Insurance – We buy it for our car, home, life, health, dental, flood, etc. It’s one of those things we hope never to need, but we’re really glad to have it if we do need it. Trip insurance is no different. No one books their river trip and anticipates canceling, but it happens every season. Quite often in fact. Some people lose their deposit (ouch), while others lose their full trip cost (mega-ouch)!
Purchasing travel insurance protects your investment and you can get reimbursed from the insurance company for a wide variety of cancellations. Please do your research right away!! Many insurance companies exclude certain coverages if you don’t purchase within a specified period of time – for example, if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.
We know the fine print can be daunting, but we’ve seen first-hand how devastated people are when they have to cancel their bucket list trip. Being able to potentially get your money back eases the pain and helps ensure that you can join us on the river another time.
Here are just a few of the many reasons people cancel:
- Job loss
- Broken leg, arm, foot, etc.
- Close relative in hospice care or passes away
- Hospitalization – illness, appendicitis, heart attack, etc. (See note about pre-existing conditions above.)
- Cancer diagnosis
- Weather and airplane delays en route to the trip
Not sure where to purchase coverage? Our recommended provider is Travelex Insurance. Currently, their plans are only available to U.S. residents or citizens. If you are an international guest, you’ll have to look into other options like World Nomads.
Again, do your research within a few days of paying your deposit so you can make an educated decision about what level of coverage to purchase and when. You can also check with your credit card company as some companies provide coverage if you use their card to pay for the trip. We simply cannot recommend travel insurance enough!