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If you've landed on this page then I think it's safe to assume that you're about to go backpacking or you're at least thinking about it. It's also safe to say that buying travel insurance for your trip is not the most exciting part of planning your travels, is it? We know you really want to be thinking about potential henna tattoos, what hashtags to use for all the shots you'll be posting on Instagram (#blessed – it's a classic) and how to travel light but stylishly.
With that in mind, let's try to impart this (fairly important) information as painlessly as possible:
But it's a good idea! Obviously, we would say that, wouldn't we? It can be quite expensive so no one could blame you if you are wondering if you should try your luck without it. The chances are you won't have to use it, but if something happens whilst you're away and you don't have travel insurance… it can be expensive. Very expensive. A broken leg in Singapore can cost up to £7,200. It can also be terrifying, especially if you're ill or injured in a non-English speaking country. A good travel insurance provider will be able to support you through something like that.
Because you are going backpacking. Seriously though, there's specific backpacker insurance for a reason. Most decent travel insurance policies cover things like accidents, illness, loss of belongings, theft, cancellations, delays etc. Backpacker insurance tends to cover all of that, but for a much longer period, in some cases up to 18 months at a time. It's a bit like temporary health and home insurance for a snail (because they carry their homes on their backs, see?).
There are some aspects of our cover that come as standard; you can't change or remove these bits because they are really important. For example:
And there are bits that you can add on if you want:
A full list of inclusions, exclusions and add-ons can be found in our backpacker insurance policy wording booklet.
If you want to go ahead and buy, or just work out how much it'll cost, get a quote here.
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We can cover your kids for free!
If you’re going away with your children, we can cover them on your policy at no extra charge, whether you buy an annual policy or single trip cover.
Going away more than once this year?
An annual multi-trip policy can save you money. And winter sports cover is included at no extra charge. What more could you ask for?