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Westin Hotels launched a global study of the sleep habits of 12,500 frequent flyers. Fifty-one percent of the participants ranked a good night’s sleep over sex or chocolate. Sixty-two percent stated that they use prescibed or over-the-counter sleep and stress medications while traveling overnight to fight the disorientation and concentration problems resulting from jet lag. Here are some tips:

Tip no 1 - Don’t take sleeping pills until you’re certain that your plane is taking off the ground.

Tip no 2 - Time your medication so that you sleep at the same time as people sleep at your destination.

Tip no. 3 - Inform the flight staff that you do not wish to be woken during the flight.

Tip no. 4 - Reserve a seat away from high-traffic areas, such as the bathrooms or galley, where disruptions will awake you.

Tip no. 5 - Avoid taking a lengthy nap upon arrival and opt instead to synchronize with the time zone of the locale.

Tip no. 6 - Force your body and mind to keep moving to catch up.

For more tips, call the sleep experts at (888) TIME-4-SLEEP.


According to Jane Engle, travel writer for the Los Angeles Times, travelers should seriously consider travel insurance in today’s age of transit strikes and terror alerts. Most travel insurers will reimburse their policy holders if labor strikes involving airlines, trains, buses or other forms of transits prevent departure. Cruise liners are notorious for not caring if your plane connection was canceled. Why take the risk? Travel insurance policies offer reimbursement if cancellations cause a trip to be cut short. Engle cautions, just as Safety First always advises, read before you buy. Make sure the policy covers these types of events.

Failing to Buy Travel Insurance Makes LA Times Lists of 10 Mistakes

LA Times travel writer Catharine Hamm has compiled a list of mistakes gathered from years of emails and letters submitted to her consumer education column. Her top ten frustrations to be avoided are worth sharing.

1) Failing to buy travel insurance made the number one slot. Her research indisputably showed that those with travel insurance always came out ahead. Those without insurance risk missing cruises or airline connections and incurring the costs of replacement tickets.

2) Hamm recommends declining rental car insurance in the United States with the caveat that travelers should first check their own automobile insurance or credit card companies to make sure the are covered.

3) Inspect your rental car inside and out for damage and other problems before leaving the lot. Cigaret burns, for instance, are often overlooked unti it's too late. This simple precaution avoids later disputes and charges at check in time.

4) Hamm also recommends taking pictures to further document damages, both before leaving the agency and after returning the car. Who can dispute pictures?

Travel Gourmet, R.W. Apple

Travel writer R.W. Apple knew the secret of traveling: travel to eat.

Mr. Apple’s last book, “Far Flung and Well Fed,” is an indispensable guide for pre-travel research. Mr. Apple’s career spanning over 40 years was like no other. His political writings such as “The Boys on the Bus” were only one side of this incredible writer who wrote just as extensively in later years about food around the world. In fact, journalist colleagues from the world’s most read newspapers would often seek his advice about the best places to eat and drink. Apple’s philosophy was that food, more than anything, offers a true sense of a country and enhances the travel experiences.

SafetyFirst Travel Insurance is saddened by his passing at age 71.

Hey, Big Spender

SafetyFirst’s roundtable of savy frequent fliers have had the most success with gratituties by following these simple suggestions:

Suggestion #1: Befriend the desk clerk for advice on local tipping customs. These professionals are usually more than happy to explain current gratuities, including tips for hotel staff, restaurant workers, and taxi drivers.

Suggestion #2: Whether touring the Mandela museum in Johannesburg, floating on a hot air balloon over Kenya, kayaking in Tahiti, or on surfing safari in Bali, when in doubt, use the US dollar. Keep in reserve a stash of small US bills to award good service.

Suggestion #3: Err on the side of generosity. Keep in mind that you are the ambassador of your country. Fodor's recommends acquiring a stash of small denominations in the country’s currency immediately upon arrival.

Suggestion #4: Always keep you tipping cash segregated from your other cash.