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Here at Healthy Travel Blog, you may have noticed that we’re big proponents of having health insurance coverage when you travel internationally. But it’s not just a gentle suggestion. More and more, travel health insurance is a requirement when you travel. The London Telegraph’s Peter Pallot reports on the number of countries that won’t let you through customs if you…

Travel news this week was dominated by bad puns about Dreamliners and Nightmares, as a nasty little habit of batteries catching fire grounded Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner  jets. This is more of a business story than a travel story, but it bears watching for travelers. There was a lot of anticipation about the lightweight aircraft but this latest setback is…

Once upon a time, flying was luxurious. We’re well past that reality; flying to a destination has become very utilitarian, with crowded seating, slapdash meals, stale air and long waits. There can be no question that most travelers view flying as a necessary evil that separates them from the thrill of time away. But this week the Interwebs were buzzing…

In response to international criticism, with much of it coming from the United States, the Chinese government announced on Friday that it would initiate stricter air pollution standards for Beijing by the end of the month. Residents of Beijing, foreigners and natives alike, have long complained that the Chinese government routinely understates the severity of the problem, with many relying…

The air quality index in Beijing has soared over 500 as measured on instruments in the U.S. embassy, prompting staff to issue an alert today calling air quality “crazy bad.” The Chinese government’s official air quality reading was 312 because it measures large particulates only and ignores the tiny and dangerous dust particles that U.S. readings capture. Readings over 240…

It’s back. That 60-mile long traffic jam on the road from Beijing to Mongolia, cleared by authorities two weeks ago, has reappeared. Latest reports put it at 75 miles long. The stated cause of the jam is a construction project that isn’t scheduled to be completed until September 17th. I guess it’s a testament to impatience, ignorance and desperation. You…

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