Whether we display it in a prominent place or keep it stuffed in a drawer, save it on a hard drive or only in the back of our minds, we all have a list of places we want to go before we make our way into the great beyond. For many people, this is better known as a bucket list.
One thing we’ve found in our discussions with fellow travelers is that the adventures on those checklists tend to take place in some pretty exotic locations. Fulfilling our lifelong aspirations often requires trekking to far-flung outposts in remote corners of the globe.
Planning a visit to some of those isolated regions can lead to a level of anxiety that often prevents people from pursuing the dream. All too often we find ourselves asking, “What if something happens?”
Turning a once-in-a-lifetime experience into a reality doesn’t have to be a daunting proposition if we take the proper precautions. One surefire way to relieve the apprehension and forge ahead with confidence is to address those pesky “What if?” doubts ahead of time.
What If I Face a Medical Emergency That Is Beyond the Local Hospital’s Ability to Handle?
Accidents and sickness know no boundaries. Mishaps happen, and no matter how cautious we are, some dreaded tropical bug or unfamiliar virus can attack. Usually the local health care system is adequate, but sometimes the only solution is to get to first-rate facilities as soon as possible.
That’s when state-of-the-art medical transport becomes a necessity. It’s a situation that typical travel insurance won’t address, but a MedjetHorizon membership will.
Members have worldwide access to medical aircraft that are staffed with professionals and ready to transport them to the hospital of their choice back in their home country. MedjetHorizon can even arrange special intensive-care aircraft should the need arise, and in most cases a family member can fly along with the patient.
What If Political Conditions in the Country Deteriorate While I’m on My Trip?
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These days, political unrest can be a real concern. Many of the world’s wonders are located in regions that are somewhat less than stable. Many times conditions can drastically change between the time we book a trip and when we travel.
We found ourselves in Istanbul during the Gezi Park protests in 2013. Even though our hotel was only a couple of blocks from the action, everything worked out fine. But can we count on always being that lucky? Maybe not, so MedjetHorizon has an international crisis response network designed to perform in those types of circumstances should we not be so fortunate next time.
The Crisis Response Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with experienced travel security experts dedicated to solving problems big or small. They can assist anywhere in the world with everything from finding legal representation and helping sort out passport and visa issues to an evacuation during a coup or terrorist attack.
What If I Can’t Find a Doctor?
Forget the phonebook. MedjetHorizon’s experts can recommend doctors and hospitals almost anywhere and furnish accurate contact information. Not only that, but they can also make sure that the folks back home are fully informed with emergency communication to the family.
What If I Can’t Explain My Problem?
Another thing we’ve learned firsthand is that the language barrier can pose problems, especially when seeking health care. On several occasions, we’ve found ourselves in the midst of elaborate pantomime performances while trying to obtain a remedy whose name did not appear in our handy travel dictionary.
MedjetAssist representatives can provide members with translation and interpretation over the phone in these sorts of situations. This ensures that you get the right medicine and save a lot of time and potential embarrassment.
With this peace of mind, the only “What if?” left to check off of the list will be what if we can travel where ever we want without a care in the world?