When it comes to planning a trip, our minds are often filled with excitement and anticipation. However, amidst the thrill of exploring new destinations, it’s important to consider the potential risks and uncertainties that can arise during our journeys. This is where travel protection comes into play. In this blog post, we will delve into the importance of travel protection and why it should be an essential part of your travel plans. Let’s discuss how travel protection can be your trusted companion for peace of mind.
The Unpredictability of Travel:
As much as we love to plan and organize every aspect of our trip, there are certain factors beyond our control. From flight cancellations or delays to unexpected illness or accidents, travel can sometimes throw unexpected challenges our way. Travel protection acts as a safety net, offering financial coverage and assistance in times of unforeseen events, ensuring that you can navigate through any bumps along the way.
We all know people who have had their flights and/or vacations canceled in the past few years. Those with travel protection were reimbursed for their inconvenience, while the ones who did not purchase travel protection were at the mercy of the supplier. Many people lost thousands of dollars.
Protecting the Investment in Your Travel:
Travel involves financial investments, from booking flights and accommodations to excursions and activities. Unfortunately, life can throw curveballs that may force you to change or cancel your plans. Travel protection can provide reimbursement for non-refundable expenses, allowing you to recoup your investment in case of trip cancellation or interruption due to covered reasons such as illness, injury, or natural disasters. It’s like having a safety net for your hard-earned money.
I recently had a client who booked a $10,000 vacation and did not purchase travel protection. One week before she was supposed to leave, her appendix ruptured, and she was unable to travel. I was able to get some of her money applied to a future vacation, but if she had travel protection, all of her money would have been refunded.
Medical Emergencies and Assistance:
No one wants to think about falling sick or getting injured during their travels, but it’s crucial to be prepared for the unexpected. Medical expenses can add up quickly, especially in foreign countries where healthcare costs may be high. Travel protection often includes coverage for medical emergencies, providing financial support for hospital visits, emergency medical evacuations, or repatriation. Additionally, most plans offer 24/7 travel assistance, ensuring you have access to a network of professionals who can guide you through medical situations or language barriers.
A fellow travel agent’s client had a medical emergency which required hospitalization. The client assumed they would be covered by their personal health insurance, which was not the case. Their out-of-pocket cost was $25,000 for medical expenses.
Lost or Delayed Baggage:
Imagine arriving at your dream destination only to find out that your luggage has been lost or delayed. It can be a major inconvenience, disrupting your itinerary and causing unnecessary stress. Travel protection typically covers lost, stolen, or damaged baggage, offering reimbursement for essential items you may need while your bags are being located. By having this coverage in place, you can rest assured that you won’t be left without the essentials you need to continue your trip smoothly.
I recently traveled with a group of 20 people to Budapest for a river cruise. 2 people in the group had their luggage lost and did not get it returned to them until they returned home. While it certainly was frustrating, they both were compensated for the clothes they had to purchase to replace what they were missing.
When it comes to travel, it’s always better to be prepared than to be caught off guard. Travel protection serves as your trusted companion, providing financial security, assistance in times of need, and peace of mind throughout your journey. From unexpected cancellations to medical emergencies or lost baggage, having travel protection allows you to navigate these challenges with confidence and focus on creating lasting memories. So, before you embark on your next travel adventure, consider investing in travel protection to safeguard your journey and embrace the joy of worry-free exploration.
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Sara is the owner of Platinum Travel and specializes in creating luxury, customized, stress free vacations for people who want to see the world and all things Disney.
She also owns Autism Friendly Vacations where she helps families who have a member on the Autism spectrum get the vacation they deserve. Visit AutismVacation.com for more information.
You can reach her at 414-377-8611 or Sara@PlatinumTravelWI.com to start planning your vacation today.