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Backpacker Travel Insurance

The world is your oyster- and what better time to explore and have an adventure than now? Whether it’s backpacking, working abroad, a gap in education or simply leaving the comfort of your home town and all its familiarities in search of something new, then a Backpacker & Longstay policy might just be for you.

We know that the hardest part of planning a backpacking trip is deciding where you’re going to go. So, we’ve done the dirty work and found you the top backpacking destinations according to Instagram- so rest assured you’re guaranteed to have the most visually pleasing social media out of all your followers!

If you do decide on a gap year, then you must ensure you’ve got the right travel insurance. We’ve got you covered with our Longstay insurance- so you can just relax and discover the world. Life’s too short, so go have an adventure!

What is backpacker insurance?

Unlike Annual or Multi-trip policies, Longstay policies provide cover for those travelling across numerous destinations over a period from 1 to 18 months (depending on your age and destination of choice).

Backpacker or Longstay trips can be unpredictable, and often you’ll end up going to a destination spontaneously which wasn’t in your original travelling plans. When you purchase your policy, you’ll most likely be asked to choose a group of destinations, so you have the flexibility to travel to any that are included, or call your insurer to extend and cover even more! And, if you thought this policy couldn’t get any better, it also provides cover for cancellation, curtailment, emergency medical attention and repatriation, personal possessions and activities- so you can travel knowing that everything is taken care of!

Do I need backpacker insurance?

Regardless of where you’re going, you always need some form of travel insurance. Given that a backpacking, gap year or charity work trip may differ considerably from, let’s say a 2-week family holiday to Benidorm, Single Trip and Multi Trip policies simply won’t provide you with enough cover. For example, the Long stay policies even allow you to come home twice during your trip for up to 21 days if you begin to miss those home comforts and need a pitstop for Mum’s cooking (without rendering your policy invalid).

There are several reasons why our Backpacker & Longstay insurance is so important:

What does Alpha’s backpacker insurance cover?

Despite popular belief, Backpacking isn’t just for students. That’s why we’ve established a Backpacking & Longstay policy catering to a wide scope of travellers. This policy is ideal for:

What does Alpha’s Backpacker & Longstay Insurance cover?

Wherever your journey takes you, rest assured- we’ve got you covered, which includes:

Backpacker Travel Insurance FAQs

How long will I be covered for with a Backpacker & Longstay Insurance?

If you take out Backpacker & Longstay Insurance, it can provide cover for 1 to 18 months. Alpha provides significantly longer cover than most travel insurers (most cover up to 18 months as standard).

If I want to travel longer than planned, can I extend my policy?

Yes- providing you do not exceed the 18-month cover. For example, if you initially take out cover for 6 months, you can contact us and extend cover for a further 12 months. There is no limit on the number of times you can extend your cover, as long as your overall trip does not exceed 18 months.

Is Gadget Insurance included in my policy?

No, we have several extensions which you can add to your policy, including cover for gadgets.

Can I return home during my period of insurance and will I still be covered when I continue with my trip?

Yes- you’re allowed two ‘return home trips’ of up to 21 days during your policy cover period, without invalidating your policy. So, if you’re worried you might feel a little homesick, this policy is perfect for you.

If your trip home exceeds 21 days your policy will terminate immediately and you will need to purchase a new policy should you wish to travel again.

When using the return home cover, all cover is suspended on clearance of customs in your home country and restarts after the baggage check-in at your international departure point to your overseas destination.

¹Pricing based on a 30 year old, travelling to Australia and New Zealand , if purchased within the two weeks prior to travelling on an Alpha 175 Longstay policy for 94 days. Prices correct as of 19/12/2023

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