Travel Insurance Services is more than a set of select travel insurance products. We take pride in having experienced world travelers working with us to guide our customers through choosing the perfect coverage options for them. We sat down with Karen Johnson, Head of the Travel Division at USI Affinity Travel Insurance Services, to hear about her experience in the travel and insurance industry as well as her passion for exploring the world in an exhilarating way.
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your experience in the travel industry.
I had the good fortune of getting involved in the travel insurance industry in 2000 as an underwriter for a managing general underwriter, later becoming Senior Underwriter and then Program/Project Manager. I then worked for an insurance carrier spearheading the startup of their Travel Division. Once that endeavor was complete I had the opportunity to come full circle and transitioned to the broker side of the business with USI Affinity.
2. Where have you traveled?
I have hiked, biked and camped in all but 9 states in the US and have traveled to many foreign countries seeking all types of adventurous activities. I have ventured to New Zealand, Australia, India, Costa Rica, Niagara, Peru, Belize, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, several provinces in Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Trinidad & Tobago.
One of the most notable hikes I have done was a 4-day backpacking trek on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Discovering one of the world’s most renowned archeological treasures is an amazing experience. The views, scenery and history are bar none. The trek itself is not that long, but the high elevation challenges you, and at the end of the day you feel a great sense of accomplishment. It inspired me so much, I now make sure to do a back-country backpacking trip every year.
4. What destinations are on your bucket list and why?
- Alaska and Iceland – Hiking, natural beauty, wildlife
- Honduras – Diving!
- Norway, Sweden, Finland – Adventure & family heritage
- Africa – Safaris, African plains & animals
- Egypt – Pyramids, unique history
- Outstanding 9 US states – We have some of the most diverse and beautiful scenery right here in our own backyard… Take advantage of it!
What’s your favorite travel story? Create new stories on your next vacation, but don’t forget to pack your travel insurance! Learn more about our products at www.travelinsure.com.