Ghost Tourism: All the Thrills Without the Risk!

A new trend is growing amongst thrill-seeking travellers: ghost tourism. Here’s what it is and where you should go to experience a touch of the supernatural whilst on holiday.
What is Ghost Tourism?

The idea is simple. Ghost tourism refers to holidays that involve learning about apparitions and hauntings. It also includes trips that involve encounters with spectres. An example might be staying in a haunted hotel or going on a late-night ghost walk around a spooky town.

This type of tourism actually has a rich history. People have visited Scotland, for example, for years in hopes of encountering the paranormal. Though most tourists these days don’t expect to see any spectral figures, they are interested in the history of hauntings.

If you like getting goose bumps and the creepy feeling that someone is standing behind you, this might be the travel trend for you.

Supernatural Spots: Where to Go to Get a Thrill

Here are some of the best places to start if you want to get your blood pumping and maybe, just maybe, give yourself a few nightmares.

• Salem Witch Walk – Salem is famous for its witch trials and this mystical walk features an unusual witchcraft ceremony.

• The Most Haunted Castle in Europe – It is Denmark’s Dragsholm Slot that has earned this title. Legend has it that Mary, Queen of Scots’ husband died a painful death in the dungeons.

• Ghost Towns – Deserted towns, with their unmistakably mournful atmosphere, have long been popular with tourists. Some of the best are Kayakoy in Turkey, Oradour-sur-Glane in France and St Elmo in Colorado.

• Wall Street Walk – Discover Wall Street’s history from a different angle. Learn about Alexander Hamilton, the Wall Street Crash and the spirits left behind.

• Sweet Dreams – Haunted hotels are big business. Stay in the Stanley Hotel in Colorado (it inspired The Shining). Or, if you have a real taste for the macabre, you can spend the night in the home of the infamous Lizzie Borden.

You don’t have to devote your entire holiday to searching for ghouls but including one of these places as a day (or night) trip can add an extra frisson of excitement to your trip. What’s more, it is an interesting way to experience a different side to a country’s culture than is seen in museums or art galleries.

Boo-fore You Go

You’ll soon realise that ghost hunting is truly addictive – one trip just won’t be enough. Before you head off, take out an annual multi-trip travel insurance policy. That way no matter how many trips you take a year you are covered for accidents, theft of your valuables or other mishaps. Ideally all travel would be risk-free; however annual multi-trip travel insurance makes sure you won’t lose out in the unlikely event that something does go wrong. (Disclaimer: No insurance can help you if a sneaky poltergeist steals your stuff, so make sure keep your eyes open while ghost hunting!)

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Ethan Bailey is an experienced adventure traveller and insurance expert with the team at Let’s Go Insure. Ethan’s passion is to inspire his clients to go just that little bit further, deeper and higher on their travels and his expertise in providing the ideal insurance cover allows them to do just that. If you’re looking for the best annual multi-trip travel insurance Let’s Go works with the most experienced underwriters, intermediaries and insurers to offer a range of competitive insurance without compromising on cover.

What Does The EHIC Cover in Estonia?

Emerging from the shadows of Soviet rule, Estonia is coming into its own as a popular holiday destination. Despite its Russian connections, Estonia shares more geographically and historically speaking with Latvia and Lithuania. Europe has embraced the newly confident Estonia and has fallen in love with its charming cities and stunning countryside.
If you are planning a trip to this unique part of the world, along with your passport remember to pack your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). As Estonia is in the EU, it has reciprocal agreements with the UK with regards healthcare, but just as every other EU state has different rules concerning what healthcare is covered, so does Estonia. That is why, even if you have a valid EHIC, it is best to get insurance too. When travelling with the family, a family travel policy is definitely recommended.

What Does The EHIC Cover?

Only a private insurance, whether it is an individual or a family travel policy, will cover private medical treatment in Estonia. If you are relying on your EHIC, then you have to access a practitioner who is contracted to the Estonian Health Insurance Fund (EHIF). The EHIF have a helpline number that you can call from the UK before you travel for more information (00372669663), and there is an excellent EHIF website that provides information in English.

Visit a Doctor or Dentist

If you visit a family practitioner or GP in Estonia, you will receive your consultation free of charge. However, should you or a member of your family require specialist treatment you need a referral and will be asked to pay part of the treatment cost. This is not refundable if you only have an EHIC. If you have an adequate family travel policy that insures you comprehensively, you should be able to claim back any money you have paid.

Home visits from a GP will incur a small fee, usually up to 5 euros, although this can vary. This fee is non refundable with your EHIC. For any routine dental treatment there is a charge, but if in the case of an emergency, treatment is free. And, the good news for families travelling with children is that children under 19 receive free dental treatment, whatever it might be.

How About Hospital Visits?

When on holiday with your family, ending up in hospital is something you don’t want to think too much about but it pays to be aware just in case. Inpatient care in state funded hospitals in Estonia is charged at 2.50 euros a day for up to 10 days, even if you have an EHIC, but there is no charge for treating under 18s, pregnancy or childbirth related treatment, or intensive care. The cost of private hospital care for any family member can only be reimbursed if you have a good family travel policy.

Although the healthcare is excellent in Estonia and you are entitled to much of it with a valid EHIC, it is always recommended that you take out a good insurance policy too, particularly if you are travelling with children.

Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip, annual and family travel policy insurance. Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.

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