Travel insurance for backpackers and other habitual nomads
This page is for Canadians.
Most of us here at World Nomads have spent some long time on the road. Travelling long term can have serious side effects – forgetting your own name, your country of origin, or if your travel insurance policy has expired. The first two can be fun, the last one can be.... problematic.
Longer term travel sets you up for doing way more things on your trip than you probably ever intended. With a World Nomads long term travel insurance policy, you’re covered for a wide variety of adventure activities, depending on whether you purchase our Standard or Explorer plan.
The longer you’re away from home, the more likely you are to forget the activities you specified in your travel insurance purchase. In the heat of the moment, as you’re about to get on a quad bike in Mui Ne with a bunch of friends, is probably not the time to ask yourself, "I wonder if the World Nomads Travel Insurance Policy I purchased 10 months ago covers this activity?"
It's something we want you to be mindful of if you are a long-term traveller, whether you’re backpacking through Southeast Asia or WWOOFing in South America. Also, try to keep your travel insurance policy close by, and when possible, check your level of cover in your Product Disclosure Statement.
If you call Canada home, but are always on the road, World Nomads can help you travel smarter and safer. But, in order to be covered by a Canadian World Nomads policy, you need to be a Canadian resident or citizen with a Canada residential address. You must also be able to provide documentation (a current driver’s license, for example) to prove your Canada address.
So if you’re currently living abroad, unless you meet those criteria, we unfortunately aren’t able to cover you.
Did you know you can claim on the road with World Nomads? If you need to make a claim online, read our information on making a travel insurance claim online.
World Nomads also makes it easy:
Don't forget to pack World Nomads travel insurance for your next trip. Whether you're headed off for a months-long backpacking adventure, or finally embarking on a gap year, World Nomads will be with you every step of the way with:
I was on a full-day tour to Chacaltaya and Valle de la luna and later that night I was unable to sleep as I started to get dizzy, had difficulty breathing, and had strong pains in my chest. The next morning I contacted World Nomads emergency assistance and I was directed to Clinica del Sur from La Paz, where I stayed 24 hours under medical surveillance being treated for altitude sickness. After being discharged from the hospital, I continued on my next tour, yet suddenly I felt a strong pain in my chest and headache, so I returned to the medical clinic for an hour of oxygen treatment. The next morning I flew back to Lima (sea level).
Protect your hard earned vacation from unexpected cancellation.
We’ve got your back.
Take the pain out of medical or dental costs.
We’ve got your back.
We’ll get you to hospital or home quickly.
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Covers the theft, damage or delay of your bags, tech and sports gear.
Help starts here.
Whether you need medical or dental assistance or advice, emergency evacuation or travel assistance, our team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year before and during your trip.
Are you in need of emergency assistance right now?
Telephone +1 866 878 0192 (toll-free from Canada and the Continental U.S.) or +1 416 646 3723 (collect from anywhere else in the world)Contact the team
Wherever you are, we’re here 24/7 to help you in any emergency.
Travel insurance for independent travellers and intrepid families. Nobody wants to think about all the things that could go wrong on their trip, but these things can and do happen. So be prepared and get your travel insurance today.
Here are our most frequently asked questions. You can also visit our community page at Ask a Nomad, or ask the team your own question by pressing the link below.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel - what you need to know
Due to the widespread media reports of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the World Health Organization (WHO) announcement declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, COVID-19 is a foreseen or known event. If you are purchasing a new policy, certain coverages will not apply. Please read the details here.About Coronavirus