It’s felt strange wishing family and friends a ‘Happy New Year!’ after the time we all had in 2020. But of course there are reasons to feel more optimistic about 2021 and I’m sure we’re all hoping our lives will return to some sort of normal very soon.
Which is why I caught myself thinking about travel insurance the other day. Traditionally this is a time when the media is full of advertising for holidays and travel. This year things are a bit more muted but there’s no doubt that booking a holiday is one way to feel that the end of the Covid-19 pandemic might be in sight.
So when to go? As I write this we still don’t know when the UK’s vaccination programme will be completed. And equally, we don’t know what the rules will be for visiting other countries once it is. So, when will be a safe time to travel? And how far?
In the 14 years I’ve been a Travel Counsellor I’ve seen how incredibly important travel insurance is. And luckily, Travel Counsellor’s post Covid-19 travel insurance policy is one of the reasons Money Saving Expert twice voted Travel Counsellors as Number One for Customer Service in 2020; and why we continue to have a 5-Star ‘Excellent’ Trustpilot rating.
The speed of change The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us all that situations can change very quickly. When national lockdowns started last year my colleagues and I worked day and night to look after our customers – bringing people back home and organising refunds for those whose holidays had been cancelled without warning.
But it’s not just pandemics that can wreck a holiday. A few years ago my customer, John Edwardes, was thankful he’d included our insurance when he’d booked his holiday to the Greek islands. A scooter accident landed him in hospital and meant the whole family had to return home early.
Cover the bases 2021 is a year when we all want to be able to book and enjoy a wonderful holiday. And why not? Whether it’s long-distance travel to a destination on your ‘bucket list’, or seizing the chance to visit somewhere entirely new that you’ve never considered before, there will be plenty of options available. But my advice is to make sure you take out travel insurance when you book your holiday because if 2020 has taught us anything it’s that it’s better to be prepared.
Give me a call so I can explain the detail of what’s covered in our travel insurance. It could be the reassurance you need to start planning that holiday of a lifetime.