Backpacking is great fun and often turns out to be one of the biggest adventures upon which a young person can embark. But going on a journey doesn’t always go as smoothly as planned, so you need to prepare accordingly to minimize glitches. One way to do so is to make sure you get a good travel policy to cover potential problems that may arise during the course of your adventure. There are myriad providers that offer single trip insurance plans, most of which come with flexible terms and affordable prices. But you need to think beyond the price you pay up front to what else you need to do after you’ve purchased a package. Consider the following.Evaluate Value for MoneyThere are typical activities that many backpackers take on, and many single trip insurance providers take the initiative to clarify what goes into the policy, including terms when it comes to travel period. Pay attention to little details such as these, because if you misunderstand, you could end up paying a higher price in the end. On the other hand, just because a plan is affordable doesn’t necessarily mean it will give you the value for money you are looking for. The bottom line is you need a plan that will provide coverage for the relevant areas and concerns specific to your travel plans. That’s the only real way you will get your money’s worth.Disclose All Relevant InformationParticularly when you’re travelling internationally, it is crucial to disclose information relevant to getting your single trip insurance plan – such as medical conditions. There are providers who may not cover pre-existing conditions, but it is not wise to keep information like that to yourself, because you’re the one who is going to suffer the consequences later. If you withhold vital information about your health, you could end up either paying a higher fee or not getting your claim paid at all.Make Multiple Copies of Documents and ReceiptsWhen you travel, of course you’re not planning on something bad happening to you just so you can make an insurance claim! But when it comes down to it and if you do have to claim, you’ll need to have all the necessary documents and receipts to make the process efficient. Many providers have strict policies when it comes to terms and conditions and you must meet all their requirements or risk not having your claim paid. If you take out a single trip insurance plan, you need to hold on to all your receipts, ATM slips, and make multiple copies of travel documents. Keep them organized in a folder and make sure that you always have them on your person.
Traveling internationally is a very different experience from domestic travel. In the same way, moving trade show displays across international borders is very different from domestic shipping procedures. As you have probably discovered, commercial trade show booth shipping can be a challenge even within your own country. Once you move overseas, you have to add extra time for the foreign government’s restrictions and added possible delays. These guidelines will help you achieve the fastest movement with the least hassle.Check Each Country’s RegulationsThe most important thing to remember about international shipping is that every single country will have their own regulations covering things that enter or leave its borders. Some countries may have treaties with your own nation that are designed to expedite entrance and exit, but some will not. The best resources for determining what your trade show displays will encounter is your own country’s Department of State and the foreign customs office. Your Department of State will tell you exactly what countries you may enter, and what (if any) treaties you have with them. They will also warn you of any known travel dangers and associated problems. The foreign customs office will probably not be so user-friendly, but can be a helpful source of information nonetheless.Explore Visa Requirements EarlyIf you are taking your trade show exhibits to another country, you might be considered as engaging in business in that country’s borders, and might thus require a special visa. Visas are typically obtained by visiting the other country’s embassy or a special Consulate General, depending on your location. Guidelines for obtaining a visa are typically available on the destination country’s website, but you may also be able to learn more by contacting your Department of State.Keep in mind that visas can take a long time to be approved and may cost money. You will likely need one for every staff member you take with you for your trade show exhibits, and you will have to pay separately for each. In addition, some countries may require you to obtain a visa no matter what the reason for your travel. There is no general rule here; the only way to know for sure is to check on a case-by-case basis.Bringing Your Trade Show Booth On The Plane May Be EasierSome countries may choose to hold a shipped item for observation or processing, and might even tax its first entry into the country. For this reason, many exhibitors will bring their trade show displays as a carryon whenever possible. Carryon items and checked luggage are subject to search by customs agents and possible scans in the airport, but won’t usually have the hassle that can accompany shipped trade show exhibits. Although a very large booth cannot be moved this way, if your unit is small enough that air travel is feasible, it is almost universally the best idea for international travel.If you are aware of the potential challenges, traveling internationally with your trade show booth can be a hassle-free and very rewarding experience. You gain international exposure for your products, and you’re also able to interact with a corner of your industry and market that you rarely get to see. While this kind of journey can be a somewhat expensive prospect, the reward usually more than makes up for the costs.
Have you ever packed your bags, headed to the airport, and then were told the worst news of your day? “We’re sorry, but your flights are cancelled for today due to severe weather conditions.” This is a nightmare to be the one in this circumstance, but it is good to remain calm and thank God that you are not in the nightmare that you could be in if your flights were operating when conditions are not ideal.First of all, safety is the number one priority of the airlines. If conditions are not safe, you will not be able to fly. Yes, it is inconvenient, but how much more terrible would it be if you were to fly through the bad weather and have problems while you are on your flight!? Yikes! The airlines do many things to assure the safety of passengers, even de-icing the runway and the outer surface of the plane in order to keep flights running on time. If a flight is delayed due to the weather, it is usually because something severe is going on, and it is best to allow the airline to re-accommodate you on the next safest flight to get you to your destination safely.So, what do you do if you are one of the “not-so-happy” few who have a compromised flight schedule? If you are told that your flight is cancelled or if a delay has caused you to miss a connecting flight, your first step is to go to the airport ticketing counter and wait to see what they can do for you to re-route you to your final destination. Calling your travel agent is a good idea and they can give you advice, but the first thing to do is to ask the airline to protect your flights while you are still at the airport. Make sure that they provide you with a new confirmation number for your flights, as well as a flight schedule. Your travel agent can also help you if you need to make a voluntary change. However, by the time you are at the airport, the airline is the one who needs to reschedule you in most cases since they will have access to do much more with your booking, even using carriers not on your ticket, to help you. You should NOT have to pay for anything that the airline does to protect you to your final destination. You would only pay if you decide that you want to go with something outside of what the airline is willing to do. This is called a voluntary change, and sometimes can require you to purchase a whole new ticket depending on your specific travel needs.Yes, these delays can and do happen. In fact, just this week as I am typing this, we have had at least three families with travel delays due to the winter storms and ice, causing significant delays and schedule changes. It is best to purchase a good travel insurance policy up to the day before you travel, and also make sure you allow extra time to get to your destination if you are traveling during the winter months when storms and delays are more common. In the business of Adoption Travel, we see families who need to travel on late notice for international court dates, and sometimes families traveling do not have advance notice and can be stuck with travel delays causing them to miss very important court dates to bring their children home from all over the world. With Adoption Travel, it is very important to purchase a good travel insurance policy, which can cover you for things like flight delays and cancellations. Travel insurance is always a good idea to have for those catastrophic events that can and sometimes do happen.Whether you are traveling to Adopt a child internationally, or just to take a trip across the ocean for leisure travel, please keep these things in mind so that you don’t find yourself caught unprepared in an unexpected weather delay. Oh, and if you are traveling internationally, always pack some extra clothes in your carry on baggage just in case you are re-routed and forced to stay overnight in an airport. It always feels much better when you have a fresh set of clothes and necessary TSA approved toiletry items to keep with you for that freshening up that you will need if you are delayed for hours.I hope this information has been helpful and please be sure to keep safety as your number one priority during the winter travel season.Safe Travels,