Sunday, January 31, 2010

Stay Safe and Prevent Mishaps on Your Summer Vacation. USA, LLC

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SAN DIEGO, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- CSA Travel Protection, a company dedicated to providing affordable travel insurance and emergency assistance services, offers important travel safety reminders to ensure smooth sailing - or driving, flying, hiking or scuba diving, for that matter - when taking the "Great American" summer vacation.

According to a recent survey by the U.S. Travel Association, more than half (54 percent) of American households plan to take at least one leisure trip this summer. While many experienced travelers know the ins and outs of safe travel, CSA offers the following tips for everyone to help keep them safe and protected from mishaps on their next trip.

1. Create a meeting schedule, and a Plan B. When traveling with a group,
make sure everyone agrees on a meeting place at a designated time
before and after outings. If, in the event, someone becomes separated,
agree to always meet at a "base camp," like your hotel or campground
2. Your camera is your friend. In many ways. Your camera isn't just a tool
for creating memories of your trip. It is also the perfect device for
helping you if lost and to document pre-rental conditions. Take a
picture of your hotel or landmarks to help you later if astray, or snap
shots of each side of your rental car before leaving the lot to prove
any damage that may exist before taking possession.
3. Back up everything, and make it accessible from anywhere. Copy, scan or
take pictures of important documents - such as your driver's license,
passport, credit cards, travel insurance policy and other travel
documents - and email the images to your web-based email account. This
way you can access them from anywhere in case of loss or theft.
4. How's the weather out there? Besides having to worry about what kind of
clothes to pack (hint: layers), review often the weather forecast for
your destination. Do you really want to drive through heavy rain in a
town of which you are unfamiliar? Also understand that area's
propensity for hurricanes, wildfires, flooding or other natural
disaster so you are prepared before leaving.
5. Use your travel insurance provider's assistance hotline, and keep the
number with you at all times. Nearly all travel insurance plans include
24-hour, worldwide emergency assistance services. If something happens,
you're not alone. These experts can help with just about any situation,
from finding a dentist in Venice in the middle of the night, to helping
replace a lost passport, to assisting with travel arrangements if you
miss your flight.
6. Avoid carrying excessive amounts of money and multiple credit cards.
Also keep a back-up credit card in case you are a victim of theft or
lose your card.
7. Put a vacation hold through the U.S. Postal Service. Your mail can be
held at your local post office until you can pick it up or are home to
receive it. Not only will you help thwart potential burglars, but you
may also protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft.
8. Don't let your guard down when you are in your hotel. Take advantage of
in-room or front-desk safes by locking up passports, credit cards, and
other important documents.
9. Read your cruise ship's inspection report before booking. The Vessel
Sanitation Program at the Centers for Disease Control and others
regularly inspect ships for cleanliness, repair, food preparation and
storage, water quality, hygiene, and pest management, for example. Read
your ship's report ahead of time to make sure it has a healthy track

10. It's Hurricane Season; be prepared. Check with the hotel or property
manager before booking to determine what type of policy is offered
during your stay in the event of a storm. Is there a "hurricane
guarantee" or other policy that will guarantee a refund of the cost of
your stay, as well as any potential property damage if you are forced
to cancel or evacuate due to a hurricane? Also check the National
Hurricane Center for the latest on approaching storms.

Travel insurance provides an added layer of protection against unforeseen events such as medical emergencies, natural disasters and theft. It also safeguards against trip cancellations such as job loss and health-related incidents of non-traveling family members. Even the best-planned vacations can be turned upside down by unforeseen circumstances.

Vacationers ready to take that trip this summer can find out more about the benefits of travel insurance from their travel agent.

About CSA Travel Protection

CSA Travel Protection is a fully licensed travel insurance administrator dedicated to providing affordable travel insurance and emergency assistance services. CSA Travel Protection plans are underwritten by Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company and United States Fire Insurance Company. Both are rated "Excellent" by A.M. Best. Since its inception in 1991, CSA has built its reputation on standing behind its customers and evolving its convenience, security and assistance products and services to meet traveler needs. Through superior customer service and industry-leading innovation and common-sense coverage, CSA is with its clients every step of the way, whenever and wherever they are needed.

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CONTACT: Jennifer Wilbur of Rockstar Communications, +1-619-501-3949,, for CSA Travel Protection

Source Citation
"Stay Safe and Prevent Mishaps on Your Summer Vacation." PR Newswire 11 June 2009. Academic OneFile. Web. 31 Jan. 2010. .

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