Travel Tips

To help you prepare for your trip in order to have the best possible experience, we have put together some travel tips for you. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at

Pre-existing medical conditions

“A traveler going abroad with any preexisting medical problems should carry a letter from the attending physician, describing the medical condition and any prescription medications, including the generic name of prescribed drugs. Any medications being carried overseas should be left in their original containers and be clearly labeled. Travelers should check with the foreign embassy of the country they are visiting to make sure any required medications are not considered to be illegal narcotics.”  – U.S. Department of State

Your Health Insurance Coverage Abroad

“Before going abroad, learn what medical services your health insurance will cover overseas. If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, REMEMBER to carry both your insurance policy identity card as proof of such insurance and a claim form. Although many health insurance companies will pay ‘customary and reasonable” hospital costs abroad, very few will pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States. Medical evacuation can easily cost $10,000 and up, depending on your location and medical condition. The Social Security Medicare program does not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside the US”. – U.S. Department of State

A listing of addresses and telephone numbers of U.S. embassies and consulates abroad can be found in U S Department of State,, under Key Officers of Foreign Service Posts. Go to International Travel section where you can review Travel Warnings and Tips for Traveling Abroad.

Your Credit and Other Bank Cards Abroad

We highly suggest you contact your banks and advise them of your travel plans. This will ensure that your bank, ATM and credit cards will work and continue to work while you are abroad. Failure to do so may result in a temporary freeze being placed on your account. From personal experience, this is does not make for a fun experience.

Walking and Hiking

Though you don’t need to be in Olympian shape, our tours do include walking and depending on the trip, occasional hiking. We also want to enjoy the experience and within each tour savoring the local cuisine and wines is also highly encouraged.

Don’t Overpack

A challenge even for some experienced travelers! Wash or dry clean some clothes during your travel. Hotels and villas we choose offer laundry and dry cleaning services. They also provide hair dryers. Toiletries and cosmetics can also be purchased at your destinations. Please contact us if you need some assistance.

Travel Insurance

Though we do not always require you purchase travel insurance, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance before your trip. Travel insurance coverage ranges from trip cancellations or delays to medical coverage while traveling. We also suggest you review your medical insurance coverage before your trip.

There will be times when our travelers are required to purchase travel insurance. For your convenience, we will be happy to assist you in purchasing your insurance coverage.

Below is a list of some of the most recognizable and established companies around. Please note that we are not recommending any specific companies but leave that decision up to you and what works best for your needs. Please note that this page was created as a tool in your research process and there are other companies not listed on our site that may be of interest to you.

CSA Travel Protection
(800) 873-9855

Travel Guard
(800) 826-4919

(800) 228-9792

**Note: “The Social Security Medicare program does not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside the US.”  – U.S. Department of State

Visit US Department of State’s website, Go to the International Travel section to review Travel Warnings and Tips for Traveling Abroad. It contains lots of very good information, some of which are noted in our Travel Tips.