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Top Worldwide Travel Destinations to Play Pokemon Go

Top Worldwide Travel Destinations to Play Pokemon Go

Posted by Emmet Pierce on August 1, 2016 in Travel

Combining travel with fun, many tourists are playing Pokémon GO, a smartphone game that uses global positioning systems to help players track down make-believe characters in real-life locations. The game has created a whole new reason to travel. Pokémon GO isn't something you can play while sitting at home. The app enables you to capture virtual creatures on your smartphone screen as you see the world. Your phone will vibrate to let you know when you're closing in on various Pokémon, which you can then attempt to catch with a poké ball. National Geographic describes the game as a city guide that encourages exploration. It also fosters social interaction. In areas where Pokémon Go is popular, some players hold meet-ups and chase the virtual creatures in groups.... Read More ...

Dealing with Culture Shock

Dealing with Culture Shock

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on July 28, 2016 in Travel

Culture shock is a normal reaction to experience as you adjust to a new culture abroad. However, you don't want to let it ruin your trip! Use this infographic to learn more about the signs and symptoms of culture shock, and how you can quickly cope and get back to enjoying your travels!... Read More ...

Staying Healthy While You Travel

Staying Healthy While You Travel

Posted by Goats on the Road on July 18, 2016 in Travel

At its best, travel is a fun and often unpredictable whirlwind.  But to really enjoy your time on the road, you’ll want to be feeling healthy and strong.  You’re putting your body through a lot of challenges, from eating new foods to changing up your normal routine. However, there’s nothing so complicated about staying healthy while you’re on the road. ... Read More ...

4 Apps to Download Before Your Next Trip

4 Apps to Download Before Your Next Trip

Posted by Goats on the Road on July 11, 2016 in Travel

With all of the information available on the internet, the way we travel is undoubtedly changing- especially since many people have replaced a traditional guidebook with their smartphone. Whether you decide to use a SIM card or not, there are several apps out there that can greatly improve the way you travel. Be sure to download these before you take off on your next trip!... 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 ...

Top 10 Places to Visit on Your Great American Road Trip

Top 10 Places to Visit on Your Great American Road Trip

Posted by Joe Laing on June 6, 2016 in Travel

Visitors to America have so many choices for exciting vacation destinations that it’s sometimes difficult to know which ones represent the “real America.” To help you plan an authentic American experience, here are our picks for the top 10 places to visit on your Great American Road Trip.... Read More ...

How to Plan the Ultimate Buddy Trip

How to Plan the Ultimate Buddy Trip

Posted by Brianna Weidman on May 23, 2016 in Travel

So you’ve decided to embrace one of the most time-honored traditions in golf—the buddy trip. Whether your trip is an annual event or a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the time you’ll spend with friends is invaluable, and the memories you’ll make will last a lifetime. But where should you go, and who should you invite? Planning a buddy trip presents a series of unique challenges that set it apart from a solo excursion or family vacation; you and your friends have different obligations, separate finances, and conflicting schedules. To aid in the planning process, we’ve laid out the most important aspects of buddy-trip planning: the group, dates, and destination.... 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The One Thing Every International Golfer Needs

The One Thing Every International Golfer Needs

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on August 4, 2015 in Insurance

Did you know that most insurance coverage does not extend to foreign countries? Your golf vacation is not the time to worry about how medical expenses work in a foreign country. You can alleviate your concerns with Atlas Golf.... Read More ...

Tips and Tricks for Traveling with Kids

Tips and Tricks for Traveling with Kids

Posted by Cynthia Roush on May 7, 2015 in Travel

If you want to see as much of the world as you can, you may be worried about juggling kids and travel in the future—or you may be facing that conundrum already. Traveling is sometimes thought of as an activity for the young and childless, but many travel bloggers, including Feather+Flip, are proving... 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Benefit From Your Kids During Family Vacation

Benefit From Your Kids During Family Vacation

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on February 10, 2015 in Travel

Kids don’t always want to do what adults want to do on family vacations, and adults are not always interested in what kids want to do. Finding the middle ground can help both side of the issue learn more about themselves individually and as a family. Learn from each other While your kids may have ... Read More ...

Backpack in Germany

Backpack in Germany

Posted by Jarred Juett on February 6, 2015 in Travel

Leisurely backpacking around Europe has become the dream of many young Americans. While there are many places to go, some people are drawn to the friendly culture and lively beer gardens of Germany. If you want to backpack in Germany but aren’t sure where to start, check out these suggestions for how to prepare, where... Read More ...

A Good Girl's Guide To Amsterdam

A Good Girl's Guide To Amsterdam

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on January 20, 2015 in Travel

Judging by the reactions of my older family members and friends, it seems there is a common misconception that young adults only travel to Amsterdam for the party scene and some wild nights. However, for me and my girlfriends, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Behind the stereotypes you’ll find a beautiful and culturally.... Read More ...

Seven Caribbean Destinations for Your Summer Vacation

Seven Caribbean Destinations for Your Summer Vacation

Posted by Derrick Braziel on January 9, 2015 in Travel

The possible destinations for your summer vacation are almost limitless, and when you start reviewing your options, the choice can be difficult. The best way to begin is by deciding on a region of the country or the world that you want to visit. Have you thought about somewhere in the Caribbean? This region offers... Read More ...

Rainy Day Activities in November

Rainy Day Activities in November

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on November 2, 2014 in Personal Wellness

November rain is a time of the year that’s hard to look forward to. The bright, flavorful leaves of Fall disappear. It can get dark, gloomy, or snowy if you are a lucky Northerner. Although rain may keep many inside during the month of November, there are many rainy day activities you can propose to your friends and family to keep you sane and entertained. ... Read More ...

Literary Landmarks in Dublin

Literary Landmarks in Dublin

Posted by Randee Portteus on August 5, 2014 in Travel

The capital of Ireland is a city as rich in literature as it is in history. In this post, you’ll learn a little bit about the tradition of literature in Ireland, as well as some of the best places to go to get your literary fix.... Read More ...

Guide to Backpacking Through Europe

Guide to Backpacking Through Europe

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on July 30, 2014 in Travel

Backpacking through Europe is a vacation that has become increasingly popular in recent years. The sights of the Old World combined with travel-friendly countries are attractive to all types of tourists.... Read More ...

Amusement Parks of the United States

Amusement Parks of the United States

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on July 30, 2014 in Travel

Amusement parks are excellent places to spend time with your family. They can be perfect for a fun getaway for a day, or you can organize an entire vacation around it to really take your time and enjoy the experience. Amusement parks provide fun for people of all ages, but depending on the ages of... 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 ...

Must-See St. John Beaches

Must-See St. John Beaches

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on July 22, 2014 in Travel

If you’ve read some of my past blogs you know I’m a seasoned St. John visitor. It’s by far my favorite Caribbean destination, in most part because of their legendary beaches. Time is precious on vacations so be sure to make the most of it. Whatever you do, do not leave St. John without experiencing... Read More ...

Amusement Parks Around the World

Amusement Parks Around the World

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 27, 2014 in Travel

The clicking of a rollercoaster as it climbs its way to the top of a towering hill. The delighted screams of children and adults alike as they fly through inverted loops and whip around tight turns. The jolly music streaming from arcade games and fun houses. The sweet smell of cotton candy and caramel corn... Read More ...

Top 5 Ladies-Only Trips

Top 5 Ladies-Only Trips

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Travel

You love your family but sometimes you just need to get away and spend time with your girlfriends. Give the kids a hug, your partner a smooch, and head out for one of these 5 re-energizing and rejuvenating ladies-only trips: The Wine Trip – Wineries have popped up all over the world, from Monterey, to... 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 ...

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 ...

 Picture Perfect Vacation: 5 Tips for Better Vacation Photos

Picture Perfect Vacation: 5 Tips for Better Vacation Photos

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Were your vacation photos a little blurry, out of focus, and not so memorable? If so, brush up on your photography skills before taking off on your next adventure. Though your photographs may never grace the pages of a travel magazine, you can get better vacation photos by following these five tips.... Read More ...

Warm and Sunny Winter Travel Destinations

Warm and Sunny Winter Travel Destinations

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Do you get the winter blues? You may be experiencing the effects of something called Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you suffer from SAD, you are definitely not alone. The American Academy of Family Physicians estimates that up to 20% of people in the United States experience at least mild symptoms of SAD. SAD occurs most frequently during winter.... Read More ...

Five Ways to Love Your Job

Five Ways to Love Your Job

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Personal Wellness

Do you dread going to work each morning? Or, are you excited to face the challenges that a new day at the office brings? There is something very fulfilling about being able to honestly say that you love your job. In order to reach this often sought, yet rarely obtained sense of nirvana, implement the following tips: ... Read More ...

Best Places to Stay in St. John

Best Places to Stay in St. John

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on March 27, 2014 in Travel

First things first, why go to St. John? I’ve been to my fair share of Caribbean destinations, but St. John wins out every time. I’ve been to Aruba twice, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico, but nothing comes as close to paradise as St. John, USVI. St. John has it all: clear blue water, white sandy... 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 ...

Cheap Skiing Deals

Cheap Skiing Deals

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Many people dread the onset of winter. Shorter days, frigid temperatures and frosty windshields can cause people to long for spring. Then there are those who relish winter and all that comes with it. For those people, winter means snow, and snow means hitting the slopes. Winter Sports enthusiast Robbie Williams recently shared with us... 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 ...

Dream Destinations: Iceland

Dream Destinations: Iceland

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

When it comes to dream destinations, many list grand European cities like Paris or Venice or exotic beach locales like Hawaii or Aruba. Those are great locations, but right now, for me, Iceland tops the list. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen (admittedly from afar) a country as beautiful as this island nation.... Read More ...

Family Travel Abroad

Family Travel Abroad

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The opportunity to experience different cultures and see the world is something that can expand your horizons. Like some great things in life, it can all come to a screeching halt once you have kids. But it doesn’t have to. When looking into family travel abroad, know that your travel style will change, but your... 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 ...

Healthy Eating on Vacation

Healthy Eating on Vacation

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

While vacations can provide a much-needed mental break, sometimes they can wreak havoc on our waistlines. It is so easy to indulge in high-calorie foods while relaxing on the beach or walking through the shopping district. We’ve all been there, so here are some tips on how to eat healthily while on vacation.... Read More ...

Kid Friendly Vacations on a Budget

Kid Friendly Vacations on a Budget

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Planning a family vacation can be difficult process, but planning one on a budget can be even more difficult. However, just because you are planning on a budget does not mean that your vacation cannot be memorable or enjoyable for everyone. Kid-friendly vacations on a budget can be a great experience for your entire family.... 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 ...

Living Unplugged: Five Worry Free Vacations

Living Unplugged: Five Worry Free Vacations

Posted by Ryan Love on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Rotorua is a city in the north island of New Zealand. It is known for its geothermal activity, most notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa. The Rotorua region has several lakes, and many people spend time fishing, waterskiing, and swimming. Rotorua features several luxury hotels and resorts, as well as several top-of-the-line spas. It has... Read More ...

The Top 5 European Music Festivals

The Top 5 European Music Festivals

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Summer is the most popular time of year for European travel. While many pack their bags to see ancient ruins, gothic castles, and priceless works of art, others make the trek for the opportunity to catch the best in live music.... Read More ...

Top Places to Discover in Istanbul, Turkey

Top Places to Discover in Istanbul, Turkey

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on March 27, 2014 in Travel

You might know someone who took a European tour this summer. More often than not, European itineraries consist of the popular few cities: London, Paris, Barcelona, and maybe even Berlin. Why not challenge the “Eurotrip” norm? With one of the world’s largest populations, amazing historical sites, noteworthy shopping, and a lively nightlife, this article should... Read More ...

Preparing Your Home For Vacation

Preparing Your Home For Vacation

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Your bags are packed, flights are booked, and you are ready for vacation. But, before you leave home and start enjoying yourself, have you thought about preparing your home for vacation? You may not have considered it before, but you really do need to take time to prepare your house for your absence.  Below are... 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 January

Where to Travel in January

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

There is a hefty crowd that is tired out from the holidays, but there are also a select few who decide to travel in January. Because of this, you can find some of the best travel deals during this month. You can find airlines selling cheaper tickets just to try and fill the planes. ... 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 ...

Top 4 Cruise Lines for Couples

Top 4 Cruise Lines for Couples

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 26, 2014 in Travel

It’s wedding season and you’ve narrowed your honeymoon experience down to sailing open waters on a romantic cruise. The next step is to find what cruise lines offer the best cruise for couples. Here are some of the top cruises that will make you fall in love all over again.... Read More ...

Destinations and Adventures: Unusual Places for Travel

Destinations and Adventures: Unusual Places for Travel

Posted by Jarred Juett on February 27, 2014 in Travel

Families pack up their stuff, get the kids in the car, and drive to the obvious travel spots: theme parks, local nature preserves, and other standard destinations. Sure, visiting major cities and tourist attractions is fun, but what about all the other unique destinations and adventures that everyone is missing out on?... Read More ...