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Britons 'need' holidays

26 January 2009 10:38

Britons 'need' holidays

People in Britain no longer consider holidays a luxury, according to a new study, and think that getting away at least once a year is a necessity.

But research carried out by Thomas Cook found that 12 per cent of holidaymakers do not arrange travel insurance before they depart, some 2.8 million people.

The report found that on holiday, some 59 per cent of people spend money using a credit card rather than cash, while ten million people do not bother to set a vacation budget.

"For most of us, a holiday from our busy lives is a necessity and not a luxury," said Mark Nancarrow from Thomas Cook.

"As we continue to travel, budgeting will become more important than ever during what is seen by many as a current period of instability."

A recent study from the Post Office found that while 70,000 people from the UK head overseas for cosmetic or elective surgery, 36 per cent did not check that their travel insurance would cover complications from such treatment.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18523123-ADNFCR