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Australians of all ages are embracing backpacking, according to new research from online travel insurance provider InsureandGo, uncovering Australians attitudes towards travel.

The survey of over 3,100 Australians found that two in three (62%) Australians believe that you can go backpacking at any age, highlighting the adventurous nature of Australians from all walks of life.

Jonathan Etkind, Head of Sales, Digital & Marketing of InsureandGo, believes that backpacking can be a great way to experience a destination and shouldn’t be perceived to be only for younger travellers.

“No matter what age, it’s inspiring to see that all Australians are embracing the backpacker lifestyle and seeing the world. Age shouldn’t be a discriminator in travel, and backpacking is a great way to immerse yourself in a culture, by going off the beaten track,” said Mr Etkind.

InsureandGo offers a backpacker policy which provides greater flexibility for those travelling for up to 18 months. Newly released Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that 290,900 Australians departed the country for more than one year[1].

“Backpacking is also a great way to see sights that travellers may not necessarily get the chance to on a regular holiday. But it’s important that travellers are purchasing travel insurance to ensure that they have assistance in times of need,” said Mr Etkind.

“Sometimes when travellers are embarking on long trips, they may need to return home earlier than expected due to personal emergencies which can be helped with the right type of travel insurance. A backpacker-specific policy can also allow for one home visit without nullifying the policy if a traveller is feeling particularly homesick, has a special event, or a family emergency and needs to return,” said Mr Etkind.

InsureandGo’s backpacker policies also offer a range of benefits such as student loan coverage for one off payments up to $15,000 if travellers have an accident and are not able to meet repayments. The policy also covers for high risk activities such as zip lining, bungee jumping, quad biking and more.

For those considering a backpacking holiday, InsureandGo have three tips to help travellers get through longer trips.

1.       Buy a train pass

Europe and Japan have some of the best scenery in the world, and travelling by train through these destinations is an easy way to navigate between cities. However, be sure to purchase a train or rail pass before you depart as purchasing one while overseas can cost you hundreds of dollars more. 

2.       Be mindful in hostels

Hostels are the homes of backpackers around the world due to their affordable and social nature. Although if you’re arriving late in the night or early in the morning, be mindful of those in your dorm by not turning on lights and wait until the next day to unpack. When storing your bag at a hostel, take advantage of the onsite lockers to keep passports and travel documents safe while sightseeing. Most hostels will have padlocks on sale at their reception which can also be used on your day bag. 

3.       Be prepared for hostel showers

While hostels are popular due to their shared spaces, with this comes communal facilities such as showers and bathrooms. Pack a pair of thongs to wear specifically when showering to protect your feet from any unwanted germs. Also invest in a travel towel, which dry faster than regular towels and are compact for easy storage.

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