A series of five mini travel guides on gadget safety, written by expert travel writers and journalists, launch on www.endsleigh.co.uk today. The guides cover the top five student
backpacking destinations; Thailand, Italy, France, Vietnam and Spain*.
Creation of the guides follows research by Endsleigh, the number one student gadget insurance provider, which found the average student travels abroad with £1,010 worth of gadgets and yet almost half (49%), do not have a mobile phone or gadget insurance policy that would cover them abroad.
In response to these findings, Endsleigh has created ‘How to be a Gadget Savvy Traveller’ a series of guides to prevent students and young travellers from becoming targets for petty thieves and scamsters. The guides look at the common ways thieves target tourists and how to combat these methods. They also provide step-by-step instructions for reporting theft in the country, as well as basic language phrases that will be useful if targeted. In addition, the guides look at the best ways for travellers to stay connected with their gadgets, using local SIMS, data bolt-ons and WiFi services.
Writers include Mary Novakovich, an award-winning travel journalist who specialises in France and contributes to The Independent and The Guardian and Donald Strachan, the author of ‘Frommer’s EasyGuide to Rome, Florence and Venice 2014’ and regular writer for The Guardian, Telegraph and National Geographic.
Sara Newell, Student Markets Manager at Endsleigh, said: “Traditionally travel guides focus on the sites and attractions to see, but with more of us travelling with gadgets we also want to know how to stay connected in a destination and how get the best data package deals. Working with travel experts has helped us create a genuinely useful resource for anyone planning to travel abroad with their gadgets.
“90% of students take a smartphone abroad when they travel, 28% a tablet and 21% a laptop, which means students are prime targets for thieves abroad. A quick phone call to your insurance provider before you go, to check you’ll be covered abroad will save a lot of headache if something unfortunate does happen on your trip.”
Mary Novakovich, Travel Journalist, said: “Most of us today wouldn’t even consider travelling without our phones, tablets or iPods. But our favourite gadgets are just as desirable to thieves, who will have their eyes on your stuff. It’s important to keep a close eye on your possessions, especially around tourist sites.”
To download or print a copy of the guides visit:
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Notes to Editors
*As voted by 470 students in the Endsleigh Student Travel Habits Online Survey, carried out in the month of July 2014.
|**Top 10 backpacking countries – voted by students:|
**Students were able to select multiple countries that they were planning to travel to.
How to be a Gadget Savvy Traveller: Thailand - by Matt Barker
Matt Barker is a digital travel publishing expert based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He is the founder of the community-driven travel content resource, Outbounding.
How to be a Gadget Savvy Traveller: Italy - by Donald Strachan
Donald Strachan is the author of ‘Frommer’s EasyGuide to Rome, Florence and Venice 2014’ and a regular writer for The Telegraph and National Geographic Traveller.
How to be a Gadget Savvy Traveller: France – by Mary Novakovich
Mary Novakovich is an award-winning travel journalist who specialises in France and contributes to The Independent, The Guardian and Sunday Times Travel Magazine among others.
How to be a Gadget Savvy Traveller: Spain – by Fiona Flores Watson
Fiona Flores Watson is a Seville-based travel writer and blogger who contributes to publications including Living Spain, Conde Nast Traveller, Spain Magazine and Olive.
How to be a Gadget Savvy Traveller: Vietnam - by Claire Boobyer
Claire Boobbyer is a travel writer, photographer and author of Footprint Vietnam. She is a contributor to Wanderlust, The Guardian, Michelin and Time Out among others.
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2014’s university leavers expect to have bought their first home by the age of 30, according to research published today by Endsleigh, which has been insuring students, graduates and young professionals since 1965. Not only that, Endsleigh found that, by the age of 30, they also expect to be married (average age 29), established in their career (average age 27) and to have a child (average age 30).
Endsleigh’s study of the expectations of the Class of 2014 was conducted by NUS Services Research Department, which surveyed 1,423 university-leavers from across the country ahead of graduation. The research found that just over a third (38%) envisage they will move back home after finishing university while a quarter (24%) hope to live with a partner, 8% think they will move in with friends, another 8% think they will live with people they do not know and 11% plan to live on their own.
According to the findings, university-leavers expect to pay on average £499 in monthly rent for privately rented accommodation after they graduate.
While 35% plan to pay for rent themselves, 20% expect to split the cost with a partner and 21% expect to receive some help from their parents, a relative or a guardian. Just under a quarter (18%), however, expect not to have to pay for their accommodation at all – which for 8% is because a parent, relative or guardian has agreed to do so for them.
When it comes to spending their money, 51% of the Class of 2014 anticipate their rent, bills and food to be only just affordable – while 6% said they would struggle to make ends meet. Similarly, 52% of respondents said that they would just be able to afford to keep up their social lives, while 16% say that this was a luxury they would no longer be able to afford.
Julia Alpan, Student and Graduate Marketing Propositions Manager, Endsleigh Insurance, said: “For many recent graduates, the post-university world can be exciting and daunting in equal measure. 2014’s university leavers are clearly bullish and ambitious in their hopes and expectations for the future, aiming to reach a number of significant life milestones – including becoming established in their careers, buying a home, getting married AND having their first child – all by the age of 30. With many of the respondents being in their early twenties, it will be interesting to see how these expectations might shift as graduates get older. 30 can seem a long way off at 21 but scarily close at 25! In line with their plans, the figures also indicate that graduates are more than prepared to knuckle down during their 20s – especially when it comes to managing their money – however the overall feeling is that the Class of 2014 is positive about moving to a new stage of their lives as they leave their university years behind them.”
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Notes to Editors
The survey was conducted online ahead of Summer Term 2014 and surveyed 1423 representative university students (sample aged 18-31, with 57% being aged 21-22 years old).
Endsleigh has been supporting students, graduates and young professionals since 1965. Endsleigh is an independent intermediary specialising in the provision of insurance and financial products for career people, offering products and services for graduates and professionals, as well as being the preferred insurance supplier for a variety of trade unions and professional organisations.
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