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Many things can go wrong while you are on vacation, or even a few days before you are scheduled to depart for the vacation. While we have written many articles on how to stay healthy while traveling, unfortunately there is always the possibility that you may become sick just before the day you are to fly on an expensive prepaid vacation and you’d probably have no option but to lose your money. Or you may fall sick while on the vacation and may have to unceremoniously turn back. All this means not only a loss of money but also the emotional hang-up that you missed your chance to be on a lovely vacation. 

This is where travel health insurance can provide some consolation. This insurance is designed in order to provide coverage for unexpected monetary losses related with vacations. However, all travel health insurances aren’t created alike, so you must know what they are before going out to purchase one. 

Simply put, a travel health insurance is an insurance policy which covers for unexpected expenses that might occur while on vacation or shortly prior to the vacation. These unexpected expenses might or might not be related to health. Needless to say, travel health insurances tend to be quite expensive and so the buyer must carefully plan out what options they require or not. Due to the expensive nature of travel health insurance, it is quite unwise to use one if you are planning a short flight and will be back within a few days. A travel health insurance could make more sense if the vacations is going to last for several days and you have paid a very heavy sum – read several thousands of dollars – for the vacation. 

There are many types of streamlines coverage plans that travel health insurances provide. So spend time to see which one will suit you the best. One of the foremost things to check is whether the plan will be covering you for the entire time you are on vacation or not. Some plans cover only the journey aspect of the vacation and do not cover the people after they land or before they begin their journey back home. Some other plans may not cover the journey, but only the time when the person lives at the holiday destination. Also decide if you need people traveling with you covered also. A travel health policy is useful only if it covers the medical expenses; so that should be your primary deciding factor. 

Traveling health insurance becomes all the more important if you are traveling to an underdeveloped or developing nation where health facilities are limited. If any medical emergency were to occur there, then you would need to be transported to an advanced country with the proper facilities. This would incur heavy expenditure. 

For people who vacation a lot, a single travel health insurance could be quite economical. Such people could go in for multi-trip travel health insurance policies. These policies would cover a specified number of trips within a specified time frame. A multi-trip travel health insurance makes more monetary sense than several individual policies. 

Before signing on the dotted line, make sure that you are getting what you want. This means, all the points you need covered should be included in the plan. All leading cruise lines, travel agents and independent insurance agents provide travel health insurances. But you must scour the market for better deals since prices on these policies could vary very vastly. Independent brokers would sell the policy for higher prices (since their brokerages would be included), but they are safer. Big travel companies may not honor their policies if they go bankrupt. 

If you are going on a big vacation, consider the travel health insurance policies carefully. This is not just more money you’ll be putting into the vacation, but this is money that would ensure you are covered should any emergency happen. If you are spending thousands of dollars on a cruise, then spending a few hundred more to safeguard the cruise is quite certainly a good idea. It's the frugal and healthy option!

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