When hol­i­day plans go awry

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - COMICS, PUZZLES - SO­PHIE ELSWORTH

JETSETTERS headed over­seas are un­likely to think twice about the cost of car­ing for their pets or hav­ing some­one clean their house if they are de­layed home or re­turn sick or in­jured.

Un­ex­pected cir­cum­stances can cost trav­ellers tens of thou­sands if they don’t have in­sur­ance.

A new com­pare­trav­elin­sur­ance.com.au study found pol­icy hold­ers may not re­alise how far their cover goes. Some poli­cies cover:

● Ac­com­mo­da­tion for your pets if you are de­layed on your re­turn home

● Some­one to clean your house if you re­turn home in­jured and are in­ca­pac­i­tated

● Cock­tail dress cover if your dress rips and must be re­paired or re­placed, or

● If you’re made re­dun­dant, some insurers will re­im­burse you for pre­paid ex­penses.

Re­becca Penn, 27, and her part­ner Rob An­drews, 32, are off to Europe for a month.

“I al­ways sign up to travel in­sur­ance and usu­ally look for cover for my phone, pass­port, bag­gage or things that could dis­rupt my trip,’’ she said. “I never …thought about hav­ing cover for my dog Wolver­ine.”

Com­pare­trav­elin­sur­ance.com.au’s direc­tor Natalie Ball said check the fine print closely be­fore sign­ing up.

“Trav­ellers typ­i­cally look for medical ben­e­fits and cov­er­age for can­cel­la­tions, de­lays or lost lug­gage,’’ she said. “But there are a host of other ben­e­fits.”

The In­sur­ance Coun­cil of Aus­tralia’s spokes­woman Lisa Kable said travel in­sur­ance can be as lit­tle as $80 for an 11day trip and it’s vi­tal to pick the right pol­icy.

“If you are go­ing to a wed­ding and a ripped cock­tail dress is go­ing to be a prob­lem then in­clude that, but if you are back­pack­ing you won’t need that,’’ she said.

She said you may want can­cel­la­tion cover in case you have to call off your trip sud­denly.

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