I am Not Scared to Travel to Europe

Friday I am going to Europe for a month and I am not scared to travel to Europe. I’ll be traveling around the continent, doing two separate road trips and will likely pass through 10-15 countries. The trip will be culminating with my North Pole expedition that I couldn’t be more excited about. In the wake of the recent bombings in Brussels, many people have asked me if I’m scared to go to Europe now. People have also asked me if they can cancel their own trips that go to or pass through Brussels and get reimbursed through travel insurance. I thought I would answer both of those questions in this post.

First and again, I am not scared to travel to Europe. My feelings on terrorism are simple. I will not let terrorists dictate my travel schedule or any aspect of my life. I believe people, including myself, should be more vigilant than usual, certainly be aware of your surroundings and stay up to date on current events but I will not alter my schedule because of a cowardly act of violence or the threat of more.Paris-belgium-sold_3508309b

I urge everyone to continue to travel during this tumultuous time. The definition of terrorism is to instill fear in people. The goal of the terrorists is to alter our way of life and live in fear. I refuse to do this. I live in New York City. I worked in the World Trade Center. I’ve seen the worst of humanity and I continue to live my life how I choose to live it and will not stop. The terrorists cannot win if we do not allow them to.

However, if you do decide to alter your travel plans to or through Brussels you may be able to recoup the non-refundable portion of your trip if you purchased travel insurance prior to the Brussels attacks. As many of you know I am a brand ambassador for Allianz Travel Insurance so I asked them this exact question and here’s the exact answer I received.

Three police officers stand guard at the Meiser neighbourhood in Schaarbeek - Schaerbeek in Brussels on March 25, 2016 during an anti-terrorist operation searching for suspects of March 22 terrorist attacks in Brussels. Belgian police carrying out a fresh anti-terrorist operation today arrested a suspect, who suffered a slight injury, Schaerbeek Mayor Bernard Clerfayt told AFP. Police sources said the operation was connected to a foiled terror plot in France. / AFP / Belga / LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ / Belgium OUT        (Photo credit should read LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ/AFP/Getty Images)

Allianz Travel Insurance may provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption when there is a terrorist event at the customer’s destination within 30 days of the day they are scheduled to arrive. Customers who have this coverage included in their policy and are scheduled to

However, if you do decide to alter your travel plans to or through Brussels you may be able to recoup the non-refundable portion of your trip if you purchased travel insurance prior to the Brussels attacks. As many of you know I am a brand ambassador for Allianz Travel Insurance so I asked them this exact question and here’s the exact answer I received.

Allianz Travel Insurance may provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption when there is a terrorist event at the customer’s destination within 30 days of the day they are scheduled to arrive. Customers who have this coverage included in their policy and are scheduled to arrive in Brussels within 30 days of the attacks may cancel their trip and may receive payment for their non-refundable trip costs. To be eligible for this coverage, customers would have had to purchase their policy prior to the attacks. Customers who are scheduled to travel to or through Brussels within the next 30 days should review their travel insurance policy to determine what coverage they may have related to terrorism at their destination.

“We believe that Europe is still one of the safest destinations in the world for Americans, but we understand that the attacks in Brussels may cause travelers to consider postponing their trip,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Fortunately, for customers who purchased travel insurance prior to the March 22nd attacks and who are scheduled to travel to or through Brussels over the next 30 days, trip cancellation coverage may be available that would provide reimbursement for non-refundable, pre-paid trip costs.”

Again, I am not scared to travel to Europe and I hope people don’t change their travel plans but I completely understand that every person and every situation is different. Luckily, you may be able to recoup some of your money if you’re traveling to or through Brussels. Either way, stay tuned for a bunch of posts from Europe from me!

arrive in Brussels within 30 days of the attacks may cancel their trip and may receive payment for their non-refundable trip costs. To be eligible for this coverage, customers would have had to purchase their policy prior to the attacks. Customers who are scheduled to travel to or through Brussels within the next 30 days should review their travel insurance policy to determine what coverage they may have related to terrorism at their destination.

“We believe that Europe is still one of the safest destinations in thee world for Americans, but we understand that the attacks in Brussels may cause travelers to consider postponing their trip,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Fortunately, for customers who purchased travel insurance prior to the March 22nd attacks and who are scheduled to travel to or through Brussels over the next 30 days, trip cancellation coverage may be available that would provide reimbursement for non-refundable, pre-paid trip costs.”

Again, I am not scared to travel to Europe and I hope people don’t change their travel plans but I completely understand that every person and every situation is different. Luckily, you may be able to recoup some of your money if you’re traveling to or through Brussels. Either way, stay tuned for a bunch of posts from Europe from me!

 

March 30, 2016 by