The Real Cost of Traveling Without Insurance this Summer

Summer is upon us and there’s no doubt you’re already planning for a little get away over the coming months. While I’m sure you’ve booked hotels, purchased your tickets, and planned all of the exciting attractions you’re going to visit, you may have forgotten the most important part of any vacation: travel insurance! Without it, you’ll be responsible for covering any treatment or related healthcare costs out of pocket. With this in mind, I’d like to talk to you a little bit about travel insurance. In this blog, I’m going to give you some details on just how important travel insurance is, then I’ll provide some information on the great plans available from Blue Cross.

Don’t Risk Your Vacation

Even if you’re simply crossing the border to shop for a day or two, travel insurance, like all insurance, is the kind of thing you’ll want to have and not need rather than need and not have. Healthcare costs can be very expensive when you travel abroad and what may seem like a minor injury can end up costing you thousands of dollars. Take a look at this chart for a break down of how much everything from a sprained ankle or food poisoning to a fractured wrist or compressed vertebrae can end up costing you if you choose to go without travel insurance.

In addition to covering the cost of treatment, travel insurance coverage can also include:

  • Accommodations and meals for your travel companion if you become hospitalized
  • Transportation if accident or illness forces you to delay your return home
  • Medical evacuation from your location to your home province
  • Transportation home for children if you will be hospitalized for an extended period of time
  • Transportation for a loved one to join you if you are hospitalized for seven days or longer
  • Transportation due to delayed or cancelled flight
  • Coverage for essential belongings, such as clothing or toiletries, if your baggage is lost or delayed during travel

Even travelling within Canada without insurance can be an unnecessary risk. Luckily for Canadians, our provincial health insurance will cover some medical costs such as hospitalization if we’re travelling outside of our home province, but did you know it may not cover related expenses such as transportation in an ambulance? Because this can differ from province to province, your best bet is to simply remove the guess work and choose a travel insurance plan for you and your family.

Summertime Blue: The Perfect Travel Insurance for Where Your Vacation Takes You

Summertime Blue from Blue Cross is the ideal travel insurance option for families who are planning vacations over the next year. With Blue Cross’ Summertime Blue, from now until September 8, 2015, you and your family can take an unlimited number of trips, and you’ll be completely covered. From 24/7 assistance services, to up to $5,000,000 in emergency medical care, Summertime Blue delivers total peace of mind when you’re on vacation. This coverage even extends to your children if they are traveling without you. Whether you’re travelling alone, with a partner, or you’re taking the entire family on vacation, Summertime Blue travel insurance from Blue Cross is the right option for you.

Hit the Road in Confidence!

When it comes to vacation, all you really want is to relax and have a great time. Travel insurance can help make this possible. For more information on Summertime Blue, as well as other travel insurance options from Blue Cross, give me a call today at 1-888-507-0088 or 902-421-2334.

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