Travel insurance for European trips


Eiffel_

Travel insurance is one of the requirements for getting a Schengen visa and I’m often asked about it. I’ve fortunately never had reason to use the insurance so I can’t speak to ease of filing claims, and I also can’t compare the different Schengen-approved insurance companies, but just in terms of how easy it is to buy a policy, I would recommend Blue Cross.
*


Here’s how to get Blue Cross travel insurance
*

  1. Go to the Blue Cross website. Click the BUY NOW button.
    Blue Cross travel insurance 1*
  2. Fill in the necessary information about your trip. At the bottom of this page, you can choose among the available plans and payment currency options. (See sample prices for various itineraries HERE.)
    Blue Cross travel insurance 2*
  3. Wait a short while for your information to be validated.
    Blue Cross travel insurance 3*
  4. Enter your personal information.
    Blue Cross travel insurance 4*
  5. You will then be taken to a payment page where you can pay for your policy by credit card. Shortly after payment, you will receive your insurance documents via email. Print the Official Confirmation of Coverage (OCC) and Travel Insurance Contract (TACTIC) for your Schengen visa application and/or when you go on your trip.

Schedule of Benefits

*
Here’s a bit more detail regarding the benefits under the various Blue Cross plans. (For our Schengen visa application, we got the Prestige Euro Plan.) See sample prices for various itineraries HERE.

Blue Cross Travel Insurance_Schedule of Benefits

Note: SGMT is not in any way affiliated with Blue Cross and does not earn any fee, commission or any other incentive for posting the information contained in this post. Good luck and happy travels!

*
Travel Insurance for European Trips | © Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved. 

 


small-town girl travel_you can do it too

Enter your email address to subscribe to Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains.


You might also like:

featured posts_european trip cost_7 days in paris

Travel insurance for a European trip: Sample itineraries and prices from Blue Cross

For an overview of how to get travel insurance for a European trip (especially for Schengen visa purposes), please see Travel Insurance for European Trips.

Sample Prices

 

1 Schengen country
Example: France
Up to 24 days

Insurance 24 days France

 

1 Schengen country
Example: France
25 days

Insurance 25 days France

 

3 Schengen countries
Example: France, Italy, Netherlands
Up to 24 days

Insurance 24 days France Italy Netherlands

 

3 Schengen countries
Example: France, Italy, Netherlands
25 days

Insurance 25 days France Italy Netherlands United Kingdom

 

3 Schengen countries and the United Kingdom
Example: France, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom
25 days

Insurance 25 days France Italy Netherlands United Kingdom

 

United Kingdom only
Up to 24 days

Insurance 24 days United Kingdom

 

United Kingdom only
25 days

Insurance 25 days United Kingdom

 

Note: SGMT is not in any way affiliated with Blue Cross and does not earn any fee, commission or any other incentive for posting the information contained in this post.

*
Travel Insurance for European Trips: Sample Itineraries and Prices from Blue Cross | © Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved. 

 


small-town girl travel_you can do it too

Enter your email address to subscribe to Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains.


You might also like:

featured posts_european trip cost_7 days in paris

The best Hong Kong hotels under P8,000 for families


J Plus Hotel by YOO

Hong Kong is a perennial favorite among families because of its proximity, visa-free entry, and of course: Disneyland. Its status as a tourism hotspot means that Hong Kong has a lot of hotels to choose from, for every type of budget and traveler, but sometimes the overwhelming number of options is actually what makes it hard to choose a good place to stay. Here, we narrow down the best hotels in Hong Kong that only cost less than PHP 8,000/night for a family of 3.

Best hotels from P2,000 – P3,000/night

*
Top Pick:
Hong Kong hotels - Micro Hotel
The Short List:

HOTEL   Daily Rate (PHP)   Booking Review Score   TA Rating
Micro Hotel 2,671.33 7.3 4.5
City Econo Guest House 2,986.33 7.2 4
Fortune Hotel 3,046.00 7.4 4

*

Best hotels from P4,000 – P6,000/night

*
Top Picks:

Hong Kong hotels - Bauhinia Hotel - Tsim Sha Tsui

Hong Kong hotels - City Garden Hotel

The Short List:

HOTEL   Daily Rate (PHP)   Booking Review Score   TA Rating
Homy Inn 4,466.00 7.7 4
Metropark Hotel Kowloon 4,877.67 7.7 4
Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong 4,907.67 7.3 4
The Bauhinia Hotel 5,256.00 7.9 4
City Garden Hotel 5,584.67 7.6 4

*

Best hotels from P6,000 – P7,000/night

*
Top Picks:

Hong Kong hotels - L'hotel Causeway Bay Harbour View

Hong Kong hotels - Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour

Hong Kong hotels - Butterfly on Victoria Boutique Hotel

The Short List:

HOTEL   Daily Rate (PHP)   Booking Review Score   TA Rating
Rosedale Hotel Kowloon 6,172.00 7.7 4
Butterfly on Victoria Boutique Hotel 6,371.00 8.2 4
Butterfly on Hollywood Boutique Hotel 6,570.00 8 4
Ibis Hong Kong Central & Sheung Wan 6,570.00 8 4
Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour 6,570.00 8.5 4.5
L’hotel Causeway Bay Harbour View 6,612.00 7.6 4
Harbour Plaza North Point 6,629.67 7.6 4
Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong 6,908.67 7.9 4

*

Best hotels from P7,000 – P8,000/night

*
Top Picks:

Hong Kong hotels - Hotel Jen Hong Kong

Hong Kong hotels - Garden View Hong Kong

Hong Kong hotels - Royal Park Hotel

The Short List:

HOTEL   Daily Rate (PHP)   Booking Review Score   TA Rating
Hotel Jen Hong Kong 7,167.33 8.1 4
H1 Hotel 7,346.67 7.4 4
Cue Hotel 7,565.67 8.8 4
Garden View Hong Kong 7,764.67 7.5 4
Royal Park Hotel 7,864.33 8.3 4.5

*

Selection Criteria

*
To come up with this list, we headed over to Booking.com and searched for hotels that can accommodate 3 persons — two adults and 1 child — in a single room. (Many of them can also accommodate 2 adults and 2 children or even 3-4 adults.) For quality control purposes, we only included those hotels that have a review score of 7+ in Booking.com; we then cross-checked with the independent reviews over at TripAdvisor and made sure that each hotel in this list has a TA rating of 4 stars or higher. We excluded “hotels” in Chungking Mansion and Mirador Mansion as these areas may not be appropriate for children. Properties with very few reviews, no recent reviews, or emphatically negative recent reviews in TripAdvisor were also excluded. To get the daily room rates, we entered a hypothetical 3-night date range — in this case, we chose the dates February 25-28 because the 25th of February is a holiday in the Philippines and it falls on a Thursday, making it easier to extend the trip to the weekend — and divided the cost of the entire stay by 3.

*

But if you feel like treating your family to a really nice hotel, check out our other list:

_Fancy favorites_top Hong Kong hotels

*

© Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved. All images courtesy of Booking.com.

Where to stay in Cebu: SILEO Balamban

*
airbnb_logo_detailWhether you’re a first-time visitor to Cebu or a long-time resident looking for a breather, you will love the cool air and refreshing green scenery of the mountains of Balamban. My parents, in particular, love going up the Transcentral Highway, inhaling the fresh air, and stopping for sweet corn and fresh vegetables from the roadside stalls.

This gorgeous place therefore caught my eye while I was browsing through Airbnb resorts in Cebu, looking for staycation ideas. Sigh. What I would give to spend an entire weekend here: taking in that view while partaking of a hearty breakfast, enjoying the cool mountain air from the warmth of the couch or bed, catching up on my reading, or just…doing nothing.

It’s a treat for the soul.

 

Mont Uno Suite - SILEO Balamban

 

There are several rooms in Sileo Balamban — these details are from the Mont Uno Suite listing, which is described in Airbnb as the biggest private suite in Sileo. The room has 1 California King memory foam bed and 1 bathroom with a high-pressure rainfall shower. A one-night stay costs PHP 5380; counting the cleaning fee and the service fee, a total of PHP 6830 for two people. It’s not exactly cheap but it’ll be brilliant for a special occasion: an anniversary perhaps, or a well-deserved staycation for someone who loves the mountains. The location also makes it a perfect place for a soul-charging retreat or a quiet weekend QT with the family.

Sileo is definitely on my Airbnb to-do (or rather, to-stay) list.

*
If you haven’t signed up for Airbnb yet, you can get $20 off your first booking by signing up 
here.

*
Where to stay in Cebu: SILEO Balamban | © Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved.

 

You might also like:

paris php50000

 


small-town girl travel_you can do it too

Enter your email address to subscribe to Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains.


Fancy favorites: Treat yourself and your family to these top Hong Kong hotels


The Peninsula Hong Kong

A special occasion. A job well done. A milestone moment. Or simply a way to say: I treasure you more than anything.

Whatever the reason, it’s nice sometimes to just forget our frugal ways for a while and treat ourselves and our loved ones to a fancy vacation…or at least a fancy hotel. Here are some of our favorite fancy Hong Kong hotel finds from Booking.com. Some of them are actually affordable by mere mortals, while some are rather in the “if you have to ask…” category — just click on the hotel name or photo to be directed to the hotel page, where you can enter your desired dates and the number of people in your party in order to get the hotel rates.

*

best hong kong hotels - Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong

Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: No.167 Connaught Road West, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East
Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: Tower 5, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 5
Address: No.8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - Harbour Grand Kowloon

Harbour Grand Kowloon

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: No. 20 Tak Fung Street, Whampoa Garden | Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon East

Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon East

TripAdvisor Rating: 4
Address: Tower 4, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan, Kowloon, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - Hotel ICON

Hotel ICON

TripAdvisor Rating: 5
Address: No.17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island

Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: No.246 Queen’s Road East, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong

InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: No.70 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - J Plus Hotel by YOO

J Plus Hotel by YOO

TripAdvisor Rating: 4
Address: No.1-5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong

JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 5
Address: No.5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - OZO Wesley Hong Kong

OZO Wesley Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 4
Address: No.22 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - The Langham Hong KongThe Langham Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: No.8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 5
Address: Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | Kowloon, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 5
Address: International Commerce Center, No.1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers

The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers

TripAdvisor Rating: 4
Address: 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

*


*

best hong kong hotels - The Upper House

The Upper House

TripAdvisor Rating: 5
Address: Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

*


*

If you would like less costly digs, you can instead check out: The Best Hong Kong Hotels Under P8,000 for Families.

 

© Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved. All images courtesy of Booking.com.

Around the World in 30+ Doors: Guess which city this door is from

*
Doors 13

ANSWER

I love doors. I’m the worst at photographing them — all crooked lines and awkward angles — but I love them. I actually have a folder of doors I’ve photographed during my travels so you can imagine how thrilled I was when I saw that the theme of this week’s Photo Challenge is doors. (An excuse to spam people with door photos, yay!) As I started sorting and cropping, I was struck by how some structures are so typical of their locations — whether because of the architecture of the building itself or the colors and designs applied to it — while some could be from practically anywhere in the world. I can almost always tell which city or island I took which photo in, but I wondered…

Can you? Can you identify a place just by looking at a door and its surroundings? For fun, I thought I’d turn this photo series into a bit of a game. Take another look at the photo above, make a guess as to which place it’s from, then click on “Answer” at the bottom of the photo — you’ll be taken to a post I’d previously written about that country/island/city. Have fun! 🙂

*
© Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains

Around the World in 30+ Doors: Guess which island these doors are from

*
Doors 07a

 

Door handles

Door handles

Doors 07c

ANSWER

I love doors. I’m the worst at photographing them — all crooked lines and awkward angles — but I love them. I actually have a folder of doors I’ve photographed during my travels so you can imagine how thrilled I was when I saw that the theme of this week’s Photo Challenge is doors. (An excuse to spam people with door photos, yay!) As I started sorting and cropping, I was struck by how some structures are so typical of their locations — whether because of the architecture of the building itself or the colors and designs applied to it — while some could be from practically anywhere in the world. I can almost always tell which city or island I took which photo in, but I wondered…

Can you? Can you identify a place just by looking at a door and its surroundings? For fun, I thought I’d turn this photo series into a bit of a game. Take another look at the photos above, make a guess as to which place they’re from, then click on “Answer” at the bottom of the last photo — you’ll be taken to a post I’d previously written about that country/island/city. Have fun! 🙂

*
© Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains