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Ask the travel expert: What is the most economical travel insurance for going to USA?

The travel insurance depends on your age bracket.

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May 09, 2019, 08.20 AM IST
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Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions India, Flight Centre Travel Group Australia’s Indian subsidiary, answers your questions on Travel — howtos, trends, recommendations and more. Send in your questions to: askrakshit@in.fcm.travel.

We are a group of senior citizens planning an eight-day trip to France and Switzerland in June. Can you suggest an itinerary and advise on the clothing that will suit the climate?
Switzerland and France are two of the most scenic and oft-visited countries in Europe. You should plan to spend four to five days in Switzerland covering cities like Interlaken, Lucerne and Zurich with excursions to Mt. Jungfraujoch or Mt. Titlis in the Swiss Alps.

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In France, you should take at least three days to experience the sights and sounds of Paris like the Louvre Museum, Versailles Palace, Eiffel Tower, a cruise on River Seine and the beautifully illuminated city sights. Weather in Europe is generally pleasant in June, and I recommend carrying light woolens and comfortable shoes.

We are 7 adults and 3 children planning a trip to the USA for 15 days. We are keen to explore Las Vegas and East Coast. Please suggest a suitable itinerary.
On the East Coast, you should spend six to eight nights visiting the cities of New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia. Upstate New York is beautiful and a drive up to Niagara Falls will be adventurous. En-route you can stop by at the delightful Hershey's Chocolate World. Since most of the sight-seeing options such as The Empire State Building, cruise on Statue of Liberty in New York and The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum require entry tickets, I would recommend going for pre-booked services.

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In Vegas, you should spend at least four days in the vibrant city, exploring the Las Vegas Strip and Promenade on an exhilarating night tour. A helicopter ride over the strip is another great way to see the skyline of this city. Visiting the magnificent Grand Canyon on the Colorado River should also be on your must visit list.

I and my wife, senior citizens, are planning to visit the USA to stay with our daughter for 6 months. Please advise on the most economical travel insurance that we can opt for.
Considering your age bracket and given the high cost of medical expenses in US, a travel insurance that offers higher medical coverage will be most suitable. I would recommend checking quotes from Bharti AXA or Reliance General Insurance. You can also enquire with your travel agent as they might offer you a more competitive deal.

Flight Centre Travel Group, headquartered in Australia, is one of the world’s largest travel management companies. In India, the group operates an extensive portfolio of corporate and retail travel brands including FCM Travel Solutions and Corporate Traveller (corporate travel management),Travel Tours (leisure travel), FCM MICE (incentive travel and events) Travel Money India (foreign exchange), FCM InComing (inbound travel) and Travel Air Representations (travel wholesalers).

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