Cycling Around the World


Cycle Touring Insurance

Posted by Stephen Peel - Cycling Around the World on April 10, 2017 at 7:35 PM

Cycle Touring Insurance

And so, as the day I leave on this amazing adventure draws near, I am struggling to find an insurance company that will insure me for more than 12 months at a time, without me having to return to the UK to renew it.

Yep, so much harder than I thought. I have tried so many, and they all say the same thing, that they can give me as long as 12 months, but if I want to renew it or extend it, I have to return back to the UK.

I do have a European Health Insurance Card for Europe obviously, but that is limited to my health mostly, and not equipment or losses, and I also have to make sure I have this tag around my neck so that I don't get a bill if I'm treated without anyone noticing I had the card.

This is crazy and is proving to be a real problem. Not only are there limits to the time you can be away, but also because I have pre-existing health issues, the prices for these limited covers are pure extortion.

Post Office

So which companies have I tried? Well my first option believe it or not, was the Post Office, as they offer all sorts of insurance, but none for any real length of time.

Holiday Safe

Then there was Holiday Safe, a company specializing in niche, long stay, winter sports, backpacking, but sadly the maximum stay for cycle touring is less than 100 days. Over 200 days for backpacking, but does not cover bicycle or equipment losses related to cycling, and it is still way less than a year.

BIBA British Insurance Brokers Association

So then I contacted the BIBA, and after trying to explain what it was I was looking for, came away with nothing but a dial tone.

I put out the question to a couple of well known world cyclists, who I believe might look into it.

World Nomads

Still waiting for their return call, not holding my breath. I went through their site and found that although they cover cycle touring, they don’t cover solo cycle touring.


Well I'm just this minute going through a very simple online form on trailfinders.com. Filled out a few details such as age, address, duration (12 months to just see where the form takes me), date leaving date back, and click pay. This took me to pay, which of course I didn't want to simply do without first finding out on the telephone more about this policy. They never asked about pre-condition or even what the travel was about.

I'm going to ring them now. Oh, and the price for Worldwide for 12 months they quoted at over £600.

30 minutes later

This is what I got from this:

Well OK, they cover just 12 months max at each time. If you return during that time, the policy ends and you have to take out another. Fine

You don't have to return to the country of residence to take out another policy, you can do it online wherever you are in the world. Great

It is basic cover, meaning your gear is not covered, or any pre-existing health issues, but life cover and accident and medical cover is. Fine

Worldwide cover including everywhere other than those countries instructed as too dangerous or simply no go countries by government. Fine

All that said, the feeling of at least being covered in case of accident or injury is worth the cost, and not only that, but you can't travel without insurance after all.

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Reply Stephen Peel - Cycling Around the World
6:46 AM on April 12, 2017 
World Nomads got back to me and confirmed that I would have to return back to the UK to renew my policy after a maximum of 1 year. They also won't renew or give another policy if I plan to travel to another continent, as they don't cover multi-continent travel. Even if the policy has expired and you try to take out a new one, they will class it as multi-continent travel. They also only cover for basic insurance and not equipment losses. So up to now, I am happy with Trailfinders.