There is no doubt that a holiday, whether it be just for one person or a whole family,
can put a significant dent in anybody's budget. Click here
to use our online Travel Calculator to see how much your next holiday could cost you.
With this in mind, you can hardly blame holidaymakers for wanting to cut corners in order to
save as much money as possible. Unfortunately, many choose to do this by not purchasing travel
insurance. Some people get lucky, and save themselves a few dollars. Others live to regret their
It's obvious to most people that travelling to a foreign country, staying in accommodation
you've never stayed in before and being around people you don't know
has the potential to be a very unpredictable experience. It could go
perfectly, and you could return home in perfect health with all your
belongings intact. On the other hand, like anything in life, it has the
slight potential to go wrong, and if such a scenario does occur then the
relatively small amount of money you paid for insurance will be worth its
weight in gold.
Healthcare in other parts of the world can be extremely expensive, and getting treated as a foreigner
can be doubly difficult. Without adequate travel insurance, any injury or
illness on holiday could well mean a prolonged and expensive effort to get
treatment. Some hospitals abroad have been known to prevent patients from
leaving if they have not fully paid for their treatment. Some holidays may
be greater health risks than others, for example a ski trip or a holiday
to a part of the world with disagreeable food, but even seemingly the most
safe of holidays could result in a need for health care.
The idea that you might get ill and need treatment while on your holiday is not meant to put you off
taking that adventurous trip you've always planned. It simply highlights
the need to be properly covered before you go, so you can rest easy and
enjoy your break. Though we all hope they won't, countless other things
could go wrong: baggage could be lost; flights could be cancelled; weather
conditions might be poor. It's not even like travel insurance costs the
earth, customers can pick from a variety of different policies and choose
one that suits them. There are also numerous companies offering all kinds
of insurance, whether it be for your week on the beach or your three-week
trek in the Himalayas.
Your Travel Agent is a good place to start looking for travel insurance so you have
something to match against other quotes. Furthermore, it's worth
looking on a price comparison website to quickly find a list of quotes.