Backpacking not just for the young

Brad Buzzard 11 December 2017 NEWS

Relaxed seniors travelling and looking at smartphone

Survey highlights adventurous nature of Australians.

More than 60% of Australians say backpacking has no age limit, according to a new survey by insurance provider InsureandGo.

The survey asked more than 3,100 Australians to choose the age in which someone becomes too old to take a backpacking holiday. It offered them eight age ranges to choose from as well as the option to choose “never".

The answers varied based on the age of the survey’s respondents, but every single age group within the respondent pool chose “never” more than 50% of the time.

With retirement looming in the distant horizon, and with some youthful energy still to spare, people between the ages of 45-54 were the most likely to say that you’re never too old.

The people nearer to the retirement age (55-64) are almost as enthusiastic as their younger counterparts. It starts to slip around the ages of 65-74, although a strong majority of this older group still believe it’s never too late to take a backpacking excursion.

Head of sales, digital and marketing at InsureandGo Jonathan Etkind 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,” Etkind said in a statement.

Backpacking can be exhilarating and daunting at the same time. With all of the unexpected surprises you’re likely to experience, it makes sense to get a travel insurance policy that meets your specific needs as a long-term traveller, especially if you’re a senior.

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