Travel Insurance

If you travel, it is important to consider buying insurance for your trip. Once you have weighed up the pros and cons, usually, you will realise that you really do need to buy it.

You can see why we are saying this by going to When you do, you will read about several compelling reasons to buy proper travel insurance. Including, the fact that it is falling sick while abroad can result in your having to find the money to pay medical and repatriation bills. That can easily count up to tens of thousands of bucks.

But, it is not enough to simply buy a policy. It needs to be the right one. If you aren’t cautious, you can end up discovering that you are woefully under-insured. The net result of this is that you can still end up having to pay out a lot of money should go wrong while you are on vacation.

Things to Consider When Buying Travel Insurance

Below are some of the most common mistakes that people make when buying travel insurance.

1. Not Buying Enough Coverage:

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The top of the list is not buying enough coverage. If your trip is a special one that costs $10,000 you do not want a policy that will only pay out a maximum of $4,000 should you fall sick and have to cancel.

Before signing up for a policy, go through the small print and check the limits of the policy. For each element, ask yourself is the coverage that is on offer adequate? You might have to do a bit of research to be able to do this effectively. For example, go to travel forums and find out how much people paid for medical repatriation for the part of the world you are planning to travel to.

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2. Not Taking Enough Notice of The Co-Paying Clauses:

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As you go through each element, take a look at the co-paying or excess clauses, as well. If your tickets cost $400 and the policy says you have to pay the first $300 of the cost of replacement transport you may want to shop elsewhere. This is particularly the case if $400 is about what you would need to pay to make your journey even if you were to buy tickets at the last minute.

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3. Not Being Honest When Filling Out The Application:

When you buy your travel insurance, you need to be honest. If you have pre-existing conditions, you need to say so. Sure, that is going to put the premium up. But, that is much better than your insurance company refusing to foot the bill because you failed to declare a pre-existing condition. This happens more than you think. Insurance companies are not stupid. They know people try to game the system, so they actively lookout for this and refuse claims on a surprisingly regular basis. Just click here to read about a case that left one traveler having to pay a £30,000 bill despite the fact that she had bought a travel insurance policy from a reputable provider.

The key to buying any kind of insurance is research. There really is no point in paying for a policy that you have not looked at carefully. If you do, when you need to rely on it, you will not be able to do so.


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