Travel Insurance Claims - True Stories Just some of the weird and wonderful things that happen to World Nomads travellers while on the road

Shark's Snack

ECUADOR | Thursday, 25 Feb 2010 | Views [1297]

I was in Tortuga Bay in the Galapagos Islands. While out surfing, I was bitten by a shark. I was able to walk to the nearby medical center where I got ten stitches to close the wound and a course of antibiotics. How WN Helped They paid for the treatment ... Read more >

Tags: bite, galapagos, shark, stitches

Hijacked Taxi

BOLIVIA | Wednesday, 24 Feb 2010 | Views [2558]

My friend and I were taking a taxi back to our hostel in La Paz, Bolivia after dinner one night. After a short while in the taxi, I had the feeling that we were heading in the wrong direction and sure enough, two minutes later the taxi pulled down ... Read more >

Tags: bolivia, hijacking, rape, taxi, theft, true claims

Tumor Treatment

ITALY | Tuesday, 23 Feb 2010 | Views [1260]

I had a growth appear on my nose very rapidly while I was in Italy. I went to see a doctor who diagnosed it as an infection.  He proceeded to anesthetize the area, clean out the growth, bandaged it up and sent me away with antibiotics. When I returned ... Read more >

Tags: growth, italy, nose, true claims, tumor

Rock the Boat

BRAZIL | Monday, 22 Feb 2010 | Views [1551]

I was in Brazil, on a passenger boat from Manaus to Porto Velho, a journey that takes four days and three nights. Everyone sleeps on hammocks on one deck of the boat. During the second night, my camera was stolen - from my padlocked bag buried in my ... Read more >

Tags: boat, brazil, camera, porto velho, robbery, theft, true claims, world nomads

Two Backpackers, One Guatemalan Hospital Visit

WORLDWIDE | Friday, 19 Feb 2010 | Views [988] | Comments [1] | Video

Aracely of Two Backpackers started feeling ill with a fever while we were visiting Rio Dulce, Guatemala. Rio Dulce is not the most developed city, so she tried to wait out her illness, hoping it was a short-term bug. After four days of sweating ... Read more >

Tags: antibiotics, claims, fever, guatemala, medical, safety, travel

Curbside Robbery

ARGENTINA | Friday, 19 Feb 2010 | Views [984]

Whilst walking home in Buenos Aires after dinner with my friends for the evening, I was approached from the side/back by someone. I woke up face down on the pavement feeling rather disorientated with a hefty mark on my face, a noticeable ache in my ... Read more >

Tags: buenos aires, police, robbery, theft, true claims, world nomads

Hat Trick

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 18 Feb 2010 | Views [837]

I was cycling downhill in Mullaloo, Australia and I was momentarily distracted when the wind lifted my hat. Losing control of the bicycle I fell off. I was barely conscious when some passersby called an ambulance to take me to the hospital. I had cuts ... Read more >

Tags: australia, biking, bruises, cycling, teeth, true claims

Man Pain

THAILAND | Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 | Views [1378]

My glands swelled up while I was in Thailand making it painful to eat. I went to the hospital was prescribed tablets of Amoxicilin for the swelling. After a few days the swelling in my face was getting better but it had spread down to my testicles.... Read more >

Tags: glands, infertility, intestinal health, pain, testis, true claims

Dengue Drama

WORLDWIDE | Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 | Views [1024]

I had a headache that for several days was becoming worse and worse. It began to be accompanied by body aches, which also worsened. When I woke up in the morning the pain was so intense that I had bouts of nausea and had difficulty seeing and even ... Read more >

Tags: chills, dengue fever, headache, true claims, viral infection

“The Bends”

INDONESIA | Monday, 15 Feb 2010 | Views [1096]

I went diving with instructors at manta dive on Gili Trawangan in Bali and the next morning I awoke to find my body had developed a rash (which was later diagnosed as a symptom of skin bends). After speaking to a dive specialist at the diver alert ... Read more >

Tags: bali, diving, hyperbaric chamber, rash, scuba diving, the bends, true claims

House Fire

CHILE | Friday, 12 Feb 2010 | Views [785]

While in Pucon, Chile our tour group was staying in a rented house. One morning while getting ready to go skydiving a man came into the house frantically urging us in Spanish to leave the house immediately because there was a fire next door. We quickly ... Read more >

Tags: camera, chile, emergency, fire, skydive, true claims

Road Block

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | Views [1011]

I was on the Oz Experience bus, preparing to go from Byron Bay to Sydney. The driver informed us that a recent cyclone had flooded all of the roads that headed south and that we would have to wait until the roads cleared or fly to Sydney.  Since I ... Read more >

Tags: australia, bus tour, flights, flood, sydney, true claims

Stuck in Delhi

INDIA | Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | Views [968]

I was in Rushkar, Rajasthan when I realized that I could not find my passport. I could not book into any hotel without it, and needed to get back to Delhi to report the matter to the nearest British High Commission. Unfortunately, two days before, ... Read more >

Tags: bombings, india, passport, true claims

My Pack was Sacked

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 23 Jan 2010 | Views [1164]

I was walking with my full backpack to the bus terminal one evening in Buenos Aires when I was stopped by two middle aged men. One pulled out a knife and demanded that I hand over everything. Without hesitation, I gave them my pack and they fled. Luckily, ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, backpacking, theft

Diving Dilemma

THAILAND | Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | Views [3139]

I signed up for a PADI diving course in Thailand, and after completing my first open water dive, my ears were blocked. I couldn’t unblock them for two days and had to go to the hospital to have them unblocked. While there, they discovered that I had ... Read more >

Tags: diving, earache, padi, scuba diving

Monkey Business

THAILAND | Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 | Views [1853]

I was on a boat trip around Koh Phi Phi in Thailand. We stopped at Monkey Beach to walk around. My camera was on the ground and a group of monkeys were getting curious about it. As I bent down to pick it up a monkey bit the back of my knee. I ran to ... Read more >

Tags: bite, islands, monkey, rabies, wound

What a Headache!

CANADA | Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 | Views [1792]

While on a snowboarding holiday in Canada, I was going down a groomed run when I fell forwards. My legs flipped up behind me and as a result, my snowboard hit me in the back of the head. It split open the back of my head and I had to have four staples ... Read more >

Tags: canada, injury, snow, snowboarding

Swine Flu Outbreak

CUBA | Wednesday, 20 Jan 2010 | Views [1270]

While on holiday in Cuba, Cuba canceled all of the flights to and from Mexico due to the outbreak of Swine Flu. I was planning to continue my trip in Mexico and due to this cancellation, I was unable to go to Mexico. How WN Helped They covered ... Read more >

Tags: cancellation, cuba, epidemic, mexico, swine flu

Bag Overboard!

THAILAND | Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | Views [2093]

I was on a boat trip south of Thailand and the boat almost capsized when it hit some rocks that ruptured the outside.   The boat started leaning heavily to one side and my suitcase happened to be on deck because we were leaving that day.   All the ... Read more >

Tags: baggage, boating, insurance claim, thailand, travel insurance, true claim stories, world nomads

Ear Woes

THAILAND | Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | Views [1437]

I was on vacation in Thailand when I developed this nasty outer ear infection.   Within 3 days I developed 2 abscesses which had to be removed.   I went to the hospital for each abscess removal and was put on 2 different courses of antibiotics.... Read more >

Tags: antibiotics, ear infections, insurance claim, travel insurance, true claim stories, world nomads

Look both ways, and down...

CANADA | Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | Views [717]

I was on the first day of my ski vacation, walking out to the shuttle that takes you to the mountain.   The driveway was snow-covered and icy, so it wasn’t surprising that I fell and twisted my left ankle and couldn’t ski the whole weekend. ... Read more >

Tags: ankle injuries, insurance claim, ski vacation, skiing, travel insurance, true claim stories, world nomads

Just Messin' Around

CANADA | Saturday, 4 Jul 2009 | Views [1451]

I hit the terrain park at Whistler Resort and was a little too confident on my snowboard.  The first jump I went off landed badly and I hurt my back.  I was whisked away in one of those ski patrol sleds and ambulanced to Whistler Health Care Centre.... Read more >

Tags: canada, health, ski accident, ski patrol, snowboard, travel insurance, true claim stories, whistler, world nomads

Police Car Gone Wild

ISRAEL | Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 | Views [2922]

I was crossing the street in Jerusalem, Israel when a police car moving 80 km/hr flew through the cross-walk and hit me.  I flew 10 feet into the air and landed on a metal pole in the middle of the traffic island.  The ambulance came right away and ... Read more >

Tags: ambulance, car accidents, emergencies, hospital, israel, jerusalem, police car, travel insurance, world nomads

Not Just a Stomachache

LEBANON | Sunday, 28 Jun 2009 | Views [2008]

I was in Beirut for work and for 2 days I had an acute pain in my abdomen.   I thought it was a stomachache that would pass, but by the night of the third day the pain was so bad I couldn’t sleep.   I went to the emergency room and it turns out ... Read more >

Tags: beirut, cysts, insurance claim, lebanon, stomachache, travel insurance, true claim stories, world nomads

Wash, Rinse, Don't Repeat

USA | Wednesday, 24 Jun 2009 | Views [736]

Long story short- I was camping in Los Angeles, California while on a cross country trip of the USA.  I had the opportunity to do laundry at the campsite for the first time in quite a while, so I washed everything I had, including my cell phone that ... Read more >

Tags: camping, cell phone, insurance claim, laundry, mobile phone, travel insurance, true claim stories, world nomads

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