Research shows that 20 per cent of travellers over 55 enjoy extreme activities on holiday, including water sports and bungee jumping, and yet almost two-thirds do not take out travel insurance to cover these activities. One in five couples over 55 said that they or their partner had been injured whilst holidaying abroad.
Post Office Travel Insurance has recently extended its annual multi-trip travel insurance policy to cater for over-65s. It is also reminding those young-at-heart holidaymakers that they may need to secure extreme sports cover in addition to their standard travel insurance policy. Some activities may not be covered by standard travel insurance. So travellers are advised to always check policies to make sure they are fully covered, and take out additional travel insurance to cover any extreme sports.
Taking out comprehensive travel insurance will cover against most medical expenses, and ensure that, despite disrupting a holiday, an accident does not result in costly medical bills or repatriation fees. However, if an accident happens and an injury occurs, contacting a local doctor or hospital should of course be the first point of call.
Travel insurance: News update: 10 November 2009