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4th February is World Cancer Day. We can. Can you?

February 2nd, 2016

4th February is World Cancer Day. We can. Can you?

World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day takes place this week, on the 4th of February. As an awareness day its aim is to unite populations across the globe in the fight against cancer. The result of such an awareness is to help prevent millions of deaths each year though education, research and action.

Why world Cancer Day is important

Currently around 8.2 million people die each year from cancer. Of those, around 4 million will die prematurely as a result of cancer. It’s every reason to get involved.

How can you get involved?

The campaign is largely about social media, spreading the message and people making pledges to do the things that they can, despite or in the face of cancer. It encourages people to make healthy lifestyle choices, ask for help, support others, create healthy environments, inspire action or even take control of their own cancer journey.

These might sound like tough asks but the World Cancer Day website has lots of downloadable factsheets to help you if these are some of the choices you want to make. So if you have been inspired by the campaign or want to get involved, it’s easy.

Even if it’s as simple as downloading a profile picture for your Twitter  account it still matters. That’s because every action, no matter how simple, shows you care and that you want to speak out.

I have never heard of World Cancer Day. How long has it been going?

World Cancer Day was established by the Paris Charter adopted at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris on 4 February 2000. This Charter aimed at the promotion of the research for curing as well as preventing the disease, upgrading the provided services to the patients, the sensitisation of the common opinion and the mobilisation of the global community against cancer.

Living with cancer? Can you travel? We can help

While travelling might be the last thing on your mind while receiving treatment for cancer, it can often be the first thing that people want to do after treatment. However, it’s not always easy. For a start it can be really difficult to get travel insurance cover. However, it’s not with World First. We cover lots of types of cancer – from bowel cancer to breast cancer – and always at a price that’s fair. That’s because we understand that every cancer is different and that every cancer needs to be treated differently.

While we accept that risks of needing medical treatment abroad are greater, we would never penalise you simply for being unwell. It’s part of what we do.

So if your ‘I can’ for World Cancer Day is to travel the world, give us a call. We can help.

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The World First Wander: travel inspiration from World First Travel Insurance

February 1st, 2016

The World First Wander: travel inspiration from World First Travel Insurance

Welcome to another World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel blogging and writing. As always it’s compiled by Tristan Rothwell, the man who scours the internet for the very best travel related stuff so you don’t have to.

It’s been another busy week in the world of travel and travel blogging. This week we take a look at Antarctica and disabled and solo travel.

Champions of accessible tourism

World First Travel Insurance

Accessibility issues resolved with help from Lonely Planet.

We start off this week with one of our favourite travel blogs, The Bimblers, Rob and Bridget, who are celebrating their first year as Britain’s most unlikely travel bloggers. They may be unlikely but they are also brilliant, which is why we wanted to include them in this week’s Wander. Have a read of Britains most unlikely travel bloggers and give them a follow on twitter here.

Things learnt from a disabled traveller

Our next post, from Matador Network, is from a while ago. While we normally include posts from the previous week, we liked this one and felt it was worth including. It was written by Anthony Williams, aka The Geordie Traveller  and is all about the 6 things I learnt whilst travelling with a disability.

There is some really great stuff in there. But of course travelling with a wheelchair is going to be more difficult. However, to make things a little easier, the good folks over at Lonely Planet have produced an  Accessible Travel Online Resources guide, which you can download. It provides a list of internet resources country by country for disabled travellers and may prove to be very useful if you have accessibility issues.

A simple hello could lead to a million things

Does shyness hold you back when you travel? It’s not always easy to strike up conversations with strangers for lots of different reasons. However, it could well be that you are missing out by not being able to learn from fellow travellers, locals and people of different cultures. Chris Guillebeau is someone who doesn’t have any trouble getting on with strangers. His post Inspired by strangers: how to talk with people when travelling will give you every reason to stop and say ‘hi’ to more people on your travels.

Going Solo?

solo travel

Travel solo: supremely rewarding – with no compromises.

Travelling alone can be tough, but also extremely rewarding if you are able to be self sufficient. That’s easier said than done, of course, so sometimes it’s nice to read about people who do it too. That’s where regular visitor to the world first wander Amy Trumpeter comes in with her Tips for travelling alone. It’s packed full of useful  tips for those planning a solo trip.

To Ink or not to Ink. Holiday tattoos.

Holiday tattoos

Tattoos aren’t to everyone’s tastes but there are plenty out there who like to mark their travels with a permanent memory.

Travel Tattoos next. We have talked about travel and tattoos on the blog before. While not to everyone’s taste they have grown in popularity, with plenty of people using tattoos as a record of their travels. It’s a great idea but one that is never better for the assistance of alcohol. So, if you have been thinking about it, take a look at Sunny in London’s post 5 things to do if you want a travel tattoo.

Everything but the kitchen sink

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Packing light or taking everything and the kitchen sink?

We’re back on this old subject again. What to pack? This time it’s the turn of Jess Gibson from the Travelista blog who is talking about ‘adventurous travel’. The blog is new to us so we’re happy to be able to include it. And if you are an ‘adventurous traveller’ type this will be just perfect for you.  Top 10 essentials for the adventurous traveller.

Still feeling adventurous? Go trekking!

As the boy scouts motto says, “Be prepared”. Never was a truer word spoken if you are heading off on an adventure holiday. The more prep you do the less pain you’ll feel when you hit the trail. And the same goes for your physical preparedness. Our next post is all about being ready for anything…well almost anything. If you need to get in shape for an adventure holiday – or any holiday for that matter – then you need to read this from Rickshaw Travel: 5 training tips for your trekking holiday.

Where do you get your travel inspiration?

If you are constantly looking for the next big adventure but sometimes hit the wall and lack inspiration then this next post will help you out. It’s from Mollie Bylett and it’s all about getting motivated for that next big adventure. So get pinning and start planning with From destination to itinerary: how I get my travel inspiration.

This week’s hot destination. Antarctica!

We finish off this week with a hot destination. Well, that’s not strictly true, as it’s not the kind of place you go to get a sun tan. But it is a place to wonder at the beauty of nature in all its chilly glory. Antarctica has cropped up on the blogging radar a fair bit in the past week. So without further ado, pull on those thermals and check out the post from My Itchy Travel Feet who answer 6 questions about cruising to Antarctica. Then pull on some extra socks and check out My best tips for visiting Antarctica from Jeremy and Angie at Living the Dream.

Enjoy.

 

The World First Wander: the ski Monday special

January 26th, 2016

The World First Wander: the ski Monday special

Welcome to another World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s new in the world of travel blogging and writing. As always it’s compiled by Tristan Rothwell, who scours the internet for the very best travel related stuff so you don’t have to.

It’s been a busy week in the world of travel blogging. We have seen some amazing posts from all over the world this week and it’s been more difficult than ever to narrow them down to a few firm favourites. So…. now the ski season is well under way we decided to focus on skiing, snowboarding and….. fatbiking!

Planning on skiing this season?

Winter, skiing, journey - girl with ski equipment ready for travel to ski resort

What to pack for your first ski trip? Don’t forget the kids!

Skiing is really popular with our customers at the moment – as it always is at this time of the year! But who’s doing the packing and what, exactly, are they packing anyway? It’s time to take control and sort out your ski packing list once and for all with Flashpacker Family. They have created a downloadable packing list to make it really, very easy…. Head over to The complete ski trip packing list for more.

If this is your first skiing trip…

Is this the year you are finally going to take the plunge and book up that long promised ski or snowboard trip? This next post is perfect for you. It’s from Camping with style and contains 16 fun facts you need to know before hitting the slopes for the first time. Number 6 is particularly important to note. In case the worst happens and you do get injured it is vital to have a really good travel insurance policy in place. Take a bow World First  Ski and Snowboard travel insurance.

What to expect on your first Ski trip…

So you have booked your first ski (or snowboard ) trip? Fantastic. But it’s never easy heading into the unknown so we have included this post from  Rosalilium who recently went on her first ski trip and, judging from the post, thoroughly enjoyed it. Check out My First Ski Trip.

It’s not always plain sailing (or snowboarding)

Snowboarding travel

You may spend a lot of time on your backside, but you WILL improve.

If it’s your first time heading to the slopes to try snowboarding then it can seem like you will never get the hang of it ( ask our MD) but with a bit of perseverance and determination it can be done! We aren’t all naturals and sometimes it’s reassuring to read that other people have struggled to get to grips with being on the piste too. That’s the reason we have included this next post from Non Stop Destination in Vancouver. The title says it all: First time snowboarding: my failed experience.

More from Vancouver

Ski season has arrived with gusto in Vancouver after a slow start. They recently had 120cm of snow in 7 days so it’s shaping up to be a great season. Check out these great photos from Travel Canucks who have been taking full advantage of the conditions there.  Snowboarding season has arrived in Vancouver.

Where to go for Snow?

Fancy ditching the beaches in favour of Alpine vistas? That’s exactly what Boots’n’All travel bloggers suggest for this next post. It’s full of great ideas of locations for skiing and snowboarding in the northern hemisphere. It’s an interesting read. Skiing on Maui? Don’t mind if I do. Chasing snow: plan a ski trip around the world.

Dressing for success

Skiers and snowboarders have always been a fashion conscious lot. And, of course it is important to have functional clothing on the slopes. But how do you do both? Well,  Travelling Mom have all the right ideas in their post, Family ski trip: How to dress for success on the slopes.

What to do if you don’t want to Ski or Snowboard?

Boy riding a fat tire bike in winter snow. Motion blurred image.

Fatbiking on snow. The new sensation or just another way to take a tumble?

Fatbiking ! No we had never heard of either, but this really does look amazing. It could well be the perfect alternative sport for hitting the slopes.  Have a look at this from the Indy:  Fat Biking the latest snow sport to hit the Swiss Alps. Like the look of it? Check this out: Fat Bike 101 from Fatbike.com.

That’s it for this week – we hope you have enjoyed reading this week’s instalment.

Stay safe on the slopes…

It’s murder on the campsite. But it needn’t be with World First.

January 22nd, 2016

It’s murder on the campsite. But it needn’t be with World First.

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Down but not out. Camping is fun, but not without its dangers…

Have you got plans to go camping this year? You will not be alone. Camping is really popular at the moment, with the Great British Tourism Survey revealing that us Brits took 13.3m camping and caravanning trips in 2014. Another stat, this time from the European Caravan Federation, stated that UK registrations of new motorhomes rose by 10.6% in the 2015 season. So things really are on the up for the humble camping holiday.

Going abroad to camp is still as popular as ever, with 61% of Brits preferring France for their foreign camping adventure (according to Go Outdoors). There is good reason for this. France is one of the best set up countries in the world for camping, with all kinds of ways of enjoying life under canvas. You can stay on large corporate sites with pools and bars and restaurants, save money and stay on municipal campsites that are operated by almost every municipality, get a taste of the real France by staying in your campervan – for free – on one of the thousands of France Passion sites or stay on aires de camping car, which are specially provided places for motorhomes. Then again, if that wasn’t to your taste you can stay on ‘au naturel’ sites or ‘a la ferme’, both of which offer a chance to get away from the big business of camping.

However, the campsite isn’t always the safest of places. There are guy ropes to trip over, fires to get burned by, axes to skim shins and bugs to bite. And we’re pretty sure that most of us have, at some time or another, done something stupid on a campsite. Isn’t that right?

As if to prove a point we asked World First writer Martin if he’d ever hurt himself on a camping trip. Little did we know that we’d hit such a rich vein of stories! Enjoy the following that he freely admitted to on his blog, but don’t forget that our travel insurance policies will cover you for all kinds of mishaps, accidents, problems and issues you might come across along the way. As well as the camping related injuries, our cover will also cover you if you have to come home because of an injury, if your belongings go missing or if you have to cancel a ferry or campsite booking because of unforeseen circumstances.

You can get a quote here, but, in the meantime, enjoy a little campsite shadenfreude (and don’t let it happen to you…)

“I was chopping wood to put on the fire. The piece of wood I was chopping bounced into the air and hit me square on the nose very hard. It hurt. My teeth felt like they were about to fall out and my septum felt as if it had been crushed by an elephant. No break, just a loss of dignity and some big LOLs from my twitter followers.”

“We had a broken windscreen on a campervan trip to France. It was an old camper so it shattered. And that meant we had to be towed to a garage to get a new one. It took 3 days to arrive so we were effectively, homeless, until it could be fixed. Our travel cover paid for a hotel while we were waiting. The Mrs was quite pleased! Secretly, of course.”

“I got up one night to go to the loo and, on closing the sliding door on the camper van, hit my head on the corner of a cupboard and made a deep cut between my eyes. I went back to sleep but took myself off to A and E the next morning when I saw how bad it was.”

“During a tour of France and Spain I caught myself in the face with a fish hook whilst showing my daughter how to cast. The line had snagged and it popped back at me and embedded its barb just below my left ear. It had to be removed in hospital and I had to beg a Spanish fisherman to take me there. To his credit he waited for me and took me back to the camp site. Luckily I had my EHIC card, which got me free treatment. I was the only thing I caught that trip.”

“I have forgotten the number of times camping trips with my family have been ruined by bites from insects. One of my earliest memories of camping is of my mum going to A&E in Devon with a lump on her arm the size of a tennis ball. She had been bitten by a horse fly. I’m not immune to the odd bite but I’m not going to make a song and dance about it like my dear old mum did. I think she would have preferred to stay in a hotel.”

“Ages ago I went surfing while on a camping trip. The surf was huge and I came ashore unscathed, which was a miracle, but then I went and fell over on the beach and broke and dislocated my big toe. That was another trip to see the nice people at A and E.”

“The top prize for camping holiday incidents belongs not to me but to my lovely daughter Maggie, who fell off a climbing frame and broke her arm within an hour of arriving at Eoropie on the isle of Lewis in 2011. It had taken us a week to get there. All I can say is that the A&E department in Stornoway is lovely.”

Going camping? Take a first aid kit and make sure you have really good travel insurance.

 

The World First Wander: travel blogs we love this week

January 18th, 2016

The World First Wander: travel blogs we love this week

This week's Wander: ski kit, pregnancy, diabetes and Iceland

This week’s Wander: ski kit, pregnancy, diabetes and Iceland

Welcome to another World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s new in the world of travel blogging and writing. As always it’s compiled by Tristan Rothwell, who scours the internet for the very best travel related stuff so you don’t have to.

This week we take a look at diabetes, skiing, Iceland and wheelchair accessibility.

Travel and Diabetes

First up this week we head to Diabetes UK for a great story about travelling with type 1 diabetes. It’s written by Scott Brady who has been a Type 1 diabetic for nearly 20 years. Scott and his girlfriend are planning to backpack around South East Asia for 6 months in 2016 and, as Scott says in this post, it takes a bit more planning when you have diabetes. This is a great post for anybody planning to do the same thing. Have a read of Tales of a back packer – by Scott Brady then take a look at our Diabetes Travel Insurance page for the best in diabetes travel insurance cover.

Travelling with a bump

If you travel while pregnant and worry about it, it can help to read tips from experienced travellers.  In our 2nd post this week we get some great advice from Minitravellers, from the Wirral, who offer some great advice. Naturally we particularly like no 8, check your travel insurance, so if you are going to be travelling this year with your very own on board travelling companion, have a read of Tips on Flying Whilst Pregnant.

Planning a Ski Trip? Want to save some money?

Hitting the slopes this year? We found a great article on the Telegraph website which is going to be of interest to anybody planning on skiing or snowboarding this year. Why? Because it’s a list of how much some airlines will charge you to carry your skis. There are some surprising results in there. Have a read – before you book your flights perhaps – and you may just save a few Euros for the après ski. Revealed the best and worst airlines for skiers and snowboarders.

What to pack for a ski trip?

Having trouble deciding what to pack for your ski trip? We don’t think you are alone! Do you go for style over performance or performance over style? Or, if it were p[ossible, both? Our next post, from Wander newbies Travelista, may help to separate what you do need and don’t want to take from what you want to pack but perhaps don’t need. Check out  What to pack for a ski trip. Skis, ski jacket, snow boots….

The other Iceland

We are going to make this joke and then forget it ever happened. Iceland, for those who are still struck in Christmas mode, is a country as well as a source of quality food. And, we are led to believe, is infinitely more beautiful than the other Iceland. So, now the Christmas ads are done, it’s time to head for the real Iceland in the company of We Blog The World. The How to Guide to Iceland in the Winter is full of fantastic images and lots of useful advice for those thinking about a trip this year. Looks amazing.

Had Enough of the Cold?

At the other end of the temperature scale from Iceland is The Death Valley National Park, a place where the hottest temperature on earth was recorded back in 1913. SO, if you are looking for warm, n this is the place to head. In fact, this is exactly what Travel Bunny did. There really is no place like it on earth. The post includes lots of useful info as well as stunning photographs. It is well worth a read: Driving Death Valley – the highs and lows.

Booking hotels for disabled travellers

Curb Free with Cory Lee is a disabled travel blog we have followed for a long time. It’s one of our favourites as its always full of articles from a different perspective. This post, from last week is no different. If you are a wheelchair user choosing a hotel that will meet all your access needs can make all the difference. Hence Cory has compiled a list of questions to ask when you book a hotel to make sure you don’t arrive and find you have accessibility problems. A simple guide to booking hotels for wheelchair users will be useful to a lot of World First customers. Enjoy.

Until next week.

31% of skiers on thin ice? Not with World First Winter Sports cover.

January 15th, 2016

31% of skiers on thin ice? Not with World First Winter Sports cover.

Winter Sports cover

Got the right travel cover? Talk to us.

We’ve had some shocking stats from ABTA, via our Know Before You Go partners, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The stats, which are the result of an ABTA study among 600 travellers, reveal that 31% of British nationals heading off to the slopes this winter may not have adequate winter sports cover – because they don’t check whether or not their travel insurance will cover them if the suffer an injury while out on the slopes.

The over 65s bracket were even worse than the average, with 55% of them failing to check the small print in their travel policies. At the end fo the scale it was the younger age bracket – aged 25-34 – who were the most travel cover conscious. Just 25% of them set off without checking to see if their cover would cover winter sports. It’s better but it’s still a quarter.

You might well ask what the problem is with this, if they have cover. Well, as insurers we need to know what you are up to so that we can give you the right amount of cover. All policies are different , so if you head off with an annual policy that covers you for weekends away and holidays in the sun, it won’t cover winter sports. That means that if you injure yourself your cover will be invalid.

In the last 3 years, sadly, there have been 45 deaths among British skiers and snowboarders reported to the FCO, with thousands more needing treatment for injuries sustained both on and off piste.

Here at World First we insure thousands of skiers every year. Our Winter Sports cover includes cover for equipment, whether it’s rented or yours, cover for off piste skiing, cover if the slopes are closed and cover if your equipment gets damaged. And that’s on top of the cover we offer in each of our policy types, which includes up to £10m in emergency medical cover.

We can also cover your medical conditions too, and cover you if you are over 65 or under 35. We can do it at a price that’s fair too. So there;s no excuse not to head oiff knowing that you have done the right thing and got cover that will be right there with you all the way.

Advice for skiers from the FCO

The FCO, as part of their campaign, have put together an infographic to help keep you safe on the slopes. Take a look at it HERE.

They have also put together the following advice with the help of four time Winter Olympian Chemmy Alcott:

Pre-departure advice:

  • Take out comprehensive travel insurance with winter sports cover and check what it covers
  • If heading to Europe, travel with a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get free necessary treatment at public hospitals
  • Make sure your passport is valid before you travel
  • Check the FCO’s travel advice for the country you are visiting
  • Keep up to date with the local weather conditions before you go and while you’re in resort

In resort advice:

  • Stick with your mates when walking back to your hotel or chalet and follow the signed paths
  • Only ski off-piste if you are a confident skier, aware of the risks and are with a qualified guide
  • Wear a helmet
  • Remember the effects of drinking alcohol increase at altitude – your judgement, coordination and reaction times may be affected
  • Make sure you and your friends know that in an emergency, the number to call is 112 in Europe and 911 in USA

It’s sunshine Saturday!!! But don’t forget your travel cover!

January 9th, 2016

It’s sunshine Saturday!!! But don’t forget your travel cover!

According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, this today, 9th January, is ‘Sunshine Saturday’, the day when most British nationals are likely to book their 2016 holidays. It’s aided and abetted by lots of tour operators and travel agents, who will be doing their best to cash in on the post Christmas rush by offering a host of incentives, deals and discounts to encourage us to book our sunshine getaways.

The FCO and their Know Before You Go team have teamed up with weather presenter Becky Mantin to offer advice on how to book your big escape and to remind us that having the right travel insurance is vital for a trouble free holiday.

The FCO also tell us that the average cost of a claim for medical expenses is £1,022. That’s significantly higher than the average travel insurance policy, which stands at just £32! To remind us they have produced a video “Don’t put a dampener on your holiday”.

So if you plan on booking a holiday today, don’t forget about the travel insurance. And don’t forget to get a quote from us before you commit. If you travel with medical conditions we are able to offer some of the best value policies out there. We cover 1000s of conditions and also include over 150 sports and activities free. We also offer up to £10m in emergency medical expenses and can cover cancer, heart conditions, thyroid problems and IBS as well as Alzheimer’s and pregnancy.

Get a quote now.

 

 

 

The World First Wander: travel blogs we love this week

January 8th, 2016

Welcome to the first World First Wander of 2016! A very happy New Year to all!

As always the Wander is a selection of our favourite travel blogs and articles from the last week or so, compiled, as always, by Tristan Rothwell. In case you didn’t get the gist of things by now, he scours the internet for the very best travel related stuff so you don’t have to.

If the first few days of the year are anything to go by it’s looking like 2016 will be a busy year for travel. We are seeing record numbers of people getting their travel insurance ready for the trips later in the year.

Have you made a resolution to travel more in 2016?

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Trying to decide where your travels will take you next?

If you are planning on travelling more in 2016 but feel you need some advice on how to actually make it happen then our first post this week is perfect for you. It’s from Beverley at Pack your Passport who, by her own admission, didn’t travel as much as she wanted to in 2015. However she has resolved to correct that, follow her own advice and travel more in 2016. If you are like Beverley and want to clock up more travel miles in the coming year then have a read of How to travel more in 2016.

Where will you travel this year?

Do you find it difficult to decide where to go? Are you the sort who revisits destinations that they have already oved or do you head to places you have never been? It can be a tough one, and sometimes we need help. Luckily for us, Chris and Heather from A Brit and a Southerner travel blog have put together a list of destinations their favourite travel writers are planning on heading this year. They include Northern Ireland with Charles McCool, Utah with 2 Travel Dads and The Falklands with Travelling Rockhopper. It’s a great list – and if you are unsure where to head for this year it’s definitely one to check out. Where are the best 2016 travel destinations?

Book at least one big Trip…

…that’s exactly what Cathy Winston at Mummy Travels plans to do this year. Cathy is going to be celebrating a landmark birthday this year, so what better way to celebrate than booking a big trip? Where would you go to celebrate? Have a read of Travel resolutions for 2016

2015 wasn’t all plain sailing

Engine break down.Strong young woman pushing a vintage car while man emboldening her.

The best laid plans of mice and men. Travel disasters do happen. Best solution? Be prepared.

We know only too well that not all travel goes according to plan. There are so many things that can and do go wrong for some people. One of those people, it seems, is Hannah from That Adventurer. In 2015 she suffered bed bugs in Morocco and almost jet skied into a boat on Loch Lomond. We shouldn’t laugh but it does make for a good blog.  Hopefully 2016 will be disaster free for Hannah but for now, enjoy 5 Travel disasters of 2015.

What’s your worst travel nightmare?

We all have our own travel nightmares.  Sitting next to a screaming baby on a long haul flight. Flying while ill. 1st class running out of Champagne! Well, that’s obviously top of the list, but actually, flying with airsickness can be a real horror. However there are steps you can take to make the journey a little more comfortable. And that’s when we hand over to  Twenty Something travel, who with a little help from Erin at Don’t Forget to Eat,  have written a great blog post for those of us who suffer with air sickness. It’s well worth a read: How to survive a long flight when you are sick to your stomach.

Ending on a serious note…

Travel problems do happen to all of us from time to time. It’s at these times that we rely on our travel insurance to be there for us. And with medical treatment costing a small fortune in some places, it’s essential to make sure it’s all in place before you leave. An article in the Daily Mail this week listed the cost of hospital beds per night around the world versus the cost of travel insurance per night (on average). It’s quite shocking and proves, once again, that buying travel insurance could be the best holiday buy you ever make!

The holiday destinations where travel insurance is really important: The world’s most expensive hospital beds revealed.

Until next week.

 

 

 

The World First Wander: 9 travel blogs we loved this week

December 21st, 2015

The World First Wander: 9 travel blogs we loved this week

Welcome to the last World First Wander of 2015! As always it’s a compilation of our favourite travel blogs and articles from the last week or so, compiled, as always, by Tristan Rothwell. In case you didn’t get the gist of things by now, he scours the internet for the very best stuff so you don’t have to.

Christmas is a slightly quieter time of year for us here at World First. It’s the hiatus of calm before the bookings storm that New Year brings each year. January, as I am sure you can imagine, is the busiest time of the year for us so we’re glad of the chance to slow down a little in the run up to it…

9 travel blogs we loved this week

Dreaming of a white Christmas? You may have to go further than the Met Office in London…

Dreaming of a white Christmas?

Aren’t we all? Unfortunately, in the UK it’s a rare event, even if all we need for it to be official is one flake of snow to land at any number of specified locations around the country. Mind you, that’s hardly enough to send us reaching for the snow poles. So for those of us who dream of proper, deep, powdery, white stuff at Christmas time, the only thing to do is to head for a snow resort. But which one? It can be a minefield deciding where to go for a ski holiday, however, with a little help from our first post this week you may be able to find the one that’s right for you! And if you don’t mind going to a place you’ve never heard of, read on and check out 10 great ski resorts you probably haven’t heard of.

Looking for snow? Try Scotland

If there’s anywhere that’s likely to have snow over Christmas it’s Scotland. Unlike our home county of Devon – where the warmest Christmas day ever was recorded back in 1920 –  Scotland does have a good chance of a few flakes. So if you don’t want to hit the slopes then how about A weekend in Edinburgh? Sounds just lovely…

All we want for Christmas is…

…to switch off! Mind you, it can be tricky, especially as we constantly monitor our social media channels for tweets from travellers in need of help. It’s a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week responsibility and we take it very seriously. Even so it’s nice to have the chance to unwind properly during a break. And if you’re the sort who needs a little help, this next post is for you. Check out How to switch off during the Christmas break.

Travelling with a baby

One of our friends jetted off to Florida last week for a Christmas break with her 6 month old son Harry. She went alone and will be meeting Dad later. For some that might be a scary proposition, but it’s not for well seasoned traveller, the Travel Hack, who travels regularly with gorgeous George. She’s written a post – Tips for flying long haul with a baby – that some mums (and dads) will appreciate if they are going to be flying with a new born for the first time this Christmas.

I’d rather be….

Surfing! Hitting the beach at Christmas used to be for the hardy few, but these days you can expect to find a few people in the line up even on Christmas day. Surfing is a fast growing sport and everyone wants to try it. If that includes you, then make 2016 the year you do. This next post has some great images (including one of one of our favourite Cornish beaches – Porthcurno – can you spot it?) as well as some good advice on making the most of your water time. Flighthub’s surfing guide for Canadians travelling abroad is well worth a read – even if you are not Canadian! The same rule apply to us Brits too!

When travel insurance comes in handy

Yes, we know we are bound to say that, but the truth is that when you travel things can go wrong. That’s when you need your travel insurance policy to get you out of trouble. And, as if you needed a little help to imagine a few going wrong scenarios, this next post highlights a few of the things that can go wrong when you travel. It might not be your usual glossy travel post but When travel goes wrong certainly tells it like it is.

Looking back at 2015

As we get to the end of the year it’s nice to look back at the previous year’s travel. It’s exactly what some of our favourite bloggers have been doing lately, starting with Rambling Man who posted his 2015: a year in walking, with a peek at adventures on the Wainright’s, the London Orbital Path and the Thames Path.

By the time Big Ben calls in the end of 2015 Vicky Flip Flop will have visited 23 countries this year! That’s quite an achievement! You can read all about her times in Japan, California and Israel in My 5 best adventures from 2015.

The last of our highlights of 2015 comes from Lauren at Never Ending Footsteps, who starts off her review of the year with a great photo of the same Cornish beach – Porthcurno – we talked about earlier. Check out the colour of the water in 15 travel highlights from 2015!

That’s it for this week. We hope it gave you a little travel inspiration for 2016.

Finally, it’s time to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at World First Travel Insurance.

Until 2016…

Travelling with a medical condition? Don’t forget to tell us everything!

December 20th, 2015

Travelling with a medical condition? Don’t forget to tell us everything!

Travelling with a medical condition? Don’t forget to tell us everything!

Declared everything? Then you’re good to go. And it needn’t cost a fortune.

From time to time we hear of difficult cases where people have been taken ill on holiday and have then faced huge hospital bills. More often than not it’s down to the fact that the person who was taken ill has failed to declare an existing condition and, as a result, their travel insurance company have refused to pay out, like in the story of a man from Port Talbot who is currently stuck in the Dominican Republic having fallen ill with gallstones.

It appears that the hospital have refused to allow him to leave until he pays a medical bill of a whopping £45,000. According to the story from ITN News, the hospital authorities have confiscated his passport, are refusing to let him leave and are still charging him £400 per day to remain at the hospital.

Why? Because he failed to declare the fact that he was receiving treatment for gallstones before he left to his travel insurance company. That meant they are refusing to cover the cost of his treatment because it was an undeclared existing condition and therefore not covered by his policy. That leaves his family desperately trying to raise the money to get him home and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office doing all they can to remedy the situation – despite stating very clearly that they “cannot pay bills or give you money from public funds” in their guide ‘Support for British nationals abroad: a summary’.

It is a very worrying situation for all concerned and highlights, once again, the need to declare medical conditions when you book your travel insurance. It might be tempting to keep your conditions to yourself to save a few pounds on the premium but it could well backfire and leave you in a terrible mess.

Here at World First we speak to customers every day who are surprised by the prices of our policies – even when they have declared all their conditions. That’s because we are medical travel insurance specialists and work with specialist underwriters who know how to assess the risks of thousands of medical conditions.

So if your travel insurance company gives you a quote that seems overly expensive to cover your conditions or refuses to cover your conditions, talk to us. The chances are that we will beat it – often by a long way!

GET A QUOTE for your medical conditions.

 

 

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