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Staycations expensive for people without holiday insurance

09 March 2009 07:53

Staycations expensive for people without holiday insurance

Holidaying in the UK might represent a cheap alternative to trips overseas, but it can still become an expensive proposition without enough travel insurance cover.

That is the warning issued this month by Direct Travel Insurance, which revealed that travellers could be hit in the pocket if redundancy, illness or jury service force them to cancel a holiday.

Looking at its figures, the provider revealed that claims were received from domestic travellers on so-called 'staycations' for theft, mugging, lost luggage, cancellations and medical issues in 2008.

It estimated that the average cancellation cost £1,074 per person for UK holidays last year, with delayed or lost luggage typically proving to be an £805 expense per person.

This information comes in the aftermath of the publication of figures by World First Travel Insurance which revealed that 80 per cent of stay-at-home-holidaymakers do not take out cover for their domestic jaunts.

"At a time when all of us are watching what we spend, financial protection is more important than ever before," World First managing partner Martin Rothwell warned earlier this week.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19059141-ADNFCR