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What You Need to Know About the Real ID Act

The Real ID Act? What is it? What’s a Real ID, even? If you’ve never heard of it, chances are you’re not a frequent domestic flyer in the United States.

Go to any airport in the United States and you will see unavoidable signs at TS checkpoints that indicate imminent changes to what entails ‘acceptable identification for air travel’. This change is what the Real ID is all about.

 

  • What is the Real ID Act?

The events that transpired post the 9/11 attacks forced the government to make drastic changes to the United States’ flight policies. It passed this act in 2005.

The act outlines the minimum security standards for all state-issued ID cards and also driver’s licenses. Federal agencies will neither recognize nor accept the said IDs and licenses from non-compliant states. The reason for all this? To help curb airline terrorism, so you can understand how important this act is.

 

  • Do I Really Need a Real ID for Domestic Flights?

Yes. It is imperative you get one before the 1st of October, 2020, because that’s when the act will be fully implemented into law. Simply put, if you don’t have a Real ID by the aforementioned date, you won’t be able to fly domestically using your usual means (driver’s license, etc.).

You can fly from one state to another using your passport, of course, but that will be the only legit and acceptable means of identification you can use if you don’t have a Real ID, come the appointed date.

 

  • How Soon Can I Get a Real ID?

It begins with your state. If it passes the Real ID approval, then you can begin to process getting the ID card itself.

Mind you, the process might not be as smooth as you might hope. Getting the Real ID entails you take a trip to a DMV along with all the necessary paperwork (proof of lawful presence in America).

Non-citizens can also get the Real ID, though it will obviously be a more complicated process altogether. The Department of Homeland Security’s ‘DHS REAL ID FAQ’ page should have any questions pertaining to complicated cases such as this, so check it and see if it answers your inquiries.

 

  • I Have a Real ID. Does That Mean My Passport is Now Irrelevant?

No, you still need a passport to fly outside the country. And remember, you can still use your passport for domestic travel. Your passport can get you through airport security in both instances, but your Real ID will only suffice for domestic travel.

 

So how important is the Real ID? Lifetime Time Travel ranks it as VERY important because not everyone has an international passport. And getting a passport now might require even longer times than is usual, so make it a priority to get your Real ID if you don’t already have it; or try to get both the Real ID and passport, if you have neither.

If you still need more information on the Real ID act, reach out to us and we’ll be happy to enlighten you on all you need to know. We’re a full service travel agency based in Greenville, SC, but you can easily contact us via our webpage.

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4 Things to Know About Albania Before Traveling There

Albania is probably one of the most misunderstood and underrated vacation spots in the world, but believe us when we tell you this country has so much going for it that you would be pleasantly surprised at what you see when you get there.

To call it an interesting country would be an understatement. We’ll give you a bit of information about the place, then you decide if it’s not worth your time.

 

  • Deep & Interesting History

Reading up on this history of Albania won’t be amiss. For one, you would know a little bit more about the country you’re planning to visit. And for another, you can understand more about the people and why the term, “Great Albania”, is so often used and repeated. Plus, Albania’s history is a rich and interesting one, which should make it a pleasant read.

 

  • Bunkers Galore

How often do you visit a place with over 700,000 concrete bunkers dotting the landscape? Albania is one such place, so don’t be surprised when you see them as your bus drives around the towns. The bunkers are relics of a time where paranoid leaders ruled.

Many Albanians regard these bunkers as much more than just round slabs of concrete though. These people see the bunkers as cultural artifacts. Others even see them as business opportunities because they have transformed the bunkers into tattoo parlors, hostels, restaurants, storage facilities and even nightclubs.

 

  • It’s All About the Zeroes

You might find this odd but Albanians have a habit or adding an extra zero to the end of a number. So, when you go to buy something and you’re told the price is 1000 lek (official Albanian currency), ask again just to ascertain that’s the real price. For all you know, what you want might actually be 100 lek, not 1000 lek

We’ll point out right now that Albanians don’t do this to be shady or cheat people out of money; rather, it’s more like a habit they find hard to get rid of. Most of them apologize to you the moment they realize their blunder.

 

  • A City of Colors

Tirana, Albania’s capital city, is a very colorful place. It stands out from any other place in Albania. You can’t help but be impressed at the city’s use of colors to express itself.

Unlike Bucharest, which is washed with grey and with concrete everywhere, Tirana is green with a color riot that you have to see to believe. It’s going to be a pleasant sight, that much is given.

The city might be more expensive than other places in Albania but it’s still more affordable than western European capitals, so the prices should not be much of an issue.

As we said, Albania may not be the first country that comes to your mind when you think up vacation spots, but you’ll like what you see when you head there.  Lifetime Travel in Greenville, SC, is prepared to guide you throughout your vacation planning to Albania. We will make sure you make the most of your time there. Just give us a call whenever you’re ready and we’ll help you make all the necessary arrangements.

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4 Things You Should Do While Visiting Italy

Vacationers head to Italy for a number of reasons. Couples might want to experience firsthand whether it’s true the canals of Venice are as romantic as we have all been led to believe, and history buffs travel there to walk beneath the mighty coliseum.  But what about you? What do you seek to do in Italy?

As a full service travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina, we have 4 things we recommend you do while visiting Italy:

 

  • Go on a Tour Around the Coliseum

This is perhaps the most popular attraction in Rome, Italy. Your professional guide will tell you about the history of this massive structure via headsets-in case you’re unable to properly hear amidst all the noise and commotion.

You will learn about the harsh and brutal lives of gladiators (at this point, we’re sure many of you will be imagining what it’s like to be a gladiator swinging a sword as a crowd cheers you on. Too much Hollywood does that to the mind).

This coliseum has the largest amphitheater ever erected by the Roman Empire, and that is definitely not something that should pass you by. The coliseum is an imposing place but that’s a good thing. The overwhelming feeling it exerts on you simply makes the experience even better.

 

  • Sweet Wine Tasting

To many people of the world-us included, fine wine and Italy are synonymous with each other. In Italy, there is a wine estate called Chianti. The place is grand, that much has to be said; but the wine cellars are its main attraction.

Here you will learn about the numerous processes involved in wine production and be fortunate enough to taste some too. The wine tasting will be complemented by samples of salami and cold meat in perfect slices. Reading this is already making your mouth water, isn’t it?

 

  • A Tour of the Vatican Museums

How often does this happen? How often do you get to say you’ve been in one of the holiest sites in the world? Disregard how beautiful the museums are, you also get to see and learn about the lesser-known parts and history of the Vatican City. Here the uncensored history of the place will be revealed to you, highlighting the dirty politics of all these creations of the Renaissance period.

A few of the many galleries you will visit are the Candelabra Gallery, the Gallery of the Maps and the Tapestry Gallery. So if learning about history doesn’t catch your fancy, these ancient yet wonderful works of art will.

 

  • Go On a Fun Road Trip Around Amalfi Coast

The best time to begin this trip is in the early hours of the morning, because it’s going to be a long trip-at least 9 hours or so.

Your road trip will have you driving from Sorrento to Positano to Amalfi. In Positano, you will stop for 2 hours. Use that time to explore the town and maybe enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. Acquaint yourself with the locals too, if you can. They are always friendly and willing to talk.

The drive continues to Ravello with an hour-long pit stop before you begin the journey back. Have in mind that throughout this trip, you will see more of a culture you never have before. Believe us when we say it’s far more than your average road trip. This is not something to miss.

If you’re ready to go then give us a call.  As a full service travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina we’re here to get you booked on all of the excursions plus getting you there, booking you an exciting place to stay and any tours that you’re interested in.  Not sure which ones to choose?  We can help you.

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How to Maximize Limited Vacation Time From Work

Making the best use of your vacation days every year can be difficult, especially since you get only a handful of days to spend. Traveling with limited vacation time can still be a delightful experience, and you can make the best out of it by using these tricks:

 

  • Prioritize

If your vacation time is as little as 10 days, does not imply that you have to discard your bucket list. It is possible to travel to Europe, South Africa or even Australia in under 14 days, provided you prioritize your must-do list…and as a full service travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina, we can book it all of you.

Even though you may not be able to take the long trip through Western Europe using a train, or visit London and Paris in one vacation space, you could still pay a visit to Sydney and use the available time to dive in the reef. All you have to do is make sure you prioritize your destinations and activities according to your wants or needs.  Don’t worry!  We’ll help you.

 

  • Plan in Advance

When you plan, the chances that you will efficiently make use of the time at your disposal are much greater. You might even end up extending the number of days you set out for your vacation. All this comes from learning and execution. When you plan your vacation trip in advance, getting approval from your boss for a time-off is far more likely.

 

  • Don’t Travel Too Far

You do not necessarily have to go across oceans or seas or even millions of miles away from home for you to travel to a fun place. You can also travel and having a great time even if you’re merely miles away from your home.

There is always an interesting location around your area or vicinity that you can drive to. If you have fewer days to spend a vacation on, it is advisable you try your hand at vacationing during the weekends only. Learn about how to enjoy long trips over the weekend.  We have some suggestions.

If you add one PTO (paid-time off) day to your weekend, then you have about three days to travel. It is very possible to experience fun events within that timeframe, as short as it is. Finding out the best spots to drive to shouldn’t prove too difficult too. A simple web search should do it.

 

  • Have Love for Red Eye Flights

When trying to make the best use of the little vacation time that you have, use every minute to the fullest. It’s a simple as that.  You will have to develop a tolerance for overnight flights or even learn to love it.   Even if red eye flights aren’t your idea of a fun time, you could save so a lot of transit time by using overnight flights.

 

  • Extend Your Business Trip

If you job allows you to travel for business, then you should be able to extend your trip by one or two days and even into the weekend. Take advantage of this opportunity and explore wherever it is you will be temporarily staying in.  Life is too short to waste it on work and work alone. So make the most of the time you have.

 

As a full service travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina , we’re here to give you ideas on how to utilize your vacation time the best way.  Whether that’s a quick trip with the family to Florida or 10-14 day all-inclusive getaway to the Caribbean, we’re here to give ideas and book the entire thing for you..your job is just to de-stress and enjoy yourself.  Don’t worry, we’ve got this!

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