Travel Insurance: Winter Holiday Plans and What You Need to Know

As winter approaches, many South Africans are gearing up for their holiday, with plans to embrace the season in our home country or escape the chilly weather by visiting warmer destinations abroad. However, amidst the excitement of planning winter getaways, one crucial aspect often gets overlooked—travel insurance.

At RBS, we understand the importance of safeguarding your winter holiday plans with comprehensive travel insurance. Whether you’re jetting off for a ski trip or a tropical retreat, having the right coverage can provide peace of mind and financial protection in unforeseen circumstances. Here’s what you need to know before you pack your bags:

Why Travel Insurance Matters:

Travel insurance serves as a safety net, providing financial protection and peace of mind in case unexpected events disrupt your travel plans. While no one anticipates mishaps during their holidays, accidents, illnesses, flight cancellations, or lost luggage can happen when least expected. Winter travel, in particular, carries unique risks, such as weather-related disruptions, injuries from winter sports, or falling ill due to cold temperatures.

What Your Travel Insurance Should Cover:

When selecting a travel insurance policy for your winter holiday, it’s essential to consider comprehensive coverage that addresses potential risks specific to winter travel. Here are some key coverage areas to prioritise:

  1. Trip Cancellation and Interruption:

Imagine planning your dream winter holiday only to have it cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances like illness, severe weather, or airline strikes. Travel insurance can reimburse you for prepaid, non-refundable expenses such as flights, accommodations, and tour bookings if your trip is cancelled or interrupted.

  1. Emergency Medical Expenses:

Accidents and illnesses can happen anytime, anywhere, including during your winter getaway. Ensure your travel insurance includes coverage for medical expenses, including hospitalisation, emergency medical evacuation, and repatriation.

  1. Lost or Delayed Baggage:

Misplaced luggage can quickly turn a dream vacation into a nightmare. Look for a policy that provides reimbursement for lost, stolen, or delayed baggage, as well as coverage for essential items you may need to purchase in the interim.

  1. Travel Assistance Services:

A reliable travel insurance policy should offer 24/7 assistance services, including access to a global assistance hotline, help with medical referrals, travel arrangements, and language interpretation services in case of emergencies abroad.

Choosing the Right Policy:

Selecting the right travel insurance policy can be overwhelming with the myriad of options available in the market. Here are some tips to help you navigate through the selection process:

  1. Assess Your Needs:

When selecting a travel insurance policy, consider your destination, planned activities, and the duration of your trip. If you’re travelling with family or have pre-existing medical conditions, ensure the policy offers adequate coverage for everyone.

  1. Compare Policies:

Get quotes from multiple insurers and compare coverage options and prices to find the best value for your needs. Remember that the cheapest policy may not always provide the most comprehensive coverage.

  1. Read the Fine Print:

Don’t overlook the policy details and exclusions. Take the time to review the coverage limits, deductibles, and any specific conditions or restrictions that may apply, especially regarding pre-existing medical conditions or adventurous activities.

  1. Seek Recommendations:

Consult with friends, family, or travel experts who have experience with winter travel insurance and ask for recommendations based on their past experiences.

As you plan your winter holiday adventures, don’t let the unexpected put a damper on your plans. With the right travel insurance coverage, you can embrace the season with confidence, knowing that you’re protected against whatever twists and turns your journey may bring. Stay safe, stay prepared, and make unforgettable memories wherever your winter escapades take you. Happy travels!

About RBS

Risk Benefit Solutions, better known as RBS, originated as an entrepreneurial-focused services business in 1998 and today is one of the largest fully-fledged black-owned insurance brokers in South Africa and a Level One B-BBEE contributor. Celebrating 25 years in business this year, our growth has contributed to offering clients a unique approach to risk management by positioning our skilled resources as an extension of our client’s risk management team. Our company covers various services, including Insurance Broking, Risk Management, Commercial and Corporate Risk Advisors, and Corporate Vehicle Hire Services. With its head office in Cape Town, RBS has offices in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and globally, represented through its board membership with WING (Worldwide Insurance Network Group).