Travellers urged to research destinations

Travellers can avoid many problems with a bit of checking ahead.

Travel Insurance News - 10/01/2008

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A new study by esure Travel Insurance indicates that millions of Brits risk a ruined holiday by not checking weather advisories or Home Office warnings in advance.

The study shows that out of the 15 million-plus UK travellers planning to take advantage of January holiday bargains, 79% had no idea when the hurricane season begins for popular U.S. destinations, and 87% were unaware of monsoon timing in Asian countries.

Only 48% of travellers check for weather advisories in advance, and only 47% check the foreign office website for any other travel warnings.

The study also showed that 26% of holiday planners neglected to check visa requirements before booking, and 27% did not bother to look up required or advised vaccinations and medicine.

The final risk that the study examined was failure to take out travel insurance. In this area, one in five of the 34% of travellers booking in advance in January did not purchase an insurance plan.

Head of travel insurance at esure Jacky Brown said that people are quick to purchase good bargains without thinking ahead. "A holiday deal may look great from the outset, but come holiday time – you could be caught out by flying out to your destination, such as Mexico, during the hurricane season. Delays and even flight cancellations in such extreme weather are inevitable, therefore it’s vital to make sure you have travel insurance to make sure you’re covered."

Brown added that the government EHIC forms, such as the E111, provide only limited emergency medical care.

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