Whether you’re new to travel or a seasoned road warrior, most people have at least one thing that worries them when they leave home. Here is our first round-up of common trip-related fears we hear from novice travelers and professional jet-setters alike and how Good Sam TravelAssist members can turn to us for help:What if I get sick or injured during my trip?Minor Illnesses:
As a Premier member, if you’re not sick enough to see a doctor but need a medical professional’s input, you can call our 24-hour Nurse Helpline. While not every illness or injury warrants a trip to the ER or doctor’s office, it’s always smart to be cautious and talk to a nurse any time you’re not feeling well.Major Illness or Injury:
If you’re faced with an emergency medical situation, call us and we’ll locate a medical facility in your destination that can provide you with adequate care. We can even arrange for a medical evacuation to get you to a better hospital if you need ongoing care. What if my destination suddenly becomes unsafe?
Explore enrolling in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and staying connected through your smartphone to monitor alerts. Of course, there are no guarantees when it comes to traveling to a destination where a travel alert has been issued, and you need to plan accordingly. What if I don’t fit in?
If you are international, try to avoid sticking out like a sore thumb or, even worse, offending your hosts, by following some simple business etiquette rules. Tips include learning some important key words and phrases in your destination’s native language and avoiding dressing in ways that target you as a tourist or an American (such as clothing branded with sports team logos, etc.) It’s also a good idea to learn your host country’s local customs and beliefs in advance of your trip so you can be sure to adhere to the cultural norms while you’re there. What if my airline loses my luggage?
Chances are in your favor that the airline will retrieve your luggage. In fact, according to the Department of Transportation, only 2%
of luggage mishandled by airlines is forever lost or unclaimed. TravelAssist members can give us a call and we’ll assist you through the process of finding your missing luggage. What if I’m the victim of pickpocketing?
You can help avoid being pickpocketed by following simple steps such as keeping your wallet tucked away securely on your person, or using a discreet anti-theft travel wallet.
In the event you are pickpocketed (or, if you happen to misplace your wallet), Good Sam TravelAssist can help you secure emergency travel funds via wire transfer, Western Union or even in person with local currency via our local contacts. We can also conference you in to your bank or credit card company to cancel (or replace) any missing credit cards.
As you can see, Good Sam TravelAssist can help you conquer travel problems big and small and give you peace of mind when you travel - anywhere in the world, by RV or plane. We’re also here 24/7 to answer any questions and address any concerns you have related to your upcoming trip. Stay tuned for Part 2 next month, where we’ll talk about more of your common travel fears! Safe Travels!
Pickpocket from David Castillo Dominici