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Eye-Saving Travel Tips from UStiA

Eye-Saving Travel Tips from UStiA

When it comes to your eyes, don’t let your guard down, advises the US Travel Insurance Association. Exposure to intense sunlight can cause problems for travelers at any time of year. Whether it’s a Caribbean beach trip or an alpine ski vacation, taking care of your eyes is especially important. Continue reading

When Winter Storms Derail Travel

When Winter Storms Derail Travel

Each year winter blizzards and sudden snow storms strand thousands of travelers. With winter storms generally not predictable more than a week in advance, travelers need to plan ahead and protect their vacation investment. The US Travel Insurance Association wants travelers to know that they don’t have to spend the night on an airport cot, forfeit an expensive vacation deposit, or foot the entire bill for extra hotel nights because they’re stranded during a storm. Continue reading

Travel and Flu Season

Travel and Flu Season

Update: As of January 12, 2013, New York State has declared the flu a public health emergency. With widespread flu activity reported in 24 states, travelers, in particular, need to protect themselves from the highly contagious illness that hospitalizes more than 200,000 people yearly, advises the US Travel Insurance Association. Continue reading

Travel and Holiday Gifts: What To Know

Travel and Holiday Gifts: What To Know

Travel and Holiday Gifts: What To Know Whether  bringing presents to friends or relatives or visiting Christmas Markets in Europe for holiday gifts,  it’s important to know customs and security regulations, advises the US Travel Insurance Association.    Below are some guidelines from TRIP, UStiA’s consumer resource center.    Domestic Travel And Departing The U.S. … Continue reading

The Flight Every Traveler Dreads: Medical Evacuations

The Flight Every Traveler Dreads: Medical Evacuations

Each year thousands of travelers become seriously ill or injured while traveling, requiring emergency evacuation or other medical transportation assistance. They may be in a remote area where adequate medical care is unavailable, their injury or illness may be so severe that they need specialized care, or they may be unable to return home safely without medical support.

According to the US Travel Insurance Association, most patients requiring medical transport fall into 4 categories Continue reading

Illness and Injury: What Every Traveler Should Know

Illness and Injury: What Every Traveler Should Know

According to the US Travel Insurance Association, getting the right care, communicating with medical professionals and those back home, and paying for emergencies are issues that travelers may ignore until they are confronted with an illness or accident, especially when abroad.

UStiA urges travelers to be adequately insured so that they are covered in case of a medical emergency. To that effect, the association suggests that travelers ask the following questions: Continue reading

Travel Assistance Services Save the Day

Travel Assistance Services Save the Day

Assistance services play a crucial role in helping travelers when the unexpected occurs. It may be an injury or illness while traveling abroad, a lost passport, a legal problem, political unrest or even a natural disaster like an earthquake. In these and other situations, a 24/7 hotline provided with most comprehensive travel insurance and assistance policies goes to work on behalf of the traveler, arranging needed services that can range from air evacuations to help replacing legal documents. Continue reading