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Gap Year Travel Insurance

If you’re planning on taking some time out between your studies to travel, or taking a sabbatical from work, then the world truly is your oyster.

While you’re travelling you’ll be able to enjoy new experiences that you wouldn’t otherwise have done at home and learn new things about yourself too. You can pick up new skills, explore new places, make new friends and even learn a new language or two.

If you’ve already thought about your future and know what career you’d like to go into, or what course you’d like to study next, there are plenty of work placements, internships and volunteering positions to choose from to give you some first-hand experience. But remember, your gap year is also a time to have lots of fun, expand your horizons and earn some money too.

To make sure you have the best gap year possible it’s important to take out travel insurance. That way you’re covered in case you encounter any problems along the way, for example if you fall ill unexpectedly or your luggage or personal items became lost or stolen.

Spectrum’s Gap Year Travel Insurance has been designed specifically with backpackers in mind so you have the peace of mind that you’re covered 24/7 when you’re many miles away from home.

What Is Gap Year Travel Insurance?

Gap Year Travel Insurance provides specialised cover for those heading away on an extended trip to explore the world.

Spectrum Gap Year insurance is available for those aged 45 and under heading away on trips between one and 18 months in duration. Policies include a 24/7 emergency medical helpline which is staffed by both medically trained and multilingual agents so you can be confident that we’ll provide effective help and assistance wherever you are in the world.

Why Should I Choose Gap Year Insurance?

As with any type of trip it’s unfortunately the case that negative things can happen at any time that can affect your travel plans or mean you have to return home sooner than expected.

With a Spectrum Gap Year policy you have the peace of mind that you’re covered for a range of issues that could arise while you’re away from home on an extended trip.

You may be tempted to save your money and use it while you’re away instead of buying a policy. But think about this carefully. How would you feel if you were ill in a foreign land, especially if there’s a language barrier? How would you cover the cost of your treatment which could easily run into hundreds if not thousands of pounds? You’ll find that having someone to call on will be truly invaluable and well worth the small outlay when compared to the total cost of your trip.

If you’re aged over 45 then Spectrum offers a Long Stay policy which covers trips up to 12 months (age dependent). Or if you plan to travel up to 100 days then take a look at Spectrum’s Single Trip cover.

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Key Benefits Of Our Gap Year Travel Insurance

  • Available for those aged 45 and under
  • Covers trips from one to 18 months duration
  • 24/7 emergency medical helpline
  • Over 100 adventure sports and activities covered automatically including bungee jumping, white water rafting and zip lining
  • One temporary home visit allowed
  • Gap Year Gold Plus provides cover for course fees and computer equipment
  • Seven optional extras to choose from including Gadget Cover and Travel Disruption for additional specialised protection
  • Extended Winter Sports cover available – perfect for seasonaires

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What Does Gap Year Travel Insurance Cover?

Spectrum’s Travel Insurance covers a whole host of aspects and with three levels to choose from – Silver, Gold and Gold Plus – you can select the Gap Year policy that best fits your individual requirements. Some key aspects are:

  • Cancellation and curtailment – cover up to £5,000 available
  • Medical Expenses – up to £7.5million cover available
  • Baggage – cover up to £2,000 available
  • Personal Accident – cover up to £20,000 available
  • Personal Liability – cover up to £2million available
  • Incarceration Abroad – if you’re imprisoned by the local judiciary for a period of two weeks then cover up to £500 is available to enable a close relative to visit you.
  • Gap Year Gold Plus – includes specific cover for course fees and computer equipment.

Plus much more – you can find a full outline of all Spectrum cover levels by visiting our Cover Levels page.

Is There A Limit To The Length Of Trip I Can Be Covered For?

The maximum length of trip you can be covered for is 18 months.

Are Temporary Home Visits Allowed During My Policy Term?

With a Spectrum Gap Year policy you are able to visit home on a temporary basis once during your period of cover without it invalidating your policy. The visit home must not exceed 14 days and your cover will cease from your arrival home and be reinstated on your departure.

I Have a Medical Condition – Can I Take Out Gap Year Cover?

We realise that you might be concerned about declaring a condition – whether it’s the fact that you don’t want to answer lots of questions, or you’re concerned about what the cover might cost. With Spectrum you don’t need to worry as we’ve made the process of declaring your condition as straightforward as possible as you can do so online or over the phone.

If you have a medical condition then it’s important to declare it when you take out your cover. That’s because if something happens that’s linked to your condition and you haven’t told us about it then it is likely that any related claim will be declined.

So don’t risk travelling without cover – get a quote today.

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Why Choose Spectrum Travel Insurance?

24/7 Emergency Helpline

100+Activities Covered FREE

Up to
£10m Medical Cover Per Person

Up to
£10,000 Cancellation Cover Per Person

What Area Of Travel Should I Choose?

To keep things simple we offer three area options:

  • Europe
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • Worldwide including USA, Canada and the Caribbean

For example, if you are planning on heading to Thailand, Vietnam and Australia during your time away you’d need to select Worldwide including USA, Canada and the Caribbean.

Also if you take out cover for Australia and New Zealand, then stopovers, both on the outward and return journey, of up to 72 hours are permitted in any country covered under the Worldwide including USA, Canada and the Caribbean.

When Should I Take Out Gap Year Cover?

Once you purchase your Spectrum Gap Year policy you’re immediately covered for cancellation so it’s best to take out your cover as soon as you have booked your trip.

Tailor Your Policy With A Range Of Additional Options

Here at Spectrum we aim to ensure that you can build a policy to fit your individual needs. Not only do we offer a wide range of cover, we also provide several additional options including:

  • Gadget Cover – added protection for up to five of your gadgets, including smart phones and tablets.
  • Winter Sports – heading to the slopes during your time away? Then make sure you add Winter Sports cover to your gap year policy.

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