While traveling can be challenging, it is a favorite way to spend ones vacation time. Regardless of where you head, local, regional or global, there are hazards, both expected and unexpected. There are a few ways you can increase the likelihood that you will return from your trip with nothing more than fond memories and great pictures.
Insurance While Traveling
If you are staying local, for example within your own state or country, chances are that your medical and car insurance will cover you wherever you are. If you are in any way unsure about that, give your providers a call and ask. These policies are likely to provide you with protection regarding medical needs or automobile accidents.
When you add a flight to your itinerary, most booking agents, on and off line will ask if you want to purchase cancellation insurance, and if you plan an expensive vacation, you may want to consider vacation insurance as well. Consumers should always looks for places where they can compare car and medical insurances. Let’s look at some of your options.
- Medical Coverage – This will cover you for unexpected medical expenses while traveling. In the event of sudden illness or injury during a trip your expenses will be covered to the degree to which you insured yourself, you can even opt for evacuation coverage.
- Trip Cancellation – If you have to cancel your trip for one of the approved reasons, this insurance will reimburse you for pre-paid, non refundable expenses. You can also find coverage which will pay out regardless of your reason, but you will pay a premium for it.
- Baggage Insurance – This insurance will reimburse you for lost luggage, replacing both the bag and the contents, up to a certain limit.
- Document coverage – You can guarantee assistance if your passport or credit cards are lost or stolen during your travels. This insurance will help you cover unauthorized expenses, aid you in getting new documents and even provide emergency cash and travel vouchers if you get stranded.
- Trip interruption coverage – If you have to end your trip early this insurance will reimburse you for lost fees on the unused portion of your trip, and may even help you get home.
The cost of these types of insurance varies based upon where you are going, the cost of the trip and other factors. Package plans are available which bundle together popular options.
Staying Fit on the Road
Part of the fun of traveling is trying out new things. There is always an element of adventure in tasting the local cuisine and heading off into the unknown. Your common sense is your best tool here. Also, fit in some weight training exercises that will promote healthy living while on your trip.
- Check with the State Department for travel warnings relating to your vacation destination. If you are heading into an unstable area make sure the local embassy knows you are there and that you know how to find said embassy.
- Be aware of the fact that hygiene differs dramatically between countries. Carry some basic medications for common concerns such as dysentery, diarrhea and infection. Find out in advance what precautions are necessary regarding the water and food, and follow them.
- Get any necessary inoculations well in advance of your trip.
- Take good walking shoes. This basic seems to elude many travelers who end up sore and unhappy after a couple of days of sightseeing.
- Pack appropriately. Layers are always good to have; even tropical nights can be cool. Easy to wash materials, at least one modest outfit, a hat and sunglasses will go far toward insuring your comfort and health.
- Bring your Medicines. Pack all of your usual medicines in their original prescription bottles; this is especially important for any controlled substances such as pain killers. Make sure you bring more than you need for the trip, just in case you get delayed. You should also bring along some basics such as acetaminophen and antacids.
- Plan ahead. If you are setting off on a trip where you will be walking several miles a day and you don’t normally engage in this activity, start training before you go. Being sore is not much fun.
- Eat right. Beyond the issues presented by unusual foods, make an effort to eat properly when on the road. Fast food, sugary sodas and salty snacks will make everyone cranky after a while. Fruits, vegetables and nuts are much healthier and will leave you plenty of opportunities to indulge guilt free.
- Don’t deprive yourself of sleep. Plan to get enough sleep at least most of the time. Lack of sleep weakens your immune system and leaves you more likely to make poor decisions.
Are you Ready to Enjoy Yourself?
There are many different types of travelers; some plan everything, others plan nothing, and most fall somewhere in between. Know what kind of traveler you are, and set up your trip accordingly. Here are some tips to help you make your trip more enjoyable.
- Take some books out of the library and find out what you can do or see wherever you might be going.
- Learn a few key phrases if you are traveling abroad.
- Go online and check travel websites for tips and reviews.
- Find out if there are any restrictions on dress, behavior or social interactions.
Knowing a bit about your destination, regardless of how you like to travel will make your trip more enjoyable.
It doesn’t take much effort to plan for vacation success. With these tips you can feel confident that no matter where the road takes you, you will have a good and safe time.
Elizabeth is a freelance writer for a credit card and insurance comparison website and a weight training website. She enjoys watching people enjoy their vacations, and periodically she enjoys some of her own.