LHA Travel Blog

Welcome to the LHA Travel blog. Here you can find travel tips and stories from our community of travelers!

  • What is a Visa? - Author: Visa-Adviser The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a visa as “an endorsement made on a passport by the proper authorities denoting that it has been examined and that the bearer may proceed.” In reality, having a visa does not guarantee you can proceed into another country. According to the U.S. Department of State, which issues visas […]
  • Why Do We Travel? - Author: Visa-Adviser As many as 1.1 billion of us will leave our country to visit another country each year.  That is over fifteen percent of the total population on earth.  According to the World Bank, in 2017, approximately 1.57 billion departures took place all over the world, which is an increase of 60 percent since […]
  • Visas on arrival - Which countries allow you to get a visa at the border? Author: Visa-Adviser LHA Travel updates the visa issuance procedures regularly for its Visa Adviser® web app and Android app. We have compiled a list of countries currently allowing visa upon arrival (on the border). The benefit of knowing which countries allow this option give […]
  • Don’t over-plan your vacation! - Author: Visa-Adviser If you are well-seasoned traveler, feel free to set the agenda aside and roam. Other than setting aside vacation time, a budget, visa-requirements (of course), and a vague sense of places in your destination you’d like to see, don’t plan. In places that are crowded, with plenty of options, you don’t even need […]
  • Should you go Pro? Why Professional Travel planners can be a real asset to your trip. - Author: Visa-Adviser Most of my travel has been solo business travel, where I am carried along by predetermined schedules. However, in the times that I have out-sourced my “fun” to travel pros, I enjoyed it in a way one enjoys a nice steak when one’s football team wins the Super Bowl or the Nutcracker performance […]
  • How I got my Visas - Author: Isa Phillips *A note from the Publisher: we sometimes ask travelers to share their interesting travel or visa stories, and sometimes we get picturesque stories indeed. Hope you enjoy the one below. Please note that the opinions expressed by our contributors are their own. The name of the country issuing the visas in this […]
  • Safe Travel: Responding to Civil Unrest - Author: Visa Adviser What to do when you find yourself in civil unrest while traveling. Recent mass protest in Hong Kong, the Yellow Vest protest in France, and the climate change protest in London that shut down major streets, show that even well-visited countries may sometimes experience civil unrest. In one case, William Nguyen, a […]
  • Transit Without Visa at the Top Ten International Airports - Author: Visa-Adviser According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, in 2018, over one billion people visited another country.  Many of these flights included layovers in another country on their way to their final destination, with significant implications for visa requirements for visitors in airside transit.  Airside transit means visitors with a connecting flight in […]
  • Discovering Ecuador with John Cain - Author: John Cain One of the things I’ve learned from my world travels and from living outside the USA is that people everywhere, kind of, just want to be happy.  It’s the one thing we all have in common.  There are many things in one’s native country that can make one happy, but living abroad reveals thousands […]
  • If our ancestors had to get visas: a look at human migration - Author: Visa-Adviser It is believed that modern humans migrated out of Africa some 60,000 years ago.  Starting with a group of 1000 to 50,000 people, armed with their two feet and a will to survive, they ventured into the unknown, road-tripping their way across the globe.  It took 50,000 years or so for their descendants […]
  • Navigating Customs - Author: Visa-Adviser Tips for passing through customs in any country Passing through customs normally involves long queues, particularly during peak hours and at major international hubs.  The queues are normally coupled with automatic kiosks and/or agents. For many travelers, this may be the least enjoyable part of their journey.  First, kiosks promise to speed things […]
  • TOP TEN MISTAKES: When applying for a Brazilian visa - Author: Thais Olsen Beginning June 17, U.S., Canadian, Australian and Japanese citizens can spend 90 days in Brazil from their date of entry, Brazil Tourism said in a statement. They can extend their stay for 90 more days, not to exceed 180 days in a year. 1) “I AM AN AMERICAN CITIZEN!” Most Americans do […]
  • APEC Card – What is it and how to apply for it? - Author: Visa-Adviser APEC stands for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), it is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1989 to foster greater prosperity of its member-states through trade, economic cooperation, and policies.  Its current members include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the […]
  • USA Visa Interview: tips to prepare for the big day - Author: Visa-Adviser A visa interview can be a stressful experience ridden with anxiety, fear, and sleeplessness. As the capstone of a multi-year process, there is a lot hanging on the line for those applying for work or immigration visas. Having prepared for hundreds of interviews in the past, here are my top three tips to […]
  • Rental Cars in Europe - Author: Visa-Adviser Tips for car rentals in Europe Cars have traditionally been seen as a symbol of freedom, independence, and control for many people. So what better way to be able to have this freedom on your travels? Seasoned travelers for whom the one-stop-tourist-shop no longer satisfies their curiosity may find a road trip through […]
  • Outbreaks and Regions of Travel - Author: Visa-Adviser Traveling to a different country exposes us to a new culture, landscape, and environment,  but it can also exposes us to different diseases not commonly found in our native country.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC), which is tasked with fighting diseases that the U.S. public faces at home and abroad, maintains a […]
  • Entering Nepal - Author: Hugo Reiner Having visited several dozen countries in the last few years, I’ve endured the process of applying for visas many times. One specific visa process stands out among the others. Back in March 2012 I was in India for my very first time. After spending several weeks traveling throughout Northern India, it was […]