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Take the Travel Insurance

A favorite line of mine from The Godfather… “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

Well here’s my advice….

“Leave the uncertainty. Take the travel insurance.”

Now, I’m not a person who buys every extended warranty that I’m offered by any stretch of the imagination. I accept that stuff breaks. And if it breaks within the first 6 months, I’m bringing it back to you- and raising dignified hell about it until I’m satisfied. But I digress….

When my mother-in-law was alive, and my husband and I would travel, I ALWAYS bought travel insurance. My MIL would get very ill from time to time, and I always had a “vacation escape plan” for if we needed to interrupt (or even cancel) our vacay, and high tail it back home. 

And yes, anything can happen at anyone at anytime, but if someone has health challenges, the odds are that they could have a downturn…

We lost Nana in 2014, and after that point, I stopped buying travel insurance. Foolishly, I had tied out need for it to her situation and didn’t consider other calamities that could befall even the best laid travel plans. 

Until it happened….

We were looking forward to a trip to Mexico to celebrate a friend’s wedding. Through a series of unfortunate events, the wedding was cancelled….

This time, I didn’t purchase travel insurance…

Travel insurance provides coverage for various issues such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost or damaged luggage, and even medical evacuation. 

Find your travel insurance
Most booking sites, for example, Travelocity and Expedia, will even offer it. But when I booked our trip, I declined it…

And sooooooo, I lost the deposit at our resort, and was charged a cancellation fee for each ticket with Delta Airlines.

Salt level: 

So, learn from my gaffe and save yourself the crying of real salty tears…. 

“Leave the uncertainty. Take the travel insurance.”
Best travels,

Dr. Peaches and Miss Pickles

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