Imagine making the perfect gay travel plans. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful experience to visit ancient civilizations and have a glimpse at the magnificence and mystery of the natural wonders that can be found on our planet? There are many destinations that allow a person to interact with indigenous cultures while tapping into the philosophies of ancient cultures. A person could participate in ceremonies and mediation while visiting sacred sites that also provide the opportunity for sightseeing, adventure and relaxation.By planning a gay travel vacations or a shorter retreat to one of the many sacred sites that still remain, a person can experience personal insight, personal growth, self-awareness, spirituality and healing. There are many places that have a mysterious attraction to people all over the world and visiting these destinations can uplift the soul and rejuvenate the spirit.There are a number of companies that specialize in planning gay travel. Many of these agencies are well known for planning meaningful journeys that are known to enlighten the mind and heal the body. While exploring these sacred sites can lead to an increased spirituality these trips can also be the catalyst for building life long friendships with like minded people.There are a number of trips that provide an abundance of fun activities along with the spiritual aspect. One such gay travel trip that has been a long time favorite of travelers of all ages and genders is the Grand Canyon rafting trip. These trips usually last around seven days and include all the meals and camping gear that will be needed. There is plenty of time for hiking and relaxing. Most people that have had the pleasure of taking this journey describe the trip as being one of the most spiritual experiences of their life.Another spectacular destination that fits well into gay travel planning that is both spiritually fulfilling and fun is a trip to Egypt. Just imagine being able to view the ancient Pyramids or cruise down the Nile River. A person could have the opportunity to view King Tut’s burial mask at the Cairo Egyptian Museum or stand in front of the ancient Sphinx. Travelers that have visited these ancient sites have reported life changing spiritual experiences.Planning gay travel journeys that are spiritually uplifting as well as fun can be just the way to rejuvenate both the body and the soul. By taking advantage of the expertise of agencies that have years of experience at planning exciting and exotic destination vacations you will have the opportunity to visit places you may not normally think of. Take the time to plan the journey of a lifetime.
Outside of sleeping in your hiking clothes, there are actually some easy steps to take in order to prepare for a weekend camping trip with the kids in just a day in advance. It’s a bit like a fireman drill, and once everything is in place, you can amaze your friends and family at how quickly you are able to pack up and go camping with your entire family.Packing for a camping trip the day before you leave is not impossible when you are prepared ahead of time. If you start to think about it, there are many types of outings that take only minutes to prepare for and out the door to be ready and out the door with your young children. Trips to the mall require that you grab your purse, diaper bag, stroller, children, car with a full tank of gas and go. Trips to the zoo may need a few extra items such as pack a lunch, and bring sunscreen, and appropriate clothing. Then there is camping.Overnight camping needs proper preparation to insure that your kids are safe and comfortable. You need to think about first aid, bug bites, injuries from camp fires, weather, comfort, location, shelter, food, water, and clothing. Then there are preparations that can be made ahead of time to prepare for multiple day camping trips.Would you honestly feel comfortable taking your young children on an extended 5 day camping trip out in the wilderness on a one day notice? How do some people pull it off when there is a hurricane disaster, massive earth quake or tornado? Why do some people seem to struggle helplessly while other families survive natural disasters gracefully until power and water is restored in their neighborhoods? The key to it all is being prepared.Those families that survive natural disasters gracefully along with a bit of luck, have also planned ahead on every detail for an emergency situation. They planned for the worst, and hoped for the best as they stored everything they would possibly need to get through weeks, and even months of a disaster until help arrives. Allowing yourself months to put together your camping gear is your key to happy successful travel trips with your family. Start with a check list, a family menu, and then slowly gather and store those items in an organized manner to get started. A list helps you to organize the essentials on paper so nothing important is missing. You can also add new items to your list that you hadn’t thought of until you read that out door survival magazine at the doctors office.Preparation is a life long process and each camping trip you will learn new necessities to bring, and new ways to downsize and organize for even easier travel experiences. You may decide to bring standard camping food such as hot dogs and buns, smores, and sodas. Or you may have dietary issues like we do, and be a bit more adventurous by learning how to cook with Dutch Oven. Food always tastes better when you are camping, and if you have never had chili, stew, pot roast, green bean casserole, biscuits and gravy, fresh baked bread, chocolate cake, or peach cobbler from a Dutch Oven, you have no idea what you are missing. Dutch oven meals provide for some of the best home cooking out in the wilderness that there is.Organization is the key to successfully preparing for extended camping trips with young children. The following steps will assist you in your quest to prepare ahead of time for camping trips with your family, so you can get up and go within a day:
Store camping food such as dried goods, cereals, boxed juices, rice milk, canned goods, in bulk months before the camping season.
Store tent, poles stakes, rope, all tent supplies, in a clear storage bin and label it.
Store cooking supplies, pans, cook stove, fuel, etc in another clear storage bin and label it.
Have an emergency first aid kit as well as tools, water purification system/tablets, emergency blankets, fire starter, in another clear bin and label it.
These bins can then be stored all winter on storage shelves in your garage, or storage closet and will be ready to pack in the car at a moments notice come camping season.Why wait for June to go camping with your family when camp grounds are usually already packed? By preparing ahead of time, you will find you can now easily get out on a weekend in April or May to take the kids camping right when some camp grounds are just opening up. The best part is, you will have the whole place to yourselves. Even if you are car camping!Just put together your lists, pack your bins, inventory your supplies, go over all your maps, pick out your favorite camping spots, pack your favorite family meals according to your family menu list, pack extra food and water, check over your car, and get out and go!Happy Travels!!
I think it’s safe to say that everyone of us has been on a trip to someplace or another during our lives. But if you haven’t traveled lately, you might not have notice a new segment of traveling that has recently gained popularity. Yup, that’s right; I’m talking about adventure travel. This new way of enjoying a trip is not only for young people. Oh no, not at all. It’s really for that that is young at heart and loves the feeling of an adrenaline rush. Hey, and who wouldn’t love that?!?If you think back and reflect for a bit, it’s really no wonder that standard travel has lost some of its appeal. Yup, it could even be considered predictable and boring. With the prices of airfare coming down and the common “vacation package” being all too common, conventional travel has become, boring, overcrowded and nearly stifling. The sense of going somewhere, or the sense of adventure is sorely missing in today’s world of standard travel. Until adventure travel busted onto the scene few years back that is. With adventure travel, traveling can once more attain that high that we seek to leave our everyday lives behind.What exactly is adventure travel, you ask? An adventure travel trip for example can offer you a very different way to experience an otherwise popular or mundane destination. If you think about it, a lot of people have been on a Caribbean travel trip. They would visit the same beaches, relax in the same hotels, the same boat drinks and drive along the same old roads and check out the same tourist attractions. But check out what the same trip but adventure travel style could offer you. You could take an eco-trek hike through the lush rain forests; you can see the bugs up close, the wonderful variety of birds and wildlife. Maybe camp out with local tribes and learn about their lifestyles, their culture, their food and costumes. At the same time, maybe visit unspoiled beaches not frequented by standard travelers. All this while within close distance of popular tourist attractions and destinations, yet far far way from anything remotely considered standard.What about the land Down Under, Australia. Many travelers normally settle for the same old, staid, boring city hop across the country, while you could, as part of an adventure travel team, hot air balloon your way across the continent, snorkel in the great barrier reef or waltz with the mathilda or two in the wild wild bush country. How does that sound as opposed to sitting in a hotel room just like any other?There’s reason adventure travel is so popular. We need to experience something different, something more than what our lives has to offer. This unique and exciting type of travel may not be for everyone, but it certainly not restricted to the teens and tweens only. More and more, older folds are trying it out and having a blast. You too could be the one to head out on an adventure travel trip. There’s nothing stopping you. Do it now!
Family Travel is growing and flourishing as more and more parents with limited time want to spend quality time with their children. In addition there are more and more grandparents traveling on trips with their grandchildren. Family travel can be defined as any combination of family members of any age traveling together for any type of travel. This market doesn’t have the time for researching everything themselves or they get overwhelmed with the mass of information available to them on the web and they are hungry for the expert help of Travel Agents.According to the Family Travel Network well over 100 million vacations per year include children. It makes family travel one of the fastest growing travel niches.Family Vacations are in fact group travel especially as many of the family trips include extended family. In many cases this might be the one time a year all the family can get together. Especially in this day and age when work and schooling tends to have families spread across numerous cities either nationally or internationally.There are families who research and book their travel themselves online, but with time restraints and the abundance of information, and the fact that they may be trying to gather people from various destinations the whole process can become overwhelming. This coupled with problems that can arise from medical emergencies, weather related problems or unforeseen happenings that necessitate changes or cancellations to a trip making it a tedious chore to take on themselves to rearrange or contact suppliers to cancel make it much more feasible to work with a Travel Agent who can take care of any problems that arise on their behalf.This is were a Travel Agent becomes invaluable as they can present all parties with various programs to match their requests and work with the family until they find exactly what they are looking for within their time frame and budget, and should a problem arise they are your one stop contact to assist in resolving the problem.Basically the Travel Agent becomes a one stop shop for all of your arrangements. The Travel Agency should be family friendly and know the destination well so they can match the family with the appropriate property or tour. Families with 4 – 12 year olds can readily find resorts with good facilities for the children, however it’s much harder to find properties with good facilities for babies and children under 4, and where do families go to find programs that will keep teenagers happy and occupied?There are many types of travel available to Families, all inclusive resorts, Cruises that cater to children, custom programs, package tours to places like Disney, adventure travel trips, weekend getaways, timeshare rentals and more. Among popular destinations are Florida and California for Disney and more, Hawaii, National Parks, Winter Activity getaways, RV trips, Farm Vacations, Ranches, Sports programs, International Travel, Christmas Programs, River Barging and River Cruises. These are just a few – the list of opportunities is unlimited.In general Family groups are looking to create lasting family memories. Parents, Children, Grandparents and Grandchildren live further and further apart than they ever have in history and getting to together has become more and more difficult and time constrained. So any opportunities for a family to get together is a time for bonding and creating memories and spending quality time with other family members. Family Vacations have become the ideal way to get the family together and this niche will grow as families are further separated by work commitments, schools and the economy in general.Baby Boomers have always wanted to pass onto their children more than they ever had, and now they want to leave behind memories of quality time and experiences that they have spent together as a family.
Holiday travel stress has been immortalized in motion pictures such as “Plains, Trains and Automobiles” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” However, a holiday trip doesn’t have to be so stressful if you know how to plan and make some savvy moves along the way. Here is some wise advice from expert travelers on how to save money and keep your sanity during the busiest travel time of the year.Some Travel Statistics to Keep in MindNot surprisingly, Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s are among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). During the six-day Thanksgiving travel period, the number of long-distance trips increases from the average by 54 percent. The BTS defines long-distance as to and from a destination 50 miles or more away.Over the period between Christmas and New Year’s, long-distance travel trips increase by 23 percent over the average. And while the media focuses their attention on crowded airports and flight delays, most Americans – about 91 percent – travel by car or other personal vehicle to their holiday destination.The Orbitz Insider Index, which is based on travel website Orbitz.com’s bookings in 2010, found that Christmas week – December 19 through 25 – was the busiest travel week of the year. While Thanksgiving Week – November 21 through 27 – did not make the top 5 list, November 24, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, was the single-busiest travel day of the year.The takeaway from these statistics is: If possible, do not travel on the busiest travel days of the year.Tips for a Safe and Enjoyable Road TripNothing can add stress to a road trip like an unexpected mechanical problem. If you do plan on driving long-distance this holiday, make sure your vehicle is in safe working order. Have the car battery, fluid levels, lights, windshield wipers, brakes, belts and hoses checked by a certified mechanic. Regardless of age, have the tires balanced and alignment checked. Also have the oil changed and fluids topped off, including coolant, antifreeze, radiator, transmission and wiper fluid, and replace the air filter.Also pack smart for winter driving. A roadside emergency kit should include a spare set of keys, hidden in a magnetic spare key hider somewhere on the vehicle. It should also include a blanket, flashlight with fresh batteries, and tire gauge to check tire pressure throughout the trip. Keep extra food and water in case of an emergency in the trunk, and check your spare tire and jack. Obviously, fill the gas tank upon leaving.If you don’t already, sign up for roadside assistance policy. Consider buying a GPS system. They not only make finding your destination easier, a good GPS can help you find restaurants and points of interest along the way.Fly Smart, Before and After You BookWhen it comes to flying, your overall experience begins even before you step on the plane. The questions you ask prior to making a reservation and the preparations you make before you board will greatly influence how easy and enjoyable your flight will be.Use websites such as Orbitz.com, Kayak.com, WhichBudget.com and LastMinute.com, FareCompare.com, Priceline.com and Yapta.com to search and compare the best airfares and times. Try not to fly on peak holiday travel days (listed above), or at the busiest business commuter times: Monday mornings, Friday evenings and Sundays. Instead, fly on the least crowded days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Also book as early as possible in the morning, so if a flight is delayed or cancelled, you’ll have a better chance of getting on another flight. If you’re traveling out of the country, make sure you understand the country’s passport requirements and have paperwork in order ahead of time.Once your flight is booked, focus on packing for a stress-free comfortable flight. If possible, pack with a carry-on roller bag only – it will save you the hefty baggage fee and get you on the plane and out of the airport faster. If you’re going to have to check luggage, pay your baggage fee ahead of time online, it’s usually a bit cheaper. Also weigh your baggage ahead of time and make sure it is under 50 pounds to avoid having to pay an additional fee.Pack a carry-on bag with your favorite snacks, so if you get hungry, you’re not at the mercy of the airline’s snack schedule. Remember, you can’t bring water through the security check, so buy a bottle once you get to your flight’s gate. Bring wet naps and hand sanitizer, as airplanes and airports are full of germs. If you wear contact lenses, bring a spare pair, along with your glasses. Also pack some books and magazines and a portable music player – they help make the time pass quicker.The night before or day of the flight, print out your boarding pass online ahead of time. Make sure you’re seat assignment is indicated on the airline’s check-in page. Another holiday travel tip: ship gifts ahead of time so you don’t have to deal with carrying and checking them on the plane. If you do plan on bringing them in your luggage or carry-on, don’t wrap them.
Use a great travel packing list as a key to a low-stress and happy vacation or business travel trip.With the web there’s no excuse to not use a great travel packing checklist to speed your travel packing and ensure enjoyment. Packing correctly – bringing just what you need, but not one iota extra – can lighten your physical and mental load. By carrying less you’ll move around easier, yet the trick, of course, is being sure you haven’t forgotten anything essential.Tip #1: Leave home and office in good order. Make sure your home is all buttoned up before you leave and that pets and plants will be taken care off. Leave keys with a neighbor so they can access in case of emergency, empty your refrigerator and stop routine deliveries. In the office, nothing supports a successful trip than a clean desk and empty email in box – schedule a few hours of blocked out time the day before your trip to catch up on all urgent office matters.Tip #2: Make packing easy by using a great travel packing checklist. There’s no excuse for not using a travel packing list to make sure you don’t forget anything essential. You can use a web search engine to search for ‘travel packing list’, ‘travel packing tips’, or ‘travel packing checklist’ or see the end of this article for a link to my favorite printable travel packing list. Find one you like and print it out. Use it religiously.Tip #3: Bring the bare minimum. Nothing adds to stress and tiredness on travel like having too much and too heavy of a luggage burden. I always recommend that, once you’re all packed, try carrying all your luggage for 5 or 10 minutes – say around a city block. This begins to simulate the short hauls you’ll have on your trip. After your test haul, you’ll be motivated to lighten up. Find items you can do with out.Tip #4: Learn and improve. As you use your packing list have a system for marking it up. You might cross out any items that you didn’t bring, and check marks next to the ones you did. No, here comes the critical step – bring the marked up printout with you on your trip. During your trip, if you find you need something that you didn’t bring, note it down on the list. And, just as importantly, at the end of your trip take a moment and find those items you brought, but that you can live without next time – and cross them out. As your packing list gets dog eared and marked up, consider typing it into your computer so you have your own custom list (you don’t have to type it in from scratch, just select and copy the original web list you started from and paste it into your word processor – you can then start editing this complete list).That’s it – travel light but without out missing any essential items. Use your travel packing list religiously and hone it constantly.
Travelling allows us to be distracted from our daily routines and be able to keep us sane. Taking annual leaves to travel to new places and gain new memories and experiences together with our love ones is a much deserved break we all need. However, it would be better to be with someone that will allow you to enjoy these places to help you from having a trip to hell.Here are some tips you should consider and follow when traveling as a couple.Decide and agree as a couple with your itineraryBefore proceeding with your trip, it would be advisable to agree with an itinerary for your trip. Decide as a couple on where to go, what activities to do, hotels to book, flights to take as well as your seats on the plane. It would be advisable to agree on the schedule for your trip because some people are comfortable traveling at night time or some with day time. Have your whole trip planned, even the possible side trips so that both of you would enjoy and would be less stressed during the trip.Decide and agree on mutual expensesWhether you are travelling with a friend or with a love one, it would be best to agree on who will shoulder the expenses or how much the both of you are capable of spending for your trip. Money can destroy friendships and relationships, let alone if you travel with a mere acquaintance. Decide on what, where and how much both of you are willing to spend for the trip. Have a budget and stick with your budget as much as possible.Allow “me” time during your tripEven though you are traveling with a partner or a love one, it would be best to have alone time for each other. One might enjoy a walk on the beach alone during day break while the other one might prefer meditating inside the hotel room before going to bed. Respect each other’s “me” time so that both of you get to enjoy and reflect individually during your trip.Prepare for the unexpectedUnless you are 100% sure with the habits and quirks of the person you are travelling with, packing some earplugs or eye masks might be necessary. You might miss schedules and end up having sleepless nights if the person you are with have unusual or inconvenient habits especially in sleeping.Be open minded and generous with your companionGive your companion personal time as you enjoy most of your solo time as well when traveling. However, do not forget to enjoy spending time with your companion as well to have more great memories from your trip. Have fun and keep it both enjoyable for both of you.
As memberships in travel clubs, like Coastal Vacation Club and Prestige Travel Club increase, many are turning to lifetime travel memberships to save up to 74% off their travel for life.Here is a list of 10 things to look out for if you are considering joining any vacation travel club.1. Licensed and bonded travel vendorsMake sure your club uses licensed and bonded vendors. These are recognized by the state they do business in, and will make sure you are dealing with real and legit travel agencies who want to see your satisfaction as priority one.2. No time share gimmicks, sales presentations or toursMany vacation club vendors are veiled time-share pitch fests. You are required to attend long sales presentations just to use or activate some of the discount portions of your trips. Make sure tours are not required as a pre-requisite for activating a trip or staying in a condo.3. Years in serviceVacation clubs can crop up in an instant by some “slick willy’s” just to make a fast buck, and they sell you something that is not originally what it seemed and before you realize it and try to get your money back, they are gone, off to the next deal. So make sure you look closely to see if the Club has an established track record of industry credibility and integrity.4. BBB ReportsDo your due diligence on the travel clubs, looking through scam reports and BBB reports. You’ll find many independent agents represent the “mother” travel club and they can be unscrupulous, while the parent company acts responsibly, so take note that individual resellers might have a bad track record, while the parent company has a spot less record. Stay away from problematic vendors.5. Terms and conditions of use: Holidays, Singles/married couples, blackout datesMany travel clubs often limit availability to non-holidays, or have blackout days. One vendor I know of, for example, will not let you travel 7 days before or after a major holiday. Since there are major holidays almost every month, you are missing 14 days a month or around 160 days a year which are off-limits. So make sure you know the terms and conditions, age limits, and if those traveling must be 2 married couples or if the trips apply to singles.6. One time membership feesSome travel clubs will dock you a monthly fee, some will dock you a yearly renewal fee. Be careful of those who hit you hard upfront and then bleed your money slowly over time. Good travel clubs offer you a low, one time fee to get started and no further renewals or back end fee.7. Variety of discount typesDoes your travel club only offer 2 night 3 day trips? Or does it offer a lot more like unlimited week long condo stays, Unlimited discount cruises, ski discounts, dining discounts, or golf discounts? Make sure your travel club membership has many varieties of trips and vacation styles to fit all personality and travel types.8. Location choicesDomestic membership or International. Does your travel club only cater to the USA or does it have benefits far and wide reaching into the best vacation destinations across the planet? Make sure you know the values for local or international experiences.9. Education on how to consume membershipA good travel company will offer CD’s, videos and literature to help their membership consume their club benefits and get the most out of taking their trips. If your travel club does not offer some training or help in showing you how to use your package, you might want to look else where.10. TransferabilityWill you be allowed to give away some of your trips in your travel club or will your name and address be hard coded into every voucher to only be used by you? Some travel clubs have over 40 trips included, and no one could use that many trips in one year. So make sure your travel club will allow you to transfer trips and packages to family and friends, with no extra costs and simple order fulfillment.Traveling around the world as an exclusive travel club member can sure have it’s money saving advantages, and for the more pricey clubs out there, like Coastal Vacations Club, for example, some people choose to share one membership among a small group and divide out the trip benefits.
There’s been a lot of confusion over whether or not travel insurance covers a natural disaster such as the April 2010 volcanic eruption in Iceland that stranded tens of thousands of travelers. When someone asks, “Does my travel insurance cover this type of event?” I answer, “Check the fine print.” Clicking the insurance button when buying an online ticket most likely will not give you very good coverage. These types of travel insurance offer very basic coverage, which may be fine if your trip doesn’t cost much. Or if your itinerary is not a complicated one requiring multiple stops over a longer period of time with expensive hotel reservations.Here are five guidelines for knowing how much travel insurance to get.1. What is your trip worth to you? A young student sleeping in hostels throughout Europe and carrying a backpack won’t need a “Cadillac plan” trip protector. Compare that to a couple in their early 60s who have reservations in 5 star hotels in some of the most expensive cities in Europe and who fly first class. Their travel will cost quite a bit, so they should consider paying top of the line coverage.2. Compare the cost differences between a basic plan and a premium plan. I went on a well-known travel insurance website to see how much it would cost me for a two week international trip. The Basic plan sells for $127 for a person my age. When I added in “cancel for any reason” coverage, upgraded medical coverage, and optional flight coverage, the total jumped to $202. So now I have to ask myself, is that extra $75 worth it?3. Know what you are buying. Travel insurance policies contain 4 types of trip protection: trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay and missed connection.
Trip cancellation reimburses you the full cost of your pre-paid ticket in the event you have to cancel prior to your trip. One insurance company sells a “Cancel for Any Reason” policy for an additional cost, though most other companies have specific – but still extensive – conditions under which one can cancel. Find out what your trip cancellation covers, and what exclusions are not covered. Some companies, for example, did not reimburse those affected by volcano ash because they considered that a weather disturbance instead of a natural disaster.
Trip interruption reimburses you for travel expenses in the event of an unexpected crisis during your trip, causing it to be cancelled, interrupted or delayed. One worldwide travel insurance company paid 100% of the trip cost for trip interruption due to volcanic ash that affected Europe April 2010.
Travel Delay reimburses you for expenses you pay for trips delayed for more than 5 hours due to covered reasons but only up to a certain amount, some $1000, others $750. Travel delay typically covers hotel accommodations for stranded travelers, meals, taxi fares and essential phone calls.
Missed connection reimburses you if inclement weather or common carrier causes cancellation or a delay of a regularly scheduled airline flights for three or more hours to your time of departure. One Gold Plan reimburses you $250 for a missed connection.4. Doesn’t my airline refund ticket costs, and put me up in hotels and cover food expenses in the case of trip cancellation and interruption? So, why do I need extra travel insurance? That’s a good question. Years ago my family and I traveled from San Francisco to Singapore and our trip was delayed due to mechanical failure. The airline bused all passengers to a nearby hotel, paid for our rooms and gave us food vouchers to use in the hotel restaurant.Another time I had to cancel my flight due to illness. Because I bought a non-refundable ticket, I was able to apply that ticket to another travel date, minus of course, a penalty fee of $100. I had one year to use the ticket.Once, when dense fog grounded my plane for 8 hours, the airline gave everyone who asked for it food vouchers for an airport restaurant. Because it was a foreign country, and I didn’t speak the language, I didn’t know food vouchers were being given out, and so I missed out on coffee and croissants. Best advice here is to know your passenger rights.Missed connections are another form of travel frustration. If your missed connection occurs when traveling with the same airline or air alliance, then you will be taken care of by the airline company. However, if your missed connection happens when you fly two different airlines or airline alliances, then you are out of luck with the airline companies. If you have travel insurance that covers missed connections, then you are in luck.5. Buy travel insurance for the medical coverage and other services. Sure, airlines do reimburse and are obligated in many cases by law to compensate for long travel delays, interruptions and cancellations. But they won’t pay any medical bills should you be injured on your travels. And they won’t pay for worldwide assistance services such as medical evacuation, physician referrals, translation services, prescription replacement, emergency cash transfers, and concierge services, and a host of other services you can purchase with travel insurance.So, the choice is yours. Most trip cancellations and interruptions are pretty straight forward, and you can get reimbursements from the airlines. In those cases you wouldn’t need a premium Trip Cancellation plan. But in the event of a volcano erupting, or some other natural disaster that severely disrupts travel for days and days, you could be out hundreds of dollars. That’s why there is travel insurance. Like any insurance, we get it because we don’t know the future.Trip insurance is worth it for the medical coverage alone. All travel insurance covers trip delays or cancellations for specified reasons (again, check what they WON’T cover), and are easily upgraded for additional costs. Their real value, however, is medical, especially for medical evacuations which cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Whether you are just having a quick vacation on the next town or you are going thousand miles away for a trip abroad, your safety as a traveler is always the main concern.These are just some important things to remember when going on a trip.Nothing beats gearing yourself up with the proper information about your location. It does not matter if it is just a nearby town or another country. What is important is to somehow familiarize yourself with your destination. You might be thinking that this could kill the fun of the trip because it will lessen the excitement but really, you do not want to be stuck in a situation when you just do not have an idea where to go. If you plan to go around town and see different spots, familiarize yourself with the route so you would not have to spend time finding your way and you can maximize the limited time you have for travelling. Be aware also about nearby hospitals or clinic in case there is an emergency.Another thing that you have to be really careful about is your finances. Indeed, it is convenient to bring cash but it is better not to because it is much safe. If you have the need to have your money exchanged in bulk, make sure that you do not carry it along with you when you go out. Ensure that the hotel you are going to stay in has a reliable safe. Use your credit card for transactions like in restaurants or shops, but make sure that you will see the process of swiping your card and do not just let the waiter or seller to charge your card with your purchase. Just bring a little cash with you as this may come handy.Duplicate your documents as well. This is extra important if you are going to another country but even if you are just visiting another town, this is the safe way to go too. Make photocopies of your passport, driver’s license, insurance documents and other important papers. You definitely do not want to lose the original ones but if in case it happens, you would not have to be in so much trouble because your license or your passport was gone. For added safety, you may also duplicate the itinerary of your trip and leave it to a family member, relative or close friend so they would have an idea where you would be on a particular time and day.