What is a travel membership club

A travel membership club is a program or service that offers exclusive benefits and perks to members who pay a membership fee. These benefits often include discounted rates on hotels, flights, cruises, and other travel-related expenses, as well as access to special amenities, such as airport lounges, travel concierge services, and exclusive vacation packages.

Membership clubs may also offer other perks, such as cashback or reward points for travel-related purchases, travel insurance coverage, and access to online travel resources and forums where members can share tips, advice, and travel experiences.

Some examples of popular travel membership clubs include AAA, Costco Travel, Hotels Etc. membership. These programs are designed to help members save money and get the most out of their travel experiences, and are often geared towards frequent travelers or those who travel for business.

Membership programs can help you save on travel, entertainment, recreation, and day-to-day expenses.

Why you should join a vacation travel club membership?

We all know that traveling can be an expensive experience considering the high costs on
the hotel bookings, flights, dining, and transportation on your vacations or business trip.
That’s why we always look for deals, discounts, and offers on our travel plans. For this
purpose, you may consider joining a vacation travel club membership to save some
money on your bookings at ease and comfort. It can be beneficial for both seasoned
and frequent travelers as it helps them cut down on their booking costs.
Joining a vacation travel club membership can cost you a bit but in the end, it is well worth
it. They have their own privileges for members for all kinds of needs and travel plans.
Travel clubs offer a variety of affordable services for all kinds of travelers through their
membership plans. They provide access to a number of travel-related packages on
accommodations, flight fares, amenities, transportation, sightseeing, and more. They offer
different customized packages to offer unique features and benefits depending on
travelers’ requirements. You can also avails of health and wellness benefits, entertainment
discounts, cruise discounts, shopping discounts, and recreational discounts through a
travel membership program.
Some other reasons why you should consider joining a vacation travel club membership
 Affiliation to different properties: Travel club members get the best
accommodations at the best possible prices. Vacation travel clubs are affiliated with
different kinds of properties in different places. You will get a lot of options to
choose from for your accommodations on your holiday destinations. A member does
not do not necessarily need to focus on a few properties on cheaper hotels; you can
enjoy the high-class accommodations facilities at affordable rates. The better the
travel club the better the services.
 You can choose from different travel packages: Vacation travel clubs offer
different packages to their members depending on their requirements on a vacation.
Members can choose from a range of vacation packages for discounted hotel
bookings, flight fares, cruise travels, rental cars, and other adventurous activities
depending on their plans.
 Travel more, worry less: With the travel membership programs, you can travel
more on your vacation without worrying that much about planning and bookings.
Your vacation travel club takes care of everything for you. It makes things easy for
you and you can explore more on your holidays.
If you are planning to join a vacation and travel clubs, you can find many professional clubs
that offer their benefits in different locations. Depending on your travel needs, you can

subscribe to a vacation travel club membership program to make your next vacation trip
exotic and exciting. If you are a frequent traveler for leisure or business, you can avail of
their perks to enjoy more on your trip and worry less about planning and bookings by
keeping your expenses low.

Overseas Travel Health Insurance for India

Health Insurance policy issued to you is valid in India only. When you travel out of India then you need Overseas Travel Health insurance policy because of following reasons :
i.	If Hospitalization is required while you are in a foreign country then treatment may not start in a hospital; unless you make the payment in cash or by credit card or produce health insurance policy reference / card.
ii.	Some embassies of foreign countries need it as part of documents for issue of visa itself. An example is the Germany Embassy or Spain Embassy.
Even though this policy in the beginning was for taking care of hospitalization/medical treatment only but at present this product is available with certain additional features.
You will notice that while in the case of Health Insurance policy valid with in India is having the limit of Rs 5,00,000 but in case of Overseas Health Insurance policy sum can be as high as US$ 5,00,000, which is nearly equal to Rs. 235 lakhs. (Rs 2.35 crores)
Health Insurance policy valid within India is issued with difficulty for those above 60 years in age. In the case of Overseas Travel Health Insurance for India, the policy can be issued even for the age of 84 years but subject to following documents being attached with proposal form for all those whose age is above 70:
•	ECG test
•	Blood test
•	Urine test 
Medical assessment in specified format duly filled/signed/rubber stamped along with license no. of the postgraduate (M.D. or a above) doctor who has filled the report. It is to be understood that report by MBBS qualified doctor is not valid.
The medical specialists of the Insurance Companies generally based in Zonal office or Head office review the documents and decide:
1.	Whether to accept the proposal and underwrite the risk
2.	If to underwrite the risk should there be loading on premium rates and what should be the maximum amount of Hospitalization covered.
This approval cycle can take 2 to 5 days. Normally for a person of 70+ age the limits imposed with respect to hospitalization / medication in the policy are between US $ 10000 and US $ 50000. You will notice that this is much less in comparison to limit of US $ 5,00,000, which is available to those who are in age group of 70 years or less. The good thing about this policy is that it is even issued to those who have preexisting disease. Hospitalization in foreign country even with the disease (preexisting) is covered.
On the concept of loading factor starting on a specified data it has been seen that for a person aged 84 traveling to USA, a specific PSU loaded the premium by 150%. Private Insurance Companies are generally not issuing policy to those, who are 80+in age.
In these recent months we notice that PSU's have started discouraging the issue of such policies
These policies can be divided in to :
1.	Single trip policy
2.	Annual multitrip policy
As the name indicates single trip covers a single trip, which is starting on a specific date and ending on a specific date. It is possible to extend the date on payment of additional premium subject to condition that no claim has been made. Extension of policy is at the discretion of the Insurance Company.
Annual Multi trip policy is having validity of 1 year. As many trips as you wish are possible but it is subject to the condition: "Single trip not being more than 30 days." Some Insurance Companies now offer option of single trip not being more than 45 days.

Armenia: Great Destination for travelers

Armenian leaders remain preoccupied by the long conflict with Muslim Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a primarily Armenian-populated region, assigned to Soviet Azerbaijan in the 1920s by Moscow. Armenia & Azerbaijan began fighting over the area in 1988; the struggle escalated after both countries attained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. 

Armenia prides itself on being the first nation to formally adopt Christianity (early 4th century). Despite periods of autonomy, over the centuries Armenia came under the sway of various empires including the Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Persian, & Ottoman. It was incorporated into Russia in 1828 & the USSR in 1920. 

By May 1994, when a cease-fire took hold, Armenian forces held not only Nagorno-Karabakh but also a significant portion of Azerbaijan proper. The economies of both sides have been hurt by their inability to make substantial progress toward a peaceful resolution. Turkey imposed an economic blockade on Armenia & closed the common border because of the Armenian occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh & surrounding areas. 


Government: Republic 

Armenia is located in the southern Caucasus & is the smallest of the former Soviet republics. It is bounded by Georgia on the north, Azerbaijan on the east, Iran on the south, & Turkey on the west. Contemporary Armenia is a fraction of the size of ancient Armenia. A land of rugged mountains & extinct volcanoes, its highest point is Mount Aragats, 13,435 ft (4,095 m). 

Prime Minister: Andranik Markarian (2000) 

President: Robert Kocharian (1998) 

Area: 11,506 sq mi (29,800 sq km) 

Population (2004 est.): 2,991,360 (growth rate: -0.3%); (Armenian, 93%; others, Kurds, Ukrainians, & Russians); birth rate: 11.4/1000; kid mortality rate: 24.2/1000; life expectancy: 71.2; density per sq mi: 260 

Capital & largest city: Yerevan, 1,462,700 (metro. area), 1,267,600 (city proper) 

Other large cities: Vanadzor, 147,400; Gyumri (Leninakan), 125,300; Abovian, 59,300 

Monetary unit: Dram 

Language: Armenian 96%, Russian 2%, other 2% 

Religion: Armenian Apostolic 94%, other Christian 4%, Yezidi 2% 

Ethnicity/race: Armenian 93%, Russian 2%, Azeri 1%, other (mostly Yezidi Kurds) 4% (2002). 
Note: as of the end of 1993, virtually all Azeris had emigrated from Armenia

China Travel

China, with an area of 9.6 million sq km, is the third-largest country in the world, next only to Russia and Canada. Located in eastern Asia, China is bordered by Russia and Mongolia to the north; Russia and North Korea to the east; Russia and Afghanistan to the west; and India, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma, Bhutan, Vietnam, and Laos to the south. The capital of China is Beijing. Shanghai is the largest city.

Traveling to China is a lifetime experience and an ideal way to understand the land of cultural and geographic schisms. China offers immense opportunities for its visitors to make their travel quite interesting. Whether you are interested in Chinese culture, Chinese history, or simply enjoying Chinese scenery, a trip through the Chinese mainland has it all.

If you don’t have a couple of years for exploring the Chinese mainland, it is a good idea to follow a loose itinerary. Some good suggestions along these lines include a trip from the Chinese capital to Tibet through Xi’an’s terracotta warriors, following the traditional Silk route, sailing down the Yangtze River (which provides the most rarest and beautiful views of Mother Nature), or traveling around the Dr Seuss landscape of Guangxi Province.

Beijing has been crowned as the country’s capital for approximately 500 years. The city boasts some of the beautiful sights such as the off-limits palace of Ming and Qing emperors, the Forbidden City, their eunuch servants, princesses, and harems. The Summer Palace, one of the major attractions, was constructed in the late Qing period. China’s renowned imperial legacy – the Great Wall – starts in Beijing. The wall can be viewed from numerous places, however, the majority of the visitors approach it from Beijing.

The sacred mountains of China have always been major pilgrimage destinations for many centuries and all these mountains feature well-marked trails to the summits. There are also stairways carved into rock faces, and sights en route include inscriptions and poems and several temples. The sunrise at the summit is inevitably one of the most noted attractions. Huangshan, Emeishan, and Taishan are the most popular mountains majority of the foreign tourists never miss in their China travel.

China also prides on being home to the largest Buddha statue in the world. The Grand Buddha at Leshan in Sichuan Province is 71 m high and carved into a cliff face that overlooks the meeting of the Dadu and Min rivers.

China’s well-known collection of European architecture is lined up facing the sea on the Bund in Shanghai. Xiamen in Fujian Province features outstanding collections of colonial architecture, on Gulangyu Island.

Tourist attractions in China are too much information to cover. Hence it is better to contact a tourist operator first and get an idea about the possibility and cost of different tour programs before embarking on one.