Fog Delays Cruises in Galveston

When bad weather causes delays and interruptions, travel insurance can help.  Recent fog in Galveston, Texas has made it difficult for cruise ships to port.  An article from USA Today addressed the recent weather events affecting several cruise itineraries. Royal Caribbean International said that due to the port closure, the 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas’s […]

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Tourism Discouraged After the Earthquake in New Zealand

A massive earthquake devastated Christchurch, New Zealand earlier this week, bringing tourism to a halt.  This has prompted many travelers to look into how travel insurance can assist with their vacation plans that have now come into question.  A recent article from USA Today discussed the severity of the damage and that travel to the […]

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Travelex Spotlights Cancel For Any Reason

Travel insurance carriers frequently highlight specific coverage benefits in their newsletters.  This is convenient because some coverage can be more important based on the season, such as hurricane coverage, while other coverage can be particularly relevant for current events affecting travel, such as civil unrest in the Middle East and Africa.  Travelex recently focused on […]

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Future Cruises to Libya in Question

The revolt in Libya has put many travel plans to the region in jeopardy.  Concerned travelers should be aware that a new travel insurance policy will not cover any loss caused by the unrest in Libya, as it is considered a foreseeable event.  This doesn’t change the fact that many itineraries are changing and reservations […]

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More Civil Unrest in the Middle East and Africa

Riots and political uprising has expanded beyond Egypt.  More countries in the Middle East and Africa are experiencing varying degrees of unrest.   Many travelers worried about upcoming trips and how travel insurance can help.  A recent post on the HTH Worldwide Healthy Travel Blog addressed the demonstrations are spreading through the region. Successful citizen […]

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Cancellations Expected as United Airlines Grounds Planes

Travel insurance can reimburse travelers whose itineraries are unexpectedly changed by the airlines.  Depending on the policy, delays and cancellations caused by weather, labor strikes or mechanical breakdown can be covered.  United Airlines has voluntarily grounded almost 100 planes for maintenance issues and many travelers will experience delayed or cancelled flights as a result.  The […]

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Events in 2010 Highlight the Value of Travel Insurance

Many travelers are aware of travel insurance but don’t see the need for a policy until their travel plans have been affected.  The various disasters and events impacting travel in 2010 have served as examples of how useful travel insurance can be.  A recent New York Times article reviews travel in 2010 and travel insurance. […]

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Delayed vs Cancelled Flights

With so much inclement weather affecting air travel over the past several months, travelers are having to adjust their itineraries based on how the airlines have.  Travel insurance provides relief for these travelers, and, depending on the situation, multiple coverage benefits can apply.  One aspect that determines what coverage is available is whether a flight […]

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December Weather Caused Thousands of Flight Cancellations

Many travelers felt the impact of extreme winter weather during the busy holiday travel month of December.  Snow storms across the Midwest and Northeast highlighted the value of travel insurance, compensating travelers for unused vacation expenses, fare differences and additional costs incurred during delays.  USA Today recently chronicled the extent of December’s flight cancellations. The […]

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Medical Evacuation – An Expensive End to a Trip

Many travelers consider the financial risks involved if they have to cancel a vacation or change flights, however, it is easy to overlook the potentially most expensive scenario, a medical evacuation.  This could be an airlift, medical jet, ground ambulance or even a commercial flight back home, depending on the situation.  When comparing travel insurance […]

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