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Be Swift with your travel plans this summer

Getting away for the Eras Tour? Don’t be the Anti-Hero, read this before you go…

Published on 22nd April 2024
  • Last year, Taylor Swift sold 4.3(1) million tickets for her global tour, and many fans could be travelling further afield to see her in selected locations.
  • According to new research, 1 in 7 (14%) people say they’re attending a UK concert this year with at least a 1 night stay from home. And around 1 in 10 (8%) are planning to go abroad. And with the tour just weeks away, that means millions could be set to travel.
  • But almost a third (28%) won’t take out travel insurance for their trip, leaving themselves in a difficult situation should the worst happen.
  • For those seeing Taylor Swift’s European leg this summer, travel insurance can be as little as £3.51.
  • Even though it might not cross your mind in all of the excitement, it can be a lifesaver when away from home. Alvaro Iturmendi, travel insurance expert at Confused.com explains how travel insurance can help you while you’re away.

Be Swift with your travel plans this summer, or risk being the Anti-Hero before you go away.

That’s advice for Taylor Swift fans who are seeing the star on the European leg of her ‘Eras’ tour this summer. Last year, Taylor reportedly sold 4.3 million tickets(1) for her global tour. And as her sell-out shows continue, millions more could be travelling all over Europe to see her perform. Especially as some locations, specifically in the UK, are limited. And new research gathered by Confused.com of 2,000 UK adults found that many could have the Eras tour in their sights. That’s as 1 in 7 (14%) said that they’ll be attending a UK concert this year with at least 1 night stay in another city. And around 1 in 10 (8%) will be going abroad. So with the tour just weeks away, thousands of fans could be set to pack their bags and head to some of Europe’s biggest cities.

Recently joining Forbes’ Billionaire List(2), Taylor Swift continues to take the world by storm. You can even study the Swifty phenomenon at Harvard University(3). And with a new album release also just around the corner, UK fans are in for an exciting summer.

But the research by Confused.com also found that a third (33%) of travellers only buy insurance nearer to the date of their event. Just over a quarter (28%) don’t take it out at all. Travelling can be a stressful time. And if you throw into the mix the excitement of seeing your favourite artist in concert, then an insurance policy might not be a priority. Especially if you’re just heading away for a day or 2. But making the purchase before your trip can help in stressful situations. For example if your suitcase gets lost, your accommodation booking gets cancelled, or you need medical care when away from home. And that’s for UK trips too.

To help, Confused.com has looked at the average travel insurance cost for each European destination. So if you haven’t yet bought insurance, the good news is that you still have some time before setting off. Here’s a list of the average prices, based on the month and location of Taylor’s upcoming tour dates(4):

Destination Tour date Av. travel insurance price - Single person policy
9th - 12th May
17th - 19th May
24th - 25th May
29th - 30th May
2nd - 3rd June
UK - Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Cardiff
7th - 23rd June
28th - 30th June
4th - 6th July
9th - 10th July
13th - 14th July
Germany - Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg & Munich
17th - 28th July
1st - 3rd August
8th - 19th August
UK - London
15th - 20th August

According to the latest research, less than 1 in 5 (18%) have bought travel insurance in preparation for an upcoming event. But it’s always recommended to buy it as soon as you book your trip, as it means cover starts straight away. That means if there are any disruptions to your travel or accommodation beforehand, you’re unlikely to lose money before your trip even begins.

And although travel insurance does also cover for medical expenses, a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) is also useful to have. Not only is it completely free to apply for, but it can provide extra financial support if you need medical attention while away. Travellers can still also use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if it hasn’t yet expired, but there are some differences between the 2. For more advice, Confused.com’s guide on EHIC and GHIC cards can help.

Travel expert, Alvaro Iturmendi at Confused.com travel insurance comments:

“If you’re thinking about getting away to see your favourite artists, sports team or event, make sure you’re prepared before you go. In the excitement of it all, travel insurance might not even cross your mind. But it can come in handy when you’re away from home.

“A typical policy can cover you for:

  • Medical costs - if you need treatment
  • Cancellations - if you’re forced to cancel or end your trip early
  • Theft, accidental damage or loss - for your personal belongings and luggage
  • Travel disruption - if bad weather, strikes or mechanical issues mean your trip is delayed or cancelled
  • Accommodation costs - if you need to find alternative accommodation

“And don’t forget to purchase your travel insurance as soon as you book your trip, so that you’re covered from the get-go. Remember to also take your Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), if you have one. This also helps to cover the cost of some medical treatments while abroad. They’re free and take around 2 weeks to arrive, so if you need one, make sure to apply for one in plenty of time.”

“Wherever you’re planning on seeing Taylor Swift this summer, it's worth buying travel insurance. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re covered while you’re away. That means you can enjoy the show and not have to worry about a Cruel Summer…”



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