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January 30, 2017 Insurance No Comments Email Email

Keeping kids entertained through the long school holidays can be tough, but the last few weeks of the break present a great opportunity for Aussie families to getaway and destress before returning to the daily grind.

Claudio Saita, Deputy CEO and Executive Director in Australia for Tokio Marine, underwriters for World2Cover travel insurance, said that with an increase in travel over summer however, has come an increase in claims, indicating the need to be prepared to ensure a hassle-free holiday.

“The common claims we are seeing from locals are – thankfully – for minor medical issues, such as stomach and ear aches. It’s worth noting that children are at higher risk of developing these types of illnesses on holiday because they are still developing their immune system.

“These common ailments would have still left families without insurance out of pocket, highlighting the importance of adequate cover and solid planning to support the best holiday experience during the busiest time of the year. Even while travelling domestically, it’s important to be fully covered to also help protect against other issues such as cancellations, and lost or damaged luggage,” he said.

Whether you are spending a few days on the road or enjoying the sun in Bali, the team at World2Cover has provided these top tips to help maximise family travel time:

 Swimming fine – Swimmer’s ear can be triggered by over exposure to water and is common for kids who spend lots of time in the hotel pool or the sea. To prevent this, keep swim sessions short and dry your child’s ears thoroughly when they get out. It’s also worth noting that the stringent water safety laws we have in Australia vary wildly in different countries, and other beaches and pools may not have fences or even lifeguards so always take extra care.

 Easy Queasy – To help avoid queasiness in the car, ditch the books or tablets and instead get your child to focus on playing games like ‘I Spy’ which direct their attention out the window. If flying other natural remedies include wearing acupressure wristbands and chewing ginger lollies. Once at your destination, avoid risky foods such as seafood and ensure bottled water and hand sanitiser is always packed, especially when travelling in less developed countries.

 Snap, Crackle, Pop – For kids, the sensation of having their ears pop during a flight can be especially painful and even scary at first. Depending on their age, consider giving infants a bottle of water or juice to sip from and older children a sweet to suck throughout take-off and landing. Specialist in-flight earplugs are also good alternatives as long as your child does not have a cold or sinus congestion.

 Furry antics – Youngsters often love animals and want to pet these ‘new friends’, but stray cats and dogs can often carry fleas and even rabies in developing countries. Warn your children of the dangers of  being bitten and stay extra vigilant if you come across a stray animal. If your child is bitten be sure to take them straight to a doctor.

 No room at the inn – During the popular summer period it’s not uncommon for accommodation providers and airlines to oversell spaces. Be sure to confirm your reservations and check in as early as possible to help protect your booking.

Designed with families in mind, World2Cover provides Australian travellers with comprehensive cover that extends to children for free, including ‘big kids’ aged up to 25 who are holidaying with parents and grandparents.

For more information on the comprehensive range of coverage options from World2Cover, visit

Limits, conditions and exclusions apply. Please read the PDS and full policy to ensure the cover is right for your circumstances.

The information contained in this article site is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice.

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