A Guide to Buying and Using

Is Really Necessary?

Travel is already expensive enough, isn’t it? The cost of air fare, cruises, hotels, ground transportation, food and activities and entertainment are already high enough. I don’t know about you, but I work hard for my money, and when I travel, I want to keep as much of my money in MY pocket as possible. Is a necessity or a luxury? Why not cut a few corners here and there. Why buy something if it’s not really needed?

My personal answer is, of course, that I am not independently wealthy and can’t withstand the potential financial losses I would incur if I require medical care while I’m traveling. Not being independently wealthy also means that I’m in the market for adequate but cheap . I suspect that you are in the same position, so you, too need cheap . If you’re still not sure about that, consider the following.

Did you know that if you get sick or are injured while traveling abroad, your medical plan may not cover all the expenses you will incur? If the costs of treatment are higher than the maximums of your medical plan, you will be responsible for the difference, unless you have already purchased . In fact, you may not even be admitted into hospitals in some countries without proof that you have health or medical insurance.

This is true for everyone, regardless of age or length of time abroad. Suppose you fall ill just a few hours after arriving at your destination. Or suppose you make a day-trip to another country, and you are injured in a traffic accident. Or suppose one of your children is part of a group making a class visit abroad, gets food poisoning and requires hospitalization. In all cases, without adequate travel health insurance, you will be responsible for the costs above and beyond the limitations of your existing medical plan.

Therefore, before going abroad, you need to make sure that you are adequately covered by travel medical insurance that won’t break your budget. You should check to see if appropriate coverage is already available to you through your medical plan, employee benefits, or even through a credit card. If the coverage is sufficient for your needs, then you can enjoy your trip without incurring the extra expense of . However, if you are not sure of your coverage, or if your coverage is inadequate or non-existent, then your next step should be to research and purchase the coverage you need.

How Much Can You Expect To Pay?

When I bought my first plane ticket to China a few years ago it cost around $2000 round-trip, and my cost me over $500 because I didn’t shop around for cheap online.

A few years later, a little bit older and wiser, and my for another trip to China cost me much less–about $300 for roughly the same coverage. The difference? Before buying my for the second trip, I shopped around online and got the coverage I needed, at the right price. If I’d have purchased my for this latest trip from my travel agent, it would’ve cost me about $600 for the trip, and my plane tickets only cost $1,500! Not exactly the smart way to go.

So how much will it cost you? Not as much money as it will cost you if you get sick or injured abroad and you don’t have any coverage! That’s the obvious answer to the question.

In fact, how much costs will depend on your age and the type of coverage you choose. Basic policies cost as little as $5.50 USD per $1000 of coverage. On the other hand, you can expect a full coverage policy to cost you from 7 to 10% of the cost of your trip, depending on your age. The older you are, the more you will pay. No matter what the cost of the policy, however, it’s sure to be much less than the cost of medical evacuation!

The good news is that you can easily, conveniently and quickly research and locate excellent but cheap online and reduce the costs while making an informed purchase. This is much better than taking what you are offered at the travel agency because you can choose from hundreds of companies and polices and save yourself a lot of money in the process. One place you can start your search is at Central, [http://www.travel-insurance-central.com]

What You Should Consider When Buying

To assist you in your research, here are some suggestions to help you make an informed purchase.

1. Consider the worst-case scenario. If you can financially withstand the worst-case scenario then maybe you don’t need or maybe you don’t need a comprehensive policy.

2. Make sure the policy you are considering provides adequate medical/dental coverage, including medical evacuation coverage just in case you need medical care in a place where the best treatment available is below the standards you are accustomed to in your country. This can happen if you fall ill in a developing country or even on a cruise ship.

3. Check your existing insurance policies for possible coverage. There is no sense in paying more for what you already have in your homeowner or tenant policy, such as theft and loss coverage.

4. If you are a frequent traveler, you should consider annual or year-round policies. Sometimes they are called multi-trip policies. Whatever the name, these policies can be relatively cheap when compared to single-trip policies.

5. Know what you are buying, so read the fine print. Make sure that you understand what the company considers to be a legitimate reason for cancellation or interruption. If the list is too restrictive, maybe you should consider another policy.

6. Don’t restrict yourself to buying only from your travel agent. He/She will probably only have one company’s product(s) available, and it’s there for your convenience, but that convenience can be quite costly!

7. Ask lots of questions about the coverage. Play the “what if” game. Ask for clear explanations of terminology. Make sure that you and the company are speaking the same language.

8. Don’t buy the insurance through your transportation provider. If the airline goes bankrupt, how adequate will your insurance coverage be?

Once You’ve Bought Your

Remember that your policy covers you between certain specific dates, so don’t start your trip early or extend your trip without first changing the dates of coverage on your policy. Of course, this might cost you extra, but that’s cheaper than finding yourself without coverage when you need it the most.

Also, it almost goes without saying that you should bring your policy with you when you go abroad. You can’t consult the policy if it’s sitting on your desk at home. You should also carry your company’s toll-free assistance phone number and other contact information with you wherever you go. It does you no good if you get ill or hurt and the necessary policy information is sitting in your hotel room. It’s also a good idea to bring your regular medical coverage cards and info with you.

I hope these tips will help you by the best for you. Then take your trip with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you are insured by the right policy at the right price. Bon voyage!

Things That Might Not Covered by Your

Holiday season is coming, and some of you might already have planned how and where to spend this relaxing moment with your family. So prepare your holiday well, choose a trusted and reliable travel agent to arrange your trip, decide wisely where to go and what to do on your destination, prepare your travel documents and things to bring on your trip, and of course, in order to avoid your holiday turned into a disaster, you will need a as a protection.

is one of the most important instruments on your holiday, so you better choose your insurance carrier wisely when you decide to buy one. Shop around for the best rate and coverage, and also it is a good idea to look for guidance and tips on how to get the best for your journey.

But don’t feel 100% secure just because you already have , since there is no insurance that can cover every risk. So do with , there are things that most will not cover. Knowing these things is important so you can make a preparation in case some of them happen before or during your trip. It’s also useful to help you choose an insurance provider that can give you the most coverage for your travel.

I have compiled from many sources, things that most won’t cover as you can see below:

Travel cancellation

Tour operator

Although it is totally beyond your control, but will not pay for any expenses you have already made if the travel is canceled by your tour operator. You could ask the tour operator to return your money, but your will not pay for any loss you experience regarding this situation neither helping you to get cash back from the tour operator or making a law suit against them.

A tour operator can cancel your trip for some reasons including their internal company problems. That’s why you should carefully choose for a tour operator to avoid this, make sure it’s a good and reliable company.

War or Riot

Usually there are certain types of mess up situation stated in a policy with explanation whether it’s coverable or not. Usually they are; strike, riot, civil commotion, terrorism, and also war, that happens in your travel destination. If the cancellation is made regarding one of those reasons, many policies won’t cover.

Death or Illness of a Pet

Animal lovers might cancel their trip because their beloved pet is dead or ill, but don’t expect the insurance company will have a compassion on this situation, this is also the risk that cannot be insured.

Psychological Problem

You cannot cancel your trip for having psychological illness or mental problem without penalty, because for most insurance companies, this is an exclusion of coverage.

Divorce before the Trip

One in a million, but it still could happen. After you bought a tour package and , suddenly a problem occurs in your family, then your spouse files for divorce and ruins the whole plan, and you have to cancel the trip. This is also not considered as an uncoverable risk.

Pandemics

If you find out that on your destination there is a pandemic like swine flu or anything like it, you might worry for the sake of your family’s health and decide to cancel the trip. But pandemic is also not a valid reason for trip cancellation, so this won’t be covered.

Visa Refusal

This case sometimes happen, and sadly it always happen after you buy a ticket or book a tour package or at the arrival. Mostly you can only expect cash back from the airline for the ticket, but usually won’t cover for this cancellation.

Natural Disaster

Most of policies say they will give coverage for trip cancellation if your destination is completely shut down by a natural disaster. But please pay attention to the fine print and read it carefully, usually it says that if the resort or the airport remains open, you will not get your claim paid by the insurance.

Health, Medical Treatment, or Personal Injury

Pre-existing Conditions

This is a common exclusion in many insurance policies, so medical treatment related to that condition during your trip will have to come out of your own pocket.

Extreme Sport

If you wish to do some extreme sports on your destination, the risks won’t be covered by your regular . For this, you have to obtain another insurance which is extreme sport insurance or something like that.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Usually, it is specified under which conditions the pregnancy complications or childbirth is covered. You too have to read the fine print real carefully on this one.

Working Activities

For an insurance company, holiday is holiday, meanings you shouldn’t work or do anything related to it. If you are injured while doing something that is considered a working activity, then the insurance won’t cover it. What is considered to be a working activity is not always that you do something for money, as long as it’s a situation involving manual labor, using power tools or driving heavy duty machinery, it could be considered as a working activity.

Drunk

If you are injure in doing an activity after you have some drinks there’s a big chance that your insurance won’t pay for this. So you better pay attention on this one.

Sexual Behavior

If you suffer a disease or have a worry of your future health condition related to a sexual transmitted infection or unwanted pregnancy for the result of your sexual behavior on your holiday, there’s a big chance that you have to take care of the medical costs for treatments or tests by yourself. Most doesn’t cover this health condition.

Medical Repatriation

Many people feel safe when they know that the insurance will give coverage for medical evacuation if they suffer a bad medical condition in some remote area. Evacuation meant to transfer the patient to the nearest area that has a better medical service. But if you need to be transferred back home to get the proper treatment it is called repatriation, and not so many will cover this. So you have to read the fine print carefully and find out what it says about it.

Others

Baggage Delayed For Less Than 24 Hours

It’s a good idea to carry the things you need for a day in case there’s a baggage delay. If the delay is less than 24 hours, the insurance won’t cover it. The insurance will only cover for baggage delay for more than 24 hours and it’s valid for outbound flights only, so no baggage delay cover for your flight back home.

Loss or damage to keys, money, documents, tickets, or credit cards

Usually these items are not considered to be as baggage or personal item, so you should keep these items real safe during your journey.

Flight Problems Regarding to Security Threats and Terrorism

Sometimes these issues can cause an airport closing, flight delay or event flight cancellation, and won’t cover you for buying another ticket, rerouting tickets, or paying for accommodation for these causes.

I really hope this article could help you to arrange your save and pleasant journey. The most important thing is always pay attention to every detail in a policy and read the fine print carefully, since one single word could determine whether the claims you made can be paid or not, have a nice holiday.

Don’t Risk It, Get the Protection and Security You Need With

Let’s face it, getting can be a very overwhelming and tedious process, making it easy to put off and even forget entirely. But before you head off on your international adventure, you might want to consider getting coverage through some , just to be on the safe side.

With some luck, you’ll be glad it’s something you have and won’t need to use. But we all know that in life things happen, so it’s a good idea to find a policy that fits your individual needs, travel agenda, and budget. Many travel agents and private companies offer , and they have a wide variety of types and options to choice from.

What does cover?

Basic coverage of includes some financial losses while traveling, as well as limited medical expenses, including medical evacuation. The most common type of is trip cancellation or trip delay insurance. This type of policy covers you and your travel companions in case you need to cancel, interrupt or delay your trip. However, the acceptable reasons for canceling or interrupting your trip will depend on the insurance policy, but most likely you’ll be covered for the following reasons:

o Sudden business conflicts
o Change of mind
o Delay in processing your visa or passport
o Illness or injury
o Weather related issues

In case your flight is canceled or delayed, companies may provide additional coverage such as expenses that the airlines won’t cover, like taxi fares to the hotel or meals during your wait at the airport.

It’s also a good idea to have a plan with medical coverage of up to $1,000,000 in the case you become ill, need medical assistance, or have a flight accident occur. It’s also good to review the amount deductible by your insurance plan (this is the amount you’ll need to come up with before the insurance company picks of the rest). Make sure it covers repatriation (evacuation to your home country, rather than the nearest regional medical facility); make sure that does not mean you will be sent to the country where you purchased your plan either, but your home country. If you’re planning a visit to multiple countries, make sure all the countries are included in the region covered by your insurance policy.

To learn more about these types of coverage and more specialized coverage, read The Basics of .

To invest or not? How to make work for me.

Purchasing is great for insuring your money, should any unforeseen events pop-up, especially if you invest large sums of money on extravagant travel packages. To determine whether you want to invest in your not, ask yourself these questions:

o Did you invest a lot of money into your travel plans?
o Are you traveling overseas?
o Which regions or countries are you visiting and for how long?
o Are you planning on participating in any extreme sports?
o Can you afford the cost of your trip back home if any emergency arises?
o Will you be able to afford medical care if you or someone you are with gets sick and needs immediate medical attention?
o How old are you and how is your overall health?
o Do you have any pre-existing conditions that need regular, special attention?

You can purchase your for a single trip, multi-trip, or with an annual policy, all depending on how frequently you travel and the length of your trip. Comprehensive can cost anywhere from 4% to 8% of the cost of your trip, depending on type of coverage, the length of the trip, the destination, and the age of the travelers. It is best to purchase your between 7 to 21 days of purchasing your travel itinerary. Usually the maximum coverage period for insurance providers is for one year abroad.

Go through the fine print on your policy and check whether you will have to pay on the spot and redeem the money later for any medical expenses, or will the insurance company pay providers directly. If you have to claim it later on, you will want to hang on to all documents.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, get an insurance policy that will specifically cover it. Also examine which adventure sports and activities the plan does and does not cover (rarely does it include scuba diving and hang gliding). Lastly, for your benefit, a policy that is flexible and can be extended while you’re already away is recommended. You never know whom you’ll meet, and you just might want to extend your trip.

Another good tip would be to get in touch with your credit card issuer before investing in . At http://www.creditcards.com/, a credit card information site, suggests calling your credit card issuer to see if you have any free travel benefits that you may not be aware of, for example, insurance on lost or damaged luggage. However, according to USTIA, canceling a trip at the last minute and being reimbursed by your credit card company is the most common misconceptions among travelers. And sometimes credit card companies have limitations on only cover up to 3 months of travel. It’s worth investigating.

Lastly, if you have existing health coverage, it would be wise to get in touch with them before hand, especially if you will need vaccinations and other medicine for your trip. Depending on your health insurance plan, ask for a ‘travel packet’ and they will send you important information regarding your coverage, if any, while abroad. It might turn out you might already be covered for somethings, but not for others.

Where can I purchase ?

There are many sites and companies offering online. Among them are leading companies such as World Nomads, Travel Guard, and InsureMyTrip, just to name a few. A new online resource called Squaremouth, helps travelers easily and instantly compare all the major plans at one site. You’ll be able to get immediate quotes from several major, reputable providers and compare policies and their prices. It’s a good starting point and one that you can trust.

Helpful Tips for once you’ve purchased your :

o Scan your insurance policy electronically and save it somewhere securely online
o Make one copy for yourself to bring on your trip
o Make another copy for a trusted family member to keep at home
o Have the emergency hotline number accessible during your trip, but make sure you try it out before leaving home to ensure its operating and correct
o List out any medications you are taking (including vaccinations for your trip), and a list of allergies you have; keep this with your insurance emergency number
o Keep all receipts at home
o Review all the fine print in your insurance policy and determine which adventures you will be taking and which risks might not be worth it

Finally, get ready for a trip of a lifetime! Hopefully you’ll avoid ever using your insurance plan, but it will give you and your loved ones more security knowing you’re protected.