With students celebrating the end of their studies, vehicle hire excess and travel insurance specialist Questor Insurance reveals some of the ways that they can save on the cost of their gap year.
1. Find a free or low-cost volunteer programme
A family with young children could face having to stump up hundreds of pounds in fees to include features such as a child seat or add an extra driver as part of their car rental.
A quick internet search will throw up a range of free volunteer abroad programmes in a number of continents. Some programmes, such as the international citizen service, won’t charge
you a programme fee but will require you to fundraise a minimum amount before you set off.
Organisations such as International Voluntary Service (IVS) and Concordia also offer voluntary placements abroad with low-placement fees, and offer the added bonus of in-country support.
2. Head to a low-cost destination
Opting for a destination where you will get more bang for your buck, will mean that you can live in style during your gap year, rather than just getting by. Spain recently topped a
ranking of best value holiday destinations for Brits, with the top five being completed by Sri Lanka, the Czech Republic, Bali and Vietnam*.
3. Find the best deal on your gap year travel insurance
Most students will be on a shoestring budget during their gap year travels, so it important that they get the right level of gap year travel insurance for your needs, without paying
over the odds. Backpackers travel insurance provides a comprehensive level of cover, including
features such as emergency medical expenses, baggage cover and legal expenses to ensure that you are covered for a number of eventualities on your gap year. The fact that it often
provides cover for more than a year, means it gives you the flexibility to extend your trip, should you want to put off the 9 to 5 for just a little bit longer.
4. Work your way around the world
Earning your way around the world is a great option for gappers who haven’t had the opportunity to save up during their final year of study. If you are aged between 18 and 30 you
can get a 12-month working holiday visa for Australia or Canada.
For those who want to complete a short stint working in the US or complete an internship, organisations such as CCUSA and BUNAC can provide you with the necessary support.
5. Get an International students card
Just as in the UK, being a student abroad means that you can get discounts on an array of items, including admissions tickets to historical sites, train travel and more.
An ISIC (International Student Identity Card) is recognised around the world and could make you substantial savings on your travels. Snap one up online at www.isic.org.
Commenting, Questor Insurance CEO Andrew Lawrence, said: “Heading off on a gap year can be one of the most exhilarating, and eye-opening experiences of student’s lives."
“However, as students may be trying out new experiences, such as adventure sports, for the first time as part of their gap year, it is crucial that they take out comprehensive travel insurance before they set off.”
Questor Insurance has a specifically designed travel insurance product for back packers, with prices starting from £72.94, visit www.questor-insurance.co.uk to buy it today.
Questor Insurance’s ‘Be Holiday Savvy’ campaign is running from June to September and will provide travellers with a wealth of handy hints and tips
to make the process of planning and executing their foreign holiday that much smoother.