Travel Insurance - it's important every time you travel
Travel insurance is important every time you travel, even if it's just a weekend away.
Each the year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office provide help and assistance to thousands of British travellers abroad in incidents such as hospitalisation, lost passports and arrests.
If you do require consular assistance, the chances are you will also incur unexpected expenses such as medical fees or the cost of replacing a passport - that's where your travel insurance comes in.
Our illustration, the importance of travel insurance, uses figures from the FCO, the CAA and the Association of European Airlines to highlight why travel insurance is important.
Here are a few highlights:
- Over 19,000 British travellers required FCO assistance in one year
- The FCO dealt with 27,272 lost passports in one year
- 3689 British travellers were hospitalised abroad in one year
- 12,374 flights from British Airports were delayed by more the 3 hours in 2010
- You have a 1 in 77 chance of your bag going missing when you fly with a European Airline (according to the Association of European Airlines).
Be prepared whenever you go away - make sure you buy appropriate travel insurance for your trip, and check the latest travel advice on the FCO website before you depart.