Halifax reveals young travellers risking trips without travel insurance

01 June 2005
A survey by Halifax Travel Insurance has revealed that Brits are getting ever more adventurous - but more than 4.6 million people are failing to take out insurance to cover their trips.

According to the survey, British holidaymakers are likely to travel 248,000 miles to overseas destinations during their lifetime - the equivalent of circumnavigating the globe ten times over.

Almost nine out of ten (89 per cent) of those travellers are so adventurous that they will visit a new destination each time they leave the UK.

However, a third of 18 to 25 year-olds - the group most likely to take three or more foreign trips per year - admit failing to take out travel insurance.

"It is a concern to see that many younger people are going abroad without insurance, especially as they are travelling so far and so frequently," said Vicky Emmott, senior underwriting manager for Halifax Travel Insurance.

"Ironically, this generation are more likely to be tempted to bungee jump or go off the beaten track and therefore should be thinking more about the need for insurance."

France was the most popular holiday destination for Britons, according to the survey, with 83 per cent choosing to visit our Gallic neighbours. Spain came second, with more than three-quarters of holidaymakers heading for the land of fiestas and flamenco.

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