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Families prepare for a summer of fun on their playcations

28 May 2010 09:30

Families prepare for a summer of fun on their playcations

We keep hearing on the news that people in the UK are so busy these days that they don't have time for their families. They hardly ever sit down for dinner together, they spend more time at work that with their loved ones - the list goes on.

However, it seems there is currently something of a backlash against this in the form of a return to more adventurous holidays.

According to new research from, almost four in ten British families are planning an activity-based break this year, dubbed a 'playcation'.

More than half said this would be their main trip abroad and reported wanting to try new sports and get more active alongside their nearest and dearest as the reason behind it.

No longer satisfied with sitting around on sun loungers and making sandcastles, the activities Brits hope to take part in this year include swimming, hiking, cycling, canoeing and horse riding.

The more daring also said they will be doing assault courses, climbing and archery or shooting while on holiday in 2010.

Mark Greening, a spokesperson for, said he thinks it's great that so many families are planning adventure holidays as a way of getting together and trying something different.

However, the company also found that some of these Brits could be putting themselves at unnecessary risk by not coordinating their travel insurance with their activity holiday.

Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said they had not thought about buying a different policy to their ordinary insurance to cover them for extra, more risky activities, despite the fact that this kind of standard policy would probably not cover them if they did get hurt.

Mark pointed out that the cost of emergency treatment abroad can be sky-high and that travellers themselves would be liable for it if their travel insurance does not provide adequate cover.

"Those planning to participate in such activities should always check the policy terms and conditions, or speak to their insurer, to clarify exactly which activities are covered," he advised.

Our own travel expert Martin Rothwell agreed that cover varies from insurer to insurer, so it is well worth checking the small print.

"It's important to check which sports and activities are covered. At World First we cover over 75 for free and have options for most other hazardous activities," he added.

We'll also make sure that you won't miss out on discounts just because you're a thrill-seeker, so check us out before you jet off.

Published by World First Travel Insurance - providers of worldwide travel insurance for all types of holiday, cheap annual travel insurance and great family travel insurance incl;uding cover for pre existing medical conditions and medical travel insurance.

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