The US Travel Insurance Association (UStiA) has developed a new web resource TRIP— trip.ustia.org— designed to provide helpful information for anyone planning a trip. The TRIP acronym stands for “Travel Responsibly, Informed and Protected” with a motto of, “Empowering you to travel safely.” The site offers useful articles, tips and links on various aspects of staying healthy, safe, and secure while traveling and will be valuable to consumers and their agents.
Among the questions the site asks and answers are concerns of international travelers:
* What happens if you lose your passport?
* How can you navigate an airline strike or civil unrest?
* What shouldn’t you eat or drink?
* What vaccinations should you have?
* Should you always register with the U.S. Embassy?
The TRIP site is organized into three main sections -- Travel Health, Travel Safety and Travel Security. Travelers can navigate between articles and quick tips on a variety of topics, from altitude sickness to traveling with a pet.
Tips include how to avoid identity theft, what to do if you need legal assistance abroad, and how to minimize jet lag. Visitors to the site will also find links to helpful resources such as all U.S. Embassies, as well as traveler services provided 24/7 by the U.S. Department of State, plus visa and document services, currency exchange, weather and flight information.
Travelers are encouraged to check the TRIP web site for the latest information on rules and regulations that may affect them. TRIP information is updated regularly and also encourages feedback from readers.
UStiA is a non-profit association of insurance carriers and allied businesses involved in the development, administration and marketing of travel insurance and assistance.