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Posted 7/4/17

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Do you travel outside of the country often ?



Depends on what you mean by "frequently". Last year, for example, I took 4 individual trips. But two years before I didn't go anywhere.


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Do you guys worry about the radiation or war/terrorism at all during your travel ?




No, but then again I'm not really vacationing in war zones. Closest to it that I've been was when I went to Ukraine last year (I was in Kyiv so not really near where all the commotion is) and Istanbul. About radiation, I was actually planning on taking a tour of Chernobyl while I was in Kyiv, but it rained on all days except one, so I really didn't have the chance.
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No, but then again I'm not really vacationing in war zones. Closest to it that I've been was when I went to Ukraine last year (I was in Kyiv so not really near where all the commotion is) and Istanbul. About radiation, I was actually planning on taking a tour of Chernobyl while I was in Kyiv, but it rained on all days except one, so I really didn't have the chance.


You don't have to go to war zone to worry about terrorism now a day.

Remember the plane that was shot down over Ukraine ? or hotels attacked by terrorists ?

There's another question for you guys- Do you buy travel insurance when you travel outside of the country ??

Should You Buy Travel Insurance? | Travel | US News
http://travel.usnews.com/features/should-you-buy-travel-insurance
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You don't have to go to war zone to worry about terrorism now a day.

Remember the plane that was shot down over Ukraine ? or hotels attacked by terrorists ?

There's another question for you guys- Do you buy travel insurance when you travel outside of the country ??

Should You Buy Travel Insurance? | Travel | US News
http://travel.usnews.com/features/should-you-buy-travel-insurance


I would like to point out the question was war/terrorism, so my response is still apt.

As for the travel insurance... yes and no. I have insurance on my plane ticket in case something come up, but I'm rarely out of the country for more than 8 days at a time, so I can't justify the cost of it.
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AnimeAddictANN69 wrote:

You don't have to go to war zone to worry about terrorism now a day.

Remember the plane that was shot down over Ukraine ? or hotels attacked by terrorists ?

There's another question for you guys- Do you buy travel insurance when you travel outside of the country ??

Should You Buy Travel Insurance? | Travel | US News
http://travel.usnews.com/features/should-you-buy-travel-insurance


some form of travel insurance will be provided by the credit card you used to pay for the ticket(s)


the cases about the plane that was shot out of the sky or terrorists attacking hotels targeting tourists--- the accidental insurance will cover that -- up to 500K -- scratch that -- it's 250K now..

It's a bit disturbing when you read through the coverage document

https://www.cardbenefits.citi.com/~/media/CPP/Files/LegalDocs/SOAPI/MV6707_CitiCore_0816.ashx




Posted 7/5/17

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Yeah, no. It doesn't stream line it at all. In fact, each successive trip I take it makes the process take longer and longer.
Most recently I took a trip to Kyoto in April for spring break, and it took two and a half hours to get through customs, and I was near the front.


I've only been to two airports that are using those machines (I think they're called "automated passport control" machines or something similar) - IAD and LAX. LAX was kind of a clusterfuck (but it's always a clusterfuck). IAD felt more streamlined; maybe it was because it was after a red-eye flight from Paris and there weren't that many international flights landing at the same time. JFK can be a rough airport to have to deal with, so I can see it falling into a hellish nightmare when there's meant to be a process that doesn't rely on human interaction (and translation/tech savvy levels vary drastically).


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There's another question for you guys- Do you buy travel insurance when you travel outside of the country ??


I don't buy travel insurance directly. As dulun18 mentioned, the credit card usually has various travel/health perks. I can get reimbursed up to $2,500 for emergency dental/medical things as long as I'm over 100 miles away from my home address (covers hospital/operating rooms, qualified physician, surgeons, nurses, or dentists .. and prescriptions or ambulance fees). They'll even reimburse $75 per day for a hotel if one of these professionals inform you that it isn't healthy to fly home just yet (up to 5-6 days, I think). As for travel, it's pretty much the same - they'll reimburse up to $250,000 for certain situations around travel.

My company will pay for pretty much everything under the Sun every time I go. I think whatever travel insurance they get for me - it'll reimburse up to $1,000,000 for medical evacuation, $100,000 for any medical expenses, and will give you $600 for any baggage delay or up to $2,500 for lost baggage/luggage. I can't tell you how many times I've been able to get a nice outfit (vest/shirt/cargo pants) while traveling internationally due to baggage delays (it's nice to have coverage of baggage delays).
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I would like to point out the question was war/terrorism, so my response is still apt.

As for the travel insurance... yes and no. I have insurance on my plane ticket in case something come up, but I'm rarely out of the country for more than 8 days at a time, so I can't justify the cost of it.





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wow. 250K that is all you will get for a human life ? There's a girl who is selling her questionable virginity for 250K!! come on!!




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I've only been to two airports that are using those machines (I think they're called "automated passport control" machines or something similar) - IAD and LAX. LAX was kind of a clusterfuck (but it's always a clusterfuck). IAD felt more streamlined; maybe it was because it was after a red-eye flight from Paris and there weren't that many international flights landing at the same time. JFK can be a rough airport to have to deal with, so I can see it falling into a hellish nightmare when there's meant to be a process that doesn't rely on human interaction (and translation/tech savvy levels vary drastically).


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There's another question for you guys- Do you buy travel insurance when you travel outside of the country ??


I don't buy travel insurance directly. As dulun18 mentioned, the credit card usually has various travel/health perks. I can get reimbursed up to $2,500 for emergency dental/medical things as long as I'm over 100 miles away from my home address (covers hospital/operating rooms, qualified physician, surgeons, nurses, or dentists .. and prescriptions or ambulance fees). They'll even reimburse $75 per day for a hotel if one of these professionals inform you that it isn't healthy to fly home just yet (up to 5-6 days, I think). As for travel, it's pretty much the same - they'll reimburse up to $250,000 for certain situations around travel.

My company will pay for pretty much everything under the Sun every time I go. I think whatever travel insurance they get for me - it'll reimburse up to $1,000,000 for medical evacuation, $100,000 for any medical expenses, and will give you $600 for any baggage delay or up to $2,500 for lost baggage/luggage. I can't tell you how many times I've been able to get a nice outfit (vest/shirt/cargo pants) while traveling internationally due to baggage delays (it's nice to have coverage of baggage delays).


it looks like you are working for a good company who cares for their employees. Peace of mind is important when traveling. I think travel insurance is only $30-$40 and it will cover up to 500K
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I just picked up our passports from the mailbox today. I thought it would be 6-8 weeks for routine service but it's only been 2 weeks!

I guess it's the slow season..

Do you have Glogal Entry ? I'm thinking of apply for it as well $100/person/5 year. Is it worth it ?


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I just picked up our passports from the mailbox today. I thought it would be 6-8 weeks for routine service but it's only been 2 weeks!

I guess it's the slow season..

Do you have Glogal Entry ? I'm thinking of apply for it as well $100/person/5 year. Is it worth it ?



Yes, but it must be stated with an asterisk.

I don't know what airport you use, but the only reason to get it is if your primary airport has atrocious lines going through customs. I've been considering getting it myself, but couldn't be asked. Since it's only 15 dollars more than Pre check, if you don't already have pre check and was thinking of getting it might as well get Global Entry.

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Yes, but it must be stated with an asterisk.

I don't know what airport you use, but the only reason to get it is if your primary airport has atrocious lines going through customs. I've been considering getting it myself, but couldn't be asked. Since it's only 15 dollars more than Pre check, if you don't already have pre check and was thinking of getting it might as well get Global Entry.



I'm not sure if it is worth it
https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/enrollment-centers/arizona

I'm in Phoenix, so the international airports i'll end up in will be either LAX, San diego, or San Fransico.

so you will be using these kiosks? . I have family members who are not that tech savy... I guess i'll ask if they want to sign up for it $100/ per person

the only enrollment center in the Phoenix area is this one :/ the hours of operation..





$140 + $20+ $10+ $100-- just for travel papers for 1 person..



Posted 7/13/17

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it looks like you are working for a good company who cares for their employees. Peace of mind is important when traveling. I think travel insurance is only $30-$40 and it will cover up to 500K


It's mostly because they see me as an asset. I can bounce between roles without any issues. If I need to become tech support, I become tech support. If they need a Java developer, I can be a Java developer. If they need a C/C#/C++ coder, I can be any of those. If they need a CTO that will fly around and speak to customers/clients, I can be that guy too. The company I work for makes sure that I'm as comfortable as I can be, despite the additional stress of wearing too many hats at once.


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@ninjitsuko

I just picked up our passports from the mailbox today. I thought it would be 6-8 weeks for routine service but it's only been 2 weeks!

I guess it's the slow season..

Do you have Glogal Entry ? I'm thinking of apply for it as well $100/person/5 year. Is it worth it ?


Echoing what Bowie-Sensei said. Depending on where you're going and where you're coming from, it's worth it. It's only been worth it since I started flying around for work, otherwise, it's not all that important if you're not internationally flying around a lot. Again, if you were thinking of TSA-Pre Check (which is pretty useful if you go to any airport that has security lines) - just get Global since it's not really that much more and it'll last you five years.

LAX is definitely one of those exhausting airports (to me). Whenever I come back to the States via the West Coast, I tend to land at LAX and stay in a hotel for a day or two to "recover" from the flight (before jumping onto another). I will say Global/TSA-PreCheck has saved my ass a number of times in terms of just wanting the day to end and get some rest (or if I'm running a little behind, the morning after).

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Echoing what Bowie-Sensei said. Depending on where you're going and where you're coming from, it's worth it. It's only been worth it since I started flying around for work, otherwise, it's not all that important if you're not internationally flying around a lot. Again, if you were thinking of TSA-Pre Check (which is pretty useful if you go to any airport that has security lines) - just get Global since it's not really that much more and it'll last you five years.

LAX is definitely one of those exhausting airports (to me). Whenever I come back to the States via the West Coast, I tend to land at LAX and stay in a hotel for a day or two to "recover" from the flight (before jumping onto another). I will say Global/TSA-PreCheck has saved my ass a number of times in terms of just wanting the day to end and get some rest (or if I'm running a little behind, the morning after).


less waiting time and more rest time is what we would want.

I'll just apply for Global entry then. I wonder.. can we consider all these fees as business expenses as a contractor ?
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dulun18 wrote:


Bowie-Sensei wrote:


Yes, but it must be stated with an asterisk.

I don't know what airport you use, but the only reason to get it is if your primary airport has atrocious lines going through customs. I've been considering getting it myself, but couldn't be asked. Since it's only 15 dollars more than Pre check, if you don't already have pre check and was thinking of getting it might as well get Global Entry.



I'm not sure if it is worth it
https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/enrollment-centers/arizona

I'm in Phoenix, so the international airports i'll end up in will be either LAX, San diego, or San Fransico.

so you will be using these kiosks? . I have family members who are not that tech savy... I guess i'll ask if they want to sign up for it $100/ per person




I can't speak for west coast airports, as the only U.S. airport I've used for international flights is JFK. At JFK at least, as mentioned before, they're having you use similar kiosks for regular entry anyway, so Global Entry or not you'd have to use them. I assume that the TSA will start expanding this service to other airports in the near future, for better or for worse, so they're going to need to learn to use them if they plan to travel internationally.

From my experience it also seems that nearly nobody has Global Entry, so you'd have an extremely expedited processing.
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I'll just apply for Global entry then. I wonder.. can we consider all these fees as business expenses as a contractor ?


If you travel for business, yes.
You can deduct the amount of the passport based on the frequency of personal to business travel. So for example, if you fly 80% of the time for business and 20% of the time for personal - you can deduct 80% of the cost of your passport fees. You would have to add it to Form 2106 and then cover the expenses on Form 1040 as part of your Schedule C attachment (if I recall, this should be part of Line 24a). I've done this a few times for some of my clients.



From my experience it also seems that nearly nobody has Global Entry, so you'd have an extremely expedited processing.


What he says is true. You can generally get expedited through customs and security pretty quick with a Global Entry pass. Not immediate for customs, of course, but it's a fair bit faster than waiting for every other traveler that landed at the same time as you.
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I can't speak for west coast airports, as the only U.S. airport I've used for international flights is JFK. At JFK at least, as mentioned before, they're having you use similar kiosks for regular entry anyway, so Global Entry or not you'd have to use them. I assume that the TSA will start expanding this service to other airports in the near future, for better or for worse, so they're going to need to learn to use them if they plan to travel internationally.

From my experience it also seems that nearly nobody has Global Entry, so you'd have an extremely expedited processing.


so it will be like "self checkout" at the supermarkets i would not want everyone using them that is for sure. There's nothing annoying than having to wait behind someone who can't use the machine or have to wait for this and that..etc..
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so it will be like "self checkout" at the supermarkets i would not want everyone using them that is for sure. There's nothing annoying than having to wait behind someone who can't use the machine or have to wait for this and that..etc..


Yes and no. How the system works is that instead of filling out a customs form you scan your passport and take a picture with the machine, than you answer the same questions as you would with the form, then you get a print out. You then still have to go to the customs booth but instead of getting your passport stamped they stamp the print out.

This system actually has actually been making it take longer and longer to get through customs. At first it was if you traveled in the past 6 months. Then it was all flights. But this time it took two and a half hours for my flight to get through customs because of people not understanding how to follow basic prompts on a screen, people not understanding how queues works, and the fact that they only had two people working customs.
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