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Why you need travel insurance

Published February 4th, 2015

Like an umbrella or a lawyer, travel insurance is one of things you hope you’ll never need, but you can’t afford to travel without. Sure, it’s an added expense on top of your flights, accommodation and tours, but if something goes wrong (natural disaster, delayed flight, smashed camera), it’ll add up to a lot more without it.

 

 

Plus there’s holiday brain.

 

Holiday brain thinks it’s OK to get your hair braided on a beach in Bali, get a henna tattoo with your ex’s name and wear fisherman pants. Holiday brain says ‘yes’ to that (fifth) flaming cocktail, doing the conga on a cruise and dressing like a pirate for theme nights. Holiday brain also thinks it’s OK to hire a moped to get around Koh Samui while wearing a helmet, thongs and shorts. Because, holiday.

 

Much like the Bachelor, holiday brain is not to be trusted.

 

 

And that moped-riding gal without safety gear? She had an accident and had to go to the international hospital in Koh Samui for treatment. Expensive treatment. (Disclaimer: That girl may or may not be me – not telling!) Nobody goes on holiday expecting to get in trouble (well, not most people!), but ash clouds, airline strikes and accidents happen, so it’s best to be prepared.

 

 

But you don’t have to stop having fun on holidays. Our Student Flights travel insurance for under 30s covers heaps of adventurous activities, including bungy jumping, jet-skiing, quad biking and whitewater rafting. Plus, our policy is tailored for under 30s with excess choices you’ll actually want like festival and gig cover (if travel delays are stopping you from getting to Coachella, your travel insurance will pay for your transport up to $2,000), GoPro included in your luggage cover, even your uni exam re-sit is covered! Factor in 24/7 emergency assistance, and you can stress less and enjoy your holiday more.

 

Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.