Party Like It’s 2022

With COVID rules and restrictions loosening-up in much of the U.S. and around the world, travel and international tourism industries are facing new freedoms and customer interest they haven’t enjoyed for years throughout the pandemic.  We are on the eve of school spring breaks, destination wedding season and summer holidays.  Millions of Americans, young and old, will be traveling domestically and overseas in the next six months under relaxing health and safety protocols, and unbeknownst to many, could encounter sometimes hidden and often dismissed, but increasingly menacing perils.

In the coming weeks, millions of college kids and young families will be traveling.  In addition to the familiar Florida and Gulf Coast U.S. hotspots, many are venturing south of the border to exotic ports of call where the legal drinking age is 18 and the civic regulations and safety standards are less than ideal.

As kids let loose, they also let their guards down, making them perfect targets for criminals.  Over the last several decades, Mexico has become a breeding ground for illicit drug traffickers and the extreme violence that accompanies their business.  Much of the country has become a paradise lost.  Tourist destinations like Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen have all been in the news recently regarding kidnappings, drug cartel brutality and local gang violence.  Anyone traveling to Mexico needs to be informed, well aware of their surroundings and protected with sufficient insurances.

Petersen International offers a variety of protection plans for Americans traveling outside the United States for spring break.  The USAway International Major Medical Plan provides inexpensive, short-term medical insurance with robust benefits including emergency medical evacuation back to the U.S.  Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance and Kidnap & Ransom insurance are also important products to many families traveling abroad.  Kidnappings for ransom have become efficient sources of income for Mexican gangs and organized crime outfits, and Petersen International has a policy that employs both monetary benefits and a crisis response team to properly manage the safe return of someone kidnapped in a foreign country.

Spring break travel may be fraught with hazards, but Petersen International Underwriters has the tools to protect and reassure your clients during this fun and exciting time of year.  Call us today at (800) 345-8816 for immediate quotes and expedited policy issuance.  We can have insurance certificates in your clients’ hands tomorrow.