Director of Essential Travel Stuart Bensusan comments: "Students who take a gap year will not be exempt from escalating university fees and all indications
"Deciding to take the risk and travel without insurance may seem an easy way to economise and
"Backpackers tend to embark on activities such as bungee jumping, diving and sky diving which are obviously higher risk than your average package holiday so if anyone ought to have a decent insurance policy its independent travellers.
"Having insurance helps with medical assistance, replacing lost luggage - even more important when your whole life is on your back.
"When creating a travel budget, young people should always include travel insurance so they can truly enjoy their experience and ensure they select a policy that covers all activities they intend to embark on."
EssentialTravel.co.uk's Backpacker Travel Insurance starts from symbol(pound)
For further information visit www.essentialtravel.co.uk
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Established in 2001, EssentialTravel.co.uk is one of the UK's leading online travel essentials companies. The core products offered include competitively priced, fully comprehensive travel insurance; airport car parking; airport lounge access; airport hotels; car hire; and car hire excess insurance.
Essential Travel is part of Thomas Cook UK & Ireland.
For further information visit www.essentialtravel.co.uk or call 0845 803 5434 or interviews with the Essential Travel management team call cass.helstrip@