Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo expe…

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You has announced its largest investment to support the travel trade with the launch of 200 joint marketing events to promote solo travel.

Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

Spontaneous people are happier according…

Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver …

Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

Last minute autumn breaks available at H…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

Skiers urged to head east for best piste costs reveals new report

Skiers urged to head east for best piste…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:00

Cash-conscious skiers can avoid the slippery slope of higher prices for their annual downhill trip by heading to ski resorts in Eastern Europe.

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS competition

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS co…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Ferry operator, DFDS, is putting out a call to professional and amateur artists to create a poster that will be used in their 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

Savings on worldwide adventures with Explore

Savings on worldwide adventures with Exp…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:00

Explore has launched a new collection of worldwide adventures with a launch offer of up to 10% discount on all new trips booked by November 7.

New route to Seattle makes it one to watch for 2017

New route to Seattle makes it one to wat…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:12

Seattle is expected to be one of the fastest growing US destinations for UK travellers next year with a Virgin Atlantic direct non-stop daily flight launching March 2017, new hotel...

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with increased connections across Canada

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:04

Air Transat has expanded its programme of flights from the UK to Canada with increased capacity and connections for travel in 2017.

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplement fares

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplemen…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:02

Oceania Cruises has launched a reduced single supplement promotion for solo travellers, with guests offered single supplements fares from 25% on seven itineraries, booked before December 31.

Mall of America welcomes arrival of MythBusters

Mall of America welcomes arrival of Myth…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:00

Running throughout autumn until January 15, 2017, visitors can ignite their curiosity and discover whether they can really huff and puff to blow a house down; if running in the...

Emirates to launch new daily service to Fort Lauderdale

Emirates to launch new daily service to …

Monday, 17 October 2016 11:00

Emirates has announced that it will launch a daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on December 15, serving the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami and...

New tours in UK & Europe from Back-Roads Touring

New tours in UK & Europe from Back-R…

Monday, 17 October 2016 08:42

Small group tour specialist Back-Roads Touring has launched its summer 2017 brochure to reveal a unique line up of new itineraries in Switzerland, Scandinavia, the Baltics, France, Iberia and Russia.

Star studded cruise line up from CMV in 2017

Star studded cruise line up from CMV in …

Friday, 14 October 2016 10:16

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has announced five star-studded cruises for 2017 following the arrival of its new main brochure.

The beach holiday is starting to go out of fashion with more and more people favouring a more active adventure travel or activity holiday.

Large travel companies such as Kuoni and Thomas Cook are now creating specialist activity holiday packages for those seeking new, thrilling experiences and travel agents are seeing a rise in the number of adventure trips and excursions they are selling. Whereas the lethargic beach holiday is an insurers’ dream - given the minimal risks involved with pool-swimming, cocktail-sipping and book-reading – adventurous, or ‘dangerous’, getaways are now causing more concern as holidaymakers want something riskier.

Recently, the industry supporting extreme sports has grown exponentially and the market for adventure travel is one of the fastest in the UK. As a result, there is a wealth of adventurous opportunities and extreme pursuits on offer which is great news for all, but it also calls for savviness when choosing an insurance policy. Activities such as cycling, horse riding and hiking do not sound as ‘extreme’ as perhaps sky-diving, rock climbing and cave diving but crucially, as far as travel insurers’ are concerned, they can fall into the same category.

It is for this reason that both travel agents when selling these trips and customers taking out travel insurance must familiarise themselves with the area so they are fully informed when taking out a policy.

Each policy will vary significantly, and it is dangerous to assume a customer will be covered even for the minor and leisurely activities such as a snorkelling, or a bike ride. If they had planned a heli-skiing holiday in the Canadian Rockies or were venturing to New Zealand for a bungee jump, chances are you would have acknowledged the potential dangers and advised they invested in an additional standalone policy to cover their high-risk activity.

However, every year, thousands of British travellers make the mistake of going abroad with inadequate insurance as they and travel agents presume their activities will be covered by their standard travel insurance policy. This means if they were unfortunate enough to sustain a serious injury from a non-extreme activity – such a leisurely bike-ride – and had to seek medical treatment abroad, they could face large bills. It is therefore sometimes a good idea to check out specialist travel insurance providers who are able to cover some of the more extreme sports but also have lesser risk activities covered in their standard policies.

The very nature of adventure holidays, activities and sports means there will always be a potential danger so it is important for your customers to be fully prepared for their trip, even if you or they do not consider their holiday pursuits as particularly ‘extreme’.

It is important to advise customers to read the small print of any insurance policy they hold or are going to take out to ensure ALL activities are covered so they do not end up with a hefty medical bill. Make them aware of varying health and safety standards which change from country to country and that they know what might invalidate any potential claim, such as being under the influence of drink or drugs.

If you have fully prepared your customer, then they will be able to enjoy their holiday to the max without the worry of a large cost for any emergency or medical treatment while abroad. Whether they are going all out with a week of adrenaline filled thrills or a more relaxing break with perhaps a bike ride and some snorkelling, your customers will be very thankful to you for the informed advice should they ever need to claim!

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