Travel insurance to save you from holiday horrors

The much needed holiday season is approaching and those with travel plans are busy finalising the last of their arrangements. Planning and going on  holiday in an exotic destination is fun, but are you also prepared for the worst?


“Many travellers dismiss the importance of having travel insurance,” says Derek Wilson, Head of the free comparison website, “and the horror stories are real.”


Sometimes the unexpected can become part of your best holiday experience or ruin your entire vacation. The loss or theft of luggage and travel documents, cancelled flights, accidents, and wrongful detention are amongst some of the disapointments that travellers across the world have experienced.


43-year old British traveller, Keith Andrew Brown had the horrific experience of being unjustly detained by a customs officer whilst connecting in Dubai, for 0,0003grams of cannibas found in a cigarette butt that got got stuck in his shoe. The UAE is notoriously tough on drug crimes. He was arrested on the charge of drug possession and sentenced to four yeas in jail. He was later pardoned and released earlier on his sentence. *


Brittany Hilgers and her new husband were travelling to Mexico for their honeymoon when Mexicana Airlines filed for bankrupcy on the day they were scheduled to fly! They went through the inconvenience of having to book another connecting flight to Mexico and spent nine hours at the airport before finally setting off to their destination. **


Wilson says, “Travel insurance may seem like an unneccesary added expense, but unexpected loss of belongings or unforeseen medical costs can result in an unplesant holiday experience. Compare quotes, as well as familiarise yourself with diferent travel insurance benefits, by visiting The site is free to use with no obligations and will assist you in choosing the best option for your travel needs.”



Established in 2007, is South Africa’s leading comparison website that helps consumers save money by comparing a range of SA providers across financial products such as car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, medical and more. Hippo is free to use and saves consumers the time and hassle of shopping around for the best deal since the website instantly retrieves real-time quotes from the different providers using the latest Internet technology. At least 8 out of 10 people could save an average of R427* per month on their car insurance. makes money by simply charging its partners a fee when a customer chooses to find out more about their products. The results consumers see, and the order in which they are presented, is in no way influenced by the fee charges its partners or any other factors other than the price of the product being compared. 


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***Based on a representative market research survey conducted by Kaufman Levin Associates, on behalf of in May 2014.  Risk Profile Dependent.

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