Tips to protect your identity and your bank account.
Purge Your Wallet: Empty your wallet of extra cards and IDs. Never travel with your Social Security card or checkbook. Only put your name/phone on luggage tags, not an address. (Bring a spare credit card in case yours is lost.)
Copy Important Documents: Make paper copies of your passport, plane tickets, hotel reservations, health insurance card, etc.; keep separate from originals but not in checked luggage. Or scan copies, then save on an encrypted thumb drive or email to yourself.
Sign Up For STEP: The U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program lets you set up an account when traveling overseas. In a financial, legal or medical emergency, the local U.S. embassy can help you more efficiently. STEP also offers travel alerts, embassy contacts and visa/vaccination rules. Go to step.state.gov.
Go Online With Caution: On your laptop, tablet or smartphone, never check personal websites – email, banking or credit card accounts – on public computers or Wi-Fi systems. Update security software and be sure you've got strong passwords on all devices. Only go online using encrypted Internet connections.
Alert Bank/Credit Card Companies: Before leaving town, notify your banks and credit card companies where you'll be traveling and for how long. Use credit cards, which generally have more fraud protections than debit cards. Try to use ATMs only inside banks, not in busy, touristy spots.
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Claudia Buck, The Sacramento Bee
Frequently Asked Questions: Seefeld, Austria
If you don't find an answer to your question, feel free to Contact Us for more information.
+ Seefeld Nordic Tour Questions +
Q: Who would like the Seefeld Nordic Tour?
A: Anyone who enjoys cross country skiing would like the Seefeld Nordic Tour. The region is especially well-known as a cross-country skiing paradise, with close to 300 km of groomed trails. Whether you are a beginner xc skier or a seasoned racer, this trip is for you.
Q: How many people will be on the trip?
A: The group size for the trip is around 12-18 people, plus the group leaders.
Q: Is there a strict schedule or can we make different plans away from the group?
A: We will plan a tour everyday (see tentative schedule on the Trips page), but you are welcome to go off on your own if you don't want to do a scheduled activity. Please let the trip leaders know of any separate plans so they know who will be joining the group. This can be discussed at the evening gathering for the next day's update. Please note, in order to make it to the hotel for the start of the tour on February 26th, flights will be departing the US by February 25, 2014.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Bring XC ski equipment and clothing, casual clothes, travel necessities (passport, license, money, etc) and accessories (sunglasses, camera, electronics, iPad, etc). We recommend bringing a couple of outfits that can be switched around and washed during the trip. << Download a list of ideas for what to bring >>
Q: Where and when do we meet up with the group at the beginning of the trip?
A: The trip leaders will be leaving from Denver and may meet up with other travelers from Denver leaving at the same time. For those not leaving from Denver at the same time, the group will meet up at the hotel in Seefeld in the afternoon. We will provide an information packet with more details around the beginning of February after registration is closed and flights have been scheduled. Please note, in order to make it to the hotel for the start of the tour on February 26th, flights will be departing the US by February 25, 2014.
Q: Where and when do we depart the group at the end of the trip?
A: The last day of the trip includes breakfast before leaving the hotel for the airport, depending on your flight departure time. Transportation from the hotel to the airport may be hotel shuttle or public transportation or rental car (if chosen). We can discuss individual plans.
Q: Where is Seefeld, Austria?
A: It is in central Europe, bordering Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, and Hungary. Seefeld is situated on a broad, sunny plateau, between the Karwendel and Wetterstein mountains. Check out the Region page for more details about the area.
Q: What language do they speak there?
A: The official language in Seefeld is German, but you will also hear Slovene, Croatian, and English.
Q: What currency is used in Seefeld?
A: The local currency is euros.
Q: What's the weather like in Seefeld?
A: Typically, the weather around that time of year (late February/early March) averages highs around 25 to 35 degrees and lows around 14 to 20 degrees. The season during that timeframe is late winter, early spring.
Q: What ability level is appropriate for the trip?
A: All cross-country skier abilities are welcome, from beginners to experts. There are trails for every level.
Q: Are lessons, instructions, ski tips provided?
A: There will be one initial lesson provided by Carter Active Tours, as well as technique tips along the way. For additional fees, instruction is available from local shops in the Seefeld area.
Q: What is included in the land cost?
A: Land cost includes: Double-occupancy accommodations (single available for additional fee), breakfast everyday, most dinners, Nordic ski trail passes, daily cross country ski tours, Nordic ski instruction and tips by Carter Active Tours, waxing clinics by Carter Active Tours, and trip swag.
Q: What is not included in the land cost?
A: Land cost does NOT include: Airfare, transfer to or from the hotel on the first and last days, ski rentals and equipment, instruction/lessons through local ski schools, race fees if any, lunches other than what is served at the hotel, optional/individual transfers or excursions such as downhill skiing, items not on set dinner menu, beverages, insurance, tips to leaders/guides, and items of personal nature.
Q: How do I register for the trip and when is the registration deadline?
A: Complete the Registration Form found on the Registration page. The deadline to register is December 26, 2013.
Q: What is the cancellation policy?
A: Should you find it necessary to cancel, written notice must be received from you. Based on the date we receive your written notice, a cancellation fee will be charged as follows:
• Over 60 days prior to departure, cancellation fee = $200
• 60-30 days prior to departure, cancellation fee = 50% of Land Costs
• Less than 30 days prior to departure or failure to show = no refund.
There will be no refunds or credits for unused portions or uncompleted trips for any reason.
For the complete cancellation policy, please refer to the Registration page or download a printable Terms and Conditions.