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Why I Never Would Have Bought Travel Insurance (But Will Now!)

Julia Peterson | Aug 4, 2021

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I had the opportunity to travel a lot when I was in high school and college.

I went to France, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and places closer to home, too, like California, Florida, North Carolina and Colorado. Nothing during my travels has ever gone wrong, so up until I started working at Seven Corners, I never would have bought travel insurance. I had good luck until now, so why would things change? Because that’s just what I was – lucky.

Take this from a girl whose flights have never seen any delays. I never had any luggage get misrouted. No rental car fender-benders. The only thing that went wrong for me – ever – was a parasite issue from some water in the Dominican Republic. Of course, that happened two days from the end of my trip, so I just came back to the US on schedule and got a prescription the next day. All good.

I don’t think I could say now that I’d stake a several-thousand-dollar vacation on luck. I used to think that travel insurance would be too expensive. But a several-thousand-dollar trip down the drain is much, much more expensive. After working here and hearing the stories, I’d say I’d rather make an investment in travel insurance than rely on luck to keep my trip afloat! As Orson Welles said it, “People only get good luck or bad luck.”

Whether you’re traveling in the US, or outside the US, there’s a lot that can go wrong. You can get sick, even if you’re usually very healthy. You can get pick-pocketed. Your flight can be cancelled, or your luggage lost indefinitely. Some airlines won’t even compensate you for things that are clearly their own responsibility. There’s so much that’s out of your control on a trip, and you usually don’t realize it until it’s too late. The best thing you can do is take control by investing in travel insurance.

The truth is that insurance is priceless. You may be indifferent if you don’t have to use it and everything goes fine. But, if something does happen to go wrong, you’ll never be bummed that you bought it. That’s why I never would have bought travel insurance, but will now!

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