The dos and don'ts when taking out travel insurance

Published by on 06 May 2010.
Last updated on 02 May 2014


With summer on the way, getting away from it all will be a priority for many people. According to insurer Aviva, 64% of us plan to take a holiday abroad this year.

However, Aviva also shows that 31% of holidaymakers will either not be taking out travel insurance or have not yet decided whether to purchase any or not.

Further research by reveals that almost half of those asked (49%) would not insure themselves for a holiday in the UK.

Travel insurance is, of course, an important consideration, and regardless of whether you are holidaying at home or abroad, it should be near the top of your holiday preparations list.

But before you take any insurance out, there are a few things to consider. The first rule is to always shop around – this is easily done by taking a look at the various comparison websites.

Be aware, though, that some of the larger insurance companies, such as Aviva, don't feature on these sites, so you will need to check their individual websites as well.

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Also, avoid buying travel insurance through your flight company or tour operator – these deals are often poor value for money.

It's also important to remember that cheapest is not always best. While we all want competitive cover, the main thing is to get a policy that's right for you.

For example, if you're suffering from an illness, there's no point in taking out insurance that won't cover you for it, should you need to claim.

And if you're planning a more adventurous holiday, check the policy also covers you for dangerous sports such as mountain biking, scuba diving or horse riding.

Lastly, if you're thinking of going away two or three times over the next 12 months, it will work out cheaper to take out an annual policy – and you'll avoid the hassle of applying for a new one every time you go.