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Summer Is Just Around the Corner

Planning a Safe Family Vacation

With winter behind us, many of us are now planning our annual family vacation.  According to the U.S. Travel Association, the top leisure travel activities for U.S.domestic travelers are, (1) visiting relatives, (2) shopping, (3) visiting friends, (4) fine dining, and (5) visiting beaches.  Also, in 2017, 28% of domestic leisure travelers traveled with children under the age of 18 (that is 408.5 million trips).  We all want our family vacations to go perfectly, but even with the best intentions, things can happen.  Ticket mishaps, delays, schedule changes, auto accidents, and more can cause your vacation to be ruined.

Vacation Pre-Planning

A little work in advance can help reduce the likelihood of bad things happening on your vacation.  Here are some things to consider before you leave home:

  • Make sure all your insurance is paid and up to date.  Having your auto insurance lapse due to non-payment would not be a good thing while you are driving to Disneyworld.
  • Do not take all your credit cards with you.  Take only the ones you will need.
  • Create an itinerary of where you are planning to be and on what date. Give this to a neighbor or relative.
  • Make copies of passports if traveling out of the country. Give a copy to a relative or friend.
  • Never wear anything that projects affluence (i.e. gold chains, expensive watches, rings, high-end luggage, or other paraphernalia).  It is best to leave your expensive jewelry at home.
  • Never put your home address on your luggage tags. Write your phone number instead.
  • Wait until you get home to post your vacation pictures on social media. Facebook is a goldmine for burglars.
  • Always lock your car, and never leave anything of value inside.
  • Do not use wireless networks in cafes or coffee shops.
  • Be aware of animals.  In some foreign countries, people will place a monkey on your shoulder and make you to pay to get it off!
  • You will need special auto insurance if you plan to drive into Mexico.
  • Separate your money so your spouse has a portion and you keep a portion.
  • Do you really want your first motorcycle ride to be in Mexico? Do not rent equipment or vehicles with which you are not familiar.

 

We offer commercial and personal insurance to ensure that you are protected from catastrophe.  Our staff is dedicated to providing all of our clients with complete coverage at the best rates our companies can offer.  Our years of experience and education allow us to guide our clients in making well-informed decisions regarding their insurance needs.

 

Call us today and let us help protect what is important to you. Insurance specialists at Innovative Insurance Services LLC serve to help you coordinate an insurance program that determines the best coverage options for your needs – for benefits and quality discounts that help you save. What does this mean for you? By combining home and auto policies, you may be eligible to receive money-saving discounts, a guaranteed full-year policy term for your car, On Your Side® insurance protection, 24-hour Customer and Claim service, and more.