Madrid Travel Guides to Get the Most Out of Madrid!

When planning a trip to Madrid, one of the best ways to enjoy it and keep it all organized, is through the use of Madrid travel guides. These guides have a purpose both when planning, and when you are already in the city.

Before traveling, they can give you an overview of the city facilities, roads, available accommodations and such. And once you are in the city, they can be life and time savers allowing to quickly find what you are looking for thanks to the in-depth guides and maps.

Printed Madrid Travel Guides

These guides have the convenience of being easily portable. I recommend to anyone traveling to Madrid to get a printed pocket guide that comes with a map. It is essential that you carry it anywhere, and I like to see it as a user guide to Madrid.

Want something to eat? Open your little book. Need to find directions for that fancy club? Again your little Madrid travel guide is there for you. Hard to find a decent hotel? Well… you get my point.

Online Madrid Travel Guides

Online guides are of best use prior to traveling to Madrid. These guides give you an overview of the city, the restaurants, hotels, activities and attractions. I found these guides of best help when it comes to plan your trip, that’s because they are always actualized and even offer some pretty good travel deals!

There are lots of online guides and it would be good to read around a little first to get a “feel” of the city.

With Madrid travel guides you’ll have everything you need to enjoy your vacations like you’re supposed to. What are you waiting for? Madrid is waiting for you!

What is the Difference Between Travel Insurance and Trip Insurance?

Many times I have had clients ask me, when should I purchase Trip or Travel Medical Insurance. What’s the difference?

There are, of course, major differences that is why they are normally purchased for different reasons. Understand that the Benefit descriptions here are really short so be sure and read the full Benefit information of any plan before you decide that it’s the one for you.

Trip Cancellation: When your trip is cancelled due to reasons out of your control.

  • Trip Insurance: Payment is based on the cost of your trip, typically up to $20,000
  • Travel Insurance: No Benefit

Trip Interruption: When your trip is cancelled due to reasons out of your control.

  • Trip Insurance: Payment is based on the cost of your trip – usually the amount of your trip
  • Travel Insurance: Pays to return you to your area of principle residence up to some amount, typically $5,000

Travel Delay: Lost or stolen passport travel documents, or money medical quarantine natural disaster your injury or illness or that of your travel companion

  • Trip Insurance: Up to $500 per insured person
  • Travel Insurance: No Benefit

Baggage and Personal Possessions: Damage to, loss of, or theft of your checked or stored baggage by a common carrier

  • Trip Insurance: Also while stored with your hotel. Typically will pay up to $1,000 per person
  • Travel Insurance: Usually pays much less per person maximum

Baggage Delay

  • Trip Insurance: Will pay some amount typically up to $100
  • Travel Insurance: No Benefit

Emergency Medical/Dental Expenses

  • Trip Insurance: Up to some specified amount usually something like $10,000
  • Travel Insurance: Up to policy maximum

Emergency Medical Evacuation/Repatriation: Reasonable expenses for evacuation to the nearest adequate medical facility

  • Trip Insurance: Typically up to $20,000
  • Travel Insurance: Up to a much higher amount than trip insurance, something like $500,000

Emergency Reunion or Return of Mortal Remains: Will pay for return of dependent child or grandchildren, transportation and lodging for a family member to be at your bedside

  • Trip Ins.: Typically will pay up to $3,000
  • Travel Ins.: Will pay typically up to $50,000, much higher than trip insurance

Common Carrier AD&D

  • Trip Insurance: Up to some specified amount typically $100,000 per person
  • Travel Insurance: Up to some specified amount typically $50,000 per person with a maximum of $250,000 per family

What does all of this really mean? Well, it looks like the Insurance specifically designed to protect your Trip investment (airline tickets, cruise tickets, hotel costs, etc) is better than Travel Medical Insurance which doesn’t cover any of this.

If you are concerned about your $5,000 investment in your vacation this summer you can purchase Trip protection for approx 4%(based on age of 0-49) of the cost. That’s $200 to protect our investment, not a bad deal.

At the same time if your trip is delayed you have some protection against that too. Really handy for things like Iceland volcanos, earthquakes, airline worker strikes or sudden outbreaks of terror activities in the country you had planned on visiting. For these 3 possibilities, trip cancellation and trip delay protection is well worth the money.

However, remember that Trip Insurance, like all insurance, must be purchased prior to something happening, so it’s best to get it quickly after paying for you trip.

Free International Travel Guides – The Best For Where You’re Going

Ah, the age of information… nowadays folks are binging on information, yet starving for knowledge. Rather than wade through countless websites in search of solid advice, I’ve done the leg work for you by compiling the best free international travel guides out there today. The format of online guides differ from their tangible counterparts; where a book must include information you need before and during your trip, online travel guides provide the ability to get exactly what you need, when you need it.

Several times I have used an online guide book, and merely printed (or jotted down in my notebook) the most important info for the next few days. Here’s my list of the best free international travel guides:

Travelfish.org. There is no single source for travelers to Southeast Asia better than Travelfish. Loaded with easy to navigate information on the entire region, including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Singapore, Travelfish covers all the travelers’ needs. The forum is really well done, and you can expect a high level experience from those who respond to your questions. Most of the information is free, and they do offer e-guides for each country at roughly $5 (a true bargain).

Lonley Planet’s Thorn Tree Forum. Very much like the forum on Travelfish, but with global coverage. I’m a firm believer that guide books are generally outdated by the time they hit the press, and it’s important to get from the road advice from someone who is there. Visa requirements change, roads are closed, violence happens…don’t get caught unprepared. Forums also provides advice you’ll never find in a guidebook, either: the need for bribes, history of violence, etc. These are important considerations in the real world that most publications (and governments) tend to gloss over.

Lonley Planet. Though they haven’t implemented it, LP has come up with the brilliant notion of offering a “pay as you go” program where you can choose portions of a guide book and pay for that part only. Keep an eye out on their website for the release date.

Bootsnall.com There are many international travel guides available on this site, and one could spend a lifetime searching through their network. A really good network for travelers, with independent travel blogs for a more personal approach.

These three are far and away the best online source for free international travel guides, and I suggest you research your destination with these both prior to and during your trip.