Friday, September 6, 2013

Lesson Learned... Purchase Travel Insurance

I was supposed to leave this Sunday for a week long jaunt across the pond, but my travel buddy is ill and the thought of her being miserable for this adventure just sounded like a horrible idea so we postponed it for next month. And I am so incredibly thankful that when I booked our flights that I also purchased travel insurance. I learned that lesson last September.

Last year on September 23rd my mother was playing tennis, tripped backwards and cracked her head on the court. She was rushed by ambulance to Boston and the next few days were the worst of my life. I am an emotional person under normal circumstances so imagine being the executor of your parent's will and having to deal with the hospital, telling your family members what's going on, and not being able to think straight for days. I basically lived at Beth Israel (amazing hospital, amazing staff) for the days leading up to my mother's discharge and then I lived with her for a while until other family members could step in so I could go back to work. It was an extremely draining time, but also really great because I learned that I can handle horrible circumstances, I am stronger than I thought, and I have amazing family and friends who are there for me when I need them. I love my family so, so much. They are amazing.

And so we come back to travel insurance. A week after my mother's accident we were supposed to fly to Chicago to visit family. Obviously with her condition (not to mention her Quasimodo-like appearance, sorry Mum) we weren't able to fly so I jumped through hoops for US Airways, getting what they required in order to refund or postpone our trip only to have them say that since we didn't have trip insurance they wouldn't refund the flights but we could change the flight dates... for an additional cost that was equal to what we had already paid for the tickets. I can't express how upset it made me that they weren't willing to work with me when my mother had a brain bleed. So now I always purchase trip insurance. And this time it's been put to good use.

So I'm not heading out of town this weekend as planned, but I am going to sit down and do some writing. For real. No excuses. No baking. No procrastination. It's time to get down to business, Stephanie.

Look out next week for a guest post from my friend Kaitlin (We Are The Tide). She was the person who suggested I read THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS and THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, which I immediately went out and bought and devoured. I hope you enjoy her post!

Happy Reading!



  1. Stephanie, we are so happy to hear that you had travel insurance to cover you since your travel buddy is ill. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help with your future travel insurance needs. Hope everyone is feeling better soon!

    Safe travels,

  2. Stephanie, Sorry to hear about your mother's fall and travel buddy falling ill. However, we're glad to hear you had travel insurance. If you have any questions about what other situations may be covered or need help in the future, we'd be happy help.

    All the best,
    Global Alert Travel Insurance


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