A Guide To Choosing and Comparing Travel Insurance Deals

Posted by on November 9, 2019 in Frugal Living with 0 Comments

Travel insurance may not be compulsory, but in reality it is as essential as a flight ticket and a suitcase when you are traveling. This is the case even if you don’t plan on leaving your home country, but becomes especially important when traveling overseas, whether for business or pleasure.

There are thousands of insurance providers around, and it’s true that sorting through dozens of sites, deals, offers, and promotions can easily make your head spin it is important to carve out some time for researching what’s around.

To help you avoid being swamped and confused by all the information you need to sieve through we’ve put together this brief guide to choosing and comparing online travel insurance deals.

What travel insurance typically covers

It’s not much fun thinking about all the things that could go wrong while you’re traveling, and the truth is that, thankfully, the majority of people won’t ever need to make a travel insurance claim but ignoring the issues which could affect your plans is not a sensible option. A decent travel insurance policy covers:

  • Flights or other transportation you have booked and paid for should you be unable to travel due to a personal emergency, as well as cancellations and delays caused by the provider.
  • Lost, delayed, or stolen luggage and belongings.
  • Medical cover, including transportation home if needed.

Don’t forget the extras

It is important to read the small print of a policy before going ahead as few of them cover pre-existing medical conditions or health problems caused as a result of doing activities considered dangerous – and this could even include everyday sports like skiing, so always ask directly to be sure. In most cases, there are opportunities for extra cover to be added to cover all potential medical or sporty issues, at an extra cost, of course.

It is also worth paying a little more to make sure all your essential daily expenses are going to be covered should you or a member of your travel party fall ill while overseas. As most standard policies have strict limits it’s very easy to start racking up debt should you be stranded abroad due to essential medical treatment.

Use a comparison site

This is one of the easiest ways to sort through travel insurance offers from a wide range of providers. You get to choose the criteria that matter so each search is personalized to your needs. These searches are easy to set up and free to use.

Look at specialist insurance deals

These may or may not better value than the standard policies you have looked at, but there are specialist companies or deals targeting people largely grouped by age – such as students, families, or senior groups of travelers. As always, check the small print to make sure everyone in the group will be covered as mass policies usually have a blanket approach and don’t allow for any tweaking at all.

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