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Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage travel insurance for your protection!

The 7 Best Travel Insurance Companies of 2021

  • Best Overall: Travelex.
  • Runner-Up, Best Overall: Allianz Travel Insurance.
  • Best Value: InsureMyTrip.
  • Most Comprehensive Coverage: World Nomads.
  • Best for Seniors: HTH Travel Insurance.
  • Best for Cruises: Nationwide.
  • Best for Medical Coverage: GeoBlue
Other Resources: These are the inclusions you need to look for in your travel insurance policy: Trip cancellation and interruption:
  • cover for if you or your travel partners become ill
  • provisions for natural disasters
  • ability to claim if a close family member is sick
  • unforeseen cancellations
Medical and repatriation services:
  • cover for hospital, medicine and ambulance charges abroad
  • will your insurer fly you home if deemed necessary?
  • claim for emergency dental wor
Delayed, stolen, lost or damaged luggage:
  • recover cost of replacement medication
  • claim for stolen items and passport charges
  • cover if your bags were delayed or lost in transit
Flight insurance:
  • cover for cancelations due to strikes or bad weathe
Coverage for activities:
  • hiking, canoeing or skiing etc often carry additional charges
Although all these items are important, I think the medical and repatriation services are critical. If you are injured and get sick, this may be the best way for you to get home to your loved ones.

COVID-19 Regulations for Your Destination

This varies widely, depending on your destination. In general, a COVID vaccine certificate is required, plus a recent PCR test that is conducted within 2 days of your travel date, are required. Check the official country page for your destination prior to traveling. Often, your airline will also guide you to the correct resources. Airlines, themselves, may have their own set of rules. Be sure to check all of this and have all your paperwork in order before you depart.

Currency Conversion

Generally, ATMs work well at your destination, but be sure to alert your bank in advance before traveling, so that they can "open" your card for what otherwise may seem an unexpected charge. If you want to get local currency in advance, you might try a local AAA branch. Try to avoid using the currency exchange places at the airports---the fees are usually astronomical. To see current currency conversion rates, see:

Local Weather

Wondering how you should pack? Check out the local weather for your destination and plan accordingly.

US Transportation Security Administration

If you have time to do it (and haven't already), get the TSA's Global Entry pass. It will save you a ton of time at security, and also at Passport Control when you arrive back to the States.

Destination Visa Requirements

Not sure whether or not you need a special visa to travel to your destination country? Check out the requirements here:

World Clock – Time Zones

Here's a tip: if you have a smartphone (iPhone, e.g.), there is a World Clock app that lets you add various cities/countries to it. Do it in advance, and you can check the time differences automatically. Usually, on smartphones, your time will change automatically. Otherwise,to check the local time anywhere, you can go to:

Travel Gear, Luggage and Supplies

Gear-up for your Dream Vacation with the perfect luggage, outterwear and accessories to make your trip easier!


Learn the lay of the land before you go with this handy resource!

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