Insure your safety when traveling abroad.

Insure Your Safety While Abroad

  • Travel Team
Apr 12, 2012

Traveling to new destinations can be an invigorating and exciting experience. However, traveling does come with some risks. It’s important to take all of the right precautions before you begin a vacation or business trip. The best travel insurance can help protect your trip investment, as well as other aspects of your experience.

As a result of natural disasters like the tsunami in Japan, people are taking cautionary steps to protect themselves while they travel. The violence and political controversy in foreign countries like Egypt has also influenced people’s decisions to purchase travel insurance before beginning a journey.

Editor of Security Magazine, Diane Richey told USA Today that many companies had a difficult time keeping in touch with their employees during the unrest in Egypt. Ritchey told the source that companies implement different ways to communicate, like social media and text messaging, in order to stay in contact at all times.

She also recommends that companies partner with travel-assistance programs because they, “often know the lay of the land better than anyone else and have contacts in countries that are the most volatile,” she told the source.

While travelers can research a destination before they begin a journey, it’s important to prepare for other scenarios that could occur during a trip. Unexpected situations are always a possibility, and in extreme cases, they may require evacuation.

In 2010, the State Department evacuated over 16,700 people from international locations compared to over 2,800 people in 2011 the source reports. The evacuations come with a cost, and the department urges travelers to plan for scenarios on their own.

Travelers can prevent vulnerability abroad by taking other preventative steps when they begin to pack for the trip. Blending in with the natives of the area can help tourists avoid unwanted attention from potential thieves. The U.S. Department of State suggests that travelers pack as few valuables as possible, and make a point to hide them from sight in their luggage.

Items like passports and credit cards should never be stored in a visible location, and it’s wise to spread important documents out in a few different areas in case something is misplaced or stolen.

Taking precautionary steps and purchasing travel insurance can improve the experience while people travel.

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