Everything you need to know about your snowboarding holiday

Planning a trip to the slopes? Whether for the first or the fifteenth time, preparing your perfect snowboarding holiday can be quite the mountainous task – simply because there’s so much involved.

You’ll want to choose a ski resort that can best serve your snow holiday interests and snowboarding ability. You’ll want accommodation that caters to both your ideal and budget, and you’ll want to be properly covered with the best travel insurance for snowboarding, as well as with layers of adequate snow gear – but what else?

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Why you should use our high blood pressure (hypertension) travel insurance

Firstly, what exactly is high blood pressure (hypertension)?

The term “blood pressure” refers to the pressure that our blood exerts as it presses on the walls of our arteries as the heart pumps blood around the body. Maintaining this pressure is vital for both our circulation and our heart function. High blood pressure is also referred to as “hypertension”.

Blood pressure varies naturally throughout the day depending on what you’re doing and the position of your body, for example sitting or standing.

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Your guide to an epic ski holiday

You’ll want to do more than squats to prepare for an epic ski holiday. While we don’t dismiss the importance of a strong derrière, there is a lot more to consider when planning a holiday to the snow – especially if it’s for the first time.

From choosing the best resort and accommodation to travel insurance for skiing and more, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you plan your next epic ski adventure.

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Staying healthy on a cruise – top tips for senior travellers

Is there a more convenient or comfortable way to see the world than on a cruise holiday? As a luxurious liner escorts you to magical destinations in faraway places, you need only to relax, indulge and enjoy a shipload of entertainment and activities on board: Will it be the spa? The whirlpool? How about a latin dancing class or a round of golf?

It’s almost like you’re travelling the world without a care in the world!

Almost…

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Tips For Banking When You Travel Overseas

Unless you’re taking a trip into the wild, you’re probably going to need to spend some money when you take a trip overseas. Not only that, you need to make sure you have the means to manage your funds while far from home – just in case you (a) need more money, or (b) have to transfer money around or pay bills.

With a bit of planning, this is all simple enough. In fact, travellers have a wealth of options nowadays to help them deal with these challenges.

In summary, here’s what we recommend you do before taking off on your trip.

  1. Take enough cash so that you can survive a few days with nothing else – just in case your cards don’t work, or there’s an emergency early on in your trip.
  2. Carry a cash card (e.g. travel money/debit/credit card) so that you can avoid carrying too much cash at all times.
  3. Keep cash and cards separate wherever possible. Otherwise, you’re leaving yourself open to losing all your money at once.

There’s so much more for you to learn, though! We go into more detail below.

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Choosing travel insurance for senior travellers

Now more than ever before, senior travellers are venturing abroad and exploring exciting destinations all over the world.
Well, why not?

As a healthy senior, you shouldn’t miss out on overseas travel simply because of your age or a medical condition. Whether you’re in your 60s or 70s, or whether you’ve just turned 85, you deserve to travel freely and, most importantly, with peace of mind.

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Roaming Vs Pre-Paid When Travelling Overseas?

Using 1MB of data in Australia on your mobile phone can cost as little as 10c. Overseas, it could cost as much as $15.00.

When it comes to travelling abroad, none of us can honestly afford to remain untethered from the internet for long. Sure, a digital detox might be half the reason why we’re taking a trip in the first place, but we have to be honest – can we really get by in a foreign country without a maps app or our instant messaging app…or Instagram?

Most Australian phones should work across the globe, but the cost – as we’ve already outlined – can quickly become more expensive than you’re willing to pay.

The question is…how can you avoid the high price of using your phone internationally? We’ll show you!

pre paid vs roaming table

Before you take off … Ask your phone carrier if your handset will work overseas. They can tell you if your phone is locked to the carrier, and whether your handset will function with another country’s network.

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The Ultimate Traveller’s Checklist

Whether you are hopping on a plane to soak in the culture of Melbourne, hiking across the Appalachian trail in the US, or just kicking back on the Great Barrier Reef; travelling requires a little bit (or a lot of) careful planning. A well-considered travel checklist can detail everything you might need to pack before departure: clothing, toiletries, documentation, and more.

So, here’s what we consider to be the bare minimum of what you will need as ‘travel essentials’ – whether you are heading overseas, or staying closer to home.

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The 457 Visa Was Abolished – What Happened and How Does It Affect Your Travel Insurance?

On 18 April 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the 457 visa would be abolished and replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, which the government plans to implement starting March 2018.

Introduced in 1996, the 457 visa is a type of work visa that allows overseas skilled workers to travel to Australia and work in a nominated occupation by an approved sponsor. It lets foreign workers work in Australia for either a 2-year or 4-year period, depending on the classification of the occupation being applied for.

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How to Make the Most of Your Travelling as a Senior

Remember what it was like before retirement? Days, weeks, months and years of work – either for yourself or someone else – to keep other people happy. But now that you’re retired, it’s your happiness that comes first. Research has shown that one of the fastest growing demographics in travel is the senior market. But we have to say; we’re not surprised.

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