Students Ditch Gap Years To Avoid Fees Hike

Essential Travel sees students heading straight to University to avoid fee hikes

Recent statistics unveiled by leading travel essentials provider Essential Travel shows less backpackers are set to travel following last year's announcement of impending student fees.

Director of Essential Travel Stuart Bensusan comments: "Students who take a gap year will not be exempt from escalating university fees and all indications are that backpackers are certainly travelling less, with those that can still afford to travel perhaps skipping insurance as a way to save money."

"Deciding to take the risk and travel without insurance may seem an easy way to economise and we've seen fewer backpackers take out policies, but it's an expensive business should they need to claim."

"Backpackers tend to embark on activities such as bungee jumping, diving and sky diving which are obviously higher risk than your average package holiday so if anyone ought to have a decent insurance policy its independent travellers.

"Having insurance helps with medical assistance, replacing lost luggage - even more important when your whole life is on your back.

"When creating a travel budget, young people should always include travel insurance so they can truly enjoy their experience and ensure they select a policy that covers all activities they intend to embark on."

EssentialTravel.co.uk's Backpacker Travel Insurance starts from £110.89 per person for twelve months and is, on average, 44% per cent cheaper than the company's competitors.

About Essential Travel

Established in 2001, Essential Travel is one of the UK's leading online travel essentials companies. Since 2002, we've protected over 5 million holidaymakers with our fully-comprehensive, competitively-priced travel insurance, as well as providing priority access to the most sought after car parks, hotels and lounges at all major airports across the UK.

Essential Travel is now part of Holiday Extras.