Adventurous holidaymakers warned to check travel insurance small print

26 August 2008 13:23

Adventurous holidaymakers warned to check travel insurance small print

Holidaymakers intending on tackling adventurous activities during their break have been warned by esure Travel Insurance to check the small print on their travel insurance policies as not all policies offer the same cover.

Research from the travel insurance firm found that a quarter of holidaymakers choose their destination or resort based on the opportunity it provides to tackle adventure sports.

But eight per cent of those who have previous experience at sports like scuba diving and white water rafting pick up an injury.

And 10 per cent of these turn out not to be covered in their travel insurance for these activities, so adventure junkies should be advised to take out travel insurance for sports and activities which is likely to provide cover for these sports.

"With a surge in the popularity of, and access to, more adventurous sports and activities at holiday resorts across the globe, it's crucial for holidaymakers to take out travel insurance and check they're covered before they try out the likes of white water rafting in Australia or shark-feeding in the Bahamas," said Mike Pickard, head of travel insurance at esure.

"Get injured and the medical bills could turn a paradise trip into a nightmare."ADNFCR-1320-ID-18642786-ADNFCR

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Martin Rothwell, Senior Partner World First Travel Insurance, says:

Backpackers and gap year students in particular are getting more adventurous every year. Our advice is to look at the cover and policy excesses before looking at the cost. Good travel insurance is like buying peace of mind and what seems like a bargain because it look like cheap travel insurance often comes with a sting in the tail if you need to make a claim.