Travel Insurance – Why Do You Need It?

by Jimi S. George

Tourism is often viewed as one of the more volatile industries as it can be affected in so many different ways yet we all risk our hard earned each year when we book that trip. Some people either don’t think of getting travel insurance or they just don’t want to whilst others may think they are in perfect health plus physically active so what could go wrong and if something does, they will deal with it then.

If you think about all the possible things that can happen to either stop you from traveling or from having a pleasant vacation, the small financial outlay, usually less than ten percent of the vacation cost, it is well worth it to have some peace of mind. You could fall ill just before you are due to travel, or someone in your family but this could just as easily happen when you are on vacation, but whatever the situation you will be out of pocket.

Other situations that can occur are when you cannot actually keep your reservation and of course the entire amount you have paid on the vacation will be lost. However, most travel insurance policies will take this situation and many others like emergency medical help, including airlifts, missing luggage, airline delays plus others into account and cover the costs incurred.

The worst situation is where you have to cancel your trip almost at the last minute at the potential loss of thousands of dollars but travel insurance will cushion the cost of this. If you look at a travel insurance package that does not contain a trip cancellation section then it isn’t worth using that insurance company because if that happens, you need to know you can claim the money back.

Most trip cancellation plans also include refunds when a trip is interrupted and will include other trips that deposits have been made for. With terrorism on the increase, this is a section of travel insurance to watch out for as some policies will only cover for acts of terrorism when you are in a foreign country.

Overall, the cost of travel insurance is inexpensive but it will rise according to the age of the people it is covering. One unfortunate occurrence is when the tour operator etc. becomes bankrupt after you have paid your deposit but your travel insurance policy should cover this aspect as long as you decided to commence the plan within the 15 days after the deposit was paid for.

Credit cards, auto insurance and often home owner’s insurance plans may cover aspects of your travel so a comprehensive travel insurance plan may not be required. Duplications in insurance coverage will merely mean you are paying for something twice so it is worth your while checking other policies before you finally commit.

Be sure to check the fine print for hidden limitations on these existing policies and after researching your current polices, it may seem you are already covered on the surface, but the fine print could limit certain conditions, circumstances, situations or locations.

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