Travel insurances and vaccines

 - 26 October 2018 - Travel Diary

Why should you get a travel insurance ?

Because, for example in France our social security and our mutual insurance are no longer valid outside Europe, a problem can quickly occur and health costs abroad may soon become significant….

In addition, our civil liability coverage abroad, included in multi-risk home insurance policies, no longer works after 90 days spent abroad….

What are the guarantees of a travel insurance?

Of course, coverage levels and prices vary from one insurance company to another, so it is important to compare them carefully and read the small notes before making your choice.

Below is a list of the guarantees you will find in the different products:
– Repatriation assistance
– Medical expenses and hospitalization abroad
– Daily allowance in case of hospitalisation
– Research and rescue costs
– Anticipated return
– Luggage insurance
– Civil liability
– Death allowance
– Juridical assistance

According to our researches, the 3 most popular insurances are those of Chapka, AVI and ACS.  We have chosen Chapka’s “Cap Aventure” insurance, which is ideal for journeys beyond 90 days and world tours. As well as providing a very complete list of benefits, it is the one with the most attractive ceilings. It stands out particularly in terms of luggages and legal insurance coverage.

 

Credit card insurances

If you plan on using your credit card insurance, we strongly advise you to contact your bank and check all the guarantees offered, their conditions and their duration.

For example, in France, Visa Premier travel insurance is only valid for the first 180 days of travel and only if you have paid for your ticket or car rental with this card. The assistance guarantees are valid if you have a Visa Premier card but only during the first 90 days of the trip…

Vaccines

When traveling it is also important to check out the vaccines! In many countries, several vaccines are highly recommended, and some are even mandatory.

As for us, we looked at the Pasteur Institute website and booked an appointment at a vaccination centre in Bordeaux. We first explained our itinerary and the conditions of our trip to a doctor, then we reviewed the vaccines that had already been administered.

We were up to date for:
– Diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis
– Measles, mumps, rubella
– Tuberculosis
– Hepatitis B

After the doctor’s recommendations, we therefore chose to get vaccinated against:
Yellow fever (1 injection)
Typhoid (1 injection)
Hepatitis A (2 injections, recall at 12 months which can be done after the trip)
Rabies (3 injections, recall at 7 and 28 days before the trip)

Pasteur institut – Preparing to travel abroad
Pasteur institut – General recommendations

Rabbies

We have been hesitating for a long time to get vaccinated against rabies. Indeed, the vaccine is expensive (3 injections costing €50) and it does not prevent you from getting the disease but only gives you an extra 1 to 3 days to reach a hospital and have access to a curative treatment.

Nevertheless, South America is a high-risk area where only big city hospitals are in possession of the curative vaccine. And rabies being a deadly disease, we didn’t want to take the risk…

Pasteur institut – Disease sheet – Rabies

Malaria

As for malaria, there is no vaccine yet. To protect yourself, you are advised to take preventive treatment, the modalities of which depend on the destination, the conditions and the duration of your stay, the season… However, this treatment does not provide total protection, so it is important to protect yourself from bites by wearing long clothes, sleeping under a net and using repellents (to apply on the skin and clothes).

As preventive antimalarial drugs have a significant cost and side effects, we have decided to take only the curative treatment with us in case of emergency and to make sure we protect ourselves well from being bitten.

Pasteur institut – Disease sheet – Malaria

Marineetedo BQ 2
Montagne 3 BQ
Montagne 2 BQ

First aid kit

For the first aid kit, you can simply ask for a prescription of the medicines you need during your appointment at the vaccination center.

We will bring:
– An anti-diarrheal
– An intestinal antibacterial
– An antispasmodic
– A general antibiotic
– Paracetamol
– Bandages
– Steri-strip
– Disinfectant
– Water purifying tablets

  • WORLD STORIES #7 - Ed, United States

New live portrait, the story of Ed who we met in Guamal, Colombia when we were teaching english to local kids : https://bit.ly/2XjPnOW «It was in Christmas 2000, I was having troubles with the board of directors of the NGO I was working with and I realized I did not have to do this anymore. Everything I owned was paid for, I could do whatever I wanted to do. 
So one day I woke up and I decided to leave. I have had a very nice and interesting first 50 years and I wanted to share my experience with other people...» Check the full article on our website :)
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#colombia #portraitsphotography #portraitphotography #portraits #travelphotography #diversitymatters ##travelwithnomoney #autostop #hitchhiking #lumixg7 #portrait #volunteering #workaway #workawayinfo #earthoffical#discoverearth #earthescope #wildernessculture #traveldudes #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #travellingthroughtheworld #bbctravel #workawayadventure #moods_in_frame #depthsofEarth #allaboutadventures
  • WORLD STORIES #6 - KERRY, UNITED STATES

We met Kerry during our first volunteering in Ecuador. He bought his farm 3 years ago and wants to demonstrate that a model of sustainable agriculture which does not depend on chemicals or pesticides is possible. 
Take a look at our website to get more information and nice photos ! :) https://bit.ly/2FyqPXQ
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#sustainabilitymatters#organicfarm #organicagriculture #sustainableagriculture #portraitsphotography #portraitphotography #portraits #travelphotography #diversitymatters #lifestories #travelwithnomoney #autostop #hitchhiking #lumixg7 #portrait #earthoffical#discoverearth #earthescope #wildernessculture #traveldudes #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #travellingthroughtheworld #bbctravel #earth_shotz#moods_in_frame #depthsofEarth #allaboutadventures
  • TRAVEL DIARIES #5 - TRANSATLANTIC - FROM LA GOMERA TO MARTINIQUE « "The great adventure begins! Are you afraid? No but I have a weird feeling in my belly…" Groceries are made, the boat is ready, we can set sails for the Caribbean! La Gomera is gently fading away as we set our course toward the West. Few hours pass and we eventually find ourselves surrounded by water… Next time we will see the land will be in 3 weeks, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.» Here is the 5th video of our Travel Diaries serie ! Have a look to the full blog article on our website https://bit.ly/2L0JNtN :) Kisses from Ecuador! 💃☀ :D .
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 #caribbean #sailing #hitchhiking #transatlantic #transat #sail #sunrise_sunset #lumixg7 #cc5k #EarthSpirit #speechlessplaces #TLPicks #earthoffical#discoverearth #wildernessculture #traveldudes #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #travellingthroughtheworld #bbctravel #topworldpix #earth_shotz#moods_in_frame #depthsofEarth #eclectic_shotz #allaboutadventures
  • WORLD STORIES #5 - Albert, SPAIN

New live portrait, the story of Albert who we met in Grenada while trying to reach Colombia hitchhiking on sailing boats : https://bit.ly/2X2Zfvx «When I got 19, I was tired of working in Spain. I really wanted to leave, away from Barcelone. I looked for a cheap plane ticket, I took my backpack et I went to work in Norway. I arrived alone in Oslo. I took a bus for Bergen and I easily found a job. 
There, I met many travellers. They were working to get enough money to go travel again ! It hit me ! I wanted my life to look like this as well : work to be able to travel but not too much to not feel like I am wasting my time !

Now, I want to see everything, to know everything. And more than anything, I want to meet people. It’s the most important. It’s what makes a trip amazing. You meet locals, they can share with you about their country, their region… You discover new mindsets… It’s just magical ! And you can do this everywhere in the world !»
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#caribbean #portraitsphotography #portraitphotography #portraits #travelphotography #diversitymatters #lifestories #travelwithnomoney #autostop #hitchhiking #lumixg7 #portrait #sailing #sail #sailing⛵️ #earthoffical#discoverearth #earthescope #wildernessculture #traveldudes #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #travellingthroughtheworld #bbctravel #earth_shotz#moods_in_frame #depthsofEarth #allaboutadventure
  • TRAVEL DIARIES #4 - TRANSATLANTIC - FROM TENERIFE TO LA GOMERA « "Is this a boat that light over there? Wait but there are 2… and even 3… lannnnnnnd in sight ». If there is one thing that marked me during these 4 months in the sailing world, it’s the arrivals. When you just spent several days at sea, seeing the land truly becomes a magical moment!...» Here is the 4th video of our Travel Diaries serie ! Have a look on our website https://bit.ly/2JOKQfD to read the rest of the article :)
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 #caribbean #sailing #hitchhiking #transatlantic #transat #sail #sunrise_sunset #lumixg7 #cc5k #EarthSpirit #speechlessplaces #TLPicks #earthoffical#discoverearth #wildernessculture #traveldudes #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #travellingthroughtheworld #bbctravel #topworldpix #earth_shotz#moods_in_frame #depthsofEarth #eclectic_shotz #allaboutadventures
  • WORLD STORIES #4 - JUDITH, SPAIN

New live portrait, the story of Judith who we met in Grenada while trying to reach Colombia on sailing boats : https://bit.ly/2JJTgF5 « I went to a theatre and dance high school but after one year I was already wondering what I was doing here. I wanted this to end, I wanted to leave… I was sitting on a chair all day long listening at teachers without learning much.

And everyone was asking « What do you want to do after high school Judith? What are you going to study ? ». I just knew I wanted to take a gap year !

When I finished I was 18 years old and with Albert we decided to find a cheap flight and go without a return ticket. We arrived in Guadeloupe where we stopped for some time. Then, we decided to hitchhike a boat to go to Martinique. We almost stayed a month there and we hitchhiked another boat to go to Grenada. And now we are looking for a captain who could take us to Central or South America.

This is what I love about traveling. You really live in the present. Everyday you can decide what you want to do : « Ok well… today I want to visit the island, or : today I want to stay on the beach doing nothing, or : today I will look for a boat to go to Panama…». You do whatever you want with your life. This is freedom !

And it is crazy because everyone tells you that you should study to learn things. But I feel like I am learning much more since I started travelling.»
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#caribbean #portraitsphotography #portraitphotography #portraits #travelphotography #diversitymatters #lifestories #travelwithnomoney #autostop #hitchhiking #lumixg7 #portrait #sailing #sail #sailing⛵️ #earthoffical#discoverearth #earthescope #wildernessculture #traveldudes #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #travellingthroughtheworld #bbctravel #earth_shotz#moods_in_frame #depthsofEarth #allaboutadventure
  • After 3 amazing weeks in the nature volunteering in a hostel, we spent 4 days in the capital.

We had the chance to stay at Marine´s friend in La Candalaria, the colonial neighborhood which is like a little village with colorful houses and graffitis in the south of Bogota.

We climbed the Monserrate and realized how big was the city in the middle of the mountains. And we could even visit 3 free museums to learn a bit more about Colombian history!

We are now on the road to our next volunteering in Fusagasugá, 2 hours south of Bogota.
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#colombia #bogota #lacandelariabogota#monserratebogota #roadtrip #travelphotography #autostop #hitchhiking #sunrise_sunset #lumixg7 #cc5k #EarthSpirit #speechlessplaces #TLPicks #earthoffical#discoverearth #earthescope #wildernessculture #traveldudes #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #travellingthroughtheworld #bbctravel #earth_shotz
  • WORLD STORIES #3 - ALEJANDRO & LEIDY, VENEZUELA & COLOMBIA

Full video and blog article on our Website or Facebook Page with more infos and pictures of Guamal : http://bit.do/eRA2v
«We met Leidy and Alejandro during our second volunteering in Guamal. 3 years ago, they created an english institute to meet a social need : the low english level among young Colombians in rural areas...» Check the blog article for more insights 🙂
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#colombia #portraitsphotography #portraitphotography #portraits #travelphotography #diversitymatters #lifestories #travelwithnomoney #autostop #hitchhiking #lumixg7 #portrait #volunteering #workaway #workawayinfo #earthoffical#discoverearth #earthescope #wildernessculture #traveldudes #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #travellingthroughtheworld #bbctravel #workawayadventure #moods_in_frame #depthsofEarth #allaboutadventure
  • WORLD STORIES #7 - Ed, United States

New live portrait, the story of Ed who we met in Guamal, Colombia when we were teaching english to local kids : https://bit.ly/2XjPnOW «It was in Christmas 2000, I was having troubles with the board of directors of the NGO I was working with and I realized I did not have to do this anymore. Everything I owned was paid for, I could do whatever I wanted to do. 
So one day I woke up and I decided to leave. I have had a very nice and interesting first 50 years and I wanted to share my experience with other people...» Check the full article on our website :)
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#colombia #portraitsphotography #portraitphotography #portraits #travelphotography #diversitymatters ##travelwithnomoney #autostop #hitchhiking #lumixg7 #portrait #volunteering #workaway #workawayinfo #earthoffical#discoverearth #earthescope #wildernessculture #traveldudes #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #travellingthroughtheworld #bbctravel #workawayadventure #moods_in_frame #depthsofEarth #allaboutadventures
  • WORLD STORIES #6 - KERRY, UNITED STATES

We met Kerry during our first volunteering in Ecuador. He bought his farm 3 years ago and wants to demonstrate that a model of sustainable agriculture which does not depend on chemicals or pesticides is possible. 
Take a look at our website to get more information and nice photos ! :) https://bit.ly/2FyqPXQ
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#sustainabilitymatters#organicfarm #organicagriculture #sustainableagriculture #portraitsphotography #portraitphotography #portraits #travelphotography #diversitymatters #lifestories #travelwithnomoney #autostop #hitchhiking #lumixg7 #portrait #earthoffical#discoverearth #earthescope #wildernessculture #traveldudes #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #travellingthroughtheworld #bbctravel #earth_shotz#moods_in_frame #depthsofEarth #allaboutadventures
  • TRAVEL DIARIES #5 - TRANSATLANTIC - FROM LA GOMERA TO MARTINIQUE « "The great adventure begins! Are you afraid? No but I have a weird feeling in my belly…" Groceries are made, the boat is ready, we can set sails for the Caribbean! La Gomera is gently fading away as we set our course toward the West. Few hours pass and we eventually find ourselves surrounded by water… Next time we will see the land will be in 3 weeks, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.» Here is the 5th video of our Travel Diaries serie ! Have a look to the full blog article on our website https://bit.ly/2L0JNtN :) Kisses from Ecuador! 💃☀ :D .
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 #caribbean #sailing #hitchhiking #transatlantic #transat #sail #sunrise_sunset #lumixg7 #cc5k #EarthSpirit #speechlessplaces #TLPicks #earthoffical#discoverearth #wildernessculture #traveldudes #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #travellingthroughtheworld #bbctravel #topworldpix #earth_shotz#moods_in_frame #depthsofEarth #eclectic_shotz #allaboutadventures
  • WORLD STORIES #5 - Albert, SPAIN

New live portrait, the story of Albert who we met in Grenada while trying to reach Colombia hitchhiking on sailing boats : https://bit.ly/2X2Zfvx «When I got 19, I was tired of working in Spain. I really wanted to leave, away from Barcelone. I looked for a cheap plane ticket, I took my backpack et I went to work in Norway. I arrived alone in Oslo. I took a bus for Bergen and I easily found a job. 
There, I met many travellers. They were working to get enough money to go travel again ! It hit me ! I wanted my life to look like this as well : work to be able to travel but not too much to not feel like I am wasting my time !

Now, I want to see everything, to know everything. And more than anything, I want to meet people. It’s the most important. It’s what makes a trip amazing. You meet locals, they can share with you about their country, their region… You discover new mindsets… It’s just magical ! And you can do this everywhere in the world !»
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#caribbean #portraitsphotography #portraitphotography #portraits #travelphotography #diversitymatters #lifestories #travelwithnomoney #autostop #hitchhiking #lumixg7 #portrait #sailing #sail #sailing⛵️ #earthoffical#discoverearth #earthescope #wildernessculture #traveldudes #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #travellingthroughtheworld #bbctravel #earth_shotz#moods_in_frame #depthsofEarth #allaboutadventure
  • TRAVEL DIARIES #4 - TRANSATLANTIC - FROM TENERIFE TO LA GOMERA « "Is this a boat that light over there? Wait but there are 2… and even 3… lannnnnnnd in sight ». If there is one thing that marked me during these 4 months in the sailing world, it’s the arrivals. When you just spent several days at sea, seeing the land truly becomes a magical moment!...» Here is the 4th video of our Travel Diaries serie ! Have a look on our website https://bit.ly/2JOKQfD to read the rest of the article :)
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 #caribbean #sailing #hitchhiking #transatlantic #transat #sail #sunrise_sunset #lumixg7 #cc5k #EarthSpirit #speechlessplaces #TLPicks #earthoffical#discoverearth #wildernessculture #traveldudes #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #travellingthroughtheworld #bbctravel #topworldpix #earth_shotz#moods_in_frame #depthsofEarth #eclectic_shotz #allaboutadventures
  • WORLD STORIES #4 - JUDITH, SPAIN

New live portrait, the story of Judith who we met in Grenada while trying to reach Colombia on sailing boats : https://bit.ly/2JJTgF5 « I went to a theatre and dance high school but after one year I was already wondering what I was doing here. I wanted this to end, I wanted to leave… I was sitting on a chair all day long listening at teachers without learning much.

And everyone was asking « What do you want to do after high school Judith? What are you going to study ? ». I just knew I wanted to take a gap year !

When I finished I was 18 years old and with Albert we decided to find a cheap flight and go without a return ticket. We arrived in Guadeloupe where we stopped for some time. Then, we decided to hitchhike a boat to go to Martinique. We almost stayed a month there and we hitchhiked another boat to go to Grenada. And now we are looking for a captain who could take us to Central or South America.

This is what I love about traveling. You really live in the present. Everyday you can decide what you want to do : « Ok well… today I want to visit the island, or : today I want to stay on the beach doing nothing, or : today I will look for a boat to go to Panama…». You do whatever you want with your life. This is freedom !

And it is crazy because everyone tells you that you should study to learn things. But I feel like I am learning much more since I started travelling.»
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#caribbean #portraitsphotography #portraitphotography #portraits #travelphotography #diversitymatters #lifestories #travelwithnomoney #autostop #hitchhiking #lumixg7 #portrait #sailing #sail #sailing⛵️ #earthoffical#discoverearth #earthescope #wildernessculture #traveldudes #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #travellingthroughtheworld #bbctravel #earth_shotz#moods_in_frame #depthsofEarth #allaboutadventure
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