United Airlines' recently grounded all of its flights nationwide, leaving thousands of travelers stranded. On your next vacation, avoid this headache by purchasing traveler's insurance.
United Airlines’ recently grounded all of its flights nationwide, leaving thousands of travelers stranded. On your next vacation, avoid this headache by purchasing traveler’s insurance.

Packing your bags, brushing up on the local language, making sure your neighbor will feed and walk the dog–all these things are steps you take to ensure that your vacation will go off without a hitch. However, for your trip to really be worry-free, there should be one more item on this list: buying traveler’s insurance.

Try as you might, you can’t always plan out every bump in the road you might encounter while on your next getaway, and you can’t respond to every unexpected problem with just what you have neatly stowed away in your 22x14x9-inch carry-on bag.

For example, let’s say that an airline delays all its flights–like United did just last week–and suddenly, you’re trapped in an airport and need to buy a new ticket while negotiating with your hotel halfway around the world to hold your room. Or maybe after you arrive, while on an exciting hike up a remote mountain, you require medical attention and need to be evacuated. These are the very real problems that don’t make it into the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of the travel brochure.

That’s where traveler’s insurance comes in to save the day. Before your trip begins, you can select a policy that covers travel delays, trip cancellations, medical expenses, death, evacuations, lost or damaged property, and more. Your flight gets delayed? No problem! Insurance will reimburse you for your prepaid expenses. You need to cut your vacation short and come home early? Trip interruption protection has you covered.

Of course, you’ll need to investigate the policy that is best for your specific vacation, but traveler’s insurance can take the guesswork and anxiety out of the equation if you should run into trouble in paradise on your next vacation.

All kinds of things can happen when you’re on the road, and if you’re not prepared, you could find yourself wasting a lot unnecessary time and money as a result. On your next vacation, save yourself the hassle and make your trip truly worry-free by purchasing traveler’s insurance.