Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Travel Insurance Is Most Essential Luggage Item

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Travel Insurance Is Most Essential Luggage Item

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Byline: Paul Clitheroe

AUSTRALIANS are renowned travellers a last year alone we collectively made 6.8 million trips overseas. That figure is likely to increase this year as the strength of the Aussie dollar makes it even more compelling to holiday internationally.

If you are heading overseas, travel insurance is one piece of luggage you can't afford to overlook.

Browsing through the Smart Traveller website of the Department of Foreign Affairs, you could be forgiven for thinking the world is a pretty dangerous place right now. DFAT warns of flight disruptions due to volcanic activity in Indonesia, radiation issues in Japan, and caution against travelling in Syria.

Thankfully, most of us will have an uneventful trip overseas. But even if you are travelling to a seemingly safe destination things can go seriously wrong.

Around 25,000 Australians get into in trouble overseas each year. The problems range from relatively minor issues like theft through to serious medical problems. …

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