- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 12, 2017

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Go oft awry.”

— Robert Burns, “To a Mouse”

The whims of fortune can sometimes have their way with even the most well-prepared travel plans. And with the holidays approaching — which means busier airports and highways as well as colder and nastier weather — you may be faced with a situation entirely outside your control.

“With 98 million Americans expected to hit the road this holiday season, it’s almost certain that some of them will encounter delays, cancellations and travel emergencies,” says Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection President Dean Sivley. “Especially during the winter holidays, every person should travel insured.”

Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection is one company that offers travel insurance that includes 24/7 emergency assistance even on Christmas and Thanksgiving, which can be difficult travel days.

Mr. Sivley’s company offers tips on how best to avoid unplanned delays and holiday travel misfortune, including traveling earlier in the day before the big rush of 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., or even adding a pre-departure day or two into the itinerary as a precaution against unforeseen weather events.

BHTP also advisers travelers to “take your time,” adding that many deadlines are “self-imposed.” Accordingly, it helps to give yourself a cushion of extra time on road trips and at airports.

More travel tips are available from BHTP at BHTP.com.

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