Grey Gappers - How To Insure Your Bucket List
If you have a bucket list as long as your arm, there’s nothing else quite like the overwhelming feeling of grabbing the pen and crossing off something that’s been on it for… well, as long as you can remember! Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie who is keen to skydive or an avid explorer longing to go on safari, everyone has a bucket list dream just waiting to be fulfilled.
Guest writer Chantelle Dadd tells us more about tackling your bucket list as a 'grey gapper'!
While many of us decide to make our bucket list dreams a reality while we are still young, others hold back from taking the plunge. We get so caught up in life, getting a house, having a family and marriage that we end up shelving our travel plans. It is only that we reach our later years and the children have grown up that we pull the dream back off the shelf, blow off the dust and get caught up in wanderlust once more.
There are some people that believe embarking on a gap year is only for the younger generation. However this is simply not the case. Taking a gap year in our later or golden years is becoming increasingly popular due to a career break or an early retirement. These adventurous ‘grey gappers’ have decided it’s time to live life to the full – and so should you!
Top 10 Bucket List ‘Must Haves’
Motorcycling across Cambodia
Bungee jumping over a waterfall in China
Taking the dream Disneyland Paris holiday with your grandchildren
Seeing the Northern Lights on an Icelandic adventure
Climbing the steps to Machu Picchu in South America
Sailing in the Mediterranean
Swim with whale sharks in Australia
Sky-diving over the Niagara Falls
Horse-riding through the Grand Canyon
Backpacking across Europe
Tips For Insuring Your Bucket List
Travel insurance is an essential addition to any trip, below is some helpful advice to ensure you have the correct cover in place.
Choosing Your Policy
A Single Trip, Longstay or Backpacking policy will be most suited to the ‘grey gapper’ trip; however it is important that you check what is and isn’t covered. What is the limit for cancellation, baggage and emergency medical expenses? It is vital that you read through the policy documentation carefully to ensure that the information you provided is correct and that it completely meets your travel needs.
Sports And Adventure Activities
Most travel insurance policies include cover for certain sports or adventure activities as standard, however if you are planning something a little more risky you may need to purchase additional cover.
Make sure that you have declared any existing medical conditions to your travel insurance provider, both for yourself and your travelling companions. If you need to bring medication with you on your trip, keep it in your hand luggage alongside photocopies of any prescriptions. Check with your airline prior to travel as you may need to show them a Doctor’s letter to confirm your medications, especially if you are bringing quite a few!
Chantelle Dadd is the Brand Manager for specialist backpacking and adventure travel insurance provider, Alpha Travel Insurance. Chantelle has a keen interest in shoestring travel. Her bucket list includes a return visit to New York City and diving in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.