'Travel Insurance' is an insurance policy that covers different problems that can occasionally be associated with traveling. This insurance covers cancellation of trip due to illness, personal accident, medical expenses and all other expenses that may arise as a result of loss, damage, injury or difficulty occurring between the dates specified in the policy at the point of purchase.
Yes, we are talking about a contract here that will be engaged between you the happy traveler, and the insurance company of which you must pay a certain amount of money or "premium" to claim certain benefits you'll require that may or may not be associated with traveling. It is very important to choose the correct type of policy before traveling with family for vacation or for a business trip. Ensure the policy you decide to go with provides adequate coverage in case of delays , cancellations of transportation and lost baggage.
Types of Coverage available in Travel Insurance
You can determine which insurance is best for you and your situation by learning about the different kinds of coverage offered by the insurance companies your familiar with. By simply phoning to get more information you'll 'learn the lingo' and discover the options available for your particular type of trip and destination.
***Please Note: ensure you get more than one opinion if this will be your first time travelling or going to a certain country. I've found many times in travelling myself that each agent knows different information depending on their experiences and length in the industry, plus depending on your length of travel and location you may want to find someone that's travelled there recently. Quite often each country will have it's own set of regulations and you'll shortcut your research simply by talking to someone that has done the trip before you. P.S. - if you go this route the person you talk to will also know many of the best places to visit and the ones to avoid like the plague to best maximize your time.
Among all the coverage the most important to arrange for is medical expenses. Coverage can also be found for mishaps in different sports and adventures like skiing, diving or hiking. Different insurance companies offer different amounts of coverage and some specialize in certain areas so due diligence may pay off for you depending on your trip.
Some common types of coverage with typical travel insurance policies are stated below:
Cancellation of Trips: The most common coverage offered by an insurance company and covers non-refundable payments from airlines and other types of transportation routes. Cancellation insurance will cover you if the trip is cancelled or interrupted due to bad weather, illness or any unforeseen circumstance.
Delay of Trips: Expenses that arise in case of the delay of trips can also be covered in your policy.
Personal Liability: Covers a legal liability claims made by others against you for whatever reason.
Medical Expenses: The insurance policy covers reasonable medical costs for treatment in hospitals, road ambulance and other treatment done by any registered paramedic, doctor, hospital in case of any injury or illness during the journey. In some countries the small cost of your policy will pale in comparison to spending one night in a hospital if needed.
The benefits of travel insurance are as long as the days on the beaches of Maui, for most it's the peace of mind that if something does happen they won't have a shocking and expensive bill to handle down the road.
I hope this has been of assistance in one way or another to you. Do Enjoy Your Trip !!