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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 50 countries. is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. How to Spend 3 Nights in Krakow for £100 (including flights) | Indiana Jo

    […] don’t buy insurance from the airline insurance. If you need it (i.e. you have valuables, don’t have an EHIC card for medial cover in Europe or don’t have insurance elsewhere, e.g. with your bank), insurance will almost certainly be cheaper elsewhere then booking with the airline; […]

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    […] trip to Italy as well as a larger trip to Southeast Asia around week 16. This meant I would have to declare my ACL repair as a pre-existing condition on my travel insurance, and I was worried about the cost. However, as it happened, ACL repair is so common that provided […]

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    […] Between you and I, I nicknamed this the ‘angry bread’. Why? It’s spiky, hard, dry and prone to hurt your mouth. Plus, the shape was reminiscent of a dragon’s spine. Still, it’s a Sardinian food, so give it a try. Just make sure you have dental cover on your travel insurance. […]

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    […] – Don’t fly without it. Ever. From cancellation to curtailment, you’re really going to want that policy the second […]

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    […] Not all traveler will spend the cash on travel insurance but it is one of the most vital items they should be carrying. From medical emergencies to valuables, make sure your traveler is covered for their trip. There are many travel insurance brands out there. World Nomads is designed by travelers for travelers and is trusted by Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. (However, if you’re from the UK, you can probably get a cheaper deal elsewhere.) […]

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    […] therein lay a problem. Tucked into the small print (which I’m usually so damn good at reading…and understanding) was a small condition that precluded me from using both the 30,000 Free Points Voucher and the Free […]

  14. 40 Best Gifts for Travelers | Indiana Jo
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  15. How to Plan your own Prosecco Tour in Italy (for a sip of the cost) | Indiana Jo

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  19. Is it Safe to Travel to Greece 2015? | Indiana Jo

    […] Travel tip: if you are carrying a lot more cash than usual, check what your travel insurance provides in terms of coverage. You can read my tips on buying travel insurance here. […]

  20. 10 Best Things To Do In Scotland on the West Coast | Indiana Jo

    […] Make sure your travel insurance covers you for riding a jet-ski and that it covers you for personal accident (for yourself) as well as injuring others. It’s highly unlikely to happen (unless you drive like a lunatic), but just in case. You can read my tips on buying travel insurance here. […]

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  23. Steve
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    Fantastic article – glad I found it, and it has really valid information. As I found out on a trip to Australia with my wife, an ilness can get extremly costly. One night in hospital and tests quickly rounded up to over 4,000 dollars for her. The insurance company covered it – however they were looking at many angles on how to null the policy ie questions on how long we had been travelling, we had to send tickets, and when did the symptoms start (ie did it start before we left).

    On the positive side, once that was sorted out they were prompt with their payments and with this policy you can extend while you are away (

    Very valid point alos reference cover in countries (or parts of countries9 which have DFAT or government warnings. I bring my parents to Colombia each year (Medellín) and we cannot travel to some places nearby that are fine, due to being on the travel warning.

  24. Is Mexico Safe? From Someone Who's Been (Pt.1) | Indiana Jo

    […] make sure you have extensive travel insurance – the kind that will get you out of danger if you need it; and […]

  25. My 20 Worst Travel Stories (Part 1) - Indiana Jo

    […] When I raised the missing iPod with the owner, she refused to help us call the police and told me (in a more threatening way than the guy who’d tried to extract money from us) that if we started to spread rumours about her guesthouse, we’d be in trouble. We took her on her word and left the city the next day never to return. Fortunately, my brother was able to make a claim on his insurance for the loss. […]

  26. Nomadic Boys
    Nomadic Boys at | | Reply

    Jo this is one of the best travel blogger articles I’ve found about travel insurance – thanks!

    I’m literally scribbling away with pen and paper as I read taking detailed notes as I also search through Money Supermarket and other similar search engines. You’re not wrong about the stingy baggage cover. I had to re-take when I saw that as I thought I’d missed something or hadn’t entered the right info in their search engines etc etc

    So other than Which! and Photoguard (ish) who did you actually get your main travel insurance with / which site did you use to get it? Any luck with Insure and Go?

  27. Jacob Soderman @NPI
    Jacob Soderman @NPI at | | Reply

    @Jo. Wow thats a really long post! Informative I must say. A quick tip for your readers.If you are traveling two times in a year you should consider to opt for an annual multi-trip policy. That way, you are already saving yourself money by the time you take your 2nd trip!

  28. Vincent
    Vincent at | | Reply

    Great post Jo, especially about the insurance for photography equipment. That’s something I need to get insured when I travel.

    I’m not sure why people would travel without travel medical insurance; it’s an accident away from a lifetime of financial disaster. It’s too bad insurance companies exclude a lot of recreational activities from their policies. Some of these policies are more tailored towards snow birds than adventure travelers!

  29. Deia @ Nomad Wallet
    Deia @ Nomad Wallet at | | Reply

    Wow, this is really comprehensive. I’m guilty of not reading the small print. When the document is really thick and written in the kind of language that puts you to sleep, it’s easy to just go, “Ain’t nobody got time for this.” It’s something I should really start doing, though!

  30. Michael Rosenstein
    Michael Rosenstein at | | Reply

    Very interesting article.

  31. TCI
    TCI at | | Reply

    One of the most detailed article about travel insurance. I am sure my direct travel insurance company didn’t provide this much details or advice. I bought my family policy online. It was cheap. Now that I read your article, I will go back and check what is really covered. As far as I know I have good coverage but I must check and make sure now. I am not worried about small issues like lost camera. But I want to be well looked after if I suffer an injury or illness in a foreign country. Last thing you want to worry about is the costs when you are in pain. It is even worse when one of your family member is in pain.

  32. Nic
    Nic at | | Reply

    Pre-existing conditions usually need to be screened – they’ll ask more questions – but depending on your condition and how recently you had any problems you may pay nothing more and still be covered. The differences can be huge.

    On valuables I don’t see insurance as worth paying, especially given that we all will replace gadgets every few years as they give out and given the actual risk of loss and the low % payment if you do need to claim. And the length and boredom of the claim process!

  33. Amber
    Amber at | | Reply

    I was hoping this article was US based. I think long term traveler insurance is virtually non-existent, or at least hard to get and very expensive, for US residents. I was hoping to get a recommendation. Most of the blogs I see talking about this refer to UK, Australian, and Canadian companies, and most of the time, I just don’t qualify.

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