Travel insurance: Brits warned over holiday gadgets

Thursday, 17 August 2006

Britons are being warned not to forget their travel insurance when they head away, as the price of the valuables in their suitcases has trebled in the last five years.

New research has found that people are taking increasing numbers of expensive electrical gadgets on holiday with them, such as iPods, PSPs and mobile phones.

However, many Britons are still not covering themselves with adequate travel insurance, as they do not realise how much the goodies in their bags add up to.

New research from an travel insurance firm has found that some 75 per cent of travellers take a digital camera on holiday with them, while a third will take an expensive camcorder on their trip overseas.

Jacky Brown, an industry specialist with the firm behind the survey, said: "When people pack for their holidays they often cram their hand luggage full - of high value gadgets - probably not thinking twice about the total cost to replace them if they were lost, damaged or stolen.

"Holidaymakers should make sure that they have adequate travel insurance cover for peace of mind."

Travellers lucky enough to be going on more than one holiday this year are also encouraged to take out annual travel insurance to cover themselves throughout the year.
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