This sporting life – Over 50s seek out sporting thrills on holiday

Wednesday 4 February 2015

• Two fifths of over 50s have had a specialist sporting holiday • The most popular sporting holidays for over 50s are sailing and skiing • Zip wiring, scuba diving and golfing holidays now covered as standard by Saga Travel Insurance

This sporting life – Over 50s seek out sporting thrills on holiday

The over 50s these days don’t just head for the sun to flop by a pool with a paperback. Huge numbers of seasoned globetrotters are instead seeking adventure.  They are leading fitter and more active lives for longer and they are increasingly keen to try something new and collect memories that will last forever.


Indeed, a recent Saga Travel Insurance poll* of 10,630 over 50s found that 40% of those asked had been on a specialist sporting holiday, such as skiing, golfing or scuba diving. The most common sporting holiday among this age group is a sailing break (18%), closely followed by skiing (16%).


This is why Saga now covers a whole host of sporting activities and holidays as standard – to help ensure any getaway has as much peace of mind as it does excitement.


Whether you are zip lining, as made famous by Boris Johnson’s antics during London 2012, boogie boarding in Australia or scuba diving in Thailand, cover is available at no extra cost with Saga Travel Insurance as long as your activity is professionally organised and proper equipment is used. Also, golfing holidays are covered, to let your energised break go with a swing.


Many insurers charge extra for covering sporting activities or do not offer cover at all.  However in response to customer demand, Saga has changed the rules to ensure travel cover is now as flexible as possible.  This means a wide range of sporting holidays can be covered, such as sailing, ice skating, fell walking, mountain biking, volleyball and surfing.


Roger Ramsden, chief executive, Saga Services, commented: “The over 50s are just as adventurous and active as their younger counterparts – and they’re just as serious about having fun. Our customers have been telling us that they are keen to try new things on holiday, but they want to make sure they are properly covered.  Saga travel cover is designed to be flexible, so that it meets the changing needs of the over 50s and It’s essential too that it stays up-to-date by covering popular sports and activities. 





Notes to editors


*Populus interviewed 10,630 Saga customers, all aged 50+, online between 15 and

23 May 2014. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules; for more information see


About Saga Travel Insurance

Defaqto 5 star rated Saga Travel Insurance offers wide-ranging cover including:


  • Cover for most pre-existing medical conditions
  • Up to £10 million emergency medical cover, which can pay for your return home, if necessary
  • Up to £10,000 cover (per person, per trip) should you or your travelling companion have to cancel or abandon your trip
  • Up to £2,500 for lost, stolen or damaged baggage so you’re not left out of pocket
  • 24-hour English-speaking travel assistance helpline for advice before and while you are away.


Plus, Saga has no upper age limit.


Below is a table detailing the sporting activities covered by Saga as standard


Activities automatically covered by Saga Travel Insurance

Covered if professionally organised and supervised, plus appropriate safety equipment is worn and safety precautions taken





Beach cricket, football and volleyball

Boogie boarding





Cycling (no racing)

Fell walking



Hiking/Trekking/Walking under 4,000m               ***

Ice skating


Marathon running

Mountain biking on recognised routes



Sail boarding (within territorial waters)             +

Sailing (within territorial waters)                             +

Scuba-diving down to 30m accompanied by a qualified diver or instructor (only applies if shown on your policy Schedule)                       **






Table tennis


Ten pin bowling

Tug of war



Water polo

Wind –surfing (within territorial waters)    

Zip Lining/        wiring +



Banana boating

Black water rafting          +

Bungee jumping

Camel/Elephant riding     +

Canoeing/Kayaking (no white water)

Clay pigeon shooting       +


Flotilla sailing (with professional leader)

Go karting                        +


Hiking/Trekking/Walking (above 4,000m and under 6,000m)                        ***

Horse riding –

(no jumping)                    + 

Hot air ballooning

Indoor rock climbing (with belays)

Jet biking                         +

Jet skiing                          +


Parascending over water**

Pony trekking                  +

River tubing (no white water)

Rollerblading or skating

Safari (game watching)

Scuba-diving down to 30m accompanied by a qualified diver or instructor icy if shown in your schedule                     

Shooting (not Big game) +

Sleigh riding (as a passenger)

Swimming with dolphins


Water skiing –

(no jumping)                    +                     

White water rafting


Zip Lining/wiring       +                                                     



+          No Personal Liability cover.


**         No Personal Accident or Personal Liability cover.

***        If the customer is based in a resort/area already over 4,000 metres above sea level, they will be covered whilst doing normal activities such as shopping, visiting museums etc. However, if they decide to take part in the activity of hill or fell walking/trekking whilst there, cover will be provided up to 6,000 metres if it is professionally organised and supervised.


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