Aussies opt for chill over thrill

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency Issues - By LY­DIA PEDRANA

IT seems we are turn­ing into a tribe of ‘chillseek­ers’ with more Aus­tralians shun­ning ad­ven­tur­ous hol­i­days and opt­ing for re­lax­ing get­aways in­stead.

Ac­cord­ing to new re­search by in­surance com­pany ING, “re­lax­ation” is what 78 per cent of Aus­tralians are look­ing for in their next trip.

The data also re­vealed that 48 per cent of Aussies want ex­pe­ri­ences that will help them dig­i­tally detox­ify and 45 per cent want to in­vig­o­rate their mind and body while tak­ing time out from re­al­ity.

Travel consultant from Pe­ter Milling Travel, Marnie Mer­chant, backed this chilled trend and be­lieves it’s be­cause our lives have be­come so busy.

“Ev­ery­one’s lives are so much busier th­ese days and hol­i­day time has turned into an op­por­tu­nity to re­ju­ve­nate, re­lax and re­con­nect with fam­ily or even friends,” she told Dubbo Photo News.

“Whilst there are still plenty of peo­ple out there that like to explore and dis­cover new and ex­cit­ing ad­ven­tures, a lot of trav­ellers who plan th­ese thrill-seek­ing ad­ven­tures of­ten like to fin­ish with a few days of chill at the end, by booking a re­sort or some­where lux­u­ri­ous to spend the last few nights of their hol­i­day.”

But the sta­tis­tics also show that with this chillaxed trend comes com­pla­cency, with many Aus­tralians choos­ing to dodge travel in­surance and risk the trip.

The rea­sons peo­ple are choos­ing not to cover them­selves with in­surance is be­cause they be­lieve it is not nec­es­sary when trav­el­ling do­mes­ti­cally (33 per cent) and that not much can go wrong on a re­lax­ing hol­i­day (31 per cent).

How­ever, 9.1 mil­lion trav­ellers are re­ported to suf­fer some form of is­sue while on hol­i­day which in­cludes any­thing from lost lug­gage and ill­ness, to can­celled flights or be­ing conned out of money.

On the con­trary, 82 per cent of trav­ellers sur­veyed said that hav­ing travel in­surance helped bring them peace of mind.

Ms Mer­chant, a big ad­vo­cate for travel in­surance, said cover is al­ways strongly rec­om­mended to hol­i­day makers for any type of travel.

“You just never know what will hap­pen, and you can’t plan for the un­ex­pected,” she said.

She also has ad­vice for peo­ple won­der­ing whether to use a travel agent or make their own book­ings on­line: “We al­ways like to re­mind peo­ple that if some­thing goes wrong and you’re stuck some­where around the world and need help, it is very hard to call the in­ter­net.” z Al­ways take out travel in­surance from a rep­utable com­pany. You never un­der­stand the value of your travel in­surance un­til you need to make a claim.

z Al­ways leave your itin­er­ary with some­one at home.

z Use your ho­tel safe to keep your doc­u­ments in when sight-see­ing.

z Keep an elec­tronic and pa­per ver­sion of your tick­ets.

z Have more than one way to access your money.

Dubbo travel agent Marnie Wel­bourne, pic­tured hol­i­day­ing in Patag­o­nia, puts hav­ing travel in­surance as one of her top travel rec­om­men­da­tions. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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