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Travel Insurance – Is it worth it?

Do you need Travel Insurance?

If you’re contemplating a trip overseas in the future for that well-deserved break or business, talk to us to arrange travel insurance.

“You can’t really go crazy without it,” says James Boyle, 24, world traveller and clearly a fan of travel insurance. For good reason.

“It was a real lifesaver for me. I would not go travelling for a long time without it.”

Over six months, James tramped 3,250 of the 3,500-kilometre Appalachian Trail, which passes through 14 US states.

Then he rolled his ankle. Thinking it broken, he had it x-rayed and saw a doctor for a couple of minutes tops. Yet to simply find out it was a bad sprain suddenly spawned a medical bill of US$4,000 ($5,918).

So it was good news, bad news. The good news: his ankle wasn’t so bad and although he couldn’t finish the trail, he could keep travelling. The bad news: he’d have to cut his trip short if he needed to pay that hospital bill.

And that is precisely when travel insurance proved its worth. He continued on to Central America, and even though he would get a grain of sand in his eye and break a surfboard there, he was covered for those costs too.

All up, insurance paid out more than $7,000 for events during James’s travels.

The art of not getting stuck with the bill

Most insurance is there to protect our money and avoid us getting left holding the bag when something unexpected happens. You don’t want to be hit by a bill you didn’t plan for.

When you’re travelling, there are so many “unpredictables”. All you need is one volcano somewhere to start spewing ash to radically change your flight plans. That, of course, is part of the adventure.

Some risks are worth carrying yourself, and some are better given to a company to pool that risk with many others and take care of it. Yet according to the Insurance Council of New Zealand, one in five don’t take out travel insurance.

And almost half think insurance only starts once they start travelling. But the coverage typically kicks in just after you buy it, so if something changes in the weeks or months before your trip, it’s there to help.

Here’s what travel insurance can do for you:

Travel insurance can cover you for:

• Medical costs overseas – in extreme cases, these can add up to hundreds of thousands
• Costs from flight disruptions, when tickets or accommodation need replacing
• Costs for returning home in an emergency
• Loss or theft of luggage, credit cards or passports
• Costs from injuring someone else or damaging someone’s property

Need some Travel Insurance?

If you are thinking about travel insurance, talk to our team today, use our contact form in the first instance or call 0800 872 862.

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