Women’s History Month: Celebrating the Past and the Future

This March, people across the nation will celebrate Women’s History Month- a month long holiday celebrating the achievements and contributions of women throughout history across nearly every industry. One does not have to look far to see the influence women have had in medicine, politics, technology, literature and nearly every industry or aspect of society. This month is a time of reflection as much as it is an opportunity to look beyond the glass ceiling and into the future for women. To further continue the social, economic, and professional growth of women, there are countless organizations, events and initiatives. Take a look at our short list for inspiration:

1. Forbes Women’s Summit –June 18th-19th in New York, New York: NYC

“Forbes Women’s Summit celebrates the doers and the doing; a source of inspiration and support that connects and empowers women around the world, helping them to realize their potential and reach new heights.” The Big Apple is once again serving as the backdrop for the annual Forbes Women’s Summit. This empowering event, coming up in 2018 on June 18-19th, opens up the dialogue among its attendees by offering keynote conversations, interviews, and panel discussions that focus on pressing topics. “[T]he Forbes Women’s Summit brings together the voices and insights of a diverse range of female luminaries from the worlds of business, entertainment and politics.” This summit will pull together 300 women, 45% at the ‘C-level’, from across over 20 industries with 27 U.S. states represented.

For more information about the Women’s Summit, click here.

2. Stand Up Lift Up 29th Annual Conference for Women in Business – April 24th in San Francisco, California: Sanfran

The Professional Business Women of California (PBWC)’s Stand Up Lift Up 29th Annual Conference for Women in Business will take place on April 24th in San Francisco, offering attendees opportunities to hear keynote speakers, participate in “cutting-edge” seminars, be involved with panels of experts, and take advantage of networking opportunities. This PBWC conference is an “annual opportunity to reflect, recharge, refocus and renew your commitment to achieving your ambitions and supporting others to achieve theirs.”

For more information about the Stand Up Lift Up 29th Annual Conference for Women in Business, click here.

  3. 2018 Professional Women in Advocacy Conference – October 9th-10th in Washington D.C.:DC

Professional Women in Advocacy (PWIA) focuses on the belief “that when women are involved at the highest levels of policy making, everyone benefits.” PWIA focuses primarily on women who work on various advocacy roles. The organization’s 2018 Professional Women in Advocacy Conference provides “professional development and leadership training to women in all areas of advocacy…” The conference attendees will have the opportunity to listen to a variety of women from across many different industries, including lobbyists, elected officials, and public policy specialists. Topics for these speaking engagements during the conference include a large variety of “how-to topics relevant to legislative and regulatory advocacy.”

To learn more about the 2018 Professional Women in Advocacy Conference, click here.

4. National Women's Business Conference 2018 – September 23rd-25th in Spokane, Washington: Spokane

“Work Well, Live Well” is the theme driving this year’s National Women's Business Conference 2018, taking place on September 23-25th. National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) focuses on representing and “propelling” over the 10.1 million women business owners across the nation and working in all industries. Keynote speakers at this event will include Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic! and Shabnam Mogharab, SoulPancake’s CEO/Executive Producer.

To learn more about the National Women's Business Conference 2018 and/or to register, check out the event’s webpage here.

  5. Twin Cities Women’s Leadership Summit 2018 – June 6th in Minneapolis, Minnesota:Minn

“Women Get Big Things Done.” Put on by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), the Twin Cities Women’s Leadership Summit 2018 will take place on June 6th in Minneapolis. Attendees, consisting primarily of women in or looking to moving into leadership positions, will learn about such concepts as “Connectional Intelligence” - a term referring to a “modern, feminine leadership skill” helping professional in their careers by drawing upon valuable relationship building skills and networking.

To learn more about the Twin Cities Women’s Leadership Summit 2018 and other upcoming NAFE events, click here.

There are many conferences across the nation geared specifically toward the education, development and empowerment of professional women. Wherever you travel to this year, whether for work, professional development or vacation, don’t forget to pack your travel insurance! Find the right policy to fit your needs here.


Celebrating Black History Month Across the Country

February marks Black History Month, a month long celebration of the contributions, accomplishments, and struggles of African Americans throughout history.  Across the nation, there are countless memorials, monuments and historic sites honoring African American culture and influence.  In honor of this celebratory month, Travel Insurance Services has created a short list of travel destinations for the whole family.

1) Martin Luther King National Historical Park – Atlanta, GA EdOnly MLK

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the famed civil rights activist credited for his leadership during the American Civil Rights Movement.  In honor of his life and accomplishments, Martin Luther King National Historic Park is established in his home city of Atlanta, GA, attracting crowds of American as well as international visitors.  The historic site, recently raised up to a National Historic Park status as of 2018, includes the visitor center, Dr. King’s childhood home, his grave site, Ebenezer Baptist Church (where both he and his father served as pastors), "I Have A Dream" World Peace Rose Garden, Fire Station No. 6, the Behold Monument, and The King Center.  According to the National Park Service, the Park is considered a top Atlanta tourist destination.  For more information about the Martin Luther King Historic District, visit the website here. (Photo Editorial credit: Steven Frame / Shutterstock.com)

2) Underground Railroad Heritage Trail – New York EdOnlyPlymouth Church

The Underground Railroad was more than a series of paths leading African Americans northward, it was a physical progression representing the treacherous journey to freedom. Today, that harrowing journey embarked on by countless African Americans is commemorated by the Underground Railroad Heritage Trail located in New York, which was considered a “major destination” for those seeking freedom.  Before hitting the trail, be sure to check out the National Park Service’s National Register Travel Itinerary for a list of museums, memorials, and historic sites on this trail and along similar historic trails in many other states.  As an example, one such historic site is Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims located in Brooklyn, NY. This church was a focal point of the antislavery movement in the years leading up to the Civil War.  For more information about the New York Underground Railroad Heritage Trail, click here. (Photo Editorial credit: Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com)

3) National Civil Rights Museum – Memphis, TN EdOnlyNatCivilRights

The National Civil Rights Museum is an important hub tracing Civil Rights throughout American history, with it’s own brick-and-mortar foundation standing upon history itself.  The museum itself is situated on what was once the Lorraine Motel- the location where world famous activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated in April of 1968.  The National Civil Rights Museum contains 260 artifacts, over 40 films, interactive media exhibits and more.  The numerous exhibitions trace history “from the beginning of the resistance during slavery, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, and the seminal events of the late 20th century that inspired people around the world to stand up for equality," according to the museum’s website.  To learn more about the museum and/or to plan your visit, check out the website here. (Photo Editorial credit: Gino Santa Maria / Shutterstock.com)

EdOnly Mary McLeod Bethune4) Lincoln Park- Washington, D.C

The largest of the Capitol Hill Parks, Lincoln Park celebrates the freeing of African American slaves and the progress of the Civil Rights Movement.  The park is home to the famed Mary McLeod Bethune memorial, which is credited with being the first monument in the nation to honor a black woman in a Washington D.C. public park.  Her memorial shows Mrs. Bethune handing a her legacy to two children.  Additionally, the park’s namesake, President Abraham Lincoln, has a memorial depicting his likeness holding the Emancipation Proclamation before an African American kneeling in front of him donning broken chains.  Today, Lincoln Park is considered a major destination for tourists visiting Washington D.C.  To plan your trip and/or to learn more about the park’s monuments, check out the website. (Photo Editorial credit: Valerii Iavtushenko / Shutterstock.com )

5) Rosa Parks Museum – Montgomery, AL EdOnly Montgomery Bus boycott

Owned and operated by Troy University, the Rosa Parks Museum commemorates the life of American Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks.  Mrs. Parks sparked the start the Montgomery Bus Boycott by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man on December 1, 1955.  She was arrested and found guilty, inciting others to form the movement that would change the legality of segregation on public transport.  Her influence, and that of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, during the Civil Rights Movement was invaluable.  Today the museum’s mission states: “Our mission is to honor her legacy and that of the boycott by providing a platform for scholarly dialogue, civic engagement and positive social change.”  For more information about the museum, visit the website here. (Photo Editorial credit: JNix / Shutterstock.com)

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  PPhillyartmuseumhiladelphia Museum of Art – Philadelphia, PA

Rising above the Schuylkill River, facing the birthplace of the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is an iconic Philadelphia landmark that has gained international recognition.  The third largest art museum in the nation, this museum’s design as it stands today was lead by chief designer and the first African American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s architecture school Julian Abele.  To plan your trip to the museum, visit the website here.  This museum is one of the many reasons USI Affinity is proud to call Philadelphia home! (Photo credit: Samuel Borges Photography / Shutterstock.com)

 

This list is only a snapshot of the numerous parks, monuments, historic sites and memorials nationwide paying homage to Civil Rights activism and African American history.  Wherever you travel, travel with peace of mind knowing that your trip is protected with Travel Insurance Services. Learn more on our website.


A Presidential Tour: Five Historic Sites to Travel to for President’s Day Weekend

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President’s Day is a holiday commemorating the nation’s former and current leaders. From coast to coast, and sea to shining sea, there are hundreds of parks, memorials and the like honoring the national pride and history of the presidential office.  Not sure where to go to really celebrate the long weekend? Check out our list for ideas!

Mt Rushmore1) SOUTH DAKOTA: Rising high above the tree line of the park below, national figureheads George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. They forever look out upon the country they have helped liberate, unite, and develop through both actions and words that continue to influence rising generations. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial, located in South Dakota, is an infamous American landmark and popular historical travel destination, symbolizing not only the nation’s history but also “a promise for the future.” Plan your visit to this national treasure on it’s official website here.  

Monticello2) VIRGINIA: "No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden...But though an old man, I am but a young gardener." Thomas Jefferson is well-known as an American Founding Father, the writer who penned the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States. However, a visit to his plantation home of Monticello presents a glimpse into his life beyond these iconic roles. Located near Charlottesville, Va., The Jefferson Monticello is open to the public for visits and tours, preserving the plantation’s historical integrity as well as educating visitors on the man behind the house. It is famous in part for its historic gardens, which were designed as a sort of showpiece, used to grow food and also dedicated to experimenting with plants from all over the world. Learn more about the home and its gardens here

Lincolnmemorial3) WASHINGTON, D.C.: "In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." These words are carved into the stone that sits above the likeness of President Abraham Lincoln, famed for his role in navigating the country through the Civil War. The Lincoln Memorial is one among countess structures and memorials paying tribute to the accomplishments and lasting influence over the nation shared by its various leaders.  Washington D.C. is the capitol of the United States, as it has been since 1790, housing its presidents and serving as a commonplace to preserve American history. From touring the acclaimed Smithsonian museums to stepping through the doors of U.S. history firsthand at the White House, Washington D.C. has a lot to offer for a weekend getaway.  For more information about the Lincoln Memorial, click here.  To plan your trip to Washington D.C., click here.

Little white house_ga4) GEORGIA: Hidden in away in Warm Springs, Georgia, famed President Franklin Delano Roosevelt erected his getaway home turned historical site, better known as the ’Little White House’.  He traveled first to Warm Springs hoping that the local spring waters would improve his struggle with polio. Though the waters did not serve as a cure, he returned nearly each year to the area and even carried out official political duties at the house. To further mark its presidential significance, John F. Kennedy as a presidential candidate and Jimmy Carter while opening his general election campaign have spoken at the house. Today the Little White House and its pools and springs are a part of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Historic Sites. Next to the house is the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute, serving as a vocational rehabilitation center. For more information about the Little White House, visit the website here.

Regan library5) CALIFORNIA: Nestled on a mountaintop about 45 minutes outside of he Ronald Reagan Presidential Library And Museum The library, administered by the  National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), houses presidential records from its namesake’s administration, including over 60 million pages of documentation and 1.6 million photos. The building itself is a representation of the “shining city on a hill” President Reagan spoke of, according to the library’s website, and is his also his burial site. To learn more about library, click here.

The White House, though physically based in Washington D.C., is rooted in the history of every one of these United States. This list is only a snapshot of the numerous parks, monuments and memorials preserving both the pride and legacy of the U.S. presidential office.  Be sure to check out what presidential historical sites are near you!

Wherever you travel this President’s Day weekend, travel with peace of mind knowing that your trip is protected with Travel Insurance Services. Learn more on our website.


Traveling to South Korea for the Winter Olympics?

A norovirus outbreak is ravaging the Olympic city of Pyeongchang. The outbreak started with workers, but has since spread to journalists and visitors. Make sure to wash your hands and use hand sanitizer to avoid getting this nasty virus.

If you do get ill, make sure you have a travel medical plan to cover your care in South Korea: http://www.travelinsure.com/


The Anatomy of a Travel Plan: Emergency Medical Evacuation and Repatriation of Remains

This is the second in our series of posts dissecting travel protection plans so you can better understand these often mysterious products. Each post will focus on one benefit of the plan, explaining what exactly that benefit covers and sharing real-life applications when possible so you can understand the value of that particular benefit.

Pretty much any travel protection plan you purchase – whether it’s a comprehensive trip cancellation plan or a more specific medical plan – will include coverage for emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of remains. These coverages are intended for unpleasant situations that travelers probably don’t want to think about, but in the event that the unthinkable should occur, this coverage can save travelers or their families thousands of dollars in expenses.

What is the Emergency Medical Evacuation and Repatriation of Remains part of travel protection plans, anyway?

Emergency Medical Evacuation benefits are triggered when you need to be transported to another medical facility or home due to an acute or life-threatening sickness or injury that occurs during your trip. Depending on your plan, you would be transported to the nearest medical facility deemed adequate to treat you, and with some plans, you may even have your choice of facility. During the process, your case would generally be assigned to a medical professional based in the U.S. who could coordinate your care with the attending medical professionals on the ground. Many plans also include with this coverage the benefit of transporting a spouse or companion to your bedside if you’re hospitalized beyond a minimum time limit.

Repatriation of remains covers costs to transport your body home in the event of death.

As with any insurance coverage, read your particular policy document carefully to understand exactly what coverage you have.

Real Life Applications

Tragically in mid-December 2017, there was a fatal tour bus crash in Mexico involving travelers from a Royal Caribbean cruise. Of the 31 passengers on the bus, 12 suffered fatal injuries. The bus was en route to an excursion to visit the Mayan ruins in Chacchoben, a popular destination for tour buses. With proper travel protection, travelers in this situation would have expenses covered for medical evacuation if necessary, and repatriation of remains should the worst occur.

In another scenario, travelers with one of our travel plans took advantage of the emergency medical evacuation benefit. Bill and Jane (names changed for privacy) were spending two weeks in Punta Cana. After a day at the beach, Bill began complaining of back pain and dizziness. He later became very confused and started speaking incoherently. While waiting for the emergency responders, Jane contacted their assistance provider for help. By the time Bill was seen by a doctor, he was no longer lucid. He was diagnosed with gastroenteritis, but the diagnosis did not explain his confusion and dizziness.

Upon completing a consult with Bill’s treating doctor, their assistance provider’s Medical Director suggested a few additional tests. They kept in touch with Jane throughout, and after the assistance provider spoke with Bill’s treating physician again, they decided it was in Bill’s best interest to receive further treatment in the U.S. The assistance provider arranged an emergency air ambulance transport from Punta Cana to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where Bill was diagnosed with and treated for pneumococcal meningitis.

 Be Prepared

Next time you plan your trip, make sure to pack your travel protection plan. Hopefully your trip goes smoothly with no hiccups, but if something unexpected does happen, it’s best to be covered. Visit http://www.travelinsure.com/ to view all of our various travel products and enroll online. You can also call Travel Insurance Services customer service Monday through Friday, 9 am – 7 pm EST to get your questions answered and enroll by phone: (800) 937-1387.