California family forfeits about $14K when daughter falls ill before Galapagos trip. Cavalry reimburses.

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Sickness sinks trip to see the giant tortoises

A Los Angeles couple and their three children were about two weeks away from a luxury adventure in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands when their 20-year-old daughter began to feel feverish. She was diagnosed with acute mononucleosis, and therefore would have to miss out on condor viewing and horseback riding in the Andes, as well as the islands’ marine iguanas, volcanic tunnels, and famous giant tortoises.

It also meant that the family would have to forfeit the nearly $14,000 they paid for her trip.

As Cavalry comprehensive travel insurance clients, they submitted a claim, and Cavalry reimbursed them the full amount.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

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Redpoint Client Services Director readies for 20th Boston Marathon

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Coming up on the $250K fundraising mark for cancer

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When Redpoint Client Services Director Laurie Nahigian ran her first Boston Marathon, R. Kelly and Celine Dion topped the music charts, Shakespeare In Love won Best Picture and the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl. A pair of decades and hundreds of thousands of charity dollars later, she is entering her 20th edition, and raising the bar for her fundraising efforts.

In 1999, Laurie ran 3:43. A few years later she set a personal best of 3:08. In the most recent years she has settled in somewhere between her beginning time and her best.

“Usually talking about myself makes me uncomfortable, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t proud. Running on Marathon Monday for the DFMC team is just what I do, and I am most proud of the amazing amount money we have raised over the years.”

This year, at age 47, she is less concerned about time as she is the numbers that move the needle for her team, the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC). Her fundraising goal is $40,000, which would put her past the quarter-million dollar mark since she first started running.

The DFMC raises more than $5 million for critical cancer research each year. The team directs 100% of funds raised to the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research, which enables researchers at the leading edge of scientific study to achieve better cure rates and to enhance patients’ quality of life.

“When my friend calls to say ‘I received good news today’ it only makes me stronger, and ageless, and confident I’ll be ready to go on April 16th, and every April until we reach the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.”

You can help Laurie reach her fundraising goal by donating here.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Cavalry reimburses client for canceled Sri Lanka trip when her company is acquired

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A check for $25K

A Seattle woman and Cavalry client was looking forward to a relaxing break in Sri Lanka – tea plantations, Hindu temples and tours through the botanical paradise – when she received the fortunate news that her company was to be acquired.

Less fortunately, as the owner and CEO of the company, she would not be able to take her long-planned vacation. Her presence was required during the due diligence process, and this meant forfeiting her $24,840 in payments for the Sri Lanka trip.

As a Cavalry comprehensive travel insurance policyholder, she submitted a claim for trip cancellation due to business interruption, and Cavalry reimbursed for the full amount.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Cavalry reimburses client after major flooding cuts Southeast Asia trip short

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Balloon ride over Myanmar also sinks into a loss

Balloons over Bagan, Myanmar

While on an exotic tour of Southeast Asia, a Cavalry Travel insurance client had to cut her trip short due to flooding in one of the destinations.

She was due to visit the ancient coastal trading port of Hội An, Vietnam, but Typhoon Damrey had just hammered the canal-lined city with days of heavy rain. The flood gates holding the waters of overburdened reservoirs upstream had to be opened, and the thoroughfares became impassable.

Her tour operator canceled the visit, and consequently she had to alter her itinerary. As a result, the Cavalry client also missed a spectacular hot air balloon ride over the thousand-year-old temples of Bagan, Myanmar, with a separate company.

Her tour operators reimbursed her for portions of the canceled events, and she also incurred added flight costs and an extra night in a $400 hotel room. In all, her losses totaled $1,400 for which she submitted a claim with her comprehensive travel insurance policy.

Cavalry reimbursed her for the full amount.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Cavalry reimburses $20K to New York couple when Japan trip cut short due to father’s death

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Mountain hot springs in Japan

An American woman and her husband, both Cavalry Travel Insurance clients, were on a custom-designed bicycle tour of Japan when she received the news that her father had died.

The two had just started their six-day tour — the kind of luxury itinerary that typically includes quaint fishing villages, mountain hot springs and ancient temples — when they had to forfeit their trip, book new flights back to New York and leave for the airport immediately.

As comprehensive travel insurance policyholders, they submitted a claim to Cavalry for the lost tour days and rescheduled airline tickets: $19,814 in total.

Cavalry reimbursed the clients for the full amount.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Award-winning travel specialist praises Cavalry

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‘Thanks for all of your service’

What is the value of a comprehensive travel insurance policy from Cavalry? Ask award-winning travel specialist Leslie Overton, whose client was reimbursed for a missed final day of his Asian tour in Seoul, when he began experiencing heart trouble.

Seoul

“My client highly praised Cavalry after he was reimbursed for his interrupted trip, telling me ‘They handled the claim promptly and with no hassle,” Overton said.

“Injuries and illnesses happen, which is why we recommend clients insure themselves against them with Cavalry Travel Insurance. Thanks for all of your service.”

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

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Cavalry reimburses Utah couple $20k after canceled trip to Patagonia

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Mother’s surgery postpones Patagonia adventure

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A Utah couple, both Cavalry Travel Insurance clients, were gearing up for a tour of Patagonia — a luxury 10-day trip from Argentina’s Glaciares National Park to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, studded with horseback rides and hikes through the spectacular scenery — when disaster struck.

About two weeks before their planned departure, the woman’s 87-year-old mother required surgery to have a permanent feeding tube put in place. When she was discharged from the hospital after surgery, and returned to her home in Tucson, AZ, the elderly woman’s caregiver recommended that she be moved to a rehabilitation facility. It was necessary that full-time nurses assist her with feeding and attend to her many wounds especially, including one sustained while retrieving her mail from her mailbox and being blown over by the wind.

The woman realized that she needed to organize her mother’s care for the near future and would not be able to make the Patagonia trip as planned.

The couple had paid non-refundable deposits of $22,000 to the tour operator, and about $10,000 in airline tickets. Fortunately, they had purchased a Cavalry comprehensive travel insurance policy, for which they selected $20,000 worth of coverage, and submitted a claim.

Cavalry reimbursed them for the full $20,000 in coverage.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Back pain cancels cycling trip in Croatia. Cavalry reimburses.

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$6,280 nearly sunk in the crystal blue seas

A California woman in her seventies was looking forward to a cycling trip to Croatia, a week-long bike and boat tour of the sunswept Elafiti Islands and the crystal blue seas off the coast of Dubrovnik, but her back had other plans. Two days before she was set to depart, she felt increased pain along her lower back and legs, and visited the doctor.

She was diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis, and the doctor said she should not go on the trip. The Cavalry comprehensive travel insurance client submitted a claim for $6,821, and Cavalry reimbursed her in full.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Cavalry reimburses client for trip interruption in Asia

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Heart trouble stops Korean tour

Changdeok Palace

A Utah man was part way through a tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and South Korea when he started noticing symptoms of potential heart trouble as he was finishing up his tour of the Cambodian resort of Siem Reap. He skipped the following day’s tour of Seoul, including a visit to Changdeokung Palace and its 15th century gardens, the centuries-old homes of Bukchon Hanok Village, and Korea’s first market.

Instead, he recuperated in a Seoul hotel room before boarding a flight home to the United States. When he arrived in Salt Lake City, he went to his doctor who told him he was experiencing an onset of atrial fibrillation, and that he made the right decision to skip the tour.

The client filed a claim through his Cavalry comprehensive travel insurance policy, and was reimbursed the full amount of the $1,200 claim.

 

Siem Reap

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

No matter where you are in the world, coffee is koffie is café

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Chai, chai, cha

A Russian tea set with samovar

What’s the word for onion in Hungarian? How do you say spicy in Vietnamese? When you’re ordering at a restaurant in a place where you don’t speak the language and no one speaks yours, you fumble around in a phrasebook or on your phone to find the right word.

When it comes to coffee or tea, though, there’s hardly any need. All around the planet, there are basically only two words for tea. And for coffee, there’s really only one. Why is that?

Moroccan mint tea

The thought first occurred to me as I was in line at a coffee chain in California and someone was ordering “chai,” to specify a spicy concoction that involves tea, but is somehow different. This struck me as weird, as in much of the world, “chai” just means tea.

Turkish: “chai.” Russian: “chai.” Swahili: “chai.” Spellings and alphabets aside, the sound of tea is almost identical from Tokyo to Trieste, Moscow to Mogadishu. Romanian, Slovenian, Albanian, Czech, Bulgarian, Croatian, Azerbaijani, Kurdish and Ukrainian? “Chai.” A few slight variants pop up here and there outside of Eastern Europe — Bengali: “cha”, Japanese: “ocha”, Mongolian: “tsa”, Somali: “sha”, for example.

Tea in Mongolia

Virtually everywhere else, it’s tea. In the Germanic languages of Northern Europe it sounds like “tee” and in the Romance languages in Southern and Western Europe it’s more like “tay.” English and Western European trade and colonization probably has a lot to do with the fact that everyone from the Maoris in New Zealand to the Igbo in Nigeria call it “tea,” and in various other African languages there is at least a “tee” sound somewhere in the word.

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