UK's increasing adventure travel trends highlight the need for travel insurance

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The Post Office urges UK holidaymakers to seek travel insurance cover before embarking on activities

A new study from Mintel has highlighted an increasing trend towards holidays that incorporate a physical activity such as scuba diving, mountain biking, bungee jumping or rafting. In recent years, the overall activity holiday market has been steadily growing, according to the report. Post Office Travel Insurance reminds UK travellers thinking of going on such holidays to arrange adequate travel insurance covering all activity.

Women are increasingly being tempted by activity holidays, with 38 per cent having taken part in one . And while comparatively more men (48 per cent) have been on an activity holiday, the gap between the sexes has closed by five percentage points during the past two years. Activity holidays are also becoming increasingly popular with families and older travellers with 43 per cent of adults now 'sympathetic' to activity holidays, according to the research.

As many standard travel insurance policies do not cover 'extreme' sporting activities such as mountain biking and bungee jumping, Post Office Travel Insurance reminds UK holidaymakers that they may need to take out additional travel insurance to cover any holiday adventure activities. The Post Office is reminding all holidaymakers to check that they have adequate travel insurance to ensure they are covered for any unforeseen circumstances.

Without travel insurance in place, UK travellers could be leaving themselves open to high medical costs and repatriation fees if they are injured, as well as shouldering the cost of any damage to personal property. However, benefits of travel insurance extend far beyond cover for activities while travelling, including cover for travel cancellations.


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