Seen the #livelastminute campaign on your local bus stop? Thinking of a spur-of-the-moment flight to Spain? Get travel insurance first.
Lastminute.co.nz is one of the New Zealand answers for spontaneous travellers, crisis travellers, and those who always leave arranging travel plans to the last minute.
Their latest campaign, #livelastminute, encourages up-and-go travellers to book accommodation and/or airfares with them for cheap deals available at the last minute. The bus stop ad I see every day on my walk to work is their classic, “Just been dumped? Go from sad to Trinidad.”
Do you live last minute?
Are you a last-minute traveller? There’s no doubt that the post-modern culture has encouraged us to seek new experience after new experience to distract ourselves any time life gets boring or difficult. But this is a pretty quick way to send yourself broke, so we need to keep it in perspective.
In his book The Trouble with Paris, Mark Sayers tells the story of a young woman who decided the solution to her depression was to move to Paris, to “freshen up her life” by experiencing something new. Barely six months later, she emailed that she’d moved to Ireland because Paris hadn’t given her everything she expected.
Going on an overseas adventure won’t fix your problems – but it is a nice break from real life. In fact, studies have shown that travelling will decrease your stress and boost your mood thanks to the new surroundings, new experiences, and the happy memories you can reflect on later.
So just make sure you stay safe by getting travel insurance in case anything happens while you’re away taking a break. (Yes, even if you’re travelling at the last minute!)
How to get cheap travel insurance in a hurry
Not that cheap is everything – make sure that the travel insurance you choose is great quality as well! Our Research team here at CANSTAR has found that the best time to book travel insurance is probably when you book your flights or finalise your hotel booking. That way, if something happens to prevent you from going – such as a natural disaster, illness or even your boss not approving your holiday leave application, you will hopefully be covered.
But who should you pick for your travel insurance? Compare travel insurance on our website – we’ve already done the hard work for you by researching and rating options on offer for many different regions. For example, looking for somewhere to go right now where they already speak English? Compare travel insurance options for New Zealand.