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Top five tips for a worry free Gap Year

Taking a gap year? Stay safe with these easy to follow tips.

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A gap year can be an exciting adventure, but unfamiliar countries and a long stay abroad can present problems. However, a few simple measures can go a long way towards ensuring a problem free trip.


1. Get vaccinated

Travelling to exotic climates and coming into contact with unfamiliar illnesses can result in delay, curtailment or unplanned medical expenses. Indeed, illness and medical costs can be responsible for over half of claims on long term insurance policies. Ensuring you have the correct vaccinations and take appropriate medication such as anti-malaria pills is vital to minimising this risk.