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Low-Cost Travel Insurance Offered For Adventure Travelers

Low-Cost Travel Insurance Offered For Adventure Travelers Feb 8th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Start talking about anything even remotely related to the topic of travel insurance and odds are the conversation will be short. This is not something that travelers dream about, plan for or share with their social networks. No one we know of has a scrapbook of insurance mementos picked up along the way or has written a song about it. To many travelers, travel protection is an annoying,...

Flight Canceled? Travel Insurance Could Have Helped

Flight Canceled? Travel Insurance Could Have Helped Sep 25th, 2012 at 4:00PM: As American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights through October, passengers were left scrambling for alternate flights or airlines to handle their travel plans. Those actually flying experienced more flight delays than normal too. Savvy passengers with travel insurance came out on top though, thanks to a normally unused feature common to many policies. Blame it on American Airlines...

International Business Travel Tips, From Business Travelers

International Business Travel Tips, From Business Travelers Sep 20th, 2012 at 11:00AM: After posting our 10 Tips For International Business Travel, readers responded with some engaging comments. Chiming in with additional tips that work, their ideas for international business travel have an undeniable common sense. Based on their personal experience, with some lessons learned "the hard way," readers shared not what they heard would be a good idea, but what they did that worked....

Adventure travelers: Your travel insurance ship has come in

Adventure travelers: Your travel insurance ship has come in Apr 29th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Adventure travelers have needs. Insurance needs that are unlike those of other travelers that choose a different, maybe easier path. Now, a major insurance plan provider has what they think is just what this edgy group needs. With their new Great Outdoors plan, Travel Guard North America has enhanced coverage and benefits, offering a streamlined solution to travel insurance. "A lot of time,...

Outside magazine's inaugural 'Travel Awards' winners

Outside magazine's inaugural 'Travel Awards' winners Mar 13th, 2012 at 6:30PM: With twenty-three categories and every continent up for consideration, the competition is fierce, but today Outside magazine released its picks for its new Outside Travel Awards. The winners include everything from travel companies and locales to cameras, suitcases, hotels, and apps, road-tested by those in the know (you know, those people). Amongst the chosen is Seattle-based Mountain...

Insurance gets a second look as travel world evolves

Insurance gets a second look as travel world evolves Mar 4th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Travel insurance was once something that only the most careful of travelers bought - an option that was easy to pass up and rarely used. But talk of airline bankruptcy, problems on a normally safe cruise vacation, and political unrest around the world have travelers taking a second look. Even impossible-to-predict natural disasters affecting travel are pushing consumers to buy. The travel industry...

10 budgeting mistakes even smart travelers make

10 budgeting mistakes even smart travelers make Oct 9th, 2011 at 1:00PM: When traveling, it's easy to go overboard and spend more money than you expected. What's important is that you spend your extra cash having fun experiences instead of on mistakes that could have been prevented with some planning. Read these 10 common money mistakes often made by travelers to help save money on your next trip. Mistake #1: Overpacking This is a mistake that can rack up travel...

Top five things to look for in a travel doctor, and why you should have one

Top five things to look for in a travel doctor, and why you should have one May 19th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Despite writing about food and adventure travel for a living, I used to be somewhat blasé about the concept of travel medicine. Multiple incidents of Giardia/dysentery/traveler's diarrhea/full-body outbreaks of mosquito and sand fly bites just taught me to carry a serious stash of antibiotics in my first-aid kit. At least I've always been conscientious about travel immunizations and...

10 stupid assumptions about cruise vacations

10 stupid assumptions about cruise vacations Apr 16th, 2011 at 8:00AM: It's almost funny sometimes, the things people get stuck in their heads about any number of topics that turn out to be stupid assumptions. We often just assume things that are convenient. Like that driving rules are the same everywhere, until we go someplace where they drive on the "wrong" side of street. Then, all of the sudden, after our little world has been thrown off a bit, we adjust....

Top 10 types of travel theft (and how to be safe)

Top 10 types of travel theft (and how to be safe) Apr 11th, 2011 at 10:00AM: In many large cities of the world, thieves hunt travelers from the shadows. They watch you take pictures at monuments, eat tapas at an outdoor cafe, and if you are unlucky, they will follow your steps with excited eyes as you fall into one of their traps. A few weeks ago while visiting Quito, thieves dumped a bucket of crap on me from a rooftop and then jumped me for my camera. It was...

Travel protection: Insurance or Assistance?

Travel protection:  Insurance or Assistance? Apr 10th, 2011 at 10:00AM: We talk a lot about travel insurance these days. In a travel world affected by everything from weather-related events to political unrest, more people buy travel insurance these days than ever before. Even the most anti-insurance people we know are taking a second look now as travel insurance seems to be a good bet to at least consider. But other than coverage, what you have to do to file a...

Travel insurance is popular, coverage not so much

Travel insurance is popular, coverage not so much Apr 3rd, 2011 at 11:00AM: Call it hedging a bet, playing it safe or now just part of the deal, more people are buying travel insurance than ever before, and they have some good reasons. Earthquakes, floods, ash clouds, civil and political unrest along with snowstorms, fear of pirates and scary things that go bump in the night all seem to play into making what was commonly a "no" decision a "yes, absolutely" when it...

Canceled flights: Don't let them make you miss the cruise

Canceled flights: Don't let them make you miss the cruise Feb 3rd, 2011 at 7:00AM: If your plans for an upcoming cruise include flying to the port in the next few days, odds are your flight could be delayed. With the massive storm crippling travel throughout the US and canceling thousands of flights, service could be disrupted for several days. What hurts is knowing that at the end of the day you could be in sunny Florida or some other fair-weather area, if you can only get...

Cruise Line Scams: Travel Insurance

Cruise Line Scams: Travel Insurance Jan 18th, 2011 at 7:00AM: The cruise lines lead us to believe that if we buy travel insurance from them that we are covered in case we need to cancel our vacation. We believe we will get our money back. The message is clear: Buying travel insurance is a good idea and we can easily add that on to our booking. We hear that and think "I'll play it safe and get the insurance in case something comes up and I can't go." But...

5 frank cruise tips the cruise line won't tell you

5 frank cruise tips the cruise line won't tell you Jan 2nd, 2011 at 1:00PM: Here are some important cruise vacation tips you might not find on any other list. The cruise lines won't tell you these. A good travel agent might but it would not be negligent of them to keep these tips to themselves. Only the most trusted of friends will let you in on these tips, if they know about them. Bring your own toilet paper- might as well just get this out of the way right up...

Ask Gadling: You develop a serious illness while traveling

Ask Gadling: You develop a serious illness while traveling Dec 9th, 2010 at 10:30AM: The very thought of acquiring a serious illness or injury while traveling strikes fear into the hearts of even the most stalwart adventurers. Speaking from personal experience, it's terrifying to find yourself alone (or not) in dodgy accomodations, in a remote area of a developing country, with a raging fever and/or an uncontrollable case of the runs or other unsavory symptoms. Which isn't to say...

Top five travel documents to email yourself before you travel

Top five travel documents to email yourself before you travel Oct 11th, 2010 at 11:00AM: A lost or stolen passport or ATM card is a surefire way to add stress to any trip. As a preventative measure, I keep a list of travel documents (scanned, as necessary) in my inbox, so I have them at the ready should I run into trouble. Before you head out on your next trip, make sure you have the following documents, copied, prepped and prepared in the event you need them quickly: 1. Passport...

Travel insurance is about to get more expensive

Travel insurance is about to get more expensive Sep 22nd, 2010 at 1:00PM: Travel insurance rates are poised to spike – increases of more than 20 percent might even happen. According to travel insurance company P J Hayman, look for other changes, too, like restrictions on age and details around medical conditions. Says Peter Hayman, of the company that bears his name: "With the summer holidays now over, travel insurers are now revising and renewing their schemes....

Dutch insurance firm offers world cup finals travel insurance

Dutch insurance firm offers world cup finals travel insurance Jun 23rd, 2010 at 1:30PM: Unlike, say 98% of Americans, the Dutch are completely in love with football- so much in fact, that many of them would rather cancel their summer vacation than risk being stuck at a foreign camping site without a TV. So, for those travelers, Dutch insurance firm "Europeesche" has introduced the World Cup Finals Cancellation Insurance. For a fee of 1% of the price of the vacation, plus the cost...

Travel insurance fraud means jail time

Travel insurance fraud means jail time Jun 6th, 2010 at 9:00AM: So, is there such a thing as harmless travel insurance claim that isn't exactly accurate? Well, that's a good question for Shaun Taylor. The Leeds resident was accused of making a whopping £40,000 in claims that affected eight insurance companies over five years. He got caught. Taylor received a suspended six-month prison sentence for 19 travel insurance fraud offenses ... in addition to...

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