New Post Office Travel Insurance research reveals the gap year gatecrashers

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Post Office Travel Insurance research finds one-fifth of parents aged 50-plus have visited children living or holidaying abroad

We understand that finding affordable travel insurance can prove difficult for older travellers and can lead to people having to take out policies that impose high costs or heavy stipulations, which is why we are extending our multi-annual travel insurance policy to the over- 65s.

With many young adults expected to take a gap year to avoid the credit crunch, research from Post Office Travel Insurance reveals they could be receiving some unexpected guests. One-fifth of parents (21 per cent) aged 50-plus with children who have lived or holidayed abroad said they had visited their child to broaden their own horizons.

Most intrepid are those parents aged over 65 with almost half (48 per cent) admitting to 'gate-crashing' their child's gap year or holiday. Indeed, in this age group, 32 per cent said they have already taken advantage of staying with a family member living abroad or in the UK, or plan to do so later this year.

Despite this willingness to travel, it's not always easy for over-65s to get travel insurance, with many providers simply not offering travel insurance policies for this age group. Post Office research reveals that 14 per cent of those aged 65 or over have struggled to get travel insurance. To make life easier, the Post Office has recently extended its annual, multi-trip travel insurance policy to cater for over-65s.

Rachel Croft, Post Office Head of Travel Insurance, said: "We understand that finding affordable travel insurance can prove difficult for older travellers and can lead to people having to take out policies that impose high costs or heavy stipulations, which is why we are extending our multi-annual travel insurance policy to the over- 65s."

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