Gap Year Travel Safety
Travel Safety for Backpackers and Travellers
In all likelihood you’re going to have a safe trip. The majority of travellers go round the world without incident. However, the fact is travelling does expose you to a lot of risks; it's important to know how to stay safe and what to do in an emergency. That's where we come in.
We've got loads of advice guides and travel safety tips to make sure your gap year is as safe as can be. For example, guides such as dealing with drugs abroad and backpacking tips for girls are packed full of useful advice and information, so make sure you give them a read! If you stay safe, you'll enjoy your gap year - trust us on that one...
Of the 250,000 18 to 24-year-old backpackers leaving the UK over the next six months, one in three will travel without insurance. Perhaps they think that it will never happen to them. Like many people, I thought it would never happen to me. Well, I travelled without insurance and it did happen to me.
Your travel insurance should cover the following:
- Medical and health cover for an injury or sudden illness abroad
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance
- Personal liability cover in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property
- Lost and stolen possessions cover
- Cancellation and curtailment (cutting short your trip) cover
- Extra cover for activities that are commonly excluded from standard policies, such as jet skiing
The policy should cover the whole time that you’re away.
Your policy may also have:
- personal accident cover
- legal expenses cover
- financial protection if your airline goes bankrupt before or during your trip.
Many insurers will extend cover if you ask them. If not, shop around for a specialist policy.
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Vang Vieng, the quiet mountain town of Laos, is one of the most picturesque places in all of South East Asia.
As tubing becomes more and more popular each year so do the dangers involved. People suffer from an endless list of calamities, each becoming worse; alcohol poisoning, drug induced episodes, violence, theft and rape. Young adults die so often in Vang Vieng that it is no longer a shock to anyone, let alone the locals.