With the Christmas break being a dim and distant memory, a lot of people are longing for a bit of sunshine. The January blues are already taking their toll and with the weather set to get even worse over the next few weeks the UK is bracing itself for the big winter chill, so why not start thinking about that all-important summer holiday?
According to research from Sainsbury's Bank Travel Insurance, 48% of those surveyed are planning on heading overseas this year and will spend an average of £836 on their main holiday. It seems a lot of people are particularly eager to jet off, with 24% having already booked (or planning to book) by the end of 2013 and a further 15% planning to book during this month.
One in six are savvy savers too and have put money away year-round to afford their ideal summer getaway, while 13% admit they'll have to stick to the most budget-friendly holiday they can track down and a further 8% will book at the last minute in the hope of nabbing a bargain.
What shouldn't be left until the last minute, however, is travel insurance. If you know you're going to be jetting off this summer – or even if you're staying closer to home – it's vital to have suitable travel insurance in place.
It's important to make sure you're prepared for every eventuality and shopping around is vital, and it's often worth considering an annual policy instead of single-trip cover – particularly if you're planning on indulging in a few weekend getaways as well as a main holiday.
Whether you've already booked or are still to take the plunge, compare travel insurance now
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