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Travel Insurance: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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To Buy or Not to Buy? That is the Question!

We are living in some challenging times, to say the least. Maybe you routinely skip over that box asking you if you wanted to protect your trip with travel insurance, however, it may be time to give it a second look. With the uncertainty that is facing much of the world with COVID – 19, travel insurance is quickly becoming a hot commodity. Read on to find out what to look for, and what to avoid in good coverage.

Read That Fine Print

There is always plenty to read in the fine print of any insurance policy, travel insurance is no different. Now we all know that insurance companies do not remain profitable by paying out claims, but you want to stay away from companies with highly restrictive underwriting. How do you do that? It’s pretty simple really. Look for companies with more lenient reimbursement policies. Here are some things you will want to see:

  • Cancel for Any Reason
  • Personal or Family Illness
  • Trip Cancellation or Disruption
  • Emergency Medical Care / Transportation

These are just a few of the many circumstances that may be listed under your coverage, but do make sure you read the policy to make sure it will suit your travel needs. For example, you deciding to cancel your trip a week out because you feel like the weather may be bad is not trip cancellation. If a tour operator or an airline has canceled – that is trip cancellation. See the difference? BUT, if you have a Cancel for Any Reason policy, you are good to go. Cancel for any reason policies are going to be about 40% more expensive, but well worth the cost and peace of mind in today’s current climate. They do exactly what they say – reimburse you regardless of the reason. These policies can reimburse you up to 75% of travel costs. Cheaper policies won’t cover travel plans if you cancel by choice (even if the choice was a good one) again, these are things you will need to consider before you buy. You will get what you pay for.

Does Travel Insurance Cover COVID – 19 Issues?

Well, it can. Many travel insurance companies are altering their coverage parameters in this unprecedented time. But buyer beware, COVID – 19 related travel issues generally will not fall under the “unforeseen circumstance” umbrella anymore. Once the disease became so widespread that it evolved into a pandemic, it was no longer unforeseen. That doesn’t mean that it won’t be covered, but it does mean you need to understand the policy you are buying, the time frames for cancellation and cancellation reasons. Make sure you are asking the right questions about coverage so you don’t encounter any issues should you need to cancel a trip, despite the reason.

Corporate and Group Travel Partners

If your job involves a lot of group travel execution, this is a great time to reach out to some of your travel partners to recommend some good travel insurance. People that work in the travel and transportation industry will generally know reputable carriers. Turn to your travel and transportation industry leaders to see if they currently partner with a company that can cover your individual, group or executive travel plans. Who better to trust than people you already partner with?

The travel landscape is radically changing. Whether it’s that vacation you’ve been waiting for all year, or resuming those business trips that have been put on hold, travel insurance may just be the little bit of security that we are all looking for right now.

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Marlon Wayans in Denver

Love live comedy? Then be sure to catch Marlon Wayans in Greenwood Village this weekend! He will be live at Comedy works April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd located at 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village, CO.

Wayans is best known for his role in White Chicks and Scary Movie. He will be staring in an upcoming Netflix movie titled Naked.

VIP packages include meet and greet after the show with a photo opportunity. Get your tickets here!

Red Rocks Announces 2017 Concert Schedule

With Summer fast approaching, the official calendar for Red Rocks is taking shape. Don’t worry there are many more announcements to come, but here is a list of concerts this summer! Get your tickets here.

Red Rocks

 

Red Rocks 2017 lineup:

Jan. 27: Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks featuring Zedd with Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals and Lil Dicky

April 19: Method Man and Redman, Flatbush Zombies

April 29: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead with Medeski Martin and Wood

May 5: Dada Land Before Time featuring Dada Life and additional acts to be announced

May 11: Opeth and Gojira

May 12: Bonobo and Nick Murphy (previously known as Chet Faker)

May 20: Global Dub Festival 2017 featuring Flux Pavilion

May 21: Elephant Revival

May 27-28: Odesza (SOLD OUT)

May 29-30: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

May 31: Trey Anastasio Band with Vulfpeck

June 1: Chromeo and Rufus Du Sol with D.R.A.M., Hayden James

June 2: The Motet and Jurassic 5

June 4: John Prine with Kacey Musgraves

June 6: Celtic Woman: “Voices of Angels”

June 9: BoomBox and Nahko and Medicine for the People

June 10: Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Collective Soul

June 11: Marshmello

June 13: Chicago and the Doobie Brothers

June 14: Norah Jones

June 17: DJ Gramatik

June 30-July 2: Umphrey’s McGee

July 3: Zeds Dead

July 10: An Evening with Santana

July 25: 2CELLOS

Aug. 2: The Head and the Heart with Grouplove

Aug. 28: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

Sept. 4: Foreigner and Cheap Trick

Sept. 23: Greensky Bluegrass with Fruition

Oct. 6: Snails and Nghtmre

String Cheese Incident – Red Rocks Amphitheater

Don’t miss String Cheese Incident this weekend at Red Rocks Amphitheater! From Telluride, Colorado this local band is amazing live. Their music has elements of bluegrass sounds, as well as rock, electronica, calypso, country, funk, jazz, Latin, progressive rock, reggae, and occasional psychedelia.

SCI headlined festivals such as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival, and began playing in some larger venues to accommodate their growing fanbase.

Always travel safe by booking with Hermes Worldwide Inc. and have the time of your life at the best venue in the world!

Learn about history while eating delicious food and staying in great hotels in Athens, Greece

Do you crave traveling to an exotic city that combines all that an incredible history, awe-inspiring sites and delicious food have to offer? Then look no further than Athens, Greece. This capital city is thousands of years old and is home to the first recorded Olympic games along with famous historians and philosophers like Thucydides and Socrates.

During your time here, you should consider staying, eat and visiting the following places:

Hotel King George Place – 3 Vassileos Georgiou A St
This five-star hotel was not only named the best hotel in Greece by Leading Hotels in the World, it's also made Conde Nast Traveler's 100 Top European Hotels and Travel + Leisure Magazine's 500 World's Best Hotels list.

Elaias Gi – Olybionikon 4
When dining at this restaurant, not only will you eat authentic Greek cuisine, you'll also enjoy a world-class location. Elaias Gi is situated on a hill so you'll get a fabulous view of Attica, the historical region of the country. The aubergine salad with feta and unbelievable wine selection help set this eatery apart from others in Athens.

Benaki Museum – Koumpari 1
This museum was established in 1930 by Athenian aristocrat Antonis Benakis, and all the paintings and sculptures are housed in the family mansion in the downtown part of the city. Here, you'll see everything from prehistoric to modern art.

Because you may be jet lagged after arriving in Athens, don't trouble yourself trying to rent a car. Instead, enjoy the drive from the airport to your hotel in a luxury sedan driven by one of Hermes Worldwide's experienced chauffeurs.

Consider staying in these “haunted” but luxurious hotels this October

Fall is in the air and along with beautiful foliage, there's also one holiday that is likely to put a smile on anyone's face, Halloween. Along with jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating, it's also an excuse to enjoy all things scary.

If you love Halloween and are going to be traveling this October, then consider staying in the following hotels, which have been voted some of the spookiest in the United States by The Huffington Post:

1) The Biltmore Hotel – Coral Gables, Florida
This five-star hotel may look beautiful from the outside, but it's got a dark past. Famous gangster Thomas "Fatty" Walsh was shot and killed on the 13th floor during a party hosted for the rich and famous. This event closed the Biltmore until it was reopened during World War II as a hospital for wounded servicemen. It was shut down a second time and didn't open its doors again until the 1980s. Since then, guests have reported hearing odd noises and being inexplicably let off at the 13th floor without having pushed the button.

2) Bourbon Orleans Hotel – New Orleans, Louisiana
This hotel was originally built in the late 1800s as an all girls school, hospital and orphanage. People who have stayed here have reported being woken up at night to sounds of female kids and adults walking through the hotel, as well as a child who likes to roll a ball through the hallway.

3) The Marshall House – Savannah, Georgia
The Marshall House is over 160 years old, and over the years has experienced some very spooky events. Not only was it used as a medical ward during the Civil War, but it was also home to those who were suffering from yellow fever during the epidemics that plagued the United States. Guests have said that they've felt frigid hands around their wrists as those doctors were taking their pulse or temperature.

Regardless of how you feel about all things scary, these are luxurious hotels that are certainly worth staying at. When you arrive at the airport, don't trouble yourself trying to rent a car. Instead, rely on an airport transportation service like Hermes Worldwide. Their reputable chauffeurs know their way around the city you are in and will take you wherever you want to go.

Dine and dance the night away in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

To many people around the world, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is known as the land of warm weather, beautiful people and a rich culture. As a result, the number of international visitors coming to this tropical paradise rose almost 5.5 percent from 2010 to 2011 – to total approximately 5.4 million people.

If you're thinking about planning your next vacation in this unique city, you're certainly in for a special treat. For some suggestions on where to stay, eat and visit, read over the suggestions below:

Accommodations – Hotel Santa Teresa
If you're interest in staying in a hotel that is considered one of the most luxurious places in all of South America, then look no further than the five-star Hotel Santa Teresa. It's located in the middle of Rio's chic historical and cultural district. It's also just a hop, skip and a jump away from the beach, but far enough away that you aren't surrounded by rowdy beach goers.

Dining – La Fiduca
This dining establishment has earned a reputation as one of the most romantic and classy spots in all of Rio. Here, you can order classic Brazilian dishes like feijoada and the freshest seafood in all of the land. If you make a reservation here, you should definitely consider eating the grilled salmon filet served with linguini and a creamy Cipollotto sauce.

Fun – Studio RJ
Brazilians everywhere, especially those living in Rio are known for their love of a good time. After a delicious dinner, put yourself in the middle of all the action Rio is so famous for and visit Studio RJ. Bands from the area are always performing concerts here, playing carnival music and what is known as street band music.

After arriving in Rio, don't hassle yourself with cheap, cramped cabs or attempt to drive. Instead, rely on Hermes Worldwide, an executive transportation service. Their experienced chauffeurs know where they are going and can pick you up and take you anywhere in the city that you want to go.

Tips for making long air travel more enjoyable

In many cases, arriving at your dream destination means getting on board a plane. Depending on where you're going, it can take more than 24 hours to get to your luxury hotel or vacation home. In other words, that's a lot of traveling but, that doesn't mean that you have to be miserable the entire time.

MSNBC.com published an article that described some tips on how to make that trip from Denver to Tokyo a bit more enjoyable and recommends that during you're next long flight you:

     ♦ Upgrade your seat
Spending 20 hours in one of Coach's uncomfortable seats with food that doesn't look edible probably doesn't sound like a good time to most people. That is why if you have the opportunity to do so, you should consider upgrading. If you are a frequent traveler and have accumulated many miles, use them to get a seat up in first class or business class.

     ♦ Put down the work
Many people are tempted to get some work done on a long flight. Although this isn't a bad idea, make sure to schedule in some down time. You may find yourself going crazy if you attempt to work for 20 hours straight. Relax a bit. Take advantage of the in-flight entertainment systems, your iPad, earphones, books on tape and whatever else it is that will keep you happy.

     ♦ Don't bring too much
You may tell yourself that you want to bring as much stuff on board with you as you can to keep yourself entertained, but this isn't the best idea. You'll just get stuck putting it under your seat in many cases, which could mean that you'll have less leg room.

Once you've arrived at your destination, you're likely going to be very tired. Don't take a chance driving in an unfamiliar place when you're jetlagged. Instead, rely on an executive transportation service like Hermes Worldwide. Whether you need an airport limo or a luxury sedan, you can rest assured that your chauffeurs will get you where you need to go safely and comfortably.

 

The Great American Beer Festival in Denver should not be missed

Although there are plenty of great things to do and see in Denver, one event that should not be missed if you live there or are visiting is the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Held at the Colorado Convention Center at 700 14th Street between October 11 and 13, this gathering is sure to appeal to experienced and novice ale drinkers alike.

The GABF was started in 1982 and various tasting sessions give attendees the opportunity to choose from more than 2,000 beers from some of the nation's 500 best breweries. Whether you prefer an IPA from Louisiana-based Abita or a blonde ale from Denver Renegade brewing company, you can find it at this festival.

In addition to tastings, there is also a competition. Breweries enter their beers, which are then judged by the GABF's professional judge panel. Luckily, you don't have to be deciding who will take home first place as ticket-holders can also sample the ales that have entered the contest.

Tickets are approximately $65 and doors open at 5:30 p.m. The members-only session on October 13 begins at 12 p.m and will cost you $55 to get in. As part of the entry fee, attendees will receive a commemorative tasting cup, program and unlimited one-ounce samples of all the beer.

The GABF is expected to draw more than 49,000 people over the course of the three days. As a result, parking is going to be near impossible so you may want to consider making transportation reservations with a luxury car service like Hermes Worldwide. Their experienced chauffeurs will take the stress out of getting and leaving the convention center so you can focus on enjoying yourself.

Avoid becoming a victim of theft and other crimes while traveling with these tips

Vacationing is supposed to be a fun and relaxing experience. However, unexpected bumps in the road can create more of a headache than wonderful memories. The truth is that people often put themselves at risk by unknowingly compromising their security.

For example, an act as innocent as asking someone to take a picture of you using your camera can give crooks an easy way to run off with one of your valuables. To prevent yourself from being the victim of this crime and others that are similar, read over the do's and don't's below:

♦     Don't: Let fake police officers fool you. If you are in a country that you've never visited before, you may not have any clue of what the police uniforms and badges look like. As a result, when a thief asks to see your passport or other important travel documents, you could be willingly handing over personal information to a criminal.

♦     Do: If you are asked for any form of identification, ask that a cop look it over at a police station.

♦     Don't: Forget to keep your guard up. Did you know that one of the most common ways that you can end up a victim of theft is by trying to help someone out? Many times, a dishonest person will drop his or her wallet and when you go to pick it up, they'll grab your bag or other valuable belonging you're holding.

♦     Do: Make sure that you are aware of your surroundings. Keep your valuables close to you at all times and remember that any important items like your wallet or phone should be kept in your coat pocket.

♦     Don't: Hand over your camera to strangers as a bandit may run off with it. You may be in front of the Eiffel Tower, but asking someone you don't know to snap a photo of you and your partner could mean you're left without a picture-snapping device the rest of your trip.

♦     Do: The answer is simple: take the photos yourself.

Another thing that you should keep in mind is that taxi drivers will quite often rip off unsuspecting patrons, mainly tourists. To avoid this use a reputable and honest worldwide limousine service like Hermes Worldwide.