Travel safely, travel cov­ered

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ROB STOCK

I wouldn’t go over­seas with­out travel in­surance.

It’s not that I’m a ner­vous trav­eller, and I’m cer­tainly not wor­ried about lost bags or travel de­lays.

It’s the re­ally, re­ally big stuff that mat­ters to me: which is med­i­cal and evac­u­a­tion home by air am­bu­lance.

The largest travel in­surer in the coun­try, South­ern Cross Travel In­surance just re­leased a hor­ror list of claims rang­ing from $206,000-$561,000 paid out to get very sick peo­ple back to New Zealand on spe­cial air am­bu­lances af­ter ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dents and ill­nesses over­seas.

The chances of any of the hor­ror sto­ries be­hind those claims (heart at­tack, se­ri­ous ill­ness, cliff fall, etc) hap­pen­ing to you while on your trip are small, but these are costs that or­di­nary peo­ple can­not cope with eas­ily.

I have travel in­surance on the brain as I have just fin­ished click­ing my way through an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion for travel

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