Next »

Top 10 Travel Emergency Tips

By ShermansTravel Editorial Staff

Updated on June 10th, 2013

From earthquakes and tsunamis devastating Japan to marauding pirates swarming luxury cruise ships, wary travelers need just skim the day’s headlines to conclude that an unforeseen travel disaster can strike at any place, at any time. Our top 10 travel emergency tips outline travel catastrophe scenarios of all types, offering precautionary advice, as well as insight on how to effectively manage such crises should they actually arise.

Note that purchasing travel insurance is a smart way to help circumnavigate at least the heavy financial concerns stemming from many of these unpleasant situations. In fact, the latest yearly numbers from the U.S. Travel Insurance Association indicate that some 124 million American travelers invested some $1.8 billion on the peace-of-mind that such insurance provides. Another prudent preventative measure is to register with the U.S. Embassy’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program before heading overseas. This permits family and friends at home to contact you more easily should anything go wrong – and allows for a direct line of contact to the consulate and to up-to-date information during any emergency scenarios.

Sure, getting ambushed by any of these obstacles can throw a real wrench in even the best-planned vacation, but with a little careful planning and preparation, you might not need forfeit your vacation time and/or funds after all – you may even land a boast-worthy travel tale to tell upon your safe arrival home. Start preparing for the worst with our Travel Emergency Tips slideshow.

Our Experts save you money with travel deals and advice

Sign up for the Top 25 Newsletter to get exclusive weekly deals