неделя, 29 август 2010 г.

What is Travel Insurance?

Travel Insurance is designed to protect your health, belongings, and your financial investment in your trip. It provides peace of mind for you and your family while on your vacation.

If you are travelling abroad, be it on business or pleasure it is a good idea to consider taking out travel insurance. Whilst it is not compulsory, most travel companies and tour operators usually insist on some form of insurance as a stipulation of their holiday product.

Travel insurance is an insurance product specifically designed to cover you when travelling abroad. We all think about the small things when considering whether to purchase travel insurance, such as loss of money or having luggage stolen. However there are many other factors to consider such as illness & accidents which can also be covered by travel insurance.

Travel insurance is designed to protect and cover against the possible risks you may encounter when travelling abroad. It is of crucial importance if you are travelling abroad, especially if you are likely to pay for any medical expenses that may arise. Other risks include the loss or theft of possessions, the cost of cancellations or claims made against you.

Travel insurance is designed to reimburse non-refundable trip deposits and payments, medical expenses, provide for emergency evacuation or repatriation, cover your personal belongings, baggage and travel delays.

The main reason you need travel insurance is that when you travel to different countries the healthcare services, among other things, can be very different. Sometimes you never know what to expect when you travel abroad, and depending on the particular country, services offered can vary greatly. You have to be prepared to handle any situation that might arise. If you happen to be hurt or become ill in a country that has expensive health care you could find yourself with a bill you did not expect and probably cannot afford to pay. If you are in this kind of trouble travel insurance fits the bill and ensures that you receive the treatment you need.

Travel insurance can cover the following expenses:

Non refundable fees & lost deposits due to cancellation of your trip

Worldwide sickness or accident medical expenses

Travel and Baggage Delays

Damage to or loss of luggage and personal belongings

Loss of Travel Documents

Additional expenses caused by health problems

Accidental Death & Dismemberment

Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation

24 hour Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services

As in all insurance market places, there are many different providers of travel insurance. Type of cover and options will vary according to the company and policy. There are different types of travel insurance policies which in the main can be annual policies or single trip policies. There also different levels of cover available where different activities such as skiing are covered. There are also regional differences such as Worldwide or European cover.

When choosing a travel insurance policy you will need to make a judgement between the level of coverage you require and the cost of the policy. Make sure your policy covers most of the following: Personal Belongings & Money, Personal Accident, Medical Expenses, Personal Liability and Legal Expenses.

But remember like all other forms of insurance look around and check out the options as you can save yourself a great deal of money.

Readers please note : You should undertake your own background checks before taking any action on any aspect mentioned in this article. Where the author has mentioned specific product details or given examples of how companies have reacted to specific situations, these should be correct as far as the author is aware when this article was written. In some cases additional background information not mentioned in the article has been used in obtaining the examples. Some examples or quotes may have been taken from information available in the public domain where all the background details may not be available. Insurers do change policy conditions and underwriting approach. They will view each situation on its own merits.

You should be aware that details of the topics written about within the articles can change. Therefore, always check out the current position before taking any action. You should also check that any action you are considering, or any proposed purchase, is suitable for your personal circumstances.

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