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Brits 'ignoring travel insurance'

Many UK holidaymakers will set off this year without travel insurance, a new report suggests.

Data gathered by moneysupermarket.com shows that one in five UK holidaymakers will depart without any insurance.

While half do so because they have simply forgotten to buy or renew a policy, the rest leave the UK in the knowledge that they are uninsured.

A worrying four per cent of consumers revealed that they never buy holiday insurance.

"With the prospect of spending a few days in the sun, it appears travel insurance is the last thing on the mind of some Brits," explained Richard Mason, director of insurance at the website.

"While holidaymakers might think nothing will happen to them while they are away, travel insurance is vital for claiming on cancellations, lost cash, public liability and providing emergency medical treatment.

"It gives you added peace of mind should anything go wrong."

The report identified people in their 20s as the most likely group to jet off without insurance. In addition, it found that 52 per cent of people who did buy insurance used the internet to look for the best deal.

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