Travel: The Concierge

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Travel insurance is something we should all take out as a matter of course, but new research suggests we are not always as diligent as we should be when it comes to renewing policies.

Plus as the market in city breaks continues to expand, experts are warning that many travellers are choosing to go without insurance on shorter trips as they believe the chances of anything going wrong are diminished.

According to a survey by Saga Travel Insurance, one in three travellers admit to not taking out travel insurance for short trips to the continent. With the European weekend break market rising in popularity, Saga advises that it's not just in the USA or exotic locations where medical expenses often run into tens of thousands of pounds.

For example, if you need to be repatriated from the continent, an air ambulance can cost between pounds 6000 and pounds 8000 (dependent on the severity of illness orinjuries) and a stretcher plus nurse escort can leave you anywhere between pounds 2000 and pounds 3000 out of pocket. A new flight home could be between pounds 75 and pounds 500 depending on whether it is with a low cost or scheduled airline.

As the city and short break market now represents 63 per cent of the domestic holiday market, the need for travel insurance for travelling should not be overlooked.

'Travel insurance gives you cover against travel delays, baggage loss, theft and personal accident as well as medical emergencies - all of which you might need, no matter how short your trip,' said Andrew Goodsell, chief executive of Saga. 'It is taking a huge risk to travel without it.'

Saga Travel Insurance is available to people aged 50 and over. For more information call 0800 096 4556 or visit saga.co.uk

TRAVELLERS REUNITED

Solo's Holidays, one of the UK's leading tour operators for single people, has launched a new website to reunite holidaymakers and help newcomers plan their holidays.

The site - www.solosreunited.co.uk - is proving hugely popular with both existing customers and newcomers to the company with many people signing up everyday. The site has only been up and running for several weeks and already hundreds of people have signed up and are exchanging stories and ideas.

It gives people the chance to swap advice and stories, meet people in their group before travelling and get in contact with old friends made on a Solo's holiday.

Solo's Holidays provides everything the single traveller might need, from advice on where to go to suit their tastes and budget to help while abroad. …