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    Travel insurance?

    Hi guys,

    Im going to take a 22 days trip through Europe and Ill be visiting Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia and Portugal (my sister is getting married there). After Ive left Europe things got really bad...SPECIALLY on these exact countries (I have some friend who had some bad experiences). So Ive been wondering if its worth to get some sort of travel insurance for my gear or not. Am I crazy? Did it really got that bad in the last 3 years since Ive left?

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    If I was to go for the insurance would it really be worth it to insure absolutely everything or only the more expensive stuff?

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    Rawfa, my experience. In all these countries in the last few years has been very good.

    But take what I say with a grain of salt. One look at me, and others think I am out to snatch their stuff. Not the other way around.

    But for your peace of mind...just the most expensive stuff.

    Are you ( personally ) insured? You seem to care more for your equipment than yourself!,,

    Have a safe and great trip. My best wishes to the bride and groom.

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    Rawfa - you're bigger concern is/should be proper health care insurance as well as a telephone that will work in the countries you visit. Sure it'd be a pain to loose the equipment but that can be replaced at a reasonable cost when compared to just one-hour in the emergency room.

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    Re: Travel insurance?

    I didnt ask about health insurance because Ive got that covered.
    Ive just bought insurance for my entire gear.

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    Re: Travel insurance?

    Rafa, Odd post here. You should know better about some of the countries you listed than any of the posters here, including myself!

    How many of the languages you speak, btw?

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    Hey Vivek,

    Iv left Spain more than 3 years ago...which is exactly when things started crumbling down and I have several friends there who say things are rough and you can see it in the streets. My parents live in a very small town in Portugal (which is frankly the place Im least concerned about). I also have some friends who visited Athens and were very impressed with the decline. It might sound like a strange question coming from someone who lives in Rio de Janeiro, but the difference is that Rio was always are dangerous place and now its starting to get better...plus the violence is very localized.

    P.S - Fluently I only speak english, portuguese and spanish...then I know some catalan and french

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    Re: Travel insurance?

    There you go! So, most countries in the list are covered by your language proficiency, Portugese roots, Barcelona street experience and now the Rio experience. You should be out here giving advice to others, my friend.

    I hope all goes well for you and my best for the bride and groom as well.

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