The Challenges of Africa and a Giveaway

For years Africa has been calling me. I have the beauty of its people and cultures, the rawness of its lands and wildlife and most of all I have craved the challenge.  It is the challenge that I crave the most, but it is also something I’ve had to gauge and prepare for.  Heading to somewhere like Chad, the Central African Republic or even my next stop which is the Adrar region of Mauritania doesn’t only come with challenges, but dangers.  Just a couple years ago the Dakar rally was cancelled through Mauritania because of threats from Al-Qaeda, and civil conflicts still simmer in a number of counties.

I don’t seek out dangerous places as a game, but I do feel drawn to places that most skip.  I feel a draw to the excitement that anything could happen at any given moment.  That is the excitement I feel I need in my life.

What about this Giveaway?

As you know, I seek out sponsorships from time to time to help fund my travels. I certainly couldn’t do it alone. Knowing that I will surely encounter some challenges I wanted to make sure that I was well insured.  I wanted a type of protection that covered more than just the usual basic medical, but also gave me emergency response assistance. So I was really excited to hear that EA+ has decided to give me a year of their services. What’s more, they’ve also offered to give you a year of their services as well!

What’s EA+?

Emergency Assistance Plus is an international medical and travel assistance program. They are not a travel insurance per say, rather they provide assistance that is over and above what the usual travel insurance covers. Basically, they provide medical evacuations, medical assistance and travel assistance. So that if something serious happens to me when I’m travelling I’m covered. Essentially, travel insurance will cover the hospital bills, but quite often they don’t cover extreme costs such as helicopter evacuations and other related expenses. Moreover, you’ll have their assistance 24-hours a day 365 days a year so that if you feel threatened by social or political unrest, extreme weather or any type of disaster you have an exit strategy.

Find out more about their program here.

How can I win?

I thought that I should have a simple contest rather than a complicated one and I came up with this. In the comment box below tell me why you should win. Tell me a story about a disastrous situation you were in, or tell me about the places you’re planning on travelling and why this might come in handy. The best story or reason why you need it will be won and chosen by me.

We Want to Hear more about Africa!

I know, I know. The truth is that for the most part my content always runs a month or so behind on this website. However, if you follow me on twitter or facebook you’ll see that I always post up-to-date photos and blurbs about where I’m at. If you’re on twitter you can also follow the hashtag #BrendansAfrica which is the keyword I’ll be hashing out with my most important daily tweet.

Anyways, add a comment below to win the travel assistance from EA+