She’d trip up on her own spit

That’s what my Dad used to say about my Nana.  It seems like every time we arrived to visit her in Birmingham England she would have something in plaster of Paris.  Either an arm or a leg.  If the truth were known she probably had osteoporosis – but we didn’t know about things like that in those days.  My Dad wasn’t very sympathetic.  Once after a long visit to us in Cornwall on the day before she was supposed to leave she tripped again and broke her arm.  Off we went to the hospital and while she was having the cast put on my Dad said (in the hearing of the nurse) -” Well she should be OK in time to get the train tomorrow.”

“Mr Holland” said the nurse all shocked “your mother has just broken her arm!”  Not to be outdone my Dad replied “Yes exactly – it’s not like she broke her leg”!

Oh my goodness, those old family tales.  We made him feel bad for years after that.

Well I followed in the family tradition yesterday and tripped while I was out running.  Not on my own spit however – but courtesy of those uneven paving stones we find in our suburbs.  No breaks but possibly a torn rotator cuff.  It got me thinking however of all the things that you never think will happen but do and how these can happen when you are far from home on vacation.  I always make a point of taking my running shoes and have enjoyed jogs along the rivers of Europe and the suburbs of Johannesburg but what would happen if I tripped and fell and did more than just tear my rotator cuff?  I would certainly be glad of the travel insurance I always take before I travel.

But I am not going to bore you with the stories of people who saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by taking travel insurance – let’s rather look at the funny side with these hilarious travel insurance claims filed – courtesy of Globelink International.  These are some of my favourites –

The pensioner whose false teeth fell out of his mouth while he was vomiting over the side of a cruise ship, put in a claim to his travel insurers and in the claim form chose the option “lost baggage”.

A young British tourist got distracted by a flock of girls in bikini and broke his nose when he walked into into a bus stop in Athens. Insurance company paid for his trauma care.

A tourist in Sri Lanka needed hospital treatment after a coconut fell on her head when she was reading a book in shade of the palm. Insurance company covered her medical expenses.

A couple on vacation in Malaysia returned to their cabin and found that monkeys took their clothes and scattered them all across the local rain forest. Thankfully, the insurance company paid their claim.


To laugh about silly accidents and funny encounters you need to feel safe. Don’t forget to get your travel insurance, so you could enjoy to the fullest every comical moment of your future journey.

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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