We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.
The reason we are so keen on you having trip insurance is because it protects you if there are unexpected changes in your travel plans. Here is an example: Let’s assume you are signed up for a tour and hurt your leg a week before the trip. If you have no trip insurance, you will call us on the telephone and we will be very sad to tell you there is no refund – because our costs are mostly fixed and you might have displaced someone who otherwise could have gone on the tour.
If you do have trip insurance, you receive your entire airfare and trip cost from the insurance company and can start planning for your next tour! And trip insurance need not be expensive, costing in the range of $60-300 for most of our trips (depending on your age, trip cost, and type of coverage).
Additionally, with the changes in healthcare laws (in the US), many health insurance programs no longer cover travel abroad or even, sometimes, out of your home state.
When to purchase travel insurance: For some benefit options such as “cancel for any reason” or “existing medical conditions” you must purchase your policy within 14 days of booking your trip. For most trips, this will be the date you pay the deposit. However, if you sign up for a trip that has not yet met the minimum needed to run, your deposit may be considered a “good faith” deposit, and the date the trip is actually confirmed will be your booking date. Some providers only consider the original date of deposit payment so it is always best to confirm this.
For information about Trip Cancellation Insurance, please contact insurance companies directly. We can recommend the following industry leaders:
TravelInsurance.com TravelInsurance.com is a travel insurance aggregator. You can search for a policy and filter the results according to your needs.
TripAssure If calling by phone please reference Taste Vacations, TAST0016MT. TripAssure insurance is available for US residents only.
Allianz Travel Insurance If calling by phone please reference Taste Vacations, ACCAM # F206014. Allianz insurance is available for US residents only.