Saga launches trip planner website for over-50s travellers


British travel insurer Saga recently launched a trip planner website, through which it will provide customers with ready-made packing lists, and help them to purchase travel insurance, check the status of their flight and see what the weather forecast is.

This follows recent research from Saga that found that many travellers aged over 50 take a range of home comforts with them when they travel, and that essentials may be overlooked in the process.

Saga polled over 8,000 people aged 50 and over and found that one in three take tea bags with them on their travels, while one in five pack travel appliances such as a travel kettle to ensure they can make a cup of tea while they’re away.

More than one-quarter of respondents said they take cereal and chocolate with them, six per cent travel with family photos and two per cent with a photo of their pet.

According to the survey, holiday essentials may be overlooked in favour of these home comforts. Thirteen per cent of people forget travel adaptors, nine per cent forget phone chargers and six per cent don’t remember to pack sun cream.

 “We know that our customers like to be prepared and are savvy with their money so we have launched our new trip planner site to help them plan their holiday, as well as save money on things like car hire and airport hotels,” said chief executive of Saga Services Roger Ramsden.