Travel insurance is the wizard you need in Oz

Travel insurance is the wizard you need in Oz

Jul 11, 2018

Australia is seen by many as the holiday destination of a lifetime and the go to for generations of gap year students. While the attractions are clear, travel tech specialist Aquarium Software says familiar looking destinations can lead people to forget that comprehensive travel cover here is more important than ever.

Sharks, snakes and spiders aside, the mundane catches out the unwary - rip tides; sunstroke; and dehydration to name but a few.

Several Brits have died diving the Great Barrier Reef and without insurance, repatriation costs are totally out of the reach of most. Reciprocal healthcare exists between Oz and the UK, but if this doesn’t cover you, comprehensive insurance is even more of an essential ‘suit case filler’.

"Shared language and recognisable culture can make ‘western’ destinations like Australia seem like home from home, which is why Poms love it,” said Aquarium Software Director, Mark Colonnese.

“But complacent travellers forget they are in a foreign country, thousands of miles from home should anything go wrong,” he added.”

Australia is an enormous continent as well as a country, and with one in every five internal flights between the two largest cities running late, insurance makes sense.

Extreme weather events are not uncommon, so there’s a myriad of reasons why travel cover down under is a no-brainer.

“The good news is that distance is no longer a barrier to technology.

Smart technology can keep you in direct contact with your insurer should you find yourself in trouble.

Clicking onto your smartphone bypasses the need to dig deep to the bottom of your case for instructions how to call home.

And geolocation helps your insurer automatically validate the validity of your claim, enabling it to focus on your immediate needs and pointing you in the right direction for local territory assistance,” concluded Colonnese.