You can still find bargains as long as you're ready to spend some time and compare different offerings in the market.
Planning an overseas holiday and alarmed at how expensive the travel insurance policies are? You're not alone. According to a new report by Mozo, travel insurance costs - on average - have risen by a whopping 24 per cent in the past 12 months.
The average daily cost, according to the financial comparison website, varies for different policies, with essential travel cover costing $13, comprehensive insurance costing $18, and policies covering skiing and cruising costing $20 and $19 respectively. But you can still find bargains, says Mozo, as long as you're ready to spend some time and compare different offerings in the market. When doing so, accordingly to the comparison firm, it's imperative to look at the following three areas carefully: medical cover, cancellation cover and luggage cover. Going for low premiums is OK as long as you're suitably covered for these three categories. mozo.com.au
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