Travel insurance holders should 'lighten their loads'

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Even though a quarter of travel insurance customers spend between two and three days packing before a holiday, only 16 per cent actually wear everything in their suitcases, a new survey has revealed.

More than a third of those surveyed do not use 25 per cent of the things they take away with them, according to a poll by tour operator Thomson.

Not only do all these travel insurance holders struggle to lug their suitcases around, but oversized luggage also contributes to the planet's pollution.

To compensate for having more weight on board, aeroplanes use more fuel, thus emitting more carbon.

If one-third of travel insurance policyholders left their unused luggage at home, it could save around 7,537 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year - the equivalent of taking around 2,216 cars off the road every year.

Recently, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office revealed that high numbers of Britons tend to holiday abroad without adequate travel insurance cover.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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