Why You Should Get Travel Insurance For Your Next Trip

Travelling is perhaps the world’s most common favorite pastime. But how often do we really take time out to globetrot around the globe? Every few months? However rare or frequent traveling is to someone, one thing for certain is that EVERYONE expects to create the best memories during their trip. Caught up in the excitement, sometimes they forget that safeguarding themselves in these moments of indulgence is as simple as preparing for the worst.

Research shows that only 1 in 3 travelers buy travel insurance when they travel, leaving the majority exposed to uncertainties when they are abroad. Some of the reason for this may include ignorance and skepticism that a mishap will befall the traveler. Others assume that their existing health insurance plans are enough to get them by in moments of misfortune but in reality, this is not true when the insured person is in foreign soil.

When it comes to traveling, travel insurance is a must-have plan for every traveler. With specially tailored benefits to protect a traveler, a typical travel insurance covers a host of different benefits including  when your luggage is damaged, your flight is cancelled, a family member falls ill and you have to come home, or when your travel document is stolen. Its most important feature is 24/7 emergency coverage.

Here’s why you SHOULD get travel insurance the next time you decide to jet-off to your next destination.

  1. Don’t be Penny Wise Pound Foolish

After painfully cutting back on your daily expenses for days on end just so that you go on this long awaited trip, any additional cost to your trip would make you think twice – including travel insurance, yes? Here’s another way of looking at it. Any unexpected accidents or medical situations overseas could be costly so you might as well ensure that you have all loose ends covered so you don’t want to have to break the bank should an unfortunate event occurs during your trip.

  1. You Want to Take A Break and Relax

The objective of traveling is usually to take a break from your everyday stresses but when mishaps happen, you may end up spending your time in more stress than what you initially signed up for. Get travel protection to help manage the stress when caught in these situations. Don’t let the ‘what ifs’ keep you awake at night. Travel insurance is a good investment that will be able to help you relax and enjoy your trip more.

  1. Need to Send Out an SOS During Your Trip?

In times of trouble, you may or may not have your family and friends with you. Heck, they may even be stuck in the same boat with you! With travel insurance, you always have worldwide travel assistance services. That is why you can be assured that you always have someone to call out to in your times of need, 24/7. 

  1. Global World-Wide Coverage

With protection plans like Tune TrIP, you are covered in over 194 countries across all continents, even to the most remote cities in the world. So you don’t have to worry about not being able to enjoy the full benefits of your plan. Be sure to study the fine print before buying your plan so you are sure of the benefits for your trip as benefits can differ base on regions.

  1. Comprehensive Benefits…Beyond Your Baggage

When looking for a plan, make sure they not only have cover for loss or damaged baggage. A complete plan also should include benefits such as high coverage limit on your medical expenses, cover for loss of travel documents and personal effects, cover for travel delays and cancellations, personal accident coverage, and a round the clock emergency medical assistance.

The next time you’re planning your trip, check out Tune TrIP travel insurance plans by Tune Protect and get yourself covered before your trip. Tune Protect offer plans for individuals and families, single or annual plans and covers domestic, Asia Pacific and worldwide regions too. Tune TrIP plans are fuss-free and easy to purchase online and not to mention, very affordable too!

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Top Travel Tips To Survive Southeast Asia Adventure

 

We don’t mean to scare you but Southeast Asia is a melting pot of cultures, races and lots of ‘other’ things. Southeast Asia comprises of eleven countries each one with impressive diversity in culture, religion and history. There may be a few things that can tempt you to try out when you are in the region, so here are a few advises that you must keep in mind in order to ensure minimal risk when you are traveling here:

Bad Stomachs

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Pic Courtesy: http://travelreadymd.com/travelers-diarrhea/

Local street food is very popular in Southeast Asia and they surely do look very inviting. If you are someone not from this region, you may surely end up with a stomach bug leaving you with what is known as “traveller’s diarrhoea” is not something you really wish when you are on a trip. It may seem like a mild inconvenience but really, would you want to spend all that time in the public toilets? So what you can do is, drink water from bottled/sealed/branded bottles, eat hot, fresh food. It is ok to experiment but you know what agrees to you/your body so pay attention to it.

Sunburns

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Southeast Asia is a region that is located near the Equator, so it goes without saying, you will be prone to sunburns. Beaches are very common in this region but sunburns are not common only while sun-bathing. The daily sun can also be bright and fierce on certain days when it doesn’t rain as much. So keep that sunscreen always handy, wear cotton clothes, if you are at the beach, and ensure you get some shade as well.

Mosquito bites

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It is a well-known fact that the tropical region that Southeast Asia comes under is also home to a ton of mosquitoes. Dengue is a very common form of illness and of late, Zika has started making the rounds. So make sure you use mosquito repellents especially during the evenings, around the ankle area. You could also burn some mosquito coils, helps keep those pesky mosquitoes at bay. If possible, try to be fully-clothed to avoid them from finding you!

Theft

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Picture Courtesy: http://www.sigmalive.com/en/news/local/132612/2-arrested-in-limassol-over-bagsnatching

Poverty is an issue in Southeast Asia so there is lot of chance for purse-snatching, bag-snatching etc. in some countries and places in this region. While countries like Singapore are extremely safe, the others may not be so. Always exercise caution when carrying valuables. Be consciously aware of what or who is around you; keep minimal stuff with you when venturing out especially at night in lonely places. Your safety is in your hands. To save you from such a mess, you can always opt for travel insurance. One very good travel insurance that is home-grown and also one that covers quite a few countries is Tune Protect. It pays to be smart and get protected with travel insurance by Tune Protect.

What does Tune Protect help to cover?

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The insurance is valid in 4 continents, viz; Africa Asia Australia and Europe. Some of the benefits of being insured before a trip include:

  1. Trip Cancellation
  2. Medical benefit
  3. Travel Inconvenience benefit
  4. Baggage benefit
  5. Travel delay benefit
  6. Repatriation of mortal remains in case of death

Scams

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Picture Courtesy: https://www.flickr.com/photos/flipnomad/5693164456/

Continuing with point 4, because of poverty, you can also be victim of various scams. This has been seen to be more recurrent in regions of Vietnam which is popular among backpackers. Some scams include Motorbike rental scams where you may be ripped off for the rental since they would quote in USD rather than local currency. It is always better to take the help of a local tour guide in such cases.

Companies in Southeast Asia such as Tourplus help you hire a local tour guide who would ensure you get the best possible experience of the place you are visiting. Nothing can beat the experience of having a local take you around a place and explain everything about that place to you. No guide book can give you that sort of an experience. The guides on boarded by Tourplus are registered, verified and real. You can avoid group tours but still get the same experience. Not only that, you can get to know the secret food spots, local rituals, and first-hand local knowledge.

It is indeed a fact that a local guide has first-hand experience of everything – he/she can tell you things what no guide book or website can.

Tune Protect customers get USD30 OFF your trip with Tourplus!

Tourplus.my is an excellent resource to hire perfect local guide even before you arrive in the region 🙂

Advice For Female Travellers

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Picture Courtesy: https://greyhoundsa.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/safety-tips-when-traveling-alone-2/

Difference in culture between the west and the Far East sometimes means that women travellers end up getting too much attention of the local men. It is often seen that in Asia/Southeast Asia, men (not all though) tend to make unwanted advances at fair-skinned female travellers. It is advisable to have your shoulders covered, long pants especially when visiting religious institutions in order to avoid controversy. Keep an eye out on what you drink As a rule of thumb; do not accept drinks from strangers. It is always better to be careful, rather than being sorry later. 

With this list, we hope you can avoid a few risks when travelling in Southeast Asia.

 – by Hridya Ramani

Khazanah Cornerstone at Wisma Yeap – Tourplus Pitch

Tourplus Pitching @ Khazanah Cornerstone Program

11 April 2016, Penang – Tourplus was invited by Khazanah Cornerstone to pitch to investors in a closed door event last week, on the 7th of April. We duly made preparations, and headed down to Penang the day before, stopping by in Ipoh town for some delicious chicken rice for lunch. The air was hazy, the heat made the air a strong balm.
In the evening, we managed to catch up with a score of guides from Penang at Starbucks in E-gate. Over some refreshing iced “vitamin water” we had fruitful two-way discussions and talked freely about things pertaining to our platform and the industry, and practical matters of interest to the front-liners of our tourism industry.

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Refreshing Vitamin Water, Yum Yum!
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The Tourplus Team and Tour Guides from Penang

Our discussions went on for about two hours before we finally said our goodbyes and adjourned to call it a day. For the team at Tourplus though, it was onwards to more meetings, more strategizing, and then finally rehearsals for the big day tomorrow.

The next day was filled with even more rehearsals before finally heading to Wisma Yeap Chor Ee in the afternoon.

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Ready for Action!

After an hour or two to let investors mingle freely with entrepreneurs, it was time for all of us to pitch. Only five minutes were allotted to each speaker, and we had to make a strong pitch before time was up. This is our CEO Rickson in action.

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The Pitch
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The Audience

After the pitching session there followed another round of closer conversations with interested parties, and then we adjourned at the end of the event. We took the chance to catch up with friends and have dinner, then it was time for the long drive back to KL. We returned in the AM exhausted and in good spirits. 🙂