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Holiday insurance 'crucial' to independent travellers

23 January 2009 17:52

Holiday insurance 'crucial' to independent travellers

With up to one million travellers visiting friends and family abroad this year, it is imperative that anyone thinking of making their own travel arrangements makes sure that they take out a travel insurance policy before leaving.

That is according to a survey by M&S Money, which indicated that as many as half a million will travel independently from any packaged holiday deal.

The insurance provider explained that independent trips make holiday insurance cover even more important - its research indicated that 35 per cent of these travellers will experience a costly cancellation or delay during their vacation.

However, the research also indicated that nearly half (49 per cent) of consumers do not know whether their annual travel insurance policy covers things such as the collapse of an airline.

"For most people Christmas is all about spending time with friends and family, even if that means making a trip abroad, said Judith Roberts, M&S Money insurance manager.

"If your flight is cancelled you may be unable to claim for subsequent connections, and face the cost of new flights or accommodation," she added.

Last month, the Association of British Travel Agents claimed that, despite the credit crunch, Brits are still keen to escape the UK for holidays. However, it added that they are being more conservative in their choices of destination, staying close to home.