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Money problems are causing many to forgo their overseas holiday this year, new research shows, with a quarter of those who are travelling not planning on taking out travel insurance.
According to figures from the AA Travel Insurance, a fifth of the population will have to give up their annual holiday abroad due to tight finances, and half admit they will have to economise if they do.
Those who are planning a holiday say the economic situation has affected their plans, as 47 percent claim, while 82 percent say they are carefully thinking about their holiday budget.
A fifth have decided not to take a holiday abroad this year, while 31 percent have not yet decided if they can afford the expense.
"A large number of people who normally take an overseas holiday are having second thoughts,” said Mark Huggins, AA Financial Services director.
"You might be exceptionally healthy- but that won't stop you from needing treatment if for example, you have a bad bout of food poisoning.”
The findings also revealed 22 percent do not but travel insurance as they view it as an expense they can save money on, while 33 percent view it as not necessary.
A further 11 percent believe their EHIC is a travel insurance substitute, and nine percent think that because they are healthy they do not need travel insurance.
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It is vital you take out travel insurance if you plan on going abroad for a holiday this year, not only does it cover you if you become ill and need treatment, but it also covers lost and stolen items which may expensive to replace.
If you are trying to reduce your holiday budget to a more affordable figure try comparing the market for the best travel insurance deal.
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