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Travel insurance pays for water pumps

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Buying ethical travel insurance adds a different dimension.  As we like to put it, you can be in two places at the same time.  In the knowledge that you are covered whilst on your trip, we can also help in other parts of the globe.  Take Uganda, for example.  Travel and Insure have recently committed funds from the sale of its travel insurance policies to support the rolling out of water filtration units there  as part of a larger charity led programme to extend the provision of these units into other countries in Africa, the Indian Sub Continent and South America.  Just £30 buys a unit which will filter contaminated water into clean, germ free drinking water. In a 24 hour period, one unit can filter up to 60 litres which is more than enough water for an average family.  One recent independent study of the ceramic filters in Zimbabwe and rural South Africa showed reduction in dysentery and diarrhoea of more than 80%, concluding that these filters are “an effective point-of-use intervention for reducing E-Coli and diarrhoea in African households.”  Added to the tremendous health benefits that come from drinking clean water, the social benefits can also be profound, leading to children spending more time in school and adults spending more time at work.  Absenteeism, due to sickness in the African school in which clean water kits were installed, immediately dropped from more than 45% to less than 5%.  Not a bad result from buying an ethical travel insurance policy.  This article is brought to you by travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.  You can read more about the aid programmes supported by Travel and Insure by logging onto our dedicated aid projects page.

China Earthquake – Travel advice

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Following the earthquake on 12 May, measuring 8 on the Richter scale, which struck south western China, 92 Kms northwest of Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan province, the FCO are reporting that transport links have been damaged.   Chengdu airport is closed but Chongqing airport has reopened and travellers need to be aware that flights are heavily delayed.  The FCO are advising against all but essential travel to Sichuan given the damage to infrastructure and a warning from Chinese authorities warning about the possibility of aftershocks in the affected regions.  Staff from the Embassy in Beijing and Consulate in Chongqing are currently investigating the situation.  The British Embassy in Beijing contact number for concerned relatives and friends is (+86 10) 51924499.  For those about to travel to China and other countries in the region, a little preparation before you depart in noting down the latest advice from the FCO or tour operator is always a wise precaution and, in the event of being caught up, it is still possible to keep abreast of developments when at your holiday destination if you have access to the internet or television and most holiday resorts should have this.  Tour operators should also be providing their own advice as will the FCO through its website www.fco.gov.uk/travel.  This article is brought to you by travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.

Travel and Insure launches new travel insurance policy

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Travelandinsure launched their new travel insurance policy in mid March.  Backed by AXA Travel Insurance Limited, part of the wider AXA Group, and underwritten by IPA Germany with medical assistance and claims handling through AXA Assistance, travelandinsure are now able to offer a comprehensive and competitive travel insurance package up to age 74 with additional cover for Winter Sports, Wedding, Golf and Business travel.  A spokesperson for travelandinsure said that this was a very exciting development and would allow the company to move forward with an excellent product.  Travelandinsure is trying to break the mould by offering the customer more than a simple travel insurance policy but to link it into support for aid projects and humanitarian relief worldwide. ‘Be in two places at the same time’ is how it is best summed up for the customer.  Whilst being covered by travel insurance in one destination, they can be helping people in need elsewhere is how it is explained by travelandinsure.  The company has also launched its new website at the same time to offer customers a smooth and quick quote to sale experience and has teamed up with other providers to offer travel insurance for those with pre-existing medical conditions and for those over age 75 through the travelandinsure website.  To complete what can be offered, Holidayautos and Holidayextras, both important operators in the travel industry, are partnered with travelandinsure to provide the important add-ons to any holiday, from airport parking to car hire in the UK and abroad.  To find out more, simply log onto www.travelandinsure.com