Travel Insurance

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Travel Insurance When booking any holiday or trip abroad, travel insurance is an important consideration, and so is the price. We have a selection of market leading travel insurance deals for you to choose from, helping you to keep costs down, while ensuring you are covered for whatever you need to be. Use the table below to compare some of the best travel insurance deals, and apply online today.

What is travel insurance? 

Travel insurance is an essential aspect of any trip, whether you’re going for a city break in Europe, a family holiday, or a round-the-world trip. Travel insurance can cover you for a wide range of travel-related eventualities, ranging from the mildly annoying to the life-threatening.

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n/aup to £10 millionNo Age Limits. Specialise in offering competitive travel cover for people with pre existing medical conditions and over 65s. Also cover travelling companions on the same policy. Get Quotes >
Up to 5%up to £10 millionCancellation cover up to £10,000 - Enforced stay cover up to £1,500 if stranded abroad - Specifically for the over 50sGet Quotes >

Why do I need travel insurance?


It’s very easy to get so caught up in planning your trip that you neglect to buy travel insurance – or just buy the first no-frills policy you can find, which isn’t much better. After all, none of us like to think about something going wrong on our travels. But here are few good reasons why you should always take the time to buy an appropriate travel insurance policy before you set foot on a plane:

  • Your flights could be delayed or cancelled: This may not be a life-or-death situation, but it’s still a major irritation – no one wants to have to hang around an airport for longer than is absolutely necessary. Many policies will compensate you if your flight is delayed for a certain length of time, or if it’s cancelled altogether.
  • You could become ill and need to go to hospital: Living in the UK with the benefit of NHS treatment, it’s easy to forget that much of the world’s healthcare systems operate on a pay-as-you-go premise – so if you need hospital treatment while on holiday and you don’t have adequate travel insurance, you could find yourself being discharged with a very large bill to pay. For example, if you break your leg while on holiday in the USA, your treatment could cost over £80,000.*
  • You could have an accident: If you’re planning on going skiing, snorkelling or skydiving, remember that many standard insurance policies won’t pay out for accidents that occur while taking part in ‘high-risk’ activities like those mentioned above. You will usually need to buy extra cover for these kinds of activities.
  • You might need to cancel your trip at short notice: If a family emergency or illness arises just before you’re scheduled to depart, you could stand to lose a lot of money if you need to cancel or postpone your journey. Check that your insurance provider covers you for as wide a range of cancellation reasons as possible.
  • Your possessions might get stolen: From major thefts to pickpockets in tourist hotspots, the risk of your money or belongings getting taken is a very good reason to ensure you’ve got the cover you need before you leave.
  • Your baggage might get lost or damaged in transit: Bags ended up in Tunisia rather than Toronto? Or has your suitcase arrived off the plane looking decidedly worse for wear thanks to careless handling in transit? A comprehensive travel insurance policy may mean you’ll be covered for these situations.

* Source: This Is Money (05/13)

What’s covered by travel insurance?


The Foreign Travel Commission advises taking out a travel insurance policy that offers:

  • Medical and health cover for an injury or sudden illness abroad - with a minimum of £2m
  • 24-hour emergency service and assistance – useful if you get stranded
  • Personal liability cover - in case you damage something or injure someone and are sued
  • Lost/stolen possessions cover – look for a policy that covers both scenarios
  • Cancellation and curtailment cover – essential if you need to cancel or cut short your trip due to an unforeseen emergency at home
  • Terrorism – this is now covered by around 60%** of travel insurance policies, but check before you buy


What’s not usually covered by travel insurance?

The following are usually excluded from standard travel insurance policies:

  • Incidents related to drink or drugs
  • Incidents in which you have not taken reasonable care of your belongings – in the eyes of the insurance provider, you have a responsibility to do your best to ensure the security of your possessions or you won’t be covered


Types of travel insurance

  • Single trip – This will cover you for one trip, and is most cost-effective if you’re only planning on going away less than 2-3 times in a year.
  • Annual multi-trip – If you’re a frequent traveller, annual cover may be more cost-effective. This will usually cover you for an unlimited number of trips in a year, up to a maximum duration per trip (usually around a month)
  • Gap year/backpacker travel insurance – If you’re travelling for between three months and a year, you are likely to need specialist backpacker or gap year insurance, which is offered by many providers.
  • Winter Sports/Hazardous activities cover - You’ll need to take out extra cover for activities that are commonly excluded from standard policies – if you’re going skiing, bungee jumping or mountaineering, look for a policy that covers hazardous activities.
  • Specialist cover – if you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over a certain age, you’ll often need to find a specialist travel insurance provider. Cover may be more expensive than standard because you’re deemed a higher risk by the insurance company.

** Source: FCO (03/13)