We encourage every single one of our guests, on every single one of our trips, to purchase travel insurance for their trip of a lifetime. Believe us, no one ever plans to cancel a Grand Canyon river trip. But things happen; unpredictable situations arise. What are some of the things we’ve seen happen at the last minute, just before a trip launched? A broken leg. Sprained ankles. Unexpected illness. Death in the family. Flights cancelled due to weather. Shingles. Sick child. Military duty. Car accident. Unexpected surgery.
When is the best time to buy travel insurance? NOW! Many insurance companies exclude certain coverages if you don’t purchase within a specified period of time – for example, if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.
If you have to cancel, besides missing out on an awesome vacation, you also risk losing your full trip fare or your deposit. Cancellation fees can be found on your invoice or GCW’s policies page. We do expect you to do your part and to protect your investment and we really do have to stick to our policy. If you call to cancel the first thing we will ask is ‘did you buy travel insurance?’. Take our recommendation. Buy the travel insurance. We often recommend Travelex, but you’re encouraged to do your own research. Currently, Travelex plans are only available to U.S. residents or citizens. If you are an international guest, you can look into other options like World Nomads. Be sure to review the insurance policy for full terms and details, which includes limitations and exclusions. For further information contact your travel insurance company directly.