New travel insurance option for women ‘Travel with Jane’ unveiled

Sydney based company Insured By Us has announced it will introduce a new online travel insurance brand aimed specifically at Australian women.

The insurance platform, called Travel with Jane, will be the first direct entry into the market from Insured By Us, which has been powering Woolworths Travel Insurance and Real Travel Insurance for the last three years.

Following the success of those brands, Insured By Us Director, Ben Webster, said this newest offering is aiming to engage with what he sees as an underestimated market - Australian women and their families. Webster said that women made up about two thirds of current Insured By Us customers, despite insurance being overwhelmingly marketed toward males.

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Travel with Jane aims to change that marketing trend, and hopes to engage with female travellers “through transparency and an unwavering customer-centric approach.”

“Our first priority is to empower women to have confidence in the products they’re buying, to explain our products clearly and without omission, so that women can make their policies work for them,” Webster said.

“We’re talking about sharing the so-called secrets to getting the best out of travel insurance and about avoiding common claim pitfalls.”

Travel with Jane is geared to offer basic, comprehensive and multi-trip travel insurance policies, which will be underwritten by The Hollard Insurance Company and supported by Mapfre, specialists in global medical assistance.

Tips for travellers

Keep your luggage secure - whether your suitcase is bursting at the seams or you’re carrying a mostly empty backpack, there are a few things to remember. Always pack your own bags and never leave them unattended in public places. Travel insurance provider InsureandGo said it’s also a good idea to lock your bags - not only to prevent theft, but also any tampering in your luggage. If you’re travelling in areas like Asia or South America, you might even want to look into having your bags plastic wrapped for added security.

Learn about your destination - before you leave, do your research. Don’t just focus on the fun stuff like tourist attractions and local festivals though. InsureandGo suggested learning about “certain behaviors that should be avoided, how to dress when visiting cultural landmarks, and learn some local statements.”

Stay in contact - many travellers are choosing to go it alone these days - according to InsureandGo, 86% of backpackers purchase individual policies - but there are dangers that come with travelling to a foreign country on your own. So make sure you’re in regular contact with someone back home and if you have an itinerary, leave a copy with them. That way, if something does go wrong, they’ll have a good idea of where you should be.

Understand you travel insurance - accidents happen, and if you don’t have a travel insurance policy, you could be left with a sizeable bill after your getaway. But getting the policy is only half the battle. Make sure you know the emergency insurance contact numbers for each country you’re visiting, what exclusions or conditions might apply to your cover and how to make a travel insurance claim, just in case.

Ready to take off? Make sure you find the best travel insurance policy first. And while you’re at it, check out our best $20 I’ve ever spent series for some tips on how to spend an affordable afternoon abroad.