Many people forego the purchase of even a single trip travel insurance protection in the mistaken belief that such coverage is an unnecessary luxury. While many people could perhaps get away without having such coverage (but it is certainly ill-advised to do so), there are three critical conditions that it a “must-buy”.
The worst thing someone in poor health condition can do is embark on a physically taxing (and sometimes emotionally draining) journey abroad without getting at least a single trip travel insurance policy. Proper cover can protect you in terms of shouldering the cost of emergency medical procedures, should the need arise. What happens if you go to the emergency room in a foreign country and you don’t have enough money with you? Going abroad without sufficient coverage is extremely foolish-if even normal situations at home tend to trigger your asthma attacks, for instance, consider what awaits in a place you are unfamiliar with. Moreover, if you have a condition like vertigo, any sudden attack can endanger you and other people on the road (should you be driving a rental car). While an insurance policy does not make your health improve, it can certainly protect you from having to outlay a huge amount in an emergency medical situation.
Travelling to Dangerous Places
Here’s a true story: a couple travelling to Peru-a country whose government barely holds it together on the best of days-decides to get a single trip travel insurance policy. It was a precarious time when the dreaded swine flu was at the centre of every health advisory, but the couple chose to get insurance against the possibility of cancellation ‘for any reason’. As it turned out, their much-awaited trip would not be botched by swine flu, but by civil unrest; getting the cover they did significantly helped them swallow the frustration at their loss-at least, it was not as financially painful as it would have been if they didn’t have the extra cover. The point is if you’re travelling to other countries, especially those under certain risk advisories issued by your embassy, it pays to consider these risk factors when purchasing your policy.
Limits in Pre-existing Coverage
You may already have pre-existing single trip travel insurance coverage from your health insurance provider (some companies also includes travel cover even if your main policy is, say, health or home insurance), and you’re probably thinking, “why get another policy, right?” Wrong. Check the terms of your existing coverage carefully and you just might discover how limited the terms are. You have to be utterly frank about your needs and compare these to the things covered by your existing policies. If it is limited, it’s probably as bad as having no cover at all.