Thousands of Brits plan Aussie trip after squad announced
September 28, 2017
Thousands of Britons will be firming up their plans to travel to Australia this winter after the England cricket squad to play in the Ashes was named.
Every winter sees large numbers of fans heading overseas to follow the team, either as part of organised tours or as independents, with the Barmy Army fans group always to the fore.
The Ashes trip to Australia is particularly popular, with up to 15,000 travelling fans set to be in Melbourne and Sydney over the Christmas and New Year period.
With the home summer fixtures coming to an end this week and the squad being announced, fans who are going will be increasingly mindful of the need to make sure everything is in place. Most will already have bought flights and match tickets, but outstanding issues can include travel money and getting the best deal on travel insurance.
Health insurance is not as big an issue as it is in some countries as emergency care will be available for free, but non-emergency medical assistance can be charged for.
Protecting travel money is also important, as the potential loss of travel money will be felt more keenly at a time when pounds can be exchanged for fewer Australian dollars than would have been the case in early 2016, before the Brexit vote reduced the value of sterling.
Among the greatest concerns is the potential impact of travel delays or the need to return home because of a family illness, bereavement or a requirement to be in the UK at the behest of the police. In these cases, not having insurance could mean a hugely expensive flight purchase at the last minute.
Fans can at least make some clear plans to travel, unlike star player Ben Stokes, whose place in the tour party is now in doubt after he was arrested in Bristol this week after being caught up in an incident outside a nightclub.
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