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Backpackers told to take out travel insurance on valuable items

26 January 2009 09:16

Backpackers told to take out travel insurance on valuable items

Backpackers that have their rucksacks filled up with the latest in new technology have been told by the travel book company Lonely Planet that if they don't want to lose any of it not to take it with them in the first place.

This month InsureandGo stated that the average backpacker took valuables worth a combined £1,097 on their trip, including some of the latest gadgets to help pass their time.

But there is a risk that these items may become lost or get damaged so backpackers are advised to take out backpacking travel insurance to cover them in case either of these outcomes occur.

Tom Hall, travel editor at Lonely Planet, has said that backpackers are increasingly taking away with them goods such as digital cameras, iPods and mobile phones, because youngsters are not prepared to go without the opportunity of listening to music or taking great photographs.

However he adds that the need for travel insurance is important.

He said: "There are very good reasons why people might want to take all of those items with them but I think that it once again underlines the need for people to have travel insurance.

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