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Flights and insurance bought and paid for

Posted by on June 26, 2007

In my previous travel related entry, I talked about being unsure if we would be able to afford travel insurance. It was my expectation that it would cost more than $1000 to insure all of us. Since then, I looked into insurance costs, and it was also brought to my attention how expensive hospital bills could be overseas. After talking to our heath insurance provider over the phone, I decided it would be best to insure all three of us for $678 using the Internet payment option. Our health insurance will also be able to be suspended while we’re overseas, which means saving some extra money for something we can’t use while we’re gone. Fantastic! I wasn’t aware this was an option.

The flights were paid for in two bank transfer payments over the weekend and came in at just under $10K, though combined with the travel insurance, it’s just over $10K. We’ve already booked and paid for accommodation in Boston, Tokyo, and 50% of Copacabana. I think New York will end up being our most expensive accommodation given we’ll be there for the expensive Thanksgiving week. I thought Thanksgiving was supposed to be the 22nd of November this year, the day before we arrive in New York, but maybe the assumption I spoke of to some Americans last year about the day of Thanksgiving was actually true and it is on my birthday this year after all. I was so certain my birthday had been on Thanksgiving in the past.

Having said that, what accommodation do we have left to worry about? A few nights in the UK, 4 nights in Lisbon, a week in New York and 4 nights in Vancouver? Maybe the trip won’t end up being as expensive as I originally thought. Thank goodness for free accommodation through family. Now just to let family know we’re coming…

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Dominica has a strong interest in exploring diversity in media, seeing people subverting corporate control of creativity through crowdfunding and indie publishing, and spending as much time as she can travelling the world and discovering culture. This is what she most regularly blogs about. In her spare time, Dominica is primarily focused on long-form improv theatre, and writing and publishing speculative fiction. You can find links to some of her free and published stories and screenplays on her writing page, or check out her pirate time-travel novel Adrift. Though born and raised in Australia to American parents, Dominica lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between 2008-2014, until she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She also has a background in web programming, filmmaking, and stand-up comedy. For more information, check out her about page, or any of the specific pages about her various creative pursuits in the links at the top of the page.

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