If you travel extensively, you already know how incredible it can be to discover new places, but you probably also know that things don't always go as planned. Misplacing your travel documents, eating something that doesn't agree with you, or losing a prescription can be a huge hassle when you are in an unfamiliar locale. In fact, as many as 43%–79% of travelers to low- and middle-income countries become ill with a travel-related health problem. Although most of these illnesses are mild, some travelers become sick enough to seek care from a health care provider.
So, how would you find the best hospital in Athens, figure out the name of your prescription in Japanese, or even find out the latest guidance for COVID in a U.S. city? Well, what if you could have everything you needed to keep you safe, healthy, and organized all in one place? Wouldn’t it be a huge relief to have easy access to your essential records or the location of the nearest clinic simply with a few clicks on your phone? Fortunately, it's now a reality with the SafetravelRX app.
The app is the brainchild of two co-founders, a highly regarded medical doctor, and an experienced travel executive. The concept originated when one of the founders was traveling in a remote location with his wife and had an experience that could have been catastrophic. Realizing that his wife had forgotten her heart medication, they spent hours searching for a pharmacist that could speak English, translating the name of the medicine in the local language, finding a local doctor to write a new prescription, and transferring medical records. Fortunately, the story had a happy ending. However, the incident created so much stress and anxiety that the two founders knew they had to find a solution, which led to the creation of SafetravelRx. Recently launched in both the Apple and Android stores, the app includes all the necessary elements to keep you and your loved-one safe and worry-free during your next adventure either in the U.S. or abroad.
o Twenty-Four-Hour Support and Alerts
Before and during your trip, we give you all the information you need to stay informed. If there is an emergency in your current location or an upcoming destination, safetravelRX sends you personalized alerts, so you’re prepared.
o Document Storage
Securely stores all your important documents in one place, such as insurance and vaccination cards, medical records, prescription information, and travel documents.
o Locations of Nearby Pharmacies or Medical Facilities
AIG Travel Guard connects you to the nearest doctor or pharmacy where they speak your language and other relevant information such as phone numbers, hours of operation, and directions.
o Emergency Notifications
Automatically pinpoints your exact location through GPS and dials the proper foreign or domestic emergency number.
So, although Expedia predicts that 2022 will be the year of the GOAT or "the greatest of all trips," many travelers still have concerns over personal safety. Whether it be a reoccurring outbreak of COVID or the escalation of the war between Russia and Ukraine, health and security concerns are on many people's minds. As Matthew Karsten wrote in the Expert Vagabond, “If disaster strikes, you might not have time to search for numbers for local police or ambulance services or directions to the nearest embassy for your country. You may also be too stressed and panicky to think straight.” That’s why the SafetravelRX app is your essential travel companion.
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