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Adventure travel insurance: a cautionary tale

Adventure travel insurance: a cautionary tale May 11th, 2010 at 8:30AM: Awhile back we posted a story on the importance of travel insurance for adventure travelers. In that article, we discussed the value of carrying travel insurance, which can safeguard someone from trip interruptions or even cancellations, and the loss of baggage that can result in very important, sometimes specialized, gear going MIA. But we also talked about how adventure travelers are often...

Travel insurers pay mostly for Brits beaten up in Asia

Travel insurers pay mostly for Brits beaten up in Asia Feb 23rd, 2010 at 12:00PM: It's a pretty specific trend, which makes you wonder just what the hell is going on. According to the latest data from travel insurance provider WorldNomads.com, more than 65 percent of all major claims submitted by UK travelers are for injuries sustained in Asia. North America, on the other hand, is only good for 25 percent ... I guess there aren't too many Brits twisting their ankles on the...

Travel insurance for a recession-plagued world

Travel insurance for a recession-plagued world Dec 17th, 2009 at 2:00PM: The woes visited upon the travel industry this year have forced consumers to cope with a variety of risks that simply weren't an issue a few years ago. With hotels struggling to pay their mortgages and airlines struggling to ... well, exist, as usual ... travelers need to think about what happens if one of these companies shuts its doors. Direct Line travel insurance policies, it seems, are...

Tell your travel disaster story and win a $10,000 trip

Tell your travel disaster story and win a $10,000 trip Nov 28th, 2009 at 2:30PM: Does misfortune seem to follow you when you travel? Ever been delayed on the tarmac for 10 hours, arrived to find your luggage was lost, your hotel had burned down, and you'd misplaced your passport? If you've got the mother of all travel disaster stories, Travel Guard insurance wants to hear from you. On December 1st, they're launching a contest to find the worst travel tale of woe, and the...

U.K. Travel Insurer: Cuba as Dangerous as Afghanistan

U.K. Travel Insurer: Cuba as Dangerous as Afghanistan Nov 25th, 2008 at 12:00PM: U.K travel insurance company Direct Travel Insurance Services has a blacklist. If a traveler is headed to Sudan or Afghanistan, they will need to seek their insurance elsewhere. But Cuba? That's right, Cuba. The insurer will not cover British travelers headed to Cuba. Perhaps someone in the company thinks that it is still the 1950s. Or perhaps someone in the company was robbed during a recent...

Taking your gadgets on a trip? Document everything!

Taking your gadgets on a trip? Document everything! Aug 1st, 2008 at 3:00PM: If you plan to take any of your valuables with you on a trip, it might be a good idea to create a file with of all the serial numbers, dates of purchase and prices of the items you are carrying. Once you finish packing, it's not unlikely that you are carrying over $2000 worth of equipment. Even the lowest tech traveler can easily reach $1000 with just a mobile phone, digital camera and iPod. In my...

No Wrong Turns: Insurance for a Road Trip

No Wrong Turns: Insurance for a Road Trip Mar 21st, 2008 at 8:00AM: Before we left on this trip, I just about had a nervous breakdown when it seemed like no insurance company would cover us. Most places won't insure for more than 6 months at a time and when I mentioned we were driving to South America the usual response was silence followed by an incredulous "You're driving?" Turned out the insurance options are quite limited for a long road trip...who knew? The...

Travel Insurance Might Cover Your Divorce

Travel Insurance Might Cover Your Divorce Sep 29th, 2007 at 9:40AM: It's important to read the fine print on your travel insurance policy, obviously. That being said, there weren't too many surprises on George Hobica's list of travel insurance's exclusions and exceptions. Acts of war aren't covered, but they generally aren't in regular policies. (After 9/11 Bush declared the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon acts of war, and people were in an uproar...

Travel Insurance Policies Offer More Than Ever

Travel Insurance Policies Offer More Than Ever Sep 17th, 2007 at 2:50PM: As an accident-prone twenty-something traveling around the world, there was no way I was going anywhere without some form of travel insurance. I chose a policy that cost around $300 for my 10-month trip, and was pretty much only good for emergencies. Although I visited the emergency room twice and got sick three other times, I never used the policy since most countries I visited had some form of...

GADLING'S TAKE FIVE: Week of July 15

GADLING'S TAKE FIVE: Week of July 15 Jul 20th, 2007 at 10:59PM: Here we are again at another weeks end. As quirky as we are at times it seems there are still many good practical pickings out there to explore. If you need tips to arrive alive or help in a travel insurance purchase check out some of these. Oh, and if you need someone to do the sight-seeing for you we've found a little something in that department too. 5. Americano To Go (Away from Forbidden...

Think You're Covered? Top 10 Things Travel Insurance Might Not Foot The Bill For

Think You're Covered? Top 10 Things Travel Insurance Might Not Foot The Bill For Jul 18th, 2007 at 10:58AM: I'm a bit of a spaz when it comes to travel insurance. Which means, basically, that I'm always covered. Though I don't do crazy things like bungee jump or swim in the ocean further than my feet can touch, I'm always worried that this is going to be the trip where I randomly fall out of a cab onto a busy street and wind up with a broken clavicle and it's all down to a suspiciously missing metal...

Hurricane Season: Be Prepared to Protect Travel Dollars

Hurricane Season: Be Prepared to Protect Travel Dollars Jun 10th, 2007 at 10:23AM: Once, when flying to Taiwan for a vacation, we were delayed in Seoul for a night because a typhoon was possibly coming through. The delay didn't cost us anything because Korean Air put us up and gave us meal vouchers. We also didn't have an expensive hotel waiting for us in Taiwan. I think we were staying in a hostel or something and our friend who was to meet us at the airport in Taipei contacted...

Financial Tips for Travel Overseas

Financial Tips for Travel Overseas Apr 28th, 2007 at 3:36PM: Gadling reader, Jimmy Atkinson sent us a link to a financial tip sheet guide, "27 Personal Finance Tips for Overseas Travel." Whenever my husband and I have traveled or lived overseas, there are always the questions of how much cash to bring, when to use a credit card and when to bring travelers checks. Generally, we've done a combination depending on what country we've traveled to. In some...

Don't Waste Your Money on Travel Insurance

Don't Waste Your Money on Travel Insurance Apr 12th, 2007 at 2:02PM: Finally, after a long winter locked up inside the house, it's time to get out, feel the sunshine, and head off on your Spring vacations. But while you're picking flights, reserving hotels and scouring local shops for a hot new swimsuit, you can cross one thing off your list of travel preparations: buying insurance. Sounds risky, right? What about all your stuff? What if you get injured and need...

GADLING'S TAKE FIVE: Week of November 12

GADLING'S TAKE FIVE: Week of November 12 Nov 17th, 2006 at 11:13AM: Settle down and settle in as I take you on a spin of our five favorite's from the week that was... You'll love it - I promise! 5. MTV Launches Travel Guidebook Series: My MTV days are just about over and done, but the memories will last forever. (Not that I did any of the crazy stuff you see on the network these days.) If you're off to Ireland and looking for some place hip, spunky, spanky, no,...

Travel Insurance for the Over-65

Travel Insurance for the Over-65 Nov 13th, 2006 at 7:59AM: The UK's The Independent recently reported a surprising fact: most travel insurance policies--at least in the UK--exclude claims from those above 75 years of age, and fully one third exclude claims from those above 65. The reasons for travel insurance are obvious: replacement of lost/stolen luggage, trip cancellations, but, most importantly, medical treatment abroad. The latter reason becomes...

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