As I mentioned the other day, I just booked a last-minute family trip to Europe and my wife Natalie and I are getting everything ready for our big adventure. There are a lot of moving parts to the trip, including a cruise, and Natalie is definitely doing her homework – perhaps too much because the packages keep coming. Just a few minutes ago a (very cute) sun hat arrived for my daughter and yesterday, two cruise-approved power strips with no surge protection arrived (surge protectors are banned on most cruise ships). I asked her why she got two since I thought one would suffice but once she rattled off all the electronics to charge (both of our laptops, both of our phones, both of our watches, her Kindle, the kids’ iPads … ) I realized she had a point. RELATED: 12 Essential Items That Will Make Your Summer Travels Smoother
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My point is, we’re doing our research and getting ready and since we haven’t been across the pond since before the pandemic, and never as a family of four (our daughter is three years old), I thought you would appreciate some of the things we’re doing to get ready for the trip.
One of the things I ticked off my to do list was getting travel insurance. We have an annual plan with Allianz and have for almost 10 years. Full disclosure: My wife and I have worked with Allianz for years but I’m a believer in travel insurance for the peace of mind it provides.
Although Allianz’s plan is probably sufficient for us, I just want to make sure we’re covered to the max, which is why I just renewed my Medjet plan for the first time since 2019. If you’re not familiar Medjet offers memberships to residents of US, Canada, Mexico for medical air transport services. Members 150 miles from home, can access medical transport assistance to get them home.
The big difference with Medjet is that if, God forbid, you have a medical emergency on your trip, they will transport you in either an air ambulance or buy you a first class seat or a whole row depending on what you need and take you to the hospital of your choice. Not the closest one. If you were to get an air ambulance from Europe to the U.S. you’re looking at well over $100,000 so spending a few hundred dollars is worth the peace of mind.
On top of that, I was fortunate to get a media rate so it dropped my price by almost 50% but even without the discount, I do believe it’s worth it. But don’t just take my word for it, here is a recent Medjet member’s story:
Other well-known travel experts swear by Medjet as well, including Peter Greenberg and Wendy Perrin. Here’s what they say about it:
“Medjet does the best job for one very important reason. The fine-print disclaimers that you’ll find in other policies are virtually eliminated … I strongly advise you to consider this.” ~ Peter Greenberg
“An ideal choice for widespread coverage” ~ Wendy Perrin
Medjet also protects the NFL when they play their games overseas. If you’re traveling this summer, like Peter Greenberg, I suggest you consider getting Medjet coverage to help you better enjoy your travels.
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