BY PRISCILA POWELL
As a travel professional, I am always educating my clients on the importance of travel insurance. Travel insurance is a vital part of vacation planning, as it protects your monetary investment in the face of the unknown. If a child becomes ill, a flight is cancelled leaving you in Antigua a few extra days, or you and your boo suddenly split and you simply no longer want to go anywhere with them, travel insurance is great because you get all or a portion of your travel budget returned. Also, peopleâ€™s expectations can be all over the place, insurance alleviates much of those burdens. However, as with most professionals, I am a travel agentâ€™s worst nightmare as I never take my own advice.
I have been thrust into the midst of interview season. Iâ€™ve had two promising interviews in the last two weeks for an exciting promotion. As I type, Iâ€™m peeping out the corner of my eye expecting the phone to light up, ringing to schedule a third interview. With all the mind racing thoughts that go along with the interview process: what to wear, shall I straighten my hair, red lipstick or neutral. The thought at the forefront of my mind is, what am I going to do if they hire me for one of these positions and donâ€™t approve my vacation leave? If youâ€™re as quick to the draw, as I hope you are, youâ€™ve guessed by now that I didnâ€™t purchase travel insurance.
Yeah, I know what youâ€™re thinking. How can you recommend something for others that you donâ€™t practice yourself? A slight bit hypocritical? So what now? Yeah, yeah I know. I always stress this to clients, as clients are unpredictable and some even a bit reckless . They change their minds a lot. Circumstances change. Needs change. However with me, I skipped insurance because I knew that I was going. It was a no brainer, I mean Iâ€™m 130% sure that Iâ€™m going, travel is in my blood, itâ€™s what I do. What I didnâ€™t factor into the equation was the unknown variables in life. The fact that tons of positions are available with my employer, many requiring extensive training that throws a wrench into the most elaborate plans of a stellar travel professional. I didnâ€™t fathom that I would be interviewed, for not one but two jobs, and I didnâ€™t expect both of these chance encounters to go so well. So now I sit here trying to pry myself from a rock and a hard place, kicking myself for being so cocky.
As Iâ€™m a positive thinker, and believe that God works all things out for me. In this moment I have no clue of whatâ€™s next. Whatever happens will work out, however Iâ€™m not too certain if the work out plan involves loss of my vacation or my vacation dollars. I can surely chalk this one up for the books, and EVERYTHING I plan going forward for myself will include an insurance clause.