Tuesday, September 16, 2008
A century ago, a traveling hobo could wrap all his belongings into a red bandana, tie that onto a stick, and sneak onto a train for the ride of his life. And decades ago, a traveling hippie could just swing his ratty backpack on a bus and ride off into the distance. Not anymore! Traveling isn't that slow and easy (and safe) anymore. Today, I cannot fathom traveling long distances without the security of travel insurance girding our trip. And people no longer bring a red bandana and some underclothes-- we "modern" travelers often bring our digital cameras, clothing, cell phones, laptops, and all the gadgets that go with them. These things are expensive, and insuring them is an excellent security. So travel insurance is practically a necessity, especially for foreign travel.
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I am not much of a risk-taker. Someday I really, really want to see Europe, but I would never exclude travel insurance from my plans. There are just too many unpredictables in this day and age. Travel safely!