Australians are known for their free spirited attitude, zest for life and thirst for adventure, so its hardly surprising that Aussie travellers like to make the most of their overseas travel by trying new experiences and activities they normally wouldn’t at home.
While its generally assumed that travel insurance won’t cover you in the event of certain potentially ‘riskier’ activities, some travel insurers, such as online travel insurance specialist InsureandGo, do provide cover for some of the more adventurous activities.
In response to the increasing popularity of adventure destinations and experiences, InsureandGo advise that travellers understand the risks involved and always read the Product Disclosure Statement to ensure their activity is covered and that there are good safety standards and attending professional instructors.
Here are just some of the most popular adventure activities from around the world that Aussies love getting into and that can be covered by travel insurance, granted you purchase the correct policy:
Bungee jumping – Verzasca Dam, Ticino in Switzerland provides adventures with the jump that was made famous in the opening scene of the 1995 Bond movie, GoldenEye.
Battle re-enactment – Without live firearms of course, there are a number of Medieval Combat Societies across the UK and Scotland which travellers can take part in.
Mud buggying – Similar to Go Karting, mud buggying sees participants race around a track thick with mud, with the best tracks for this in rainy UK.
Safari – The best way to explore South Africa and see all the amazing animals in their natural habitat.
Abseiling – Enjoy spectacular views and scenery as you abseil down a rock in Bali onto the beach.
Breathing Observation Bubble Diving – Ride around on a bright yellow scooter, five metres beneath the water and get up close to the beautiful marine life in Hawaii.
Paintball – There are a number of crazy paintball fields around the world and one of the best is a real life military base in Camp Pendleton, San Diego.
Quad biking – Quad biking can be one of the best ways to explore a new place, especially if it’s on an island such as Phuket in Thailand.
Parasailing – The Maldives offer a picturesque location with miles of water to parasail over.
Backpacking – InsureandGo also offers a tailored policy for backpackers, which provides up to 18 months of cover for additional activities such as skydiving, mountain biking and paragliding.