It's a perfectly reasonable assumption isn't it: "my travel insurance will cover me in the event there's a natural disaster", or something else along those lines.
The problem is just that though – it's an assumption! Too many assume they are buying travel insurance that will cover them against every eventuality, and too many make an even more dangerous assumption – "it won't happen to me!"
If you're heading to Florida, you may expect your policy to cover you for hurricanes and tornados. If you're heading to Thailand, you might think you're covered in the event that there's a flood. In a nutshell, if you're flying anywhere out of the UK, you might expect to be covered against any natural disaster that could occur in that region.
The unfortunate thing about insurance is that, the more likely an event is to occur, the more likely it is that it won't be covered – or at the very least, for it to be covered at an expensive rate.
So don't assume:
Quite simply, the state of play is this: some insurers cover natural disasters as standard, others exclude them, and some offer cover at an additional cost.
The level of cover, not price, should always be your first consideration when it comes to taking out any insurance.
So before you purchase your travel insurance, be sure to read the policy document.
"Who has time to do that?"
Well the problem is if you don't, you don't know what you're buying. If you don't know what you're buying, then you don't know if your policy fits the bill. Take five minutes to read your policy, or risk losing a whole load of time and money if it won't pay out.
Never be afraid to ask your insurer if something is covered. If it's not, ask if it can be!
Having natural disaster cover on your policy isn't the only area that you need to be careful with when choosing your travel insurance policy. There are other things lurking in the small print that you should watch out for…
Want to know more? Check out Moneyfacts Travel Tips for some more top things to consider before taking out travel insurance.
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