Rise in International Maritime Piracy

Pirates may sound like they belong in a storybook or a blockbuster film but the reality is much different. According to the U.S. Department of State, the number of pirate attacks has risen significantly. Americans travelling by sea should be careful when sailing through certain coastal danger zones. Piracy happens all over the world but the coasts of Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Venezuela and Yemen are particularly problematic. In Africa, most attacks happen in the Gulf of Arden off the coast of Somalia. Pirates, while most often targeting commercial ships, do attack private yachts. First, make sure your marine […]

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Dramatically Different Diving Adventures

Been there, dived that? Scuba diving enthusiasts with plenty of “regular” dives under their belt are eagerly searching out new adventures underwater. Where are the diving hot-spots right now? Go wreck diving in Micronesia. Head to Truk Lagoon in Chuuk, Micronesia where more than 300 Japanese WWII battleships, submarines and aircraft lie on the coral atoll seabed. Fly to Weno Island to start your wreck dive. Try lake diving in Malawi. You’re heading inland but you can still experience great diving in Lake Malawi, home to over 1,500 types of tropical fish. Mexico also has its inland attractions – the […]

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Extreme Sport Equals Extreme Expense?

Bungee jumping, rafting, surfing and spelunking – extreme sports can turn an average vacation into something amazing. Many people take part in activities and sports while abroad but for a lot of people, the worry about the consequences should something go wrong puts them off. The perceived cost of travel insurance, too, is enough to make people want to skip it. Thankfully the number of serious accidents that occur when taking part in extreme sports abroad is low. But these sports are ‘extreme’ for a reason – they are not risk-free. Making sure your sports travel insurance covers your chosen […]

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Malaria: Know the Risks and Get Treated Fast

If you’re traveling long-haul, here’s another reason to make sure your travel health insurance is of good quality and up to date – malaria. Malaria is a potentially life-threatening illness that is relatively easy to pick up if you travel to at-risk areas. With swift medical treatment you increase your chances of cure. Malaria is spread by the bites of infected mosquitoes. The disease is prevalent in Mexico and Central America, South America, sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Check with your healthcare provider if you need anti-malarials for your trip and which one […]

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When the Worst Happens, Will You Cope?

Travel is exciting, happy and life-expanding – for you and your loved ones. It’s almost unthinkable to consider losing your wife, friend, husband or sister while they are visiting a foreign country. Or to think about coping with their serious illness while they are abroad. But the unthinkable can and does happen. The cost of medical evacuation and repatriation are huge. Could you cope if the worst happened when your loved one was traveling? Here’s where evacuation insurance becomes invaluable. With emergency medical evacuation insurance or repatriation insurance you can quit worrying about the worst and concentrate on the best […]

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Trip Cancellation Insurance Protects Your Study Break

When you study in London all the attractions of Europe are on your doorstep. If you’re snowed under with study or have no money for a long break, a weekend or short trip is just the ticket. Many students in the UK made the most of holiday time to book short trips across Europe but they didn’t consider the weather. This week Heathrow Airport ground to a halt as heavy snow caused transport chaos across the UK. The airport shut down, as did London’s Gatwick airport for a few hours. Once reopened, clearing the backlog of planes created more travel […]

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Sports Travel Insurance Keeps Active Travelers Protected

For many travelers, a vacation is about relaxing. For these people, laying out on the beach, spending time in the pool, or sightseeing is the ideal way to spend travel time. But for others, vacation is about taking their active lifestyle to new locales. For them, sports travel insurance is an essential purchase. People who are into snowboarding, skiing, and watersports love visiting new places to participate in those activities. For example, you may live in Denver and enjoy snowboarding and skiing there, but you might also want to visit Banff or Austria to try out their famous slopes. Or […]

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Air Traffic Controllers Strike Makes Spanish Travelers Grateful for Trip Cancellation Insurance

In Spain, travelers with scheduled flights recently found an unpleasant surprise; air trraffic controllers throughout the country had gone on strike, wreaking havoc on the country’s air travel scheduling. For travelers who had purchased trip cancellation insurance in advance of their trip, while this strike certainly caused a logistical problem, they could at least take solace in the fact their travel investment was safe. Airspace was shut down last Saturday at Spain’s AENA airport due to the air traffic controllers strike. The weekend was specifically chosen because it was a busy holiday travel weekend. Unique laws in Spain give the […]

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Blown Tires on Delta Flight Prove the Need for Flight Insurance

Flight accidents are rare, and the chances of you being involved in one are slim, right? After all,mechanical checks of the plane before the flight will catch any potential problems. That is what many people believe, but the fact is it simply is not true, and you should be prepared for any circumstance by purchasing flight insurance. One great example of why flight insurance is important occurred on a recent Delta Airlines flight. Even though proper mechanical checks were performed, the plane still ran into a major problem. The plane was scheduled to travel from Atlanta to Ohio when it […]

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My Client Cancelled My Business Meeting Overseas – What Do I Do?

“I have had a business meeting scheduled in a foreign country for two months, and now my client has cancelled at the last minute – what can I do? My hotel and flight are booked, and they are nonrefundable! Have I lost my entire investment?” If you conduct business overseas, this very well could be a scenario you are faced with one day, so how can you react? Well, the sad truth is that in a scenario like this, you most likely will lose all of the money you have spent on airline reservations and hotel accommodations. In today’s difficult […]

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