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Traveling with a Special Needs Child

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Traveling with your children already requires some degree of pre-planning to ensure as smooth and worry-free trip as possible, and this is even more important if you are the parent of a special needs child.

Prior to booking your flight, you may wish to find a book that you and your child can read together about airplane travel. This step can help your child understand what to expect once the departure day arrives and it can also help them cope if they are sensitive to crowded spaces or sudden changes.

As a complement to the book, check to see whether your local airport offers rehearsal flights so that your child can become acclimated with the process of going through the security checkpoints, having someone physically grab their bag, and sitting on a plane while under the restraint of a seatbelt. This process can also help you determine what seating arrangement(s) work best for your child.

If you have a long flight, you may wish to consider breaking it up and booking a stopover flight so both you and your child can rest and take a breather. Take into account what time your child is most relaxed when booking the flight and ensure that your seats remain together.

Always keep a list of the medications and your child’s healthcare provider information readily available when traveling in case of an unforeseen emergency. You may also want to consider having a medical necklace or bracelet made.

Finally, before traveling check the TSA website regarding information on special needs children. You may find useful information that will make the travel process easier.

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By Administrator at 21 Jun 2016

Travel Warnings and Alerts

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In today’s climate, it’s not unheard of for the government to issue travel warnings and alerts. Depending on where you’re traveling to and what you’ll be doing, it’s important to understand how these two differ as they could affect your trip.

A travel alert is also known as a travel public announcement and is typically short in nature. These alerts are issued due to factors like events that are related to terrorism, the anniversary of a specific terrorist event, and political unrest. These alerts are usually accompanied by information regarding potential threats and short-term conditions that the government believes may affect American travelers and pose significant risks to their security. Travel alerts were recently issued due to the hurricane and typhoon seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.

A travel warning is considered more severe than a travel alert and means that the State Department is suggesting Americans entirely avoid traveling to a particular country because of instability or when a U.S. embassy or consulate is closed, therefore reducing the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens. The U.S. Department of State issued travel warnings back in March urging citizens to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey due to terrorism threats. It’s important to note that warnings do not mean you cannot travel to the country in question, they are simply meant as a safety or precautionary measure.

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 16 Jun 2016

Losing Your Passport Abroad

undefinedWhen traveling abroad, it’s critical to keep a close eye on your passport. While losing it or having it stolen is a major headache, it doesn’t mean you’re forced to remain within the county. Because there is always that risk of it being lost, you should always carry a photocopy of your passport or a digital picture as a means of proving your United States citizenship.

If you lose your passport and there is no copy available, head to the nearest United States consulate or embassy and report it to the consular section. Each country has a website you can visit to find out how to contact the consulate or embassy. In fact, you may wish to have this information readily available prior to leaving, especially if you don’t speak the local language.

Prior to heading to the embassy, find a place where you can have a new passport photo taken. This step will significantly speed up the process for you once you arrive at the embassy/consulate.

Upon arriving at the embassy or consulate, inform the officer that you’re the victim of a crime if your passport was in fact stolen and also let them know when you plan on leaving the country. This is particularly important if your departure date is within a couple of days so that there is a sufficient time available to receive a limited or full Validity Emergency Passport.

Keep in mind that you’ll still need to provide identification to receive your new passport. Besides the photo you should also have identification such as a driver’s license, your travel itinerary, and your passport application. Also keep in mind that you’ll still be required to pay the $140 fee to receive your new one.

If you receive a Limited Validity Passport due to immediate travel plans, remember that this passport will only serve to get you back into the United States. Upon returning home you’ll still need to return your emergency passport in order to receive your “full fledged” passport should you wish to travel abroad again.

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 15 Jun 2016

Useful Apps for Traveling

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Not every trip means you’ll be unplugging. There are many of us who depend heavily on our smartphones to stay connected, to document our trips, or even navigating around a foreign country where there may be a language barrier. With that in mind, it’s worth taking a look at some of the best travel apps currently available.

If you travel frequently, consider TripCase which can dramatically simplify your travel plans. You can keep track of multiple flights and hotel reservations in one central place instead of fumbling around with multiple apps. What’s more, you can easily allow your contacts to keep track of where you are, removing the need to constantly provide updates.

It can be a little intimidating when you arrive in a country where you don’t speak the language, but thanks to Bravolol, you’ve essentially got a portable Rosetta Stone in your pocket. Phonetic spelling is provided and the app will pronounce everything for you, perfect if you’re unfamiliar with an alphabet. Best of all, once you’ve downloaded a language you won’t have to depend on an Internet connection, which can often be costly in foreign countries.

Speaking of Internet connection, CityMaps2Go allows you to download entire maps for more than 7,000 destinations throughout the world. There are also articles and suggestions provided for many itineraries so you can prepare your own itinerary while you’re there.

While there are many apps available for conversion, the appropriately named Currency is one of the best apps and you can add over ten different currencies if your itinerary includes multiple countries. Make sure that you download the latest exchange rates while you still have a data connection.

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 8 Jun 2016

The Importance of Health Insurance

undefinedIf you were to ask a travel insurance provider why customers choose to refrain from purchasing heir product, the three common reasons you may receive are the cost, the less than straightforward claim process, and perhaps most commonly, they simply don’t need it.

A recent article published on Conde Nast Traveler may suggest otherwise.

A detailed article illustrates the case of a woman who traveled to Vietnam and ended up contracting a case of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease which can have severe health effects or cause death if left untreated. Thanks to travel insurance, her representative took the time to listen to her, ask her questions about her symptoms, and even took the initiative of contacting a local hospital on her behalf where her symptoms were ultimately determined to be a case of dengue fever. Needless to say, travel insurance literally saved the woman’s life.

When evaluating travel insurance, it’s imperative to understand what you’re signing up for and what the plan entails. A domestic health insurance plan may not provide international coverage, or you may have to deal with a doctor or hospital that requires payment up front prior to receiving treatment, which is more common outside of the United States than you might imagine.

Whether your travel plans include an exotic destination or somewhere local, strongly consider the importance of travel insurance. An emergency situation can arise in the most unlikely of places and at the most inopportune times and knowing you have insurance available could, just like in the case of the woman, literally save your life.

By Administrator at 31 May 2016
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