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Improving Your Cyber Security When Traveling Abroad

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There has been a tremendous amount of progress when it comes to digital protection as mobile devices reduce the need to rely on public computers in hotels when traveling abroad. However, it’s just as important to remember basic security measures when you’re traveling. Thanks to complimentary Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a savvy hacker can still get into your mobile, potentially stealing important information like your bank details.

Always remember that your phone is just susceptible to having information stolen as your laptop computer. One of the easiest steps you can take to improve your phone’s cyber security is by enabling its security features, whether that’s the increasingly common fingerprint reader or just setting up an unlock password or pattern.

Most banks and websites like Google provide two-factor authentication which provides an additional layer of security. Instead of just requiring a password, two-factor authentication also requires something that is only available to you. It may require an additional step when logging in, but it can be a lifesaver if someone is able to guess your password.

Be wary of what you do on your phone or computer when using open Wi-Fi networks that don’t require a password and stay away from accessing sensitive information unless it’s absolutely necessary. Scammers will set up free networks that sound legit but are designed to steal your information. If you’re in a cafe or staying at a hotel, make sure to ask what the steps are to connect if they aren’t already provided.

This update is provided by travel insurance provider Trawick International. Some of our travel insurance plans include international and domestic inbound and outbound travel insurance, missionary travel insurance, trip protection and cancellation, visitor insurance, and Schengen Visa. Call 877-233-4591 for more information.

By Administrator at 11 Jul 2016

New Travel Apps for Your Next Trip

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Last month we took a look at some of the best apps currently available for frequent travelers, including apps designed to help you keep track of flights to useful currency converters and language apps that will help you when you’re in a foreign country. This month we’re spotlighting some new apps that can help make your next trip that much easier.

We’ll begin with an app called Dufl. Launched last year, Dufl will store a suitcase full of the items you consider travel essentials for just $10 a month and will even ship it to you whenever the need to travel arises. For a fee, you can have your clothing cleaned, packed, and shipped to your destination so you can keep your baggage light and spend less time at airport security checkpoints.

There are numerous apps designed to help you save on the cost of a flight, but if you really want to save some money, consider Hopper. Using predictive analytics, the app will tell you the best time to get the cheapest tickets and can even estimate for you how much you’ll save if you book a flight on a certain day.

When you’re in a new country or city, there are the official landmarks and attractions and then there are those best kept secrets that only the locals know about. With Sidekix, the app will create a walking route for you highlighting notable places of interest, eateries, and cultural hotspots based on current trends. The app prioritizes local places versus major chains.

This update is provided by travel insurance provider Trawick International. Some of our travel insurance plans include international and domestic inbound and outbound travel insurance, missionary travel insurance, trip protection and cancellation, visitor insurance, and Schengen Visa. Call 877-233-4591 for more information.

By Administrator at 5 Jul 2016

Why You Should Consider Domestic Travel Insurance

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With the summer season now in full swing and many children on vacation, more and more individuals and families will be traveling to take advantage of the warmer temperatures, both abroad and domestically. “Staycationing” or domestic travel is also becoming a popular alternative to international travel, but many people who choose to staycation often forget that forgoing travel insurance even during a staycation can jeopardize their enjoyment and travel experience.

Even if your travel plans include an extended getaway not far from home, it still carries the same risks as if you were to travel to a foreign country. What if you have an emergency due to unforeseen circumstances? If you don’t have the coverage necessary to address your staycation emergency it could potentially result in having to spend money on a costly situation such as a hospital visit.

Wherever you choose to spend your summer holiday, be it in one of the Caribbean islands or exploring the sights and sounds of New York City, having travel insurance for your trip can be the difference in losing hundreds or thousands of dollars in non-refundable expenses if your trip had to be cancelled and perhaps most importantly, it will give you a greater sense of security and peace of mind.

For more information on our Domestic Travel Insurance and Trip Protection please visit the following page: https://www.trawickinternational.com/travel-insurance-plans/trip-protection-and-cancellation-domestic.

This update is provided by travel insurance provider Trawick International. Some of our travel insurance plans include international and domestic inbound and outbound travel insurance, missionary travel insurance, trip protection and cancellation, visitor insurance, and Schengen Visa. Call 877-233-4591 for more information.

By Administrator at 29 Jun 2016

The Zika Virus and Your Travel Plans

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When it comes to travel, a significant portion of it involves perception. A perception of fear can deter anyone from travel, just consider the fears from the past associated with SARS, the Ebola virus, or avian flu. Hundreds of thousands of people canceled their plans because of these viruses and the same seems to be happening again with the Zika virus.

The Zika virus should not deter you from traveling somewhere. Although it is imperative that you do your homework and talk with your physician about where you’re going and the risks involved, it’s also a matter of using some common sense. If you’re traveling somewhere like Brazil, for example, it’s best to stay away from their jungles and make sure you’ve got insect repellant with DEET of at least fifty percent or for a natural repellent, try Lemon Eucalyptus Oil.

As a precautionary measure, you’ll also want to make sure that the Zika virus is one of the conditions covered if you intend on purchasing travel insurance. Despite the fact that the World Health Organization has deemed the Zika virus a public health emergency, a number of travel insurance providers do not currently cover the condition. Future travelers should know however, that the travel medical plans provided by Trawick International do in fact include the Zika virus.

This update is provided by travel insurance provider Trawick International. Some of our travel insurance plans include international and domestic inbound and outbound travel insurance, missionary travel insurance, trip protection and cancellation, visitor insurance, and Schengen Visa. Call 877-233-4591 for more information.

By Administrator at 23 Jun 2016

Traveling Internationally with Your Child

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A domestic flight with your child is one thing, but it can be significantly tougher if you’re planning on traveling abroad. It’s important to have the proper documentation for your child beyond the passport available, especially if only one parent is traveling. 

The rules for children traveling internationally have become significantly more stringent around the world as a means of reducing kidnappings, illegal trafficking and disputes involving child custody. To prevent any issues, consider bringing along a copy of the child’s birth certificate. It may also be worth having a notarized note from the other parent clearly stating that the child is allowed to travel internationally. Unless the child is being accompanied by both parents, any child under the age of 18 must have a notarized permission note from both parents or proof of guardianship if the child is traveling with someone besides the parent.

If your child does not have a United States passport and is under the age of 14, proof of consent from both parents or the guardian must also be included in the passport application. Both parents should be physically present upon submitting the passport application but there is also the option of providing a notarized statement of permission should a parent be absent.

If you have international travel plans, you may also want to familiarize yourself with the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program. The program immediately alerts the parents of an abducted child if another application for a passport is initiated anywhere in the world.

This update is provided by travel insurance provider Trawick International. Some of our travel insurance plans include international and domestic inbound and outbound travel insurance, missionary travel insurance, trip protection and cancellation, visitor insurance, and Schengen Visa. Call 877-233-4591 for more information.

By Administrator at 22 Jun 2016
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