Top backpacking gap year tips for students!

Travelling is a great way to get over the stress of exams. Whether you are taking some time out to see the world before starting university or embarking on your career, read on for some top backpacking gap year travel tips…

Careful planning – Research your destination(s) before you travel. Remember, a visa may be required for some countries, which can take up to a few weeks to get hold of, so make sure you give yourself enough time to sort out the paperwork. You should also make sure all your regular jabs (such as tetanus) are up to date and check with your GP if you need any additional vaccinations or medication.

Insure yourself – If you arrange your 24/7 gap year travel insurance as soon as you book your trip, you will be immediately covered should you need to cancel your plans. Check your gap year travel insurance cover limits for personal possessions including valuables and single items, and think carefully before taking expensive items with you on your trip (camera, laptops and so on). You should also check that the gap year travel insurance policy covers you for any activities you plan on doing…like bungee jumping! Check out 24/7 travel insurance who automatically cover 70 activities as standard!

Where to go? – Know what you want to get out of your gap year adventure and where you want to visit. There are many hostels and guesthouses along the backpacker routes which are a basic, but usually cheap and comfortable accommodation – popular with gap year travellers! They’re also a great place to meet other backpackers to exchange travelling stories with! Check out realgap.co.uk for some great backpacking gap year destinations.

Travel light – If you’re backpacking around the world, you won’t want you rucksack to be too heavy. Remember you can always pick up a bargain along the way. The beauty of backpacking around the world is that you can simply throw your rucksack on your back and go!

Money matters – Carry your money in a secure form such as a Travel Money Card (e.g. Post Office Travel Money Card) and do not take too much in cash (note: most travel insurances have a low cash limit, typically £100). Tell your bank you’re going overseas and ask if you will incur charges if you use overseas cash machines.

For more information:The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides guidance for travellers on its website www.fco.gov.uk/travel. It is packed with essential travel advice, tips and up to date country-specific information.

Also, visit www.gogapyear.com for top tips and useful hints on planning your Gap Year trip.

Backpacker’s gap year travel insurance:
For those going on a gap year, the cheapest option is most likely to be a Backpacker travel insurance policy which allows you to choose cover for longer durations, typically up to a maximum of 18 months. It is important that you remember to check that the Backpacker travel insurance policy offers you the level of cover that you need for your trip before you buy it. 24/7 Backpacker travel insurance is available from only £21.62!* – great value for peace of mind whilst travelling!

* Premium £21.62 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on 1 adult aged under 36 taking out a 24/7 travel insurance “Standard” (Worldwide excluding USA, Canada & Caribbean) Backpacker travel insurance policy for 2 months. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (July 2009) and are subject to change.