Imagine this scenario:
You have left behind the office stress and are finally setting off on the perfect vacation. The weather is fine and your flight is on time. But then your baggage goes missing. Worse still, all your travellers' cheques were in your suitcase.
That is certainly a nightmare. It is why a travel insurance policy is important. You could be on a domestic or an international holiday. A travel plan will ensure nothing spoils your perfect vacation.
Here are five reasons travel insurance is important for every holiday-goer:
Loss of passport, baggage, or documents:
This is probably the worst situation you can imagine while travelling. But if you have a travel insurance, you have help at hand. In case of a lost passport, your insurance will reimburse the cost of acquiring a duplicate or a new one. In case of missing belongings, you will be compensated for your loss up to an approved sum; while if your baggage gets delayed, you will be reimbursed for the personal effects that you might have to buy for the meanwhile. This can be a huge help as you wait for your baggage to turn up.
No one wants to fall ill while on vacation. But medical complications or a serious bodily injury could arise at any time. That is why travel insurance is important. It will ensure you get the necessary medical attention in case of an emergency be it to take you to an hospital or have a close family member flown to you if you are a student. This also includes dental treatment because it’s quite understand that when you’re in a new place, stopping yourself from going on the sweets can be a little difficult. Your travel insurance will take care of other related expenses as well. You may also avail cashless hospitalisation with travel insurance.
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Flight cancellation or delay:
This is a common glitch nowadays. It could be airline’s fault, a natural hazard, or a personal problem. In all the cases, you will be either reimbursed or refunded a certain amount as per the policy schedule. In case illness at the eleventh hour or a sudden death in the family can affect your plans. Suppose you need to cancel your travel plans. What happens to the money you spent on the air ticket and hotel bookings? It does not get wasted. Your insurance will reimburse you the unused hotel cost and travel tickets. In case of a delayed flight, your travel policy will cover additional expenses. This may include an unplanned night stay at a hotel and food, among other things.
Emergency medical evacuation:
If a medical condition requires you to be transported from the scene of incidence to the nearest hospital, you don’t have to worry about the expenses. If you are already admitted in a hospital and need to be taken back to your country for further medical help or to be with your loved ones, your travel insurance will take care of that too.
Imagine losing your credit/debit card while you are on a vacation and you start getting texts that someone is using it. Scary, right? Not only are you losing your money but you are losing money in a place where you might not even find help easily. But with travel insurance, that would not be a problem. Your policy will refund you for the money lost through stolen payment cards for up to 12 hours prior to your first reporting of the incident.