This post is sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and I have received financial compensation.
I don’t talk about it often but a little over a year ago one of my kids got sick – really sick – and it shook our family to the core. Any future plans of travel quickly fizzled in importance and the life we once knew no longer looked recognizable.
For several months we bunkered down. Our only adventures became what doctor we would see next and what new tests they would run.
Everything that had been part of our normal life disappeared overnight and to be frank, none of it really mattered. I didn’t care that I was missing a trip to Florida or that I hadn’t left the house for days on end. I just wanted my baby back and I would have given up anything to make that happen.
Thankfully, after working with an amazing team of doctors, today we are about 95% healed. We still have a team of professionals that we work with regularly to monitor and guide us through this new diagnosis but life, as we knew it before, is slowly coming back.
Keep Moving Forward
I share this story because when something difficult like this shakes a family, it can be hard to come back from it. To be completely honest, after going through this, I came very close to writing travel off completely.
I tip-toed around, scared of anything that could trigger a relapse or a stressful situation.
In my head, I made up a theory that I just needed to remain very still in order to keep bad things like this from happening again.
And so I remained very still.
As I began to feel depressed and isolated, I thankfully had some internal insight. I began to understand that a lot of my feelings were simply based on fear. It was a fearful feeling to travel with my kids because I worried about sickness while we were away. What if we needed to seek medical attention? I stopped planning trips because I felt like putting down money in advance could be risky. After all, there was a good chance we might not be able to go once the time came around.
It took me awhile, but I finally came to the enlightenment that because we were given a second chance, we needed to use it. I decided that if we were ever going to fully come back from this blow, we were going to have to keep moving forward as a family.
I decided it was time to start attempting to work travel back into our lives. It was something we all deeply enjoyed and life without it felt hollow.
As I started to put together the pieces, I noticed that travel didn’t and couldn’t look the same for us anymore. There were still a lot of concerns around travel and now several extra things to prepare for as well.
We decided as a family that the best thing for us to do would be to start small. Weekend trips within a few hours worked well. We were far enough away to experience something new but close enough to come home quickly if needed.
As time passed, we started working our way into longer and further away destinations. We found that these were also doable with just a little bit of extra planning.
Planning ahead for travel is now a must. Things such as doctors phone numbers, medicines, and research on the nearest medical facilities are all a necessary part of the plan. Another new part of the plan is securing travel insurance to ease the worry of financial loss should something come up that alters our plans or to cover us when we’re traveling out of our network area.
Allianz Travel Insurance
Allianz Travel Insurance is an annual program that only needs to be purchased once for a year’s worth of travel coverage. Having it set up this way makes things easier because it is one less thing to think about when planning for travel as much as we do.
Having this coverage helps give peace of mind because it protects us in two ways: it can cover the pre-paid, non-refundable expenses, such as flight, hotel, or event tickets. Plus, it can provide assistance services if things go wrong after we’re away.
What Types of Things Can Travel Insurance Cover?
- Trip Cancellation
- Trip Interruption
- Emergency Medical and Dental
- Emergency Medical Transportation
- Baggage Delay
- Baggage Insurance
- Collision Loss Damage
- Travel Accident
- Travel Delay
The best thing about Allianz is that they offer four different annual products to choose from – these are Basic, Deluxe, Executive and Premier. The Premier Family plan covers everyone in the same household and starts at $450.
If travel insurance is something you’ve considered for your family, I recommend heading over to the “Find a Plan” page to decide which program best suits your individual needs or concerns. Choosing the right coverage can help eliminate many of the “what if’s”- making it less worrisome to move forward in the family travel planning process.
The last thing I’ve learned through all of this is to be flexible. Life can sometimes throw us a curveball and cause us to want to give up. But don’t give up. Keep doing the things you love – even if this means you simply have to find a new way of doing it.
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