Five summer travel tips

HOUSTON, TX - With the summer travel season in full swing, AIG Travel today shared tips for planning summer travel.

Five summer travel tips

HOUSTON, TX – With the summer travel season in full swing, AIG Travel today shared tips for planning summer travel.

• Check your passport’s expiration date. If your passport is scheduled to expire within six months, some airlines may not let you board and some countries will not let you enter. In the US, routine renewal applications typically are processed within four to six weeks, but expedited options are available at an additional cost.

• Research your intended destination. Be aware of seasonal, political and environmental conditions that may result in trip delays. For example, high-speed trains in Europe can be an enjoyable and efficient way to explore, but strikes by rail workers are not uncommon and are usually announced in advance, so have a backup plan.

Know routes and timetables of regional trains and your options for spending additional sightseeing time or even another night at your destination.

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• Learn about recommended immunizations for your destination from reputable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and schedule vaccination appointments well in advance to ensure you’re protected before your journey begins. Keep in mind some vaccinations take time to be effective and some must be administered in a series over several days or weeks. Consider visiting a travel immunization clinic, whose team may be more up to date than your primary care doctor on vaccinations for foreign destinations. Remember to check with your health insurance plan to determine your coverage and costs.

• Plan ahead for water safety. Water sports are a favorite summer vacation pastime, so if you or your family can benefit from age-appropriate swimming lessons, a boater safety session, or a refresher scuba diving course, look into options and consider the price to be part of your vacation budget. Consider enrolling in a CPR course, too; your training may not be called upon this summer, but it may benefit you and your loved ones long after the memories of your summer vacation have faded.

• Consider trip insurance. For a small percentage of the cost of a summer vacation, a travel insurance policy can cover many unforeseen situations like trip cancellation or interruption, baggage delay or loss, or medical emergencies while traveling.

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