This year's early Easter has forced families to cut back on expensive holidays, after only two pay days since Christmas has given them little time to save for a sunshine break. Around 80% of Easter holidaymakers will be individual travellers this year, according to specialist travel provider Alphatravelinsurance.co.uk
According to travel trends based on its customer base, only 3% of families will book a holiday to an exotic location or travel abroad for an extended period beyond the four day break. Appalling weather conditions across the UK have also made cash-strapped customers more cautious over fears of cancelled flights and transport delays.
Around 44% of claims every Easter are caused by those customers who cannot make the trip for any reason, while 44% of claims are due to medical illness either at home or abroad, according to Alphatravelinsurance.co.uk's data.
Chantelle Dadd, Brand Manager for Alphatravelinsurance.co.uk, said: "œWe know our customers who have families have lost the chance to save for their Easter break, as the early holiday has meant only two pay days this year.
"œA UK break is cheaper than travelling abroad however this year there is even less chance of guaranteed great weather. Families may have to borrow money from other sources in order to give their family the rest and rejuvenation they need. Added to these problems, is the Eurozone crisis especially with popular budget destinations such as Cyprus and Greece.
"œThose who do travel on a budget, either abroad or in the UK, should make sure they check their travel insurance suits their needs, and covers them for cancellation, medical and emergencies, pre-existing medical conditions plus any loss of baggage or possessions. Without adequate cover, customers could suffer even more financial loss and find themselves stuck abroad."
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