When adventure turns into disaster

Richard Laycock 20 July 2017 NEWS

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More than 50% of Aussies are heading abroad without enough travel insurance.

Aussie travellers are leaving themselves open to huge medical bills by participating in activities not covered by their travel insurance policies, according to research from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) Smartraveller website and the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA).

The report, which was released in August last year, also pointed out that Australian travellers are participating in risky behaviours while overseas.

This supports research from Columbus Direct, which found that roughly 50% of people between the ages of 18 and 49 are either actively planning an adventure holiday or have adventure travel on their bucket lists.

The data also showed that 16% of respondents had participated in an adventure sport.

This presents a huge problem since many travel insurance policies don't cover adventure travel activities as standard.

“Engaging in adventure sports on holiday significantly limits the range of travel insurance options available to Australian travellers,” said Columbus Direct’s marketing manager Antje Lauterbach.

Columbus Direct recently bolstered their adventure travel coverage to include activities such as outdoor rock climbing and on-road motor biking over 250cc. The cover is available for policyholders who pay an additional premium.

If you're planning on participating in an adventure sport while you're on holiday, make sure you search our interactive sports activity finder to see if it's covered by your policy.

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