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Medjet Assist: medical evacuation membership explained & AARP discount

Medjet, a medical evacuation company in Birmingham, Alabama has been selected by the AARP as a travel provider of choice. AARP members will get an 18 percent discount on MedjetAssist memberships.

A standard medical evacution (med-evac) policy with travel insuarnce plans gets you to the nearest “best care facility” – which could be anywhere in the world. So if you get injured on vacation in Japan, you’ll probably not be covered for a trip back to America since there are perfectly good hospitals in Tokyo.

With Medjet Assist, if a Medjet member is hospitalized more than 150 miles from home, Medjet picks the patient up and provides an air ambulance service to whatever hospital the patient chooses. So MedJet would come get you from that hospital in Tokyo and bring you home (or wherever your hospital of choice is).

MedJet charges $225 per year for individuals up to 75 years old. For $350, there is a family plan including two adults and five minor children. A “Diamond Plan” for travelers age 75-85 costs $395 per year. Coverage for individual trips is also offered.

Written by Healthy Vacations on June 23rd, 2007 with comments disabled.
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Recommended golf books

So you like relaxing with a good book and playing golf while on vacation. Here a re a few golf book recommendations for you:

Anyone ever read Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons? The modern Fundementals of Golf. It’s a very good book on the basics.

Some people prefer Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book.

Understanding the Golf Swing by Manuel Des la Torre has a very simple breakdown of the swing and the cause and effect when you deviate from the basics. This is based on the Ernest Jones’ swing principles which stress a repeatable swing for all shots. A great book that you will refer to many times after the initial reading.

There was a very popular golf book a few years ago called “Swing Easy, Hit Hard” written by a great pro by the name of Julius Boros. He did make the game look awful easy with his easy swing. Boros was not as technical as someone like Hogan. Boros was very big on tempo which, IMHO, is the main key of the golf swing.

There’s also a movement toward Natural Golf – people who say the traditional swing sucks. Natural golf eliminates 2 planes so you strike the ball square ALL the time.

And of course there are many golfers who say you can’t learn anything from a book…

Written by Healthy Vacations on June 21st, 2007 with comments disabled.
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Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont

Stoweflake is a popular spa in the New England countryside is well-known for its “Kids Spa” which offers a “Kids Spa” menu. Adults will also enjoy themselves – the Green Mountain Herbal Mud Wrap and the Maple-Sugar Body Polish are especially popular. Call 1-800-253-2232 for the spa.

Depending on the season, Stowe is a great base for skiing or golf.

While in Vermont, visit Burlington. For a city, there’s a surprisingly wide range of active travel possibilities including kayaking on Lake Champlaign.

Written by Healthy Vacations on June 13th, 2007 with comments disabled.
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Vancouver: kayaks, dragonboats, & hikes

This article talks about the active outdoorsy stuff travelers can do in Vancouver:

Alpine hiking: mountain-top trails after taking the aerial tram up Grouse Mountain or the Grouse Grind (it’s not for sissies).

Cypress and Mount Seymour provincial parks has hiking and hard-core mountain biking.

English Bay or Granville Island has kayaks, dragonboats, and fishing / sailing excursions.

Paragliding in tandem from Grouse Mountain and scuba diving in West Vancouver are also possibilities.

It seems like the author of this Canadian vacation itinerary should add a few more days in Vancouver.

Written by Healthy Vacations on June 3rd, 2007 with comments disabled.
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Active honeymoons in Barbados and Anguilla

I liked some of the activities mentioned in this honeymoon Q & A. Some of the activities for in Barbados and Anguilla:

1. On Barbados, visit Harrison’s Cave in a network of underground caverns accessible by tram. You can leave the tram and walk by an awesome waterfall plunging into a deep pool. How about snorkeling over World War I and II shipwrecks or swimming in the Sea Turtle Habitat?

2. Anguilla, just 16 miles long and three miles wide, has seven marine parks where you can swim with the dolphins or explore a sunken Spanish galleon complete with cannons. Hike in a rain forest or shop for an original watercolor.

I must say that snorkeling over shipwrecks sounds truly awesome, almost as good as manta ray snorkeling in Hawaii.

Written by Healthy Vacations on May 28th, 2007 with comments disabled.
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Golf, Spa, & kayaking at Pinehurst Resort North Carolina

This one reads like an advertisement for the Pinehurst Resort and you wonder if the writer, a high school student, doesn’t have a parent or
two working there. Still, nothing wrong with enthuiasm and the writing is well done. Why is the writer so high on Pinehurst Resort?

There are the eight world-class golf courses, including the famous Pinehurst No. 2, the site of many golf tournaments.

They have activities for 3- to 12-year -olds, a teen spa and even a kids’ spa. The Spa at Pinehurst is one of a kind (I doubt that – though I’m sure it’s very nice – but that’s what the author said).

There is a 200-acre freshwater lake. Some activities there include boating, fishing, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and even sailing.

The dining at Pinehurst is incredible. Just one meal at the Carolina Hotel’s restaurant will raise your standards for all other
restaurants (I’m sure it’s good but not imcomporable).

Again, I think this enthusiasm for Pinehurest Resort has to be tempered somewhat – the author sounds a bit like a salesperson.
Clearly, though, it’s the right vacation for some healthy travelers.

Written by Healthy Vacations on April 28th, 2007 with comments disabled.
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Golf vacations in Portugal’s Algarve coast region

This PGAtour.com article recommends a golfing vacation to Portugal’s Algarve coast region because you can find great golf, night life, and authentic (culturally interesting) sightseeing all in one place:

In The Algarve, there is no need to spend valuable vacation time checking into and out of different hotels, packing and unpacking as you move from one golfing area to the next. Choose one well located hotel and many of Portugal’s top golf courses will be within a 15-minute drive; restaurants and nightlife, even casinos, will be just as close and fascinating sightseeing, shopping and museums, only a few minutes further.

Written by Healthy Vacations on April 27th, 2007 with comments disabled.
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Hawaii Manta Ray Night Dive

Hawaii is a popular tourist destination for all travelers. You’ve got the USS Arizona, the best beach in the world, and fancy condos.

You’ve also got great ideas for the active and healthy traveler. This article is about Hawaii’s Big Island’s famous Manta Ray Night Dive, one of the ten best dives in the world on most lists.

During the day, this area is known as Garden Eel Cove — a more-or-less routine Hawaiian coral dive — but at night, the locals call it Manta Heaven. Here, attracted by the abundance of light-seeking phytoplankton, the Big Island’s resident manta rays (Manta birostris) come to feed. It’s a classic symbiosis: The divers bring lights, the lights bring plankton, the plankton bring mantas, and the mantas — huge but harmless creatures that swim in exquisitely slow arabesques in the spotlights — bring divers from around the world, by the thousands.

Manta Rays are bigger than Sting Rays (it was a sting ray that killed Steve Irwin), 20 or more feet and up to 3,000 pounds.

This is not only an option for certified divers – snorkelers can watch from the surface.

Written by Healthy Vacations on April 26th, 2007 with comments disabled.
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MedJetAssist medical evacuation membership plan insurance

MedJetAssist is a company that offers members free medical evacuation services. Membership fees start at $225/year. For this members are kind of insured – they can get medevac services whenever and wherever necessary. MedJetAssist claims to offer pace of mind, but don’t be so sure. First read what MedJetAssist says on their website. Then read what they say on their terms of service.

Domestic air medical evacuation averages $10,000 to $20,000, and internationally, it can exceed $75,000. But not with the
medical evacuation service of MedjetAssist. As a member, if you are ever hospitalized more than 150 miles away from home,
MedjetAssist will send a medically equipped and staffed aircraft to pick you up and fly you to the hospital of your choice – at no
additional charge. No transportation cost limitations. No preexisting-condition exclusions. Just peace of mind each and every time you travel.

However, if you are a medical tourist, you are out of luck: The medevac company’s terms of service say that “A member traveling outside the United States for the sole purpose of seeking medical treatment, whether inpatient or outpatient, experimental or otherwise, will not be eligible for air medical transport benefits for that specific trip.”

Written by Healthy Vacations on April 1st, 2007 with comments disabled.
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Reduce your risk of Hepatitis A & B on vacation

The best way to prevent Hepatitis when traveling is to get the proper vaccines. This is true even if you’re doing something safe like taking a cruise because common cruise destinations like Mexico and some Caribbean islands are moderate to high risk areas for Hepatitis B infection. This may take some planning, however, as you’ll need 2 or 3 shots to be vaccinated.

If you are not fully vaccinated against Hepatitis A, you’ll want to avoid water and ice. Stick to bottled water. Even swimming and prepared foods can put you at risk. Make sure that anyone handling your food has thouroughly cleaned their hands.

When it comes to Hepatitis B, even going to a spa can increase your risk as contaminated tools make simple manicures and pedicures possibly contaminating. When my parents went to Korea, they were told not to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Fried strawberries anyone?

This is certainly not meant to be an exhaustive list of how to avoid the risk of Hepatitis. I’s meant to show you the importance of planning ahead and getting your vaccines.

Written by Healthy Vacations on December 14th, 2006 with comments disabled.
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