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Duty-free helps travellers save money

07 March 2009 16:00

Duty-free helps travellers save money

Holidaymakers can save money without cutting back on essential expenditure such as travel insurance by taking advantage of duty-free shopping, it has been suggested.

According to Direct Line Travel Insurance, some 65 per cent of travellers are now carefully budgeting for their airport shopping before they set off.

The research indicated that perfume and aftershave (75 per cent), alcohol (73 per cent) and cigarettes and cigars (48 per cent) are the main duty-free items that holidaymakers look to purchase.

Beyond tax-free shopping opportunities, the company also recommended that travellers purchase holiday insurance as soon as they book their flights to ensure that they have cancellation cover.

The provider also advised that people travel at unsociable hours to take advantage of lower transport costs and book outside of school holidays if they do not have children.

Research published recently by LV= suggestes that over one million people will travel abroad without holiday insurance this year, despite the fact that they could be left thousands of pounds out of pocket in the event of an accident.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19052238-ADNFCR