We’ll admit it…we didn’t use travel insurance until we set out on our trip around the world. We’d see that option at the bottom of the Orbitz checkout page and think, “Nah, we’ll be fine.” We didn’t want to bother with it every time we booked a trip somewhere and we still don’t—that’s why we go with the Allianz AllTrips Plan. (Disclaimer: Yes, we are ambassadors for them but we bought our own annual travel insurance for four years before we started working with Allianz). For a couple hundred bucks a year, the two of us are covered for virtually any medical emergency, trip interruption, and snafus on the road—no matter how many trips we go on. And we don’t need to fill out paperwork or call them when heading out on safari or river rafting into the wilderness; our coverage is always on, 24/7/365.
While we’ll take any excuse to travel, we know there are a lot of things that hold people back. There are many moving parts and plenty that can go awry, but you don’t have to go it alone. We travel because it has enriched our lives and filled our hearts. We blog to inspire people to explore the world and find that same joy. And we truly believe in travel insurance because it helps people take the leap and catch them if they fall.
We know travel insurance doesn’t sound particularly sexy but if it helps you travel more, smarter, safer, and pay you money when things don’t work out—that’s hot.
Annual Travel Insurance 101
Annual travel insurance gives you emergency health coverage, trip protection, and benefits for a year’s worth of adventure–internationally or domestically. (Even when you just go 100 miles from your house!) More than covering emergencies, it helps you out with bumps in the road, like trip delay, lost/stolen baggage, rental car damage, and offers a 24/7 assistance hotline for any travel-related emergencies. The AllTrips Basic Plan covers nearly $200,000 worth of damages for as little as $135 a year. (FYI price quotes are dependent on your state of residence and age, but we just did an experiment and that’s the price for a 20-year old from Oregon and a 70-year old from New Jersey). The plans are tiered, so as the price goes up, so does the coverage amount; plus, AllTrips Prime and AllTrips Premier (our plan) give handsome compensation for Trip Cancelation and Trip Interruption.
Now, the fun reasons on why AllTrips is the best annual travel insurance to have in your quiver…
We like to hike peaks, jump into glacier lakes, eat strange foods, ride chicken buses, and get way off the beaten track. We’re often on our own–far from other tourists, hospitals, and police stations–but we never worry because Allianz has our back. Our plan covers us for $50,000 in emergency medical and $500,000 if we need to get medivac-ed out of a craggy canyon.
Helps You Tick Off That Bucket List
Three of the most epic trips we’ve ever done–cruising to Antarctica, island-hopping the Galapagos, and river rafting 100 miles into the largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48–all required travel insurance. Might as well get the AllTrips plan and go on a few bucket-list adventures per year. Life is short, get after it!
Pampers Your Problems Away
When you find out your flight is delayed for hours or your baggage has gone missing, that’s a hard to pill to swallow. But it goes down a little easier when it means you’ll be eating a fancy dinner or getting a couples massage, courtesy of your travel insurance. If your trip is delayed six hours or more and you have the Premier Plan, Allianz will throw you $300 a day to go have some fun, and if your luggage never shows up, you’ll get a $1,000 shopping spree.
Sparks up Spontaneity
Your friend got an extra ticket to the hurling world championships in Ireland? Snowstorm just dumped a foot of fresh powder on Tahoe? Last-minute flight deal to Thailand too good to pass up? Go for it! You’ll work out the logistics later, your trip’s already insured.
We’ve taken every method of transport and when we don’t have Buddy the Camper, we find renting a car is the most efficient and spontaneous way to explore a new country. All annual plans include the Rental Car Damage Protector (available to residents of most states) and covers the costs if a car you’re renting gets stolen or damaged, up to $45,000.
When we’re at a hotel, we love the fact that there’s a concierge to help with whatever little questions or travel suggestions we need. And with our AllTrips plan, whether we’re at an Airbnb or in the camper, we still have that service. Allianz’s Concierge can answer all sorts of travel questions and help you secure restaurant reservations, tee times, concert tickets, and whatever fun needs organizing. And when we get ourselves into trouble, there’s a 24-hour hotline with multilingual assistance to sort out our travel emergency—from getting a doctor to a new passport.
Our phone is our mobile office, so we love that the free Allianz TravelSmart App helps us stay organized and safe on the go. Through the app you can check our flight status, find emergency numbers and facilities, look up medical terms in foreign languages, file and track a claim, and a bunch of other goodies to make your travels smoother.
Find Your Annual Plan
We travel full time, so the AllTrips Premier Plan is the best annual travel insurance for us because it covers trip interruption, trip cancellation, and increases the monetary coverage across the board. Though if you only travel a few times a year, the Basic Plan is a super deal. Take a closer look at each plan’s coverage to see which one best fits your needs. No matter what you do, stop rolling the di and get annual travel insurance that can even make the rough days fun!
Disclaimer: We work as ambassadors for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company). While we receive financial compensation for our work, we exclusively use their travel insurance because of the quality of their services.