Insurance advisable even for "staycationers"

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Whilst over 80% of us take out appropriate travel insurance when holidaying abroad, that figure drops dramatically for those staying in the UK. So-called “staycationers” seem to view travel insurance as a needless expense with only 35% of them taking out a policy.

It may seem like an unnecessary additional cost, especially at a time when we are all trying to tighten our belts, but MoneySupermarket.com’s Bob Atkinson has cited a few good reasons to splash out and make sure you are covered in case of disaster striking.

First and foremost is the possibility of another ash cloud crisis which saw many internal flights cancelled or delayed, especially for holidaymakers venturing north of the border. With hotels able to charge the earth when holidaymakers were desperate to find accommodation at airports the costs of a cancelled flight can soon add up, particularly for families.

There is of course also the risk of personal belongings being lost or stolen whilst on holiday regardless of whether you are abroad or in the UK. Indeed it is easy to drop your guard on holiday, making you a potentially easy target for thieves.

For travellers heading to the Channel Islands it is worth noting that there is no free NHS treatment available so, should you fall ill, a travel policy could be worth its weight in gold.


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