World Nomads Expands Insurance Coverage to Pickleball, Footgolf

World Nomads covers 150+ sports and activities under Standard and Explorer plans for US and Canadian residents.


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  • World Nomads covers 150+ sports and active pursuits for Canadian and U.S. residents
  • Gear used by amateur sports women and men also covered
  • Pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports in USA, LARP (live-action role play) and footgolf, on the list

Media Release – New York, NY – World Nomads, a fast-growing travel insurance provider offering simple and flexible travel insurance and safety advice to help consumers travel more confidently, has announced the expansion of its list of sports and activities covered. The list now includes pickleball, footgolf and live action role play (LARP) for U.S. and Canadian residents.

World Nomads’ already robust list of activities covered includes more than 150 adventure sports and pursuits – from skiing and surfing to backpacking and bungee jumping.

“World Nomads has always appealed to intrepid and active travelers,” said Christina Tunnah, General Manager of Marketing and Brands, World Nomads. “We keep track of trends in active and adventure travel,” Ms Tunnah said.

And with the strong rise in popularity of sports like pickleball and footgolf, as well as the growth in live-action role play events and organizations, we have seen an increase in the number of travelers who go to great lengths and distances to pursue their passions.

“We’re actively meeting the needs of our traveling community,” Ms Tunnah said. “Whether you’re a pickleball player or escaping into character on your next trip, then make sure you’re covered.”

The U.S. Sports and Fitness Industry Association has named pickleball one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, with an estimated 4.8 million players in the U.S. alone. Pickleball Canada estimates there are at least one million monthly players in Canada. The game is played by two or four players using solid paddles to hit a perforated ball over a net. Its popularity has risen sharply. Tournaments are now played all over the world.

More than half of all pickleball players are estimated to be over the age of 55, and injuries are common. According to the Journal of Emergency Medicine, approximately 19,000 pickleball injuries are reported annually.

Live-action role play, originally inspired by board games such as Dungeons and Dragons, involves players dressing up and staying in character throughout an event’s duration. Games are often fantasy or medieval-themed and involve some form of combat, so injuries are not uncommon.

“Pickleball, footgolf and LARP players want to make sure that when they travel to participate in these activities, they are covered if they are injured or if their gear is lost or stolen,” Ms Tunnah said.

“Active travelers find value in the fact that our policies cover these sorts of activities without any additional fees or riders required.”

Editor’s Note: photos are available to download here: Photo credit: World Nomads.

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About World Nomads

World Nomads is a fast-growing, global travel insurance company. We provide inspirational stories, safety tips and specialized travel insurance for adventurous and independent travelers. Our online travel insurance offers cover to travelers from more than 100 countries and allows you to buy and claim online, 24/7, even while already traveling.

Our travel insurance focuses on what we believe is important to travelers: emergency medical and evacuation costs, baggage, trip cancellation, trip delay and trip interruption costs. We also offer cover for more than 150 adventure sports and activities, plus tech and gear. Our policies are underwritten by a suite of specialist travel insurers that provide 24/7 emergency assistance, customer service and claims support, making us a top choice for many of the world's leading adventure, independent and youth travel brands.

World Nomads is a part of the nib Group which provides health and medical insurance to more than 1.5 million Australian and New Zealand residents. We also provide health insurance to more than 170,000 international students and workers in Australia and are Australia’s third-largest travel insurer and global distributor of travel insurance through our business nib Travel.