It figures that a Virgin would need the best insurance.
So it makes sense that Virgin Atlantic are insuring that we are covered with the best possible fallback if things go wrong when we’re away.
A subject that is very close to my heart as I consider whether to travel to countries which aren’t on the UK exempt list.
Virgin is offering an extension to your own travel insurance meaning that they’ll take care of the health and quarantine costs that could acre if you or one of your travelling companions fall ill during Coronavirus.
My fellow beardie is offering:
*Up to £500,000 necessary and emergency expenses incurred due to Coronavirus affecting your travel should you or your travelling companions be denied boarding or individually requested to quarantine in your destination. Then this free policy will cover many necessary additional costs.
*Repatriation, should it be medically necessary due to Coronavirus.
*Cover for your whole trip, with no upper limit on the length of your time away.
*Cover for all passengers with no restrictions on age, travel class or length of journey.
*No excess payable (unlike many traditional travel insurance policies).
Polish hero of Ireland’s Famine
There’s a game which the travellusty like to play which is more countries than your age… 20+ by 20, 30+ by 30 etc. And while I may look it, I’m not getting any younger and so I cheat.
Although it’s not quite cheating because I play the embassy game where if you set foot in an embassy you’re officially in that country.
Which isn’t the same as visiting these marvellous countries of course, but that treat awaits me.
For now, it’s the Son and Heir who visited Krakow in Poland for World Youth Day and paid homage to the Holocaust victims at Auschwitz, who has the knowledge in our family.
All of which ramblings brings me to a shout-out for , a forgotten hero of the Great Irish Famine.
The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life at Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo will host an exhibition about the humanitarian who helped more than 200,000 children during the Famine.
It was created by Nikola Sekowska-Moroney at the Polish Embassy. Go see it… and the good news is that it is going on tour around the country.
My Native American name
Now I’ve regaled you with my dealings with Native Americans – and promise you I will do so again, and again, and again.
I met Freckled Face and Eats No Meat in Denver and it got me thinking what my name might be, the first thing coming to mind Farts Like Thunder.
Names are important, what we call each other and it would be wrong to assume in these woke days that we are all oversensitive.
But if we just listen to each other we will get it right.
Which is what the Washington Redskins did and which Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has done too by just talking to the Washoe Tribe, announcing that after the 2021 skiing season it will b known as something else.
What’s just as important here is and I have my good friend Catherine ‘Skis Like The Wind’ Murphy, the eminent award-winning ski writer’s recommendation here, the skiing is brilliant.
For anybody who saw me in Soll may I suggest my new Native American name ‘Bambi on the Piste’.
Taste of Aberdeen
Don’t shoot me but if it hadn’t been for The Scary One and Daddy’s Little Girl cooking my meals here in North Berwick, south of Edinburgh, I wouldn’t have eaten… or survived on just peanuts!
So I’m happy to blow the mothballs off my wallet so that they can avail of the 50% off deal for meals at the beginning of the week that is operating in the UK but runs out on Monday.
Had I not taken a certain fork in the road we could all be living in Aberdeen and I feel that life is driving me ever northwards to the Granite City.
So I’ve felt for them during their localised lockdowns and that they haven’t been able to avail of these deals.
The Chester Hotel though knows its patrons and are offering diners 50% off all food in their alfresco Gallery Experience on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from September 1-16.