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Why I Needed Travel Insurance On Our Annual Beach Vacation

13585027_10210036896509470_5011479010752401130_oLike many of you, our family has a tradition of going to the beach (in our case, the Outer Banks, aka the OBX) every year on vacation. We rent a house and generally bum around for a week. In short, it’s heaven.

My mother-in-law is the most active (and amazing) person you’d ever want to meet. You would never guess her to be in her 70’s. Just a few weeks before vacation, we had the family over for dinner. While getting out of her car after arriving home, her foot caught on the strap of her backpack purse and she fell out of the car. I don’t know about you, but I can easily see this happening to me and have been paranoid about it ever since!

After a couple of days of being in pain (and being an active real estate agent who was walking on it constantly), she asked if I’d take her to the doctor. The doctors were sure there was no way she broke anything because they said the pain would be too much to walk on for days. Well, the x-ray said otherwise and the prognosis was 6-8 weeks in a boot and on crutches.

Needless to say, walking on sand was going to be a no-go. Not to mention going putt-putt, shopping and all of the other annual traditions we do. Fortunately, we had purchased travel insurance and were able to reschedule our trip with no penalty at all. We were refunded what we paid and rebooked for later in the season when she would be fully healed.

I used to be skeptical about travel insurance and I suppose I thought of it as one of those things you purchased for exotic and exceptionally expensive trips abroad. It had never occurred to me that it would something that could be handy for a run-of-the-mill beach vacation in the OBX. I’m lucky that my family knew better and opted into this coverage.

The holidays are upcoming and like you fellow beach bums, we usually shop the available houses and book during this time. I can assure you that we’ll be purchasing coverage again this year. Sure, you hope you never have to use it, but I have seen how important it can be.

Making Trusted Travel Work with NEXUS

One of the best parts of being the blogger for Travel Insurance Services is having the ability to experience some of the most interesting events in travel. This week, I get to have one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences, by tagging along the Star MegaDO 5. But don't think it's all fun and games for me and a lot of other travel aficionados like myself: this week, I'll be learning how new luggage is being built and traced to prevent baggage loss, understand how international airlines and hotel chains prevent irregular operations, and see the place where Airplanes go into retirement in Arizona. 

But the true planning for this trip began many months ago, all the way back in July, by applying for my NEXUS trusted traveler card. In the latest edition of the Travel Insure Blog, I go over my experience in applying and being accepted for the NEXUS program, and the benefits that came with it. After being able to fast-track through customs upon landing in Toronto, it was absolutely worth it. 

Have you applied for a trusted traveler program? What was your experience with the process and benefits? Leave me a comment on the Travel Insure Blog with your thoughts!

A Conclusion for Travelers to the Government Shutdown

The government shutdown has come to an end. With the end of the shutdown comes the opening of many of America's great resources: National Parks, monuments, government buildings, and all passport centers reopening once more. So now that the government is back open for business again, what should travelers expect?

In the latest edition of the Travel Insure Blog, I explore what this now means for travelers, and how this set of circumstances affects travelers now and in the future. In particular, we look at what to do if you applied for a passport, the effect on ESTA, and the potential effect on travelers to National Parks.

Have your travels been affected by the government shutdown? Now that the government shutdown is over, are you relieved that your travels will be unaffected? Let me know in a comment over at the Travel Insure blog!