IS IT SAFE TO BOOK DIY TRAVEL?
DIY travel, that is booking your flights and hotels separately, is an amazing way to explore and make memories. It offers tons of flexibility and opens up a whole new world of travel opportunities for those on the tightest budgets. As with anything there are smart ways to go about it.
PROTECTING YOUR DIY TRIP
When making a reservation for accommodation, you will often have the option to select a “fully refundable” booking. This allows you the flexibility to change your mind about the trip for any reason, and you can then cancel without having to pay a penny. This is a great benefit of DIY bookings over package holidays. Make sure to verify the applicable date for this option; at times, it could extend until the day of check-in, while in other cases, it might be several weeks before. Keep an eye on the price of the room, if it goes down you can easily cancel and rebook at the cheaper price!
There will usually be the option to book as a non-refundable booking too. This is often cheaper however the hotel has no obligation to offer you a refund should you not be able to travel. Your travel insurance may be able to cover you in certain situations.
Can I claim?
Travel insurance is essential for both DIY and package bookings. As we’ve discussed above, ATOL and section 75 protection will cover you if the travel companies go bust. But there are lots of other things which could potentially affect your trip which you will need protection against.
When assessing a policy you need to take into account several key factors. These include the excess you’d be responsible for during a claim, the amount of cover for medical expenses, compensation amount for lost or damaged baggage, and provisions for trip cancellations. You can add additional gadget cover should you be travelling with expensive equipment.
Make sure the policy covers everything you may need and book it at the time that you book your trip. Many people put the start date as the day they go on holiday, this could leave you unprotected if any pre-trip incidents impact your plans.
If you plan to do any particular activities that could be deemed dangerous, check that the policy covers these. Activities like rock climbing, scuba diving, horse riding and water sports should be listed in the activities which are covered.
HERE TO HELP
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