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Planning a safe adventure overseas

26 Sep 2017

Qingyi Chen, SilkAir Manager Northern Australia and Sue Shearer, CEO COTA NT present Geoff and Jen Sykes with a very big winning ticket!

Australians are travelling overseas in ever increasing numbers and this certainly seemed true too for many of the senior Territorians who attended our multicultural luncheon recently. We certainly wish everyone safe and happy adventures, and in particular, the winners of COTA’s SilkAir raffle Geoff and Jen Sykes.  

They will be enjoying return flights with SilkAir to Colombo, Sri Lanka as winners of this fundraising drive, launched at SENIORS EXPO. We would like to thank everyone who supported the SilkAir raffle – including our die-hard volunteers who gave their time and efforts to sell tickets. The proceeds of the raffle will assist COTA to keep its ongoing programs and event costs as low as possible.

For those travel, or planning to travel, we would just remind you to be prepared and check in with Australian government’s Smart Traveller website, smartraveller.gov.au. It publishes information on local laws, entry and exit requirements and health issues, and an indicative rating of the security situation in particular countries.

It also includes advice specific to senior travellers (smartraveller.gov.au/guide/Pages/senior-travellers.aspx) including great tips on researching your destination, fitness to fly, arranging services to cater for disability or specific needs, Centrelink payments, organised tour groups, accommodation, mobile phone usage, luggage, staying safe overseas, money and valuables, seniors card, driving permits, vaccinations, medication, prescription glasses, reciprocal health agreements, DVA pensions and consular services.

Finally, a word from travel expert Quentin Long, who appeared on the Today show recently. He reminded viewers of the importance of travel insurance saying, “If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.” He recommended COTA’s travel insurance which insures travellers of any age – for more information or a quick quote, call COTA free on 1300 1300 50.

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