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Beware of additional costs on last minute breaks

26 January 2009 08:39

Beware of additional costs on last minute breaks

Getting good travel insurance was rated as the best tip by Defaqto for having a smooth running holiday.

Even those travelling over the channel to spots in Europe should make sure they have fully comprehensive insurance, the company warned.

Brian Brown, head of insight at Defaqto, said: "You should take your travel insurance policy with you so you know who to contact in an emergency. And always keep copies of receipts as you will need them if you need to make a claim."

After getting good travel insurance, getting an EHIC card was also important, again for those travelling to Europe, as it covers the cost of any medical expenses that may be incurred.

Making sure money is secure, getting good travellers cheques, and being aware of credit card fraud and your bank's policy on it were also named by the company as important before heading off for a last minute summer break.

Those who are concerned about the safety or laws of the country they are visiting should see the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website for advice.