When I was young and overly optimistic I used to travel thinking ‘well, what can possibly happen, it’s just a 1 week trip’ or ‘I don’t carry any valuables, I’ll be fine’ etc. 

Travel insurance

However after getting a really bad case of pneumonia in the North of Vietnam I ended up paying a hefty bill in the hospital in Shanghai. That’s when I realised that in fact, having travel insurance is really important and so often overlooked. 



Of course we always hope that nothing bad will happen, and most of the times everything is fine.

However bad things do happen. While I thought that nothing bad would happen to me during my travels, unfortunately it did. 

For example I was robbed of my belongings and money on a bus in a remote area in south of China, I was treated at a hospital for food poisoning in Beijing and Covid-19 in Bali. And I didn’t pay a single euro from my own pocket.

An acquaintance of mine got run over by a madman on a scooter while crossing a street (on a pedestrian crossing) in Beijing. Thankfully he survived and is now fine, however due to multiple bone fractures and internal injuries he did spend months in a hospital.

Of course if you were born under a lucky star or have an unlimited budget then sure, no problem. However for the rest of us just to be on a safe side the answer to the above question is definitely a YES. 

So, if you are travelling, do not leave without travel insurance. I recommend World Nomads travel insurance and the reasons are below!

Travel insurance: simple & flexible

You can buy and claim online, even after you've left home. Travel insurance from is available to people from over 130 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

7 things you should know about travel insurance from

  1. Trusted reliable underwriters is backed by a suite of strong, secure, specialist travel insurers who provide you with great cover, 24 hour emergency assistance and the highest levels of support and claims management when you need it most.
  2. Value for money with the cover you need provides cover for what's important for travellers from over 130 countries. By focusing on what you need and leaving out what you don't, World Nomads prices are some of the most competitive online.
  3. Flexibility when you need it most
    Had a change of plans? You can buy more cover or claim online while you are still away. You can even buy a World Nomads policy if you're already travelling.
  4. Cover for a range of adventure activities
    From skiing & snowboarding in New Zealand to whitewater rafting in Colorado, covers a range of adventure activities, giving you peace of mind to get the most from your travels.
  5. World Nomads keeps you travelling safely
    All members have access to up-to-date travel safety alerts, as well as travel safety advice and tips online through the World Nomads Travel Safety Hub.
  6. More than just great value travel insurance
    All members can learn the local lingo through a series of iPod & iPhone Language Guides and can stay in touch with family and friends with an online travel journal.
  7. Commitment to exceptional customer service
    We want to make sure you get the most from You can find out more about why travel insurance is important for your trip. If you have any questions about your travel insurance or travel safety in general, please contact directly.
All of the information provided about travel insurance is a brief summary only. It does not include all terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions of the travel insurance plans described. Coverage may not be available for residents of all countries, states or provinces. Please carefully read your policy wording for a full description of coverage.

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