Peace of Mind - Travel Insurance
I know - you don't need travel insurance - right? Okay, if you say so, but please humor me and read on...
You never know what might put your vacation investment at risk. The last thing you want to think about is what would happen if you became ill or injured while away from home.
Most travellers make sure they have some form of medical insurance before they leave home but what about all the dollars you have invested in your vacation?
No matter how carefully you plan your trips, illness, accidents and family emergencies can occur unexpectedly and quickly disrupt travel plans.
While most travellers never intend to cancel their trip or return home early, you still need to protect the investment you have made in your vacation – from airline tickets to hotels and beyond.
A Travel Insurance story...
“They visited a doctor who told them there was no way she could fly since the pressure would be too much and they ended up staying four nights longer than planned.”
Luckily, the couple had purchased cancellation and interruption insurance, which covered their one-way tickets home to Victoria, Canada and, since they had planned to visit friends for a few nights after their cruise, the unused portion of their vacation was also covered.
The total cost of their claim was just over $2,600 and paid entirely by the Insurance company. “Someone from the Travel Insurance company phoned the travellers, went through their claim with them and rebooked their tickets back to Victoria,”
“An Insurance representative even phoned them when they arrived back in Victoria. They were really impressed.”
Fortunately, travel insurance can protect you from unforeseeable losses stemming from an array of circumstances. Some travel insurance even allows you to cancel your vacation for any reason at all.
Many travel insurance companies offer cancellation and interruption insurance to protect against penalties customers would have to pay if they had to cancel their trip prior to departure, due to an insurable risk.
This type of insurance also provides coverage in the event travellers have to interrupt their trip and return early or stay longer, due to a covered situation.
Some examples of commonly covered risks include:
Which kind of Travel Insurance Do I Buy?
Buying travel insurance requires that you consider your needs carefully.
Check with your credit card company to see what insurance may be automatically provided by them if you use their card to purchase your vacation.
Some credit card companies only cover a portion of your risk or have limitations or exclusions - make sure you compare travel insurance offerings!
Travel insurance can be purchased in many ways:
These policies are designed for travelers going on a single trip. They can be used for Cruises, Tours, Flights, House Rentals and a world of other trip types.
All offer Trip Cancellation, Baggage, Medical, Dental, Emergency Evacuation, 24 Hour Traveler Assistance, Baggage Delay, Travel Delay, and Accidental Death Coverages.
Some policies also have options for Collision/Damage coverage for rented cars, Flight Insurance (a form of Accidental Death Coverage while flying only) and added Emergency Evacuation insurance.
Some package policies include coverage for children at no extra charge.
Travel Medical Policies
These policies provide Medical Coverage for travel up to a year in length. Some include coverage for evacuation, flight, accidental death, limited baggage, and trip interruption.
These policies may supplement what your province or state, or existing insurance may pay. Premiums are based upon age, time away and medical condition of the applicant.
Multi-Trip Annual Medical Policies
Policies provide medical cover for multiple trips throughout the year
Medical Evacuation Policies
These policies provide protection for travelers in the event they become seriously ill or injured while traveling.
They provide emergency medical evacuation to the nearest appropriate care facility or on some plans, to your hospital of choice.
They also include coverage for repatriation of mortal remains.
Flight Accident Policies
Policies are designed for travelers going on a single trip and provide coverage for Flight Accident Insurance (a form of Accidental Death Coverage while flying).
Questions to ask about Travel Insurance
Here are just a few of the most common questions I am asked:
A personal story...
This one is very close to home. It was my father!
My father chose a winter vacation in California. He purchased what he thought was adequete travel insurance for himself and my mother.
I went down to join them for a short period and three days after my arrival my father had a heart attack!
Suffice it to say we did get him to the hosptial in time and he did recover after two weeks in intensive care! The cost was $100,000.
The surprise - the insurance policy he chose had restrictions on pre-existing conditions and he was not covered!
Please take time to compare...
Please take time to understand travel insurance and NEVER leave home without it!
Many cruise lines offer their own travel insurance policies with various forms of coverage so be sure to compare cruise line quotes with rates offered by insurance companies and from your local auto club and preferred bank.
For your protection, please make sure you are properly insured. Cancellation/Trip Interruption insurance must be purchased at time you deposit your vacation but Medical insurance usually can be purchased up until time of departure.
Don't take a risk!
Did You Know?.CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) 62 cruise line members represent more than 90 percent of global cruise capacity, with 482,000 berths on CLIA Member ships. With more than 22 million people cruising worldwide each year, the cruise industry will invest $25 billion to launch 55 new ships between 2015 and 2020. In 2015, the industry will introduce six new oceangoing cruise ships and 16 new river cruise ships.
Top 2014 Cruise Trends (CLIA)
Rebound in luxury cruising (luxury category ships, onboard upgrades) based on an improving economy and increased consumer confidence
Multigenerational and celebration travel increase for all passenger source markets with larger sized family as well as social/ affinity groups traveling together
Continued development and availability of technology to facilitate and lower the cost of onboard communications as well as to provide more efficient passenger servicing
Expectation of first-time passenger growth driven by the 95 million Millennial generation based on population size and positive experiences cruising with their parents
Cruise lines offering more all-inclusive options and packaging in accommodations, services and amenities for increased ease in booking and ship enjoyment
Cruises increasingly attracting consumers seeking active vacations with extreme excursions, longer stays in ports for sightseeing and high-energy onboard facilities
Seeing the world in comfort and ease, especially exotic locations, will continue to drive new itinerary creation and cruise ship deployment
Hot destinations for 2014 according to CLIA cruise line members include: Trans Pacific, World Cruises, U.S. Rivers, South America, Antarctic, Middle East, Canada/New England, Africa and Exotic Rivers