Ebola Outbreak: How Travel Insurance Can Help

The Ebola outbreak According to the CDC, there have been a total of 1848 suspect and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and 1013 deaths, as of August 9, 2014.

If you are concerned about the Ebola outbreak affecting your next vacation, travel insurance can help. Our travel insurance plans provide coverage if you or your travel partner contract the Ebola virus before or during your travel. Coverage includes emergency medical treatment, medical evacuation and protection against quarantine. In fact, our policies do not include exclusions for epidemics or pandemics.

In addition, if you would like to cancel your trip due to a fear of contracting the virus, please consider purchasing our Classic Plus plan with Cancel For Any Reason coverage.

If you have any questions about travel insurance and how it can provide coverage for you, your travel plans and investment, call us at 1-800-555-9095 or email us at info@travelsafe.com. We look forward to speaking with you.

Travel Photos to Get You Through the Week

It’s Monday and time to get back to the grind! To help you get through the week, we’ve compiled gorgeous travel photos. Go ahead, day dream – your secret is safe with us.

Stuck between a golf course and beach in Rosslare, Ireland. What a great problem to have, right?

As if the cliffs of Cinque Terre, Italy aren’t beautiful enough, a rainbow is added to make this view nothing short of amazing.

A gondola ride down the canals of Venice, anyone?

Haystack Rock provides a great view off the coast of Cannon Beach, Oregon.

We want to see your amazing travel photos! Share them with us on Facebook, Tweet us or send them on Pinterest. We can’t wait to see your photos!

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Tips to Travel Green

Are you planning an eco-friendly trip? Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint while you explore the world? Here are tips to help you do that while enjoying your vacation:

Turn it off!  If you will be gone for more than a few days, turn off your air conditioner and outdoor water supply. This can prevent possible flooding and unnecessary electricity usage.

Grab a bike or take a hike. While you’re on vacation, consider taking Earth-friendly transportation options like biking, walking or taking public transit. Another plus? These transportation options will be cheaper than taking a taxi or renting a car.

Recycle. Ask your hotel about their recycling policy. If the hotel recycles, make sure to sort your trash accordingly. If you typically use plastic water bottles, consider taking a reusable bottle with you on vacation to use as you travel.

Reuse your towels. Hotel hospitality is a great perk when traveling, but if you can reuse your towels or linens for a couple of days, it will save a lot of water and energy by saving on washing and drying time.

Tell us – what do you do to stay green while traveling? Leave a tip with your comment below. We can’t wait to hear your tips!

 

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1. Travel to multiple destinations | A big advantage to cruising is being able to see multiple destinations in one trip. For example, if you take a Caribbean cruise, you could visit Antigua, Belize, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico all in one cruise. 

2. No planning required | When you take a cruise, your destinations are already picked for you! Make sure to use a travel agent, too, so you get the best deal and have all the important inside information.

3. All-you-can-eat food | Buffet, anyone? Most cruises have food available at all hours of the day and it is included in your ticket price.

4. Variety of activities | Whether you’re looking for your next adventure, interested in exploring the port city, or you just want to relax on the beach, cruise lines offer excursions that can meet traveler’s needs.

5. Easy to find a cruise that fits your budget | With cruises lasting from 3 days to 2 weeks, cruises that offer luxury at every corner to cruises that are more budget-friendly, you can find a cruise that fits your budget.

If you decide to take a cruise for your next vacation and you have questions about protecting your financial investment, we’re here to help. Did you knowtravel insurance can provide coverage if you are delayed, your luggage is lost or you fall ill while on vacation? Call us at 888-885-7233, reach out to us on Facebook or Tweet us. We can’t wait to hear about your upcoming cruise!

 

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Best Honeymoon Destinations

Planning your honeymoon can be just as stressful as planning your wedding. You have to decide if you and your partner want to relax on the beach, explore a new city or both. Do you want to go abroad or vacation in the States? How many days will you travel? Answering these questions will help you and yours plan the perfect honeymoon. We’ve got the top destinations for your honeymoon. Help contribute your vote for the best honeymoon spot by leaving a comment below, writing on our Facebook timeline or Tweeting us.

 

Maui is one of the top honeymoon destinations because the wide range of activities available. Whether you’re interested in relaxing at a world-class spa, dining at great restaurants, hiking or spending your days at the beach, Maui offers it all.

Florence is an amazing city for a European honeymoon. You can see some of the world’s finest architecture and art after enjoying unbeatable pasta and gelato. Don’t forget to stop by the Galleria dell’ Accademia, too.

San Diego offers beaches and a city to explore. With warm weather and endless outdoor activities, San Diego is the perfect place for you and yours to escape for a week.

New York City is the perfect honeymoon destination for a couple who enjoy fast-paced vacations.The city that never sleeps always something going on. If you’re interested in seeing a captivating play, indulging in great food and drinks or enjoying the hustle and bustle of the city, while being able to escape to Central Park, New York City is the perfect choice for you.

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Take Better Photos on Vacation

We all want a perfect photo to remember our vacation. Follow these tips for taking a great travel photo and make your memories last a lifetime.

1. Pay attention to the light. According to most photographers, the light is best when the sun is low in the sky. This means try to capture your photos in the first hour or so after the sun rises and the last hour or so before it sets. If you can’t take your photos during that time, don’t worry, you can still get a great photo. Just make sure the light is not directly behind your subject.

2. Communicate. If you’re taking a picture of a person you don’t know, ask for their permission first – especially if you’re in a foreign country. It can also help to get a sense of the person and capture their spirit in your photo.

3. Take in your scenery. Before you start snapping away, take a step back and get a sense for the scenery around you. It will help you get a sense of your surroundings and find the best shot.

4. Go for bright colors. Our eyes are naturally drawn to bright colors, so if the sky is especially bright or the grass is greener than usual, make sure to include that in your photo.

5. Angle the camera down. When taking a picture of people, it’s important that it’s a flattering picture. This especially rings true for selfies. Hold your phone at a 45 degree angle and snap away!

With these tips, you’ll be taking photos like a pro in no time! We want to see your favorite travel photo! Post it on our Facebook page or Tweet it. We can’t wait to see your vacation photos!

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8 Amazing Travel Photos

It’s Wednesday, and that means we’re all halfway to Friday! To get you through the week and provide some inspiration for your next vacation, we’ve got some travel photos that are sure to help.

1. Queenstown, New Zealand2. Northern Lights in Alaska
3. St. Petersburg, Russia

4. Essaouira, Morocco

5. Oia village, Greece

6. Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

7. Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

8. South Africa

Now that you’ve been inspired, it’s time to book your next vacation! Don’t forget to include travel insurance.

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Traveling Abroad: 5 Safety Tips


Do you have an international trip coming up? Are you wondering what you can do to stay safe and follow the cultural norms of the country you’re visiting? Follow these tips to make sure your trip is enjoyable and safe.

1. Stay on a well-lit path. Avoid shortcuts when walking in a new city – especially at night. Stay safe by staying on the main streets and ones that are well-lit.

2. Email a copy of your itinerary. Send a copy of all your travel documents – flights, hotel information, and a copy of your passport to a trusted person at home. This way, they will know exactly where you are and will have a copy in case you need it. In addition, send a quick email when you arrive in your destinations so that they know you made it safely.

3. Do your homework. It is important to learn about your destination. Learn about the general culture, rules, laws and people to avoid any faux pas or legal trouble. It is also smart to familiarize yourself with any current safety concerns. The U.S. Department of State’s list of  current travel warnings is a great resource to do just that.

4. Keep your friends close and money closer. It can be tempting, but don’t split up from your friends while abroad. It’s also important to keep your money close to you – either in a hidden arm wallet or something that can not easily be pulled out of a purse or backpack.

5. Protect yourself, your belongings and your travel arrangements with travel insurance. Your health insurance may provide no or little coverage once you leave the United States. If you or your travel companions have any medical issues, you want to make sure you are covered. Medical Emergency Evacuation is also important when traveling abroad. Should you or your travel companions need to be flown back to the United States for medical attention, you do not want that cost to be your responsibility. Let travel insurance take care of that.

Tell us – what’s the best tip you’ve ever gotten for staying safe while traveling abroad? Leave a comment with your tip below.

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Benefits of Travel Insurance

You’ve heard it before — protect your vacation with travel insurance. But what does that protection mean for you and your travels?

  • Our Cancel for ANY Reason benefit.  This benefit allows you to cancel your trip for any reason not otherwise covered by the policy. You can be reimbursed for 75% of the unused, non-refundable prepaid expenses for travel arrangements paid for the trip. Just make sure to complete the following tasks:1. Pay the premium within 21 days of the date the initial deposit or payment for the trip is received.2. Insure the full cost of all travel arrangements that are subject to cancellation penalties or restrictions the full cost of all Travel Arrangements that are subject to cancellation penalties or restrictions by the Travel Supplier.

    3. Cancel the trip 2 days or more before the scheduled trip departure date.

  • No worries about the weather. With several, recent winter storms, coverage for inclement weather is at the top of all of our minds. Our travel insurance plans provide that coverage if your flight is delayed or cancelled.
  • Your luggage is protected, too. If your luggage is lost, stolen or damaged while traveling, travel insurance can help. Your homeowner’s policy may cover only a portion of the total loss due to coinsurance and deductible requirements, so additional coverage is important.
  • Even more benefits.We’re also happy to provide the following benefits that our travelers:1. Coverage against pre-existing medical conditions
    2. Hospital of choice for an emergency medical evacuation
    3. You’ll receive 24-hour concierge services
    4. Coverage against terrorist attacks
    5. Coverage if your travel provider files bankruptcy or defaults
    5. Highest coverage limits in the industry

To learn more about how travel insurance can provide coverage on your next vacation, click here. If you have questions, we’re always here to help – leave a comment below, call us at 1-888-885-7233 or chat with us on Facebook or Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you!

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6 Hotel Safety Tips

Are you concerned about safety on your next vacation? Wondering what you can do to prevent theft? While most hotels are safe and secure, it is important to be mindful of your surroundings and take the proper steps to protect yourself.

Here are 6 quick tips to keep you safe before and during your travels:

1. Do your homework before you book your hotel room. You want to make sure your hotel is located in a safe area and takes the proper security measures. In addition to looking at rates and amenities, it’s important to ask key questions. For example, is the hotel in an upscale neighborhood or business district? Is there a police station nearby? Do they have a doorman or security guard? Is their front desk staffed 24 hours a day? These are questions that hotel should be happy to answer.

2. Don’t take a room on the ground floor. These rooms are more likely to be burglarized. This is especially important if the doors and windows of the room are open to the outside.

3. Keep your door locked at all time. This may sound like a “gimme”, but stay diligent about locking the door behind you. It’s also important to lock the deadbolt.

4. When entering or leaving the hotel at night, make sure to use the front entrance. The front entrance is usually the most well-lit and usually under surveillance.

5. Don’t leave valuables in your car. If you must leave items in your car, cover them with a blanket or put them in your trunk.

6. Include travel insurance in your vacations plans. Unfortunately, we can’t Travel insurance can provide protection if your belongings are lost, damaged or stolen. To find out everything that travel insurance covers, click here.

Tell us, what steps do you take to stay safe while traveling? Leave a comment below, write on our Facebook page or Tweet us to share your suggestions with other travelers.

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