Travel insurance cover that could have changed history
28 April 2009 10:59
Helen of Troy's beauty may have been so great that it "launched a thousand ships", but the invading Greek armies that set off in her pursuit would have benefitted from a single-trip travel insurance policy.
That is according to Patrick Chong, managing director of holiday insurance specialist Journey's Travel, which suggested that Odysseus would have been liable for an extensive payout after sacking the city of Troy, following Helen's abduction by Paris.
He is not the only mythological or historical character that could have benefitted greatly from having cover for overseas travel.
Mr Chong also pointed to Byron, the "immoderate libertine" who fell ill in Greece with no medical repatriation cover to take him back to Britain. In 1824, the great Romantic poet took a turn for the worse after being given 'bleeding' treatment and never recovered.
Similarly, Napoleon's failed invasion of Russia in 1812 is another perfect example of the dangers of travelling abroad without cover.
Hindered by the appalling weather conditions, the diminutive dictator must surely have wished he could cancel or delay his grand plans for conquest without being hit hard in the pocket.
On a more serious note, the Post Office urged holidaymakers this month to take out travel insurance as well as carrying a European Health Insurance Card.