Author Archive | Nancy Skilken

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What Determines the Cost of a Travel Insurance Policy?

Buying travel insurance can be confusing because no two policies are the same. Unlike car or homeowners insurance, there is no standard form policy for travel insurance. Not only do these plans differ from one insurance company to another, but they also may differ from state to state. Maybe you talked to someone who claims […]

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What’s the Travel Insurance Definition of Family Member?

Reading the fine print of your travel insurance policy can help you understand what is meant by a family member when they are defining the terms for cancellation due to an illness or death of a “family member.”  To save you the trouble of having to track down these definitions, we have pulled up the information […]

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Cancel for Any Reason Coverage is Often the Right Option

You planned a trip, made reservations, and purchased tickets. You even bought trip insurance. Something comes up and you decide not to travel. It could be a wedding that gets canceled. Perhaps there is unrest in the region you a planning on visiting and you’re not comfortable traveling. Maybe the weather isn’t going to cooperate […]

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Give the Gift of Travel on Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Instead of giving your sweetheart a gift, consider taking that special someone to see where some traditional Valentine’s Day gifts are created. Roses are a traditional gift. Instead of sending a dozen roses, why not go to Ecuador to see some of the world’s most beautiful roses? At […]

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Travel Resolutions for 2016

New Year’s resolutions are usually hard to keep. They frequently involve exercise, weight loss, stopping smoking or drinking or even changing a relationship or a job. Consider making some travel resolutions – some take no effort to carry through and the others will make you a successful traveler.

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You Need Travel Insurance for Your Next Ski Trip

  You’re planning a ski trip. You’ve bought equipment and made deposits for travel and accommodations. You may even have prepaid your lift tickets. You’ve got everything covered, right? Wrong. Things can go wrong both before and during your vacation. Travel insurance allows you to focus on the fun, not on the what ifs. Your […]

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Staying Healthy on a Plane

How many times have you gotten on a plane, settled into you seat only to see the person next to you coughing, sneezing and generally infecting the entire plane? Fall doesn’t just bring falling leaves, Halloween and Thanksgiving – it brings flu and cold season. Do what you can to protect yourself when traveling. First, […]

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Dealing with Lost Luggage

If it hasn’t happened to you, you’ve seen it happen to someone else. After a long (or even not so long) trip, you wait at the baggage carousel. Bag after bag circles past you. You ask the person next to you what flight he was on. Everyone is picking up bags – yours doesn’t come. […]

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Thanksgiving Travel Tips

If you’re one of the 25.3 million people expected to fly during the Thanksgiving travel period, there are a few things you can do to make your trip back to see the family more enjoyable. Buy travel insurance. If you haven’t purchased it yet, it’s not too late. You can buy a policy up until […]

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What to Wear When Flying

Most people put a lot of thought into what they are going to pack for a trip , but what you wear when you are flying is equally important. Here are some dos and don’ts for dressing for a flight. Don’t wear high heels. They are physically restrictive. More important – they could be difficult […]

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Unusual Cruise Destinations

When someone mentions a cruise, more likely than not, you imagine the balmy Caribbean or the grandeur or Alaska. Maybe 2015 can be the year you think outside the boat, and consider taking a cruise to a more unusual and unique location. How about an expedition cruise to the Arctic Circle or Antarctica? Want to […]

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Dealing with the Death of a Traveling Companion

One of the most common arguments against purchasing trip insurance is that you’re healthy, not going to a high risk area and aren’t going to be participating in any dangerous activities. And you’re certainly not going to die. Unfortunately, even on the safest of vacations, horrible things can happen. Look at the tragedy that befell […]

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International Travel with Pets

Johnny Depp’s Yorkshire terriers basically got deported from Australia recently. Depp brought his dogs into Australia on a private flight and did not place them in a mandatory 10-day quarantine. Australia has strict guidelines that prevent certain illness and parasites from entering. Depp faced an ultimatum – get the dogs out of the country or […]

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Speeding your Way Through Airport Security

I don’t know which is worse – waiting in line to go through security at the airport or trying to get off the plane when you’re in the last row. When you’re in the back of the plane, there isn’t much you can do to speed things up. However, there are a few things you […]

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Smartphone Apps For a Better Vacation

Your smart phone can simplify your vacation. Need free wi-fi? Want to find place to eat or even track the migration of wildebeest across the Serengeti? Having problems translating menus and converting currency? There are apps for all of these things, and more. Here are just a few apps that can make your travels both […]

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Traveling with your Parents

For most of us, as we age, the circles in which we can or will travel become smaller and smaller. Not only that, but health and mobility concerns, have to be addressed and managed. Here are some ways to make your vacation with your parent easier and stress free.

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