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Backpackers 'need suitable travel insurance'

26 January 2009 10:51

Backpackers 'need suitable travel insurance'

A travel agent is warning backpackers not to take expensive belongings with them on their trip and to ensure they take out insurance which is suitable.

Trailfinders' advice follows recent research from the AA, which shows around £450 worth of possessions are kept in a backpack by travellers – many of which are electrical items such as mp3 players and mobiles.

A spokesperson for the travel firm also said that a backpacker's travel insurance must cover things such as a 24-hour medical helpline - which may better suit an adventurous type of holiday.

"A backpacker traveller is a very different type of traveller to someone who is on a two week holiday in Europe," he said.

"Backpackers tend to go to more remote locations, will make more use of local transport, and are a bit more adventurous and therefore need a very different type of policy to someone who's been to a five-star hotel for a few days in the middle of a major city within Europe."ADNFCR-1320-ID-18505913-ADNFCR