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November/December 2016 Issue

Food fest wraps up at Disney resort in Florida

If you want to enjoy the 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, you’d better hurry. The annual celebration of global flavors will run through Nov. 14.

Nearly half of the food items in the global marketplace are new or reimagined dishes. Try vegan nachos at the Greece marketplace or get a taste of the islands at the Caribbean kiosk. Pair food with wine, beer, ciders, or cocktails. The food frenzy happens throughout the resort’s hotels and atttractions. Bon appetit.

AAA Travel counselors can help you plan a getaway to Walt Disney Resort. Find a AAA service office near you.


Disney guests can enjoy food from around the world, seminars and more. Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney World


Is purchasing travel insurance necessary?

Of course we want our vacation –– an event we saved and planned for –– to go smoothly. After all, we’re doing this to relax and recharge.

But the reality is travel today can be complicated: multiple flight connections, lost luggage, or emergency medical needs. So when it comes time to make a decision on whether or not you purchase travel insurance for your vacation, consider what the insurance can cover for you.

• Cancellation of a trip due to an illness
• Missed connections, flight delays, cancelled flights
• Lost or stolen luggage
• Medical expenses (Medicare and domestic insurance may not cover you in an international destination)

These are some of the more common mishaps that could put your vacation at risk. When you consider the overall cost of your family’s vacation, adding travel insurance –– which usually runs around 5 to 8 percent of the cost of the trip –– can be a worthwhile investment to protect yourself.

AAA offers travel insurance through Allianz Global Assistance, which offers 24/7 medical and travel specialists to insureds. Talk to your AAA Travel agent for more information.



Travel smart on Thanksgiving weekend

Let’s talk turkey about traveling over Thanksgiving weekend – this year Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 27.

AAA last year estimated nearly 47 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more from home during Thanksgiving. The majority (42 million) were on the road, although 3.6 million took a plane to their holiday destination.

This year’s Thanksgiving weekend promises to also be robust, but with a little common sense and planning, you can make the trip go as smooth as grandma’s whipped potatoes.

• If you’re flying, get to the airport at least two hours before your scheduled departure.

• If you’re driving, it’s a good idea to have the vehicle checked by a mechanic to be sure there are no surprises on the road.

• You’ll avoid a good deal of traffic congestion if you can drive the interstates during off-peak hours. Wednesday and Sunday will be busier times on the roads, so plan accordingly.

• Never drive if you’re drowsy. Better to arrive at your in-laws a little late than not at all.

Download the AAA Mobile app before your trip. It can help you plan a route, find the lowest gas prices or a hotel and much more. Learn more at


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