Figuring out how to buy travel insurance if you’re already traveling isn’t as easy as you might think. Fortunately, World Nomads has come to our rescue,
twice three times now.
Preparing for 7 months out of the country got the best of us. Despite having 2 months to plan and prepare for our South American journey, there simply wasn’t enough time to take care of everything. Months turned to weeks. Weeks turned to days. And then, we were off. Many of you have probably been there before.
Now, most of the important tasks were checked off the to-do list before we left. But somehow, travel insurance—one of THE most important—wasn’t.
The travel insurance landscape is intimidating.
Every time we said “today’s the day!”…we found ourselves confused and frustrated. Then we said “enough of this; maybe tomorrow.”
Fast forward three weeks.
We had just spent 10 days in Curaçao—an incredible trip that included our first (and second…and third…and fourth) scuba diving experiences post-certification—without travel insurance. Not smart.
Now, we find ourselves in Ecuador, again researching travel insurance. There’s only one problem: we’re well into our trip, and we’re thousands of miles away from home. After 10 minutes of research, we realize: hardly any major travel insurance companies will sell you a policy if you’ve already left for your trip.
World Nomads is one of the few that will.
How to Buy Travel Insurance If You’re Already Traveling
When you’re on the road, your travel insurance options are surprisingly limited. Below are a few companies that do offer policies if you’re already away from home:
- Big Cat
Each of these companies has its own restrictions based on age, home country and other factors. You’ll need to check with them directly to see if they’ll cover you.
After going through the options, World Nomads was the clear choice. I had used them in the past (a 2-week sailing trip to Greece & Croatia in 2013), and had recently heard positive reviews from travel industry folks whom I respect.
Endorsements from Lonely Planet and National Geographic certainly don’t hurt either!
The process of securing a policy from World Nomads is a breeze.
- List the countries you’re visiting (including the one you’re already in)
- List the start and end dates of your trip
- Enter your country of residence
- Enter your age
- Generate a quote
About 10 seconds later, World Nomads will display quotes for their two plan options.
World Nomads Standard Plan vs. Explorer Plan
World Nomads offers two plan options: the Standard Plan and the Explorer Plan. Below is a brief summary only. Please carefully read your policy wording for a full description of coverage.
Cost comparison for a 78-day policy:
This is the second policy I’ve secured through World Nomads, while already on the road:
Cost breakdown on a per-day basis:
- Standard Plan – $291.36 ÷ 78 days = $3.74/day
- Explorer Plan – $434.66 ÷ 78 days = $5.57/day
After closely comparing the benefits (which we do recommend), I determined the Standard Plan offered the coverage I needed. Minutes after making the purchase, I received an email with all of my policy information. Tomorrow, the policy will be active.
Are you somewhere out there in the world…trying to figure out how to buy travel insurance if you’re already traveling?
Generate a World Nomads travel insurance quote…right now.
World Nomads: travel insurance for the adventurous traveler
Here are a few more highlights:
- Available to people from 140 countries
- Expand your existing coverage or claim online while traveling
- Give a little back and support a community development project
Like many of you, we’ve had our fair share of negative experiences with travel insurance companies. After hours of research spread across multiple frustrating sessions, World Nomads came to our rescue—as they have for thousands of other travelers that dropped the ball on this very important piece of travel prep.
But we encourage you to do your homework. World Nomads made the most sense for us, but it may not be right for you. Research and compare options, so that you find the right provider & plan that fits your needs.
For some of the considerations we factor into our own travel insurance decisions, visit this page.
For more background on emergency evacuation coverage, visit this page.
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If you don’t have the time to research and plan your own trip, we can help. Family vacations…group friend trips…honeymoons…we’ve got you covered. We’ll take care of the details, so you can focus on the good stuff!
- Visit our Plan A Trip page and set up your free 30-minute Discovery Call.
- Check out our Resources page for some of the best trip-planning tools we use daily.
Disclosure: travelhelix is part of the World Nomads Partner Program, meaning we do receive compensation if you purchase a World Nomads policy by clicking through from our website. However, we do use World Nomads products and believe in their service. We have not been compensated to write this, and we’ve paid in full for all policies that we’ve secured. If you’ve found this info useful and plan to purchase a policy, please consider booking via the links on our site—like this one—thank you!
Disclaimer: The travel insurance information provided above 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.