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Holiday Insurance - A Very Valuable Expense Indeed

Sep 5, 2007
Can't make it to the hotel and the car rental company charges a penalty on you credit card for missing your reservation.

Don't want this to happen to you? Then it's easy - treat holiday insurance as a priority, not a saving to be made. You may have to postpone your holiday, but you can get your money back. For the size of the investment most of us put into our holiday plans, having insurance just in case of an unanticipated change of plans simply makes sense.

What Type of Insurance Is Available?

You can purchase holiday insurance for many different situations. There are policies for single trips, or annual coverage, skiing and backpacking holiday insurance or policies for those more than 74 years of age. Many policies will provide you with 24 hour emergency assistance.

The coverage provided by these policies differs sometimes, but for the most part they cover your holiday in case of cancellation by you in case of emergency, or if your airline cancels on you. Some cover your expenses in the case of a natural disaster that spoils your trip, or terrorist situations.

There are companies who will cover your lost holiday for any reason at all, though this will cost more, of course. Others have specific situations that they will cover, whilst others are not.

Before you purchase holiday insurance, make certain that you know exactly what you want and then what is covered. Don't just take anyone's word for it, read the paperwork and make sure you are getting all you were promised before making a payment.

The Same - Then Again Not!

Holiday insurance policies are all similar and the difference's really matter. Inquire about trip cancellation, trip interruption coverage; find out if they include baggage insurance in case you luggage is lost.

It is possible to just purchase portions of coverage but it may be worth your while to inquire about comprehensive coverage.

For your own benefit, ensure that your holiday insurance is purchased from the time you exchange money for any part of your holiday. Also, though it sounds like a no-brainer, ask them if your particular airline or tour group is covered.

Sometimes holiday insurance carriers won't cover particular organizations for a variety of reasons, so when you stop into visit the insurer or talk to them by phone, make sure you list all organizations you will be booking with for holiday.

Trip interruption, meaning you started your trip but for some reason could not finish it will leave the holiday insurance provider responsible for the unused portion of your trip.

Flight insurance is also available with your holiday insurance plan but is probably not necessary. This coverage is a life insurance policy in case of an airline crash, based on the likelihood of this, a pretty unlikely event!

Different Needs For Different Destinations

If you are travelling outside of Europe you should also ask if you have medical coverage. If travelling to the United States make sure you have the most adequate medical coverage, because medical care is outrageously expensive there and folks who missed covering themselves have been known to have had to sell their home to pay for the costs incurred.

You have been warned on this one!

For about 5% of the total cost of your holiday, you can prepare for pretty much any contingency that may come up and spoil things.

For all the work we put in to earn our holidays insurance is a nice back up plan to have and a necessary evil in anyone's holiday expenses.
About the Author
(c) 2007 Best Holiday Insurance Guide. Need more information about holiday insurance - or maybe where to find the best deal for your travel needs? Look no further, there's all you need at Martin Haworth's website, http://www.BestHolidayInsuranceGuide.com.
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