The New York Times reports that more travelers bought travel insurance in the past twelve months than previously estimated, and it’s no wonder.  Between recent earthquakes, floods, political upheavals, volcanoes and ice storms, the smart traveler recognized the need to be prepared.  In the United States alone, untold thousands of flights were canceled yearly.  Emergency evacuations from hotspots like Egypt are becoming more common.

Linda R. Kundell, spokeswoman for the United States Travel Insurance Association, explains that most insurers provide insurance at multiple levels to suit individual concerns.  Family crises, lost baggage and unexpected illnesses are just the basics. Taking advantage of trip cancellation coverage, for instance, has become a very relevant benefit in these days of unpredictable life events and political upheavals.  Think Egypt.

SafetyFirst Travel Insurance is a proud member of the United States Travel Insurance Association.  The association offers further tips and advice on its Web site,