April 29, 2010
When I was buying plane tickets and booking accomodations earlier this week for a summer trip to Europe, I was surprised by all the little “insurance” add-ons I was being urged to purchase. For an extra 20 euros, I could buy the right to receive a full refund on my ticket if for any reason I needed to cancel my travel plans. For an extra 15, I could buy full coverage for any lost baggage. For 10 (this was my favorite), I could guarantee myself a 75 euro refund if my flight arrived more than an hour late. Now, needless to say, these little promises of security had little allure for me--my reaction was, “Heck, that takes all the fun out of it! What’s the point of traveling if there’s no uncertainty?” After all, I am the guy who intentionally proposed to my future wife when I really didn’t know if she would answer yes, just because I thought the uncertainty made it more interesting.