What does Travel Insurance cover?

It is essential to be insured when you're on the road. Of course, 99 out of 100 times you won't need it at all, but if something serious should happen to you in a far away country, you will be ever so glad that you got some decent travel insurance.

What does travel insurance cover?

The most important thing to have is health insurance, as the bills for medical treatment can rise to unbelievable heights. Everyone traveling abroad should have decent travel insurance with a good coverage for all necessary medical and dental treatment. The general coverage that most people already have will not be valid outside of their country, so check with your travel agent about available extended medical policies and their boundaries.

Among other things, travel insurance will also help a lot if theft occurs. If you have high value items such as an MP3 player/iPod or a digital camera, for a relatively small upfront investment you will be secured that you won't have to save money to buy all your items again. With any policy, read the fine print and make sure your policy does not exclude some 'high- risk' activities like scuba diving or bungee-jumping if these are things you are planning on doing.

Make sure that you take your insurance card with you and don't forget to scan it in and e-mail it to yourself, along with copies of your passport and other important documents. By doing this you will always have a copy of your documents available.

There are a number of companies who specialise in travel insurance where you pay for the number of weeks/months you want to be covered for. However, if you are planning on a longer journey, a much cheaper option might be to find a continuous (all year through) travel insurance at a normal insurance company from your own country. These cover all the necessary things as well, but generally ask a lot less than temporary travel insurances.

Choosing Travel Insurance

When choosing your travel insurance, there are a few important things you should pay attention to:

  • The countries that are covered.
  • What damage/events are covered?
  • What is not covered.
  • The no-claim amount.
  • Whether or not you can extend your insurance if need be.
  • Do they have an emergency telephone number.
  • The monthly/annual fee.

There are loads of travel insurance companies out there, and all differ greatly in price, coverage, extra options, refund amounts, and so on. Most importantly decide on your plans and destinations, what kinds of coverage you want, inform yourself, compare travel insurance and choose wisely.

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Published on December 12-th, 2008 in Travel Insurance
Damon Rasheed is the CEO of Rate Detective, an Australian financial service comparison sites specialising in Life Insurance, Income Protection Insurance and home loans. Damon holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Melbourne and has been involved in many start-up internet businesses.

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