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Keeping It Safe Overseas

19 Oct 2015
Randall Cooper
More and more Australians are looking to include sports and adventure activities in their upcoming holiday plans. Traveller has predicted that New Zealand will continue to be a popular destination for adventure holidays, especially cycling enthusiasts. France and Spain are also growing in popularity for cycling and walking holidays. The popularity of trekking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain climbing and cycling show no signs of abating.

What these adventure and sporting holidays share is a risk of injury. As a sports physiotherapist I do see people who have not only endured the pain and inconvenience of sustaining an injury whilst overseas, but have also had to negotiate the additional requirements of travel insurance and the logistics of getting home safely.

I asked Dean Van Es, the CEO of Fast Cover, about what sports and adventure travellers should do to prepare themselves’ best for an overseas holiday. Dean says “travel insurance can provide cover for the cost of medical emergencies, including having to go to a doctor or hospital due to an injury. As well as getting a high level of medical cover, it is important to make sure you have cover for the activity you will be doing. Fast Cover for example covers 35 different activities automatically, including kayaking, cycling and trekking. If you don’t have cover for the activity you will be responsible for any medical costs connected with the activity.”

The type of event you‘re competing in may have implications as well. Dean suggests checking with the insurance company that you’re covered; “make sure you have cover for participating in a professional sporting event, such as a cycling or golf tournament. You might find that you won’t be covered for participating in professional sports!”

Dean also recommends sharing your itinerary before you travel. “It is especially important that you share your itinerary with others if you’re travelling solo, even if you are travelling with someone else. This includes sharing your itinerary with other travellers and your accommodation. That way they will be aware if you do not return or send a message by a certain time. If something has gone wrong while you are in a remote location, they will be able to provide assistance fast” says Dean.

As well as ensuring that you’re adequately covered and prepared to travel, getting your body in peak condition is very important. I’ve posted previously on how to travel well as an athlete, it’s worth a read!

Like everything, preparation is key. Safe travels.

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