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How to Survive an Insect-Filled Vacation Abroad

How to Survive an Insect-Filled Vacation Abroad

Posted by Bekah Wright on July 7, 2016 in Travel

There's something about yurts that intrigue me. So when I had the chance to stay in one while traveling in Malaysia, I jumped at the chance. As for the insect coil that's lit at bedtime, I thought it was merely for ambiance. Then, sometime in the middle of the night, I awoke, feeling as if my body was on fire. I was being eaten alive by insects. Literally.... Read More ...

How to Survive a Broken Bone in a Foreign Country

How to Survive a Broken Bone in a Foreign Country

Posted by Bekah Wright on June 13, 2016 in Travel

Me again. Funny how incidents, er, questions for you keep popping up. Which brings me to a recent trip to Thailand… I'd been dreaming about this visit for many years. The primary goal: to hang out at an elephant sanctuary. Said sanctuary wasn't the first stop on the itinerary. The initial destination was Bangkok, with one day devoted to touring the city.... Read More ...

9 Countries Where Americans Can Study for Free (or at a Fraction of U.S. Costs!)

9 Countries Where Americans Can Study for Free (or at a Fraction of U.S. Costs!)

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on March 31, 2016 in Study Abroad

Tuition prices are skyrocketing in the United States. According to data from College Board, between 2005-06 and 2015-16, the cost to attend an American four-year university increased at an average rate of 3.4% per year beyond inflation. With costs on the rise, savvy students and parents are looking elsewhere for education. Europe, South America, and Asia all offer free (or very cheap) education options for Americans. Here are some top destinations where Americans can earn a college degree on a budget.... Read More ...

6 Best Places to Retire

6 Best Places to Retire

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on February 24, 2016 in Life Transitions

Retirement is a big part of the American Dream. However, with the decline of defined benefit pension plans, affording a comfortable retirement can be a challenge. Money savvy individuals are finding that moving to a less expensive location can stretch those retirement dollars further. Enjoy this list of the 6 best retirement destinations to spend your golden years—and your budget!... Read More ...

Top 5 Study Abroad Destinations

Top 5 Study Abroad Destinations

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 28, 2016 in Study Abroad

Each year, hundreds of thousands of American students depart for a study abroad experience. In recent years, the number of students taking part in international study programs has grown steadily. For many, the destination is the most important factor when selecting a program or organization. Here are our top 5 destinations for American students going abroad:... Read More ...

Keirin Racing: 5 Fun Facts

Keirin Racing: 5 Fun Facts

Posted by Jarred Juett on May 5, 2015 in Travel

Keirin racing is a Japanese phenomenon almost as old as modern sporting itself. An over-the-top combination of athleticism, gambling, glory-seeking, and tradition, Keirin has provided Japanese cyclists a place to strategically compete on their bikes for more than half a century. It’s a mega-budget sport, grossing funds in excess of $10 billion dollars in ticket... Read More ...

How to Study Abroad in Japan

How to Study Abroad in Japan

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on May 4, 2015 in Study Abroad

The decision to study abroad can be a life-altering one. Spending an extended period of time on your own in a foreign country changes your outlook on life and exposes you to things you would never see had you stayed home. If you have made that decision and are looking for a destination, consider Japan.... Read More ...

Bangkok Thailand Travel Destinations

Bangkok Thailand Travel Destinations

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on February 10, 2015 in Travel

One of the best parts of travel is experiencing the collision of the modern and ancient worlds. The ability to seemingly travel backwards in time by walking a few blocks is something that can only be experienced in certain places in the world. One of those places is Bangkok. The capital city of Thailand dates... Read More ...

Prepare for the Unexpected While Traveling in Southeast Asia

Prepare for the Unexpected While Traveling in Southeast Asia

Posted by Abigail Pratt on February 4, 2015 in Travel

What the countless travel blogs on the web fail to highlight are the unexpected illnesses, injuries, or trip interruptions you need to know how to protect yourself against before traveling. The unexpected awaits you in any destination and in Southeast Asia, the unexpected takes on different forms in every one of its countries.... Read More ...

Top 5 Places For U.S. Students To Study Abroad

Top 5 Places For U.S. Students To Study Abroad

Posted by Jarred Juett on December 3, 2014 in Study Abroad

When choosing where to study abroad, U.S. students often think of popular destinations, such as Italy, France, Greece, Spain, and the U.K. All of these countries offer rich cultural experiences and top-tier academic programs, but there are several excellent college and university options that students tend to overlook.... Read More ...

Itinerary for Malaysia: An Asian Adventure Trip

Itinerary for Malaysia: An Asian Adventure Trip

Posted by Jarred Juett on July 24, 2014 in Travel

Known for its iconic blend of three major Asian cultures and vast collection of nature parks, Malaysia offers the perfect destination for your next adventure trip. To help you plan the perfect Asian adventure getaway, we have prepared an itinerary for Malaysia covering the best spots for exploration.... Read More ...

Trip Accidents: Asia Paradise or Peril Infographic

Trip Accidents: Asia Paradise or Peril Infographic

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on July 24, 2014 in Travel

Does your dream trip to Asia include a seven-day hike in the Himalaya Range or a stroll along the Great Wall of China? If your vacation is an adventure or a leisurely journey through paradise, this part of the world can be the perfect place for a vacation. The latest travel hotspots for adventure seekers and loafers are China, Mongolia, Nepal, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. Just be careful, because you never know when mishaps or trip accidents could translate into major medical costs overseas. When you pack your bags, make sure you research international health insurance products such as Atlas Travel® Insurance.... 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 ...

How to Prepare for a Himalayan Base Hike

How to Prepare for a Himalayan Base Hike

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on May 9, 2014 in Travel

Your trip is booked and you’ve bragged to just about everyone you know about your plans to make the hike up to the Annapurna Base Camp. You’re well-informed about where to get the best equipment and you’re anxiously awaiting your journey. However, you must remember that the most valuable equipment... Read More ...

Japan Earthquake: 20% Discount for Relief Workers

Japan Earthquake: 20% Discount for Relief Workers

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Insurance

The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that recently struck Japan have deeply impacted the staff of HCC Medical Insurance Services (HCCMIS). As individuals from around the world flock to the impacted areas to provide assistance, HCCMIS would like to do its part to support their courageous mission. In a partnership with InsureMyTrip.com, we are offering a 20% discount on our Atlas International insurance product for travelers going to Japan for relief efforts or family reasons.... Read More ...

6 Relaxing Holiday Locations to Visit and Do Nothing

6 Relaxing Holiday Locations to Visit and Do Nothing

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Modern living is notoriously demanding. Climbing the corporate ladder can be difficult. Relationships can be complicated. Children can be exhausting. Neighbors are sometimes annoying. Even the traditionally effortless task of watching television can be a chore, with so many channels to choose from and so little time to spend watching them. People deserve a break every now and again, yet even vacations can be stressful and tiring. Provided below is a list of six relaxing holiday locations to visit and do nothing.... Read More ...

Backpacking in Asia

Backpacking in Asia

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The beautiful countries in Asia offer plenty of opportunities for an incredible backpacking experience. However, for first-time backpackers or backpackers unfamiliar with the area, planning your trip can be daunting. Here are some tips for preparing, suggestions for where to go, and how to save some money while you’re there.... Read More ...

Where to Travel in March

Where to Travel in March

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Traveling in March may seem like an odd time to vacation, but in reality there are many unique events that make it a great time to go, especially if the weather in your area is getting you down. From festivals to nature spectacles, as well as off-season bargains, a March vacation can be the experience... 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 ...

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 ...

Visiting India: Where To Go and What To Do

Visiting India: Where To Go and What To Do

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

India truly is a unique country with a rich history that has something to offer everyone who visits. Whether you like adventure, relaxation, or a combination of the two, you will be able to find something to satisfy your traveling desires.... 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 ...