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We’re all going on a hobby holiday

We’re all going on a hobby holiday

Category: Travel insurance

Updated: 21/07/2016
First Published: 21/07/2016

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While many of us like to go on holiday to enjoy a week or two of pure relaxation, others jet off to indulge in more active pursuits. Indeed, new research from esure travel insurance shows that this is a growing trend, with more and more Brits choosing to spend their time off enjoying a hobby holiday.

Rising popularity

The research found that the days of lying on the beach with a cocktail in hand are waning, with many people instead choosing to spend hundreds of pounds to go on a special interest break. Four in 10 of those surveyed have been on a hobby holiday in the past two years, but just what kind of thing are people looking to do?

Well, music-related holidays top the list with 25% of respondents opting for a break of this kind, closely followed by walking holidays (19%) and trips to incorporate the theatre/opera/ballet or similar shows (15%). Nonetheless, some people see relaxation as a hobby in itself, with 15% opting for a spa day, while the same proportion (15%) will be travelling to watch the football.

A further 9% will be heading on a seriously active cycle holiday, while 7% want to give something back and will be spending their holiday time volunteering, and 6% want to dedicate their time off to activities that will boost their health and wellbeing.

And what about good old golf? The golfing holiday is a staple for many, and this means bringing along expensive equipment will be a key part of it. Other activities could undoubtedly require packing an extra suitcase or two, and this makes it even more important to get the right kind of travel insurance.

Be prepared

The figures went on to reveal that the average holiday is three nights long and clocks in at £300 per trip, but this sum could escalate if expensive equipment is brought along. Doesn't it make sense to cover it?

It's easy to overlook travel insurance, particularly if you're staying closer to home or are only going on a short trip, but it's vital nonetheless: not only will all that equipment be covered should it be stolen or lost, but if you've got tickets or have pre-booked trips, the money spent will be covered if you had to miss the event due to circumstances outside of your control.

Not only that, but travel insurance will cover you for any medical costs if you're abroad, as well as cancellation costs if you can't travel for medical or family emergency reasons, in addition to cancellation costs if you're delayed for over 12 hours in reaching your destination. You may need to seek specialist quotes if you've got truly adventurous holiday ideas, but whatever policy you need, it'll be a small price to pay for such cover!

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