New travel insurance for gap-year students

13 July 2004
Direct Travel has announced the introduction of a new, flexible, value-for-money, backpacking insurance policy.

The leading independent travel insurance specialist has timed its release to coincide with the end of exams and the imminent A-Level results.

It is specifically designed for travellers under the age of 37 and offers pay as you go premiums so consumers can choose their initial period of long stay travel up to a maximum of 12 months.

On top of this it is possible to extend the same policy at any stage during the travels for up to 18 months in total.

It additionally offers cover for over 100 different hazardous sports. These include such pursuits as bungee jumping, and elephant or gorilla trekking.

There is also an added premium option for more than 25 other hazardous sports, such as black water rafting and shark diving.

Medical and repatriation costs come as standard on the essential cover, as does personal liability, personal accident, legal expenses and loss of passport expenses.

Permissible UK return is available at stage during the life of the policy for a maximum of 14 days, at no extra cost in case of a home emergency or the need to retake examinations.

An additional concierge service gives customers the chance to retrieve urgent messages, obtain emergency ticket or hotel reservations, as well as passport, visa and vaccination requirements.

Direct backpacker essential cover starts at £23.56 for 90 days in Europe, £66.32 for 180 days in Australia and New Zealand, or £181.68 for 365 days anywhere in the world including the USA.