Friday 13 December 2019

Travel firms drop bans on elderly

Louise McBride

Louise McBride

Octogenarians and others in their golden years who like nothing better than to get behind the wheel or climb a mountain when on holidays should soon start to find it easier to do so.

A number of British travel and car hire companies have agreed to drop their bans on travellers in their Seventies and Eighties following an investigation by the British consumer magazine, Which?.

The British tour operator, Martin Randall, for example recently removed a ban on holidaymakers aged over 80 joining its activity tours.

Sixt car hire has also agreed to scrap its block on hiring cars to drivers in Britain who are aged over 75. Previously, 76-year-olds could hire a Sixt car in Europe and America, but not in Britain, according to Which?.

About one in three people over the age of 65 feel they have been excluded from a holiday or travel activity because of their age, according to a Which?. The magazine also discovered that elderly travellers often find it hard to buy ski insurance.

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