'Incredibly foolish' to holiday without travel insurance

Saturday, 10 July 2010

It is "incredibly foolish" for people to go on holiday without travel insurance, according to ABTA - The Travel Association.

Sean Tipton, a spokesperson for the organisation, which represents more than 6,000 travel agencies and tour operators in the UK, said that it is very easy to buy travel insurance; therefore there is "no excuse" not to.

He advised people who take frequent short breaks to take out an annual travel insurance policy to avoid having to purchase something new on each last-minute weekend away.

"The whole point of insurance is to cover you for an unpleasant unforeseen eventuality. That could happen just as easily in three days as in two weeks."

Statistics show that around 80 per cent of people take out travel insurance if they are going on a week or two-week long holiday but 20 per cent do not purchase it even then, said Mr Tipton.

Recently, Which? consumer guide advised holidaymakers to buy travel insurance immediately after booking to go away as policies usually cover certain eventualities such as having to cancel a holiday due to illness.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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