How did the travel insurance industry respond to the Asian tsunami disaster in December 2004 and how did this affect travel insurance coverages for this period and for subsequent travel?

General travel insurance policy coverages

Claims for medical, trip interruption, trip delay and miscellaneous coverages such as baggage loss, etc., are being accepted as a result of tsunami-related losses.

Claims for trip cancellations are generally accepted only if the claim meets...


—The Cruising World is written by Lew Toulmin.

We reclined comfortably, looking up at the thousands of brilliant stars overhead. The ship swayed slightly as she drove forward at 25 knots.

Suddenly the stars shifted dramatically, galaxies appeared and great streaks of color covered the heavens. Harrison Ford whispered in our ear, saying, “And now we will see Earth’s place among the stars.” For these were not the ordinary stars as seen from an ordinary ship, these were the stars...


That cramped feeling you get from sitting in economy class could be a very real ailment.

For the last couple of years, Economy Class Syndrome — known as ECS — has been featured on evening newscasts and in a variety of health journals.

ECS is caused by Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, which affects approximately two million people annually in the U.S. Deep Vein Thrombosis has become a hazard of air travel — especially for those seated in the coach cabin, where there is minimal...


By Julie Skurdenis, second of two parts (jump to part 1)

In January’s ITN, Julie explored remnants of Chinggis Khan’s empire.

Naadam Festival

The Naadam is Mongolia’s biggest holiday of the year. Held on July 11, 12 and 13, on the anniversary of the 1921 revolution when the Mongolians ousted the Chinese, Naadam originated in Chinggis Khan’s time when Mongolian warriors competed in three “manly” sports: wrestling, archery and horse racing. They still compete, although,...


(Part 6 of 6 on Spain)

As the seven of us placed our suitcases in the 8-passenger van being driven by Don Lyon, chief guide and outfitter for Close-Up Expeditions, the weather cleared. Hopefully, this would be a positive sign for great days of photography during our drive from Toledo toward and into the mountains of southern Spain.

For the previous 10 days we had viewed southwestern France, crossed the Pyrénées and explored parts of the Catalonia, Aragón and Old Castile regions...


Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 348th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

In a conference in Geneva in November, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) committed to four initiatives to simplify the airline business and cut costs.

Implement 100% electronic ticketing by Dec. 31, 2007 — no more paper tickets. Implement “bar codes” on boarding passes to replace magnetic stripe technology. Implement Common Use Self Service (CUSS) kiosks at airports for check... CONTINUE READING »

Island paradise or hell on Earth? Three New Zealand judges apparently took the latter view as they sentenced six of Pitcairn island’s few male inhabitants to two to six years in prison for numerous rapes and assaults that took place over a 40-year period on the last remnant of the British empire in the South Pacific.

Pitcairn is the resting place of the famous H.M.S. Bounty, which was burned and sunk there by mutineers in 1790. The tiny island, only 2½ by 1½ miles, is...


—by Chris Springer, Contributing Editor

“Crete” by Barry Unsworth (2004, National Geographic. ISBN 0792266439 — 170 pp., $20 hardcover).

Crete has never wanted for literary attention, but this book is a welcome addition to the library of works on the place. After writing a novel set in ancient Greece, Barry Unsworth sets off to explore Crete firsthand. The storyteller in him is enchanted by the island’s myths, which, he says, “have a darkness and splendor about them that is...