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On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Novel Coronavirus a “public health emergency.” The deadly virus was first discovered at the end of 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Since this time there have been confirmed cases in numerous countries across Asia, Europe and North America. What is the Coronavirus? The Coronavirus, according to USI’s recent white paper, is a respiratory betacoronavirus that has been connected to a specific seafood and animal market in China. The typical initial symptoms of the virus are “flu-like” but could evolve into pneumonia and other respiratory problems. While there is... Read more →


The holiday season is upon us and people around the country are preparing for their last big travel excursion for the year. With that in mind, we hope that you will take a moment to review this Holiday Travel Checklist (and check it twice) before you embark. Plus, we have a travel tip that can help save travelers thousands of dollars in expenses should an unpredictable and plan-altering situation arise prior to departure or during the trip. Check the Weather. Unfortunately, the weather can be unpredictable. Inclement weather can lead to a delay or even cancellation of your trip. Be... Read more →


USI Affinity’s VP and COO, Jenny Zhang, posted an article last week about her personal experience with travel insurance and why it matters for travelers. Read her article here: "Earlier this year in March, I traveled to China with my family — myself, my husband, our three young daughters, and my parents. Between trying all the street food in Shanghai and whizzing down the Great Wall in a toboggan slide in Beijing, the kids had great fun but also picked up all the germs along the way. During the last couple of days of our trip, all three of them... Read more →


For many, Memorial Day is the official kick off to the summer travel season. And while travel is generally a rewarding experience, travelers remain one of the most vulnerable groups to identity theft because they are often carrying more sensitive documents than usual and can be more unaware of their environment. However, with a few precautions, travel can be safer for you and your identity. 53 percent of thefts of consumers’ identity data are “non-digital,” meaning they don’t involve — or at least, don’t start with — the thief exploiting some cyber vulnerability. Purge the Purse and Weed the Wallet.... Read more →


When planning a trip, the last thing anyone wants to factor in is their plans getting delayed or, worse, cancelled. However, with so many factors impacting a trip that are completely out of a traveler’s control (from terrible weather to a family emergency) careful planning and bring your trip to an end before it even begins. This is where Trip Cancellation Insurance can come in handy to protect the insured financially should they need to cancel their trip for a covered reason. Most travel protection plans feature coverage for Trip Cancellation. In fact, this benefit is one of the main... Read more →


The American Bar Association Insurance Program is more than a set of product solutions. For this part of the #USIontheMove blog series, Travel Insurance Services sat down with USI Affinity’s Arielle E. to hear about her experience traveling in London. The year was 1776 when, as an American, my forefathers signed a letter and set out bravely into an unknown future -- one of independence from Great Britain and the royal crown. Seven years of conflict have been followed by 238 years of peace and friendship. Fast forward to today, tracing my country’s historical roots back to England is a... Read more →


As Women’s History Month comes to a close for 2019, it is a good time to reflect on both how far women have come and how far they go…alone. The rise of the solo female traveler is a somewhat recent phenomenon but one that steadily climbs. Solo travel has become increasingly popular. Mintel’s 2018 Solo Traveler Report showed that 17% of adults reported they took a vacation on their own within the last five years (15% were completely solo trips without a travel group). This shows a two percent increase in solo travel from the year before. Though it may... Read more →


St. Patrick’s Day celebrations take place all over the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. Here are our three top picks for celebrations, one of which takes you to the birthplace of the holiday: 1) ShamROCK Chicago 2019 — Chicago, Illinois The city of Chicago is well-known for its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and 2019 is shaping up to be no different. Every year, the city dyes the Chicago River green in honor of the holiday. This year, there is a series of events going on all through the month of March, from three different parades around the city (including the Downtown... Read more →


Chasing rainbows, searching for mythical leprechauns and pots of gold, counting the leaves on clovers— these are all images that come to mind when St. Patrick’s Day comes bounding in on an Irish jig. March 17th marks the green clad, Irish born holiday celebrated internationally with everything from green dyed rivers to parades touting river dancers. However, many of the commonplace ‘traditions’ upheld today are fairly recent developments when compared to the history of the holiday. St. Patrick of Ireland To understand St. Patrick’s Day, it is important to know the man behind the holiday. In the late fourth/early fifth... Read more →


This March, people across the nation will celebrate Women’s History Month--a month long celebration of the achievements and contributions of women throughout history across society. One does not have to look far to see the influence women have had in medicine, politics, technology, literature and nearly every industry or aspect of society. This month is a time of reflection as much as it is an opportunity to look beyond the glass ceiling and into the future for women. To further continue the social, economic, and professional growth of women, there are countless organizations, events and initiatives. Take a look at... Read more →