By Assunta Ng
NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY
Most folks are thrilled to operate a vehicle a Mercedes-Benz. But I sensed trouble when my hubby George rented a fresh Mercedes-Benz whenever we were in England a couple of years ago.
“No, I don’t want a fresh car,” I objected. “And I don’t want a Mercedes.”
“The (car rental) guy explained that this may be the only car that they had left,” George replied. He and I aren’t vain about fancy cars; we have been practical and care more concerning the merits of automobiles than their brand.
“Okay, you get full insurance better,” I said.
“Yea,” he said. It’s just a small fee once you add insurance to your vehicle rental charge. Some bank cards offer rental auto insurance — consult with your charge card company and make certain liability insurance is roofed.
It’s risky for George to operate a vehicle in England for just two reasons. We were not really acquainted with the national country, and he’s not used to the tyre on the proper side of the motor car. Actually, there’s another good reason, England’s roads are hard to program on the GPS. You should know the precise name with the precise spelling to be programmed to get the right directions. A hyphen and dot could be challenging to enter on the GPS.
On the first, George drove from the London airport to Windsor. It straightforward was pretty. However, day on our second, an exit was missed by us driving to Oxford, and finished up on the incorrect road. There, the motor car hit the tail end of a double-decker bus because George couldn’t start to see the bus. The Mercedes! Don’t ask.
The completely new car’s front was crooked and bent. The damages were over $1,000 U.S. We spent four hours looking forward to the tow truck and the motor car rental company to send us another car.
The positive thing was, we paid nothing. There is little paperwork involved, we didn’t have to file any claim forms. The motor car rental company took care of everything. Our insurance covered everything, however, not our spirit. We were shaken. But without insurance, we’d have felt worse even. Then, Day george struck the sidewalk whenever we left the garage another. Oh yes, the damage was obvious. Again, it had been included in the insurance. It’s unusual for George to possess two accidents in two days. He’s got a solid history of being truly a good driver for many years in the U.S. Once you travel in a strange land, it’s rather a different story totally.
I didn’t know any thing about travel cover initially. Our friend Vi Mar, a former travel agent, taught us to obtain insurance in 1990. Newspaper work was unpredictable. We didn’t know if we’re able to leave our office for 14 days during Christmas. “For the reassurance, get insurance,” she said. If anything happens, losing will be minimal.
There were several family emergencies since that time, and we travel as usual with insurance plan. My mother-in-law was near dying, and we didn’t know if we have to travel.
Then, my mother was sick and I hesitated to plan trips. But with insurance, we were comfortable to plan flights and cruises months beforehand, since we’re able to anytime cancel our trip. There were don’t worry.
One friend argued she doesn’t have confidence in buying travel cover. “I go back home safe out of every trip, and nothing happens,” she said. “And the insurance firms make all of the money from me just.”
If nothing happens in my own trips, I count that as blessings not merely for myself, however the insurance provider too. I’d rather they create a little money and my stress of facing an enormous unexpected loss, reduced.
Getting sick on the trip
Are you aware your medical health insurance plan might not cover you once you travel overseas?
If you obtain sick, it may be a financial disaster or mental drain. Maybe once or twice, my hubby got sick during our trips, and we felt helpless. We didn’t learn how to get doctors or where you might get help. He was sick because us prescribed medicine that has been too strong for him. His body didn’t react well. I asked for help from the hotel whenever we were in Venice. Once the doctor arrived, my hubby refused to let he be observed by the physician. He didn’t have any confidence in the physician. I had to cover the doctor for turning up still.
Bring the proper medicine for travel. Year last, whenever we were in London, my hubby had diarrhea because of eating over-greasy stuff. I didn’t bring any anti-diarrhea pills. If we visit China, I’d have brought the anti-diarrhea kind. I brought constipation-relief pills only.
It’s vital that you have both.
Also, don’t drink the water from the restaurants once you travel. Require hot water, that is much safer, and can save you a whole large amount of grief.
Stay from street food away. They look good often, but you do not know the locals prepare them now.
Salt C ought to be on your own packing list. Salt water is for sore throat best. Vitamin C boosts your immunity from any flu or colds. Bring medicine, including antibiotics, to fight flus and colds. You could be in a position to buy those beyond your hotel conveniently. However, if you are sick really, it’s handy to possess those close to you.
It’s no fun while you are sick during travel. Plan and do around you can to safeguard your wellbeing — it’s the best arrange for travel.
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