Earlier this year, I got very sick towards the end of an exciting international vacation. We had gone to Alaska for a whirlwind trip with my family, including a cruise through the Inside Passage and a few days in Vancouver, British Columbia. My Dad was sick during a good part of the trip and suffered the difficulties of sleepless nights and tired daytime hours. It wasn’t easy for him…I know, because when we were heading home on an all-night flight / layover combination from Vancouver, I succumbed to the cold as well and dealt with a nasty fever and sleepless night. Would overseas medical assistance have helped my Dad and I recover more quickly? I think it definitely could have!
When you’re traveling on a budget like I do, it’s easy to think that the extra expense of something like travel security and overseas medical assistance isn’t needed. After all, who wants to think about the worst-case scenario? Kidnapping, nasty fevers (like the one I dealt with), natural disasters and the like definitely aren’t something I enjoy dwelling on. You may plan to bring some of your medications along on the trip, but even if you think you’re prepared, it’s still wise to talk with a medical professional experienced in overseas travel advice. That’s because bringing some prescription drugs across borders can get you in trouble with the law. Truly, thinking ahead is being travel-savvy. It’s also the best for your health and for your personal well-being. Not only that, planning ahead can help to ease the fears of coworkers or family members back home when you tell them that you’ve purchased medical and travel safety assistance while away for work or vacation.
In addition, the overseas medical assistance you’ll receive from IMG GlobalSecur’s partner, United HealthCare Global, may help you get back to normal life and work more quickly after returning from your trip. That’s worth a lot of time AND money! When I returned from our trip, it took me a good week or two to finally recover from the bad cold. And my Dad definitely didn’t enjoy as much of the trip as he would have if he hadn’t been sick. Who knows…a doctor visit may have helped?! IMG GlobalSecur is proud to be one of the best international employee travel monitoring services, but it can be used for both personal and business travel.
In conclusion, I hope you see the importance of thinking ahead before going on your next work trip or family vacation. If you’re an employer, please consider purchasing a plan such as the overseas medical assistance option that IMG GlobalSecur offers. It may help your team perform their best while across the border.