December 14, 2010 11:12 ET

Many British Holidaymakers Travel Without Insurance

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2010) - The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) recently released a survey revealing that almost one in five British holidaymakers travel abroad without travel insurance.

The survey was released during the association's annual Travel Convention in Malta and also revealed that 17% of British travellers don't deem travel insurance to be important. The survey also indicated that approximately 12% of travellers claimed on their travel insurance in the last five years, with 3% of claims being in excess of £500.

ABTA head of finance Mike Monk says, "it is very concerning that 19% of holidaymakers are going to other countries without insurance, running the risk of having to pay huge medical bills. More than half of them are also in danger of not being covered for cancellation changes from redundancy or illness."

A misconception amongst members of the public is that the Government will pay for their medical expenses in the event of an emergency abroad. This contributes to the high number of UK travellers who travel uninsured.

Lynda St Cooke, a prominent member of the Know Before You Go campaign being run by the Foreign Office, says that the organisation is concerned about the number of British travellers travelling abroad without travel cover.

"Holidaymakers are being forced to pay tens of thousands of pounds for repatriation and medical treatment," declares Ms St Cooke.

Monk added that saving money by skipping travel insurance could be short sighted, especially in the current economic climate. Ensure you have an Endsleigh annual travel insurance policy to protect against flight cancellation, lost baggage or a medical emergency abroad. Get a free online quote today and secure peace of mind during your next holiday.

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