This post will compare and contrast each of the tourist passes available in Philadelphia, including how to use them, which attractions are included, and how much money you could save. Read more »
This post lists some of the best things to do in Philadelphia in June including free events, things to do at night and family-friendly activities, updated for 2021.
For more ideas, take a look at our things to Do in Philadelphia post.
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TOP 12 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN JUNE
Below are some of the best things to do in Philadelphia this month. Read more »
This post lists some of the best things to do in Philadelphia in May including free events, things to do at night and family-friendly activities, updated for 2020.
For more ideas, take a look at our Things to Do in Philadelphia post.
TOP 13 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MAY
This section covers our top activities list for May. Read more »
Many of our guests who travel great distances to join us have trouble adjusting to the time difference in their destination city. Here are some tips on how to avoid the dreaded “jet lag”.
What is “jet lag”?
This post provides details about how to get tickets for the Franklin Institute, including information about ways to save money on admission and even a few of the highlights you might want to see while you’re here.
The Franklin Institute was founded in 1824, making it one of the oldest centers of science education in the country. The interactive museum, which was named after Benjamin Franklin, is one of the most-visited attractions in Philadelphia. Read more »
This post lists some of our favorite things to do in April in Philadelphia (updated for 2020) and details some of the best spring events and some activities unique to this time of year.
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TOP 11 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN APRIL
This section covers our top activities list for April.
We also have a similar list on our top things to do in Philadelphia post for year-round attractions.
This post provides details about how to get tickets for the National Constitution Center, including information about ways to save money on admission and even a few of the highlights you might want to see while you’re here.
Though the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia does not hold the original Constitution, this interactive museum teaches visitors about the history and meaning of the United States Constitution. Read more »
Travel insurance is often the last thing you have on your mind when planning your next trip for just yourself, with your family, or with friends.
But is travel insurance worth it?
Travel insurance – what to look for:
Most travel insurance plans cover 2 main things: travel benefits and medical benefits. Those usually entail:
- a refund when you need to cancel your trip due to emergency
- covered expenses when a flight is delayed or canceled or when you miss your flight
- compensation of expenses if your carrier loses or delays your luggage
- Coverage of expenses for any medical or dental emergency during your trip
- Coverage of cost for medical emergency evacuation or accidental death or dismemberment
- Optional benefits include car rental insurance
Depending on the provider benefits may differ in cost and range, so make sure you read the small print.
Things to know about travel insurance:
- It only covers the days you paid for – not less, not more
So make sure you get coverage including the days you travel. Purchase your travel insurance well in advance and include the actual days of travel.
If you need to change your dates of travel, don’t forget to change your insurance time frame as well.
If your return flight is overnight, make sure you include that extra day as well.
- Be prepared to pay first yourself before you get reimbursed
In most cases, the insurance will cover your expenses, but that still means that you have to pay out of pocket first before you get reimbursed later.
You will need to save all the receipts and papers for proof of payment later.
- You probably won’t need it, but it’s better to have it
In most cases, you’ll pay more than you’ll get out of it because hopefully, you won’t need the insurance. But that might be a risk well worth taking.
Things that are not covered by travel insurance:
Make sure you know what’s covered. Among other things, these are usually not insured:
- High-risk sports or activities, such as scuba diving, bungee jumping, etc.
- Losses due to a person being legally drunk
- Medical expenses due to pre-existing conditions
COVID-19 ALERT: Due to the pandemic, travel insurance companies have made some changes to the services and coverage they provide. This might sound like bad news, but it’s actually (mostly) good!
Here are a few changes you can expect from most of the travel insurance plans listed below:
- Many insurance plans will include coverage for emergency medical care/treatment of Covid-19.
- Trip Cancellation/Interruption is now included with most plans. This means if your plans are interrupted due to inability to access the location where you plan to travel, you’ll likely be covered.
- With some plans, you or someone you are traveling with will need to come down with the illness before being eligible for coverage.
We recommend checking the Covid-19 FAQ provided by each company before purchasing insurance in order to make sure they provide the coverage you’ll need during these trying times.
Travel insurance plans
From Basic, Prime and Premier plans, travel insurance starts at $20-$40, depending on the age of the traveler, and the length + cost of the trip.
Plans are Travel Select, Travel Basic and Travel America Insurance. The basic plans start around $24 depending on the age of the traveler, and the length + cost of the trip.
Plans are Travel Guard, Deluxe, Preferred, Essential, Pack N’ Go and Annual. The Travel Guard plan starts around $28 depending on the age of the traveler, and the length + cost of the trip.
What to consider before you buy travel insurance?
Check with your health insurance at home first if you are already covered
This should be your first step. You might be already covered with your health insurance, but you definitely have to check with your provider at home prior to your trip and get something in writing.
Trips to the United States are usually not covered because the health system there is usually more costly than in other countries.
However, you might be able to add short-term coverage from your existing plan for your travels abroad.
Avoid double coverage for auto, homeowners insurance
You might already be insured with your car owner insurance, your homeowner insurance, or via your credit card benefits as well.
Again, it’s strongly recommended to contact your provider or credit card company before the trip and find out what would really be covered.
Consider term life insurance rather than flight insurance
If you are flying somewhere and renting a car, remember that driving around in a foreign place can be tricky and sometimes dangerous as well.
If you are worried about any worst-case scenario, flight insurance won’t cover you in a car accident and you might feel more at ease for your loved ones if you have a term life insurance plan.
- Be sure to read our post on purchasing a SIM Card for the US.
This post compares some of the most popular Philly cheesesteaks to determine which one is the best. We’ll also include information about how to order and the history of this delicious sandwich!
This list of our favorite things to do in March in Philadelphia details some of the best winter events and some activities unique to this time of year.