The volunteer and gap year company, i to i, offers some good advice to backpackers. People planning gap years where they stay with friends, or intending to visit mid-haul destinations in 2011, have been reminded of the importance of travel insurance by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).
The FCO notes that destinations where people have lived in the past, or where they have spent significant amounts of time on holiday, can feel like a home from home.
However that is no reason not to take some simple precautions if planning gap years in mid-haul locations or where the traveller is not yet aware of local customs.
By researching the destination before heading away, backpackers can be sure that they do not unknowingly offend the locals. A visit to your GP is also suggested to arrange the appropriate vaccinations for more exotic hotspots.
Comprehensive travel insurance can cover you for any unexpected costs incurred, even if you’re staying with family and friends.
If you are about to set off on a gap year it is essential that you have adequate backpacker travel insurance. Accidents and illness can and do happen for a variety of reasons, but failure to have appropriate gap year insurance could leave you footing huge bills for medical or travel expenses.
Also, if you’re the adventurous type and planning to take part in activities whilst you’re away, you need to make sure that you have got the right backpacker insurance in place before you go!
24/7 gap year insurance
You can purchase great value gap year insurance direct at 24/7 travel insurance. For a 2-month trip in Asia, will cost you just £18.43* – a small price to pay to really enjoy your gap year all the more!
* Premium £18.43 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an individual aged under 36 taking out a ‘Standard’ Backpacker Worldwide excluding USA/Canada/Caribbean 24/7 travel insurance policy for 2 months. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (January 2011) and are subject to change.