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9 Times Your Travel Health Insurance May Not Cover You

9 Times Your Travel Health Insurance May Not Cover You

Posted by Brianna Weidman on October 17, 2019 in Insurance

When you buy travel health insurance for a trip abroad, you might assume you have coverage for all injuries, illnesses, or travel mishaps you might face overseas—and you’re not alone. However, travel health insurance does not cover everything. You can save yourself stress down the line by reading through the benefits and exclusions of any policy you’re considering to get the full picture. In the meantime, be sure to review this list of 9 times your travel health insurance may not cover you.... Read More ...

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What Is the Accidental Death Benefit in Travel Health Insurance?

What Is the Accidental Death Benefit in Travel Health Insurance?

Posted by Brianna Weidman on October 1, 2019 in Insurance

An Accidental Death and Dismemberment benefit in travel health insurance is exactly what its name suggests: a benefit that provides coverage in case of your accidental death or dismemberment while traveling abroad. But what situations qualify for coverage? What scenarios are excluded? Read on to discover exactly what this benefit covers and why you need one.  ... Read More ...

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Medicare Coverage Outside the U.S.: What to Know Before You Travel

Medicare Coverage Outside the U.S.: What to Know Before You Travel

Posted by Brianna Weidman on July 18, 2019 in Insurance

When you’re preparing to travel abroad, it’s important to know your Medicare coverage does not typically apply outside the U.S. In most cases, you will be fully responsible for healthcare costs you incur while traveling internationally. However, Original Medicare does offer coverage outside the U.S. in some rare cases.... Read More ...

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6 Best Travel Medical Insurance Providers

6 Best Travel Medical Insurance Providers

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on May 1, 2018 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 ...

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Why Travelers Need Crisis Response Coverage

Why Travelers Need Crisis Response Coverage

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 20, 2017 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 ...

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8 Health Insurance Tips for Worldwide Travelers

8 Health Insurance Tips for Worldwide Travelers

Posted by Lauren McNitt on August 31, 2016 in Insurance

Travel medical insurance is a necessity for most world travelers, as many standard medical policies will not cover you when you are abroad. Many travel policies will offer additional benefits, such as medical evacuation or trip interruption coverage.... Read More ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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3 Tips for Getting the Best Short-Term Insurance

3 Tips for Getting the Best Short-Term Insurance

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on March 29, 2016 in Insurance

Sometimes, whether because of a move, a job change, or a family event, we need to find a way to fill the gap in health insurance coverage. Living without coverage is a major risk, as an unexpected illness or injury could lead to tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. To ensure you are covered in between major medical insurance plans, short-term medical insurance might be the perfect fit for your needs.... Read More ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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What is Catastrophic Insurance?

What is Catastrophic Insurance?

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on February 23, 2016 in Insurance

When you shop for health insurance, you will come across many different types of policies designed to match your financial and healthcare needs. Some policies have a higher monthly premium and a lower out-of-pocket cost when you visit the doctor. Others have a low premium but very high out-of-pocket cost for regular care. One such health plan that has a lower premium and a higher deductible is a catastrophic health plan. Here's what you need to know about catastrophic insurance plans.... Read More ...

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Open Enrollment is Closed: Now What?

Open Enrollment is Closed: Now What?

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on February 2, 2016 in Insurance

If you've missed the open enrollment window to sign up for an ACA-compliant health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace, all hope is not lost. You still have several options to get coverage for the year. Take these steps to find a plan that will work for your needs, no matter the time of the year.... Read More ...

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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 ...

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How a High Deductible Health Plan Affects Your Finances

How a High Deductible Health Plan Affects Your Finances

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 19, 2016 in Insurance

Your health insurance plan is a major factor in your finance. If you've arrived here, you likely have questions about how you can save money on health insurance and medical expenses. No two situations are alike, so read on to determine whether a high deductible health plan is a good match for your needs.... Read More ...

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Managing the Health Insurance Waiting Period

Managing the Health Insurance Waiting Period

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 12, 2016 in Insurance

Signing up for healthcare coverage is an important step to take in protecting yourself and your family from financial expenses should a medical issue arise unexpectedly. However, simply signing up does not mean your coverage will begin immediately. If you are enrolling in a new healthcare plan, you can take the following steps to ensure that you remain protected throughout any gaps in coverage.... Read More ...

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Deductibles, Coinsurance, and Co-Pays: A Beginner's Guide

Deductibles, Coinsurance, and Co-Pays: A Beginner's Guide

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 5, 2016 in Insurance

Health insurance can be complicated, but it doesn't have to be. Insurers and healthcare professionals often use intimidating terms when discussing paying for your doctor's visit, but with a good understanding of how insurance payments work, you can save yourself both money and stress.... Read More ...

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself During Open Enrollment

5 Questions to Ask Yourself During Open Enrollment

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on December 29, 2015 in Insurance

For many Americans, open enrollment is happening now. Open enrollment is a period each year where employees are able to make changes to their employer-sponsored or state-run marketplace health insurance plans. The 2016 Healthcare.gov open enrollment period lasts from November 1, 2015-January 31, 2016.... Read More ...

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What You Need to Know About Health Insurance When Starting a New Job

What You Need to Know About Health Insurance When Starting a New Job

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on December 7, 2015 in Insurance

Starting a new job is exciting, but all the paperwork about insurance, taxes, and benefits can be confusing.... Read More ...

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Health Insurance Options for New Hires in the Waiting Period

Health Insurance Options for New Hires in the Waiting Period

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on December 2, 2015 in Insurance

You’ve just landed a new job and you’re excited about proving your worth to your new employer. Despite your excitement in accepting the job, you’re concerned about your insurance benefits not starting right away. Should you play it safe and find some other coverage or take the ... Read More ...

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11 Things You Should Know About Cobra Health Insurance

11 Things You Should Know About Cobra Health Insurance

Posted by John Egan on November 23, 2015 in Insurance

What you don't know about COBRA could come back to bite you. If you've lost or left a job and have employer-sponsored health insurance, you'll likely be offered something called COBRA.... Read More ...

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Thousands Left Without Insurance as Nevada Health Co-Op Shuts Down

Thousands Left Without Insurance as Nevada Health Co-Op Shuts Down

Posted by Brianna Weidman on August 28, 2015 in Insurance

Thousands of Nevadans will be left without insurance coverage come January 1, 2016, when the Nevada Health Co-Op (NHC) closes its doors. If you are a member of the NHC, you have several options for continued health coverage.... Read More ...

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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 ...

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Individual Mandate Changes for Cancelled Insurance Plans

Individual Mandate Changes for Cancelled Insurance Plans

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 5, 2015 in Insurance

The Obama administration has announced that Americans whose insurance plans have been canceled this year will get a temporary exemption from the “individual mandate” section of the Affordable Care Act. This means that if your insurance company cancelled your insurance plan in 2013, the federal government won’t require you to get health insurance in the... Read More ...

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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 ...

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International Medical Insurance for Students Studying at American Universities

International Medical Insurance for Students Studying at American Universities

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 5, 2015 in Insurance

Traveling to the United States to study at an American university can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that gives you more of a global outlook and helps you identify what you’re passionate about in life. From visiting Mt. Rushmore to standing in the middle of Times Square, international students studying in the U.S. have... Read More ...

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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 ...

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HCC Medical Insurance Services Visits Gleaners Food Bank

HCC Medical Insurance Services Visits Gleaners Food Bank

Posted by Jarred Juett on April 27, 2015 in Insurance

Every year, local employees at HCC Medical Insurance Services are given a choice. In lieu of funds for the annual holiday party, employees select a charity to support. In 2011, that charity was Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.... Read More ...

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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 ...

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Top 5 Questions to Ask About Short Term Medical Insurance

Top 5 Questions to Ask About Short Term Medical Insurance

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on January 8, 2015 in Insurance

You’re in a period of transition – job loss, aging out of your parents’ policy, and so on – and you’re considering the purchase of short term medical (STM) insurance. You know STM is for the gaps when you’re between long-term coverage alternatives, but you still need more information. Here are the top 5 questions... Read More ...

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Ebola Outbreak 2014: Facts and Misconceptions

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Facts and Misconceptions

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on August 20, 2014 in Insurance

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

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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 ...

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Can I Keep My Old Doctors with STM?

Can I Keep My Old Doctors with STM?

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 28, 2014 in Insurance

One of the first questions asked by consumers considering the purchase of short term medical (STM) insurance is whether they can choose their doctors, hospitals, or other medical providers. The short answer is yes!... Read More ...

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Can Dependents be Insured Under Medicare?

Can Dependents be Insured Under Medicare?

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Insurance

As time passes and more people wait to marry and to have children, there’s an obvious effect –more people are caring for children later in their lives. If you wait until age 35 to have your first child, you’ll be in your late fifties when he or she graduates from college.... Read More ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Changes in Healthcare in 2013

Changes in Healthcare in 2013

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Insurance

The healthcare and health insurance industries have experienced many changes since the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, with more changes to come. The Act will implement more changes to healthcare over a predetermined timeline, and insurance companies and citizens alike will be able to follow this timeline to anticipate changes and react... Read More ...

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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 ...

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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 ...