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Gap Year Travel Insurance

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  5. For UK and ROI residents only
  6. If you are aged 75 or over please visit our partner Vital Health

From only £12.94 per Month

  • Pre-existing medical cover
  • Medical, cancellation & baggage cover
  • Up to 2 years continuous travel
    includes volunteering and working abroad
  • 100+ sports at no extra cost
  • 24 hour Emergency Assistance

From only £12.94 per Month

Insurance for Gap Year Travel

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
  • Protection for non-manual work

Can I partake in risky sports activities?

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.

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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.

Find the right travel insurance for your needs with Essential Travel's Expert Tips: