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If you need a medical procedure and don’t want to wait, Florida Medical Retreat offers prompt, dependable, all-inclusive service. Handling every detail of your medical retreat in Paradise, from getting you to and from sunny Sarasota, to offering you the top-notch skills of renowned surgeons and providing you with luxury recuperative accommodations
It doesn’t matter whether your procedure is minor or advanced. Florida Medical Retreat will match you with premier rehabilitation facilities, hospitals and surgery centers, and surgeons widely lauded for their state-of-the-art technology and minimally invasive treatments.
These board certified surgeons are acknowledged experts in myriad specialties encompassing orthopedics; urology; advanced gynecology; ear/sinus/skull base surgery and hearing loss recover; vascular, vein and artery surgery; cataract lens implants; plastic/cosmetic surgery; neurosurgery spine/intracranial surgery, and radiation oncology/brachytherapy (treating prostate cancer).
Florida Medical Retreat will provide a completely coordinated travel package for you and your travel companion(s). Pre-surgery and post-surgery, Florida Medical Retreat will meet your every need, including planning a complete medical itinerary for you and arranging your relaxing, pampered recuperation at a hotel or resort overlooking pristine beaches and the Gulf of Mexico.
The continuity and convenience of your care and the quality and skill of partner surgeons are dependable components of Florida Medical Retreat’s service. Add the incomparable cultural venues, lush landscape and tranquil beaches that make Sarasota such a desirable destination, and you have a formula for a medical journey that eases you into a soothing, comfortable and quick recovery. This is full service, recuperative care at its best!
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What if your bags get lost in transit, a medical emergency forces you to cancel your non-refundable trip, or a hurricane strikes and you have to cut short your vacation? Most travelers prepare for vacations by packing their bags, making reservations and mapping out excursions, though they often overlook contingency planning, which can be financially detrimental. InsureAssist, a new provider of travel protection products and services, recommends everyone be prepared for the unexpected and purchase insurance before they leave home. With its partner Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, a leader in the travel insurance industry, InsureAssist provides a suite of options, from trip cancellation to travel medical coverage.
“Choosing the right insurance product is a very important part of the travel planning process,” said Michael Hallman, president of InsureAssist. “Whether it’s protection for a cruise or an overseas business trip, InsureAssist provides peace of mind and financial security in case the unforeseen should occur. We developed this product to give both consumers and business travelers a range of flexible services to suit their personal needs.”
TravCan & TravCan Premier
InsureAssist’s package plans offer a comprehensive complement of benefits. These include:
• Trip Cancellation
• Trip Interruption
• Travel Delay
• Baggage Delay, Loss and Theft
• Emergency Medical Evacuation
• Accidental Death
• Travel Assistance
TripMed & TripMed Multi-Trip
InsureAssist’s travel medical plans offer important benefits and meaningful coverage often overlooked by many travelers. These plans are a valued supplement when traveling overseas, offsetting possible coverage gaps evident in some major U.S. health insurance plans. These include:
• Emergency Medical Evacuation
• Trip Interruption
• Baggage Delay, Loss and Theft
• Accidental Death
• Travel Assistance
Travelers have the ability to select their own medical limit and options, which include hazardous sports and activities coverage. Those who travel frequently throughout the year can take advantage of the TripMed Multi-Trip plan, which is purchased on an annual basis and extends coverage to multiple trips totaling either 30 or 90 days.
For more information on InsureAssist and its package options, visit www.InsureAssist.com or call 1-877-591-8739
BE AS CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE AS YOU ARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH.
Travel insurance is more than a luxury; it’s a necessity if one’s trip is to be successful. However, travel insurance is not a cookie-cutter arrangement where one size fits all. At QuoteWright.com, we recommend that travelers understand the following facts about travel insurance coverages:
1. Buy you insurance early in order to qualify for extra benefits. Most travel insurance plans offer time sensitive benefits that are only available if you purchase your policy within 10 to 30 days following the date of your first trip payment. The specific numbers of days vary by plan and company. It is recommended that travelers should shop for travel insurance within 10 days of their first payment which is when they have the most available options
2. Pre-existing medical conditions are the single largest cause of misunderstanding between travelers and travel insurance companies. “Pre-existing medical conditions waiver” is one of the time sensitive benefits that is offered free of charge if a traveler meets the required conditions; buy within a specific period of time, insure to the full, pre-paid, value of the trip, and be the traveler must be physically able to travel when buying the insurance.
3. Trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, and missed connection coverages are “named peril”. That means that only those perils or covered reasons named in the policy can trigger the benefits. Don’t assume that any and all valid reasons for cancelling, interrupting, or delaying your trip will be covered. Your concept of valid might be totally different than the insurance company’s. Only those reasons listed in the policy will be covered.
4. Cancel for any reason coverage is available but do you need it? “Cancel for any reason coverage” is a safety net that can be added to some policies to cover travelers for cancellations that wouldn’t be otherwise covered by the basic trip cancellation coverage. Most travelers don’t need “cancel for any reason” coverage however, if you need coverage for a specific reason that won’t be covered by basic trip cancellation than you need this coverage. “Cancel for any reason coverage” is a time sensitive benefit that is only available if you purchase your coverage within the required time period. Plans will either include this coverage or it may be added as an option.
5. Secondary versus Primary coverages. The vast majority of travel, trip, or cruise insurance is “secondary” coverage. A common misconception is that secondary travel insurance plans require that you already have primary medical coverage in place in order to purchase coverage. In reality it just means that if you have other insurance that covers the same loss than that company becomes primary (first payers) and the travel insurance company becomes secondary. If you don’t have other coverage than the travel insurance company becomes primary.
6. A common misconception about travel insurance is that policies are standardized and that all plans available from different companies are basically the same. In reality there are no standards for travel insurance plans and coverages and prices vary widely. Travelers should talk with a travel insurance professional before buying coverage.
In a study by the Centers for Disease Control, researchers calculated that about 213,000 people were treated for outdoor sports-related injuries nationwide, with 26% of those injuries related to snowboarding.
According to medical statistics tracked by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 17% of all injuries requiring hospitalization resulted from ski and snowboard accidents – with snowboarders injuring themselves at a rate four times greater than skiers.
MedjetAssist is the premier emergency medical evacuation membership program for travelers. If a member is hospitalized more than 150 miles from home – virtually anywhere in the world – MedjetAssist reviews his or her condition, both with the attending medical staff and the member’s own physicians, and arranges medical transportation to the hospital of their choice. MedjetAssist has its corporate headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., and is the exclusive provider of worldwide air ambulance and medical repatriation services for AARP. For more information visit: http://medjetassist.com/ or follow the company: @MedjetAssist or like Medjet.
No matter how careful, clean and aware hotels are about controlling bed bugs, these pests have a way of insinuating themselves on unknowing guest, even in the top hotels in the world. Hotels are teaching their staff about recognizing their presence and when necessary, most hotels immediately get customized treatment care for rooms where bed bugs have been detected.
A few tips for the traveller
- Keep luggage zipped.
- If you do want to leave your luggage open, use Vaseline (or any other gel) on the zipper.
- Don’t allow luggage to be on the floor or touching the wall.
- For more drastic measures, hang clothing on the shower curtain rack not in the closet and don’t use the drawers.
- Also check out the sheets for stains and if the headboard is not made of wood but covered with fabric, pull your bed away.
- Since bed covers aren’t always cleaned after every guest, even fancy bedspreads should be immediately removed and inform the front desk or housekeeper not to use these coverlets during your stay.
Enjoy your trips but as with other aspects of traveling, always be aware, in this case about these nasty pests.
by Phil Vasyli (Orthaheel)
Here are the top five tips for selecting the best walking gear based on comfort and fit from the APMA and internationally recognized podiatrist and expert, Phil Vasyli of Orthaheel (www.orthaheelusa.com). Happy painless travels.
- Materials: Choose a good quality, lightweight walking shoe with breathable upper materials such as leather or nylon mesh.
- Heel: The heel counter should be firm and properly cushioned. It should not bite into the heel or touch the ankle bones.
- Front/forefoot: Should have adequate support and flexibility.
- Width: It must comfortably accommodate the width of the ball of your foot.
- Arch: Be sure that there is adequate arch support to avoid pronation, which leads to a multitude of pain symptoms, with the worst being planter’s fasciitis.
**(Remember to always try on new shoes later in the day to take into consideration foot swelling.)
by Barbara Kingstone
1. For the habitual traveller, there’s nothing more exciting than planning and packing. Yet for others, organizing for that long-awaited trip becomes a stress-filled ordeal. The trick is in knowing what to pack that will cover every imaginable social function and climate change. The seasoned traveller has learned, by trial and error, that it’s often the ordinary household articles tucked into the bottom of the case or a shoe for that can turn into a lifesaver. Wise travelers have discovered how to make clothes do double chores.
2. For instance, for women, the now fashionable pashminas can be worn over a coat or jacket for extra warmth, or on their own for evening on coolish nights or chilly restaurants and also double as a great blanket on the plane.
3. If insomnia is your problem buy an eye mask since these once freebies are not being passed around as they once were – a cost saving device for the companies. Don’t laugh, I even carry a pepper mill. I can’t enjoy a meal without the freshly ground stuff and small mills are available.
4. One of my all time travel favorites is a long oversized T shirt which I stuff into my carry-on. It’s a just in case sort of item. Just in case- the luggage gets lost and I’m going to a beach, I have a cover up. Just in case- I’ve forgotten my nightgown or sleep wear, voila, the perfect item.
5. And along with these strange must-haves, is my invaluable invisible tape or even more practical is double sided tape which is perfect for that hem or cuff that suddenly drooped and the answer for a leaking lotion bottle. In a pinch it also takes off lint and if you break a nail, it’s a fast fixer upper. There’s more to tape. For instance if that front piece of curl just won’t stay down, use transparent tape a few minutes and you’ve mastered a hair do. You can depend on tape.
6. For people with chronic neck aches, I find that a down-filled neck-roll pillow is very useful and easily stuffed into your carry-on, especially if you’re traveling in economy. It’s not unusual that some flights don’t offer them or often run out of pillows or blanket e.g.. the above mentioned pashmina.
7. Carry-on necessities should include eye drops and facial mineral water spray for the dryness on the plane. I know a very social woman who never leaves home without an easily fold up silk dress and necklace, fresh underwear and a scarf- an entire day’s wardrobe- which she packs in her small carry-on bag. She tells me that she actually managed for five days interchanging the pant suit she was wearing and the carry on outfit when her luggage was lost.
8. With the demands of removing shoes at security stations, wear shoes that slip on easily. For women, ballerinas are the answer, for men loafers can do the trick. These shoes are also easily removed during the flight.
9. And being practical, I always take plastic zip closing bags, one with damp towelettes to wipe the drop down table which isn’t always cleaned or for your face and hands. The other empty plastic bag could be for whatever usage I may need it for e.g. a wet bathing suit. And if I don’t have any major use for it, it’s perfect for your foreign coins. And it’s no big deal if they are not used at all. Just keep a few in you luggage for the next trip.
10. And don’t leave home without a pen that’s placed where you can get to it at all times. These days there are more forms to fill out then every before.
11. A good tip is to remember your passport number, the date it was issued and expires. Saves you from having to dig around in your seat which may be to narrow for squirming.
12. Since luggage handlers don’t have the time to worry about your name tags, it’s important to have your name, address, country, phone number, email address taped inside your luggage. It could even be stuck on the inside side of your bag.
13. I’ve learned as a woman who often travels alone to do a few very important things. Wear a wedding band, don’t make eye contact and in countries where women aren’t usually visible without a guardian, it’s wise after 5PM to eat at the hotel, or a nearby restaurant only after the concierge or receptionist makes a reservation with the information that you’re on your own or go to one of the local market during the day and purchase your evening meal. It’s fun, informative and a learning experience.
14. Make sure that your luggage stands out. Tie a bright bow onto it, or if you’re purchasing a new piece, stay away from black. They all look the same on the carousel.
15. Make sure that you photocopy your passport’s first page and also the back and front of all your credit cards. Carry one copy with you and place the other in your luggage. It can come in handy if you happen to be near a pickpocket. They won’t go for a piece of paper but will aim for your wallet.
16. Although I once had a double duty watch that told me the time of my destination and that of my home city. But now I just set my watch to the time of the country I’m visiting and try to remember to eat at that time shown on the watch, take any pills that are prescribed when you usually take them and try to sleep.
17. And talking about medication…always, and I emphasis always, carry your meds with you as well as an extra pair of glasses.
18. On long trips consider wearing travel socks that ease the plane’s pressure factor and don’t take for granted the on-flight advice in every in-flight magazine, about exercising your legs and body. Almost all flights have a few pages of how and what to do.
19. It goes without lingering on the subject. Drink water since your body will dehydrate at twice the normal rate. It’s suggested that you avoid caffeine (for me that’s a calamity) and liquor. At least try to resist and continue to drink H2O.
20. If you need to make a connecting flight, don’t rush off to the gate that was given on your boarding pass before you left. Gate changes happen so check as soon as you land to avoid any upsets and extra walking.
21. It will save you energy and aggravation if you download, on- line, your boarding pass and even make seat changes if necessary, at least 24 hours before departing.
22. If you happen to find that you’ve either lost or left you money somewhere and can’t find any cash, then there are usually bank machines at the airport but there are charges or wait until you get to the hotel . Be prepared to pay for all transactions.
23. Most countries won’t allow entry unless there’s 6 months left before the passport expires. Get a new passport when you get close to that time.
24. Always make sure there’s one blank page in your passp0rt for officials to place their stamp.
25 Although you can’t take water through security, it’s a good idea to have a small empty plastic bottle which is light and doesn’t take much space in your carry on. You’ll be happy to have it during your days of touring especially in third world countries and if you’re flying economy, the air attendants will refill it during the flight.