World Nomads, Travel Insurance

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You’d rather not think about all of the things that might go wrong on your trip, but things can and do happen.
World Nomads travel insurance is designed by travelers for travelers, to cover your trip essentials. Even if you run out of travel insurance or leave without it, World Nomads can cover you. We don’t just keep you and your family protected, with us, you’ll travel smarter and safer.

In 1989, I quit my job, sold everything I had and headed off to explore the world. The sensation of being able to go anywhere, do anything and be answerable to no-one but myself was my first taste of the real freedom that you rarely feel anywhere other than on the road.

My exhilaration was hedged with a little trepidation, but hey, I was bullet-proof back then! Nevertheless, I took out a travel insurance policy to cover me for the couple of months I thought it would take me to head down to Australia. But, as with all the best travel plans, they changed: I ended up in China during the tumultuous summer of 1989; with no insurance, and no means of getting any.

Over the next few years of traveling, I met many fascinating travelers, all sharing a spirit of adventure and that strong sense of freedom. It was a community of like minds that shifted loosely across the globe. But – this being pre-internet days – staying in touch was letter and post dependant!

Then, in 1997, I bought worldnomads.com as my personal website address – thinking it philosophically reflected who I was – and created one of the first travel blogs (before ‘blogging’ was invented) by faxing home the stories and sending the film canisters by courier! It was the first step toward establishing our community of world nomads and toward keeping us connected.

Even though I had a day job, in 2000 I was approached by Wayne Tregaskis and Michael McAuliffe to develop an online travel insurance service for independent travelers. It was a market that everyone said was fraught with fraud, but we felt we could do things differently. As a bunch of passionate travelers ourselves, we figured we had a fair idea of what travelers needed and wanted. We decided to address the three key concerns: freedom, safety, and connection.

My China experience back in ‘89 inspired the World Nomads core concept of being able to buy a travel insurance policy with the freedom to extend it and extend it again as you needed it: it was the first policy of its kind.

Since then, we’ve led the way down the road less traveled in the industry. We’ve grown and added lots more tools, products and services, all aimed at enabling our world nomads to live their adventures, travel safely and stay in touch.

Our community of world nomads has grown exponentially. It’s made up of adventurers – from rooky backpackers to long-term freedom-and-adrenaline junkies – holding over 150 different flavours of passport, from Azerbaijanian to Venezuelan.

Sharing their adventures is what drives us: from our experiences, we’ve learned that travel is about pushing limits; challenging the status quo and your perceptions; making connections; getting involved – and giving back.

These same principles are the fabric of our business.

All of us at World Nomads – are passionate about travel. We live it, breathe it, and most of our best ideas and innovations have evolved from our first-hand experiences on the road.

We want to be a part of every adventurous traveler’s journey.

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