With the recent earthquake in Japan, civil unrest in multiple regions of the world, and a recent rash of travel delays caused by massive wind, hail, and tornadoes across the southern regions of the U.S., interest in travel insurance protection is on the rise.
Travel costs have gone up in the last five years, partly due to rising gas prices, and the end doesn’t appear to be in sight. Many people have put off expensive travel over the past few years in favor of ‘staycations’ (vacations at home with family) due to fears of the economy, unemployment, and slow job growth. Those who are currently making travel plans may find that adding the cost of travel insurance to the tab is worth the cost simply to avoid the huge financial bills that can occur on vacation.
Any good comprehensive travel insurance policy comes with a 24-hour assistance services number staffed with representatives who can provide travel assistance, help navigate a medical emergency, and provide assistance and reimbursement for canceled or delayed plans in addition to problems with accommodations.
Travelers wanting financial protection may opt for these coverages
In addition to having a help hot-line at your fingertips, travel insurance can provide reimbursement for unexpected travel costs that can wreck your travel budget. Protection for financial losses due to stolen baggage, missed connections, and travel delays are included in many comprehensive travel insurance package plans.
If you plan to rent a car on your vacation, avoiding the high charges imposed by rental car companies if the car is damaged is also crucial – especially since this type of coverage is not typically provided by your own auto insurance coverage or the coverage provided by your credit card.
Of course, it’s important for those traveling abroad to consider any pre-existing medical conditions along with medical coverage because U.S.-based health insurance does not extend outside the American borders. If you or someone traveling with you gets ill or injured on the trip, you could face a large medical bill very quickly.
Having travel delay and missed connection coverage can help in instances when a tornado crashes through the airport you planned to flight out of or land at. The airlines don’t provide any help when the situation that caused the delay is a natural act, but travel insurance protection for these situations can mean the difference between sleeping on the floor of the airport and having a hotel room and meals reimbursed.