Africa Blog Posts

How Does the Ebola Outbreak Affect Travel to Africa?

How Does the Ebola Outbreak Affect Travel to Africa?

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 27, 2015 in Travel

The largest and longest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history, which is ongoing, has the disease in the news and has people worldwide worried about the spread of the disease. While it may not be too much of a concern outside Africa at the present time, it is a grave worry there—especially in the continent’s western region. For international travelers,... Read More ...

Customer Story: 60 Acres, 3300 Years, Four Religions At Karnak

Customer Story: 60 Acres, 3300 Years, Four Religions At Karnak

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on February 26, 2015 in Travel

Allison Carter, an Atlas Travel® Insurance customer, recently fulfilled a long-time desire to visit Egypt. She shared with us this blog post, the sixth in a series, detailing her experience visiting the Temple of Karnak. You can find more of her story in the HCCMIS Blog and at the HCCMIS YouTube channel. If you have travelled abroad with coverage from one of our products, and want to share your stories, we encourage you to leave a comment.... Read More ...

Customer Story: Aswan-Tranquil Temples, No Hassle Markets

Customer Story: Aswan-Tranquil Temples, No Hassle Markets

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on February 26, 2015 in Travel

Allison Carter, an Atlas Travel® Insurance customer, recently fulfilled a long-time desire to visit Egypt. She shared with us this blog post, the third in a series, detailing her experiences exploring Aswan, the temple of Philae, and the Spice Market. You can find more of her story in the HCCMIS Blog and at the HCCMIS YouTube channel. If you have traveled abroad with coverage from one of our products, and want to share your stories, we encourage you to leave a comment.... Read More ...

Customer Story: Kom Ombon – the Temple of the People

Customer Story: Kom Ombon – the Temple of the People

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on February 26, 2015 in Travel

Allison Carter, an Atlas Travel® Insurance customer, recently fulfilled a long-time desire to visit Egypt. She shared with us this blog post, the fifth in a series, detailing her experiences exploring Kom Ombo, an ancient temple dedicated to Horus and Sobek. You can find more of her story in the HCCMIS Blog and at the HCCMIS YouTube channel. If you have travelled abroad with coverage from one of our products, and want to share your stories, we encourage you to leave a comment.... Read More ...

Customer Story: Where the Living and the Dead Collide at Luxor

Customer Story: Where the Living and the Dead Collide at Luxor

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on February 26, 2015 in Travel

Allison Carter, an Atlas Travel® Insurance customer, recently fulfilled a long-time desire to visit Egypt. She shared with us this blog post, the seventh in a series, detailing her experience taking a hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings. You can find more of her story in the HCCMIS Blog and at the HCCMIS YouTube channel. If you have travelled abroad with coverage from one of our products, and want to share your stories, we encourage you to leave a comment.... Read More ...

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Facts and Misconceptions

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Facts and Misconceptions

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on August 20, 2014 in Insurance

With the Ebola virus outbreak currently raging in Africa, the disease has been in the news a lot lately. Ebola is a severe illness found in humans and other primates, which has primarily appeared in rain forest areas in West Africa, where the current outbreak is located, and in Central Africa. There is no licensed specific treatment or vaccine for humans or animals. Drug therapies exist, but supportive care... Read More ...

Top 5 Alternative Destinations for College Mission Trips

Top 5 Alternative Destinations for College Mission Trips

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on July 30, 2014 in Travel

Traveling is becoming a growing trend among today’s student population. Most students tend to travel to Western Europe or Australia in order to study abroad in countries that are culturally similar to their homes, but college mission trips offer an exciting alternative to the traditional college student trip. College mission trips take place all over the world similar to study abroad programs. While many missionaries flock to a few typical destinations to work (Haiti and Mexico top many lists for good mission fields), you are only limited by your imagination when it comes to choosing a place to volunteer abroad. If you’re looking for a unique place to lend a hand, consider our top 5 alternative destinations:... Read More ...

International Travel Immunizations: An Interactive Guide

International Travel Immunizations: An Interactive Guide

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on July 21, 2014 in Travel

At HCC Medical Insurance Services, a big part of what we do involves helping international travelers to prepare for their time abroad. One question in particular tends to come up often: What travel immunizations will I need for my trip?... Read More ...

Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Caves, Oh My!

Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Caves, Oh My!

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 9, 2014 in Travel

What’s your ideal travel destination? For some, discovering all your home country has to offer is more than enough. Others are content to visit theme parks every opportunity they get. Those who love the outdoors have no shortage of choices. Hiking, rock climbing, skiing – the list goes on and on.... Read More ...

South Africa: Proudly African, Truly International

South Africa: Proudly African, Truly International

Posted by Cynthia Roush on April 22, 2014 in Study Abroad

Hi! My name is Cynthia Roush, and I am a senior at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Last summer, before my junior year, I went on a short study abroad to South Africa. South Africa is an incredible country filled with rich culture, food, and atmosphere. Though I have experienced richness in my travels to other countries, such as in Europe, the buzz in the air is different... Read More ...

Customer Story: The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities – The Eyes of the Boy-King

Customer Story: The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities – The Eyes of the Boy-King

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Allison Carter, an Atlas Travel® Insurance customer, recently fulfilled a long-time desire to visit Egypt. This blog post, the second in a series, details her experience in her own words. You can also find more of her story in the HCCMIS Blog. If you have traveled abroad with coverage from one of our products, and want to share your stories, we encourage you to leave a comment.... Read More ...

Egypt Travel Story from an Atlas Travel® Insurance Customer | Video

Egypt Travel Story from an Atlas Travel® Insurance Customer | Video

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Allison Carter met with us after her trip to Egypt to share the story of how she fulfilled her dream of participating in a camel ride across the desert. Do you have stories of your summer vacation that you would like to share as well? Post your comments at the bottom of this post.... Read More ...

Preparing for Mission Trips to Africa

Preparing for Mission Trips to Africa

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

You’ve just made a huge decision: You’re interested in pursuing potential mission trips to Africa. You know you want to serve, you know you want to experience what Africa has to offer, but where do you begin? There are plenty of ways to go on mission trips to Africa, but you need to stop and think about what you want out of a trip. Use this handy guide to help you get ready for mission work in Africa.... Read More ...

Travel Warning for Burkina Faso Issued

Travel Warning for Burkina Faso Issued

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Warning for Burkina Faso due to incidents of violence and lawlessness within the country. The Travel Warning states:... Read More ...

Types of Missionary Trips

Types of Missionary Trips

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Missionary trips can take you almost anywhere in the world. Before you decide where you want to go for your big service experience, you should consider the kind of work you want to do. Different locations offer different types of experiences. Take a look at these types of missionary trips and find one that is ... Read More ...

Where to Go for Medical Mission Trips

Where to Go for Medical Mission Trips

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Planning medical mission trips is no small task, and first you’ll have to decide on your destination. There are many options, and narrowing them down can be difficult. Think about which parts of the world you’d like to visit, and the kinds of stressors you can handle. Long work days, unfamiliar living conditions, language barriers,... Read More ...

Mission Trips to Africa: Where to Go and What to Do There

Mission Trips to Africa: Where to Go and What to Do There

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

One of the most common places for mission trips is Africa. For most of the developed world, mission trips to Africa offer a unique opportunity to experience a foreign culture, encounter strange wildlife, and help communities in great need.... Read More ...

Short Term Mission Trips Around the World

Short Term Mission Trips Around the World

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

You cannot be away from work, school, or family very long, but you still want to go on a mission trip. That is no problem because many mission trip organizations offer short term mission trips for people just like you!... Read More ...

International Travel Accidents Infographic

International Travel Accidents Infographic

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on August 15, 2012 in Travel

If you’re planning an international trip, be aware of various potential hazards that exist in some of the top destinations around the world. Whether it’s a case of food poisoning, sports adventure accidents, or any other accident or medical-related emergency, it’s better to be cautious.... Read More ...