We have been staying in a Aire near Los Alcázares in Murcia Spain for the past 21 days We will finish our adventure on the 16th of October having been on the road for nearly 20 months. Last week we recapped our first six months in pictures and this week we will cover the reality of travel in a motorhome.
We were overjoyed to have David’s cousin and family visit the area from Ireland, great to link up and laugh, eat out and generally do things that you would do on a normal two-week holiday. Play golf for David against his ‘first cousin once removed’ Alex and win!! The 25-handicap v his 6 seemed to do the job!
But the taste of victory was short lived as we headed to the Go-Kart track and David was whipped by Alex on 55 seconds then his dad Simon on 57 and David coming in at the snails pace of 1 min 14 seconds. Maybe driving a motorhome slows you down!!
But the week had other issues which were sadder and tougher to deal with. Karen tripped up while out for a walk and fractured her right wrist, so off to the hospital and now in a cast wanting me to buy a bell so I can be summoned to assist as required. This will be an inconvenience for the last two weeks of our trip but all surmountable. Thankfully Karen’s EHIC card covered all her fantastic care in the hospital. That said if it did not we have in place a comprehensive Staysure travel policy for this part of the trip. During the first part of the trip we used Big Cat travel insurance.
But life was brought into focus when our neighbour on the campsite had a heart attack and unfortunately did not recover. Though rushed to hospital they could not save him, and the campsite manager had to bring his partner to the hospital and go through the processes required.
It turned out that he had just turned 65 and retired and they had decided to travel in their motorhome for the winter with their dogs. But this was not the end of the poor lady’s problems. Their travel insurance did not cover the repatriation of her partners body a fee of €35,000 or if cremated in Spain €5,500. If ever there was a reason to check travel policy, this is it. The only positive thing was as she did not have to drive the van back as she did not drive, so she was not on the policy. The Dutch equivalent of the AA was transporting the motorhome back to Holland. She though had to pay for her own flight back and their dogs were going to be transported back by another Dutch couple for her.
If you are in a motorhome and one of you does not drive it, but can drive do not put them on the insurance as they will even though they may have lost a loved one have to drive the vehicle home.
We think that Covid has caused issues, it broke our hearts to see the pain the poor woman was in and how little we could do to help. We are so grateful that we have been able to avoid tragedy while we have been away. Hopefully Karen’s wrist will be as bad as it gets, but if ever there was a reminder to make sure you get a good insurance policy while you travel this was it.
Until next week, stay safe.