Many young travellers not booking insurance
A new survey has highlighted the amount of young tourists who head off on their travels without necessary insurance, putting themselves in serious financial risk as a result.
The survey, which was carried out by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, unveiled that over a third of all Britons between the ages of 16 and 24 do not take out any medical travel insurance before visiting a foreign destination.
Of those included, 38 per cent of Britons do not deem travel insurance as necessary. Over half also said that they were prepared to take the risk in order to save just a few pounds on their overall holiday, a risky strategy considering the continually rising costs of medical bills.
The results are sure to alarm parents, especially as those who do not arrange travel insurance cover could be at risk of serious financial issues should transport or medical issues arise while on foreign shores.
Misunderstanding of the European Health Card
Another reason why so many foolishly boycott the idea of travel insurance is because of their lack of understanding behind the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Nearly one in five that were included in the survey were under the impression that it provides full insurance cover, when in reality it only offers state medical care in countries which are part of the European Economic Area (EEA).
16 per cent of those asked also believed that the government would come to their rescue in the absence of insurance.
As the perfect time to start booking summer holidays, it is important that travellers start to understand the importantance of booking single trip travel insurance cover before they head off on their travels, ensuring that they can enjoy their time in the sunshine with complete peace of mind.
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