Celebrating 20 years of Go Walkabout Travel Insurance!

30 September 2019

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Team Go Walkabout on a recent outing to play crazy golf!

We’re delighted to be celebrating Go Walkabout’s 20th year in business, – as we were founded way back in the last millennium – October 1999, to be precise….here’s a few pictures over the years to show some of the fun that we’ve got up to – including boat races, cake sales, litter picks and escape rooms, to name but a few!


We started life in the small East Sussex town of Bexhill, East Sussex, and were the brainchild of local businessman and charity fundraiser Harold Lawrence, who spotted a gap in the  market for competitively-priced long-term travel away from the UK, and also, our specialist one-way emigration policies – to help people who were either relocating afresh to another country, or returning to the country that they originated from.


Our founder Harold Lawrence in the early days of Go Walkabout Travel Insurance , channeling his inner Aussie!In those far-off days, quotes were mainly provided over the phone or by a conversation in the office, and policy documents were usually sent in the post or handed over in person- a far cry from nowadays, where the majority of people generate a quote and purchase online, and receive an email containing their policy documents!

Despite these changes, we still pride ourselves on offering the same great level of customer service that we always have, and for going the extra mile to offer flexible policies and to do our utmost to make the process of buying  travel insurance a simple and transparent one for our customers. 

We’re now based just along the coast, in St.Leonards on Sea, and proudly offer a range of policies designed to cover a wide-range of travel plans.

We offer: 

  •  One-way cover for travellers heading away from the UK
  • Great-value cover for older travellers
  • Cover for gap-years and backpacking away from the UK for up to 2 years
  • Cover for a wide -range of voluntary and paid jobs, with our Working Holiday policy
  • Cover for most pre-existing medical conditions, at a reasonable cost
  • A great-value range of both Single and Annual Multi Trip policies

We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to all of our customers, many of them repeat customers who have returned to us, year after year. We really do appreciate your custom, and hope that we can continue to offer straightforward, fit-for-purpose cover – for the next 20 years, and beyond!

Enter our celebratory competition to win a £200 voucher for LastMinute.Com!

To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we’ve come up with a competition where you can win a fantastic £200 voucher to spend as you wish on the handy travel website Last – where you can find all the necessary ingredients to create your next trip away – pick from hotels, flights, the Eurostar, theatre trips, car hire and a wide-range of exciting experiences…..but please come back to us for your travel insurance!

All you need to do to enter our competition (where our winner will be picked at random) , is to enter a favourite photograph of a landmark or tourist attraction from anywhere around the world. This could be anything, ranging from an ancient monument to a spectacular cathedral, feat of engineering or interesting sculpture – we’d love to see your favourites that totally took your breath away when you saw them in real-life! 

Here’s one of our personal ‘landmark’ pictures that we’ve snapped that fits the theme. The London Eye – which was formally opened on the 31st December 1999 (20 years ago this year!) therefore ties in well with our anniversary, and also the fact that it’s a central part of the spectacular annual New Year fireworks celebrations next to the Thames, in London.


Today, it is Europe’s tallest ‘cantilevered observation wheel’ and is the most popular paid-tourist attraction in the UK, with over 3.75 million visitors annually – pretty impressive longevity and functionality – even by our standards! 

As a 20 year wedding anniversary is symbolised by the glorious green, Emerald gemstone, we’ve come up with an example itinerary of how you could spend a  2 day break for 2, in Dublin, on the Emerald isle, using if you win the £200 prize voucher – there’s even £11.35 change for a free walking tour tip, plus an iconic crisp sandwich! Unsurprisingly, your trip also  includes a visit to the fascinating and historic Guinness Storehouse, where you can enjoy a complimentary Guinness in the impressive rooftop bar, after taking a look around the many fascinating exhibits.

Here’s our example itinerary of how you could choose to spend the £200 voucher if you’re lucky enough to win, but you can obviously choose exactly whatever you wish to spend your vouchers on!

Example itinerary for Dublin on a £200 budget


Good luck with your entry – and we look forwards to seeing the fantastic pictures from your exciting travel adventures around the world! 

Enter here:

Terms and Conditions of Entry

  • You can enter as many photos as you wish, with each photo counting as a separate entry.
  • The content of the photo/s must not be offensive and must be suitable for a family audience.
  • You must be a resident of the UK, aged over 18, and you must not be an employee or related to an employee of Go Walkabout travel insurance.
  • All entries submitted must be the work of the individual submitting it. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images you submit have been taken with the permission of the subject, and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or laws. Entrants must warrant that the photo they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it. 
  • The prizes as described are available on the date of competition launch. All prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.
  • Copyright for all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, by entering our competition, you thereby grant permission for Go Walkabout Travel Insurance to feature your submitted image in any of our publications/websites/social media and/or in any promotional material connected to the competition.
  • The closing date for the competition is midnight on Monday 2nd December 2019. The winners will be contacted shortly after this, and the results published on our website and on social media.


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