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Old 01-14-2013, 10:19 AM   #1
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World Nomad's Travel Insurance - The Best?

I've read just about every thread on this site and HU about comprehensive travel insurance and am having a tough time finding anything that is as complete as World Nomads for US citizen. I'm wondering if I'm missing something?

One of the most consistent pieces of advice folks give is to have insurance to cover both your care, and any necessary evacuation from a country to a place to give you better care. There are many plans which offer evacuation coverage alone, and many plans that cover health-care back in the US. These plans together would make sense, but then again, World Nomads covers both in one package. They also cover motorcycling, a key hiccup in many coverages.

Here is the detailed World Nomads Description of Coverage which I've read in full.

I guess what's confusing to me is the following: This looks like a no brainier, and I can't seem to find anyone who competes with what this plan offers. If that's the case, why is there so many conflicting opinions about what to get? Am I missing something?



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Old 01-14-2013, 03:32 PM   #2
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Are you looking for a policy to pay for treatment in Bad Breath Uganda, then pay to fly you home, then pay to treat you in the Great US of A ?
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:01 PM   #3
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Here is something about world nomad cover for motorcyclist is the US and it looks like they don't actually cover you, this topic has been discussed before there and it is not easy for US citizens to get cover and it is expensive as unlike cover for Brits, Canadians and other Europeans they can't just leave you in the hands of your relative health service when you get home.

Sorry that is not more helpful.

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Old 01-17-2013, 06:51 PM   #4
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When we were getting ready for our RTW trip a few years ago, we looked at World Nomads and they did not cover riding your own motorcycle. We went with Patriot International which was one of the recommended companies on one of the BMW websites. The website is insuremytrip.com You can compare coverage from several different underwriters there. We never needed to use it, so I can't comment on the coverage. But somewhere on ADV is a report by an American rider who had coverage through them and was injured in Central America (IIRC) and he had a positive experience.

As an aside, I see that your proposed RTW route includes India. I would read and heed other's experiences and recommendations before you get there - I wish I had. Good Luck!
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:41 AM   #5
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As an aside, I see that your proposed RTW route includes India. I would read and heed other's experiences and recommendations before you get there - I wish I had. Good Luck!
Wherever you go don't miss India, it will be one of the most memorable places on your trip, for a great many reasons.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:48 AM   #6
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World Nomad is underwritten by several insurance companies depending on where you live:

http://www.worldnomads.com/insurers.aspx

Some companies will cover motorcycle travel, others won't. In the US, it's underwritten by Travel Guard. Do your own due diligence with this company and its affiliates. When we Googled "Travel Guard", we weren't happy with the complaints that we found.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:22 AM   #7
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I'm going with IMG Insurance for my trip. They have great reviews and were cheaper (at least for me) than World Nomads. They also cover motorcycle riding.

http://www.imglobal.com/index.aspx
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:36 PM   #8
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In 2006, I looked at World Nomads for a trip to south america. At the time, they had an exclusion for motorcycle riding over 125cc ( I am American). Last fall I did a couple month trip to Guatemala, and found just what the OP had, no one else came close for the money, and no exclusion for motorcycles. I bought the policy, but never had to use it, so can't comment on claims.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:14 PM   #9
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I currently have a World Nomads policy traveling through Central America. They cover you on a motorcycle (at least me, American). I've used them before for backpacking and they get great reviews on Travelfish (a southeast Asian travel forum). I've never had any issues so can't speak to how they actually treat your claim.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:32 AM   #10
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Travel Insurance for Australian Resident

I cannot find a company that will provide travel insurance for my trip to the USA in July. The exception is a motorcycle with an engine capacity of less than 200cc's

Anyone out there able to steer me in the right direction, please?
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:08 AM   #11
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I cannot find a company that will provide travel insurance for my trip to the USA in July. The exception is a motorcycle with an engine capacity of less than 200cc's ...Anyone out there able to steer me in the right direction, please?
Have you tried your local Auto Association?
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:58 PM   #12
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Have you tried your local Auto Association?
Yes, I have. The less than 200cc rule applies.....

Some progress, though. I am in communication with Patriot and they do have an offering. I am busy wading through it. Or ploughing through it. Insurance lawyers are a different breed of human being.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:02 PM   #13
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Just got off the phone with World Nomad insurance, since online they list Motorcycling and Motorcycling (125cc), the representative said they do not cover anything over 125cc.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:52 PM   #14
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I could never get a strait answer from worldnomad if they cover moto travel. Sometimes it depends it you are on an organized tour vs independent travel. And as stated above, it may depend on the size of the bike. Strange.

I ended up buying a worldnomad policy in case something happened. I did have an accident in Guatemala. I went to the hospital and they gave me inadequate care. They examined me and x-rayed me and told me that nothing was broken. They told me to rest for 2 weeks with my arm in a sling, then I it would be okay. I did so. The hospital did not charge me anything.

Later I went to a different doctor at a private clinic because I felt that my shoulder was not normal. He told me that my shoulder was separated. When I tried to report and claim coverage from worldnomads, they indicated that I would not be covered because it was not an "emergency". That's right, they will cover you in an "emergency", but because I waited some time, they would not cover the costs. I would be wary of worldnomads.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:43 AM   #15
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On the phone with World Nomads as we speak...

According to Grace and her supervisor Gail (they both work for Travel Guard, which is the company that underwrites World Nomad policies for US based plans), motorcycling (regardless of engine size) is covered from a medical perspective.

The only things that would NOT be covered are as follows...

+ An accident on motorbike while drunk or under influence of other drugs
+ An accident on motorbike while racing or participating in a race event
+ Collision outside of rental car (meaning they won't cover collision on bike)

Also, the policy says it won't cover baggage or personal effects loss while on motor vehicles (includes motorbikes). I'm assuming this means that if your camera is nicked out of your pannier, they won't cover it. BUT who is to say you have to mention it was in your pannier?

I'm going with World Nomads for my 6-12 month trip departing from US to/through Central and South America leaving in December.

Hope there are no issues, but I feel confident after speaking with them that I'll be covered. I recorded the call and have both their names stating that bikes are covered regardless of engine size, and if it is my bike vs rented for a day.
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