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Are Voluntourists Taking Too Many Risks?

01/02/2010 urges budget travellers not to cut corners on travel insurance. As the latest crop of graduates struggle to find work in the difficult job market, it has been reported* that Voluntourism is becoming one of the big trends for this year.

Volunteer holidays are a good option for graduates looking to gain more skills and experience while they put career plans on hold. However, leading travel insurance website, is urging these new Voluntourists, travelling on a tight budget, not to cut financial corners when it comes to travel insurance, or they could face much greater expenses than they planned.

"With increasing competition for jobs and university places, gap year travel is expected to rise in 2010," says Sarah Taylor, Online Marketing Manager, "Volunteer travel looks set to be the hot travel trend for out of work graduates, as it offers them a chance to acquire new skills and beef up their CV. However, it is vital they make sure they are leaving home with the right level of travel insurance.

"The new breed of eco-travel, or taking part in community projects, often involves going off the beaten track. So adequate cover in the event of theft and loss of items is essential, as well as knowing you can access medical assistance if needed.

"When you're in an unfamiliar place and don't know the language, it's important to know there is expert medical assistance and support available in the event of illness or an accident. offers specialist backpackers cover, available at the click of a button, so you can sit back and enjoy the trip, knowing you're covered should the worst happen."

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