Travel insurance: Travel insurance vital for adventurous holidays

Monday, 12 May 2008

People are going on adventurous holidays without travel insurance and are taking huge financial risks, a travel organisation has said.

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) said some people who are trying to save money by not buying cover risked the possibility of having to sell their house to pay medical bills.

Research from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) found the average cost of treating a broken leg in America was around £24,000, while a week in a Greek hospital could cost as much as £5,000.

ABTA press officer Sean Tipton said "it is incredibly irresponsible" to go on an adventure sport holiday without travel insurance.

He said a worst-case scenario, involving a broken leg on an American skiing holiday, could see a bill running into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Young people appear to be most likely to go without cover, as stats from the FCO also say 17 per cent of 18 to 35-year-olds took a jet-skiing holiday on the spur of the moment.

Around 14 per cent of the same age group have also gone rock-climbing or mountaineering at the last minute.
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