Are you a silver surfing wadi basher? a new report from travel insurance specialist Avanti Insurance Ltd lists senior adventure holiday trends

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News Announcement for immediate release: Latest trends for over 50’s adventure holidays include cat skiing, ostrich riding and wadi bashing.

Avanti Insurance Ltd, the award-winning over 50’s travel insurance specialists, announced today that it has increased its levels of cover to take into account the latest holiday adventure sports being taken up by 50-90 year olds.

Gone are the days when mature travellers were satisfied with comparatively anodyne activities such as skiing, horse-riding and golf. ‘Floating the boats’ of the 50+ market today are pursuits like canopy walking, canyon swinging, cat skiing, cave tubing, dune bashing, glacier walking, gorge swinging, hydrospeeding, jet boating, mud buggying, ostrich riding, river tubing, sand boarding and yachting, tree top walking, wadi bashing and zorbing. In case you are wondering, wadi bashing consists of driving along a dry stream or river bed which is usually flooded with water in the rainy season.

People are travelling more and further afield. According to today’s Office of National Statistics report (see below link) ‘Q2 Overseas Travel and Tourism’, visits abroad by UK residents in this quarter, compared to a year ago, increased by 2.7% to 15.9 million. The number of nights spent abroad by UK residents, also increased by 7.6% and expenditure during these visits increased by 7.0% to £9.2 billion, compared with quarter 2 2012. There was an increase in the number of nights spent in both Europe and 'Other countries', up 7.1% and 10.8% respectively. UK residents spent £9.2 billion on visits abroad in quarter 2 2013, an increase of 7.0% on the £8.6 billion spent in the same period of 2012.

Glen Smith Chief Executive of Avanti Insurance (and himself a 50+ traveller) said, “I am claiming that 70 is the new 50 in terms of adventure travel. Our clients’ average age is 71. They love adventure and constantly amaze us with their audacious travel plans.”

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For further information, please contact:
Sarah Brockwell Communications Manager
T: 01376 556 910
Email: sarah.brockwell(at)avanti(dot)

About Avanti Insurance Ltd
Avanti Travel Insurance is a specialist provider of travel insurance for the over 50s who may have pre-existing medical conditions. Avanti Travel Insurance is a trading style of Avanti Insurance Limited, registered in England and based in Braintree, Essex (Company number 03882026). Registered Office: Century House, Century Drive, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8YG. Avanti Insurance Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA Registration number 599282).

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