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  • Friday, June 23, 2017

Is there anything worse than travel delays? Finding yourself in a terminal awaiting a plane that is off-schedule is one of the most frustrating things that can happen on your trip. And when you’re traveling internationally, you can afford delays even less. Travel insurance protects your investment from delays and other inconveniences.

During international travel, deadlines are even more important, and one simple delay can cause a missed connection that literally ruins your entire itinerary. And with it being winter, we’re absolutely in the heart of travel delay season. Major airports are being snowed in and iced over in abundance, leaving tourists and business travelers alike stranded. What’s an international traveler to do?

International insurance is a great first start. While you may at first buy an international medical insurance plan to protect your health while traveling, you can also ad on valuable additional coverage plans that protect your interests while traveling.

A variety of missed connection and delay coverage options are available, offering you financial compensation on missed or delayed flights that affect subsequent travel plans. So you can travel confidently knowing that if a delay occurs, losing the money you’ve invested on the flight (no small cost) is not something you’ll need to worry about. You can’t make delays a thing of the past, but you can make worrying about how much they’ll cost you a distant memory.
The Mid-Atlantic United States was once again bombarded by snow over the weekend.wth blizzard conditions dumping as much as two feet of snow in Washington D.C. and other areas, it was impossible for people to get out of their own homes, much less to travel anywhere. Have you thought about what you would do if the weather or other circumstances prevented you from making your already-booked international travel? The answer to your problem comes in the form of international travel insurance.

Your international travel insurance policy will come with trip cancellation insurance, so that if you have to cancel your flight, you can do so with as little as 48 hours notice and still recoup a large portion of your expenses (as much as 70%). So even if the airline doesn’t cancel your flight, you can still have a backup plan in case you simply cannot make your travel.

There are different types of trip cancellation insurance, covering cancellations for business-specific reasons or cancelling for any reason at all. That way you can choose the kind which best suits your circumstances, and you’ll be protected whether traveling for business, pleasure, or both.

Between weather, security concerns, and business schedules, there are more obstacles than ever to prevent you from traveling internationally on schedule. International travel insurance will offer you monetary protection in the event that any of these factors cancels your flight, causes delays, or leads to missed connections.
You can’t turn on a computer, tv, or radio for very long these days without hearing debate about health care reform. No matter which side of the fence you fall on in the debate, one thing is for sure; any changes to your health care plans will not help you during international travel. For that reason, international health insurance is a must for travelers.

Even if the government were to introduce an aggressive new federally-run healthcare package, it would very likely still only apply to citizens when they are within U.S. borders. So if you’re traveling internationally for as little as a day and as much as a year, you’ll definitely want to look into international medical insurance.

International travel health insurance assures you of affordably-priced healthcare while you travel overseas. Without it, the simplest procedures could cost you hundreds of dollars. Difficult procedures such as surgeries may cost you thousands!

Quite often, people assume that the health insurance policy they have through their employer will cover them anywhere they travel. This is usually not true. And the odds are good that if and when the government rolls out a health care plan that offers coverage for all and sweeping reform, people will assume their new coverage follows them wherever they go. This will simply not be the case. It’s important to know that if you’re traveling abroad, international medical insurance is your only guarantee of obtaining the affordable medical coverage you need.

The tragic earthquake in Haiti has touched all who have seen or read news stories about it. Hopefully by now you’ve found some way to donate to the relief effort, and you’ve no doubt watched the faces of the poor victims of the event and wondered what you would do in a similar situation. The reality is that tragedies can occur anywhere at any time, even when you’re traveling abroad.  And that is precisely why you need international travel health insurance.

International travel insurance is your best option for safeguarding your travel plans. If disaster struck when you were traveling, how would you seek help? How would you get medical attention? How would you arrange for travel back to your home country?

Having a good international insurance plan will help you in all of these areas. It will help you obtain affordable health care if you become sick or injured during a catastrophe. If you need to reach out and communicate with loved ones back home, your international insurance plan will likely have a provision that helps facilitate this.

And when disaster strikes, travel in and out of a country can be extremely difficult. Your international travel insurance policy will help in your repatriation efforts. The end result is that you can travel with peace of mind. You can’t control what may happen on your trip, but you can increase your odds of making it through a terrible event safely and without harm. 

Impulsiveness and romance do go hand-in-hand, but a dose of practical advice for the love-struck planning an exotic Valentine’s Day getaway: Don’t forget international travel insurance for the two of you! While it is not possible to insure against shocks and breaks to your heart, you can well ensure that your special overseas trip is as secure as can be.

International travel medical insurance covers against most unplanned medical illnesses and accidents. This means that if your beloved is down with the flu, you can seek immediate medical help and salvage the rest of your vacation, instead of waiting to get back home.

In case you are involved in an accident, the insurance will also cover you for any treatment that is given to you. In the worst case (although you certainly don’t want to think about it), the insurance plan also pays for your emergency evacuation to the nearest hospital that can treat your condition.

It is, anyway, better to be healthy than sick. Following simple cleanliness and common sense will help keep illnesses at bay. Also remember that the special treat is for the two of you, and the last thing you should worry about is medical care or the costs associated with it!


Marine crew insurance can help protect a mariner under dire conditions, and helps restore good health during rocky times. Mariners manage several perils during their voyages, and a voyage on a ship is no walk in the park.

These days, with pirates wreaking havoc off the coast of Somalia, it is but natural that cargo companies and crew are extra wary about their safety and that of the cargo. Marine crew insurance becomes even more valuable at such a time. Shippers now have to also deal with increased insurance premiums if the ship must travel through the Gulf of Aden.

In this scenario, every crew member must check their insurance policy for the fine print to verify that they have adequate insurance coverage. Shippers usually also purchase ransom insurance, which is not part of the marine crew insurance plan. If necessary, ask your employer about the safety measures and other insurance that would affect you.

Typical marine crew insurance covers health, emergency evacuation, and repatriation of remains, almost anywhere in the world. While the incidence of piracy around the Gulf of Aden has shocked many, it is ironic that insurance, which began as a safety net against pirates of days gone by, is still required for the same purpose!

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