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Millions plan to travel abroad on holiday-but often without insurance

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35.6 million are heading abroad for their main vacation this year. A third have already booked their main holiday for 2010, but worryingly nearly 60 per cent admit they have not organised travel insurance. 8.5 million travellers admit they have required medical attention on a previous overseas trip abroad.

  

A survey of 2,000 UK residents finds that 60 per cent plan to take their main holiday abroad this year. But they are not going far with over 60 per cent of Brits holidaying in Europe this year, making it the number one destination for 2010, followed by America, Africa and Asia.

  

Worryingly, nearly 60 per cent of those holidaymakers who have already booked their vacation this year admit they have not organised travel insurance, with almost half saying they have just not got round to it. A further five per cent said it was too expensive and two per cent have not booked travel insurance in order to save money on their holiday.

  

In addition, a shocking 3.6 million admit they always travel overseas without travel insurance; one in five don’t think travel insurance is worth bothering about and a quarter admitted they simply didn’t even think about it.

  

These findings come despite one in ten stating they have had an accident or required medical support while on an overseas holiday, and have subsequently used or could have used their travel insurance.

 

Travel insurance: News update: 17 March 2010

 

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