7 Reasons Why You Need Travel Insurance While You Travel

It’s true what they say: if you can’t afford travel insurance, then you can’t afford to go
travelling. While the risk of anything happening is relatively low, it’s not unheard of, and can
lead to large, spiralling costs in the most extreme circumstances. Read on to find out why travel
insurance is important for every traveller.

1. Medical costs abroad are sky-high

Most trips are trouble-free, so it can be tempting for tourists to take a chance and skip out on
travel insurance altogether. But what if something does happen? Well, you’ll be looking at enormous bills on your return home.

Medical care in a foreign country can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars, even for a relatively minor injury like a fractured arm, and that’s not including the cost of your flight(s) home. It’s not worth taking the risk.

2. Your health is a priority

If you fall ill or something happens to you while you’re on your travels, you want to know that
you’ll be well looked after. You also don’t want to worry about paying for any treatment, and that’s where travel insurance comes in.

A good travel insurance policy will cover all medical expenses and repatriation (your journey
home), which means you can concentrate on recovery. If you have an existing medical condition, make sure you declare it, otherwise your policy will be void and any claims you make may be invalidated. The right insurance will fully protect you, no matter where you go.

3. Other types of insurance won’t cover you

Some people already have private health insurance or accident coverage, leading them to believe that they’re already insured for incidents abroad. However, these policies won’t normally cover any emergencies that occur while you’re travelling, so make sure you read the small print. This will also give you a better idea of what you need your travel policy to take into account — some types of home insurance extend their cover to items taken out out of the house and even out of the country so make sure you check in advance.

4. Travel insurance covers your personal belongings

Yes, it’s true: things can be replaced but you can’t. Even so, knowing you’ll be able to
replace the contents of your luggage will give you peace of mind if your suitcases get lost or
stolen. Make sure you check your policy’s single item limit, i.e. the maximum amount the insurer will
pay for a single item like a laptop or a tablet, so that you know your gadgets are covered.

5. You’ll be covered even if you cause an accident

Don’t discount personal liability coverage — it will cover the fees if you cause an accident or damage and the other party/parties make a claim.

6. Adrenaline junkies are provided for, too

Photo by Teddy Kelley on Unsplash

Photo by Teddy Kelley on Unsplash

If you’re planning an adventure holiday — trekking, skydiving, skiing, surfing for example — then not
all standard insurance policies will cover you. Fortunately, you can buy specialist insurance so that you’re still protected in the unlikely event anything goes wrong.

Be sure to read each policy in full before you buy, because what’s considered a normal holiday activity and what’s considered to be high-risk will vary from company to company. (Some may see hiking as normal, for example, and others may list it as dangerous.)

7. You won’t have to pay cancellation fees

If, for any reason, you have to cancel your trip, your insurance will cover the fees if it’s part of
the policy, saving you a considerable amount of money. This also applies if your holiday ends sooner than planned.

Read more about how to travel safely in these posts:

20 Travel Safety Tips for Guatemala 

12 Tips on How to Avoid Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya Virus in Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean 

Michele Peterson
Michele Peterson
Dividing her time between Toronto, Mexico and Guatemala (or the nearest tropical beach), Michele Peterson is an award-winning writer, blogger, editor and publisher who specializes in travel, cuisine and luxury lifestyles.
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