Research Reveals Under-34s as the Group Most Likely to Forego Travel Insurance

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Post Office Travel Insurance warns that travellers risk encountering unforeseen costs by not taking out travel insurance cover

Recent research has revealed that those aged under 34 are least likely to take out travel insurance before going on holiday.

Some 18 per cent of 18-34 year olds don't purchase travel insurance before going overseas, compared to eight per cent of 35-54 year olds, and just six per cent of those aged 55 and older.

As nearly 19 million trips were made by under-34s in 2008 alone , this research highlights a worryingly large number of UK travellers who risk leaving themselves unprotected from unforeseen costs when travelling overseas without travel insurance.

Post Office Travel Insurance advises all holidaymakers to take out travel insurance before heading overseas. It is also important to check that the right levels of travel insurance are purchased to cover them for all holiday activities, cancellations or medical expenses.

Holidaymakers who find themselves in need of medical attention while overseas could be left seriously out of pocket if they don't have adequate travel insurance in place. For example, if seriously injured on a skiing holiday, an air ambulance from France to England can cost as much as £8,000, and up to £12,000 from Italy. Repatriation costs from the USA can run into tens of thousands of pounds if not covered by travel insurance.

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