A leading travel body has warned holidaymakers against the tendency for them to head off to foreign countries without any insurance to protect themselves.
Abta has urged tourists to buy a comprehensive travel insurance policy before heading abroad.
A fifth of British holidaymakers are still travelling overseas without a valid travel insurance policy, the organisation said.
It also cautioned travellers against a wrong notion where people believe that the British Government will take care of their expenses if something goes wrong during their trip away from home.
Among domestic tourists, only 44% take the time to invest in travel insurance, the survey of 2,018 travellers has also shown.
Abta's John de Vial said: "It is very worrying that so many people are putting their health and finances at risk by travelling abroad without insurance."
© Press Association 2011