It Does! And when it does, it can be a challenge. This is one of MY biggest challenges as a Travel Advisor, especially at this particular point in time. No matter how well planned or extravagant your trip may be, there are many things totally outside of your control that could change your dream vacation into a nightmare.
Many travelers feel that once they are committed to a trip, they are going on it… NO MATTER WHAT! Absolutely no one wants to think of anything happening to delay or prevent their vacation. When you are planning a well earned and anticipated dream vacation, it just doesn’t seem necessary to add an extra $100 + to the total cost.
Let’s face it, travel insurance is not sexy. However, it is an important addition that I strongly encourage my clients to purchase. In the overall scheme of things, the cost of travel protection is a small drop in the bucket and worth every penny. I have learned this personally as well as through the experiences of my clients.
So, you’re not elderly…you’re healthy! You have already confirmed with your boss 3 times that you can have the time off. Everything is perfectly planned. Nothing is going to keep you from going on your vacation and nothing is going to go wrong while you are there… right?!?!
Things happen even with the best laid plans - believe me I know! A few years ago, our family went on an amazing trip to Austria. I spent a semester in college in Salzburg and was SO excited to show them Vienna and Salzburg. Well... We got to the airport and our flight was cancelled at the last minute and they couldn't get us on a new flight for 2 days! This totally blew our 3 day plans in Vienna, we ended up only having an afternoon there scrambling to see all we could. Our hotel in Salzburg was under construction with a banging wake up call each morning around 7am. On the way home, our flight was changed from 1 stop to 2 stops and at the 2nd stop in Zurich, my daughter lost her passport. My husband and youngest daughter continued on the flight home. After running all over the airport, having a million different people checking our last plane, pulling out all the contents of our suitcases in the middle of the airport, a call to the embassy, a trip to the police department for a report, a night at the airport, a thorough search and a few tears - we were lucky to fly home the next day. Not quite the overall experience I was hoping for!
Typically travel insurance policies cover 100% for certain covered reasons and 75% for uncovered reasons. Be sure to read through and understand your policy so that you know what to expect. Before you go, please take a look at protecting your travel investment with insurance because SHHH...IT happens!
You have an entire wonderful new year ahead of you! Where will 2020 lead you?
January is THE time to set those 2020 travel dreams into motion. Just think if you had one or more amazing vacations to look forward to this year? I don’t know about you, but looking forward to my next adventure is an incredible mood boost - I think we could all use that in gray and gloomy January!
Keep reading for my favorite 7 reasons to make those travel plans now:
Most of us travel at one time or another, either for business or pleasure, but is it really a pleasure? Trudging through the airport with a clunky suitcase that’s over the weight limit is no one’s idea of fun. Are you going to remove items from your luggage at the ticket counter or pay the overweight baggage fee?
Read on for the top 5 Expert Luggage & Travel Tips from the experienced staff at Irv's Luggage:
Some of you may already be enjoying travel this Holiday Season.
If not, here are my top 5 reasons to make The Great Holiday Escape...
Add wine to my list of love affairs. I love so many things, but wine is one of my absolute favorites. Pair a bottle of wine with the right cheese, chocolate and wine region in Europe and I’m yours!
If you are infatuated with wine and Europe, you are in the right place. These are my top 5 ultimate experiences for wine lovers and I am so excited to share them with you!
Planning a trip to Europe can be an overwhelming task, but beyond that there are sometimes mental roadblocks keeping you from taking that charming European vacation. Most concern being uncomfortable and living outside of your box.
The popularity of River Cruising in Europe has exploded over the past few years and is one of the best ways to see the historical interior of the continent. Many of these river voyages are themed for special interests including wine, beer, history and the incredibly famous Christmas markets during the months of November and December.
Why are so many travelers choosing River Cruises? Here are a few reasons...
In Chicago, there is a crosstown rivalry between two teams in the same city.
The emotionally charged question “Are you a Cubs or a White Sox fan?” usually brings a reply filled with passion. We love our teams! Whether you are a player or a fan, teamwork and support is essential.
When I custom blend your European vacation itinerary, or put together an amazing (and seamless) journey through the Hawaiian islands, the experience you receive is a direct reflection of a team of people:
There are, of course, thousands of possible trips out there. There are plenty of great trips to choose from - and then there are trips that are great for you. By honestly focusing on what you want and need, you can discover your own unique travel profile and that could save you time, money and disappointment.
Here are a few simple things that can help you discover your personal travel profile...
Recent unfortunate events involving American tourists in the Dominican Republic have led to many contemplating whether their vacation is worth the risk. Should you stay or should you go?
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