Adventure Travel Insurance

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Many adventure sports are considered extreme because they are riskier than most conventional sports. With Essential Travel, our sports insurance can cover you for over 100 sports at no extra cost when you receive a quote for Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker trips.

If the sport falls under Sports Grade 2, 3 and 4, you to will have to add extra cover to your quote. With Sports Grade cover available for over 100 sports, you are bound to find suitable protection, whether you are a bungee novice or an abseiling fanatic.

Specific Sports Grade Cover Benefits

The table below shows how some Sports Grades offer different cover features.

Sports Grade Medical Excess Personal Accident Limit Personal Liability
Sports Grade 1 £75 - £125 £7,500 - £30,000 £500,000 - £2 million
Sports Grade 2 £300 reduced by 50% Excluded
Sports Grade 3 £600 reduced by 50% Excluded
Sports Grade 4 £600 reduced by 50% Excluded

Cover Benefits for All Sports Grades

The following features will remain unchanged despite the Sports Grade cover that you choose.

Standard Essential Essential Plus Superior
Medical Expenses up to £2.5 million up to £5 million up to £5 million up to £10 million
Hospital Benefits up to £300 up to £600 up to £600 up to £1,200

Medical Conditions

UK, Europe and Worldwide

Medical Emergencies

Baggage Cover

24/7 Emergency Helpline

Single, Annual and Backpacker

Snowboard Travel Insurance

Snowboard Travel Insurance

Our snowboard insurance cover can cover emergency medical expenses, piste closures, ski passes as well as the theft, loss and damage to personal and hired equipment.

Backpacker Insurance

Backpacker Insurance

Our Backpacker Travel Insurance can cover 2 years continual travel, including working and volunteering as well as medical, cancellation and baggage cover.

Ski Insurance

From hazardous activities such as bungee jumping and skydiving to weddings, cruises, independent travellers, excess waivers and business insurance. We have you covered.

What Is a Pre-Existing Medical Condition?

What Is a Pre-Existing Medical Condition?

Do you have a pre-existing medical condition that you need to declare to your travel insurance provider? Get advice on pre-existing medical conditions.

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When is The Best Time to Buy Travel Insurance?

Essential Travel recommends the best time to purchase your travel insurance to make sure your holiday is fully covered and you get the most from your policy.

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Learn how to cut costs on your holiday insurance & receive exclusive travel insurance discounts. Cover for medical emergencies, cancellation and lost luggage.

You can customise your policy further with pre-existing medical condition cover, sports and a number of other specialist add-ons.

Do You Need to Declare a Medical Condition?

If you have a pre-existing medical condition it’s vital that you declare it or you could invalidate your entire policy. Insurers don’t like to think that you’ve hidden things from them and you may be surprised to find out that many common medical conditions such as allergies can be added without any additional cost. What’s more, you even have the option to declare a condition but then exclude it from your policy. What this means is that you’ve told your insurer about your condition but decided not to cover it, so you will be covered medically for anything unrelated to that condition.

Do You Need Extra Sports or Specialist Cover?

A decent policy will include cover for many sporty or adventure activities as standard. However the more adventurous or dangerous the activity, like winter sports, the more likely it is that you will need to purchase additional sports insurance. You can customise your policy further a number of other specialist add-ons.

Winter Sports

By adding Winter Sports to your Single, Annual or Backpacker policy you can take part in over 26 winter sports and be covered for:

Medical: you will be covered for emergency medical expenses that occur should you have an accident and require medical attention including cover for mountain rescue, helicopter rescue costs and repatriation

Equipment: Winter Sports cover also provides peace of mind against any theft, loss or damage to your personal or hired equipment as well as any pre-paid fees.

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Regardless of your handicap, cover for your golf equipment and pre-paid green fees can be added to your policy giving you nothing else to work on except your game.

Simply add extra golf protection to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policy to add extra protection for:

  • Your Personal Equipment up to £1000
  • Hired Equipment up to £200
  • Pre-paid Green Fees up to £300
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Self employed or working for a company, if you travel for work you can add extra protection against accidental loss, theft or damage to your business equipment to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policies.

Business cover protects equipment such as cameras, mobiles, laptops that you may need to work or have with you in meetings.

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Sail the seas worry-free by adding extra cover for missed port, cabin confinement and unused excursions to any of our Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip travel insurance policies.

Cruise cover will add extra protection for:

  • Extended baggage cover up to £3,500
  • Missed shore trips up to £500
  • Cabin confinement (due to illness) up to £600
  • Valuables up to £700
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If you're planning on tying the knot abroad, extra cover for accidental loss, theft or damage to your your wedding clothes, rings, gifts and photos can be added to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policy, to help ensure that your special day is everything it’s meant to be.

  • Wedding Clothes up to £1500 per person
  • Wedding Gifts up to £1000 per couple
  • Wedding Rings up to £250 per person
  • Wedding Photographs up to £750 per person
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Excess Waiver

Should you need to claim on your travel insurance an Excess is the amount that you'll have to pay before we pick up the rest of the bill.

Avoid paying any excesses by adding the Excess Waiver option to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policy.

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Independent Traveller

If you've packaged your holiday yourself (without the help of a travel agent) add the Indepentent Traveller add-on will provide cover for additional scenarios such as:

  • Extended Cancellation and Curtailment: If you need to cancel or return home early because your booked accommodation becomes unreachable and unusable due to a travel ban or evacuation
  • Extended Delayed & Missed Departure: Not only will we pay you for the first 12 hours of delay, we'll also help with pre-paid travel, accomodation & any alternative travel arrangements you may need to make
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