Press release


Friday 24 February 2012

- One in 10 would use social media to keep in touch on holiday
- 52% keep in touch by email

Research1 by Saga Travel Insurance has revealed that the over 50s are embracing technology to help them relax and unwind on holiday.  70% of them take at least one gadget away with them. 

Gone are the days when bulky walkmans, a sack full of paperbacks and a bulging address book were hand luggage essentials, as MP3 players (26%), smart phones (24%) and tablet computers (20%) take over as the new holiday essentials for older generations this summer.

One in five respondents saying they take a radio abroad, although many (15%) would tune in to internet radio in order to keep in touch with their favourite stations back home.

Top five gadgets taken on holiday by the over 50s

 Sat nav     


 MP3 Player    


 Smart phone (e.g. Blackberry)    


 Tablet devicec (e.g. iPad, Kindle)    




Having an arsenal of technology at their finger tips has led to the majority of older people ensuring they don't miss out on news from back home, with over half (52%) saying they plan to log on to check and send emails. 50-54 year olds are gorging more on gadgets than any other over 50s group, planning to use social media including Facebook and Twitter (24%) to boast about adventures to those back home and even making sure they can log on to get their favourite TV soap fix (9%).

Top 5 uses of technology on holiday

 To stay in contact with home via email 


 To read a tour guide about the area you're in


 To read an e-book


 To listen to downloaded music


 To listen to internet radio 



Roger Ramsden, Chief Executive, Saga Insurance said: “The fact that people are taking more expensive gadgets on holiday with them, does have an impact on their travel insurance.  People could become a target for thieves, so we would advise them to make sure they have adequate cover for their belongings before they travel and to make sure they register the loss of any of their belongings with the local police straight away as not doing so could lead to problems when they try to make a claim.”

Travellers should also be aware that they must keep their valuables with them in their hand luggage, as valuables are not covered by any travel insurance policy if they are in the aircraft hold.