Travel is Better with Peace of Mind

Ever since Veronica and I set out as empty nest nomads, you might say GypsyNesters, fifteen years ago, one of the first questions that many people ask us is, what will we do if we have a medical emergency. Since we are who we are, we usually say something silly like “we never go anywhere that we wouldn’t want to be stranded in” or “we hear the hospitals are great in Timbuktu.”

And we can get away with that because so far, we have been extremely lucky and no big health problems have popped up while we have been gallivanting across the globe. But that doesn’t mean that our luck will last forever, and we shouldn’t be prepared for anything and everything that might arise.

For example, a few years ago I had a heart attack. Luckily, it wasn’t severe, and we were at home, about three miles from a good hospital. So, after a bit of a scare I had a stent in me within a few hours. But what if it had been serious and I had been cavorting with the llamas at Machu Picchu, or climbing The Great Wall of China?

To be honest, we can’t really say how that would have played out. The scenario is way outside of our expertise. Of course, the first thing would be to get to a hospital for medical attention as quickly as possible, and travel insurance can certainly help with medical bills, but then what?

Insurance is fine, and everyone should have health coverage, but that very often does not cover some of the biggest expenses in the case of a major emergency. Not only that, but those insurance providers don’t offer much, if any, help in dealing with the logistics and details of getting you safely home while receiving the care that you need should an emergency medical evacuation be found to be medically necessary.

With that scare behind us, now we know that there may come a time when we will need to turn to some real experts for help, and a membership like Emergency Assistance Plus can literally be a life saver. Their response team is on call all day, every day with one goal, to get you proper medical attention and get you back home as quickly and safely as possible.

Accomplishing that requires a response team made up of a global network of highly skilled medical professionals, including an internal medicine team of rescue nurses and doctors who specialize in flight physiology should you need to be returned home on a commercial flight or via an air ambulance. They are also supported by an extensive group of coordinators and operations specialists, all fully trained to deal with every aspect of a crisis or medical emergency.

And don’t worry, the transportation services aren’t limited to only you. They also extend to your spouse or travel companion, dependents, and even your grandchildren traveling with you can be brought home safe and sound. Even more, translation services are included, along with assistance in case of lost luggage and even an emergency cash advance if needed.

But it is a good idea to remember that emergencies don’t only happen in far off places, so Emergency Assistance Plus will deliver the same comprehensive services even in case something should happen while traveling closer to home. In fact, they will even make sure that your RV or vehicle is returned to your home. Now that’s what we call peace of mind.

OK, so we can almost hear the next question right through our laptops, how could we possibly afford a service like this?

Well, first of all, Emergency Assistance Plus is not insurance, so it doesn’t have all of those costs. It is affordable for an annual, paid membership program with hundreds of thousands of members enjoying the contentment of knowing that any emergency medical evacuation and transportation services will be taken care of while traveling. And like us, most Emergency Assistance Plus members are between the ages of 65-85.

So, we have one more question, “is it really a vacation if you can’t relax and forget about worrying?”

We don’t think so, and Emergency Assistance Plus is a small price to pay for that peace of mind.

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David and Veronica,

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