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Older Travellers more likely to take a Gap Year

Please note this story refers to the 2011 Able2Travel Policy, which had a Long Stay option. The 2012 Able2Travel product no longer has this option



Recent research by Post Office Travel Insurance, according to the International Travel Insurance Journal, has found that in the UK more people in their late fifties are considering taking a gap year than students are.

The research shows that only 1 in 5 college leavers in the survey were considering taking a gap year compared to 1 in 4 of those over 55. This lower number of students taking gap years could be as a result of increased University tuition fees.

Sarah Munro, head of travel insurance at the Post Office suggested that: 'age should not be a barrier to for people wanting to experience different cultures, but grey gappers must take out adequate cover' she went on to explain that 'if you're going abroad for an extended period of time, the most vital areas to be insured for are medical treatment, repatriation in case you need to be flown home and cancellation in case you fall ill and are unable to travel'

Able2Travel can provide cover for long stay trips and other sabbaticals such as gap years even if you have a pre-existing medical condition. . Each trip can last a maximum of 15 months (12 months if you are aged 65-69) and is available to purchase up to the age of 69 (at the age of departure).

Able2Travel provides the following benefits:

  • £5m - Emergency Medical Treatment including repatriation
  • £1,500 - Cancellation or curtailment
  • £1,500 - Baggage
  • £750 - Missed departure and Journey Disruption

These policy limits can be doubled if you select the double cover option available.

If you are under the age of 64 and don't have a pre-existing medical condition you can buy a long stay policy online from www.ResponsibleTravelInsurance.co.uk.

Author: Adam