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Leslie Stroud on coronavirus lockdown in New Zealand, full-time travel with 5 kids, and “roadschooling” (Safe Travels #22)

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In this episode I speak with Leslie Stroud of 7Wayfinders.com.

She and her family (5 kids!) were traveling the world full-time when coronavirus came along and brought their plans to a halt….in New Zealand.

Leslie talks about the very strict and thorough safety lockdown in New Zealand, handling this with kids, and plans to get out when things open up again.

She also shares family travel tips, advice for road-schooling, and more.

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  • On the overwhelming decision to travel full time as a family 00:06:41
  • Coronavirus lockdown in New Zealand 00:10:10
  • The thorough safety measure in NZ 00:11:48
  • Tips for full-time travel with a family 00:18:57
  • Mistakes to avoid when traveling with kids 00:22:25
  • Misconceptions of traveling with kids 00:24:43
  • Advice for “Road-schooling” 00:27:18

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Megan Tenney on road trip tips, mask usage, knowing local rules, and more (Safe Travels #40)

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The summer of 2020 is the summer of the road trip…at least that is what everyone is saying.

If you are thinking of hitting the road, you might be wondering what it is like.

  • What safety measures do you need to know?
  • Is it business as usual as you travel around?
  • Are people wearing masks?
  • What about laws and regulations in the states you will be traveling to and through?

To help with all of this and more, I’m speaking with Megan Tenney from FamilyGapYearGuide.com.

Megan and her family, including 4 kids, have been on the road for two years…including the coronavirus outbreak.

She gives a very useful report from the road, including answers to all of the questions above.

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  • Overview of conditions on the road 00:02:18
  • Some playgrounds open, others closed 00:03:43
  • How to find info about various state rules 00:05:44
  • Mask usage while road tripping 00:07:01
  • Ballpark estimate of mask usage 00:08:30
  • Safety concerns while moving around the country 00:09:30
  • Special challenges with kids 00:10:19
  • Funny looks for mask usage? 00:11:16
  • How store hours can be changed 00:12:13

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Josh Grafman on airplane mask enforcement, lifetime bans, and fake exemption cards (Safe Travels #39)

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By now all airlines are finally requiring masks for passengers (looking at you Allegiant), sometimes with the risk of lifetime bans for non-compliance.

Who is requiring masks? Are they really banning people? How does it all work?

The answers to this and more will be provided by Josh Grafman from JetBlue.

Josh talks about the mask requirements, the process for dealing with belligerent no-maskers, fake cards, and more.

Please enjoy.

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  • Summary of mask rules 00:01:54
  • Potential consequences for non-compliance 00:02:31
  • How enforcement would work 00:03:15
  • Fake exemption cards 00:05:51
  • The last airline to get on board with masks 00:06:20
  • What happens if you don’t have a mask (but want to comply) 00:08:05
  • Are any types of masks ok? 00:09:22
  • Additional safety procedures by airlines 00:09:55
  • Best guesses for lifting requirements for masks 00:10:53
  • Blocked middle seats 00:11:43
  • Final thoughts 00:12:21

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Jeremy Murchland on road trip insurance and how to get travel insurance with covid-19 coverage (Safe Travels #38)

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If you are taking a road trip this summer, you will be joining millions of other people out on an adventure.

But, what happens if there is a problem or accident on the road? It might be a medical emergency, accident, or anything else….but how what happens to your vehicle? How about your family? How do they get home?

Today’s show will feature Jeremy Murchland who is the President of Seven Corners insurance. Seven Corners is a travel insurance company, but in light of the popularity of road trips this summer they have put together a road trip plan called ARMOR. 

This plan helps get you, your family, pets, or your vehicle back home when you’re out on a road trip and something happens. 

Jeremy will also talk about how Seven Corners has made some changed to some plan so they specifically cover coronavirus, which will become extremely important as people start traveling again.

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  • Survey highlights about summer travel 00:02:43
  • What can go wrong on a road trip? 00:03:51
  • How road trip coverage fills a gap 00:05:46
  • Ballpark prices for road trip coverage 00:08:28
  • Common misunderstanding about this coverage 00:09:25
  • Covid-19 coverage in other plans 00:10:10
  • Why having ‘named coverage’ for covid-19 is vital 00:13:45

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