Tips for Travel Insurance

Tips for Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is designed to protect you from losses while you are traveling. There are many situations that could result in your need of travel insurance. Things like lost luggage, trips being cancelled, medical emergency expenses along with other situations you may not have thought of

There are several types of coverage for travel insurance and it will depend on the insurance company issuing the policy as to what you are covered for.

Some types of cover available for travel insurance are:

  • Trip Cancellation
  • Accident/Sickness Medical Expenses
  • Baggage/Personal Effects Loss or Delay
  • Medical Evacuation/Emergency Transportation
  • Trip Delay
  • Supplier Default

Trip Cancellation will cover you for non-refundable payments or any deposits paid for trips that have to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. This is the most common type of travel insurance.

Accident/Sickness Medical Expenses is another cover that could be overlooked but is very important when traveling. This will cover you for any costs you may have for illness or injury while you are traveling.

Baggage/Personal Effects Loss or Delay, this will cover you for any items that may be lost or delayed in getting to you while traveling. Things like your luggage not arriving with you and you need to replace certain item while waiting for your luggage to arrive.

Medical Evacuation/Emergency, as it says, this covers you for medical emergency transportation if you need to be transported to a hospital or medical facility while traveling.

Trip Delay will make sure you are not out of pocket if while traveling your trip is delayed.

Supplier Default, if a travel supplier defaults, this will cover you for any payments either full or deposits you have paid.

Many travel companies like tour or cruise lines will offer their own protection plans. You may find these plans will offer a very different coverage to other insurance companies who do travel insurance. It is best to compare what each will cover you for and don’t make the mistake of taking the travel company’s offer without making sure it is best for you. Make sure you are being covered for all you need.

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