Epcot. Read more about these exciting changes at the link below.
For A Better Vacation, Know These Hidden Travel Rights
According to a recent YouGov/SurveyMonkey survey, 92% of U.S. air passengers don’t know their travel rights. This includes regulations on denied boarding, lost luggage, and delayed flights. This article dives deep into your “hidden” travel rights. In addition to air travel rights, the article lays out rights you have when renting a car, cruising, or staying on a resort. “I’ll tell you a little secret: It’s getting harder for travelers to get what they deserve. That’s because often travel companies like to hide or distort your travel rights. They profit from hidden travel rights. They don’t care if you have a better vacation,” Christopher Elliot hints in his article. Your first step in knowing your travel rights should be to work with a reputable travel agent. They can help you in any situation that may arise.
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