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Lloyds TSB urges Brits to take travel insurance

24 November 2004
The British public frequently engages in risky activities while on holiday, but a significant percentage still does not take out travel insurance, according to Lloyds TSB Insurance.

A survey by Lloyds TSB found that a third of holiday makers (34 per cent) are badly sunburnt while 28 per cent drink local tap water.

Furthermore, one person in nine (11 per cent) admits to leaving valuables unattended on the beach while they go for a dip and nine per cent have left their hotel room unlocked or the windows open.

But seven per cent admit they do not have travel insurance - with more men than women (nine per cent) ditching insurance.

"Our research shows that Brits abroad are ditching their common sense at the departure gate and are potentially putting themselves and their valuables in jeopardy," said Phil Loney, managing director of Lloyds TSB Insurance.

"It is vital to make sure that you have adequate travel insurance and that you take the necessary precautions to ensure that you are covered, should the worst happen."

Some of the other risks taken by holidaymakers include: Partaking in dangerous watersports (23 per cent), driving on foreign roads on mopeds (13 per cent) and not failing to fasten seat belts while driving abroad (nine per cent).

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