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The cheapest single trip policy is £1.37 (based on 1 adult aged 28 travelling in the UK for up to 3 days). Prices correct on the 10/02/2015.

Benefits of having travel insurance

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.

Many travellers do not realise the importance of travel insurance until something happens. While it can be obtained easily and may even be part of the services your bank offers, you should look into what it actually covers as it differs from policy to policy and may not meet your needs.

Confused.com also displays the Defaqto star ratings (a rating by the independent financial researcher) next to each insurer which could help you make a more informed decision, quickly.

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.

Take a look at our guide to types of cover for more information.

What can it cover?

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 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.
  • Helpline

    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.

Are there any exclusions?

  • Most policies are unlikely to cover alcohol and drug related incidents.

  • A standard policy may not cover medical expenses if you haven't stated that you or your travel party have a pre-existing medical condition. To make a valid claim, questions asked by the insurer or in the quote process need to be answered honestly.
  • You must take reasonable care of your personal possessions and report your lost or stolen items to the police within 24 hours or your policy may not cover you.

  • If you're thinking of taking part in any adventurous or hazardous activities, you might want to check your documents to see if your policy would cover it, otherwise consider taking out activity cover for extra protection.

Why choose Confused.com?

  • Quick and easy quote process. We order the results the way they should be, starting with the cheapest. Our process is clear and unbiased.

  • Our wide range of travel guides could help you with your holiday or if you have a travel related question, we could help you answer it here!
  • Up to 47 providers to choose from, including the big names like AA and Flexicover

  • Your documentation could be emailed to you within one hour of purchase (please enter your email address carefully and check any junk or spam folders)
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