Domestic and international travel doesn’t stop because of age according to customer datafrom Age UK Enterprises, the commercial arm of the Age UK charity.
Data revealed that 27 per cent of all Age UK Travel Insurance policies in 2012 were held by those aged 80 plus and a further 19 per cent were held by those aged 70-74.
Europe is the most popular destination for the Age UK insured traveller with half of those aged over 80 travelling to the continent. A further one in ten over 80s are going further afield and are choosing to take out worldwide cover so they can visit destinations such as the USA, Canada and the Caribbean.
Gordon Morris, Managing Director at Age UK Enterprises, said: “We have over 30 years of experience in successfully providing travel insurance that meets the needs of those in later life.
“It’s surprising to see many providers refusing cover to older travellers due to their age - we firmly believe that no one should be refused travel insurance based on this.
“Older people’s travel ambitions don’t stop and there needs to be adequate provision to cater for the needs of this group.”
In addition, sales of annual trip cover were strong in 2012, accounting for a third of all policies, which indicates that those in later life are enjoying overseas breaks more than once a year.
Gordon added: “Products such as the Age UK Travel Insurance have no upper age limit and provide appropriate cover for customer needs.
“As with our entire product and service range our travel insurance policy has been designed with the older customer in mind to provide the ‘right fit’ for their individual requirements.”
Age UK Enterprises offers single and annual multi-trip Travel Insurance, provided by Ageas Insurance.
Age UK Travel Insurance has no upper age limit and offers cover for pre-existing medical conditions wherever possible.For more information visit www.ageuk.org.uk/travel.