WARWICK, RI, May 24, 2011— With Memorial Day weekend and the official start of summer on the horizon, many are planning their fun in the sun family vacations now. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, family vacations are on the rise this year with 83% of respondents planning to take at least one family vacation compared to 79% in 2010.
“People love to travel and explore the world and the economy will not stop them from taking their much beloved trips,” explains Jim Grace, President and CEO of InsureMyTrip.com. “But after you book a trip with the kids to Disney World or a family cruise to the Caribbean, don’t just pack some sunscreen, remember to protect your important journeys with comprehensive travel insurance as well.
“For many people, buying travel insurance is the most unfamiliar and maybe least exciting part of planning your travels,” observes Grace, “but without a doubt, it is also one of the best things you can do to protect your vacation investment and your personal well-being.” Travel insurance provides coverage for a wide-range of common travel risks including trip cancellation (if you have to cancel), trip interruption (your travels are brought to an unexpected and premature end), medical coverage (you need international coverage or to augment your current health benefits), and medical evacuation protection (air ambulance service).
The average price of a comprehensive package policy, the most popular plan for traveling families, is between 4 and 8 percent of the total trip cost; a fraction of the pre-paid, non-refundable fees at stake if you have to cancel or your trip is interrupted in some way. “Understandably, no one wants to think about vacation mishaps or what could go wrong but that’s exactly what you have to do,” says Grace. “Plan ahead and be prepared and let travel insurance protect you from the unexpected.”
Noting that the TripAdvisor survey also ranks beach destinations, city trips, amusement/theme parks, cultural trips, and camping/outdoors as the top five types of trips families will be taking in 2011, Grace stresses the importance of protecting all your summertime travels. “No matter where you go or what you do, every vacation is an investment of your time and money. Travel insurance is emotional peace of mind so you can R&R worry-free.”
At InsureMyTrip.com you can review, rate, compare, analyze and purchase travel insurance from all the leading U.S. travel insurance companies in a completely secure environment. To learn more about the protection plans that best suit your vacation travel needs, visit us online at www.insuremytrip.com or call (800) 487-4722 to speak with a licensed travel insurance professional. Whether you simply need one question answered or want step-by-step assistance selecting coverage that’s right for you, InsureMyTrip’s expert Customer Care representatives are available to help seven days a week, 365 days a year. For all the latest in travel insurance information, connect with us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@insuremytrip).
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