When insurance firms launched social media initiatives, the results were rewarding.
(PRWEB UK) 12 April 2012
It’s two years since the ash cloud wrought havoc on the travel plans of millions, closing airspace across Europe and multiplying costly cancellations.
The eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland had an astonishing impact in April 2010 and more natural catastrophes have caused huge disruption since, including earthquakes, floods, wildfires, tornados, hurricanes and tsunami.
It often seems to be the far-flung corners of the world, as well as the U.S. and Australia, that are most affected by natural disasters, but that shouldn’t stop Britons booking holidays in exotic locations.
A sensible precaution is to take out travel insurance with natural catastrophe cover*. Should disaster strike, travellers will be protected if hotels or holiday apartments are destroyed, possessions lost or if injuries require a long hospital stay with high medical bills.
Here are some long-haul ideas for unforgettable trips.
• Cancun. Virgin is launching direct flights in June, going to head to head with BA, so prices are likely to be keen, adding to the attraction of a destination with all-inclusive 5-star resorts that are among the cheapest around.
• Vietnam is being touted as ‘the next big thing in long-haul tourism’ thanks to the first direct flights from the UK, opening up a nation previously the preserve of backpackers and movie stars.
• Argentina is becoming a hit with adventure seekers, while Australia’s all-action image is balanced by the fact that it claims to have more beaches than any other country. Relaxation as well as watersports is on the agenda.
• Homestays and tourism in the community: these are growing in popularity, with destinations as diverse as Malaysia and Swaziland promoting ethical holidays that plunge visitors into real life.
• Fiji: high-energy activities from scuba to skydiving, all against a perfect tropical background. Maybe not an obvious choice for a family break, but Fijians are great with children and there are some excellent family-friendly resorts.
So don’t let fear of natural disasters hold you back. Bon voyage!
Cover is not provided for travel to or through Afghanistan, Cuba, Liberia and Sudan or areas where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have advised against all but essential travel.
*Such as from Direct Travel Insurance
Notes for Editors
Established in late 1992 and trading since 1993, Direct Travel Insurance specialises in travel insurance for individual travellers, couples and families up to the age of 75. Direct Travel Insurance offers a range of cover options and added benefits including cover for over 100 sports and activities enabling customers to tailor their policies for single trip, annual multi trip, backpacking and winter sports.
All travel insurance policies are underwritten by Chartis Europe Limited. Direct Travel Insurance is a trading name of UNAT Direct Insurance Management Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA Number 312350). Chartis Europe Limited is also authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA Number 202628).
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