Ryanair and easyJet fined for mis-leading travel insurance sales

Two European airlines have been fined for their mis-leading practices in the sales of travel insurance. Ryanair and easyJet, of Ireland and England respectively, have been fined a total of 1,000,000 Euro by an Italian regulator. They claim that both airlines had unfair practices in the sales of travel insurance, including ‘opt-out’ sales and not […]

Hostel Travel: 4 Tips to Insure this Trip

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Did you know there are hostels to fit every type of travel? We were surprised too, but we found that some hostel sites define different types of hostels – luxury, romantic, family, etc.  –  and tag them by activity  – ski, party, beach. You can even find designations for the structure in which the hostel […]

8 Steps to Verify You Have the Right Travel Insurance

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One of the biggest complaints travelers have about travel insurance is that it doesn’t pay out when they expect it to. In nearly all of the cases we’ve seen over the years it comes down to the traveler not understanding what their plan covers and, more importantly, what it doesn’t. Travelers buy travel insurance for […]

8 Ways Travel Insurance Protects You from Terrorists

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The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 were like nothing the traveling public had ever seen before. When a terrorist attack occurs, travelers understandably get nervous and wonder whether they should cancel their travel plans. Some travel insurance plans exclusively prohibit any claims due to terrorist attacks and others list incidents of terrorism as a […]

6 Tips for Insuring Green Travel

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The term green travel conjures many different images for travelers – sleeping in a hammock slung between two trees at a public beach, for example. For most travelers, however there are various shades of green travel that involve a range of actions that are far easier to implement. At the heart of the matter is […]

5 Steps to Safer Off-Grid Travel

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In 2010, the New York Times ran a story about five neuroscientists who took a rafting trip in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah. The intent of the trip was to understand how the heavy use of digital devices and electronic technology changes how we think and behave – and also how retreating […]

9 Expensive Travel Mistakes You’re Likely to Make

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We all make mistakes, but we’ve also learned that some mistakes cost more than others do. This is especially true when you’re traveling. While no traveler can predict unexpected events like volcanic eruptions or earthquakes, there are a number of expensive mistakes travelers make often enough to warrant this post. The following are some of […]

How the Latest Global Travel Alert Affects your Travel Insurance

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Earlier this week, the U.S. State Department issued a global travel alert announcing the threat for terrorist attacks on Westerners and warning U.S. citizens to take precautions while traveling. The travel alert expires on August 31, 2013, and nearly the moment it was issued, many U.S. travelers were scrambling to check their travel insurance policies […]

Finding Expat (Expatriate) Insurance

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An expat, or expatriate, is a person who has decided to live and work in a country that is not their original home country. They may be residing temporarily, long-term, or permanently outside the country of their birth and for a wide range of reasons: they like the culture better, the work opportunities are better, […]