Backpacking around Europe and travel insurance

Europe has been and will always be a massive destination for backpackers from all over the world. British backpackers are certainly included in this too!

Many young people from the UK head over to Europe year round. Popular destinations include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris and Rome. They also travel to the far flung corners of Europe to such places as the Greek Islands and Portugal.

Do I need travel insurance for backpacking around Europe as I have an Ehic card?

The answer to this question is most definitely yes. While the UK remains in the EU (and maybe after) then the EHIC card is essential for young Brits heading over to the continent.

However the Ehic is not a replacement for comprehensive travel insurance. Ehic should cover any health issues that might come up but this is limited to public hospitals. It has even been reported that some Spanish hospitals refused to accept Ehic from Brits although this is against EU law.

So let us look at some scenarios…

I am off to France for the ski season. Will I need travel cover? YES

I am just going on a weekend city break to Barcelona. Will I need travel insurance? YES

I am hitch-hiking around Europe for 180 days. Will I need travel insurance for 180 days? YES

I am heading to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago. Will I need travel insurance for 90 days? YES

So you get the picture now? You need cover if you are leaving the UK for any time so make sure you take out comprehensive travel insurance for Europe.

Worldnomads backpacker insurance is an extremely popular backpacker travel insurance company that offers great features that can be bought from anywhere in the world!
Some of their features include the following:
– Ability to buy cover while you are travelling even if you have left home
– Cover many different nationalities
Quotes from £21.00 / $49.00

> Visit WORLD NOMADS and get a quote today

Aviva travel insurance has a number of different options for backpackers and long term travellers. Some of the features include:
Emergency medical treatment
Emergency dental pain relief
Repatriation (emergency flight costs)
Quotes from £45.00

> Visit AVIVA TRAVEL INSURANCE and get a quote today

Alpha Travel Insurance has been specifically designed to be simple and straightforward with a number of specialist backpacker policies which start from just 24p per day!
Quotes from £32.00

> Visit ALPHA TRAVEL INSURANCE and get a quote today

Get going offer their customers quick and affordable travel insurance for medical conditions, with the option to choose from a number of cover levels and policies.
Quotes from £29.00

> Visit GET GOING TRAVEL INSURANCE and get a quote today

Columbus is a well established provider of UK travel insurance to backpackers and long term travellers alike. They are also useful for the active traveller as they cover over 150 sports and adventure activities.

Quotes from £8.00

> Visit COLUMBUS TRAVEL INSURANCE and get a quote today

Explorer have specialist cover for backpackers from the UK heading to such destinations as Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. North America can be added too.
Quotes from £12.00

> Visit EXPLORER TRAVEL INSURANCE and get a quote today

If you are over the age of 65 you might like to check out travel insurance over 80 for more travel insurance options


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