• Posted:Friday, October 2, 2009
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Get insured before you get going
Good news, backpackers! Evidence has emerged that we are indeed an intelligent bunch, with an increase in insurance policies being taken out be intrepid adventurers. I've long been a proponent of effective travel insurance, as you just never know what to expect when on a backpacking holiday. And it seems a growing number of people agree, with Direct Travel Insurance identifying a 25 per cent increase in sales to backpackers between July 2008 and the same month this year.

The firm's backpacker policy is, of course, tailored specifically for people like us, with features including cover for unexpected trips back home. Peace of mind is important when travelling around various hostels in different countries, but Direct Travel Insurance noted that many people embarking on such trips have overlooked policies in the past.

A sign that this is changing is welcome and managing director of the company Jonathan Cooper suggested that there is "simply no reason" to travel without cover, particularly as it can work out a lot cheaper than having to replace anything that is stolen or pay for medical bills.

"Backpacking can be very enriching but things can and sometimes do go wrong. Our figures show that young travellers are becoming more aware of the risks they could be facing," he said.

The issue was recently highlighted by airport lounge programme Priority Pass, as having appropriate insurance ranked near the top of its list of things to prepare ahead of any travel, with medication and packing a spare pair of glasses also mentioned.
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