UK travellers set to splash out on holidays in 2010

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Post Office Travel Insurance recommends travel insurance to holidaymakers to safeguard holiday spend

We urge consumers not to leave their travel insurance to the last minute to ensure they are covered for cancellation should an illness or an emergency happen before they travel.

Post Office Travel Insurance is recommending UK holidaymakers take out travel insurance to ensure holidays costs are covered if travel plans are changed or cancelled due to accidents or emergencies. The advice comes as an independent survey has found that 71 per cent of UK travellers expect to spend more than £1,700 on leisure travel in 2010. Some 28 per cent of people expect to spend over £5,300.

With travel insurance research revealing that as many as 20 per cent of travellers fail to take out travel insurance cover before departing, the Post Office warns UK holidaymakers that they could be leaving themselves open to unexpected costs associated with lost or stolen items, or trip cancellations.

Post Office Travel Insurance is urging all travellers to plan for the unexpected, particularly if they are heading away more than once in a year. Securing an annual travel insurance policy could be a prudent decision for UK travellers planning a number of holidays across the year, rather than taking out several single-trip travel insurance policies each time they travel.

The Post Office is also reminding holidaymakers that travel insurance can protect against various unexpected situations while on holiday, but also if an accident or emergency occurs which prevents or delays their travel plans..

Sarah Munro, head of Post Office Travel Services, said: "We urge consumers not to leave their travel insurance to the last minute to ensure they are covered for cancellation should an illness or an emergency happen before they travel."

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