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Friday, March 10, 2017

Good2Go Travel Insurance: An Excellent Choice for Australian Travellers

Good2Go Travel Insurance is a CHOICE Recommended product 4 years running and is a top rated product that also comes at a great price! As regular travellers we are recommending Good2Go Travel Insurance as an excellent choice of traveller insurance for our fellow Aussie travellers!

Girl on beach in Australia

GOOD2GO TRAVEL INSURANCE
Good2Go Insurance offer a number of products to suit all customer needs and requirements. Their extensive range of insurance options includes:
  • CHOICE Recommended "The Works" which offers Comprehensive Overseas Insurance.
  • Essentials which offers Reduced cover for the Budget-conscious traveller aka Backpackers!
  • Multi Trip which covers International and Domestic trips.
  • Domestic Insurance which offers both Comprehensive and Cancellation Only products and
  • Mature Age Travel Insurance which provides insurance options for travellers aged 70 and over.
Good2Go Travel Insurance Options

24/7 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FROM TRAVEL GUARD
As well as being backed by Good2Go's Travel Insurance, you will also have the benefit of Travel Guard, their wholly owned emergency assistance provider. Travel Guard is a worldwide team that includes highly skilled doctors and medical professionals who are available by telephone 24 hours a day for advice and assistance in the event of a medical emergency and any associated problems for travellers outside Australia.

Whether you require pre-trip advice for vaccinations, assistance in the event of lost luggage or credit cards, medical care, payment of hospital and medical costs or help to reschedule travel plans, if your trip is interrupted by an emergency, Travel Guard is there for you! Travel Guard is available to assist you for every hour of every day as part of your cover and they will assess your situation and guide you through the process to solve it. In the event of an emergency whilst you are outside Australia, Travel Guard is only a phone call away anywhere in the world!

Good2Go Travel Insurance Travel Guard

A CHOICE RECOMMENDED PRODUCT
As we mentioned, Good2Go has been selected as a CHOICE Recommended product in the Annual Travel Insurance Review, with The Works being among the overall best travel insurance for 2016! The Works is big on benefits and great on the pocket as offers great value for money. It provides single or family cover for non-refundable pre-paid travel arrangements, emergency expenses, luggage, travel delays, overseas medical expenses, accidental death, accidental disability, loss of income, financial default and much more.

CHOICE was set up by consumers, for consumers and is the consumer advocate that provides Australians with information and advice, free from commercial bias. CHOICE is fiercely independent, proudly not-for-profit and non-partisan and with more than 175,000 members, it is one of Australia’s largest and loudest consumer movements with expert reviews based on unbiased analysis and rigorous testing. 

CHOICE reviewed and compared 115 travel insurance policies from 41 insurers and unlike other insurance comparison websites, CHOICE does not get paid by any of the insurers it compares. CHOICE finds the best travel insurance policies for consumers by focusing on the things that really matter when it comes to travel insurance: value for money, price, policy benefits, claim service and older travellers.

Good2Go Travel Insurance CHOICE Recommended

TRAVEL NOTES
Good2Go have a Travel Notes section on their website, which contains helpful and interesting articles full of travel tips and inspiration. Whether you are a looking for Travel Safety, Travel Tips for Women, the best travel gadgets for backpackers or the coolest pools in the world, there is something to help and inspire every traveller!

I like travel insurance companies that go above and beyond and offer their customers more than just insurance! In addition to their Travel Notes, Good2Go offer their customers a free Traveller's Checklist which provides a list of useful links and information to help plan your journey and a checklist which you can download to ensure your trip is as stress free as possible!

Good2Go Travel Insurance Travel Notes

MY PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE EXPERIENCE
I’ve always said “If you have enough money to travel, you have enough money for insurance”.

I’ve travelled through six continents, across 40+ countries and for every single trip I have been on, I have always been insured. In 2010 I was backpacking around South East Asia with three of my best friends from University when I broke my ankle at a Full Moon Party on Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand. 24 hours later I had been ferried to Ko Samui where I was operated on to repair the break to my Tibia and Fibula and very quickly realised my six week dream trip had come to an end and after a week in hospital I was flown home.

The hospital lent us phones to contact the insurers, who were incredible and would contact me daily for updates where I would speak to a nurse and fill her in on how I was feeling and the treatment I was receiving. They arranged all my flights back to Australia and I was upgraded to business class so that I could have my leg up for the entire journey home.

My insurance for this trip cost me about $180 Australian dollars for six weeks! It was such a bargain considering my medical bills were in excess of $20,000 Australian dollars!

I can't recommend strongly enough that people always get insurance!!

Ko Pha Ngan ThailandBroken Ankle in ThailandBroken Ankle Xray

LESSON'S LEARNT & MY ADVICE TO OTHERS
The biggest lesson I learnt from this experience is that I should have listened to my gut instinct, which was telling me going down a fire slide in Thailand was a bad idea (I am incredibly accident-prone). I think back now though and we'd planned to hire motorbikes and drive around the island the next day. There's absolutely no way I'd ever do that at home, so I don't know why 20 year old me thought that it would be a good idea to do that in Thailand. I like to think that the broken ankle was taking me out of action so that I couldn’t get on a motorbike the next day and do much worse damage!

My biggest advice when travelling is firstly of course to have travel insurance, and secondly to always exercise good judgement and common sense to stay safe. Accidents happen though and if something should go wrong when you are travelling my advice is to try and stay calm and find help as well as trying to stay positive as hard as it may be.

TODAY
Initially I was scared to travel again and due to the long recovery process I didn't go overseas for about 12 months after my accident. I'm happy to say though that it hasn't stopped me travelling and since then I've visited the US, South America, Morocco, most of Europe, Turkey and even lived in the UK for two years! I have some pretty mean scars on my ankle and I do sometimes still get worried about getting injured again as it was quite a traumatic experience but I'm so lucky to have Dan who both encourages and supports me through all the exciting adventures we have whilst travelling. I am also lucky that thanks to having travel insurance I wasn't saddled with $20,000 of debt from my medical expenses.

Couple in Oia Santorini

The moral of the story – trust your gut instinct and ALWAYS get travel insurance!

FINAL THOUGHTS
We’ve thoroughly examined Good2Go’s Travel Insurance policies, options and extras and would not only use them for our own travel needs but would recommend them to Australians seeking a top travel insurance at a great price. The fact that they are a CHOICE recommended product further cements our opinions of Good2Go Travel Insurance.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Good2Go Travel Insurance. 
Our opinions are as always, our own.