Research from the Post Office has found that 77 per cent of UK holidaymakers are planning a trip to somewhere new in the next 12 months, with 82 per cent hoping to visit one of their dream travel destinations.
More than eight in 10 UK travellers have a travel bucket list. The most popular dream adventures are:
- Seeing the Northern Lights – 44 per cent
- Visiting Niagara Falls – 40 per cent
- Staying in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives – 34 per cent.
Although travellers have these travel aspirations for the coming year, more than a quarter of tourists (26 per cent) don’t take out travel insurance.
Of those who don’t take out a policy for their trips, 24 per cent said it was too expensive; 16 per cent insisted they’d never needed it; and 15 per cent said they were prepared to ‘take their chances’ and save the money.
Meanwhile, 13 per cent admitted they never read their insurance documents and have no idea what their policy covers.
Paul Paddock, Head of Travel and Protection Insurance at Post Office said: “With Brits intending to travel further and to new travel destinations, it’s essential to have holiday protection and ensure this is purchased at the right time so that you’re covered financially if things go wrong while you're away, or even before you leave.
“It’s also important to check exactly what your travel insurance covers to avoid any nasty surprises. Not everything is included as standard. For example, trip disruption cover caused by extreme weather can often be added but for an additional premium – and sports travel insurance may not include activities like jet skiing.”