WARWICK, RI, October 16, 2006—Mother Nature can be a powerful force to reckon with as witnessed yesterday in Hawaii where a 6.6 magnitude earthquake blocked a major highway, damaged several hotels, and stranded thousands of visiting tourists.  This leaves many travelers today wondering how they can prepare for the unpredictable.  The answer: plan ahead and protect your trips with travel insurance.

“No matter where you travel or when you travel,  its is a prudent investment to purchase travel insurance  for peace-of-mind protection against numerous travel-related risks,” explains Peter Evans, Executive Vice President of  Trip Cancellation insurance is the best way to protect your travel investment against unforeseen events such as earthquakes and other natural disasters. Policies provide coverage for:

  • total cessation of travel
  • travel delay due to airport closures and suspended airline operations
  • destinations made uninhabitable

Additionally, Trip Cancellation Package Policies also provide coverage for trip interruption, baggage, medical and medical evacuation.

After a natural disaster occurs, significant efforts are focused on the restoration of the transportation infrastructure which means that your trip destination can usually be accessed soon after a natural catastrophic event. But what if the resort or rental property you’re visiting has sustained such significant damage that it is uninhabitable? Last year’s onslaught of natural disasters prompted a swift reaction from several travel insurers  to include coverage for your destination being made uninhabitable. This important coverage is a necessity when you are traveling to earthquake, hurricane, and flood prone areas, and is not shared by all carriers.

Another very important reason to plan ahead is to maximize the complete complement of benefits offered by trip cancellation policies,” states Evans.  Most companies require that you purchase your travel insurance within 7 to 21 days of your initial trip deposit to have the added benefits of financial default protection, pre-existing medical conditions, and in some cases terrorism coverage.”

For travelers who simply want the freedom to choose whether or not to travel, or believe they may need to cancel their travels for reasons not otherwise covered, there is another option as well.     The “Cancel For Any Reason” option, offered by several InsureMyTrip travel insurers, covers 75% of the non-refundable trip cost. “So, whether you have concerns for your personal safety, a last-minute conflict, or merely a lack of interest, this special option means that today’s travelers are free to cancel their impending travels for any reason at all.”

To learn more about the protection plans that best suit your travel needs, visit on-line or call (800) 487-4722 to speak with one of InsureMyTrip’s expert travel insurance professionals. Customer service representatives are available seven days a week, M-F 9 A.M.-9 P.M. & Sat.-Sun. 9 A.M.-5 P.M. ET.

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Established in 2000, is the leading, consumer-oriented on-line travel insurance aggregator worldwide.  Featuring insurance comparisons from the top industry providers, is a unique, one-stop resource designed to meet consumers’ comprehensive travel insurance needs all in a secure environment. also specializes in providing integrated technology solutions for the travel insurance industry, with over 2,000 private-labeled and co-branded travel-related websites around the globe. is headquartered in Warwick, RI with additional offices and data centers in Connecticut and Oregon.


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