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A Big Expense Made Less Painful

Jul 3, 2008
A vacation can be a big expense. To cancel a vacation can be an even bigger expense. That is why it is important to buy the right kind of travel insurance in order to ensure you do not end up paying not to take a holiday.

When we plan a vacation, we often do not think of all the little details which could end up as a cause to cancel the whole trip. Things such as illness or an accident might result in trip cancellation. Moreover, you might get sick or injured while in a foreign country, in which case it is absolutely vital to prepare for this unfortunate circumstance in order to reduce the risk of being caught off guard.

Before buying an insurance policy for your trip, you must know that different sorts of trips call for different sorts of travel insurance. For instance, a family of four will be best served by a policy that offers protection against anyone in the family getting sick or injured. As any parent knows, a sick child can turn a hotel room into a hospital pretty quickly and end up costing mom and dad money as well as a good time. Family vacations tend to involve a lot of risk as there is more than one person who can run into trouble and ruin the vacation whereas a youth traveling in a group or alone need only worry about themselves.

There are five basic aspects to travel insurance: trip cancellation, travel medical, travel major medical, emergency medical evacuation and accidental death. The type of trip you are on will often determine what type of insurance you will need.

If you are not traveling outside the country, emergency evacuation is probably unnecessary as it is major medical insurance. For domestic trips, most common type of insurance is trip cancellation as it is easy to foresee any number of circumstances where trips might be cancelled. In large countries such as the United States and Canada, a plane, train or bus ticket can be cross-continental and very expensive, so some insurance against an abrupt cancellation can help guard against losing your ticket entirely.

Medical Insurance, as we have seen, is usually important only when traveling to a foreign destination. In particular, for people accustomed to the temperate climate of most states and provinces, a trip to nations closer to the equator can result in exposure to a host of diseases to which our immune systems are not well adapted. For these types of trips, major medical travel insurance is an absolute must, as the risk of illness is great.

In addition to these basic travel insurance plans, there are now specialized plans for specialized travel. Business travel often involves tight deadlines and appointments which, if they are missed, can render the whole trip a waste of time. Also, as companies often need to send a team of people, there are group travel insurance rates available.

For those who plan to stay a long time in a foreign country, there are specialized expatriate travel insurance policies available that cover the risk incurred from a long stay away from the relative safety and security of North America. For participants in extreme sports, such as mountain climbing or base jumping, be careful to check that you policy does not exempt you from benefits for undertaking such dangerous activities.
About the Author
Pucher Insurance is an independent broker representing all the major insurance companies. If you are traveling within or from Canada, then you should invest in Canadian travel insurance and possibly even Canadian medical insurance to protect you and your family from potentially excessive travel and medical related fees.
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