Travel Insurance Unveiled: Understanding the Importance of Coverage with Pulse Travel

The importance of Travel InsuranceTravel Insurance – Two words that can change the entire trajectory of your trip if something goes wrong. Travelling is an exciting adventure, but it comes with its share of uncertainties. Since the beginning of Covid-19 travel insurance has become increasingly more important, and with travel bouncing back stronger than ever, the need to get the appropriate level of travel insurance cover is more important than ever. Travel insurance offers peace of mind by providing financial protection against unexpected events like trip cancellations, medical emergencies, or lost luggage.

Here at Pulse Travel, we assist our travellers day in and day out in booking travel insurance that’s appropriate for their individual travel needs and in this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the nuances – exploring its benefits, coverage options, and tips for selecting the right plan.


Understanding Travel Insurance

What is Travel Insurance?

Travel Insurance is a type of insurance that you or your travel companions can take out to insure them against unfortunate events occurring while travelling. Travel Insurance can often be purchased through a third-party Insurance Company – Either by yourself or organised by your travel arranger at Pulse Travel – and can cover you in the event of illness, injury, cancellation or delays, among other things.


Importance of Travel Insurance

Since the emergence of Covid-19 and implementation of increased travel restrictions and tighter requirements, travel insurance has become exceptionally important. While it’s always hoped that you’ll never need to use it, insurance can save a traveller or a business both time and money in the event that something goes wrong during a trip.

If a flight is cancelled, a traveller needs to be hospitalised or a natural disaster occurs, insurance is there to provide a financial buffer to ensure travellers can return home safely and without excessive financial burden.


Benefits of Travel Insurance

While it’s hoped that travel insurance will never be needed, there are an array of strong benefits that mean it’s useful in any circumstance:

  • Emergency Medical Coverage:
    Covers medical expenses abroad, including hospital stays and emergency treatments.
  • Trip Cancellation/Interruption:
    Reimburses non-refundable expenses if you need to cancel or cut short your trip due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Baggage Loss/Delay:
    Provides compensation for lost, stolen, or delayed luggage.
  • Travel Assistance Services:
    Offers 24/7 support for emergencies, such as locating medical facilities or arranging emergency flights.


Choosing the Right Travel Insurance

Every business and traveller will have different requirements, and since the Covid-19 Pandemic, travel providers have adjusted their policies considerably. Therefore, it’s important to discuss your insurance needs in detail with your Pulse Travel Arranger to ensure you get the type of cover that you’re after.


Factors to Consider:

  • Destination:
    Some plans are tailored for specific regions, considering factors like healthcare costs and safety concerns.
  • Coverage Options:
    Assess the coverage limits and exclusions, ensuring they align with your travel needs. Certain Insurance companies may not insure under certain conditions – such as travel to high-risk regions – and it’s critical you’re aware of these exclusions beforehand.
  • Pre-Existing Conditions:
    Determine if pre-existing medical conditions are covered under the policy. Some Travel Insurance companies may offer different levels of cover for different conditions, and it’s critical that your coverage aligns exactly with your needs
  • Adventure Activities:
    Confirm coverage for activities like skiing, scuba diving, or hiking, which might be excluded from standard plans. Your Pulse Travel arranger will be able to make recommendations on which plan to go for and whether a certain Insurance Agency will cover you for your trip.


Types of Travel Insurance Plans:

Outside of different coverage options, travel plans can also vary greatly according to the frequency of your travel. Which one you need will depend on your travel circumstances – Your travel arranger will be able to support you in choosing the right plan.

  • Single-Trip Insurance:
    Ideal for occasional travellers covering a specific trip duration. This is a one-off type of insurance and is ideal if you’re going on holiday and don’t have specific, regular travel plans.
  • Annual/Multi-Trip Insurance:
    Suitable for frequent travellers covering multiple trips within a year. This insurance is more suitable for businesses who have staff travelling regularly for work, and will be able to cover a wider and more complex range of issues. It’s important you discuss this in-depth with your Pulse Travel Corporate Agent if you’re looking to be insured for Multi-Trip insurance to ensure your needs are covered appropriately.
  • Specialty Plans:
    Tailored policies for seniors, students, or adventure enthusiasts. If you find yourself needing specific medical coverage or travelling to a more unique destination, your Pulse Travel arranger will be able to work with the Travel Insurers to create a Specialty Plan for you.


Selecting the Best Coverage:

When booking travel insurance, your insurance is only as good as the coverage you get. Before locking it in, it’s important to consider your own individual travel needs and select the best coverage for you. This will be different for every traveller but may include:

  • Evaluate the deductible, coverage limits, and premium costs. You may not always need everything covered in one specific plan, and you can elect for a different plan to save yourself money.
  • Read the policy’s fine print to understand exclusions and limitations. This is critical to understand as you want to be aware of anything that you’re not covered for, and ensure you know your rights if something doesn’t go to plan.
  • Compare multiple quotes to find the most suitable and affordable plan. The first plan may not be the best plan for you – And you don’t want to pay a premium when there is a more affordable option out there.


FAQs about Travel Insurance

Is Travel Insurance Worth It?

Travel doesn’t always go to plan – And when your luggage gets lost, you contract a virus or your flight gets cancelled, insurance is the only way to protect yourself against these unexpected costs.

When Should I Buy Travel Insurance?

As travel insurance can cover you against any issues that arise prior to the start date of your trip – such as cruise cancellations, flight changes and last-minute illness – it’s beneficial to purchase it as soon as your trip is booked and paid for.

What Does Travel Insurance Typically Cover?

The coverage that you receive under your Policy will differ according to the Insurer and the Policy that you choose – However you will typically be covered for lost luggage, changes or cancellations in flights, illness and injury. We always recommend speaking with your Pulse Travel Arranger regarding the specifics to ensure you’re covered for everything you need.

Can I Get Travel Insurance for Pre-Existing Medical Conditions?

Coverage for Pre-Existing Medical Conditions will vary according to the Insurance Provider that you choose and your condition – However, your Pulse Travel Arranger can guide you through the process of booking this. Some pre-existing medical conditions may require more complex insurance, and it’s best to speak to your Travel Arranger directly to ensure your needs are met.

How Much Does Travel Insurance Cost?

Travel Insurance costs will vary according to Provider and Policy – However it’s often not as expensive as you may believe! Basic Travel Insurance can cost under $50 for a straightforward policy, while more complex policies or policies for businesses will cost more. We recommend comparing relevant plans to ensure you get the plan that is the best and most cost-effective for you.

How Do I File a Travel Insurance Claim?

If you find yourself needing to use your travel insurance, you’ll need to contact your Travel Insurance Provider directly to submit your claim. In the instance that you need to claim for injury, illness or a cancellation, it’s important you ensure you have the appropriate documentation to submit to make the process as stress-free as possible.


Travel insurance is a vital investment for any traveller, offering financial protection and peace of mind during journeys. By understanding the nuances of travel insurance and choosing the right coverage, you can enjoy worry-free travel experiences. Prioritise researching and selecting a plan that aligns with your travel needs and budget, and if you need support arranging your Travel Insurance, speak to the team at Pulse Travel.