What’s your biggest fear when travelling? Your trip being cancelled or cut short? Losing your luggage? Getting seriously ill? Being in an accident? An act of terror? Natural disasters?
Many of us don’t like to think about these possibilities, but they can and do happen. For this reason, regardless of whether you’re going on a quick domestic trip or an overseas expedition, travel insurance is a must.
While buying travel insurance usually isn’t on top of everyone’s to-do lists before a trip, it can give you peace of mind during your time away and may even save you some money, not to mention your life.
He answers some common questions about this travel essential:
What does travel insurance cover?
There are a variety of packages to suit every type of traveller, but most cover hospital bills payable in foreign currencies, costs incurred due to the unexpected cancellation of trips, lost luggage, delayed flights, personal liability and accidental injuries requiring medical intervention. Some insurers also offer adventure cover, designed for accidents that can happen during risky activities like scuba diving and skiing, while others have policies for seniors over a certain age.
When should I buy travel insurance?
Make sure you purchase your cover as soon as you’ve paid for your ticket - preferably on the same day. Should you need to cancel your trip before your travel date, you can then recover some, if not all, of the costs you have forked out.
Where can I get travel insurance?