If you have ever looked into buying shoes or car parts on E-Bay the prices are pretty attractive, but it’s often the freight that makes you gasp then head off to the plaza for an hour of their free parking.
Imagine then the cost of shipping by air freight a specially prepared and hermetically sealed package that’s over 6 feet long and weighs over 100kg!
Last week there was a news story about a fit and healthy Crossfit fan who collapsed and died while on holiday with his wife in Thailand. He was only 33 years old. This terrible tragedy is compounded by the sheer cost of bringing a loved one home. Friends and family have started a givealittle page to help.
Death overseas happens more often than you might think. Between 2015 and 2016, 539 dead bodies arrived in New Zealand, and 199 were sent overseas. Bodies that are flown home have to be embalmed first, and hermetically sealed in either a metal-lined casket or in a bio-sealed aluminium bag.
And it costs. Thousands. Up to $20,000 depending on where in the world you are. Then there’s the unplanned extra travel, and other costs involved with cutting short a holiday.
Good travel policies provide cover for curtailment (cut short and come home) and have allowances for the costs of sending a support person and bringing you home.
We have access to the NIB travel policy, the free cover, and other travel insurance options. You can do it yourself, or you can contact us.