What’s our next project?

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Our garage and driveway, painted green by David. This is way better than seeing a greasy, oily floor.

So many months went into fixing up our rental unit.  Not only did we have to order sliding doors, furniture, appliances, and carpet, but we also had to design the interior of the room.  Where should the bed go?  Where do we place the refrigerator?  What about the dining table? In the end, we made our decisions based on maximizing spaciousness.  I think we did a good job and we are satisfied.  Obviously, our new tenant found the room appealing enough to pay us.

Now, what?  What’s our next project?  I am happiest when I am planning and organizing something, whether it is a rental unit or a dinner party or a trip.  There is nothing worse than not having anything to look forward to.

Well, as you know, we were supposed to sail up and down the Seine River in France in October.  However, we were forced to cancel our reservation due to David’s arthritis.  In the past, particularly during our trip to India, he found it difficult to walk for long periods of time.  We thought it best to postpone traveling to France until his health improved.

We applied for a refund of our deposit after getting a note from David’s doctor.  However, the travel insurance company refused to give us cash and instead gave us vouchers, which could only be used for trips involving their company.  And I believe there is a time limit to do that.

We lost $1,158 in cash that way, which really upset us.  I no longer believe in buying travel insurance.  I’d rather take my chances than make those crooks rich.

Meanwhile, what’s our next project?

18 Responses to “What’s our next project?”

  1. Olga Says:

    I distrust insurance generally, but that is quite the warning about travel insurance. For darn sure, the company is not going to lose any money.

  2. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Thanks for the tip about the travel insurance. Unfortunately, I already bought mine for my trip to San Diego nest fall. I don’t plan on having a health issue, but who does? Hope David was not to sore after painting the driveway green.

  3. granny annie Says:

    My brother and sister and spouses had a cruise planned to Alaska when my Ron died. They had trip insurance and it was a major paperwork dilemma but they dottied all the i’s and crossed the t’s and finally got a total refund on tickets. Still the insurance should be easier to claim or why have it at all. I could not believe all the hoops they had to jump through.

  4. Joanne Says:

    The green driveway is cool.

  5. DJan Says:

    I bought travel insurance when my sister died and I was forced to change my plans when in February. They paid up very nicely, although I still lost money it wasn’t as much as it was before. Sorry you lost so much money, Gigi. That’s a shame. 😦

  6. Grannymar Says:

    Within Europe, if you become ill on holiday and need to be flown home, it can cost about £5,000 STG. I dread to think what it would cost to travel across the pond to the US.

  7. Linda Says:

    Call your state’s insurance commissioner. You still may not get your money back but they may have to stop selling in your state.

  8. Christine Says:

    hmmm…can’t wait to hear what you come up with Gigi! I’m impressed with your quick rental.

  9. L...w Says:

    That really sucks…voucher is not the same as a cash refund. Even a partial refund is better than a voucher. Can you kindly tell us the name of the travel company and agency?

  10. Juicy J Says:

    Don’t let David spoil your fun! I’m sure France has wheelchairs.

  11. Linda Reeder Says:

    Sounds like your next project is to get David fixed up and plan a trip.

  12. Beatrice P. Boyd Says:

    Ouch on that travel insurance experience, Gigi. I was wondering if the vouchers were transferrable and if perhaps they could be used by another family member or sold on Craigslist and perhaps you would recoup some of the money. And, if this is not possible, then perhaps you and David will find someplace you can travel to without him being in discomfort.
    And, I have no idea on what your next project will be, but know you will keep us informed and food luck.

  13. Karen Says:

    Were you informed ahead of time that any “refund” would be in the form of travel vouchers in the event you needed to utilize the insurance? If not, sounds illegal. If so- perhaps found in the small print but overlooked by you- certainly sounds unethical. I have never heard of this before.
    I agree with Linda- call state insurance commission.
    I’d also consider contacting KHON Action Line, which tries to resolve disputes and often puts the fear of bad press in the hearts of businesses because they don’t want the potential fall-out from a tv report which speaks of their anti-consumer practices AND/OR June Watanabe of the “Kokua Line” column in the Honolulu Star Advertiser- she does the same thing as Action Line.
    Doing any of those things helps not just yourself, but all future customers! Good luck!

  14. Suzanne Says:

    What a bummer about the voucher. I am sure you will have a new project soon to keep you busy. Fingers crossed it is a fun one.

  15. LC Says:

    Congrats on success of your huge rental unit undertaking and the green carport looks nice.

    The suggestions about action lines sound worth trying on your cruise. My sympathies with the physical changes that make travel difficult.

    We just returned yesterday from 16 days on the road. Travel now is harder due to extra things we need for me to cope. Also, air travel has also become difficult, but like you and David, I hope that things change for the better and air travel will once again be an option. This comes with prayers for health, fitness and satisfying projects and adventures.

  16. Cathy Says:

    Hello gigi
    I was wondering if you had ever considered volunteering – so many places look for volunteers with organisiational skills. You say you need a new challenge/project and that way you would be in a new environment, meeting and making a difference to the lives of new people and keeping your mind active all at the same time

    Medical expenses are so enormous around the world that Australlian travellers can’t afford to leave home without travel insurance and if we are contemplating using a new to use company the one thing The Golfer and I do before it gets taken out is read the fine print on the company’s policie. If there are loopholes, thats where they will be – unfotunaltely not always clearly visible
    Take care

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