Travel insurance is a type of coverage that helps protect you against financial risks and unexpected situations that can occur before or during your trip, and can be especially important for overseas travel. It typically offers a range of benefits, including trip cancellation/interruption coverage, medical expense coverage, baggage loss/delay coverage, emergency assistance services, and more. The specific coverage and terms may vary depending on the insurance provider and the plan you choose.

Benefits of Travel Insurance

  1. Trip Cancellation/Interruption Coverage: Life is unpredictable, and sometimes you may need to cancel or cut short your trip due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, injury, or a family emergency. Travel insurance can reimburse you for the non-refundable expenses you’ve incurred, ensuring that you don’t bear the full financial burden.
  2. Medical Expense Coverage: Falling ill or getting injured while traveling can be both physically and financially challenging. Depending on the policy, travel insurance typically includes coverage for medical expenses, providing reimbursement for hospitalizations, doctor visits, medications, and emergency medical evacuations if needed. Be sure to confirm what your personal health insurance policy will or will not cover when you travel abroad, especially if your trip is to other than a “developed” country.
  3. Baggage Loss/Delay Coverage: Replacing the contents for any lost, stolen, or delayed baggage can be a major inconvenience. Travel insurance can help compensate you for the value of your lost belongings or provide reimbursement for essential items you need while waiting for your delayed baggage.
  4. Emergency Assistance Services: Travel insurance often offers 24/7 emergency assistance services, providing you with access to a dedicated helpline for medical emergencies, travel advice, and assistance with finding local medical facilities or arranging transportation in case of an emergency.
  5. Travel Delay Coverage: Flight delays or cancellations can disrupt your travel plans and result in additional expenses for accommodation, meals, or rebooking fees. Travel insurance can cover these expenses, ensuring you’re not left financially burdened by unforeseen travel delays.

Considerations when Choosing Travel Insurance

  1. Coverage Limits: Be sure to review the coverage limits and exclusions of the travel insurance policy to understand the maximum amount payable for different types of claims. Pay attention to any restrictions related to pre-existing medical conditions or high-value items.
  2. Trip Duration and Frequency: Different travel insurance plans may have restrictions on trip duration or the number of trips covered within a specified period. Consider your travel habits and choose a plan that aligns with your needs.
  3. Destination Coverage: Verify that your desired destination is included in the coverage provided by the insurance plan. Some regions or countries may have specific requirements or exclusions, so it’s crucial to read the policy details carefully.
  4. Additional Coverage Needs: Assess your specific needs beyond the basic coverage options. If you plan to engage in adventure activities, such as skiing or scuba diving, ensure that the insurance plan covers these activities. If you’re carrying expensive equipment or valuable items, consider additional coverage for them.

As you can see, there are a lot of things to keep in mind when considering purchasing travel insurance. The premium cost quotes can vary for one person who is planning a 15 day trip to Spain ranging from about $300-$700 for relatively decent coverage; typically a higher premium is associated with higher levels of medical evacuation or emergency medical coverage.

Once you decide travel insurance would be right for you, take care to search different policies and make sure you are covered for what you need. As always, you can also sit down with any of our advisors here at JGUA and we would love to help you out as well.