What is travel insurance?
In a nutshell, travel insurance could protect you against unforeseen circumstances that might leave you out of pocket while on holiday such as lost luggage, delayed flights or hospital bills.
The most common type of policy is single trip travel insurance, which covers you for just one trip. If you go on holiday often, you can opt for multi-trip or annual cover to save the hassle of getting covered again and again. Check out our guide to types of cover for more information.
Benefits of having travel insurance:
According to the Association of British Insurers, every week travel insurers pay out around £5.3 million in medical costs for UK travellers who fall ill abroad. This just shows how expensive emergency medical treatment abroad can be, but what about other holiday mishaps? Here are a few benefits that could help you stay protected on your holiday:
- Emergency medical expenses - Your policy could cover your medical treatment and transportation costs of getting back to the UK if you get ill or injured abroad.
- Cancellations - Your policy could cover you if you need to cancel your holiday before departing or if you have to cut your trip short whilst abroad due to an illness, family bereavement, redundancy or unexpected damage to your home.
- Baggage and personal possessions - This part of the policy could protect you for the accidental loss, damage or theft of your baggage, personal possessions and money.
- Most policies offer a 24-hour helpline that provides support and advice to help you deal with your emergency, wherever in the world you may be.
Take a look at our guide to claiming on your policy.
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