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Q&A: Ask a Travel Agent

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Q: Is travel insurance worth the expense?
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“Yes. Things can and do go wrong. A good policy will set you back about $130, but you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re protected in case of theft, illness, or other unfortunate events.” —Barbara Gallay, Linden Frosch Travel

Q: What advice do you give for navigating Europe by car?
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“In the past few years, many European cities have introduced new traffic-restricted areas. Some are poorly marked, putting travelers at risk for violation tickets, so be sure to look closely for signs.” —Andrea Sertoli, Select Italy

Q: Any potential snafus travelers should watch out for when booking flights?
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“Avoid smaller start-up airlines whenever possible. While they may offer inexpensive flights compared with larger carriers, they tend to fly fewer routes, are more likely to cancel flights, and could even be at risk for going out of business altogether. It’s worth paying a little more for reliability.” —Diane Embree, Michael’s Travel Centre

Q: How can you get everyone excited about a family vacation?
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“One great way to keep family members engaged is to let each person plan a day that incorporates what they’re most interested in learning about or doing.” —Kay Merrill, Are We There Yet? Family Adventures

Q: What did you learn from your worst travel experience?
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“After having my luggage stolen from the Johannesburg airport en route to a safari in Botswana, I learned the hard way—pack light, carry on luggage, and travel in dark clothing, just in case. White doesn't stand up well to bush walks.” —Karen Benson, Camelback Odyssey Travel

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