Travel insurance is very important in case unexpected events occurs. What happens if: There is a dangerous event? Travel insurance is worth getting because travel insurance is what will provide you with medical coverage when you get sick or injured, reimburse you when your camera breaks, your flight is canceled, a family member dies and you have to come home, if lose a bag, or something is stolen. It’s all-purpose emergency coverage and is the single most important thing you should get for your trip (but hope to never have to use).
Travelers often ask us what type of travel insurance they need for their particular trip. Essentially, there are three types of travel insurance plans: package plans, travel medical plans, and specialty plans that limit the coverage to specific options such as evacuation/repatriation, car rental, or flight accidents for example.
The following travelers need a travel insurance package plan: Travelers taking an expensive trip, like a cruise or safari, and want to be able to recover their non-refundable trip costs if they have to cancel the trip.
What to consider: Does the contract require you to submit a written report of the incident within a reasonable time? What supporting documents are you supposed to attach to your claim? If traveling domestically, often home insurance policies may include coverage for personal belongings outside your home. This will help you save on travel insurance costs.
Cost should not be your only consideration when buying travel insurance. As a general rule, you should only consider policies that include £2 million for medical expenses, £1 million for personal liability, £3,000 for cancellation, £1,500 for baggage and £250 for cash. Note that the level of excess you opt for – the part of the claim that you must meet before the insurer pays out – will affect your premium. Not all insurers allow you to adjust the excess, but the more you are prepared to pay, the lower your premium will be.
Buy your travel insurance as soon as you book your getaway. That way, if your holiday is cancelled or delayed before you head off, you can claim for it. Also check the policy document’s small print to ensure you’re covered for the total amount you paid. Another consideration might be redundancy cover if you are concerned about losing your job.
You want to make sure your travel insurance policy also covers emergency evacuation and care that is separate from your medical coverage. If you are hiking in the woods and you break your leg, your policy should cover your evacuation to the hospital. If a natural disaster occurs and you need to be evacuated to somewhere else, your plan should cover that as well. This protection should cover an expense of up to $300,000 USD. Additionally, evacuation also should mean from the hospital to your home country. Standard emergency evacuation coverage frequently only moves you if your current facility is inadequate, or if it’s “medically necessary”, and then pays for a flight home after you’ve recovered.
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