Planning your gap year?

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Who are BL Claims Solicitors

BL Claims Solicitors specialise in personal injury, clinical negligence and travel claims, providing our clients with hands-on support, nationally.

We are rated as one of the top firms in the UK and believe in speaking to our clients in jargon-free language and ensuring you're speaking to a highly qualified lawyer right from the outset

I reported back in September on the FCO's new campaign Plan. Pack. Explore. The aim is to encourage young people heading off on their gap year or extended travels, or indeed anyone travelling abroad, to think and plan carefully before jetting off.

One of the key elements to planning a successful trip abroad is making sure you have comprehensive travel insurance.  Of course, this will not come top of your list as you start to piece together your travel itinerary.  A good travel insurance policy could, however, save you a lot of time, hassle and (most importantly) money if you have an accident abroad, need medical assistance, or if your travel plans are disrupted.  There may even be cover under your travel insurance policy for the legal fees of a solicitor to be paid should you need legal advice or assistance regarding a claim abroad.

With Columbus Direct reporting in September's ITIJ that the average cost of a medical claim on its backpacker policy ranges between £370 and £750, the importance of being prepared cannot be emphasised enough.  Most gap year students will be working to a budget and will not be able to afford the unexpected expense of a clinic or hospital bill.  These can become pricey no matter how minor the treatment you receive.

Set off on your gap year with the intention of having the time of your life but, before you go, check you have the specialist travel insurance you need for your journey. As the FCO say: Plan. Pack. Explore. 

BL Claims Solicitors are here to help

If you would like to talk to someone and discuss a potential claim please call us on 0344 620 6600 anytime between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, or if you would prefer you can email us at