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Travel insurance ‘not necessary’ for almost half of holidaymakers who travel uninsured

23rd July 2015 Print

As the summer holiday season looms, new research reveals that 44 per cent of holidaymakers who travel abroad without insurance think it is ‘not necessary’.

A third of travellers who go abroad without insurance confess to leaving it too late to sort out cover for their holiday, whilst a further 16 per cent forget about it altogether, according to the survey from Swinton Insurance.

Despite this, travellers who go abroad without insurance and incur out-of-pocket expenses can expect to pay an average of £257.86 each that would normally be covered by their travel insurance.

Stolen valuables and damaged luggage were the most common problems experienced by uninsured Brits, with delayed flights and accommodation problems coming a close second.

Mark Hallam, Head of Products at Swinton Insurance, said: “For many families, the annual summer holiday abroad is the highlight of the year, and sorting out travel insurance can easily slip to the bottom of the to-do list. However, our research shows that having to face unexpected expenses without the appropriate level of cover can hit the holiday budget hard.

“Arranging suitable travel insurance as soon as your holiday is booked means you are free to concentrate on planning a brilliant break, safe in the knowledge that you are covered against a range of eventualities.”

Swinton Insurance, the UK’s largest high street insurance broker, is one of a limited number of travel insurance providers to offer a product with no upper age limit on single trips.  For annual multi-trip policies holidaymakers up to 85 years of age can be covered.    

Both the single and annual multi-trip policies provide a range of benefits as standard including medical expenses cover up to £15m, cancellation and curtailment cover up to £5,000 and baggage cover up to £1,500. 

It includes travel disruption cover as standard, which protects against disruptive events such as strikes, airline failures and missed connections. Cruise travellers, who typically take more baggage and valuable items on their trips, are provided with a higher level of protection as standard. 

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