Schoolies travelling to Asia reminded to take out travel insurance

Roisin Kelly-Goldsmith

Tuesday 24 November 2015

For high school leavers in the midst of completing exams and saying goodbyes, taking out travel insurance is probably the last thing on their minds. But parents and “schoolies” are warned to plan ahead and take out insurance to cover the trip. 

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According to InsureandGo, the most common claims they experience for 16 and 17 year old travellers is the loss of a mobile phone, then medical expenses such as dehydration and stomach bugs.

RELATED: Schoolies reminded that high risk activities can have life-long consequences 

News.com.au recently flagged Bali as a dangerous hotspot for schoolies. Data provided to the website by Alliance Australia found as many as 63% of schoolies heading overseas have not been taking out travel insurance because it’s just a “short trip”. 

Chief Market Manager for Alliance Global Assistance told news.com.au that many claims made by schoolies aren’t even eligible for compensation. 

“What we are seeing is a spike in claims that are a direct result from taking unnecessary risks which in many cases won’t be covered by travel insurance,” he said. 

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Schoolies time often spells a first overseas trip for teenagers, so insurance cover can give parents and schoolies piece of mind. To read up on Australian insurance, visit this page for details, and here for trips to Asia. 

Tips on taking out travel insurance for schoolies

• Check out the Australian Government’s schoolies hub before leaving for information on how to travel safely and within the law. 

• Compare insurance to save money using our travel insurance comparison tool here. 

• Read the T’s and C’s of the travel insurance policy first before committing. Some insurers may not cover the activities you want to do, such as riding a motorbike or staying in a risky area. Clarify any concerns you have with your insurance provider to ensure your travel insurance is appropriate for you.

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