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Don’t be left out in the cold: More Aussies escaping for the winter

  • Peak holiday time: over 2.5 million Australians expected to take an overseas holiday this winter
  • 135,000 more travellers last winter compared to summer: research
  • lists 5 crucial cover considerations for busier travel times.

August 13, 2014, SYDNEY – Aussies love a winter getaway. In fact, winter is Australia’s most popular time for overseas travel, according to one of Australia’s biggest comparison websites

More than 2.3 million Australians left our shores for a getaway during winter last year. That is over 135,000 more than the number of summer travellers, which reached under 2.2 million during December, January and February 2013/14, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data analysed by

Almost 2.5 million Australians are expected to escape this season, and Australia’s airport international departure terminals will be at their peak traffic period.

Michelle Hutchison, Money Expert at, said travelling overseas in winter is the most important time of the year to prepare for the unexpected.

“Our research shows that we expect about 2.5 million Australians to take a holiday overseas this winter, based on a growth rate of 7 percent on average for the past four winters. That’s almost 200,000 more travellers leaving Australia this winter compared to last year.

“It was interesting to find that more Australians travel on holiday during winter than any other time of the year, however with top temperatures sitting under 20 degrees for most capital cities this week, it’s no surprise that so many of us want to escape the chill and escape to either warmer climates or enjoy the cold with some snow fields.

“Travelling will always pose risks, however with the spike in travellers jetting off during winter, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re prepared during the busy season.

“Australia’s airports will be among their peaks, so it’s important to consider covering things like luggage, personal effects and airline issues in case something goes wrong that’s out of your control,” said Mrs Hutchison.'s top 5 travel insurance tips for the peak season:

  • Luggage and personal effects: This is especially important during the busier periods as more travellers means more luggage for airlines to process and therefore more chances of your luggage disappearing amongst the crowds.
  • Emergency hospital expenses: No one thinks it will happen to them, but there’s always a chance that you may have to utilise emergency health services overseas. Basic travel cover should allow for ambulance and hospital fees alongside 24 hour emergency cover – make sure you compare the caps/limits on how much you are covered for with different medical expenses.
  • Phone assistance: This could be an essential feature especially during busier travel times. Going overseas will usually involve other cultures, and if you have any questions in a foreign country, your insurance provider should be contactable at any time around the clock. Make sure you write their emergency numbers down and keep them safe with you.
  • Cancellations: Flight delays and cancellations can cause havoc to travel plans and if you need to change your booking you could be lumped with hefty fees so compare travel insurance for cancellation cover.
  • Check your credit card: before booking your travel insurance, check with your credit card provider for complimentary cover. The level of cover can vary between credit cards and there are conditions such as you need to book a certain amount of your holiday using your card so check these details and compare with insurance providers before jetting off.


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