You’ve got the trip idea, now you’re looking to plan, protect, and pack like a pro! Let our favorite travel tips help guide you as you navigate the travel planning process along with how to find the best travel insurance.


Every great adventure starts with a great plan. Maybe your favorite travel blogger inspired you with their latest itinerary, or you saw an exotic location on Netflix that gave you serious wanderlust. Whatever the reason, planning usually starts with the logistics and finding the travel dates that work for you.

As you look at your PTO, school vacations, or other important dates, it’s usually best to find a nice spread of days so you have some flexibility when planning. For example, there are usually more expensive weekdays to fly than others so by leaving yourself this wiggle room, you’ll ultimately be able to find the best deals by moving your trip to accommodate the best dates. Also don’t forget about one of our Travel Insurance Master favorites – shoulder season! By planning and booking in the months around busy season at your location, you’ll still likely find great weather coupled with more savings and less crowds.

Also consider where you’re departing from. If you’re flying, cruising, or even taking a tour, it may be less expensive to drive to another airport or port and depart from there. Sometimes, the little bit of research time and legwork looking into other options in your area pay off in travel savings.


Once you put down your initial trip deposit, start considering protecting your trip with travel insurance. With so many options and benefits out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and be unsure where to start. Don’t worry though, Travel Insurance Master works with several of the industry leaders so you can easily shop and compare plans all in one place. Plus, the quote request process is a simple one, whether you have purchased travel insurance many times or you never have before.

Travel Insurance Master Tip: Purchase your plan within 1-21 days of your initial trip deposit to take advantage of time sensitive benefits like Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) or the Pre-existing medical conditions waiver. You can still purchase insurance even if you haven’t paid for your trip in full yet!

Filter and find exactly the benefits you’re looking for on the Plan Results page. For example, if your itinerary includes riskier than normal activities, you may want to consider Adventure or Hazardous Sports benefits. Alternatively, if you plan on renting a car, save money at the car rental agency by adding Car Rental coverage to your travel insurance plan. Whatever your itinerary includes, you can easily select the right filters to narrow down the plans by exactly what suits your needs.


As you plan your trip and your itinerary, start creating a packing list of what you’ll need. Bring this with you and use it for when you pack to return home too, so you don’t forget a thing. Packing cubes are an excellent way to organize by outfit or activity and keep your clothes looking neat. You can even use them to color coordinate family members’ clothes and belongings. Remember to always pack a change of clothes and any medications or essentials in your carry on in case you get separated from your checked luggage. If something happens, you’ll be happy to have what you need to get you through a few hours or days. Travel insurance offers excellent protection in the event your luggage is delayed or lost. Even if you’re not flying, you can find protection for your belongings if you’re on a road trip or tour. Simply select your trip type as you request your quote and see your specific policy for what’s covered and what you’ll need in the event of a claim.


Any time you travel 100 miles or more from home, travel insurance is a smart purchase. Let find the best plan and value for you in just a few simple steps, so you can get back to the best part: planning, packing, and ultimately enjoying your next adventure like a true travel pro. Let’s go!

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