Business Trip Travel Insurance

If you are planning a business trip, you may be under the impression that if anything was to happen to you while you were away that your employer will cover it. However, the chances are, your employer will be under the assumption you have arranged your own travel insurance, therefore responsibility, as far as your employer is concerned, would lie with you.

Whether you are self employed, or an employee, or an employer, looking to take a trip to improve relations or get a better deal from a supplier, o meet that all important new client, but having business trip travel insurance in place you can be sure that all you need to worry about is the ask at hand, and not anything related to your trip.

Having the insurance is not just sound financially, but, in the event of an emergency, can also help your business make the most of an unfortunate situation, as well as ensure that you business meeting is not too effected by any mishaps that may happen. Your cover could include a replacement colleague clause, so that if you or your employee is sick during their business trip, your insurance will cover most if not all of the costs in replacing that colleague with another member of staff.

Time and time again we hear that our own government officials have left extremely sensitive and important information, appear and digital based, in places they shouldn’t have been left. It happens, and when it does, it can cause a real problem within your business. No matter how comprehensive your insurance is, no amount of money can bring that data back, so be sure you have back up copies of all important documents relating to your business. However, your business trip insurance can cover the cost of a replacement laptop, which at least softens the bow a little when you have o tell your employer the bad news.

No matter what you encounter during your business trip, by taking out the appropriate insurance you can be sure that no matter what unexpected events occur, your business will not be affected. Business trips are a necessary burden to most people, and the burden should not be made any bigger by needing insurance, and not having it.

If your business trip is not all work related, and you plan to have a little fun while you’re away, some providers will be able to offer cover equivalent to a holiday single trip, which will be an extra benefit of your business trip insurance.

Make sure you check with your insurer to find out exactly what your policy covers.

How to Know a Good Single Trip Travel Insurance Policy

Not all single trip travel insurance policies offer the same features; while some are outright, honest and transparent, there are those that hide the real state of things – and how much coverage they actually provide – by fudging the wording in the fine print or performing the insurance policy version of a magician’s ‘sleight of hand’ and clever misdirection. To help you easily determine if you’re getting a good policy, here are some areas you must examine.

Medical Expenses

There is probably no single trip travel insurance that does not offer medical coverage, such as providing financial assistance if you encounter a medical emergency during your travels. The difference, however, lies in the extent of the coverage – how much the insurer is willing to provide and how clear are its terms in providing it. For starters, a good policy should provide cover for emergency medical or surgical treatment while you’re abroad, and given the current inflation rate, the amount of cover should be no less than £1 million if you’re travelling throughout Europe, and no less than £2 million if you’re visiting the USA. Of course, this should include cover for getting you back home for the same medical reasons. It is important to note, however, any medical treatment that is not urgent or an emergency (meaning it can be performed when you’re back in your home country) is not usually included in the cover.

Travel-related Cover

Many things can happen between that time you buy your flight ticket and single trip travel insurance and the date of your actual departure, and the best policies out there should provide cover for eventualities that may happen during the said interval. For example, something might arise that compels you to either cancel your scheduled trip altogether or at least significantly shorten it. A good policy would not only provide cover for this, but should also do so for at least £2,000. You should also check out the insurer’s terms regarding missed departure. Do they cover the cost of additional accommodation and other related expenses (this should be at least £500) if you miss your flight (or other means of transport) due to events that are beyond your control, such as an accident or weather disturbances?

Personal Liability

Your single trip travel insurance policy should also protect you from having to pay exorbitantly (or pay at all) for damages you have accidentally caused to others. To illustrate, let’s say you’re on a skiing holiday and somehow you lose control and injure another skier. This aspect of the coverage should be no less than £2 million – even more depending on your destination and what you intend to do while you’re there. On a related note, there are now insurers, such as the UK’s Insuremore, that provide full automatic coverage against acts of terrorism.

Insure Your Adventure – The Single Trip Travel Insurance Checklist

When preparing for an amazing journey there is plenty of preparation required. But perhaps the most important item on your checklist is the purchase of a good single trip travel insurance policy. While it may not be the most exciting thing in the world, you’ll have enough excitement later that will more than make up for the drudgery of reading through the fine print of a policy.

So, what exactly are you looking for? Even a simple single trip travel insurance policy can cover every aspect of your adventure, but you will need to choose wisely and make sure it has everything you need.

Here are just a few things you might need to look for in a policy to make sure your fun and excitement won’t come at a cost you haven’t bargained for.

Delay and Cancellation. Many of the most basic single trip travel insurance policies include coverage should your flights get cancelled, or a flight delay causes you to miss a connecting flight. In those cases when airports suddenly have a rash of cancellations, you can at least have some of your expenses (such as airport hotel stays and food) covered by your policy.

Medical Insurance. This is usually the primary reason to purchase a policy before going on holiday. Should the water in, say, Mexico disagree with you and you need to be rushed to a hospital for intensive rehydration, or you find yourself suddenly having an allergic reaction to peanuts in America where medical care is pricey, this provision can make sure your medical expenses are covered and that they will fly you back home if necessary.

Sports Injuries. Even if you’re a breath away from being a professional skier, or do lectures on hiking back home, accidents do happen, regardless of skill level. If you do plan on doing any adventurous sports, ensure your single trip travel insurance policy covers any activities where there is even the most remote possibility you may need to be helicoptered to a hospital!

Luggage and Equipment. After all that time spent polishing up your equipment and buying expensive cases to make sure it never gets scratched, imagine how it would feel if something suddenly disappeared in transit? If you have expensive gear, you will want to check your coverage includes all your stuff or if you need to take out extra for more expensive or specialised equipment. You should also check for conditions that apply to high value items and be aware of any exclusions that might apply.

While part of the fun of a holiday is the occasional surprise, it’s not pleasant when it involves hospitals or police reports! With an appropriate policy in place, at least some distress from those unpleasant surprises can be alleviated.