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Safeguard Your Summer with Insurance

It's finally here! The winter blues are gone, the sun is out, and you're finally ready to take that trip you've been planning for since the year started. Whether you're flying to your dream destination or hopping in the car for a cross-country road trip, making sure you have the proper insurance along the way can help you keep your summer travel dreams from melting away. 

Travel Insurance

Sometimes, things don't always go according to plan. Maybe you or a family member gets sick before the trip even starts, or your trip is cut short due to unexpected circumstances like severe weather. Unforeseen circumstances can cause the summer blues, but travel insurance can protect your much-needed travel plans, giving you peace of mind knowing your trip and experiences are safe from the unexpected. 
So, what does travel insurance cover? Depending on the coverage you select, your policy may cover medical emergencies you experience while traveling, including hospitalization, emergency medical treatments, doctor visits, and medical evacuations. It can also cover travel delays or help replace valuable items in your luggage if it's lost or misplaced during your travels. And, in extreme circumstances, it can even cover the financial loss you may experience if you need to cancel your trip or if you need to cut your trip short due to illness, death in the family, natural disasters, or other emergencies. In this circumstance, travel insurance typically reimburses non-refundable expenses like flights, accommodation, and pre-booked activities. Lastly, it can also provide travelers with personal liability insurance, which protects travelers in case they cause property damage or bodily harm to others while on their trip.
One of the best ways to purchase travel insurance is through the company you're booking with. Whether it's a flight through a major airline, a hotel reservation, or even a reservation through Airbnb or Vrbo, purchasing your travel insurance while making your reservations makes protecting your dream vacation an all-in-one process. 
Rental Car Insurance 
If you're hopping on a flight this summer, chances are you'll be renting a car when you arrive at your destination. As you're at the checkout counter about to be handed the shiny keys to your rental, the agent may ask you, "Would you like to purchase an additional insurance policy on the vehicle?"
Before saying yes, it's important to do your research prior to traveling to determine if purchasing an additional policy is necessary for you. Consider the following options: 
  • Check the details of your current auto insurance policy. Some auto insurance providers will extend your coverage to rental cars, reducing the need for additional rental car insurance.
  • Do you have a credit card? Certain credit cards, such as Chase, American Express, and Capital One, offer rental car insurance as a cardholder benefit. Be sure to review the terms and conditions of your credit card to determine if you're eligible for this coverage.
  • A personal umbrella policy may offer you coverage, too. It may provide excess liability coverage that extends to rental cars. Verify the details of your policy to ensure you're adequately protected.
By not having to purchase the additional rental car insurance policy, you can splurge on that restaurant you want to go to, add another fun excursion to your agenda, or take yourself on a local shopping trip. 

Additional Summer Travel Tips

While making sure you are insurance-ready for your trip is important, you can ensure you are well-protected while you travel with some additional tasks, such as:

  • Make copies of your important documents before you travel. Misplacing a passport or photo ID can cause a hiccup in your travel plans. Having a copy of your important documents can help you navigate the situation if it occurs. 
  • Research your destination before you start your journey. Particularly if you're exploring a new country, it's important to understand the culture and customs prior to your trip. While this will help keep you safe, it will also ensure you're getting the most out of your experience! 
  • If you're heading out for a long road trip, have your car serviced before you leave. Making sure your vehicle is safe will make your trip even more enjoyable. 
  • Contact your bank or credit card company before you head out of town letting them know your travel dates, destinations, and route. This will ensure you're able to use your cards throughout your trip without any fear of your charges being denied or your cards being frozen due to suspicious activity. 
  • And last but not least, our exciting and much-anticipated trips and vacations can throw us off our routine. Be sure to factor in some rest and relaxation while you're exploring, pack all necessary medications and supplements, and stay hydrated to fight the summer heat! 

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