Gap year travel insurance 'can help when alone'

19 October 2009 10:31

Gap year travel insurance 'can help when alone'

When travelling alone, backpacker travel insurance can remove the possible need to rely on strangers if something goes wrong during the journey, it has been noted.

Emma Wall writes for the Telegraph about the experiences of an unnamed colleague of Frances Linzee Gordon, an author for Lonely Planet.

The unnamed traveller was involved in a vehicle accident and subsequently contracted malaria.

But without gap year travel insurance, she was left to cope with only the assistance of strangers.

"Gap year travellers should pay extra heed to this story as they are much more likely than others to try extreme activities," asserts Ms Wall.

Ms Gordon goes into further detail about the incident in a post on the Go Gap Year blog.

There, she warns that a lack of suitable travel insurance could mean travellers return from their gap year adventures to face medical or transport costs of thousands of pounds.

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