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Gap Year Travel Insurance

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Gap Year Travel Insurance

Gap years provide so much more than a break from education; they offer a chance to improve your CV, test your chosen career path, gain life experience, learn new skills and do something amazing like volunteering. To ensure you and your trip are protected against any unexpected holiday disasters, such as medical emergencies or lost possessions, it is important to invest in quality Gap Year travel insurance.

Types of gap year insurance cover

We are not on Comparison WebsitesHolidaysafe offer three levels of cover which are perfect for gap year travellers and students, which all allow you to travel for up to 24 months (depending on your age and destination of choice). Our backpacker and longstay range covers a great variety of activities, medical expenses and working abroad.

Gap Year Travel Insurance Benefits

Holidaysafe’s backpacker and Longstay travel insurance policies are perfect for student and gap year travellers. The benefits of a Holidaysafe travel insurance policy include;

  • Cover for trips up to 24 months in duration, in Europe or Worldwide. (Plus you can extend your policy whilst away, as long as your total trip does not exceed 24 months in total.)
  • Cover included for lost, stolen or damaged gadgets including tablet computers and smartphones.
  • Cover for 100 activities free of charge, with the opportunity to extend your cover to include many more.
  • Your policy will include two return trips home (up to 21 days each) without breaking your cover, so you can return home for Christmas, Birthdays, or whenever you fancy a visit.
  • Cover for studying, volunteering and working abroad* included as standard.
  • Cover includes: cancellation, medical expenses, repatriation, personal injury, legal expenses, personal belongings and personal accident.
  • Discounts available for couples and families.

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Why Holidaysafe?
  • Award Winning Travel Insurance
  • Save 15% Online!
  • FREE and secure Customer Area
  • Discounts on Couples & Family Policies
  • 24/7 access to a UK based GP during your trip
  • 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance
  • And Much More

Award Winning Travel Insurance

  • Your Money 'Best Online Travel Insurance Provider' 2018
  • Featured in the Which? Best Rate Tables since 2010
  • The British Travel Awards' Bronze Place in the 'Best Travel Insurance Provider' category 2017
  • Moneywise 'Most Trusted Travel Insurance Provider' 2016
  • Moneyfacts ‘Travel Insurance Provider of the Year' 2014 & 2016
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Gap Year Travel Insurance FAQs

Which policy should I choose?

Unfortunately, we can’t tell you which policy is right for you; it totally depends on your individual trip plans and requirements. However, key things to look at include the amount of cancellation cover (make sure that it is enough to cover the pre-paid costs of your trip just in case you can’t go), personal possessions cover (again is it enough for the things you are bringing? Do you need to add cover for gadgets such as mobiles and tablet computers?) and medical cover (as a rule of thumb you should have at least £5million if travelling worldwide).

For more information on the cover that our policies offer, please click here.

Which sporting activities are not covered as standard?

Please click here for a full list of the activities we cover under our Backpacker and Longstay range. If you don’t see your chosen activity, simply contact our customer service team to see if we can provide cover.

Can I work abroad on my gap year?

Yes, we cover working abroad as standard, as long as you aren’t doing any manual labour, which we define as work involving the lifting or carrying of heavy items in excess of 25Kg, work at a higher level than two storeys or any form of work underground.

Are there countries I should avoid on my gap year?

We wouldn’t advise travelling to anywhere deemed unsafe by the FCDO – visit our dedicated FCDO Travel Aware page to check the status of your destination.

What if I return home and then leave again within the 24 months of my policy?

That’s not a problem; we allow two trips back to the UK, up to 21 days each, without breaking your cover. You don’t need to let us know when you take these trips, as your cover will simply pause when you arrive back in the UK and re-start when you depart again. As long as each trip is less than 21 days your cover will not be affected, so you can make sure you don’t miss Christmas, your Mum’s birthday or any other important events.

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*Excludes manual labour, which is defined as work involving the lifting or carrying of heavy items in excess of 25Kg, work at a higher level than two storeys or any form of work underground.

Please note, Holidaysafe’s online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.