Gap Year Travel Insurance

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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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As you make your way through the booking process you can customise your annual holiday insurance policy - with the option of adding extras such as winter sports, hazardous activities and business trip cover.

Winter Sports

Adding Winter Sports cover to your Single, Annual or Backpacker insurance policy allows you to take part in over 25 winter sports, as well as providing:

Medical Cover: 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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Golf

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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Business

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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Cruise

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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Wedding

If you're planning on tying the knot abroad, extra cover for accidental loss, theft or damage to 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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