For some people, though, the whole affair has become a bit clichéd. Instead of getting the 3:00 p.m. slot at the local wedding factory, they dream of something more exotic that reflects their unique tastes.
Enter the destination wedding. How popular are these far away events? In recent years, there has been a 400% increase in destination weddings in some popular destinations.
And, just like when people are planning a much-needed winter getaway, far too many wedding travellers fail to think about the need for travel insurance until it’s too late! But more on that later…
For now, here are some surprising ways destination weddings are just like your garden-variety winter vacation.
Everybody is Doing it!
Every year, millions of Canadians travel to a different country. Sometimes it’s for business, and sometimes it’s for pleasure. Either way, it assumes a certain level of risk. The same goes for destination weddings.
One recent estimate states that 20% of Canadians get married in a different country. There are literally thousands of articles that share information like the pros and cons of destination weddings.
There are just as many pieces on the ways to get the best deal on a winter vacation outside of Canada. All of these articles are helpful and informative, but they miss out on one of the easiest ways to keep your trip abroad, no matter the reason, from becoming a total disaster: BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE!
There is Something for Everyone
No two vacations are exactly alike, and the same can be said for weddings. When picking the perfect holiday, we base it on our tastes, preferences and budget. One person’s dream vacation of lying on a beach with a margarita in one hand and a book in the other is a more active person’s worst nightmare.
Once again, the same is true for destination weddings. There’s the refined glamour of a 5-star resort in a former European colony, the tacky charm of Elvis-themed nuptials way, way down the Vegas strip, and everything in between. Really, the imagination of the parties involved is the only limit.
The possibilities of finding joy on a trip outside of Canada, be it for a wedding or just for fun, are endless. With a little careful planning, a fun and safe time can be had by everyone!
Destinations Weddings and Winter Holidays Both Need Travel Insurance
It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of planning a new adventure. Whether that adventure is zip-lining in Costa Rica or making a life-long commitment to the love of your life, nobody likes to bring a side-dish of practicality to the party.
Alarmingly, 44% of young Canadians travel without insurance. That’s right! Nearly half of young travellers are taking a big risk when it comes to travel insurance! Even more alarmingly, some 34% of respondents believe their provincial health coverage will apply when they travel to the U.S.
Yikes! That’s not true at all.
Young couples in love are also prone to overlooking travel insurance when planning their destination weddings. Nobody wants to think that something bad will happen when they’re starting down a new path to a happy life, and yet it happens all the time.
Consider the story of one Canadian couple who planned their special wedding day in Mexico. When the groom was injured in a motorcycle accident shortly before they planned to leave, they wanted to postpone the ceremony until after his recovery. No big deal, right? WRONG!
This young couple was surprised to learn that moving the date of their wedding was subject to hefty fees, for them and for their guests. Because the change was to be made so close to the date of the wedding, it was classified as a cancellation. Any of the couple’s guests who did not purchase separate travel insurance had a choice to make:
Go on the trip anyway, or forfeit the money!
When travellers think about insurance, they only think about getting sick while away and many decide to risk it anyway. Many never stop to consider what would happen if they were unable to go at all. As you can see, even healthy young people need to cancel sometimes, and that’s why every traveller should give some serious consideration to all-inclusive travel insurance!
Travel Insurance is a Must for Every Trip!
Every trip outside of Canada, and even to a different province within the country, can be quickly ruined by an accident, an illness, or even a change in the weather. Without travel insurance, travellers are leaving themselves open to disaster. Take the time to fully investigate your travel insurance options!