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TRAVEL INSURANCE: Should You Buy It?

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TRAVEL INSURANCE: Should You Buy It?

A reader emailed me recently with the following question: "I’m taking my first overseas vacation in a couple of weeks. Should I purchase travel insurance?" It's a question I hear often from travelers, so I thought it would be helpful to share the conversation.

To get an answer from someone who knows travel insurance well, I reached out to John W. Cook an industry expert at QuoteWright.com, a travel insurance comparison website. 

Here's what he recommends:

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".
NEW YEAR'S TRAVEL RESOLUTIONS: How Will You Travel Smarter in 2015?

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NEW YEAR'S TRAVEL RESOLUTIONS: How Will You Travel Smarter in 2015?

Do you return home from a vacation resolved to learn from your travels and to navigate your next adventure with a little more wisdom than your last? I do. But resolutions take practice and require consistent attention. Who hasn’t experienced the fierce surge of a New Year’s resolution, only to feel it fade away to a faint tickle of desire until eventually, it is forgotten? 

A few weeks ago, travel expert Wendy Perrin asked professional wanderers, like myself, to share their travel resolutions for 2015. If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to use your vacation days to travel—and to make every trip truly count—you’ll find inspiration in the collection of ideas that she published...

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".
Love at First Sight? Vacation Spots People Visit—And Never Leave.

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Love at First Sight? Vacation Spots People Visit—And Never Leave.

Do you fall in love with the places you visit? Do dream of starting a new life abroad? Then you may—or may not—want to check out my latest article for Yahoo Travel, Never-Ending Vacation: 8 Great Places to Become an Expatan insider's list of vacation spots that are most likely to inspire you to throw caution out the window, settle in, and never look back.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".
How to Live and Work Abroad: An Unconventional Approach

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How to Live and Work Abroad: An Unconventional Approach

Here’s the thing: Living the American Dream is expensive.

If your income is unpredictable or fixed, as it is for self-employed and retired Americans like my husband Hank and me, the financial weight of home ownership and a rising cost-of-living can feel overwhelming and render travel an unaffordable luxury you once enjoyed. 

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".
IS HOSTELING FOR YOU? Myth-Busting Tips and Packing Must-Haves.

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IS HOSTELING FOR YOU? Myth-Busting Tips and Packing Must-Haves.

I asked my 22-year-old niece, just back from summer travels in Europe, to give us the inside scoop on hosteling. Learn her list of myth-busting tips and packing must-haves.

AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO HOSTELING 

by Madeleine Clute 

My first foray into hosteling was at the end of high school when some friends and I took a road trip to Quebec, Canada, and it’s been my preferred method of seeing new places since. Most recently, my friend Elizabeth and I traveled on students’ budgets for 30-days in Europe, spanning 10 cities and 8 countries,  primarily staying in hostels

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".