Three Practical Tips for Travelers to Spain

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As president of Stratford Insurance Group, Inc., Val Stratford draws on nearly two decades of experience in the insurance industry. In his leisure time, Val Stratford enjoys global travel to countries such as Spain.

1. When to Visit Spain
Spring and autumn generally offer clement weather, especially April through June and in the months of September and October, while the summer is quite hot. If you plan to visit northern Spain, however, you may prefer to go in July and August to find the best weather.

2. Transportation in Spain
If you want to rent a car and drive around the country, you will need to obtain an International Driving Permit and read the Driving Guide for Foreigners. If not, you may consider the convenience of purchasing a train pass ahead of time. Know, however, that if you want to save money, you should purchase your train tickets once you arrive. Alternatively, for an even cheaper option, travel by inter-city bus instead. Public transportation, such as buses, taxis, and subways, are both accessible and fairly inexpensive within the cities.

3. Using Money
Plan on obtaining euros through ATMs if you can. Traveler’s checks cost more and neither businesses in Spain nor Spanish banks will accept them. If you decide to obtain money through ATMs, remember to inform your bank before you travel to avoid having your account frozen for suspected fraud. Also, although you can find ATMs on almost every block, look for one from your bank’s network to avoid additional fees.


Rotary Members Raise Over $4 Million to Eradicate Polio

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Val Stratford, owner of the Stratford Insurance Group in Layton, Utah, handles a variety of leadership roles, including new client sales and human resources. As a contributor to worthy causes, Val Stratford is a member and former president of the local Rotary Club, a part of Rotary International.

Rotary International’s history dates back to 1905. Over the years its service missions have grown to include the elimination of polio.

Honoring this commitment, nine Rotary members from the headquarters staff raised some $4.4 million to foster research into curing polio. They participated in 2015 in the annual El Tour de Tucson bicycle race, the race taking place over a 104-mile course around the perimeter of Tuscon, Arizona. Over 100 other Rotary members from Arizona and elsewhere also took part.

The nine fundraisers had been training for the race since September. It was a daunting challenge, but their confidence built as they practiced with runs of 20, 40, 60, and 80 miles. Adding to their motivation was a 2-for-1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which brought the total amount raised to $13.5 million.