Travel Insurance: Is It A Smart Investment for Every Traveler?

Explore the world of traveler's insurance, discover its various types and benefits, and learn how to select the perfect coverage for worry-free journeys in our comprehensive guide.
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As a financial expert, I’ve seen firsthand the financial impact that unexpected events can have on people’s lives. That’s why I always recommend to my clients that they take a closer look at travel insurance, whether they’re planning a dream vacation or just a quick trip.

Travel insurance can be a smart investment that can protect you from financial losses incurred as a result of unexpected events that occur before or during your trip. It’s like a safety net that catches you if you fall, so you can get back up and keep on enjoying your vacation.

When choosing travel insurance, it’s important to compare policies from different providers and consider your specific needs. Not every policy is right for everyone. You want to make sure you’re not overpaying for coverage you don’t need, but you also want to make sure you have adequate coverage in case of an unexpected event. This article will help you identify the most important factors to consider when choosing travel insurance.

What to consider when choosing a travel insurance policy?

What to consider when choosing a travel insurance policy?
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When choosing a travel insurance policy, it’s important to consider your specific needs and budget. Some of the factors to consider include:

The type of trip you’re taking: Are you going on a domestic or international trip? Are you planning an adventure vacation or a relaxing beach getaway?

The destination(s) you’re visiting: Are you traveling to a remote, easily accessible, or low-infrastructure location?

Duration of your trip: How often do you travel? Can you use your credit card’s travel insurance benefit? Note, most travel insurance companies do not cover trips that exceed 60 days. Full-time travelers, such as expats and digital nomads, may need to purchase a travel insurance policy specifically designed for their needs.

Any pre-existing medical conditions you or your family members have: Do you have any pre-existing medical condition? Does your travel insurance policy cover them? Most policies explicitly do not cover pre-existing conditions or travel that is done against the advice of a physician.

Your budget: Travel insurance policies can vary in price, so it’s important to shop around and compare quotes from different providers.

What are the most important travel insurance coverages?

Here’s a breakdown of some of the most important travel insurance coverages:

  • Trip cancellation insurance: Reimburses you for the cost of your trip if you are forced to cancel for a covered reason, such as illness, injury, or the death of a family member. Covered reasons do vary by plan, so be sure to review the details of your policy carefully. 
  • Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR): Unlike trip cancellation coverage, CFAR is the optional benefit that offers partial reimbursement on prepaid, nonrefundable costs if you cancel for any reason, even those not typically covered by your comprehensive travel insurance policy. Usually, this benefit is an additional charge, but it provides extended coverage that you may find worthwhile, especially in today’s climate of frequent airline disruptions.
  • Medical expense insurance: Covers the cost of medical expenses incurred while traveling outside of your home country. If you get sick or injured while traveling and need to go to the hospital, travel insurance can cover the cost of your medical expenses.
  • Baggage insurance: Covers the cost of lost or damaged luggage. This could be a quick fix or a very long process. Some coverage may include the cost of essential items you purchase while you wait for your delayed luggage to be returned.
  • Emergency assistance insurance: Provides access to emergency assistance services, such as medical evacuation, natural disaster, war or conflict situation, and translation services. Depending on the country you’re traveling to, this can be a biggie. If it’s a country with limited infrastructure and you’re in trouble. Having someone to come and pick you up is critical, and in most cases, expensive. 

How to find the best travel insurance deal?

Here are some tips for finding the best travel insurance deal:

  • Shop around and compare quotes from different providers.
  • Look for discounts. Many travel insurance companies offer discounts for things like booking your policy early or traveling with a family.
  • Consider buying a travel insurance policy that’s bundled with other travel products, such as flights or hotels.
  • Review your work travel insurance and see if there is any coverage for your personal needs.
  • Review your credit cards for any travel insurance coverage or consider credit cards with travel insurance. Having a credit card that offers some coverage can save you money. Remember, travel insurance policies can be customizable, so there is no need to pay twice for the same product.

Common Travel Insurance Myth: If you have two travel insurance policies, each insurer will only pay their share of the claim. This is outlined in a section called the ‘contribution clause’ in your policy documents.


Travel insurance is a must-have for any traveler, but it’s important to choose the right policy for your needs. Take the time to compare different policies and customize your coverage to ensure that you’re protected from the specific risks you face on your trip. 

For a small investment, travel insurance can give you peace of mind and protect you from financial losses in the event of an unexpected event. So next time you’re packing for your trip, don’t forget to pack your travel insurance along with your sunscreen and passport.

Additional tips:

  • Read the fine print carefully before you purchase a travel insurance policy. Make sure you understand what is and is not covered by the policy.
  • Ask questions. If you’re not sure about something, ask the travel insurance provider to clarify. Ask them to clarify it in writing. 
  • Keep your travel insurance policy information with you at all times. This will make it easy to file a claim if needed.

I hope this article has helped you to understand the importance of travel insurance and how to choose the right policy for your needs. Have a safe and happy trip!

This information should not be relied upon as research, investment or tax advice, or a recommendation regarding any products, strategies, or any security or digital asset in particular. This material is strictly for illustrative, educational, or informational purposes and is subject to change.

Natalia Ivanova

Natalia Ivanova, Founder and CEO, Financial Planning Specialist at NewGen Wealth Creation, and former financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, has 8+ years of experience working with travel-loving professionals and entrepreneurs, from small business owners to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. A dog mom, immigrant, and Puerto Rico-based world traveler, Natalia is proud to use her platform and experience to empower others to achieve their financial goals and build a fulfilling life.

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