LittleGreyCat wrote:I think it is worth having this discussion now.
I wasn't suggesting that we don't have further discussions, I think they are useful and interesting. However, I do (now) question the validity of this post as a sticky. It was a good idea when first raised by Navrig, but extended discussion/argument/counter views/etc have made it too long winded not to mention contradictory to be an informative sticky. Personally, I would like stickys to be locked and only updated with relevant info after authorisation by the mods. As I said earlier, the touring guide sticky was a good example. It started off a list of things for a new tourer to consider and remained so for a year or more, but then got taken over by people moaning about something. Eventually it drifted far away from the original intention it was removed as a sticky.
Re travel insurance. I have started looking, albeit worldwide and not for Europe, but it isn't cheap for long stay. After 65 it is difficult to get annual policies over 31 days per trip. I've found a single trip max of 90 days with enhanced cover for cycle touring. I suspect over 3 months will be difficult. I also expect European Travel Insurance to become much more expensive in future, as previously most medical incidents would have been covered by EHIC. Now, almost all incidents will result in a claim on the policy.