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Survival Techniques From Survival Expert Creek Stewart

Creating a bug-out bag for your home and car in case of emergency makes a lot of sense but Creek Stewart has great tips for things you should always include when you travel, things that might save your life as well as just make life more comfortable. And he has soem persuasive ideas for why it’s wise to travel with checked baggage especially when planning an active adventure trip.


Hurricanes and Earthquakes Make Travel Insurance A Good Idea

Daniel Durazo of Access America a leading travel insurance company shares with Paul and Elizabeth the pitfalls to avoid in choosing travel insurance and why travel insurance makes sense in today’s fast-changing world. Need to be evacuated in the middle of a crises? Dan shares his expertise on medical evacuation policies.

Surviving Earthquakes Isn’t All Luck

We’ve gathered some tips from experts in the field of survival and from our own experience. What to do in an earthquake depends on circumstances since each differs but there are some things to do to increase your chances of personal calamity.


Be Prepared For Travel Emergencies Overseas

With the continuing political upheaval taking place overseas, it’s more important than ever to be prepared to deal with travel emergencies.

Here are some possible steps to take. Each and every emergency situation is different and possibly changing by the day — along with who the official authorities are. You will need creative and thoughtful responses but preparation will often make the difference between safety and danger.

PREPARE AN EXIT PLAN: Learn how to get to the airport in at least one and preferably two different ways. And don’t just think about flying. Rail routes, ships, and even cars can provide alternate ways out. We’ve even heard of people walking to safety. See what we mean about creativity?

Here are some other things to keep in mind:

  • Pack an Emergency Kit. Ours includes a small flashlight, some bandages, antiseptic wipes, and food, such as energy bars. Pack a solar charger for your cell phone, in case electricity is out.
  • Have Contingency Plans. Discuss with your travel companions ahead of time what to do in an emergency. Have a place to meet, in case you’re separated, and leave your itinerary and contact information with a friend at home who can act as a point person.
  • Emergency Contact Methods: Egypt shut down Twitter and Facebook and much of the internet early in the demonstrations. Later, some internet was restored. Cell phone reception was spotty at times and non-existent at other times. Carry landline phone numbers with you and remember, if you can, how to dial an old fashioned phone. They usually work when all else fails.
  • Keep Important Contacts Handy. Program critical information, such as passport number and contact information for your travel agent, airlines, hotels, and cruise lines into your smart phone or keep them on a flash drive. Also keep photocopies. Include information about any loyalty program you belong to, for rebooking flights or hotel rooms. If cell phone service is weak, text.
  • Buy Travel Insurance. Trip cancellation, trip interruption, and trip delay insurance can reimburse you for your nonrefundable prepaid travel expenses if you cancel or interrupt your trip due to a host of unforeseen circumstances. But buy the insurance when you book your trip, or at least within two weeks of booking. If you’ve already booked a trip to Egypt, you can’t buy insurance now that will cover the current protests.
  • Use a Travel Agent. When unforeseen incidents occur, your travel agent can rebook for you. They have relationships with airlines, hotels, and cruise companies that can be very useful in times of emergency. And remember what we said about internet agencies. Fine when the internet is working but what if it isn’t?
  • Always check out the U.S. Department Of State website: www.travel.state.gov
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Traveling After A Disaster

Can tourism help Haiti recover?

When disaster strikes, does tourism dry up? Lonely Planet’s Paul Klamer joins us to talk about the impact of disaster on Haiti’s tourism based economy.

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If disaster strikes, it pays to be prepared …

Having a plan on what to do in a disaster makes good sense at home or abroad.

Having a plan on what to do in a disaster makes good sense at home or abroad.

Here’s a few tips …