The number one thing you can’t forget if you’re going to Europe & The Olympics

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Edited by Travel Weekly


    As the Summer Olympics in Paris draws near, travel insurance comparison site Compare the Market is urging travellers to safeguard their European summer sports dreams by getting travel insurance for when the unexpected happens.

    While France seems like a decently safe country to visit, it’s crucial not to overlook the potential risks that could disrupt a holiday.

    From bed bugs to protests and pick-pocketers to scams, several things that could turn your dream holiday into a vacation nightmare have made headlines in the city of lights in the past year or so.

    Compare the Market’s executive GM for general insurance and travel insurance expert, Adrian Taylor, said that no trip is without risk, even these worldwide spectacular events, which is why getting travel insurance is so important before you fly out.

    “While cities like Paris, Marseilles and Bordeaux are popular among Aussie tourists, people should be extremely cautious of scams and thieves in these areas.

    “You may experience tight security around public places and at border points, with French authorities on high alert for suspicious activities following previous terrorist attacks. Not to mention this might be heightened further by the Olympics themselves.”

    “People should always check the Smartraveller website ahead of travelling to any country, including France, to stay updated on any active travel warnings and heed any advice given.”

    “We don’t want to see any holidaymaker’s travels disrupted or, worse, cancelled by any of these risks. Having travel insurance can provide people with the peace of mind that they’re protected against some unforeseen circumstances, allowing them to fully enjoy their Olympic experience.”

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