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6 Tips for Having the Best Roadtrip Ever

6 Tips for Having the Best Roadtrip Ever

Posted by Goats on the Road on August 23, 2016 in Travel

Road trips are prime time for epic travel, as they allow you to see things along the way you would’ve never imagined before you set out. But planning a road trip can be hard when trying to find the right balance between carefully planning an itinerary that makes sense and simultaneously allowing enough time for unplanned ventures to naturally unfold along the way. There’s some element of adventure to setting off on the open road, so here are a few tips that will help you to enhance that thrill while also ensuring that you don’t go too far into uncharted territory.... 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 Make the Most Out of a Hostel Stay

How to Make the Most Out of a Hostel Stay

Posted by Abigail Wilson on August 16, 2016 in Travel

Staying in a fancy hotel is all well and good, but it doesn't provide you the same opportunities as a hostel when it comes to socializing with others. Hostels are great for meeting new people and discovering local sites with those who know the layout, and there are numerous hostels that offer quality rooms with low prices--well, that's the whole point, actually. Hostels are the cheapest and most authentic way to travel abroad on a budget, but if you're used to conventional hotels, you might need a few pointers before your first stay in a hostel. Here are 9 tips on how to make the most out of your hostel experience.... Read More ...

8 Ways to Stay Safe While Taking Public Transportation in a Foreign Country

8 Ways to Stay Safe While Taking Public Transportation in a Foreign Country

Posted by Alex Torres on July 26, 2016 in Travel

Traveling abroad can be an extremely exciting opportunity, and it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of sampling new cuisines, exploring different cultures, and visiting world-famous landmarks. But no matter where you travel, it’s important to take personal safety into consideration. For those who use public transportation while exploring foreign countries, this is especially true. Traveling via bus, train, or metro is a convenient and cost-effective way to get around, but encountering crime is still a possibility.... 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 ...

Indianapolis Favorites for Your Indy 500 Experience

Indianapolis Favorites for Your Indy 500 Experience

Posted by Andrea Emerson on May 16, 2016 in Travel

Every year, thousands of racing fans flock to Indianapolis for the Indy 500, The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. As the city prepares for the 100th running of the race this May, spectators from all over the world are gearing up for a weekend full of live music, entertainment and, of course, world-class racing. Are you coming? If so, don't limit your experience to the Motor Speedway--although that will be loads of fun. Below are great ways to get out into the city and explore everything Indianapolis has to offer.... 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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

3 Ways to Find Out If Your Drinking Water is Safe

3 Ways to Find Out If Your Drinking Water is Safe

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on March 4, 2016 in Personal Wellness

With recent scares about water safety in Flint, Michigan, people around the United States want to make sure their drinking water is safe, both in their own homes and abroad. Water contamination can be an issue anywhere in the world, and knowing the signs to look out for and how to test for water safety can save you from serious illnesses and carcinogens.... 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 ...

Five Tips for Choosing the Perfect Spring Break Vacation Spot

Five Tips for Choosing the Perfect Spring Break Vacation Spot

Posted by Lauren McNitt on February 1, 2016 in Travel

When you have just one week to travel, whether because of work, school or your budget, you want to make the most of it. Here are five tips for choosing the perfect spring break destination. 1. Consider travel time: With just one week, you want to spend as little time en route to your destination as possible. Do you know all the direct flights out of your airport? An app like Skyscanner can help you narrow down a destination based on direct flight options and flight duration. Also consider how much you can truly fit into one week.... 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 ...

8 Ways Students Can Stay Safe Studying Abroad

8 Ways Students Can Stay Safe Studying Abroad

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on January 14, 2016 in Study Abroad

Students interested in study abroad can take pro-active steps to fully reap the benefits of the experience, despite concerns about global security in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. Study abroad offers many personal and practical benefits, according to IES Abroad. Alumni of such programs report starting salaries that are $7,000 a year higher than other graduates; have much greater success in finding a job within one year of graduation, and have a 90 percent acceptance rate into the first or second graduate school on their list.... 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 ...

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 ...

How to Survive the Subways in Europe

How to Survive the Subways in Europe

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 4, 2015 in Travel

Don’t even think about a rental car. When traveling Europe, underground train lines, called metros, can take you almost anywhere throughout the city. All of the subways in Europe have their quirks, and each city has a unique system. Once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to see just about everything a... Read More ...

Where to Find Important Travel Information

Where to Find Important Travel Information

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 20, 2015 in Travel

So, you’ve decided to travel abroad. The only problem is you have no idea where you want to go. There are so many places you have wanted to visit, things you wanted to see, cultures you have wanted to experience and people you have wanted to meet.... Read More ...

The Best Carnivals in the World

The Best Carnivals in the World

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on February 20, 2015 in Travel

Carnivals usually have specific themes and unique attributes. For instance, the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife features some of the best dancing in all the carnivals around the world. Knowing this, you expect that the attendees must love to dance. The big celebration in Venice revolves around an elaborate masquerade, where those in attendance don impressive masks in a bid to win prizes and show off.... 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Trip Accidents: South America Trip Accidents Infographic

Trip Accidents: South America Trip Accidents Infographic

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on July 29, 2014 in Travel

From the picturesque beaches of Venezuela to the snow-capped summits of Chile, South America holds some of the most beautiful locations in the world and attracts visitors from around the world. Whatever your escapades throughout the continent, whether it’s reading Borges in his hometown of Buenos Aires or racing llamas through Peru, keep in mind that trip accidents may happen. Getting travel insurance can help in the long run if you happen to catch a soccer ball to the face during a Brazil match. This infographic gives you an idea of how much trip accidents abroad could cost you without insurance. Before going south of the equator, check into your insurance options, and try not to get too crazy with your tango moves.... 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mission Trip: Preparing for your Church Group Mission Trip

Mission Trip: Preparing for your Church Group Mission Trip

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Whether you are embarking on your first mission trip or fourth, your trip may only be as successful as the amount of preparatory work you put into planning and organizing. We recently spoke with a former youth pastor and veteran of many international mission trips. He shared these tips on preparing for a group mission trip:... Read More ...

Travel Overseas Checklist: 7 Tips for Safe Travel Overseas

Travel Overseas Checklist: 7 Tips for Safe Travel Overseas

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Traveling overseas can be exciting and fun. It also can be filled with problems. As you plan your trip, make sure you are aware of potential problems and add these recommendations to your travel overseas checklist:... Read More ...

Traveling in a Country with a Travel Alert

Traveling in a Country with a Travel Alert

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

What do you do if the U.S. State Department issues a travel alert for a planned travel destination, or a country in which you are already traveling? You will ultimately have to decide whether to cancel your trip, cut it short, or continue it. Here is some information that will help you to make your decision and decrease your risk.... Read More ...

Safety and Security During Summer Olympics 2012 in London

Safety and Security During Summer Olympics 2012 in London

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The Olympics take safety and security very seriously. De-Neita Peoples, a student currently studying abroad in London during the 2012 summer Olympics, gives us the inside scoop about the latest news on  security for the Olympics.... Read More ...

Tips for Backpacking Abroad

Tips for Backpacking Abroad

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Travel

You are all set to embark upon a thrilling Asian backpacking adventure. You have your tickets and you can’t wait to traverse the exotic terrains of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and India. Before you set out on your trip, there is a lot of preparation to do at home. As important as it is that you ... Read More ...

Three Reasons Why You Should Buy Travel Medical Insurance

Three Reasons Why You Should Buy Travel Medical Insurance

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Insurance

So, you’ve decided to travel abroad. The only problem is you have no idea where you want to go. There are so many places you have wanted to visit, things you wanted to see, cultures you have wanted to experience and people you have wanted to meet.... Read More ...