I’m not saying you need travel insurance, I’m saying an analytical traveler should make an informed decision. Understand what you are covered for under your credit cards and standard insurance, assess potential risks, then decide if you need additional insurance. For many, it is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
I was doing my health and safety research for my upcoming trip to Cuba and thought you might find my process useful. I will share the steps I take to understand current health and safety conditions, what I bring with me, and some key practices I follow to mitigate risk. I suggest taking these steps for any international destination, but particularly if you like to travel off the beaten path. Put safety practices in place now to help ensure many more adventures to come.
While I’m a big believer in traveling light, I’m an even bigger believer in self-reliance. You don’t have to be a field medic or Jason Bourne to learn how to handle medical and safety scenarios that you may encounter in your travels.
When I was young, my motto was, “It’s not fun if you can’t die.” It was luck rather than skill that I survived my youth. I still have a thirst for adventure, but now believe in informed risk taking and mitigation where possible.