A specialist backpackers insurance policy offers a longer trip duration and covers a broader range of activities than a standard insurance policy, so you could have greater piece of mind if your adventure is a little more ambitious than a normal holiday. Some features backpacker policies can include:
- Longer trip durations, offering up to 18 months' worth of uninterrupted travel compare to the standard annual policies, which usually cover around 31 days per trip
- Optional cover for activities such as bungee jumping and scuba diving.
- Some policies might offer conservation and/or charity work cover, which could come in handy if you're volunteering on your gap year in Thailand or Borneo (check the small print)
Did you know? Over half of backpacker policies bought through Confused.com were for travellers aged between 25-29 (Confused.com data from 2012). So even if you're in your late twenties, it's not too late to try some gap year travelling!
If you want to find out more, take a look at our guide to backpackers insurance.