In July Travel Insurance Direct launched the Homesickness Hotline – it subsequently went viral, got over 5,000 calls and was even covered in the New Zealand Herald, in a piece asking what sounds homesick Kiwi’s might like to listen to. Well, Travel Insurance Direct listened and we would like to let you know you now have your very own Homesickness Hotline!
By calling 0800-442-452 (or +64-99303377 from overseas), travelling NZ natives can hear sounds of an All Blacks game at Eden Park, tent pegs being hammered in to the sun-baked earth, and a Tui bird first thing on a Sunday morning.
The original Homesickness Hotline came about after research commissioned by Travel Insurance Direct (TID) found that 69% of Australians have, or would consider, travelling solo overseas.
Despite the many positive experiences that can be enjoyed when travelling solo overseas, TID knows that travelling alone can lead to loneliness or homesickness which can impact even the best of trips. To ensure Aussie travellers got the most of their trip, TID announced the HOMESICKNESS HOTLINE, a one-stop service for Aussies to feel close to the things they love about home, wherever they are in the world. Now Kiwis can do the same!
Phil Sylvester, Travel Safety Expert at TID says “There’s nothing worse than being a bit homesick when you’re overseas and let’s be honest we’ve all been there; Australia and New Zealand is a great place to call home. That’s why we thought we’d create the Homesickness Hotline for Australians anywhere in the world – and now there’s one for Kiwis too. All you have to do is jump on your phone and dial 0800 442 452, and you’ll be instantly reminded of some of the iconic New Zealand sounds that you love, and maybe don’t quite love… In a couple of minutes, we’ll banish that homesickness and have you back on your way to enjoy the rest of your trip”.
It was found that the driving force for travelling alone was getting out of comfort zones, as well as avoiding drama that could be created by travelling with a companion.