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Brits 'flocking abroad in 2009'

27 January 2009 07:22

Brits 'flocking abroad in 2009'

Travel insurance is much more than just an additional "add-on" for trips abroad, holidaymakers have been warned.

That is according to Sainsbury's Finance, which urged the 13 million people intending to book a holiday between Christmas and the end of February, 2009 to carefully consider taking out holiday insurance.

Conducting a survey, the provider learned that nearly 28 per cent of the adult population intends to travel in the coming weeks and spend a collective total of £8.5 billion.

Yet, despite the fact that 1.5 million people plan to spend over £2,000 each, the research also suggested that 24 per cent of would-be travellers have no qualms about setting off without a proper policy in place.

Sam Marrs, manager of travel insurance at Sainsbury's, said: "When booking a break though, it's imperative that people don't see travel insurance as merely an add-on.

"They need to ensure that they have comprehensive cover so that if the worst does happen, they will be looked after properly and not out of pocket."

Recently, holiday insurance provider esure urged travellers not to book trips on impulse during this difficult time, adding that cover is crucial for those heading abroad. ADNFCR-1320-ID-18986951-ADNFCR