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How to Make Changes to Your Travel Medical Policy

How to Make Changes to Your Travel Medical Policy

Posted by Emmet Pierce on August 24, 2016 in Insurance

No matter how carefully you prepare for a trip abroad, unexpected situations can still pop up to alter your travel plans. When you need to change travel dates or reschedule a trip, it's important to know the procedure for contacting your travel medical insurance company. Travel Insurance Review notes that insurance carriers are typically very willing to work with travelers in order to make a change or correct a mistake.... Read More ...

12 Travel Insurance Coverages That Might Surprise You

12 Travel Insurance Coverages That Might Surprise You

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on August 17, 2016 in Insurance

Travel medical insurance is an effective way to protect yourself in the event of a health emergency, whether you need treatment at your destination or if you must be medically evacuated to receive medically necessary care. Travel medical insurance also typically covers trip interruptions, travel delays, and/or lost luggage. But did you know that a travel medical policy can also offer some unexpected benefits? From pet return to emergency dental- and even terrorism coverage- this international insurance is a great way to cover an emergency issue that may arise while you are away from home.... Read More ...

How to Survive Getting Sick at Sea

How to Survive Getting Sick at Sea

Posted by Bekah Wright on July 20, 2016 in Travel

Dear Tokio Marine HCC - MIS Group: A while back, I went on my first cruise. It was a lovely experience except… I got sick. Not seasick, mind you, but flu sick. I stuck it out for a day before realizing some type of medication might be in order. A visit to the ship's doctor fixed me right up. What caught me by surprise, though, was the hefty bill I received.... Read More ...

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 ...

What No One Tells You about Long-Term Travel

What No One Tells You about Long-Term Travel

Posted by Emmet Pierce on May 27, 2016 in Travel

Long-term travel gives you time to explore the world at a leisurely pace, but there are downsides to lengthy trips that should be considered carefully before you plan your vacation. A wide variety of things have the potential to go wrong when you're on an extended journey. Here are five to consider:... Read More ...

3 Levels of Travel Medical Coverage for U.S. Visitors

3 Levels of Travel Medical Coverage for U.S. Visitors

Posted by Brianna Weidman on May 24, 2016 in Insurance

If you're in the process of planning your trip to the United States, you've probably come across hundreds of resources directing you toward the latest-and-greatest travel deals, hotel and flight accommodations, and must-see tourist attractions. But understanding your options when it comes to travel medical insurance? That can be tricky. It's important to understand that many standard medical insurance policies do not cover you outside of your home country -- and that, in the United States, people are responsible for their own health care costs. As a result, travelers without applicable healthcare coverage are exposed to these high costs, which can lead to deep debt or even bankruptcy.... Read More ...

How to Survive a Sports Injury Abroad

How to Survive a Sports Injury Abroad

Posted by Bekah Wright on May 17, 2016 in Travel

Dear Tokio Marine HCC - MIS Group: Yes, it's me, the klutziest of travel journalists, writing to you again. So, here's what happened recently: I tried my hand at fly-fishing in Mammoth, California. After that experience, I decided to undertake the sport again in Exmouth, which is located in central-western Australia. My target spot: Nigaloo Lagoon. Word is, the fly-fishing there is renowned, and the landscape glorious. Why are you touching base with us, you ask? Well, there was an incident during my Mammoth Lakes fly-fishing experience. One I hope not to repeat, but, if I do… Well, let me explain.... Read More ...

Prepping for the Third World

Prepping for the Third World

Posted by Bekah Wright on May 6, 2016 in Travel

Planning a trip outside the United States? Along with scouting online for transportation, accommodations, and sightseeing suggestions, travelers should allot time on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website. Easily navigable, the site's drop-down menus feature vaccination requirements for both types of travelers (i.e. students, missionaries, families traveling with children) and worldwide destinations. Additionally, alerts provide up-to-date reports of countries with outbreaks of diseases, like Zika virus.... Read More ...

How to Survive a Dental Emergency Abroad

How to Survive a Dental Emergency Abroad

Posted by Bekah Wright on April 25, 2016 in Travel

As a travel writer, I'm always on the road. And as someone who's accident prone, I've learned the benefits of preparing for the unpredictable by purchasing travel insurance. Which brings me to a recent trip to Germany. Prior to a conference, I visited several major cities throughout Germany. I'm happy to say, despite being a klutz (a word of German origin, by the way), I didn't trip or fall even once. It seemed like I was going to get through the trip without incident, until a fateful encounter with a gummy bear.... Read More ...

What is Terrorism Coverage?

What is Terrorism Coverage?

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on April 19, 2016 in Insurance

In the world we live in today, bad things happen, including terrorist attacks in wonderful cities like Paris and Brussels. Sad incidents like these shouldn't discourage families from their summer travel plans, but it is important to be insured for the possible travel costs that can arise from an act of terrorism.... Read More ...

How to Find a Job Abroad After College

How to Find a Job Abroad After College

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on April 18, 2016 in Travel

If you're getting ready to graduate from college — and looking to cast an international net for a job — you need to do much more than book a plane ticket to Paris, Buenos Aires, or another city of your dreams. Your to-do list should include determining visa requirements, researching global job markets, drafting a worldly resume, and determining how much it will cost to live in a particular country or region. Here are some resources and tips for realizing your goal of working abroad:... Read More ...

5 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling

5 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Posted by Andrea Emerson on April 15, 2016 in Personal Wellness

You've finally made it. Months of saving your vacation days, picking out the right swimwear and meticulously planning your trip have finally paid off. You're almost there. But as excited as you are to embark on a new adventure, a small voice in the back of your head is yakking on about all the calories you're about to eat, the risks and temptations of your destination city, and how hard that first workout will be when you return. Fear not. Though your vacation should be a time to let loose, you don't have to choose between being healthy and having fun. In fact, here are five simple ways to stay healthy that can actually help you get more out of your vacation.... Read More ...

Travel Medical Insurance for Parents Visiting the U.S.

Travel Medical Insurance for Parents Visiting the U.S.

Posted by Emmet Pierce on April 12, 2016 in Insurance

It's wonderful to receive a visit from parents who live in a foreign country, but don't forget to have a travel medical insurance policy in place to help cover any unexpected medical costs that might arise while they're in the U.S. When your parents travel, it's likely their domestic medical insurance policy will no longer cover them once they've left their home country. U.S. medical care is among the most costly in the world, and a simple fall could send your parents to the hospital, leaving them with large medical bills.... Read More ...

How to Travel the World and Still Make Money

How to Travel the World and Still Make Money

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on April 11, 2016 in Travel

World travel can be an exciting and eye-opening venture, but many people feel that it is too expensive or difficult to be a feasible option. That doesn't have to be the case, however, as there are plenty of opportunities and career options that make world travel a reality for people of all budgets and backgrounds.... Read More ...

How Travel Medical Insurance Protects Your Family While Vacationing Abroad

How Travel Medical Insurance Protects Your Family While Vacationing Abroad

Posted by Brianna Weidman on April 5, 2016 in Insurance

Taking your family vacation international this year? Whether you're planning to soak up the sun in the Bahamas or knock some historical sites off your European bucket list, you're probably determined to relish every second you spend with your family abroad. And while you're bound to have an incredible vacation experience, there are certain health, safety, and financial precautions you can take to secure the welfare of your family. One safeguard worth considering, as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is travel medical insurance.... Read More ...

What Countries Require Health Insurance for Travel Visas?

What Countries Require Health Insurance for Travel Visas?

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on April 4, 2016 in Travel

International travel is an exciting, educational experience. With an American passport, it is possible to visit many countries around the world without any pre-approved travel visa. However, some countries have added a new requirement stating that tourists and other visitors must have travel medical insurance for the duration of their stay. Here's what you need to know before you hit the road.... Read More ...

Traveling with Mobile Disabilities: It's All About Planning Ahead

Traveling with Mobile Disabilities: It's All About Planning Ahead

Posted by Emmet Pierce on March 28, 2016 in Travel

Having mobility problems may pose challenges, but it doesn't have to stop you from traveling overseas or visiting the countries you've been longing to see. If you prepare for the obstacles you may encounter, you can successfully visit many popular destinations, said Timothy Holtz, group travel coordinator for Minnesota-based Flying Wheels Travel.... Read More ...

Is Travel Medical Insurance Right for You?

Is Travel Medical Insurance Right for You?

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on March 22, 2016 in Insurance

Travel medical insurance can provide important peace of mind –– and cover life-saving emergency medical services when you're out of the country. Such insurance can cover everything from a doctor's visit to treat an upset stomach to an evacuation back to the U.S. for emergency care. However, travel medical insurance isn't necessarily for everyone –– you may already be protected by an existing insurance policy, your credit card, or other coverage provided by an airline or vacation operator. Here are six questions to ask before purchasing a travel medical insurance policy:... Read More ...

How to Navigate Transportation in the U.S.

How to Navigate Transportation in the U.S.

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on March 14, 2016 in Travel

Getting around in the United States is quite a bit different than in many other countries around the world. While large cities across Europe and Asia have expansive public transportation systems, these systems are fairly rare in the United States. If you are planning a trip to the United States, check out the following tips for easily navigating American cities.... Read More ...

If Liam Neeson Isn't Your Dad, You Need Crisis Response Coverage

If Liam Neeson Isn't Your Dad, You Need Crisis Response Coverage

Posted by Andrea Emerson on March 8, 2016 in Insurance

Imagine you're strolling along the travel destination of your dreams. Someone motions you to check out a great restaurant or the Instagram-worthy scenery around the corner. Before you know it, you've been kidnapped, to be let go after your captor has sucked your bank account dry. It's what's known as an express kidnapping and it's far more common than you'd think. In fact, express kidnappings are on the rise, because unlike classic, elaborate kidnappings, they require just a single delinquent with a weapon, no planning, and go largely underreported.... Read More ...

Airbnb Best Bets for 2016

Airbnb Best Bets for 2016

Posted by Andrea Emerson on March 7, 2016 in Travel

Chances are someone (or several someones) you know has booked an Airbnb rental. And if you haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet, we're guessing you're at least intrigued by the community-sourced hospitality company. And with good reason: to date, more than 60 million guests have booked one of Airbnb's 2+ million listings — apartments, castles, villas, yurts, lighthouses and more — in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. Even the skeptics among us have to admit Airbnb has earned an impressive crowd of fans.... Read More ...

Travel Insurance vs. Travel Medical Insurance: Is There a Difference?

Travel Insurance vs. Travel Medical Insurance: Is There a Difference?

Posted by Brianna Weidman on March 1, 2016 in Insurance

Purchasing an insurance policy is one of the most important things travelers can do to protect themselves from the health, safety, and financial risks that accompany international travel. But when it comes to travel insurance, it’s often difficult to figure out exactly what you’re getting- or even what it is that you actually need. In this article, we break down the two types of insurance you may be considering: travel insurance and travel medical insurance. Is there a difference between the two? The answer is usually yes.... Read More ...

How to Stay Safe While Vacationing Abroad

How to Stay Safe While Vacationing Abroad

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on February 29, 2016 in Travel

Despite some recent high-profile attacks and political uncertainties in many parts of the world, it's rare for a vacation to be directly impacted by terrorism. What's more, you can take pro-active steps to ensure you have a safe experience and are prepared for a worst-case scenario. To safeguard your trip, take these seven precautions:... Read More ...

What is Medical Care Like Outside the U.S.?

What is Medical Care Like Outside the U.S.?

Posted by John Egan on February 22, 2016 in Travel

When you visit the ER or the doctor's office in the U.S., you pretty much know the routine. That routine isn't the same in other countries, however. From Argentina to Zimbabwe, people access health care in a variety of ways. Here's a look at how medical care works in a number of popular travel destinations outside the U.S., and how American travelers might receive care in the event of an unexpected illness or injury while abroad.... Read More ...

9 Tips for Choosing a Spring Break Destination

9 Tips for Choosing a Spring Break Destination

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on February 15, 2016 in Travel

As winter drags on, people's thoughts naturally turn to spring travel. For many destinations, March through May is the shoulder season, which means you can find cheap travel deals before prices heat up in the peak summer travel months or the upcoming holiday season. Whether you're looking for a beach spot, big city getaway or a foreign destination, you will find a range of options available to you, from all-inclusive resorts to DIY adventures. Here are eight tips and considerations for maximizing your fun quotient- and your budget:... Read More ...

6 Best Travel Medical Insurance Providers

6 Best Travel Medical Insurance Providers

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on February 9, 2016 in Insurance

Whether you're planning a relaxing beach getaway, foodie-themed city escape, or a safari adventure, you always run the risk of your international trip being cancelled or interrupted by illness. Travel medical insurance provides peace of mind by (typically) covering overseas medical treatments, hospitalizations and medical evacuations, as well as trip reimbursements if you have to go home early. Most policies also offer 24-hour assistance, coverage for terrorism incidents, and reimbursements for lost or stolen luggage.... Read More ...

U.S. Department of State: Travel Warnings, Health Coverage Advice

U.S. Department of State: Travel Warnings, Health Coverage Advice

Posted by Andrea Emerson on February 8, 2016 in Travel

Lost luggage. Running out of medication. A bad case of traveler's tummy. What overseas traveler hasn't considered these mishaps when packing for their journey? While prepping for possible misadventures, it's also smart to stay on top of the risks specific to the country you're visiting, and to know how to get help if things go haywire. Luckily for you, that's information you can access with a tap or two on your mobile device, courtesy of the U.S. Department of State. Below, we break down quick, resource-rich links you'll want to note or bookmark for your trip.... Read More ...

10 Things Every Serious Golfer Needs to Improve

10 Things Every Serious Golfer Needs to Improve

Posted by Ashley Norman on February 1, 2016 in Travel

Bob Hope once said, If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf. Golf is a game of skill, and all the seasoned pros have learned to master a combination of techniques and essential tools. But whether you are a novice or have been at it for years with no luck, if you want to be a serious golfer, here are the 10 things you need to improve your game.... Read More ...

Travel Insurance Five Types and Why You Need Each

Travel Insurance Five Types and Why You Need Each

Posted by Lauren McNitt on January 26, 2016 in Insurance

There are various types of travel insurance, so how do you know which policies are right for your trip? Below are five common types of travel insurance that can help you protect yourself when you travel.... Read More ...

Everything You Need to Know About Zika Virus

Everything You Need to Know About Zika Virus

Posted by Brianna Weidman on January 19, 2016 in Travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 2 (practice enhanced precautions) travel advisory following an alarming number of reports in Brazil of microcephaly and other severe birth defects in babies born to mothers infected with Zika virus while pregnant.... Read More ...

Does Your Health Insurance Cover You on Vacation?

Does Your Health Insurance Cover You on Vacation?

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on January 18, 2016 in Travel

For many travelers, having an accident or getting sick during an overseas trip can result in a rude awakening: Your treatment may not be covered by your U.S.-based health insurance, or it could trigger a high deductible for the use of out-of-network facilities. What’s more, if you break a leg in a remote area and require immediate surgery or risk losing the limb, costs to evacuate you to the nearest hospital for treatment could run as high as $100,000.... Read More ...

4 Tips for Global Travelers on a Budget

4 Tips for Global Travelers on a Budget

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 11, 2016 in Travel

Traveling the world can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Unfortunately, many people believe that they're unable to travel due to the high costs that accompany plane tickets, hotels, and excursions. Travel does not have to be cost prohibitive, however. Here are some tips to save money on your next international trip.... Read More ...

Top 7 International Festivals for 2016

Top 7 International Festivals for 2016

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 4, 2016 in Travel

Music, lights, sounds, and a pulsing sea of people draw millions to festivals and dance events around the world each year. If you want to make 2016 a year to remember, fit one of these seven amazing festival experiences into your schedule.... Read More ...

Don’t Let Jet Lag Ruin Your Holiday Travel

Don’t Let Jet Lag Ruin Your Holiday Travel

Posted by Brianna Weidman on December 31, 2015 in Travel

From overcrowded airports and flight cancellations to lost luggage and baggage fees, the hassles of holiday-season plane travel can appear endless. The last thing you want to worry about when traveling for the holidays is being struck with a bout of jet lag after successfully arriving at your destination. Read on to discover just what jet lag actually is- and how you can prevent it.... Read More ...

Work Travel

Work Travel

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on August 6, 2015 in Travel

Was your last business travel experience so hectic that it hurt your performance throughout the trip? Business travel experiences don’t have to be this way; they can be fun and successful when you approach them with the right strategies.... Read More ...

50 Travel Websites You MUST Visit

50 Travel Websites You MUST Visit

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on July 24, 2015 in Travel

Ever see someone at the airport who seems to have it all together? Someone calm, relaxed, not fumbling for his passport or sweating as he drags his luggage? It’s usually the pilot. The following travel hacks will help you achieve that same zen-like presence. Pilot’s license optional.... Read More ...

2015 MotoGP Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix: The Best Race on Two Wheels

2015 MotoGP Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix: The Best Race on Two Wheels

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on July 9, 2015 in Travel

The MotoGP is a series of eighteen races featuring the best motorcycle riders in the world. Every race is held in a different location, spanning fourteen countries on four continents, over a period of seven months. It’s kind of a big deal. It’s fitting that the oldest motorsports championship in the world includes a race in Indianapolis, a city famous for racing.... Read More ...

Common Travel Myths Exposed!

Common Travel Myths Exposed!

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on June 30, 2015 in Travel

Many reasons keep people from traveling internationally, and almost all involve a fear of the unknown. You might fear catching a disease, or language barriers, or the possibility of getting pickpocketed or kidnapped. With proper research and solid preparation, you can set aside your fears and feel comfortable about packing your bags and leaving your home countries for an international experience you won't soon forget!... Read More ...

Guide to Sightseeing in the U.S.

Guide to Sightseeing in the U.S.

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on June 11, 2015 in Travel

Traveling to the United States can be intimidating. Because of its size, the U.S. offers a dizzying array of destinations. This vastness means the country offers a wide variety in terms of climate, culture, history, foods, and fun. From big cities to open spaces to museums and tours exploring U.S. history, there is something for every visitor.... Read More ...

J-1 Visas: Your 5-Step Checklist

J-1 Visas: Your 5-Step Checklist

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 27, 2015 in Travel

Figuring out the application process for a J-1 visa can be challenging, so HCC Medical Insurance Services (“HCCMIS”) created this easy, five-step checklist to help you as you explore opportunities abroad.... Read More ...

Travel Health Insurance Myths

Travel Health Insurance Myths

Posted by Abigail Pratt on May 7, 2015 in Insurance

Do any of the following travel medical insurance myths sound like a reason that has prevented you from buying a policy? Hopefully your situation is unlike the millions of people who travel every year, and find themselves in precarious circumstances without the protection of travel medical insurance. Here are some travel insurance myths you should learn about before you decide whether or not to purchase a plan before your next trip abroad.... Read More ...

9 Insanely Easy Ways to Improve Your Trip Abroad

9 Insanely Easy Ways to Improve Your Trip Abroad

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 7, 2015 in Travel

Excuses not to travel are easy to find. Here are nine international travel tips that can help you overcome your objections to leaving your home country.... Read More ...

Planning for International Travel: Infographic

Planning for International Travel: Infographic

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 7, 2015 in Travel

Planning to travel internationally? Check out this infographic, which showcases 12 of the best countries to visit and helps you plan your trip to one of these popular places, including information on when to visit, when to book, top cities, travel tips, and more!... Read More ...

Insurance for Extreme Sports

Insurance for Extreme Sports

Posted by Jarred Juett on May 5, 2015 in Insurance

You love the adrenaline rush of competitive exercise, but simple sports like basketball or tennis are not enough to satisfy you. You long for the next big thrill, whether it comes from mountain biking, dune sliding, or running with the bulls. Luckily, HCCMIS Atlas Travel® now includes insurance for extreme sports.... Read More ...

Your Interactive Guide to Missionary Travel

Your Interactive Guide to Missionary Travel

Posted by Jarred Juett on May 5, 2015 in Travel

Missionary travel can be a tedious and scary challenge to accept. You have made a choice to embark on an adventure that is taking you to a foreign country. There will be trials along the way—from what to pack, to your personal documents, to how to capture your memories, to taking care of your health. Missionary travel can be somewhat unpredictable, but you can still be prepared.... Read More ...

How to Pack a Suitcase for Business Travel

How to Pack a Suitcase for Business Travel

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on April 30, 2015 in Travel

Instead of resorting to the theatrics of cramming everything in and sitting on the suitcase top to close it up, try using some of these handy tips and tricks for how to pack your suitcase.... Read More ...

How to Determine Your Travel Insurance Deductible

How to Determine Your Travel Insurance Deductible

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 28, 2015 in Insurance

You’ve been looking forward to your trip abroad for months and now you’re finalizing the logistical details – everything from where you’re going to stay to what types of transportation you’re going to use. As your departure date nears, you’ve been thinking about buying travel medical insurance for your trip. Perhaps you’ve heard stories about... Read More ...

Seven Honeymoon Destinations

Seven Honeymoon Destinations

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on April 27, 2015 in Travel

Preparing for your wedding can be pretty stressful, and sometimes planning the honeymoon can add even more stress. However, by focusing on the excitement of discovering a new destination and your time away as newlyweds, your planning can turn from stress-filled to stress-free. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, here are seven honeymoon... Read More ...

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 ...

Guide to Transportation in the U.S.

Guide to Transportation in the U.S.

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on April 23, 2015 in Travel

Transportation is different all over the world. From streets filled with cars to streets filled with bicycles, every city has its own way to travel. In the U.S. the main forms of transportation change depending where you are in the country.... Read More ...

Get the Most out of Your Trip to Rome

Get the Most out of Your Trip to Rome

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on April 22, 2015 in Travel

Taking three day bus trips is a very common thing to do when studying in or planning a trip to Rome. It allows you to see as much as possible in the least amount of time. The best part about three day bus trips is that they fit comfortably within any week-long visit to Rome,... Read More ...

Finding Online the Best Adventure Travel Buying Guides

Finding Online the Best Adventure Travel Buying Guides

Posted by Jarred Juett on April 22, 2015 in Travel

For many, a vacation is a time to kick back, relax, and enjoy spending time doing as little as possible. For others, the perfect vacation is an opportunity to go on physically grueling new adventures while exploring exciting locations, all the while being covered by travel sports insurance. If your definition of a perfect getaway ... Read More ...

Featured Customer: De-Neita Peoples Study Abroad in London

Featured Customer: De-Neita Peoples Study Abroad in London

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 20, 2015 in Study Abroad

De-Neita Peoples, a 25 year old Atlas Travel® customer who is currently traveling Europe, strives to live by the saying, “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these”.... Read More ...

The 2015 Masters Tournament: Your Guide to Augusta

The 2015 Masters Tournament: Your Guide to Augusta

Posted by Ashlee Taylor on March 19, 2015 in Travel

If you’re traveling to the Masters this year, you need to know where to stay, where to grab something great to eat, and what else there is to do while you’re there. Augusta is a great city full of history and culture, and you won’t want to miss these top attractions.... Read More ...

Europe Package Tours

Europe Package Tours

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 2, 2015 in Travel

Many love the independence of setting their own schedule and changing it on a whim. For others, Europe Package Tours are the only way to go. The choices are many; from country specific to whirlwind highlight tours to specialty tours. If you’re planning a trip to Europe this year, consider booking a seat on one of these tours and enjoy.... Read More ...

Expatriate Tax Basics for U.S. Citizens

Expatriate Tax Basics for U.S. Citizens

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 1, 2015 in Travel

The United States is one of the few countries that tax a citizen on their worldwide income, regardless of where the income comes from. Finding accurate, easy-to-understand expatriate tax information is difficult. U.S. citizens will need to file taxes no matter if they reside in Italy, Singapore, or China. Read up on some things that... Read More ...

Dog Sledding in Sweden

Dog Sledding in Sweden

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on February 26, 2015 in Travel

Set yourself apart from the pack and sign up for a dog sledding trip to Sweden. Your inner adventurer will be fulfilled by mushing through an action-packed getaway in Sweden’s rugged Lapland region. Learn to “mush” with your own team of huskies through forests of pines. ... 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 ...

Customer Travel Story: Youri Menna Sings in Paris

Customer Travel Story: Youri Menna Sings in Paris

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on February 26, 2015 in Travel

After wandering around the Latin Quarter of paris, and poking around in various neighborhoods, Marty ended up in front of the famed Opera House. What followed was an expectantly pleasant street performance.... Read More ...

Costa Rica Travel Tours

Costa Rica Travel Tours

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on February 24, 2015 in Travel

Full of beautiful forests, beaches and wonders, Costa Rica is a dream getaway for anyone. Costa Rica has something to offer every type of traveler. Whether you enjoy relaxing on the beach, hiking through forests, climbing mountains, or flying through the treetop canopy, you are sure to find something that interests you in this Central ... Read More ...

Improvements to Atlas Travel® Series

Improvements to Atlas Travel® Series

Posted by Jarred Juett on February 5, 2015 in Insurance

At HCCMIS, we work hard to bring you products that will match your needs. With that in mind, we recently announced some improvements for our Atlas Travel Series. You can find an overview of the improvements in the video above.... 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 ...

Working Overseas: 5 Websites to Find a Job Abroad

Working Overseas: 5 Websites to Find a Job Abroad

Posted by Abigail Pratt on January 30, 2015 in Travel

With the help of the internet, finding a job locally and nationally has been made extraordinarily easy. The same can be applied to finding a job abroad by using the similar research methodologies on internet platforms as you would in your home country. The search for your new job overseas starts with exploring the following six resources to cross the finish line into a new country with your signed work contract in hand.... Read More ...

A Review of HCCMIS from T.E.S.S.

A Review of HCCMIS from T.E.S.S.

Posted by Jarred Juett on January 20, 2015 in Study Abroad

From T.E.S.S.’s Ron Reisler: T.E.S.S. – THE EXCHANGE STUDENTS SERVICE (www.tessusa.com) is an agency headquartered in Massachusetts that brings international students to the U.S. to study in a variety of programs.... Read More ...

5 Things Your Travel Insurance Company Won't Tell You

5 Things Your Travel Insurance Company Won't Tell You

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on January 8, 2015 in Insurance

Purchasing travel medical insurance is an important step when planning an international excursion. Most policies come with a standard menu of coverage, which includes accident and injury protection and emergency medical evacuation. But some policies provide additional benefits you may not be aware of – and they could be the difference in your out-of-pocket expenses... Read More ...

5 Lesser-Known Perks of Travel Medical Insurance

5 Lesser-Known Perks of Travel Medical Insurance

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on January 8, 2015 in Travel

The standard benefits and expectations of purchasing travel medical insurance are fairly easy to presume. Many policies come with coverage for accidents or hospitalizations that occur during international trips, a level of coverage for pre-existing conditions, and... Read More ...

5 State Parks for Affordable Family Vacations

5 State Parks for Affordable Family Vacations

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on January 8, 2015 in Travel

This summer, skip the hectic city vacation and take your family to one of America’s gorgeous and affordable state parks. The following five parks all allow camping and are outstanding for beauty, history, and family entertainment.... Read More ...

5 State Parks for Affordable Family Vacations - Part 2

5 State Parks for Affordable Family Vacations - Part 2

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on January 8, 2015 in Travel

This summer, skip the hectic city vacation and try one of America’s gorgeous state parks for affordable family vacations. In part two of this blog posting, we discuss the Blue Mounds Park in Minnesota, Hocking Hills in Ohio and three other natural treasures.... Read More ...

Why Travelers Need Crisis Response Coverage

Why Travelers Need Crisis Response Coverage

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on October 14, 2014 in Insurance

Whether you’re taking a business trip or family vacation, you never want to think about the threat of being kidnapped abroad. But kidnappings of international travelers do happen in countries across the globe. One travel danger for international travelers... Read More ...

Planning for International Travel

Planning for International Travel

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on September 10, 2014 in Travel

Brazil may have taken center stage as a travel destination in hosting the World Cup, but it’s just one of the many places international travelers will visit this year. Our new Planning for International Travel infographic showcases 12 of the best countries to visit and helps you plan a trip... Read More ...

Corporate Travel Insurance: Five Reasons You Need Coverage

Corporate Travel Insurance: Five Reasons You Need Coverage

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on July 30, 2014 in Insurance

You are 30,000 feet in the air reviewing your presentation for an upcoming meeting in Brussels, Belgium. As the plane begins to descend, you experience shortness of breath. By the time the plane lands, you need to go to the hospital. A situation like this is one of several reasons corporate travel insurance is critical when journeying internationally. Below are five reasons you can’t leave home without it:... Read More ...

Trip Medical Insurance Buying Guide

Trip Medical Insurance Buying Guide

Posted by Jarred Juett on July 29, 2014 in Insurance

Whenever we interact with new customers thinking about trip medical insurance, one of the points we try to drive home the strongest is this:... Read More ...

How To Prepare For Black Water Rafting

How To Prepare For Black Water Rafting

Posted by Jarred Juett on July 29, 2014 in Travel

Invented in the mid 1980’s by White Water rafting enthusiasts from New Zealand, the sport of cave rafting, or black water rafting, has taken the world of spelunking and extreme sports by storm. Whether you’re interested in seeing bioluminescence up close and personal, or simple splashing through quick rapids in the pitch black darkness, black... Read More ...

Snowbird Travel Destinations

Snowbird Travel Destinations

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on July 29, 2014 in Travel

It can be difficult to stay motivated and upbeat during the dreary months of winter. Escaping the freezing temperatures is just one of the many reasons to visit one of these sunny winter travel destinations. Even if you don’t have immediate plans to travel, let your imagination take you on a journey to some of the sunniest winter vacation spots around the world.... 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 ...

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on July 24, 2014 in Travel

If you’re not a fan of the hustle and bustle of holiday travel, take heart. The “getting there” part of the holidays doesn’t have to be painful. Whether you’re traveling internationally or domestically, the key to worry-free traveling is all in the preparation.... 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 ...

2014 World Cup: The Beautiful Game Returns to Brazil

2014 World Cup: The Beautiful Game Returns to Brazil

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on June 4, 2014 in Travel

The World Cup is returning to Brazil for the first time in 64 years this summer, and with 32 teams playing through a round-robin group and four knockout rounds, there are many games to fit into one month. Because of that, games will be... 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 ...

How Your Diet Can Kill Your Backpacking Trip

How Your Diet Can Kill Your Backpacking Trip

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 9, 2014 in Travel

You’re preparing for the trip of a lifetime – backpacking in a third-world country for several weeks. As you plan the logistics of your adventure travel, your friends keep suggesting that you should get travel medical insurance.... 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 ...

How to Sit By the Best Stranger on a Long-Distance Train

How to Sit By the Best Stranger on a Long-Distance Train

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on April 14, 2014 in Travel

Plenty of articles already exist about the types of people you want to avoid on a train. The crying baby, the guy with the small bladder, the hygienically challenged – take your pick. But rather than focus on the people you should stay away from during your ride, consider finding... Read More ...

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Travel Insurance Rep

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Travel Insurance Rep

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Insurance

Many international travelers don’t realize how much travel insurance can vary in terms of coverage, billing and customer service. When you’re traveling abroad and there’s an emergency, the last thing you want is to experience frustrations about unexpected out-of-pocket costs or uncertainty about whether you’ll need approval to seek medical treatment.   It’s far better... Read More ...

Why Travel Medical Insurance?

Why Travel Medical Insurance?

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Insurance

Travel medical insurance probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind as you prepare for an overseas trip. With all the logistics involved in scheduling vacation days at work, planning your itinerary, packing your suitcase, and getting transportation to the airport, travel medical coverage can become an afterthought. But neglecting to think about travel... Read More ...

What to Look for in Your Travel Insurance Policy

What to Look for in Your Travel Insurance Policy

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Insurance

Few things are more exciting than taking that long-awaited trip to an international destination. You spend weeks – even months – planning your itinerary and thinking through logistics like how much local currency you’ll need. Despite all the planning involved, many travelers leave home without something quite important: insurance. In fact, only one in three... Read More ...

7 Tips for Overcoming Language Barriers While Traveling

7 Tips for Overcoming Language Barriers While Traveling

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Travel

Traveling around the world can be some of life’s greatest experiences. By visiting new countries and sampling different types of foods and cultures, you gain a greater understanding of our collective global consciousness. In the course of your adventures, it wouldn’t be uncommon for you to occasionally feel intimidated by language and communication barriers. To... Read More ...

7 Tricks to Flying More Comfortably

7 Tricks to Flying More Comfortably

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Travel

We’ve all been on those long flights that never seem to end. You’re crammed between other travelers and there’s too much noise for your liking. You just can’t seem to get any sleep – or even get comfortable – and you arrive home yawning or rubbing your sore neck. With those unpleasant experiences in mind,... Read More ...

How to Prepare for Travel to High-Risk Destinations

How to Prepare for Travel to High-Risk Destinations

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Travel

Travel is an awesome way to meet new people and experience other cultures. Meeting locals in faraway places can give us lasting memories and a new perspective of our own lives. While many destinations are safe and most people aren’t going to take advantage of you, it’s always smart to take safety precautions abroad... Read More ...

How Travel Medical Insurance Can Give You Peace of Mind

How Travel Medical Insurance Can Give You Peace of Mind

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Travel

It’s winter and you’re leaving home for warmer climates. You pack your swimsuit, sunscreen and beach supplies and soon you’re off to a much-needed vacation. Protecting yourself from the risk of illness or injury while you’re abroad is the absolute last thing on your mind. But what would happen to you in the event of... Read More ...

Top 5 International Travel Apps

Top 5 International Travel Apps

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Travel

All travel requires a certain amount of planning. But you want to ensure you’re especially prepared when heading to a different country, where language and cultural barriers may be harder to overcome. Having a full range of mobile tools at your disposal can significantly improve your experience. With smartphones, managing your trip is a more... Read More ...

When Using a Travel Agent is Better Than Planning Your Own Trip

When Using a Travel Agent is Better Than Planning Your Own Trip

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Travel

Travel agents once held the keys to the vacation kingdom. But the rise of the internet and the subsequent prevalence of online travel sites has led many to forsake using travel agents altogether. Despite the DIY turn of vacation planning, there are still several occasions when using a travel agent makes sense. Uncertainty: It’s one... Read More ...

U.S. Visa Information

U.S. Visa Information

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on April 4, 2014 in Travel

Visitors come from all over the world to travel in the United States. From short business trips to permanent immigration, most visitors must obtain a visa before entering the U.S. Knowing international travel requirements before embarking on your journey can save valuable time and prevent travel mishaps.... Read More ...

HCC Medical Insurance Services Gives Back to Its Agents

HCC Medical Insurance Services Gives Back to Its Agents

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Insurance

We’ve all been there. It’s a quarter after five on Friday, and your son’s baseball game starts in 20 minutes. You’re trying to finish up one last comparison for a client who leaves on a business trip to China next week. You’re trying to ensure that you choose the best plan for your client, but the company websites you depend on for plan information and quoting seem like labyrinths hiding the information you’re searching for... Read More ...

Meet Latoiya, Customer Service Specialist

Meet Latoiya, Customer Service Specialist

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Insurance

Meet Latoiya, one of our dedicated Customer Service Specialists. HCC Medical Insurance Services offers personal service via phone 24/7 in addition to email, live chat and Twitter during normal business hours. For a full listing of the travel assistance services provided by our service center, visit the customer care page.... 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 ...

MultiNational Underwriters to be Named HCC Medical Insurance Services

MultiNational Underwriters to be Named HCC Medical Insurance Services

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Insurance

Effective July 1, 2009, MultiNational Underwriters will be operating under the name of HCC Medical Insurance Services (HCCMIS for short). This new name further assimilates the company with its parent company, HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc, which is rated A+ by A.M. Best and has assets of over $8 billion.... 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 ...

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 ...

Exotic Vacation Destinations Infographic

Exotic Vacation Destinations Infographic

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

From destinations with the best extreme sports, to cities that host epic parties, this infographic can guide you to your next exotic vacation destination!... Read More ...

Keys to Traveling Abroad with Atlas Travel Insurance

Keys to Traveling Abroad with Atlas Travel Insurance

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

One great opportunity in life is to be able to travel. It gives you a chance to explore distant countries and learn about their histories and cultures. Before you hop on that next plane, consider these Atlas Travel® Insurance keys to traveling abroad:... Read More ...

How to Backpack Around the World

How to Backpack Around the World

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Traveling can be expensive, especially when going abroad. How are you supposed to see the world if you cannot afford renting space in a hotel or resort? The answer is simple if you know how to backpack around the world. Sadly, not many people know of these cost-effective and exciting travel techniques.... Read More ...

Packing for a Business Trip

Packing for a Business Trip

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Packing for a business trip can quickly become stressful even though few items are usually required for the trip. Forgetting a crucial item such as a tie, heels or a portfolio can cause stress when packing for a business trip.... Read More ...

Say What? Phrases Every International Traveler Should Know

Say What? Phrases Every International Traveler Should Know

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Traveling the world is undoubtedly fun and exciting, but it also can be a little problematic at times. Knowing what, how and when to say a phrase in a foreign language is necessary for avoiding problems, conflicts or hazardous situations that may not be possible to resolve in English. Provided below is a list of five phrases every international traveler should know when they venture abroad.... Read More ...

Tips For Traveling Internationally With Kids

Tips For Traveling Internationally With Kids

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

One of the best gifts that can be given to children is the opportunity to travel abroad and experience different cultures. Foreign travel affords people of all ages with a view of wider horizons and offers the chance to better understand the conditions and issues that affect the rest of the world. Here are some tips for traveling internationally with kids.... Read More ...

Travel Blogs That Help You Enjoy the World from Your Computer

Travel Blogs That Help You Enjoy the World from Your Computer

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Thanks to the selection of blogs available, there are plenty of temptations to whet a daydreamer’s appetite. Regularly updated travel blogs provide consistent stimulation for those who may wish they were traveling the globe. Whatever the reason for a person’s curiosity, travel blogs can be informative and rich with the flavors found in other parts of the world.... Read More ...

Preparing for Travel: 5 Snowbird Travel Tips

Preparing for Travel: 5 Snowbird Travel Tips

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

As autumn quickly approaches, many snowbirds are preparing for travel to warmer climates to wait out those long, cold winter months. Snowbird travel requires some forethought and planning to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible, so we have compiled a few tips to help you travel safely and comfortably on your next snowbird adventure.... Read More ...

Working Abroad in Italy

Working Abroad in Italy

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Living and working abroad in Italy is a great experience that can provide both a resume builder and a life-changing experience. It is also becoming a popular destination for professionals to get gainful employment during the recession. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Italy’s unemployment rate was 1% less than that of the United States in 2010,... Read More ...

5 Classic Books to Read on Vacation

5 Classic Books to Read on Vacation

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Whether you’ll be spending a lot of time in the passenger seat or you’re just planning to relax over the holidays, you might want a good book to get lost in. My advice: stay away from those paperbacks in the grocery store. Instead, indulge in some lesser-known tales from authors that everyone knows. Here are... Read More ...

Checklist For International Travel

Checklist For International Travel

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

International travel is extremely exciting. Whether you are traveling for pleasure or business, you are most likely excited and nervous. You might be excited about the opportunities and experiences ahead of you, or you might be nervous about the experiences ahead of you. We do not always know what lies in front of us, especially ... Read More ...

Contract Work Abroad: 5 Cultural Awareness Tips

Contract Work Abroad: 5 Cultural Awareness Tips

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

It’s no secret that creating the most efficient working environment for you and your colleagues takes time and effort. One effective way to improve your experience if you plan to start contract work abroad is by employing a bit of cultural awareness. Here are some quick and easy tips to help you integrate into your new workspace and surroundings if you decide to take up contract work abroad.... Read More ...

Costa Rica, A Honeymoon Haven

Costa Rica, A Honeymoon Haven

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The beautiful country of Costa Rica has been a honeymoon favorite for many years now. With exotic rainforests and pristine beaches, the tropical getaway is a great place to spend those precious first days as newlyweds. There are many cities and resorts in Costa Rica that can provide lasting memories, so be sure to do your research to find your perfect honeymoon location.... Read More ...

Cultural Awareness Tips for Working Abroad

Cultural Awareness Tips for Working Abroad

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Working abroad can be not only a great occupational opportunity, but also a great way to learn about the cultures of other countries. But in order to have a successful overseas working experience, expats must prepare for the possibility of culture shock, or just the challenges that can sometimes accompany living in a new place.... Read More ...

7 Fool-Proof Trip Planning Tools

7 Fool-Proof Trip Planning Tools

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Writer and travel expert Jeanne Ammermuller fills us in on her top 7 tools for easy, headache-free trip planning. , I talked about my approach to planning—finding all of the places I want to visit and putting them on sortable index cards. But how do you find those gems? Who do you trust? And where... Read More ...

Customer Story: Ramses the Great’s Love Letters

Customer Story: Ramses the Great’s Love Letters

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 27, 2014 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 fourth in a series, detailing her visit to the temples of Abu Simbel. You can find more of her story in the HCCMIS Blog and video of Allison describing her ride on a camel in our 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 ...

7 Ways to Find Your New Favorite Book

7 Ways to Find Your New Favorite Book

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

If you’re not an avid reader, or you feel like you’ve exhausted your genre of choice, finding a new book to enjoy might seem like a daunting task.... Read More ...

Hiking in Italy

Hiking in Italy

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The beautiful country of Italy has a plethora of walking and hiking trails for the adventurous traveler. If you’re looking for a great place to get close to nature, consider going to Italy for your next vacation. There are many trails for the amateur, as well as plenty of places for the serious, experienced hikers... Read More ...

Going to Work Abroad? 5 Tips for Meeting New People

Going to Work Abroad? 5 Tips for Meeting New People

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Part of the charm of going to work abroad is getting to know the residents of the country where you decide to work. However, meeting new people when you are working abroad can be challenging. Here are five ways to connect with people while you are employed overseas.... Read More ...

Great Zoos Around the World

Great Zoos Around the World

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Zoos are a great way to get the family out in the fresh air to have some fun, while enjoying an educational experience at the same time. Although the sizes of zoos vary, most have many kinds of activities to entertain their guests. There are zoos all over the world that offer a fun adventure... Read More ...

How to Have Fun While Planning a Trip

How to Have Fun While Planning a Trip

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Writer and travel expert Jeanne Ammermuller enlightens us on how planning a trip can be just as fun as the trip itself–if you do it the right way. I planned my first trip in 1982 as a college student heading to a semester abroad. In a pre-internet world, I relied on two resources: and a... Read More ...

How To Overcome A Fear Of Flying

How To Overcome A Fear Of Flying

Posted by Derrick Braziel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

I still remember my first time flying like it was yesterday. I had several questions rushing through my head. What would it be like? Does it hurt when your ears pop? Here are several tips to help you, or anyone you know, deal with their fear of flying.... Read More ...

How To Pack a Backpack for Travel

How To Pack a Backpack for Travel

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

One of the most difficult parts of backpacking is how to pack a backpack for travel. While that may sound silly, it’s true! It’s tempting to just stuff everything in and hope for the best, but that technique doesn’t work out very well in the long run. Unlike a suitcase, it doesn’t have a nice... Read More ...

How To Pack A Carry On Suitcase

How To Pack A Carry On Suitcase

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

If hopping on a plane every other week for your work seems like the life you live, you should consider this article as a resource. People who travel for work only pack a carry on to save time, money, and hassle. When it comes to travel- especially if you do it often- keeping things efficient,... Read More ...

How to Pack for Europe

How to Pack for Europe

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

With a trip to Europe approaching, many people excitedly focus on the sites they will be seeing, which rail pass to buy, and other issues concerning getting around. The seemingly simple act of packing is sometimes neglected until the last moment. By then it can be too late. How to Pack for Europe can be... Read More ...

How to Pack Light for a Trip Overseas

How to Pack Light for a Trip Overseas

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

One of the biggest mistakes that people tend to make when they are getting ready for a trip overseas is over packing. One of the most important things you can do to make your trip easier is to pack as light as possible. By packing light, you will be able to travel much easier, make... Read More ...

How To Pack Your Suitcase

How To Pack Your Suitcase

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Instead of resorting to the theatrics of cramming everything in and sitting on the suitcase top to close it up, try using some of these handy tips and tricks for how to pack your suitcase.... Read More ...

How to Stay in Touch When You Travel Abroad

How to Stay in Touch When You Travel Abroad

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Even though the economy is down, large numbers of Americans are still traveling overseas. According to the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, over 28,000,000 Americans traveled abroad last year. The chance to be completely immersed in a new culture can really open someone’s eyes.... Read More ...

How to “Taste” Napa Valley Without Breaking the Bank

How to “Taste” Napa Valley Without Breaking the Bank

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

California’s Napa Valley is known for world-class wines. But the problem is, many wineries charge world-class prices, too. For example, top wineries like Opus One and Far Niente charge $40 – $50 per tasting. Fortunately, there are several ways to save hundreds of dollars (or more) during your time in Napa. As a California native,... Read More ...

How To Travel Cheaply

How To Travel Cheaply

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Going on vacation can take a hefty toll on your bank account. However, many travelers don’t know most of the ins and outs to getting the most out of their money. Let’s look at some expensive travel items and ways in which you can get the same luxury experience without the giant price tag.... Read More ...

Planning A Destination Wedding

Planning A Destination Wedding

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Planning a trip to the United States can be very exciting, although the visitor visa process can be daunting. There are a few things that are slightly different when obtaining a visitor visa for U.S. from India, so be sure to read through this process carefully to make sure you follow the directions correctly. ... Read More ...

Planning for Oktoberfest

Planning for Oktoberfest

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Prost! Fall is here and to German traditionalists and beer enthusiasts alike that can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a historic and lively 16-day beer festival in Munich, Germany. People travel far and wide to experience Bavaria’s one-of-a-kind celebration, and needless to say, it demands ample preparation. While it is free to attend... Read More ...

Visitor Visa Documents For USA

Visitor Visa Documents For USA

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Applying for a visitor visa can be an extremely stressful process: there are rules, restrictions, and regulations regarding almost every step. One area that can be particularly confusing is what documentation you need to bring to your interview. There are two types of documents, the required documents and then the recommended or supporting documents. It can be confusing, but it isn’t as confusing once you know the difference between the two types.... Read More ...

Will They Remember Family Trips?

Will They Remember Family Trips?

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

I’m a Dad and I love to travel. My boys are older now (12 & 9) and my wife and I would like to travel with them. That brings up the question parents have been asking for years: If we spend the money for this trip, will they remember family trips?... Read More ...

Where to Travel in October

Where to Travel in October

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Autumn leaves are frequently looked over when you are traveling through your home town. In order to truly appreciate the beauty of fall and all of the colors that come with it, taking a holiday trip may help you see the wonders of the world with a different perspective. Here are some ideas on where ... Read More ...

Where to Travel in November

Where to Travel in November

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

November is one of the best fall months of the year to travel. Whether you are looking to take your family somewhere for Thanksgiving or simply looking for a weekend retreat, there are plenty of places for you to visit. Many people prefer to take trips over the summer or extended winter breaks, so traveling... 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 Travel in Europe

Where to Travel in Europe

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Traveling to Europe means a lot of new experiences for anyone. No matter how many times you travel in Europe, there is always something new to do and somewhere new to go. Which makes you wonder, “Where should I travel in Europe?” Here are some of the best places to travel in Europe:... 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 ...

Featured Customer: London Farewell

Featured Customer: London Farewell

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

De-Neita has done just about everything in London on her “to-do” list, but her main focus right now is her trip to Italy. Starting off in Rome, De-Neita did as much as she could in the time that she had. It is nearly impossible to see all of Rome in a lifetime, let alone a ... Read More ...

Cheap International Family Vacations

Cheap International Family Vacations

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 26, 2014 in Travel

The United States offers thousands of travel destinations for families. A trip to Disney is almost a rite of passage for many children. Throw in New York, Washington D.C., Yellowstone and other natural wonders and the obligatory beach vacation and you could spend the rest of your life touring the U.S. and not see everything.... Read More ...

Planning a Trip to Europe

Planning a Trip to Europe

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

You have decided you want to go to Europe, but there is just one problem: You have no idea how to plan a trip to Europe. You can relax a little bit. Our short guide will give you the stepping-stones that are necessary to turn a huge journey into a manageable checklist.... Read More ...

U.S. Visitor Visa Application Tips

U.S. Visitor Visa Application Tips

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

Applying for a United States visitor visa can be a long and difficult process. Wading through all of the forms and fees only to be rewarded with an intense interview can seem very scary. However, with the help of these handy tips and tricks, you could be breezing through it in no time.... 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 ...

US State Department Revamps STEP: What it Means to International Travelers

US State Department Revamps STEP: What it Means to International Travelers

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 24, 2014 in Travel

The U.S. State Department has revised its Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to better inform travelers of potential dangers abroad. Provided below is a summary of the updated STEP and what it means to international travelers.... Read More ...