What Does Travel Insurance Cover?
Holidays are supposed to be fun, right? You've waited all year for your two weeks in the sun, swimming with dolphins or enjoying a cocktail or two around the pool. Or maybe taking to the slopes is more your thing, trying out a black run, and sampling the delights of the après-ski while dancing on a table. The last thing you want to think about when planning your escape is what may go wrong. Spending time online getting the right travel insurance policy will provide peace of mind in case something unexpected happens.
You need to think about what cover you need for your individual travel needs. Where you're travelling to and what you're going to do when you get there will have a big impact on the right kind of policy for you.
What's included in a standard policy?
There are several common situations most insurance policies will cover you for, prior to and during your trip:
This will cover the costs of medical treatment you may need if you get ill or injured on holiday, and repatriation if you need to be flown home to the UK. Without travel insurance, you could incur huge bills which you may not be able to afford to pay.
Cancellation of your trip
A holiday is probably one of the biggest purchases you make in a year. If for example you have to cancel your trip because you or someone you are travelling with falls ill, or you get called up for jury service, a travel insurance policy can help you cover the cost so you don't lose out financially. Don't forget to read through the policy terms and conditions though, they include a list of the reasons for cancellation you can claim for, and the maximum amount they will pay out.
Delays in travel
So, there you are sitting in the departure lounge, reading the bumper summer edition of Take a Break or Men's Health, when you hear an announcement over the tannoy. Your flight has been delayed because of a freak snowstorm, or your cruise ship has engine problems. If your trip is delayed by 12 hours or more, you will be able to claim for expenses you incur due to the delay, such as an overnight stay in a hotel.
Lost or stolen luggage and belongings
If your bags get lost en route to your dream destination, or you're in Gibraltar and a monkey steals your brand spanking new camera, your travel insurance policy can cover the cost of replacing your belongings. Many policies will also pay for damaged luggage. Remember to check your policy to see what items it will pay out for, and the amount you can claim in each case.
Help in an emergency
If you find yourself in need of medical assistance but don't speak the local language, having travel insurance could literally be a lifesaver. Many insurers have a 24-hour helpline you can call for advice, such as where to go for treatment or how you can get home.
Just like at home, sometimes accidents will happen when we're abroad. You may find yourself liable to pay damages to a fellow holiday maker if you unintentionally run them over whilst cycling through a vineyard in France, or the company you hired the bike from, for damage to their equipment. Personal liability can cover you in these situations.