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Paris: how it may affect your travel policy

November 24th, 2015

Paris: how it may affect your travel policy

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Travel advice for World First customers following the Paris attacks

Following the recent terrorist attack in Paris, we wanted to put out a quick blog post for any of our customers who are due to visit France in the near future and to make it clear where you stand in terms of your travel insurance.

Firstly it must be said that our thoughts are with the victims’ families and those involved.

After such tragic events it’s only natural that some people will be reluctant to travel. The current FCO advice warns British nationals to “exercise caution in public places and to keep movement around Paris to a minimum”.

Where you stand with our cover

Our policies do not contain cancellation cover for this kind of FCO advice so if you wish to cancel your trip, it must be done through the tour operator. However, if you decide to change your destination and have been offered an alternative by your tour operator then we are more than happy to shift the policy to fit the new trip. If you are unable to move the trip to an alternative destination, we are able to offer a refund of premium on the understanding that no claim is to be made.

If you are coming home early

If you are currently in Paris and thinking of cutting short your trip, please talk to your tour operator. However, if you are travelling independently, you should make your own arrangements to leave. If you need to claim additional expenses we will look at this sympathetically.

Need to talk to us? You can contact our claims team on claims@tif-plc.co.uk.


The World First Wander: travel blogs we love this week

November 23rd, 2015

The World First Wander: travel blogs we love this week

Welcome to this week’s World First Wander, a collection of travel articles, blogs and inspiration that the World First travel insurance team have loved this week. It is, as always, compiled by our social media man Tristan Rothwell.

This week we are looking winter sun, Crohn’s disease and getting off the beaten track in Agadir.

Looking to escape the winter blues?

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Escape the winter blues in Abu Dhabi.



Are you fed up with the rain and cold already? Want to go somewhere warm? Help is at hand from Yaya and Lloyd over at Hand Luggage Only in our first blog. They have teamed up with Caroline from Silverstories Blog to give us some ideas of where to go to escape the damp this winter. From Dubai to Tanzania there are some inspired destination ideas in 5 Winter escapes from cold Europe.

A fairytale castle

From dream trips to fairytale palaces now, with one of our favourite travel bloggers, The Quirky Traveller. We have long been huge fans this blog from Zoë Dawes and can’t recommend it enough. If you love to travel then it really is one to follow.

Zoë recently travelled to Marienburg Castle in Lower Saxony and has written about it for all of us to enjoy. As it is the epitome of a fairytale castle she speculates whether or not Walt Disney visited or, at the very least, saw it in a dream, such is its classic design. Read all about it in The poignant story of Marienburg Castle, Germany.

Spice up your travel photography

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A few simple things can make a big difference to your travel photography

Whenever you visit a fairytale castle – or anywhere fantastic for that matter – it can be disappointing if your photos don’t do it justice. So all the more reason to have a read of our next blog from Elle Croft. A different view: travel photography tips will really help you to make more of your travel subjects. And it doesn’t matter whether you are using  an iphone or the latest top of the range digital SLR, the principles of good photography are the same.

Go for it!

Where other travellers fear to put their hands

This one from handsome backpacker Ed Rex made us smile this week. As some of you may know Ed is profoundly deaf and that’s what his latest blog post is all about. Ed has a way with words when it comes to telling a story, especially this one. Have a read of When my hearing went down the toilet in Vietnam.

Crohn’s: we can cover it

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Freedom from worry: travelling with good medical cover, even with a medical condition

Miss Barlow is a twentysomething traveller who has visited a lot of places. She’s also done it while living with Crohn’s disease, a difficult condition that affects the digestive tract. It is estimated that around 115,000 people are affected by Crohn’s, a lifelong condition that can flare up at any time. As with any medical condition the reality of travelling with it can be tough, but with a bit of help from people like Lizzy and blogs like Travelling with Crohn’s: the reality it needn’t be so daunting.

And don’t forget! We have been insuring Crohn’s disease for years as part of our specialised medical travel insurance. If you live with it – or any other chronic condition – and want to travel, get in touch.

Saving up to go travelling

For some of us this is the most difficult part of travelling. Saving comes easy to some while for others it’s near impossible putting pennies away for that sunny day. However, for those not encumbered by grandkids, school runs and life’s laundry, Global Galivanting has some great tips. Have a read of 10 simple ways to save money (without moving back in with your parents!) and then get on to the bank…

Off the beaten path…..or road

If you are anything like some of the World First team you want to get off the beaten path and onto the road less travelled, and that’s what our last post this week is all about. It’s from This Girl Loves and it’s all about an off road journey in Agadir. Sounds great. But is it your cup of tea?  Check it out: Off Roading in Agadir.

Until next time.






Our number has changed. So call us. It’s cheaper than ever.

November 21st, 2015

Our number has changed. So call us. It’s cheaper than ever.

0345 is the new 0845. And it's cheaper.

0345 is the new 0845. And it’s cheaper.

You may have noticed that our telephone number has changed. Our prefix, which used to be 0845, is now 0345. The rest of the number stays the same, so it’s only the 3 that’s different. But it makes all the difference because it makes calls even cheaper for you, and in some cases, it makes calls free.

We have changed our number for a couple of reasons. The first is that a new FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) ruling came into force on the 26th of October. This ruling requires that firms must provide telephone numbers that cost their customers no more than the ‘basic rate’ when calling about a contract already entered into or to complain. This is to encourage customers to call rather than be put off by the cost of calls.

While new customers have yet to enter into a contract with us, we felt it necessary to comply fully and offer a 0345 number as a matter of course to anyone who calls us.

The second reason is that new Ofcom rules that came into force on the 2nd July 2015 dictate that companies must state clearly their rates and the likely cost to the consumer. The 0345 number falls into the ‘basic rates’ category.

What is a basic rate call?

A ‘basic rate’ call constitutes ‘the simple cost of connection and must not provide a firm with a contribution to its costs or revenues’. So this is the cheapest way of connecting. It becomes even cheaper if you have a package from your line provider that includes ‘free minutes’. The 0345 number falls into that allocation so any call to us will be a part of your free minute – so it won’t cost anything. Calls from landlines are typically less than 9 pence per minute and calls from mobiles vary between 8 pence per minute and 40 pence per minute.

Our previous call costs were likely to be up to 11.5 pence per minute from a landline and between 20 pence and 41 pence per minute from mobiles.

Got a query? Call us.

Lots of people like to use the internet to get quotes for their travel insurance these days. However, not everybody who uses it is a whizz at it. As long as it’s within office hours you can call us if you get stuck on the internet or would rather talk to us than a computer. In fact, lots of customers prefer to call us to go through their medical screening.

Want to chat? Call us on 0345 90 80 161.

Want us to call you back? Click here and fill in our call back form.


The World First Wander: travel blogs we love this week

November 16th, 2015

The World First Wander: travel blogs we love this week

Welcome to our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel and travel blogging and writing. Each week we scour the internet for the very best travel articles to bring you the definitive “what’s hot” list. It is compiled, as always, by our social media man Tristan Rothwell.

This week we look at travel destinations around the globe, from Kernow  to Malawi via Athens and a Sri Lanka.


Did Simon LeBon lie here? Who knows! But save a prayer that someone will take you to Sri Lanka someday soon.

Like camping, only a bit more posh!

We start off this week’s adventure heading south west from our Exeter office to Cornwall or “old mother Kernow” as many refer to her, myself and MD Martin Rothwell included. It may be a term used by Lauren at the Enjoyable Rut too, as she hails from our hometown of Penzance.

While camping may be a bit out of season now, glamping can be a year round affair. And there’s no better place to do it than Cornwall. Lauren has written a list of five of Cornwall’s best glamping spots and it includes some fantastic places to stay, from a tree house on the Lizard to hut by a lake…

Like Cornwall, only a bit warmer

Just the mention of Sri Lanka to people of a certain age will conjure up images of Duran Duran’s ‘Save a Prayer’ video (didn’t you know it was shot there? Surely). Naturally the team here at World First are too young to remember it but…

Our next post from Yaya and Lloyd over at Hand Luggage Only is guaranteed to make you want to grab your trusty  travel insurance policy, read our quick guide to travelling in Sri Lanka, pack a pair of Speedos and head for the beaches of Sri Lanka. As always the photography from Yaya and Lloyd is amazing!  10 beaches you have to visit in Sri Lanka will whet your appetite. If not, maybe a snippet of the aforementioned Duran Duran will…

Play Swiss Family Robinson on your own desert island

We are Africa bound next as we head to Malawi with Helen Davies.   Malawi was formerly known as Nyasaland and is nicknamed “the warm heart of Africa”. Helen shows us how to chill out on lake Malawi and stay in our own private island. It looks amazing. Check out her forthright post 10 reasons why Malawi should be on your Africa bucket list & 1 reason it shouldn’t.

From Africa to Athens  

Next up is another of our favourite bloggers, Becki Enright, who runs the Borders of Adventure travel blog. She recently spent 72 hours in Athens and, from her post  72 hours in modern Athens – the misunderstood metropolis, we can see it looks great. None of us in the office has been and it looks like we won’t be going any time soon either, as the boss refused to take us there for the Christmas party.  Oh well. From its amazing street art to art museums it’s a deeply cultured and historical place and we want to go right now…

Right now, the temperature in Athens is 25°C

If you need any further persuading that Greece may be the place to be at the moment then the temperature might help to ease the way. As Emily Luxton says in our next blog post that’s a whole 10 degrees warmer than London at the moment and 12 degrees warmer than here in Exeter at the time of writing. So is Greece the perfect winter destination? Have a read of Emily’s Five reasons to head to Greece this winter  and then, when you are about to book, head over to look at our Greece travel insurance page.

Scotland: probably a little bit colder than Greece

Not everybody loves the heat. Some prefer things a little more unpredictable, and if that’s your cup of tea then our next post from Locomotion Scotland may just fit the bill. Barra Island, which is part of the Outer Hebrides, looks totally amazing. The opinion is split in the office between plaxces like this or more urban destinations. What do you think? Would you like to head off to your own deserted island? Take a look at My Isleathon visit to Barra.

Aruba: eating your way around the world

Part of the thrill of venturing to a new country is enjoying the new foods. From that first taste of Babotie in South Africa to Phat Kaphrao in Thailand, food is a very good reason to travel. Eating as the locals do might seem like taking your life in your own hands sometimes but it’s a great way to discover a nation’s culture. You won’t get that if you dive into MacDonald’s the minute you arrive.  Our last post this week comes all the way from the Caribbean island of Aruba, courtesy of @20sTravel . The food looks delicious in A brief guide to eating in Aruba.

Are you a travel blogger? If you have written a great blog post recently drop us a tweet or leave a comment below and let us know about it and it may get included in next week’s World First Wander.

Until next week.



The World First Wander – travel blogs we love this week

November 10th, 2015

The World First Wander – travel blogs we love this week

Welcome to this week’s World First Wander. It’s a collection of our favourite travel articles, blogs and inspiration from this week, compiled by our social media man Tristan Rothwell.

This week we are looking parenting styles, how to travel, making sacrifices and South Devon.

How the travel bloggers travel

Some wise words to start off this week’s World First Wander from one of our favourites Tara Povey,  from the Where is Tara? blog. Of course her final suggestion – marry someone rich – is completely tongue in cheek, but if you want to travel there are a few simple ways to save up the pounds to get that trip of a lifetime started. SO if you’re looking to start that travel fund, have a read of Tara’s How I afford to travel and start planning that trip.

He (or she) who makes no mistakes…makes nothing

So it’s your first time on the road. You have never travelled before and you travelling on a wing and a prayer. Mistakes are there to be made. Of course we do learn from them but sometimes the hard way isn’t always the best way – especially when you are miles from home.

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Oh dear. Holiday troubles…

So how do you avoid the mistakes? Learn from more experienced travellers who have been there done that and made their mistakes already. One of these is Jayne Gorman, who in one of her latest posts, reveals some of the mistakes she has made along the way. From the brilliant Girl Tweets World travel blog, My weekend of rookie travel mistakes in Bangkok.

There is no victory without sacrifice

Once you have decided to take the plunge and travel the world there will always be sacrifices, from leaving friends and family behind to missing your dog or cat. One such blogger who has made her fair share is Vicky Flip Flop. Vicky’s latest post from her excellent Vicky Flip Flop Travels, The biggest sacrifice you’ll make as a digital nomad explains it all.

Travelling a little closer to home

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Bantham and Burgh Island. One of the many incredible beaches in South Devon.

We love being based in Devon. It’s one of those places where staying home and exploring can be as rewarding as getting on a plane. So we all loved this next post from Travel Candy. It’s a visual treat of 20 pictures to inspire a weekend in South Devon. So if it does inspire you, remember it’s just three hours away from London.

Is it too early to talk about 2016?

Well it is only 9 weeks away. So maybe it not too early. In fact, some of our travel friends are already planning 2016 travels. One such planner is Brenna Holeman  from This Battered Suitcase blog. She has written about some of the trips she’s got in the pipeline. With plenty of destinations on the list she might do well to consider an annual travel insurance policy. If you travel regularly it can save you ££££. Thinking about 2016? Here’s My 2016 travel goals.

Dad you are so embarrassing

Finally, this one is guaranteed to make you smile. A few of us read it and were able to relate immediately. So if you have kids and go on holiday then you are almost definitely going to be on this list from Tots to Travel. It’s easily our favourite blog this week. So.  What type of hilarious holiday parent are you?

We hope you have enjoyed this week’s World First Wander. If we’ve missed a great travel article that you have either read or written, let us know and we may include it next week.


“Significant possibility” of terrorism in air crash.

November 5th, 2015

How will your travel be affected?

Clouds over Egypt. Flights to and from Sharm El Sheikh suspended as air crash investigators aim to identify cause of Russian crash.

Following Saturday’s air disaster in the Sinai Desert the UK and Irish governments have decided today to cancel all flights to and from the UK to the Egyptian resort indefinitely. This is because air crash investigators have said that there is a ‘significant possibility’ that the crash was caused by an act of terrorism. On Saturday an Islamic group claimed responsibility, but this has been dismissed.

Today our thoughts are with the victims’ families in Russia.

It is estimated that around 20,000 Britons are now ‘stranded’ in Sharm el Sheikh with no way of getting back to the UK in the foreseeable future. The UK government says that extra consular staff have been deployed to Sharm el Sheikh airport to assist holiday makers trying to get home.

If you are in Sharm el Sheikh and due to fly home or are stranded after your holiday.

The FCO has now advised against all but essential travel by air to and from Sharm el Sheikh airport and have issued the following advice “We are now advising against all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh. UK carriers will not take passengers directly to Sharm el Sheikh airport. We are working with the Egyptian authorities and air carriers to put special security measures in place which will permit travellers in Sharm el Sheikh to return by air, whether as scheduled at the end of their stay or before that if they wish. British nationals affected by this should contact their tour operators or carriers to arrange an orderly departure.”

They also added “Carriers will not be permitted to fly from Sharm el Sheikh until we are satisfied that it is safe for them to do so.”

  • If you are delayed at Sharm el Sheikh airport then your tour operator should look after you. However, if you are delayed more than 12 hours on your return journey we will be able to assess it on a case by case basis with a view to being as sympathetic as we can.

If you are due to fly to Sharm el Sheikh

If you are due to fly in the next 24 hours, check with your tour operator before leaving home.

Thompson say on their website “All customers booked to travel to Sharm el Sheikh in this period will be provided with a full refund.  As a priority, we are contacting customers due to travel tomorrow and ask those travelling later in the week to please bear with us as we manage this evolving situation.”

Many operators are suspending flights for the next week, or at least until 12th November. However, they all differ so if you are booked to fly in the next week or so, contact your travel or tour operator. You may be offered a refund or alternative destination.

After that it depends on the Foreign Office advice and the situation in Egypt.

  • If you are due to fly in a few week’s time or at Christmas then you are advised to wait before cancelling, as this may result in you losing part or all of your deposit and will not be covered by your travel insurance. This is because your cancellation cover does not cover you for a disinclination to travel as a result of the threat of terrorism when there is no FCO advice in place.
  • For all policies booked before the date of the crash on 31st October, 2015, we would like to confirm that we will offer cover under the travel delay section of the policies where this cover exists.
  • However, if you book an alternative trip we will happily transfer cover to the new location, although any charges for an increase in cover will still apply. Likewise, we will look to reimburse if they decrease. This is dependent upon you confirming in writing that no claim will be made against the Sinai trip.
  • As far as cancellation of trips after a 12 hour delay, we will assess these on a case by case basis with a view to being as sympathetic as we can.
  • The advice is to sit tight and see how the situation develops. If the FCO continue their suspension then your operator will offer refunds or alternatives. So keep checking with your tour operator.

Travelling or worried about travelling?

As Know Before You Go partners we always recommend that anyone who is worried should keep checking with the FCO. The situation is changing all the time and the FCO will always have the latest advice.


The World First Wander: travel blogs we love this week

November 2nd, 2015

The World First Wander: travel blogs we love this week

Welcome to this week’s World First Wander, a collection of travel articles, blogs and inspiration that the world first travel insurance team have loved this week, compiled by our social media man Tristan Rothwell.

This week we are looking at winning the lottery, Amsterdam and Central America.

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Amsterdam. Great food and great sights. And it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Where do we begin?

…with a pre-travel ritual of course! OK, so pre trip rituals might be a bit weird for some of you, but for many, those little idiosyncrasies are what mark the beginning of an exciting new adventure. However, even if you aren’t the type to have ‘rituals’ make time for one essential pre trip plan – and that’s to buy your travel insurance when you book. That’s all we’re saying. And with that we go over to @Emilyraylondon with a light hearted look at her pre travel rituals. My pre-trip rituals will make seasoned travellers out there smile.

Thinking about travel? Just do it!

One of our favourite travel bloggers @thetravelhack has written a very thoughtful piece this week. She’s off on a long haul trek soon and has been busy thinking about her plans and what it takes to chuck it all in and take off. SO, if you are thinking but not yet planning or even ritualising, this is for you. So if you have the itch to travel the world and you haven’t managed to scratch it yet have a read of So, you want to travel the world?

Will you pack the other half?

So you have decided that you are going to travel the world! But are you going to travel solo or travel with your significant other? It can be a huge decision for some and a no brainer for others. Some thrive together away, others don’t. If you are thinking of heading off as a couple then this next post from @heelsinbackpack will help you weigh up The pros and cons of travelling with your significant other.

How will you travel?

One of the most popular ways to travel is backpacking – even for older people. And when you are armed with our backpacking insurance you can travel the world with the confidence that we’ll look after you if anything disastrous happens. We thought it might be nice to pass on a few destination ideas from Chris Stevens, who is also know as @Bckpackerbanter on twitter. Chris’s latest post, My mini guide to backpacking travel in Central America is a great start. And it’s just part 1, so keep your eyes open for part 2.

It could be you!

We all fantasise about winning the lottery, don’t we? No need to be greedy. Just 4 or 5 million should see us ok. But the real ‘million dollar question’ is where would you travel when you do win the pot of gold? Have a read of Globocation’s blog post to find out where a few lucky people from around the world have headed after their big win in Top Choice with Lottery Winners.

Meanwhile, back in the real world.

Sadly, the reality is that most of us are going to travel on a budget. And that could mean having a read of this next post from Kash Bhattacharya. He runs the Budget Traveller blog, which is the go to blog for travelling in style but on a budget. The latest post samples the culinary delights of Amsterdam – a favourite among the travel community –and it’s been written by another World First Wander favourite, Frankie Thompson from As the Bird Flies. Have a read of Cheap eats guide to Amsterdam.

Until next time.

The Facebook Travel Blog List

October 29th, 2015

The Facebook Travel Blog List

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The Facebook Travel Blog List

At World First we love Facebook. And so, it seems, do travellers, travel writers and bloggers all around the world. It gives them the perfect show and tell platform for all their journeys.

Over the years we have discovered some really good Facebook travel pages, something we take care to do regularly so we can keep up to date with what’s happening in the world of travel. So we thought we should share them with you. We have numbered them but they not in order of popularity. Enjoy!

  1. A Bird in the Hand – A stylish guide to London and beyond
  2. A Dangerous Business – It’s a dangerous business going out of your door
  3. A Lady In London – Adventures of an expat Californian living in London
  4. Adventure in you – We travel not to escape life, but for life
  5. Adventurous Kate – Solo female travel blog
  6. Bitten by the Travel Bug – One girl’s solo journey around the world in search of adventure
  7. Anita Hendrieka – An inspirational travel blog
  8. Almost Fearless – The life of a world travelling writer with kids
  9. As the Bird Flies – A Londoner turned wanderer
  10. Baby Routes – Combining parenthood with a love for travel
  11. Bacon is Magic – Culinary travel tales
  12. Beers and Beans – Seeking out eclectic travel moments
  13. Bridges and Balloons – A semi nomadic writer based in London
  14. Budget Traveller – Travelling in style on a budget
  15. Camels and Chocolate – Kristen Luna’s tales from a travel addict
  16. Cruise Maven – Travel slow, enjoy the ride
  17. Cheapest Destinations Blog – How to travel well for less money
  18. Contemporary Nomad – Adventure, culture, travel, opinion
  19. Crazy Sexy Fun Traveller – Crazy Slovak girl
  20. Cruise Miss – Brilliant cruise blog
  21. Dave’s Travel Pages – Inspiring your travel adventures
  22. Emily Luxton Travels – Adventure, fun , luxury
  23. Europe A La Carte – Travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews
  24. Enjoy the Journey – Two young souls from Yorkshire
  25. Feet on the Ground – Travel without flying
  26. Girl Tweets World – A window into Jayne Gorman’s life of travelling
  27. Girl Vs Globe – Twenty something blogger and international troublemaker
  28. Global Grasshopper – On a mission to discover the world’s most underrated and beautiful places
  29. Global  Help Swap – On a mission to show the world that responsible travel can be easy and special
  30. Globetrotter Guru – Teacher and traveller with a lust for life
  31. Hand luggage Only – Travel food and home inspiration blog
  32. Heather on her travels – Tasting the food, exploring the culture meeting the locals
  33. Heels in my backpack – Backpacking for the most fabulous adventures
  34. Inside the travel lab – Swapping a career as a doctor for life on the road
  35. Little Travel Bee – Everything from travel highlights from London, the UK and beyond, travel tips, travel related lifestyle
  36. Life Beyond Borders – A life in Greece and worldwide travel blog
  37. London Hiker – Helping you get out of the city and into the hills
  38. Make New Tracks – Travel blogger, nightlife writer craft beer drinker
  39. Mallory on Travel – Making every day an adventure
  40. Miss Barlow – Travel savvy adventures from across the globe
  41. Mummy Travels – Can you really keep travelling with a child in tow?
  42. Mums do travel – Family travel inspiration
  43. My Feet Are Meant To Roam – A love letter to slow travel and responsible tourism
  44. Never Ending Footsteps – Traveller, writer, walking disaster
  45. No Place To Be – Living a life of travel, teaching and total freedom
  46. Pack your Passport – London based travel blogger
  47. Rexy Adventures – Adventures of a handsome backpacker travelling the unexpected
  48. Saints on a Plane – Two sisters from Bristol who love to write about it all
  49. She gets Around – Travelling adventures, dating cultures
  50. Tatty Travels – All things travel and life in London
  51. That Adventurer – Adventurer and foodie
  52. The Chaotic Scot – In my own wee world
  53. The Cosy Traveller – London based 20 something who loves travel and comfort
  54. The little backpacker – A small and adventurous traveller
  55. The planet D – Adventure is for everyone
  56. The Quirky traveller – Seeing the world from a different angle
  57. The travel Hack – Travel blogger with a love for stylish adventure
  58. The travel Tester – Dutch expats in London
  59. The Travel Bunny – People, places, food, fun
  60. The World and then Some – Everything travel for jet setters
  61. This Battered Suitcase – Not only about the where and the how of travel, it’s about the who and the why
  62. This Girl Loves – UK based travel beauty and lifestyle blog
  63. Tips for travellers – Inspiration, advice and tips on finding and having amazing travel experiences
  64. Tom’s Bike Trip – Adventures & experiments in two wheeled travel
  65. Tots to Travel – Crafting perfect family holidays
  66. Travel Candy – Oh sweet weekend
  67. Travel Dave – Solo backpacking adventures
  68. Travel Tramp – Going where you fear to tread
  69. Travel Unmasked – For people who want to be their own superhero
  70. Travel with Kat – Welcome to my travel tales
  71. Travelling savage – Exploring Scotland and getting scotched
  72. Vicky Flip Flop Travels – A travel blog for people who want to make the most of their annual leave
  73. Velvet Escape – Go explore, experience and be inspired
  74. Wild Junket – Travel light, travel far
  75. World First Travel Blog – We had to include ourselves!

What’s your favourite Facebook travel page? Did we miss you out?  Let us know!


The World First Wander: travel blogs we loved this week

October 26th, 2015

The World First Wander: travel blogs we loved this week

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Travel can help to keep you young… and anyone can apply.

Welcome to our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel and travel writing. Each week we scour the internet to bring you our list of “what’s hot” in travel blogging. It’s compiled, as always, by our social media man, Tristan Rothwell.

This week we are looking at how travel can help to keep you young, long haul flights, meeting people on your travels and waking up happy.

Are you addicted?

We love travel. And so, it seems, do you. How do we know this? Many of you take out annual travel insurance that enables you to travel as many times in a year as you like. It’s a great way to save money and enjoy peace of mind throughout the year. And you don’t have to call us each time you leave to tell us you’re going. It’s perfect for people who are ‘addicted to travel’. And that brings us neatly on to our first post, from Travelettes, that it handily entitled 33 signs that you are addicted to travel. Is that you?

Travel is the new anti wrinkle cream

Next up are Janice and Tracey from Solo Traveller. They have some wise words about staying young through travel. Janice is 58 yet she says she feels younger, thanks to her love of travel. We concur… in fact, we offer travel insurance for people up to 100. There is no reason your age shouldn’t be a barrier to travel, as Janice and Tracey say in their fantastic post 10 ways solo travel makes you younger (and more mature).

Planning a long flight?

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Long haul. Be prepared.

If you are planning a long flight then you might be interested to read our next post. It’s for those who take those super long haul flights. Some people are ok with them, some aren’t but are prepared to go through with it because of what’s at the other end. And if that’s you, then you need to read the next blog from Anita Hendrieka  on how to stay sane on a 24 hour flight. Australia here we come.

Meet the locals and make new friends

If you are travelling solo it can get lonely. So sometimes you need to get over your shyness and meet a few people. And the best people to meet are the locals. Why? Because they know the best spots, the best routes and can help you to learn about their culture like no one else can. But of course, striking up a conversation isn’t always easy. So, from My feet are meant to roam  is a post that may help you to meet and greet like an expert. Check out 5 brilliant tips to meet locals abroad.

Staying with the theme, this next post from Twenty Something Travel has some good ideas for making new friends while on the road. Have a read of 7 conversation starters for solo travellers and get out there….

Grab your backpacks


Inspiration and achievement. Hiking is good for you!

Stomping across a lonely moor, along the coast path or through an ancient forest… what’s not to love about hiking? It’s one of the best ways to get your daily exercise. So, if you have yet to enjoy the pleasures of a good yomp, we’d like to recommend this next blog, from our Penzance based friend Lauren, aka The Enjoyable Rut . A beginners guide to hiking will help you to get off on the good foot.

Ab Fab

We finish off this week with a post that’s not travel based from Sabina at Girl Vs Globe and it’s all about starting your day off the right way.  It’s a nice post and it’s a good way to end this week. We could all use some help to wake up happy sometimes!!! 7 tricks to wake up happy and fabulous .

Until next week.

The World First Wander: travel blogs we loved this week

October 16th, 2015

The World First Wander: travel blogs we loved this week

Welcome to our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel and travel writing. Each week we scour the internet to bring you our list of “what’s hot” in travel blogging. It’s compiled, as always, by our social media man, Tristan Rothwell.

Every journey begins with…

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Stuck on the tarmac or in the airport… every journey….

…a single step, according to Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu (although it’s often wrongly attributed to Confucius). Anyway, wherever it comes from, it’s how we begin this week, with a post from London Kiwi Emma that tells of travel delays and union action and just goes to prove that there can be an upside to sitting on the tarmac long after you should have landed on the other side. Silver lining people would say that it would at least give you time to jot down some ideas for a new blog post. And here it is.  Every journey begins with a single step, or so the travel philosophers say.

Stay safe when travelling  

If you are off to far away climes one of your most important considerations is how to stay safe. Nobody wants a holiday cut short because of accidents or incidents that could have been avoided. This next blog, from Rory Cummins over at Planet and go, is all about just that. He has compiled a list of travel safety essentials in his post 7 travel safety tips. Of course, number 2 is absolutely essential – get travel insurance.

You can get on a bus and end up in Paris

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All the signs are well designed with beautiful typography and written in full sentences with proper grammar.

Going viral is something most bloggers can only dream of, but when American tourist Scott Walker posted his observations of England on facebook in September he probably never guessed it would be shared over 81000 times. It’s a remarkable view of England from the point of view of an American visitor and it’s pretty spot on. If you have yet to see American tourist’s 100 observations about England, check it out on Matador Network . Pure brilliance.

5,000 year ago, someone arranged a lot of rocks all over, but no one is sure why

Scott Walkers observation from the previous post, applies to Stonehenge, but it might as well apply to most of the Westcountry, and in particular, Cornwall. Granite is what Cornwall is made from! If you are heading to Cornwall this autumn and fancy doing some walking (there will be granite, trust me) then it’s worth checking out the work of Penzance based travel blogger The Enjoyable Rut. Check out this latest post, about three great walks in south West Cornwall, Three Autumn walks in Cornwall.

Lacking Inspiration?

Sometime a little inspiration can go a long way. It’s especially true when it comes to looking a travel photos and photography. If you have yet to discover Pinterest then we can recommend checking it out now! First timers might be a little bewildered by the staggering number of photographs to ponder so we thought we should share Travel on the brain’s latest blog post. 7 Pinterest boards to help you travel better  is a great place to start!

Let the train take the strain

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Train travel in  Italy – not as difficult as you might think. And beautiful too.

Travelling by train is a bit like Marmite. You either love it or hate it. However, get it right and it can be a deeply pleasurable way to travel. And we are not talking about the daily commute here, but trips across continents and to new places. Take, for example, a train trip across Itlay, as featured in our latest post from Heels in my backpack. As she says, “you may even discover a hidden gem of a destination en route.” Quite right. Check out How to travel Italy by train and start dreaming (or planning).

Our last post this week is especially for Kirsty, our office manager,  who will hit the grand old age of 30 on Monday. So, especially for her, here’s a little help Vicky Flip Flop Travels in How to be 30 and not have a meltdown.

Of course we can insure travellers up to 100 years old so there is still plenty of time left to travel for Kirsty and Vicky.

Happy Birthday Kirsty.

Until next week.






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