We recently took a trip to Cuba— it was an amazing experience and a country like none we’ve ever been to! While we would have enjoyed a few more mojitos on our journey if hadn’t been for our tiny tot, the opportunity to bring him along allowed us to appreciate the simpler days while at the same time teaching us valuable travel with kids lessons that will now be forever etched in our memories (and our tool box).
The next few posts will be highlights of our top 5 lessons from our travels to Havana, Cuba, starting with lesson #1— the most important.
#1: Don’t Skimp On Travel Insurance
Pre-baby, it never even crossed our minds to buy travel insurance— despite some far-flung travels into parts unknown. As our tot began to crawl and wobble, there were more near-miss accidents and almost-heart-attacks. The night before the trip, despite Cuban insurance being included in the ticket price, we debated the pros and cons of spending $75 on extra insurance. Not a big expense, but one to think twice about with a short trip. In the end, I’m so glad we bit the bullet.
Cuba is a place where there is limited internet (few places have WiFi and in order to use it, you need to purchase internet cards). The signal is less-than-reliable and finding safe transportation can be difficult at certain times. On our first night, walking down to dinner from our 4-story walk up my husband slipped with our child in his arms and tumbled down a few steps.
After the initial shock, chaos and crying we assessed that our son was only minimally hurt from the fall and acting normal. Fast forward to 15 mins later when we stood him up to walk— he was walking with a small limp and our hearts dropped. We desperately tried to reach our family and doctor to find out what to do (not easy with the internet situation). We researched flights back to the US and turned to our trip insurance purchase to understand our options. After being told to wait it out until morning, we went to bed that night not sleeping much for fear of the worst. However, despite the worry in our minds we were at peace knowing that purchasing trip insurance gave us options that may have been financially difficult to swallow had we not purchased it.
Luckily, the story with the fall ended there because the next morning our son was fine and we let out a big sigh of relief.
I tell this story to illustrate that prior to international or national travel, if you don’t feel comfortable with the medical choices you have at your destination should anything happen to your accident-prone child, get trip insurance (we used Allianz, but there are plenty of reputable options out there). It’s worth the peace of mind even in those close-call scenarios.
Side note: Want to know our lesson 1.1? Don’t do a 4th story walk up home rental in 90 degree heat. The views are great but schelping the baby gear is not worth it! ;)