Gap year students advised to take out travel insurance and protect personal safety

Students about to set out on a gap year should ensure they are properly prepared, which includes taking adequate travel insurance with them.

Hiscox advises them to think about ways of protecting their personal safety and keeping out of trouble while they are abroad .

The insurance provider suggests that before they go, they investigate the health situation and have the required vaccinations, gain an understanding of local laws and customs to avoid a run in with the authorities, make certain necessary documents are carried and kept safe and take along copies of important items like passports .

Austyn Tusler, home and travel insurance expert at Hiscox, said: “For many gap year travellers, the real gap could be in their knowledge of how to keep safe while travelling in different countries. Safety should begin at home before leaving on the trip itself. By following some basic safety tips or going on a safety course, travellers can minimise the chances of getting into dangerous situations or being the victim of theft.”

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