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St. Patrick’s Day celebrations take place all over the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. Here are our three top picks for celebrations, one of which takes you to the birthplace of the holiday: 1) ShamROCK Chicago 2019 — Chicago, Illinois The city of Chicago is well-known for its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and 2019 is shaping up to be no different. Every year, the city dyes the Chicago River green in honor of the holiday. This year, there is a series of events going on all through the month of March, from three different parades around the city (including the Downtown... Read more →


Chasing rainbows, searching for mythical leprechauns and pots of gold, counting the leaves on clovers— these are all images that come to mind when St. Patrick’s Day comes bounding in on an Irish jig. March 17th marks the green clad, Irish born holiday celebrated internationally with everything from green dyed rivers to parades touting river dancers. However, many of the commonplace ‘traditions’ upheld today are fairly recent developments when compared to the history of the holiday. St. Patrick of Ireland To understand St. Patrick’s Day, it is important to know the man behind the holiday. In the late fourth/early fifth... Read more →


This March, people across the nation will celebrate Women’s History Month--a month long celebration of the achievements and contributions of women throughout history across society. One does not have to look far to see the influence women have had in medicine, politics, technology, literature and nearly every industry or aspect of society. This month is a time of reflection as much as it is an opportunity to look beyond the glass ceiling and into the future for women. To further continue the social, economic, and professional growth of women, there are countless organizations, events and initiatives. Take a look at... Read more →


January 29th, marks the last Tuesday in January… and National Plan For Vacation Day. With the holiday season just out of sight in our rearview mirrors, the post-holiday slowdown is the perfect time to plan your vacation in the year ahead. But as you’re focused on hibernating and hitting the gym to burn those extra holiday calories, vacation time may be the furthest thing from your mind. In fact, vacation time seems to be the furthest thing from most Americans’ minds any time of year. Here are some facts that may give you the no-vacation blues: According to the U.S.... Read more →


Today, January 22nd, marks the 32nd day of the longest government shutdown in the nation’s history.1 While not all factions of the government have been halted, this partial shutdown, which began in late December, has seen approximately 800,000 federal workers not receive pay.2 Unfortunately, these government workers aren’t the only ones impacted—travelers flying both domestically and internationally have reported longer security lines and delays. Airport security and efficiency Two key groups essential to maintaining airport security and efficiency are currently not receiving funding or pay through the current partial shutdown: Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and air traffic controllers. The functions... Read more →


As states continue to become compliant with the REAL ID Act, which sets universal, nation-wide standards for identification (i.e. driver’s licenses), there is still mounting confusion for companies and their corporate travelers over which enforcement deadlines to pay attention to. To break it down, there are two deadline types you should know about, and the latter is the most relevant for travelers. State Deadline 33 states and Washington, D.C. are already issuing licenses and identification cards that meet the new standards. The other 17 states and five U.S. territories have extensions which expire on October 10, 2018. Starting that day,... Read more →


For this part of the #USIontheMove blog series, we sat down with USI Affinity’s Arielle E. to hear about her experience traveling in Northern Ireland. Like so many places around this incredible world, it is hard to describe in full the emerald, earthen beauty of Ireland. The movie scenes and travel photos I had mooned over for years, I found, could never do justice for the wild sea of green and the rolling waves of ancient hills and valleys. For me, as for many Americans, setting foot in this unfamiliar place is more than just a holiday--it’s an adventure in... Read more →


According to a new report from Generali Global Assistance, the summer of 2018 is expected to be one of the most-traveled on record, with nearly 68% of Americans packing their bags. And while travel is generally a rewarding experience, travelers remain one of the most vulnerable groups to identity theft because they are often carrying more sensitive documents than usual and can be more unaware of their environment. However, with a few precautions, travel can be safer for you and your identity. 53 percent of thefts of consumers' identity data are "non-digital," meaning they don't involve — or at least,... Read more →


On July 4th 242 years ago, a room full of delegates and appointed officials signed into being a new nation built on ideals now nearly synonymous with the American way of life. On that day, there was no certainty that the United States would win their battle against England but there was trepidation, determination, and courage. Little did the Founding Fathers know what they would create with their signatures when they signed into being the Declaration of Independence. This Wednesday marks July 4th- an annual holiday commemorating the birth of America and celebrating the American people. Where history began and... Read more →


This is the age of wanderlust- wherein travel is easier, more convenient and more affordable than it ever has been. Countless flights are available throughout each day from a variety of airlines. Trains can carry passengers on their daily commute, from city to city, or across the nation. We have the ability to access updates to our travel plans with a swipe of the thumb through our Smartphones. Travel has certainly become easier in many respects, yet always retains an air of excitement for those of us who enjoy the chaos and thrill of getting to and then enjoying a... Read more →