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"Barmy Army" Should Be Sensible When It Comes To Travel Cover

19/11/2010 advises the ‘Barmy Army' to make sure they're covered as they head down under for the 2010/11 Ashes Tour.

Hoards of cricket fans will be heading down under this weekend and over the next couple of months to cheer on the England team - as well as grab some winter sun. Leading online travel insurer,, is reminding cricket enthusiasts to make sure they book travel cover before they go, because those travelling without insurance could see their cricket tour cut short, not to mention face hefty medical bills, should the worst happen.

"Good travel insurance can cover the cost of medical treatment, which could run into thousands if you fall ill or have an accident abroad," says Sarah Findlay, Online Marketing Manager at "But more than just medical costs, travel insurance also covers life's little upsets, including lost luggage, flights cancellation and theft of possessions.

"Australia has a pretty good reputation for foreign travellers - but the ‘Barmy Army' as England's cricket fans are known - need to make sure they don't make a ‘barmy' decision as far as travel cover is concerned. With the 24/7 support of travel insurance from they will have an easy way to sort out any problems that may arise, especially when they are so far away from home."

The cost of repatriation and medical treatment can run into thousands of pounds for those risking travel without insurance. For a fraction of the cost of their holiday, insured travellers can get cover for accidents, illness, lost luggage or delays and cancellations, not to mention expert support and advice when it's needed most.

Findlay concludes, "The Ashes tour offers cricket fans a great excuse for a winter holiday in warmer climes. However, we're urging them to look after themselves and their possessions, while they are away, as it's easy to get swept up in the party mood and let your guard down. And good travel insurance offers protection from the unexpected, including the costs associated with a lost passport or a trip to A&E.

"With a little preparation, fans can head down under and remember the 2010 Ashes tour for all the right reasons."

Top travel safety tips for the barmy army:

  • Remember to apply for a visa ahead of the trip
  • If you plan to drive in Australia, you will need a valid UK driving licence and passport - take these with you whenever you are driving
  • You must carry ID to prove your age to buy alcohol
  • A proof of age card, which can be purchased from Proof of Age Standards Scheme allows you to party all night without the risk of losing your passport or driving licence
  • Look after personal belongings at all times, especially during games - a bag tucked under a seat could be an easy temptation for opportunistic thieves
  • Buy travel cover for your entire stay - it could save you thousands of pounds if things go wrong

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