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Cruise Insurance Is Necessary In 2021

Cruise Insurance Is Necessary In 2021

Travel Insurance Is Necessary For 2021 Cruisers

For over the past sixteen months, we have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  The pandemic has greatly affected everyone across the globe. Unfortunately, one industry that was greatly hindered by the COVID-19 virus was the travel industry.  If you look back over the past 16 months, countries closed their borders, amusement parks went dark, hotel rooms stayed empty and cruise ships remained in port.  

Luckily, we have started to see countries reopen for travelers from abroad over the past few months.  We have witnessed vaccinations across the globe start to roll out.  With each positive step forward, more and more people are looking to travel again.  One thing that potential travelers need to focus on is the need for travel insurance.  

A 2018 report issued by AAA indicates that travelers’ behavior has dramatically changed towards purchasing travel insurance.  More and more potential travelers are buying travel insurance before 9/11—only 10% percent of travelers purchase travel insurance.  Today we are seeing almost 40% percent of travelers who are booking trips are buying travel insurance.  The reason for this is two-fold. Numerous countries across the world require travelers to have some form of travel insurance to enter their territory.  The other reason is travelers want more protection than in the past to protect their investment in their trip. 

Why Is Travel Insurance Necessary For Your Upcoming Cruise?

The world that we live in has drastically changed since last March when the COVID-19 pandemic began.  Cruise lines were completely shut down last year because of the fear of spreading the virus. However, this year after an immense amount of safety precautions were implemented, the cruise industry set sail again.  This is a great thing, but all travelers embarking on a cruise must protect themselves if something unexpected occurs.

That is why we highly suggest travelers looking to take a cruise in 2021 should make sure they purchase a trip cancellation plan with the “Cancel for Any Reason” benefit.  This benefit allows travelers to cancel their trip up to two days before it starts and the insured can be reimbursed for up to 75% of their prepaid, non-refundable, insured travel expenses.  The cruise industry's state is still in flux and having the Cancel for Any Reason benefit provides additional protection.  Trawick International is one of a handful of Travel Insurance providers that offer a Cancel for Any Reason benefit.  In addition to our Trip Cancellations offering, we provide a full suite of travel insurance products such as Emergency Travel Medical, Emergency Medical Evacuation, Trip Interruption, Travel Delay, and Baggage Protection.  You may not need all of these plans but getting the correct type of protection for your investment is imperative.

Should you buy the insurance offered by the cruise line?

We recommend that you work always work with a travel insurance provider when purchasing travel insurance.  When you work with a travel insurance provider, such as Trawick International, you will obtain a travel insurance plan that meets your cruising needs and for a better price.  For example, If you are booking a flight, hotel, cruise, and excursions, you should buy a travel insurance plan from Trawick International. Our plans make sure you are covered for all parts of your travel experience, from when you leave your house to the time you return home.  When you purchase travel insurance from the cruise line, you will be paying a higher price and its insurance plan does not offer a wide range of benefits. It only includes coverage while on the cruise. To learn more about the differences between obtaining travel insurance from a cruise line and a travel insurance provider, see our blog post on the topic. 

Travel Insurance is now a Requirement for Unvaccinated Travelers On Certain Cruise Lines

A recent report by MSNBC stated that Royal Caribbean now requires all guests over the age of 16 sailings from U.S. ports, except those in Florida, to be fully vaccinated. Starting Aug. 1, the rule will apply to all guests over 12. Passengers leaving from Florida ports from Aug. 1 to Dec. 31 who are not vaccinated will need travel insurance.  Royal Caribbean is the first cruise line to make travel insurance mandatory for unvaccinated travelers. Over the next few weeks, we believe other cruise lines adopt this policy, making it imperative to have travel insurance before going on a cruise.

Work With The Best

No matter what cruise line you are looking to embark on this year, make sure you contact Trawick International to get a customized travel insurance quote. Trawick was rated one of the best travel insurance providers for 2021.  Remember to look at plans that offer a Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) option, so you have the opportunity to cancel if you just decide not to travel (learn more about CFAR travel insurance).


Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full-service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types worldwide. We offer various travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company's mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products that offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. Contact us at 888-301-9289 or info@trawickinternational.com. 

By Administrator at 1 Jul 2021

How Travel Insurance Is Impacted By Relationship Status

Travel Insurance Eligibility Explained

2020 was a year to forget for travelers.  The COVID-19 global pandemic significantly hampered travel last year because many countries closed their borders to international tourists to stop the spread of the virus. As a result, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reported that global tourism suffered its worst year on record in 2020, with international arrivals dropping by 74%.  Destinations worldwide welcomed 1 billion fewer international arrivals in 2020 than in the previous year. 

With summer travel season quickly approaching and more international destinations opening up for travelers abroad.  A recent Forbes article stated that America’s largest city would drop restrictions on restaurants, retail, stadiums and other businesses by July 1, 2021.  The loosing of regulations will make it the ideal tourist attraction for domestic and international tourists.  Please remember that New York City was locked down in March 2020 before suffering the worst Covid-19 outbreak in the nation. Since then, New York has been under some of the strictest Covid-19 regulations in the country to combat the pandemic. 

Another popular destination for international travelers across the globe is Italy.  As noted by Travel Agent Central, Italy is ready to welcome back visitors from across the world, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said after a G20 tourism ministers meeting in early May.  If you remember correctly, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, New York and Italy struggled with containing the virus. So to see both destinations recover and preparing to open for tourists shows just how far the world has come against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Are you required to buy travel insurance?

Travel insurance can be a requirement depending on the country your planning on visit and even if it’s not a requirement, it’s still a good thing to have.  Travel insurance can protect your investment in your trip and provide additional benefits such as protection for lost luggage and protection for unforeseen events like the death of family members and many other items covered under your policy. 

Not all travel insurance providers are created equal

Trawick International does not care about your relationship status.  So if you are married, in a domestic partnership or just in something complicated, you and your partner are eligible to receive coverage from Trawick International.   If you can provide the following information, such as evidence of cohabitation, shared financial assets and obligations for at least the previous six months and an affidavit of domestic partnership, if recognized by the jurisdiction within which you reside.  You and your significant other will be able to have all the benefits available that are offered on the Trawick International insurance plan. 

Get a quote & buy travel insurance

2021 is the year of the comeback for travel, especially with the exciting news from New York and Italy.  Just remember, before you take a bite of the big apple or navigate the canals of Venice, make sure you speak to us at Trawick International to receive a customized travel insurance plan that meets you and your partner's needs. 

 


Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full-service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types worldwide. We offer various travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company's mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products that offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. Contact us at 888-301-9289 or info@trawickinternational.com. 

 

By Administrator at 18 Jun 2021

"Best Of" Travel Insurance May 2021

Trawick International Best Travel Insurance 2021

This is not an article on a great 80’s martial arts movie but a blog post to discuss how Trawick International has taken the travel insurance industry by storm during one of the most difficult years for an insurance business.  Over the past year, we have implemented a strategic growth strategy focused on growing our organization's capabilities and focusing on our most important asset, our customers.  Due to our hard work client-centric approach, the industry has taken notice and we have been awarded numerous prestigious industries awards from Forbes Advisors. 

In total, we received top honors in four different categories by Forbes Advisors for this calendar year.  Each award type was based on Forbes Advisors’ rigorous, data-driven methodology.  We as an organization could not be prouder of the accolades but realize we could not have done this without our customers' trust and belief in our services.  Everything we do at Trawick International is based on our pledge to our customers: Our promise to our customers is to provide affordable travel insurance products that meet clients' needs traveling domestically or internationally.  We will continue to provide the best possible customer service to each and every person so they can focus on traveling worry-free, wherever they may go. 

Best of May 2021 Awards

Forbes Advisor awarded Trawick International top honors in their Best Travel Insurance Companies list for consumers. Out of 15 travel insurance companies ranked by the financial news outlet, Trawick International came in first, based on Forbes’ rigorous, data-driven methodology.  The scoring criteria were based on each plan’s coverage for Covid-19; benefit levels for baggage, trip delays, and cancellations; coverage for medical expenses and emergency medical evacuation; and the option to cancel for any reason. 

Best Senior Travel Insurance Plans May 2021 

Trawick International was ranked as one of the top provider’s senior travel insurance by Forbes Advisors compared to 24 other insurance providers' plans.  The travel insurance plans were rated by coverage for medical expenses, medical evacuation, travel delays, and baggage. 

Best Cruise Insurance Plans May 2021 

Once again, Trawick International was awarded top honors for our cruise insurance plans by Forbes Advisors.  We were judged against 24 other insurance providers' cruise insurance plans based on the plan's coverage limits of $100,000 in travel medical coverage and at least $250,000 in medical evacuation. 

Best Cancel for Any Reason Travel Insurance May 2021 

Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) travel insurance is one of the most elusive policies for travelers to procure. We are extremely proud to offer this increasingly popular benefit to our customers and be ranked as the top provider by Forbes Advisors.  The scoring criteria for this award were based on plan benefits offers, which we are proud to say are the best in the travel insurance industry.  If you are not familiar with CFAR, this plan benefit allows you to cancel your trip up to two days before you are scheduled to depart for your trip for any reason.  Our plan allows up to 75% of reimbursement to customers for the pre-paid parts of their vacation. 

Work With The Best 

Trawick International wouldn’t be here today if it were not for our customers, who time and time again rely on us to provide them with the necessary insurance offerings so they can travel worry-free domestically and internationally.  If you are interested in working with Trawick International, contact us today! 


Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full-service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types worldwide. We offer various travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company's mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products that offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. Contact us at 888-301-9289 or info@trawickinternational.com. 

By Administrator at 11 Jun 2021

An Adventure of a Lifetime

Curts Adventure of a Lifetime

Our very own Senior Vice President Curt Carlson will be taking on an adventure that is considered one of the toughest challenges for adventure travelers in the Western Hemisphere.  Curt will be embarking on a mountain climbing trip that will take him over 18,000 feet.  Yes, you read that correctly. He will be climbing mountains that are over 18,000 feet above sea level.  That is cruising altitude for some airplanes!  This blog post is the first post about Curt’s Adventure of a Lifetime.  We will keep you updated on his journey with a series of blogs and social media posts.  So, make sure you follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

Trip Details 

His trip will take him to Ecuador, where he will be taking on the “Avenue of Volcanoes”  with mountain climbing experts Mountain Madness.  The tour Curt chose is called Volcanoes Around Ecuador: Guided Mountaineering on Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo.  His mountain climbing adventure will consist of 14 fun-filled days of climbing and sightseeing through the region.  The first mountain he will trek is Cayambe, which is 18,996 feet above sea level.  After a few days of resting and sightseeing, Curt will climb the world’s highest active volcano, Cotopaxi.  If you didn’t think climbing an active volcano was crazy enough, Curt and his climbing partners will take on attempting the summit of Ecuador’s highest peak at Chimborazo. 

Choosing the Right Travel Insurance 

Mountain climbing is not a cheap hobby, especially if you are traveling to Ecuador for 14 days.  Curt will have to pay for many things such as his flight, lodging, meals, equipment and guides.  All of these items add up, making his trip an expensive one.  Curt is not the average traveler. He is an adventure traveler looking to take on some of the most challenging mountains in the western hemisphere.   So, his trip is going to cost way more than the average vacation trip.  Knowing this and being a travel insurance expert, he has to decide on what type of travel insurance to purchase.  Luckily for Curt, he is the Senior Vice President of Trawick International and played a huge hand in developing our SafeTreker Adventure Travel Insurance

This type of insurance is designed to provide adventurers like Curt with the protection they need when traveling and taking on an experience like this.  SafeTreker is an adventure travel insurance product designed to cover numerous sporting activities.  This adventure travel Insurance offers varying levels of benefits and coverage, depending on your budget and travel needs. 

The policy that Curt chose to protect his investment is SafeTreker Extreme+.  He chose this plan because it covers his mountain climbing activity and provides up to $10,000 for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption coverage with up to $100,000 Accident and Sickness Medical Coverage, up to $3,000 for baggage, Search and Rescue up to $10,000 and Sports Equipment Rental protection up to $3,000.  This insurance provides Curt with confidence knowing his eligible travel and adventure expenses may be protected so he can focus on getting his gear ready and training for this Adventure of a lifetime! 

Follow Curt's Journey 

There is nothing like a good adventure story and since Curt is one of us, we feel compelled to document his journey and help other adventure travelers understand more about our SafeTreker Adventure Travel Insurance.  So, follow this blog series and follow Trawick International on social media to keep up with our guy.  Good luck, Curt!  You got this and stay safe! 

By Administrator at 1 Jun 2021

Italy Travel Information

Italy Travel Information 2021

Italy has reopened its borders for international tourists!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • You must be fully vaccinated.

    Vaccinated travelers will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test before initial departure and again on arrival to Italy. Yes, you read that right. Even if you are fully vaccinated, you must still provide negative test results multiple times before entering the country. 

    According to the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luigi Di Maio, this will prevent travelers from ever going into a quarantine-type situation while traveling. 
  • You must arrive in Italy on a government-approved “COVID tested flight.” 

    Right now, the only two airlines offering these flights are Delta and Alitalia. These flights include departures from New York and Atlanta to Rome and Milan. 

When should you travel to Italy

The best time during the year to travel to Italy is from April to June and mid-September to October. During these months, temperatures are usually comfortable, rain is not likely, and it will not be so crowded (unless it is during a holiday). The summer months from July to early September are usually hotspot times for tourists to visit. 

August is said to be the worst month out of the year to visit Italy. Temperatures are at their hottest, and the entire country seems to be closed due to locals taking their vacation time. Many shops, restaurants, and some family-run hotels will be closed, making traveling inconvenient and lackluster. 

Places to visit in Italy

You can’t miss the top 3 spots while visiting Italy, including Cinque Terre, Florence, and Rome. 

Cinque Terre is a stunning coastal area of northwest Italy within Liguria. It includes a picturesque town built right into the side of a cliff, with colorful terraces on the rugged landscape overlooking the Ligurian Sea. You could easily call Cinque Terre one of the “most instagrammable” places in the world. Say for sunset and you will not be disappointed! 

Next on the list of can’t miss places in Italy, we have Florence

The number one most iconic thing to see in Florence is the Cathedral of Florence, formally known as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. With some of the most intricate architectural designs globally, you will never find a dull building here. 

Bring your most comfortable shoes for this trip because, in Florence, you will be doing a ton of walking and hiking up a ton of stairs. From the various museums and art exhibits to climbing to the top of Duomo, you will surely get your steps in each day. 

Last but certainly not least, we have Rome

This will be the city you might want to spend most of your time in due to the number of things you can see and do here. Arguably the most iconic site in Rome is the Colosseum. As the largest ancient amphitheater ever built, it was used for many things, including gladiator contests and Roman drama plays. This magnificent building was completed in 80 AD and still stands today. 

Another piece of Rome you cannot miss is the Trevi Fountain. It is one of the most visited and most famous fountains in the world. It has appeared in many notable films and is a great spot for taking photos and making a wish or two! 

This country has so much to offer. It’s no wonder tourists flock in from around the world. From gorgeous cities, ancient ruins, and excellent museums to spacious mountains, stunning beaches, and iconic architecture, you will never be bored on your trip here. 

Prepare for your trip to Italy

With travel being so uncertain these days, the most important thing you can do before your trip is to protect your trip. Our Trip Cancellation plans protect the prepaid, nonrefundable trip costs in the event you are unable to travel for many unforeseen circumstances. For a fraction of your trip cost, you can alleviate the risk of losing money if something unforeseen gets in the way. 

Another option is to buy Cancel For Any Reason coverage. This is a highly sought-after benefit that not many other travel insurance companies offer. Having this coverage truly can cover you for just about anything before your trip. As international trips can be very pricey, this is a good option for people who are still unsure about certain travel restrictions or people who have previous health conditions. 

 


Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full-service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types worldwide. We offer various travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company's mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products that offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. Contact us at 888-301-9289 or info@trawickinternational.com. 

By Administrator at 28 May 2021

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