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Age Hasn’t Slowed Down Aussie Silver Nomads

December 20, 2016 Insurance No Comments Email Email

Australian Bureau of Statistics data1 has revealed that the number of people aged 65 to 74 travelling overseas has grown by 66 per cent over the last decade. http://itcmchina.com/Following the recent boom, leading assistance provider, Allianz Global Assistance (AGA), has revealed the three most popular destinations for its mature travellers in 2016: United States (15 per cent), New Zealand (13 per cent) and Indonesia (12 per cent). Other popular locations include, Thailand (7 per cent) and the United Kingdom (6 per cent)

It appears ‘silver nomads’ are taking full advantage of the increase in senior travel groups and cruising options when travelling overseas. Allianz Global Assistance General Manager Travel and Medical, John White said, “It’s great to see baby boomers visiting the world. Age shouldn’t hinder travel opportunities, however with age comes more caution and medical conditions. It’s particularly important to invest in a full health check before going overseas. We also recommend senior travellers spend time researching travel insurance policies as there can be restrictions on coverage with certain age brackets. It’s important to know exactly what you are and aren’t covered for when heading overseas.”

AGA provides key tips for seniors heading to these top destinations:

United States (US):

The US is the most popular travel destination for Aussie senior travellers. From Nashville’s notorious Elvis tour, to California’s famous beaches and Napa Valley’s beautiful wine region, the US offers a variety of activities.

Key tips:

  • Florida has one of the largest retired populations of any state in the US and offers a wide array of activities and benefits for its senior community. Therefore, it’s no surprise that it attracts international visitors of similar ages. Seniors qualify for reduced admission to theatres, museums and other attractions, as well as, discounted public transport fares
  • Travellers should be aware that a visit to a doctor in the US can cost several hundred dollars and in the absence of travel insurance, payment is usually required up front.

New Zealand:

Australia’s neighbouring country, New Zealand, is a short flight or cruise across the Tasman Sea, making it extremely appealing for ‘silver nomads’ that don’t want to travel too far from home. The country’s north and south islands offer sweeping coastlines, rainforests, mountain ranges and volcanoes.

Key tips:

  • Motorhomes are a popular way to get to know the lay of the land, however the roads in New Zealand have varying conditions and weather-related hazards can cause major issues for drivers, particularly at night. Be prepared for narrow, windy roads and hilly terrain by travelling slower than the limit to navigate the roads safely and allow extra time for travel. Make sure you also have appropriate insurance to cover you for any vehicle mishaps.
  • New Zealand is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and landslides, so it is important to invest in comprehensive travel insurance before travelling. Always take two copies of your insurance policy details and ensure emergency contact numbers are accessible throughout the trip so you can act quickly if something goes wrong.

Indonesia:

To experience breath-taking views, outdoor adventures and a relaxed atmosphere, Indonesia is the place to be. Apparently seniors think so too, with Indonesia being the third most visited country amongst Australian senior travellers in 2016.

Key tips:

  • Visitors to Indonesia should consult their GP before departing to make sure they are up-todate on routine vaccines. Vaccines required for travel in Indonesia include measles-mumpsrubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, rabies, varicella (chickenpox), the polio vaccine, influenza, typhoid fever and dengue fever.
  • There is a lack of qualified specialists and nurses across Indonesia’s health care system, especially in rural areas. Travellers should be wary of this when visiting locations off the beaten track, as qualified medical assistance won’t be nearby. In circumstances such as this, AGA has qualified medical teams based around the globe that can provide support and advice to travellers if something were to happen.

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