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The American Senate is considering a “snowbird” provision that would allow retired Canadians over the age of 55 to stay in the U.S. for up to eight months, instead of the current maximum stay of six months. “Snowbird” is a common term for retired Canadians who “migrate” to warmer southern U.S. states in the winters, often buying or renting vacation homes and spending the maximum time allowed there.

The provision is a part of the proposed JOLT (Jobs Originated Through Launching Travel) Act – comprehensive immigration reform that was introduced to the United States Senate in April of 2013. The JOLT Act is intended to expand international travel to the United States in order to spur economic growth.

The provision would create a Canadian Retiree Visa that would extend the allotted time in the country for retirees who:

·        Are aged 55 or over.

·        Are Canadian citizens.

·        Have a permanent residence in Canada.

·        Own a second home in the U.S., or have confirmed rental home or hotel reservations.

The snowbird’s younger spouse would also qualify for the two-month extension if the couple is travelling together. Canadian Retiree Visa holders could not work or seek any sort of assistance or benefits while in the U.S. Any time spent outside of the U.S. during the visa period would not be subtracted from the eight months.

The Canadian Snowbird Association, a non-profit advocacy organization for Canadian travelers, has been campaigning for this change for years. Association researcher Evan Rachkovsky says there is wide support for the proposal among the over 100 members of Congress the organization has talked to.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer introduced the proposal, which he says has not been controversial. He points out that Canadians “help spur the economy”, and are the second largest source of tourist dollars (next to Americans) in several cities in New York State.

Under current legislation, all Canadians entering the U.S. as vacationers are limited to six months (less a day) in the U.S. in any 12-month period. This often results in snowbirds needing to cut their vacation short, and then being unable to cross into the States for so much as a day’s shopping until the remainder of their 12-month period is up.

Presently, retirees who lose sight or are not aware of this restriction run the risk of being arrested as an “illegal alien”. They may also face an unexpected tax bill – anyone living in the U.S. for over six months is required to pay taxes there. And it’s likely that they will be barred from re-entering the States for some years after being caught overstaying their visit.

According to the Canadian Snowbird Association, over one million Canadian snowbirds travelled to the U.S. in 2011 – a major contribution to the American economy. Canadians are the largest foreign buyers of homes in the U.S., with more than half a million Canadians owning homes in Florida alone. Other popular snowbird migration grounds include Arizona, Texas and California.

While an extra two months may not sound like a lot to some, American resort owners, realtors, restaurants, retail and grocery stores, golf courses, etc. that stand to benefit from the extension insist that the spin-off will be significant for them. Florida tourism officials point out that there are close to 500,000 jobs based on tourism in that state alone.

Even if the provision is approved, there are several barriers remaining for Canadians who would like to take advantage of a Canadian Retiree Visa. One is the aforementioned requirement that they pay U.S. taxes after a stay of over six months, another is that most provinces will not continue to provide health benefits for anyone who is out of the province for more than six or seven months, and a third is that some vehicle insurance does not allow a vehicle to be out of the province it is registered in for over six months. But rest assured that the Canadian Snowbird Association has those issues on its radar too.

Leonardo Dawson enjoys sharing his travel expertise through blogging. Visit the BestQuote Travel Insurance website for more travel information.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_travel-tips.jpgThe thirst to visit the new countries is in all of us. However, for most of the first time travelers, the notion of travelling might bring some anxiety. It is true that what fate will have in bag for you during the travel is not something that you would have prior knowledge about, yet the right kind of preparations can help you make a hassle free trip and prevent the trip from getting ruined.

To get a reservation for yourself in the airplane would appear to be a simple task. However when you decide to travel across national borders, there are a certain facts that you would need to keep in mind. The entire travel experience will surely sound pretty much exciting, however making all the right kind of arrangements is not that simple a task.

Even the minutest of your itinerary details are to be taken care of in case you want to make sure that your travel plan is not spoiled. Listed below are some of the most useful and competent tips, which would help you have a trip of a lifetime.

  1. Knowing the Native Language

For any traveler, it is important to have broken the language barrier, even before the flight tickets are booked. This is a great way to come closer to the nation. If you travel to a European country from America, you are likely to face little problems, since English is the most common tongue in these parts. But, in case your destination is somewhere in Asia, there are numerous languages that are spoken, other than English. It would be wise to get a commendable hold on some of the official languages of these places.

  1. The Right Kind of Clothing

The weather of the place you are about to visit will in all probabilities have huge dissimilarities from the weather of the place you belong to. This is why you must double check the weather conditions of that country and then pack your garments accordingly. Often in certain Asian countries, there are different climatic conditions within a single country, which might make your clothing choices a bit difficult. Your travel will all be in ruins, if you do not carry appropriate clothing along with yourself.

  1. Look for Entertainment and Fun Activities

If the term of your trip is going to be more than a couple of days or at least a week, then you must start researching about the tourist destinations and the local activities. If you wish to visit every beautiful destination, you must plan accordingly, taking every minute detail into consideration.

  1. Communicating Back Home

Homesickness is a common symptom in first time travelers. To avoid such a situation, you must be able to get in touch with your friends and family regularly and hence making arrangements accordingly. This way you also get to keep them updated about your trip. If you wish to communicate with them over your mobile phone, then you will have to ask your telephone operator to activate roaming facilities in your phone.

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Top Winter Wedding Destinations

You and your soon to be husband may want to marry in the winter; however, that doesn't mean honeymoons want to be taken in a cold climate. If you are looking for top winter wedding destinations think Canary Islands, Morocco, Africa or Thailand. Any of these destinations can provide a wonderful, relaxing and warm honeymoon. You can choose a waterfront hotel, a sail along the Chobe River in Africa or an intimate villa in Thailand. White sand and warmth are the keywords for a honeymoon getaway in the paradise of your choice.

This part of wedding planning should be done well in advance of your wedding date so that you have as many choices as you want. Don't wait until the last minute to book a reservation at your must visit destination only to find nothing available. Think about what amenities you want to enjoy such as a private plunge pool, butler and 24-hour concierge service for starters. If you live in Europe the Canary Islands offer a visit to Tenerife where the weather is usually a balmy 70 degrees Fahrenheit. When you are on an island you can expect to find everything you need or want at your hotel. Swimming pools, restaurants and sightseeing are part of many package plans when planning a honeymoon.

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If you are looking for a little adventure on your honeymoon think Africa. There are small boats that afford you privacy, elegance and sophistication. The wilderness that can be seen from your private suite will make many memories for you to keep. This could be a great way to go on a safari in absolute comfort. You will be pampered and indulged at every turn on a small cruise ship, making it a great place to honeymoon. Just as you would find on a larger ship there will be a plunge pool on deck to cool you off or provide an excellent viewing area for wildlife.

Few places on earth offer guaranteed winter sunshine like they do in Thailand. The beaches offer you a dip in the Caribbean with its pristine water. Villas can overlook the sea, have their own pools and offer beautiful views. Passing your honeymoon days and nights are totally romantic in this paradise. If you wish to explore, you and your husband will find wine tours, indoor Jacuzzis or a trip to floating local markets. Spas, scuba diving and treks on elephants round out the activities you can do on a romantic honeymoon.

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While a snow covered landscape is beautiful for a wedding, a perfect ending to your perfect day would be a warm weather honeymoon. As you can tell there are many places both near and far that can give you the trip of your married lives. While you will take other vacations throughout the years nothing will ever compare to your first one. The magic of your honeymoon in a warm climate will be something you can cherish the rest of your life. Look into the many destinations that are just waiting to pamper you.

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If you start to take part in events, shows and gymkhanas, then there’s a good chance that you and your horse will be travelling by road to get to the event. Before you set off, here are ten tips to make sure your journey is a smooth one, and that everyone arrives ready to win some rosettes!

 Check the roadworthiness of your horsebox

Like any other vehicle that uses the public highways, your horsebox needs to be roadworthy. Check tyres, lights, brakes and connections, as well as the integrity of floors, sides and partitions. Ensure that catches are secure and that the towing hitch is securely attached.

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 How nervous is your horse?

Even the calmest and most placid of horses can become nervous when travelling. A nervous horse can become agitated very easily, and injure both themselves and anyone around them. Make sure that your horse is as calm as possible before setting off, and secured properly within the box.

 Is your vehicle powerful enough to tow a trailer?

The combined weight of a box and horse can be well over a ton, so make sure your vehicle is capable of towing a horsebox without putting undue strain on the engine.

 How good is your driving?

Every sharp, jerky movement will translate into the box, and could alarm the horse. So make sure that not only are you confident driving a combined vehicle and box, but that you adapt your driving technique to ensure that the horse has as smooth a ride as possible!

 Are you insured?

Horsebox insurance not only gives you financial protection against theft, but also can cover you during journeys away from home too. Make sure that you have the right insurance and that your vehicle insurance also covers you for towing a horsebox too.

 How long is the journey?

A long journey should be broken up into three or four hour segments to allow the horse (and the humans!) to stretch their legs and take a break.

Travelling abroad

If you are travelling abroad then ensure that not only does your horsebox insurance include overseas travel, but that you have all the correct paperwork in place to take your animal abroad.

Ferry journeys

If you are travelling abroad then you will need to go by ferry, as the Channel Tunnel train connection does not allow horseboxes on board. However, ferries may refuse to take horseboxes and horses if the weather is bad, so check with your ferry company before setting out.

 Arriving in plenty of time

Give yourself plenty of time for your journey – however long you think it should take, add another hour at least! Getting to your destination in plenty of time gives you and your horse a chance to settle in before the main event starts.

Avoiding injury to rider and horse

Take every precaution to protect your horse in transit. Blankets, bandages and tail guards protect your horse from knocks and scrapes when loading and unloading from a box. But also ensure that you’re protected too, as an agitated horse in a confined space can injure a rider very easily.

Author bio

Director and Commercial Manager of Park Insurance, Marc Loud has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry and has specialised in training and development. His award-winning training techniques and the company’s commitment to excellence have elevated Park Insurance to the position of preferred broker with many of the UK’s top insurance providers. The company specialises in creating bespoke insurance packages for everything from horsebox insurance through to insurance for health clubs, hotels and guest houses.

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It is exciting to sail and yacht, especially on the Croatian coasts. There are thousands of islands to explore and they are tantalizingly spread out. Any sailing enthusiast will simply love being here and exploring the 3,700 miles of coastline on the Adriatic Sea. There are many Kroatien yacht companies here to offer one an experience of a lifetime. One can plan a luxury cruise or look for boat rentals and anchor at any of the 1,500 ports and bays in Croatia. Most of these companies are eager to help their customers to plan a great sailing vacation. However, the onus lies on the vacationer to get the best experience.

Why go to Croatia for sailing?

Croatia is the top sailing destination and why not, after all it has every aspect to make for a great sailing experience and make your dream come true of a great holiday. There is loads of adventure hidden in the numerous islands and bays. There are a huge variety of boats available and one will find motor boats, luxury yachts, sailing boats and gullets to suit their preferences. The main yachting centers are Murter Island, Sibenik, Sukosan, Zadar and Dubrovnik. Thanks to its huge numbers of coves and islands, Croatia makes for a perfect destination for sailing. Enjoy spectacular reef diving in those blue waters and enjoy the beauty around when cruising around those rocky islands.

Let us look at some options available with Kroatien yacht:

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Master Charter

Navigate the seas around Croatia on your own and rent a sailboat, catamaran or a motor boat. Cruise across the Adriatic Sea and pick sailing vessels that have been designed for racing or for complete relaxation. Guests can ask for skippers and hostesses for added facilities and comfort. This is also necessary for those who are still new to sailing and inexperienced on seas.

Yacht Charter

Another option of boat service, one can pick from 2 cabin sailboats to luxury yachts with 5 cabins. There is a motor on the boats to use as a backup when the winds fail. One can pick any of these vessels in the 6 different seaboard regions in Croatia, thus allowing the guests to explore any part of the coastline.

Today, one will find even higher number of choices with Kroatien yacht. The sailing fleet has become bigger and has been expanded to accommodate the growing needs of the guests. They come equipped with the latest technologies and meet the highest cruising standards easily. You can get bareboat, skippered and fully crewed yacht charters anywhere in the country. Make your bookings well in advance and read all the details beforehand. Tell the sailing company about the number of people in your group as well as the sailing destination. There are a large number of islands to explore and these lie very nearby and are largely hospitable. Look through the harbors and coves, enjoy the beaches and lagoons that come your way. There are no currents or tides to worry about and most of these harbors are easily accessible.

About the author

Kroatien yacht offers main charter bases in the country and you can rely on their experience and network. Get ready to enjoy the best sailing experience.



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