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About half of corporate travel policies allow Uber, Lyft

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Only 30% of firms allow employees to use Airbnb

Looking for a Lyft?

Most corporate travel policies around the world still do not allow employees to use home share sites like Airbnb or Homeaway, but half of them now let travelers catch a ride with the likes of Uber and Lyft, according to a recent study by the Global Business Travel Association.

That 52% figure is up from 44% last June, the GBTA noted. The figures are based on responses from 3,220 business travelers from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Germany, Hon Kong, Japan and Mexico.

Only 30% of corporate travel policies allow employees to use sites like Airbnb to book their accommodation while away on business, but that number is up 10% on that same period.

“Advances in personal technologies and travel-based smartphone apps have made it easier for business travelers to choose the experiences and vendors they prefer,” the CEO of Certify, Robert Neveu, told The Economist. “And the companies they work for are following suit with expanded travel policy guidelines to accommodate new services and payment methods.”

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Operating for over a half decade, Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

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Four unforgettable festivals in Italy this spring and summer

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Frog races and the world’s biggest fish fry

 

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The Palio in Siena from the $700 seats.

It’s that time of year when travelers to Italy start thinking about tickets to the Palio in Siena, one of the most legendary horse races in the world. It’s also about the time those travelers realize that tickets start at about $450 for the famous festival — if they are available at all.

In that case, Frog Palio anyone? How about the world’s largest fish fry?

Italy is filled with unforgettable festivals year-round, but especially in the spring and summer months. Here are four remarkable ones you can start planning for now.

April 23, 2017: Palio della Rana (Frog Palio)

Urbino, Le Marche

Like any other festival in Italy, this one in the eastern region of Le Marche is filled with historic costumes, fireworks and great food, but the difference maker in this case is a frog race. Young men in medieval garb run with wheelbarrows down the streets of Urbino, with a frog riding on top. The frogs are impatient passengers. Every time it jumps out, the competitor must stop, put it back on top of the barrow before continuing downhill.

Like the Siena Palio, each competitor in this version represents one of the city’s neighborhoods and there is more pride on the line than you might expect from a frog-and-wheelbarrow race. And, like the horses in Siena, the slippery creatures in Urbino are examined by officials before each race to make sure there hasn’t been any tampering with the amphibians.

May 14, 2017: Sagra del Pesce (World’s Largest Fish Fry)

Camogli, Liguria

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Very near the Cinque Terre, the town of Camogli is famous for one thing: the world’s largest fish fry. Every May, town officials wheel out a 28-ton frying pan, measuring about 12 feet in diameter, and (for some reason) a 24-foot long handle.

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TV personality and legendary outdoorsman Larry Weishun switches to Ripcord

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‘Head afield without Ripcord?  I don’t think so!’

Legendary “Mr. Whitetail”, Larry Weishuhn, host and owner of “DSC’s Trailing the Hunter Moon” has switched over to Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ to protect himself while hunting all over the world.

“It makes no difference whether I’m hunting in the jess of Africa, the European Alps, the tundra of Canada, coastal Alaska or in my backyard in the Brush Country of South Texas,” Weishun said, “I’ve always got my Ripcord card with me.”

Weishun is one of the world’s most popular and recognized wildlife biologist, outdoor writer, book author, speaker and outdoor television show personality. He has hunted big game throughout the world including extensively in North America and Africa, but also in Europe, Asia, South America, New Zealand and Australia.

“Head afield without my Ripcord card? I don’t think so.” – Larry Weishuhn

A graduate of Texas A&M University and a professional wildlife biologist, he has long been in involved in a variety of wildlife research including work with such varied animals as desert bighorn sheep and alligators. He has established quality wildlife management programs on over 12,000,000 acres across North America and other parts of the world.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Operating for over a half decade, Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Redpoint’s Riley spends St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland on assignment

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The green hills of Clare

Redpoint Director in Operations Rich Riley is on business in the land of his ancestors this week, touring the Irish cities and countryside, as well as meeting some folks at the Coast Guard in Doolan Pier.

Apart from the routine asset surveys, Rich has been sampling local oysters in County Galway with his family, and taking in some live music in County Clare.

It’s a long way from the parades of Boston, but St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland offers magic of its own.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Operating for over a half decade, Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

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Geographic Expeditions selects Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance

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‘We like the option of combining evacuation and rescue services with travel insurance in one program’

GeoEx travel insuranceGeographic Expeditions (GeoEx) has selected Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ and its industry leading evacuation and rescue services, the companies announced today.

For 35 years San Francisco-based Geographic Expeditions has taken their guests to the world’s most far-flung locations: the jungles of the Amazon, the savannah of Chad, the Central Asian steppe, the hidden waterways of Laos and everywhere in-between. All of GeoEx’s trips include a medical evacuation and rescue program and secondary medical expense coverage, now provided by Ripcord.

“We are looking forward to working with Ripcord and particularly like the option of combining evacuation and rescue services with travel insurance in one program.  Our trips are frequently off the beaten path, and we are very happy to know that they are supported by Ripcord’s team of special operations veterans and Stanford-affiliated physicians.” said GeoEx Vice President of Operations, Shana Chrystie.

About Geographic Expeditions

A pioneer of travel to remote and challenging destinations since 1982, Geographic Expeditions crafts wanderlust-fueled journeys to the world’s most astonishing places. We’re driven by our love of travel, our fascination with the destinations we’re privileged to visit, and our delight in sharing them with you.

We pour our in-country expertise and passion for eyes-open travel into intelligently designing Group Trips and Custom Trips—cultural tours, treks, safaris, cruises, and journeys by train—to the widest array of destinations. You can count on us for engaging and enriching experiences, innovative itineraries, top-notch leaders and lodgings, and the highest quality safety net.

About Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Operating for over a half decade, Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.