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Travel Insurance for Live Action Role Playing (LARP)

Learn about the benefits of travel insurance for live action role playing, and why you may want to consider coverage before your next trip.

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Whether you are into fantasy, renaissance, steampunk, or horror, the excitement of participating in live action role play (LARP) can be electrifying. You’re able to step away from the mundane reality and responsibilities of life, and temporarily enjoy some adventurous fun in a fictional setting. 

Most game masters take steps to try to keep the environment safe, but some things can’t be avoided. If you are attacked by a crunchy, step back too far when blocking, and trip over a tree root, that fall to the ground will bring you back to reality quickly. If you have plans to participate in a LARP event on your next trip, you may want to consider a World Nomads travel insurance plan with adventure sports cover.  

Should I consider travel insurance for LARP? 

Trip and falls are some of the most common injuries that happen while LARPing. When you’re engrossed in the moment as a player or non-player character, you can become so consumed in your actions that you don’t pay attention to the terrain around you. Uneven ground and a twisted ankle can be scarier than the horde of monsters coming towards you. Getting hit in the eye with a spell packet is not any fun either. If you get hurt, your health insurance may not always cover you when you are traveling to destinations outside of your network or plan. However, a travel insurance plan from World Nomads could assist by helping to reimburse expenses for costs like x-rays, prescription medications, a hospital stay, or other emergency medical needs if you get hurt while LARPing. 

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Does travel insurance cover other adventure activities I might participate in during my trip?

If you are looking to explore even more sports and adventures during your travels, you can compare the adventure travel insurance cover in both the Standard and Explorer travel insurance plans that are offered by World Nomads, as we offer cover for more than 150 activities

When you get a quote, you can select your country of residence, and compare both plans side by side to see what each covers. The Explorer plan has higher limits and sub-limits of coverage, and for some countries of residence, it includes additional covered activities. Depending on your country of residence, you may need to add activities to your policy when you purchase it. Check out both plan options, because only you can decide the best travel insurance for your needs.

If you aren’t sure if something is covered, contact our customer service team and they can help explain what each policy includes. 

What else is covered by travel insurance?

In addition to emergency medical cover, travel insurance may help with several other unexpected situations you may encounter while you are on your trip. Depending on your country of residence, World Nomads may also offer cover for: 

  • Baggage and Gear: If the airline lost the bag that held your favorite boffer sword, baggage cover may help replace it if it’s lost by a common carrier.  
  • Trip Interruption and Cancellation Insurance: If something unexpected happens like an illness or injury, and you need to cancel or interrupt your trip, you may be able to recover your unused, prepaid, non-refundable travel expenses. 
  • Evacuation: If you get injured while LARPing in a place where there aren't nearby medical facilities, the World Nomads 24/7 Emergency Assistance Team could help get you transported to a place that offers the level of care you need.  

What are some things travel insurance would not cover?

If you arrive at your event, and aren’t vibing with the plot of your LARP, your adventure travel insurance would not cover the cancellation of your trip. Some other things that are not covered include:

  • Damage that happens to your LARP equipment while you are using it
  • Injuries that happen if you are LARPing under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Pre-existing medical conditions 
  • Participation in other activities not listed as covered in your policy 
A group of people live action roleplaying as vikings
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Tips for LARPing safely

We’ve learned that every LARP is different, and we encourage you to make sure an event fits your comfort level before participating. Find out ahead of time what type of story you are joining in, and the combat the event allows. Never make assumptions about safety and always ask questions related to the equipment and actions that are classified as safe.  

Here are a few other tips we have found to help keep you safe while LARPing:

  • Drink plenty of water.  
  • Know the safe words beforehand.
  • Read all of the rules. 
  • Listen to the game master and marshal. 
  • Don’t drink and LARP.
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Perform a weapons check.
  • Get rest the day before. 
  • Take breaks when you need to. 

This is only a summary of cover and does not include the full terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions of the policy. You should read your policy wording in full, so you understand what is and isn’t covered. That way there won’t be any surprises if you need to use it. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

True Claims Stories

  • Never travel without insurance. This was the first time I ever purchased travel insurance and I am so glad I did. A few days into my trip to Spain I twisted my foot heading down to the metro. Thanks to World Nomads I was able to get medical attention in Spain and since, as luck would have it, I had a fracture that required surgery, they got me a flight home the next day. Filing a claim was surprisingly easy and when the claim was finally processed, I was reimbursed for all of my expenses including things like the extra week in the hotel I didn't get to take advantage of.
    U.S. resident in Spain
  • I recently had a serious injury traveling on my own & the team was amazing. Being confused with a brain injury they took care of everything. Claiming was no problem, they were on the phone constantly to see if all was OK. I can't recommend them enough. Absolutely fantastic & l will always travel with World Nomads Insurance. Thanks guys for getting me home safely.
    Australian in Thailand
  • I was bitten by a monkey at the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur. I went to a nearby clinic and they gave me a rabies shot, antibiotics to take for 4 days, pain medicine, and anti-inflammatory medicine.
    Canadian in Malaysia

Travel insurance. Simple & flexible.

Travel insurance for independent travelers 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.

Travel Insurance Benefits: how we can take care of you*

Trip Cancellation

Been working hard for your trip?

We'll work hard to protect it.

Trip Protection
  • Unexpectedly hospitalised?
  • Travel buddy unfit to travel?
  • Been made redundant?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Expenses

Feeling fit and healthy? What if you get sick or injured?

Take the pain out of medical or dental costs.

Emergency Medical Insurance
  • Need meds quick?
  • Accidentally injured?
  • Suddenly sick?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Transportation

Know where the nearest hospital is?

Don’t stress, we’ll get you there quickly.

Evacuation and Repatriation
  • Banged up abroad?
  • Need a hospital urgently?
  • Medivac home?

Help starts here.

Protect your gear

Love photography, filming or sport?

Cover your bags, tech or gear.

Protect your gear
  • Luggage lost?
  • Airline lost your gear?
  • Tech trashed?

Help starts here.

  • Emergency Overseas Medical & Dental Expenses
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation & Repatriation
  • Trip Cancellation or Interruption
  • 24-Hour Assistance Services
  • Baggage
  • And more (depending on your country of residence)
*This is a general summary only. Restrictions, exclusions and limitations will apply. Coverage may not be available for all countries, states or provinces. Benefit limits may vary depending on the plan chosen. Get a quote for full details.

24/7 emergency assistance

Whether you need medical assistance or emergency evacuation, our teams are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year before and during your trip.

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