Gap year travellers ignoring need for vaccinations and insurance
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It’s that time of year when teenagers and graduates from all over the country pack up their rucksacks and head off an gap year adventures – but a many are forgetting to get their vaccinations and take out travel insurance, according to research. The Post Office Travel Insurance has found that 47% of gap year travellers have left home without the vaccinations required for their destination, and that 15% haven’t taken out any travel insurance. This is despite the majority of backpackers carrying with them smartphones, iPods, laptops and digital cameras - which could mean carrying a backpack filled with over £2,500 worth of gadgets. It’s a huge change from 25 years ago – in a world that might seem slightly alien now, the top gadgets for student travellers a quarter of a century ago included alarm clocks (carried by 41%), travel irons (20%), and Swiss army knives (31%). Health-wise, neglecting to look after the important bits of travel admin can be costly – on average 20% of gappers fall ill whilst abroad, whilst a further 10% suffer from some form of injury.
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