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  • Saturday, March 17, 2018

Casual and Passionate soccer fans alike look forward to the World Cup every four years. The event is not only a showcase of great soccer, but also an exciting cultural event. However, this year's location in South Africa is drawing concern already from fans and journalists. If you are visiting the World Cup at any point over the next few weeks, be sure to come prepared with international travel insurance.

While the host city of Johannesburg compares favorably with some of the world's most renowned cities, many of the surrounding areas are dangerous. And while there are certain measures you can take to avoid dangerous areas, even the most seasoned travelers can get lost.

In additional to the potential of injury from area criminals, overzealous fans can also cause injuries, as seen over this past weekend. A free preliminary match resulted in a stampede that injured several people. Imagine being caught in a situation like that and NOT having access to quality health care at an affordable price.

Hopefully nothing happens during your trip to this great event, but you'll want to be adequately prepared just in case. Having fast and easy access to great doctors, and keeping charges for care to a minimum are two priorities in this scenario. International travel insurance will help you in both of these areas, and it does so at an affordable price.
A recent article on CNN.com tackled the subject of increasing hotel cancellations from visitors who had been planning to visit the Gulf Coast. If you are looking to cancel a trip to that area, you will want to be sure to be protected with trip cancellation insurance.

Many hotels and airlines will not offer even partial refunds on cancelled flights. So that means if you are put off by the tragic oil spill in the area and no longer wish to visit, then cancelling your bookings could result in simply losing some or all of the money you had invested in the trip. In this economy, who has extra money to just give away?

With trip cancellation insurance, you can cancel trips on short notice while getting reimbursed from your policy. so your investment does not go for naught, and you can make sure you are only traveling when and where you are comfortable.

The Gulf Coast tourism industry's members want visitors from around the world to know the area is still safe and desirable, but if current cancellations are a sign, then most people are not getting the message. If those travelers do not have trip cancellation insurance, they just may be out of their investment.
As the oil spill in the Gulf Coast caused by BP continues to create problems with no end in sight, local citizens who make their living in their tourism industry must deal with the realities of a bleak outlook. Tourists do not appear to be including the area in their travel plans, and many of those who were considering it are cancelling their plans.

An informal poll found at cnn.com/travel does not offer much hope to area residents. It shows that 92% of respondents will not be planning any travel to the region in the near future. Of that 92%, 13% had previously planned to visit the area but have cancelled or will be cancelling their travel plans. The remaining 78% are not even considering visiting the Gulf Coast.

It is certainly understandable that the area is no longer a viable tourist destination in the shirt term. Obviously no one wants to visit a beach that is polluted by oil, and as of right now BP employees and the U.S. government seem to have no idea how to repair this damage. Furthermore, many people working around the area are now complaining of health problems, so in addition to being unsightly the oil could potentially provide a health hazard.

Unfortunately many people in the area count on tourists to make a living. Without customers visiting their beachside shops, taking tours on the water, or staying in their hotels, motels, and lodges, these people have no source of income. This could have potentially catastrophic economic consequences not only for these individuals but for the region as a whole.
Many eager travelers are looking forward to summer vacations. Whether you have already booked yours or are still searching for a destination, you probably are very concerned about saving money. The best way to save money long term may be by purchasing international health insurance.

While it may seem strange to suggest that you should save money by spending money, the truth is that international health insurance can have a long term positive impact on your finances. Without insurance, getting health care abroad during your trip can be quite expensive. Your bills could easily reach the thousands of dollars depending on your specific medical issue, and that is likely not money you'd factored into your travel budget.

So while you can certainly net some nice savings by booking your travel plans through a price comparison web site, those savings may actually pale next to the amount you save on medical expenses thanks to international health insurance. Plus, you can research, compare, and purchase international medical insurance online just as you did with airfare and hotel.

While you may believe the odds of needing medical care during your trip are slim, the potential cost of seeking treatment is significant. The cost of international health insurance is quite low in compared with what uninsured health care costs, so it only makes sense to invest in it. If the time comes that you have to use it, you will be glad you have it on hand.
Unfortunately, hurricane season is fast approaching. This annual problem causes havoc for coastal residents around the world and hurts tourism business as well. If you are planning a trip to an area that has historically been hit by hurricanes or could potentially be hit by them, you will want to make sure you buy international travel insurance including trip cancellation coverage.

A hurricane can hit with very little warning, so it is possible that you could book a vacation to an area only to find out a few days before your scheduled departure that it is a target for a hurricane. Airline and hotel policies regarding re-booking plans have become increasingly strict, so cancelling or re-scheduling may not be a viable option for you.

In that case, you will have lost your entire vacation investment. Depending on how long your planned stay was, that could easily total several thousand dollars. Who has that kind of money to lose in this difficult economic climate?

International travel insurance offers optional trip cancellation coverage that will help you recoup your investment in the event you choose to cancel your plans. You can cancel for any reason, and you can even get reimbursed on non-refundable flights. If you are traveling toward an area that may be affected by hurricanes, it is an essential investment.

As people around the world prepare for summer vacations, there are a few things you can do to make certain you make the most of your budget while planning. For instance, buying international travel insurance can be a great money-save. It can save you lots of money on medical care should you need it during your trip. It can also save you on the cost of cancelling flights due to personal or professional issues, if you include a trip cancellation policy. Life is unpredictable, with injuries and illness striking when you least espect it. If you are not prepared for that fact, you could find yourself out thousands of dollars.

A second way to save money on your travel plans is to research prices online. By researching online first, you can compare prices from many different travel providers to find the best deal. You can look at prices from travel agents, individual airlines and hotels, and from services that offer to beat the best price you can find. This is a great way to make sure you don’t pay too much for air, hotel, or event tickets.

You can also save money when planning an international trip by joining frequent flier programs. Not only can you earn perks like free flights from these programs, but many also have partnerships with hotels, restaurants, and other businesses you are likely to encounter when traveling, so you can get discounts at those establishments as well. These programs are free to join and they can really save you a lot of money.

Finally, sign up for email alerts from airlines and hotels. These will feature special offers that may not be available anywhere else. These promotions can save you quite a bit of money, especially if your travel plans are flexible as these are often announced on short notice. Companies are eager to build databases of customers’ email addresses, and they are happy to give you great offers in exchange for yours. So remember to look online, sign up for email alerts and frequent flier programs, and protect your travel investment with international travel insurance.

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