Under the German legislation I had two additional insurances: one Auslandskrankenversicherung with Hanse-Merkur and one Reiserücktrittsversicherung with TravelProtect. But I was happy that I didn’t use none of them. Because of ear problems, I had three doctor visits in Guadeloupe and in Martinique. The costs have been refunded by the German Krankenkasse and the Auslandkrankenversicherung
The smartphone was very helpful during the trip. First of all I’ve used it as a kind of ebook reader. I’ve scanned the relevant travel documentation in jpg format and stored it on the phone. Like this I had always the relevant guides with me and it was better than a „normal“ ebook reader because I could combine information for a given place (e.g. Guadeloupe) from several books. It worked excellent. In some countries I’ve bought a prepaid sim card; it costs ca. 5 euro and you can use it for phone calls at normal rates within that country. It worked very well. I needed several times the phone eg for announcing a late arrival, calling a taxi, checking a reservation, talking with the guide etc.
All the hotels and flats had WiFi sometimes better sometimes not so good. On the cruise the internet was very weak and only in the ports if any.
Andre had a Vaude trolley Tobago 60 and a backpack Mammut (40 liter), Regina a Vaude trolley Tobago 60 and a bordcase.
We had a 60 ltr trolley each and it worked very well. The luggage was very light (ca 30 lb each) because we flew also with small planes with strong weight restrictions. During the trip we have used the public laundry which was sometimes quite expensive.
Out of the 30 lb ca. 10 lb were cameras, computers, cables and other electrical devices…
In all places there were ‘mosqitos’. I call them moskitos but I don’t know exactly what kind of insects were. In any case flying insects that bit. In several places the worst was in the afternoon and in the evening. We have used burning coils and candles and it helped.