Which Travel Insurance Should You Purchase?


No matter how much effort you have put into planning your vacation and taking all necessary precautions, you can never predict what will be in store during the trip. Severe illness, accident, robbery, natural disaster etc. may happen unexpectedly and spoil the fun of your long awaited vacation. Above all your hard earned money will all be wasted due to these unforeseen situations. But comprehensive travel insurance will help you to deal with these difficult situations abroad without using up a chunk of your money.

Below are some of the major types of insurance available for travelling purposes that you can choose from to fit your needs.

Single Trip Travel Insurance

If you are not a frequent traveler, this insurance is ideal for you as it provides coverage for a specific trip.

Annual Travel Insurance or Multi-Trip Travel Insurance

If you generally take more than one trip per year, the most convenient and cost effective solution is the annual travel insurance. This insurance will provide coverage for multiple trips all through the year. While this policy covers unlimited holidays, other policies may cover only a specific trip length spanning over 21, 30 or 45 days.

Family Travel Insurance

If you are traveling with quite a large group of people including for example your wife and children as well as your parents, you should opt for family travel insurance. The greatest advantage of this policy is that it covers all the members as a whole and you do not have to buy separate policies for each member. The family travel policies come with different types of premium. Some policies set their premium amount according to the number of children in the family or other factors such as whether the family is a single parent family etc. Then there are other types of family policies that charge you a premium at a flat rate without taking into consideration the number of children or other factors. If your family is quite big, you should opt for the second type of insurance.

Business Travel Insurance

Business travel insurance is a type of multiple insurance based on the assumption that you travel a number of times all through the year as part of your job. This insurance is tailored according to the needs of the typical business traveler. A unique feature of this type of insurance includes colleague replacement coverage that allows the company to replace another employee in your place in case you cannot make the trip due to any emergency.

Shop around on the internet to get the best travel insurance quotes, and purchase a policy that suits your particular needs. But never forget to go through the terms and conditions in details to know what is covered and what is excluded by the policy.

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With Matt Marshall and Jody Holtzman, SVP of AARP yesterday.

Here are some of the points I shared:

The 50+ market is huge and a large untapped opportunity for entrepreneurs. In the U.S. alone, there are 100 million people over 50, and that number grows by 10,000 every day. By 2025, the entire nation will look like Florida does today. Demographics is destiny — the aging population is a perfectly predictable dynamic that will have massive economic repercussions. They already represent a disproportionate 45% of U.S. consumer spending, and healthy aging is already a 5 billion business (Furlong).

The boomers are qualitatively different as well, both from the generations that preceded them, and from common assumptions. Advertisers often focus on the 18-34 year old segment to find adopters of new products. Let’s compare that to the 50+ segments. The 50+ spend 2.5x as much, and dominate the entire market for some segments (60% of all CPG and automobiles, 80% of leisure travel). But are they laggards? They are 3x as likely to buy online as the 18-34 segment. They buy the most hybrid cars, iPads and even online dating services.

But are they looking to retire? Learn new tricks? Boomers are actually the most entrepreneurial age cohort. The per capita company formation rate for people over 50 is double that of 20-somethings and 30% higher than 30-somethings. Many of these businesses feed into the eBay economy, and in the future, when crowdsourcing companies like servio help create a marketplace for information services, then boomers could be America’s outsourcing alternative to off-shoring. (I testified to the White House Conference on Aging on that topic)

Matt asked me how we have invested in this segment. I mentioned Posit Science which reverses age-related cognitive decline with games that promote neural plasticity, especially in the sensory cortex (since that generalizes to many improvements in memory and cognition, since noisy inputs degrades the higher level constructs). They have found an average reversal of 10 years of cognitive decline, and in an auto insurance study, a 50% reduction in at-fault crashes!

And as I looked around the room, I pointed out that for those of us over 30, we are already in the long dive of cognitive decline (evolutionarily, there was not selection pressure for a life extended much beyond the breeding years, and our healthcare advances have done more for the body than the mind).

By almost every physical measure of brain function, the slope of cognitive decline is the same in the 30’s as in the 80’s. We just notice more accumulated decline as we get older, especially when we cross the threshold of forgetting most of what we try to remember.

But we can affect this progression. Prof. Merzenich at UCSF has found that neural plasticity does not disappear in adults. It just requires mental exercise. We will look back to the current day and marvel that we thought we could stay mentally fit without exercise. We will look at it like we do physical fitness. Few modern careers offer the degree of physical and mental exercise required to remain fit.

But the form of exercise differs. Physical exercise is repetitive; mental exercise is eclectic. Do something new. (Here’s my short HBR article on this). Lifelong learning is not just about enlightenment; it’s an economic imperative.

And since it was DEMO after all, I have to share a link to the beta version of the BrainHQ for anyone who read this far and would like to demo the latest from Posit Science. =)

Top photo by Stephen Brashear of DEMO.

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