Pregnant and Travelling tips

Travelling while pregnant is a major hassle but sometimes you cannot afford to postpone an important trip. But planning well can ease your travelling experience when you are pregnant. Read below for some handy tips for pregnant women to ensure your travel experience is not marred by any unforeseen emergencies.

Pregnant and travelling tips

Time your travel trip

Pregnancy can cause many worries such as frequent nausea and tiredness. Try to schedule your travel during the second trimester when you would have gotten used to morning sickness. Strictly avoid travel unless absolutely necessary between 35-38 weeks of pregnancy. All popular airliners have policies and plans for pregnant travellers so ensure you check with your airline before confirming your travel plans.

Time your travel trip

Don’t travel to a far off destination

Don’t travel to a very far off destination when you are due to deliver in a few weeks. It can be difficult to be in a strange new place and you might not be familiar with the hospitals in the region which can make things difficult for you. Try to limit your travel to familiar destinations so you are always on guard. Also avoid places that are known for diseases and epidemics. Avoid going to places with water sports as indulging in such sports is a strict no for expecting moms. Do not indulge in any strenuous activities that can cause harm to your baby.

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Documentation is important

Always keep a copy of your medial history no matter which destination you are travelling to. Keep essential medications and supplies in stock so you don’t have to worry needlessly as some medicines may not be available at the place you are travelling to. Keep a copy of your health insurance handy in case you need to check in at a hospital. You should also consider purchasing travel insurance if you plan to travel abroad. Always check with the insurer beforehand and confirm about the various health exigencies included in your policy.

Important documentation

Avoid Flights

Aeroplanes are quick mode of travel but not very comforting when you are pregnant. You are likely to feel extra nauseated and travelling by road or train is a much better bet when you are pregnant. Try to ensure that you do not travel for more than eight hours at a stretch when you are pregnant otherwise you might experience severe back ache.

Avoid flights for pregdancy

Food

Ensure you have enough supplies of your own so you are not left at the mercy of restaurants. Also ensure that you are sufficiently hydrated at all times. It’s always a good idea to stick to healthy food items when travelling. Fruits and dry fruits are some good options to consider if you are pregnant and travelling.

Foods for pregnancy

Wear Comfortable Clothes

Don’t wear tight fitting clothing if you are going to be travelling for a longer duration. Wear some loose fitting clothes that allow you to feel comfortable when you are pregnant and need to travel. Wear some loose fitting shoes that allow for blood circulation and avoid tight socks.

Pregnancy clothes

Guide to Safe Travel

While the world is a safer place than it was in medieval times, it is best to take precautions and prepare well if you are travelling alone to far off places. Out of the comfort of your home town and being a stranger in a place can be an overwhelming experience and its always best to prepare for any kind of emergency.

Guide to Safe Travel

Research

It is always best to research well about the place you are heading to. There are many resources available but ensure that you have a good travel guide before you start your journey. It will be especially helpful in mountainous regions where there is no network and your old laptop may not prove to be very helpful. You will also end up saving a lot if you take time to research the best places to stay.

Research to safty travel

Don’t keep all your valuables in one place

It is always a good idea to keep those many credit cards and cash in separate pockets so even if you lose a few; you are not left stranded and can manage easily. Some tourist spots such as Bangkok are famous for stealing passports so ensure you keep it safe to prevent any trouble. It is always best to buy a belt purse and not keep your phone or wallet in your back pocket where a pickpocket can easily access it. Stay careful in crowded places especially while commuting.

guide to saftey travel

Take Backup of all important documents

Before you start your journey, it is best to take a scan of all your precious documents so it can come in handy in the event of any mishap. It is also a good idea to not leave your passport or other documents unattended at any time. Stay with the receptionist if she scans your passport while checking in at a hotel and take it back once the process is completed.

important document for saftey travel

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance isn’t costly and must be considered if you are a regular traveller. It will be a blessing if you fall sick or are injured while on holiday abroad. Many airlines offer complementary travel insurance and there are great discounts available on such deals too. Avail of such opportunities and never travel without getting insured first.

Safety travel insurance

Vaccination

If you are travelling to an under developed country, then its best to get vaccinated beforehand. You can run the risk of being quarantined on your return if you happen to catch a virus or some unknown disease. So be careful and prepare well.

Vaccination to safety travel

Stay away from beggars and strangers

Don’t get over friendly with a stranger on your trip. Handing money to beggars really serves no purpose and you will end up exposing your wallet and its contents. If you do want to help out, then consider volunteering at a local NGO or a monastery. It is much safer and you will be doing a great service.

So keep these handy tips in mind whenever you decide to travel next. It’s always best to prepare for any kind of emergency. Better safe than sorry.

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Accident Insurance Claim Guide (while travelling abroad)

It’s always a good idea to ensure you have travel insurance while you are travelling abroad but its s a good idea to research first since many accidents are not covered and premium charges will also differ based on which part of the world you are travelling to. If you are travelling to Europe, you can avail of many medical services but for some parts of the world, the tale is very much different. It is always best to stay informed so read below to learn about some steps which you can follow to file your insurance claim while travelling abroad.

Travel insurance claim

File an early claim

If you find yourself in a medical emergency in a foreign land, it is best to contact the insurer as soon as possible. Most often, you will have to pay for the associated costs and apply for a reimbursement later on but it’s still a good idea to check with the insurance company because they may not honour charges that they find unnecessary. If you find yourself in a position wherein you cannot contact the insurer, then your relatives will have to do it for you. Most often, insurance companies have 24 hours hotline service which can be availed of in such emergencies.

Medical insurance claim

Avoid evacuation

Do not arrange for your evacuation all by yourself without taking your insurance company on board first. They may have some alternate plans or local partners which can be of help and evacuation may not be necessary in their opinion.

Avoid evacuation insurance claim

Store Documents safely

All insurance claims need supportive documents. If you are availing of a claim for theft, then a police report will be necessary without which your claim will never be entertained. If you are filing a claim for medical bills, you will need to submit copies of receipts so keep them safely to prevent any hassles later on. In some cases, proof of purchase to establish you were the owner of the valuable item in the first place may also be required so keep all original bills and receipts safely and well documented if you are thinking of filing a claim later on.

documents safety of insurance claim

File Claims as soon as possible

Most insurance companies have strict deadlines and in most cases, the insurance cover cannot be availed if a significant amount of time has already passed. Therefore, it is best to file your claim as early as possible otherwise your claim will not be honoured. For large claims, it is best to inform the insurer early to prevent any problems afterwards.

File insurance Claims as soon as possible

Learn about the coverage

Many companies do not offer insurance if you decide to travel to conflict prone zones or where the home government has issued a travel advisory. These places keep changing so research well and make any queries beforehand. Check the terms and conditions carefully before you decide to purchase insurance and its best to check out other companies too before you make up your mind. It is also a good idea to follow news to learn about any valuable changes that might result in your insurance claim being invalidated.

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