Sandra Kisić

Sandra Kisić

How a romantic donkey ride turned into a test of Europe’s health insurance system

Sandra Kisić is a 26-year-old from Sarajevo. She lived in Croatia and Tunisia for several years before eventually settling down in Prague. She is studying arts management at Prague’s University of Economics, she writes for Forbes magazine and she works in digital marketing. Fashion and travel are her main interests, as well as being a source of income. The photos and comments on her Instagram profile have won her 16,500 followers.

I enjoy the almost unrestricted travel options that come from our membership of the EU.
Sandra Kisić,
In addition to work and studies, you devote a lot of time to your blog and your social network profiles, which are followed by thousands of people. Could you be described as a professional influencer? And what does that mean?

“I love fashion, travelling and new experiences, and I wanted to share my passion. That’s really how I started the blog. I started with fashion 10 years ago and then moved onto travel. People responded positively to my photos and travel stories and the number of followers grew.

I enjoy the almost unrestricted travel options that result from our membership of the EU. And if I can share my experiences with lots of people, it’s an ideal combination. For me, it’s a wonderful fusion of doing what I enjoy and getting exciting opportunities by collaborating with various brands and projects. I participate in events, test products and travel a lot as part of cross-border cooperation and partnerships.”

What’s the most memorable time you took advantage of the various opportunities offered by EU membership?

“2 years ago, I visited the National Tourist Centre in Burgenland, Austria and went for a ride on Austrian-Hungarian white donkeys, which the region is famous for. Everything was fine until my donkey took fright. He threw me out of the saddle and dragged me along a dusty gravel road for about 10 metres. I had scratches all over my hands, legs and stomach, and there was blood everywhere. The ranger accompanying us immediately took me to the local clinic. I didn’t have to fill in any unnecessary documents, the doctor just looked at my insurance card and treated me straight away. He gave me a tetanus injection, which – as I realised at that moment – I hadn’t had for about 14 years. He gave me some painkillers and invited me to come back any time if I had a problem. Although the recovery process was painful, it eventually healed, and I was able to continue my travels. Everything worked perfectly; after returning to the Czech Republic, there was no need to deal with any paperwork or with my insurance company.”

In addition to the assurance that your health will be taken care of if something happens when travelling around Europe, what does the EU mean to you?

“I like travelling a lot, so it is essential for me to be able to go anywhere at any time with no hassle and to use the same currency in most EU countries. I like to use cards like the ISIC (International Student Identity Card) and EYCA (European Youth Card Assiciation), which offer many advantages, from shopping to travel, accommodation and supplementary insurance.

As a blogger, I also work with foreign companies, so being able to invoice them without unnecessary paperwork is important for me. I do lots of shopping online of course and I’ve made all of my book purchases on foreign websites in recent years. Along with the memories, I like to bring back souvenirs and nice things to eat from my travels, especially chocolate – with no restrictions there either.”

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