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Going on a gap year? Compare cheap travel insurance policies now!


  • Up to 18 months' worth of cover available
  • Helps to cover mishaps like lost luggage, cancelled flights and cost of medical treatment
  • Compare cheap gap year backpacker policies from just £12.62*

*The cheapest backpacker policy is £12.62 (based on 1 adult aged 28 travelling in Europe for up to 1 month). Prices correct on the 01/04/2014.


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What is gap year travel insurance?

Whether you're exploring America or going on a 6 month trip across Asia, you might require a specialist backpackers policy for your gap year. Standard policies could limit the number of days you are covered in one trip, especially since the longer you travel, the bigger the risk of travel mishaps like lost baggage, illness, delays and cancellations.

    • With a gap year backpacker's policy you could be covered for up to 18 months' worth of travel compared to the standard annual policies, which usually only cover up to 31 days per trip
    • Some policies might offer conservation and/or charity work cover, which could come in handy if you're volunteering in Thailand or Borneo

    Are you a mature student? A gap year is the perfect time to see the world even if you're in your late 20's - our data revealed that over half of backpacker policies bought through Confused.com in 2012 were individuals aged 25-29!

    What could travel insurance cover you for on your gap year?

      • Medical cover could help ensure you can afford medical treatment should you have to go to hospital when travelling
      • Your personal belongings, money and travel documents could also be covered if they're lost/stolen (make sure you report within 24 hours and obtain a police report for proof)
      • Delays and cancellations if your flights are postponed due to protests or if you're forced to cancel your trip in an emergency
      • Liability and legal expenses could be useful if you stumble into any trouble whilst abroad.

      Read the small print, policy excess and exclusions before getting your policy to avoid costly travel insurance traps - find out more here.

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Travel tips

  • Get your travel insurance policy in advance, as you might not get the full benefit of cancellation cover if you leave it to the last minute.
  • Contact your GP to make sure you're up to date with your vaccinations and check if there are any specific jabs for the area you're travelling to.
  • Plan and research your trip in advance, use Gov.uk's Foreign travel advice to get to know the local rules and regulations of the areas you're travelling to.
  • Consider taking a combination of cash, prepaid cards, debit and/or credit cards on your trip. Take a look at the 5 best credit cards to use abroad.

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Useful documents that might come in handy:

    • EHIC card if you're going to Europe (apply for free)
    • Copy of your travel insurance policy, policy number and an emergency contact number
    • Reports, receipts and proof of purchase to support your claim if anything is lost or stolen

    Take a look at our guide to staying safe while backpacking.

    Why compare gap year insurance with Confused.com?

      The quicker you get your travel insurance, the quicker you can start packing your backpack and compiling your ultimate travel playlist

      • Travel insurance comparison made easy - you could get a quote in just a few minutes!
      • We compare from up to 44 travel insurance providers like Endsleigh and GreatCover
      • We have a range of different travel news and guides that could help your travels run smoothly

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