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Travel insurance is crucial for overseas caravanners

Posted by Greg Throughton

Caravan refrigeration owners planning a caravanning holiday abroad have been urged to take out travel insurance to avoid their trip becoming a very costly one.

The Travel Association, Abta, found that 19 per cent of holidaymakers are running the risk of having to pay hefty medical bills by travelling abroad without insurance.

Abta's 2010 Consumer Travel Trends survey also revealed that 17 per cent of respondents believe that it is not important to take out travel insurance and 16 per cent believe the government will pay their medical bills.

Mike Monk, Abta head of finance, said: "It is very worrying that almost one in five holidaymakers are going abroad without insurance and running the risk of substantial medical bills."

He added that saving on the cost of travel insurance could prove a very false economy in the long run.

Lynda St Cooke, of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Know Before You Go campaign, said that holidaymakers with insurance may have their holiday disrupted by an accident, but it won't bankrupt them.

Caravan refrigeration owners have recently been urged to check their tyres and brake lights before long distance journeys to prevent accidents.