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Health & Travel
This simple guide is designed to give you confidence to know that should you ever get ill or injured while traveling, you'll know what to do.
Before You Travel
TRAVEL PROTECTION & INSURANCE
We strongly recommend travel insurance to help if the unexpected happens like lost luggage, delays, cancellations, medical issues, or accidents. We have sent thousands of guests traveling around the world, and we have not had a single person regret buying travel insurance. However, there have been many who regretted NOT having it when the unexpected happened.
Over the course of the pandemic, many travel insurance companies have expanded or adapted their coverage related to COVID-19. If purchasing insurance specifically for COVID-19 concerns, make sure to carefully review and understand your policy. One thing to consider is whether the policy covers additional expenses in the event you need to quarantine (and change your travel plans) due to a positive COVID test. It is important to know that “Cancel for Any Reason” (CFAR) coverage is the only type of policy that covers fear of travel due to COVID-19.
The associated costs (hotel room, food, and flight changes) can get expensive, but these costs may be covered by insurance. We strongly encourage every traveler to consider travel insurance. This has proven to be a worthwhile investment for guests who have tested positive. Let us know if you have questions
VACCINATION & TESTING
It is a new world post global pandemic, and extra precautions remain in place throughout the world pertaining to travel. These protocols vary but can be found in all airlines, cruise lines, hotels, restaurants, bus companies, and the historic sites we visit.
Each guest not only needs to be responsible for his or her own health but also for the collective health of the group. For the best chance of enjoying a healthy tour, we ask our tour members to follow the guidelines for your tour.
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASK GUIDANCE
For many, the public protocols of COVID-19 have greatly diminished or even been discontinued. However, there are still some areas of society and the world that continue to have protective health protocols in place, and we honor those requirements when visiting those locations. If you start feeling ill while traveling with us, we recommend you wear a face mask, especially when traveling on the tour bus and where social distancing is difficult. This is a courtesy to your fellow travelers. Some travel companies may still require guests to wear face masks.
CHOOSE YOUR DSP (DESIGNATED SUPPORT PERSON)
If by chance, you or someone in your group becomes ill during the trip or requires medical care, please have a plan for who in your group will stay back with the ill person as their “Designated Support Person.” This person acts as an advocate for the ill person for the purposes of medical care and traveling home.
PLEASE NOTE: Airlines, cruise lines, guides, and buses are not permitted to wait for guests for any reason, including medical issues. Whether you opt to rejoin the group or decide to return home, travel arrangements will be at your own expense (This is one of the main reasons we encourage purchasing travel insurance, as it will cover your travel arrangements in these situations).
MAKE TRAVEL INSURANCE WORK
Travel insurance is a financial lifesaver, when used properly. To make certain you get the most from your travel insurance benefits, do the following:
Bring your travel insurance policy and contact information with you on your trip
Keep your receipts for your payments for:
Flight changes or other flight fees
Any needs / medical care while in quarantine
Submit your receipts to your travel insurance company. (You may expect expenses from $200-300 per person per day. Make sure your insurance can cover that.)
AIRLINE SUPPORT NUMBERS
ALASKA - 1 (800) 252-7522
AMERICAN - 1 (800) 433-7300
BRITISH AIR - 1 (800) 247-9297
DELTA AIRLINES - 1 (800) 221-1212
JETBLUE - 1 (800) 538-2583
SOUTHWEST - 1 (800) 531-5600
UNITED U.S. - 1 (800) 426-1122
VIRGIN - 1 (800) 862-8621
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