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)


  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


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!

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Traveling to Minneapolis for the Big Game?

For football fans across the nation, Sunday February 4th is much more than a typical Sunday night game- it’s THE Big Game of the year. Whether you are rooting for the reigning champions- the New England Patriots- or their fierce competitors- the Philadelphia Eagles- the game is highly anticipated, with thousands of fans flocking to the site of this year’s big game in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you’re one of the lucky ones traveling to Minnesota for the big game, here are a few moves to blitz boredom during your stay in the Twin Cities!

Minnesota zoo_photo11) The Minnesota Zoo: If you are looking to get in touch with a different type of nature off of the football, look no further than the Minnesota Zoo. Opened in 1978, the zoo itself is a 485-acre campus and brings in approximately 1.29 million visitors each year. Its mission is “connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife.” In the spirit of that mission statement, the zoo serves as a “[c]oordinator of international conservation and breeding programs for numerous species”, an effort that includes tigers and Asian wild horses among others. The zoo also boasts a robust volunteer program if you are interested in doing some community service during your stay in Minneapolis! To learn more about the zoo, check out the website here.

2) The Mall of America: Traveled out for the game but still need to get your shopping done? No problem! The Mall of America, well known as the largest shopping mall in the country according to U.S. News and World Report, is close by. The mall has over 500 stores within a reported 2.5 million square feet of retail business space. Additionally, the Mall of America is houses “family-friendly” attractions, such as the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park and the SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium.

The walker art center_13) The Walker Art Center: If you are looking for an iconic tour of Minneapolis, one stop worth making is to the Walker Art Center. The Walker is well-known for its assortment of both modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculptures and photographs. According to U.S. News and World Report, one of the Walker's most popular exhibits is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Bundle up and get outside to enjoy the “largest urban sculpture garden in the country,” home to the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry!

4) The Mary Tyler Moore Statue: 1970’s sitcom star Mary Tyler Moore is credited with putting “Minneapolis on the map”. Her namesake television program, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, highlighted Minneapolis often and brought attention to the city at a time when it was starting to grow, according to Meet Minneapolis President and CEO Melvin Tennant. To honor the legacy of the late actress, the Mary Tyler Moore statue stands- forever holding her iconic pose throwing her tam in the air- at the Minneapolis Visitor Information. To learn more about the statue, visit the Meet Minneapolis website here.

Stone arch bridge_15) Stone Arch Bridge: If you are looking to catch up on the city’s history in addition to football activities, take a trip over the historic Stone Arch Bridge. The bridge itself is 2,100-feet of granite and limestone. It was originally constructed in 1883 in order to increase and ease the flow of traffic and goods into and out of the city. According to U.S. News and World Report, the bridge is designated a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and remains the only stone arch bridge to have ever crossed the Mississippi River. Today, it is commonplace to see bikers and walkers crossing the landmark as well as sightseers taking in the marvelous views of the city during twilight.

This is only a short sample of the numerous activities and sites to do and see in Minneapolis. For more things to do in Minneapolis, check out the city’s website here.

Will the Patriots keep their winning streak going for another year? Or will the Eagles fly to victory? We won’t know until game day. But one thing we do know is that, just like on the field, not everything goes according to plan. Be sure you’re ready in the event you need to call an audible; if unpredictable winter weather disrupts your travels or you need to cancel for another reason, make sure your costly trip is covered with a travel protection plan. A travel protection plan can protect your costly travel investment against trip cancellation, delays, lost or delayed baggage, medical expenses (your regular health insurance coverage may be limited far from home), and more. Visit travelinsure.com to learn more about our travel plans, and contact us today to determine the best plan for you and enroll. You can enroll up to 24 hours before you depart, so act now!

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Take a nice trip this fall

As colder temperatures sweep across the country and the leaves are set aflame with color, the U.S. settles in with the arrival of autumn in all of its pumpkin spice-scented glory. Many think of fall’s predecessor or its successor as the ideal times to travel for various reasons, whether summer beach vacations or the winter holidays. However, the fall season has its own charms to offer any vacationer looking to get away. Here are just a few of the top places to travel for a full fall experience:


Northeast Region: Montpelier, Vermont—There many locations throughout the various regions of Vermont with world famous views of the changing leaves. Whether you choose to conquer one of the many hiking trails the Green Mountain state has to offer, enjoy one of its eclectic art events, or tour its scenic byways, Vermont has something to offer for everyone. For more information on places to visit in Vermont during the fall season, including two maps for the current conditions and forecasting the fall foliage, click here.



West Region: Washington—
The Pacific Northwest is famous for its landscapes among other things. Therefore the fall season is a prime time to visit the region, particularly the state of Washington. Set the stage at the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway:“[c]olorful sights include the vibrant yellow larches of Ross Lake, the golden-grassy farmland of Winthrop and blazing yellow-red maple vines in Leavenworth,” according to ExperienceWA.com. In addition to scenic overlooks along these and the many other drives, Washington offers hiking opportunities, like Wallace Falls near Gold Bar, as well as fall festivals, such as Autumn Leaf Festival in Leavenworth. To learn about other scenic drives in Washington for your next fall time excursion, check out this article.

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Midwest Region: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota—According to Travel Channel, Minneapolis-St. Paul offers a plethora of fall fun opportunities. The area offers a “scenic leaf-peeping drive” using either the Minnehaha Parkway in Minneapolis or Summit Avenue in St. Paul. If you prefer to get closer to nature, Minnesota’s Fort Snelling State Park and Afton State Park give hikers and bikers that chance. To learn more about the different autumn scenic views, sports activities, shopping and more — click here.

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Southwest: The Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona—The Grand Canyon National Park is hailed as one of the country’s most popular parks with approximately 5.9 million people visiting the 277 mile wonder last year alone, according to National Geographic. U.S. News & World Report suggests that the best times to visit the park are either in the spring between March and May or in the fall between September and November. During the fall, the temperatures cool down and the summer crowds disperse, leaving more hotel rooms and trails available as you enjoy the beauty of the Canyon. To plan your trip the Grand Canyon National Park, visit the National Park Service website here.

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Southeast: New Orleans—New Orleans, also known as the Big Easy, “keeps locals and visitors busy with countless events from late September through November…,” according to Travel Channel. From the city’s own Oktoberfest or its famed Oak Street Po-Boy Festival to the Louisiana Seafood Festival and the Voodoo Music Festival, the city has something for everyone to enjoy during the fall season. For more information about the best times to travel to the Big Easy, check out this article from U.S. New and World Report.

Outside of this list, there are many places across the United States that offer fall enthusiasts spectacular views of the changing leaves, traditional hay rides, fall festivals, Halloween celebrations and more. Wherever you travel, USI Travel Insurance Services is here to help protect not only your travel plans, but also your experience. For information on how Travel Insurance Services can protect your trip, visit our website here.