A gap year presents fantastic opportunities for you to explore other nations, lose yourself and find direction, all at the same time. Essential Travel offers cheap, yet comprehensive travel insurance for trips up to two years with our Backpacker Travel Insurance policy.
Backpacker features include:
Continuous protection for up to 2 years
A return visit to your home in the UK and Ireland on the same policy
Over 100 low-risk sports that are covered at no extra cost
When travelling for an extended period, you are bound to partake in a few sporting activities. Gap Year cover also extends to sports insurance which covers over 100 sports at no extra cost. Higher risk activities for Sports Grades 2, 3 and 4 require extra cover.
Experts' Top Tip - Gap Year cover is valid for up to 2 years. For shorter trips, you can adjust the time frame by selecting the correct dates in the quote form.
Adapt your quote to suit your needs
You have the choice of up to 3 levels of cover and 4 destinations to choose. Furthermore, you can add extra protection for more serious pre-existing medical conditions, as well as cruises and winter sports to make sure that your policy deals with all the extras.
Gap Year insurance is available to any UK or Irish resident aged 19 to 55 years old on our Backpacker policies.
5 Easy Steps to Book Online
Booking online is quick and easy, even for first timers. Just complete our short 5 step process:
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Add Extra Cover
You can customise your policy further with pre-existing medical condition cover, sports and a number of other specialist add-ons.
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I remembered about travel insurance a couple of days before we travelled. I was able to get a quote immediately online and see 3 levels of cover described clearly and in detail. Having chosen what I wanted I was able to pay easily and had immediate peace of mind for our trip.
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