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TRAVEL INSURANCE ADVISORY
Whether or not you choose to purchase travel insurance, please read this entire advisory document carefully. Then sign it & return it to the address below, along with your USDT Registration + Liability Release forms. Thank you very much for your time & thoughtfulness.
When experienced adventure travelers visit remote or undeveloped locations overseas, they know it makes good economic sense to protect their gear & luggage, & their valuable trip investment -- the lodging, dive packages, side-tours & air tickets. The best way to secure this protection is to buy, right when you tender your first deposits, a sensible travel insurance package. We are not trying to sell you travel insurance. In fact, USDT does not sell travel insurance for self-evident ethical reasons. (Please see the Travel Insurance hot-link on our USDT Home Page.)
However, since Sept. 11, 2001 -- the need for travel cancellation insurance is greater now than ever, because of the new complexity of many expensive adventure trips, because airlines can be vexingly unreliable with their random flight cancellations, & because the world is not always a safe place. Here is why we encourage you to get travel insurance on your own. Bottom line -- USDT is not a bank, & therefore we keep virtually no cash reserves on hand, no money in escrow for clients. We are required by contract to remit client funds properly, sending your payments overseas as soon as we receive them. And we do so, without exception, for all clients. Therefore once we comply with our fiduciary responsibility & send your payments overseas, if the vessel or resort you want to visit defaults on you -- a situation beyond our control -- it is virtually impossible to secure a refund from that overseas service provider. We alert you to this potential problem NOT to create anxiety, rather to help focus your awareness so you can protect your valuable vacation investment more vigorously. Summary: please get your own travel cancellation insurance right when you pay your first deposit. Do not procrastinate until just before you depart your hometown. The reason is simple & powerful. If you DO secure travel cancellation insurance, for example, & a random hurricane demolishes your resort 3 months before you were scheduled to visit, then you still will be fully covered under most travel insurance plans. We recommend you ALWAYS buy your travel insurance immediately upon tendering the first deposit, if the insurance carrier allows. Smart travelers never procrastinate. Travel cancellation insurance is easy to purchase.
U.S. Dive Travel
strongly encourages you to consider shopping for, & purchasing, your own travel insurance, to greatly increase
your protection from the following potential vacation mishaps:
I have read all of the above information carefully. I fully understand that a well-planned travel insurance package will increase protection of my trip from the above-mentioned mishaps, & from other unforeseen incidents that might occur. I also hereby acknowledge that U.S. Dive Travel has strongly recommended to me that I buy travel cancellation insurance for this trip. Therefore, I understand that by signing this waiver & release form I personally assume all legal & financial responsibility for any vacation mishaps that might cost me money, time or stress, including but not limited to all of the above-listed events. I also permanently waive all current & future rights to press any form of monetary claim, legal action or litigation against the firm of U.S. Dive Travel & its owners John Hessburg & Susan Hessburg, or against any of their agents, associates, guides, employees or family members, should I ever experience any delay, loss, damages, cancellation, interruption, injury, illness, disability, poor service, incomplete service, disappointment, or any other unforeseen mishap on this upcoming U.S. Dive Travel vacation trip.
Client's Signature: _________________________________ Signing Date: _________________
Vacation Destination: _______________________________ Dates of Trip: _________________
IMPORTANT NOTE to ALL CLIENTS: For the record, U.S. Dive Travel accepts absolutely no commissions or payments from any travel insurance companies for these referrals. We offer you this information for one reason only -- to increase the safety & security of your vacation. Your safety & satisfaction overseas are important to us. This agreement shall be interpreted, construed, enforced & administered according to the laws of the State of Minnesota, USA -- superceding the laws of all other states, nations or territories. If you have questions, call us at 952-953-4124. Our mailing address is: USDT, PMB 307 -- Suite #116, 15050 Cedar Ave. S., St. Paul, MN 55124-7047. You can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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