Getting a good travel policy for your first trip abroad is an essential part of planning that first holiday without the parents. But many comparison sites don't quote for travellers under the age of 18, meaning the search can be more difficult than it should be.
We have a list of companies to the right who are happy to insure children who are not travelling with their own family. Most of them have slightly different 'rules' when it comes to what type of group of young travellers they will cover, so do read through them and check any policy you are looking at carefully. It's really important that with any policy you not only find a policy that covers young travellers or children, but also one which will insure any medical conditions the younger traveller might have or activities they plan to undertake.
There are more insurers who are happy to cover children who are accompanied by a responsible adult. Typically that might be a leader of a school party or sports club, or alternatively a friends parent if a child is holidaying with friends. However there are also insurers who are quite happy to cover children who are travelling with a group of fellow teenagers, for example after their GCSEs.
Not normally, and usually travel insurance premiums for young travellers are very affordable. Whilst as parents there is a tendency to assume that risks are higher for this age group the actual situation is that claims made by children travelling without their parents are lower and this is reflected in the premiums.
Whilst high value claims (which tend to be medical related) are fewer there is probably a higher potential of losses of mobile phones, iPhones, MP3, iPads, headphones, tablets etc etc., look out our gadget insurance comparison service for more details on insuring all your gadgets!
This content was last reviewed on 29/07/2015