Insurance is vital for Aussie travellers, expert says

People looking to compare travel credit card reviews before committing to one package have been urged not to head abroad without the necessary insurance.

Michael Leary – travel and tourism executive manager for the Royal Automobile Club of WA – told the West Australian that many Aussies may think they do not need to bother with insurance as nothing bad will happen to them.

However, he added such attitudes are completely misguided and highlighted the recent trauma experienced by those who were left stranded when Qantas grounded its fleet because of the ash cloud caused by a Chilean volcano.

He suggested that those people were eternally grateful for their insurance cover and holidaymakers planning to run the risk of avoiding premium costs should take note.

"There are also a lot of young people visiting who tend to think they're ten-foot tall and bulletproof," he told the publication.

Last week, John Stratton of Curtin University told ABC News that a growing number of Aussies are facing great expense when being admitted to hospitals in Bali because they do not have travel insurance.

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