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Where you stand if the UK Border Agency walkout affects your travel plans

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Crowd of people at airport

Where you stand if the UK Border Agency walkout affects your travel plans

This Wednesday (30th November), thousands of UK Border Agency (UKBA) staff will be absent from the UK’s ports and airports as part of a nationwide public sector strike. With 60,000 travellers passing through immigration each day at Heathrow alone, it’s hard to overstate the scale of disruption that looks set to be caused. What happens if you are affected? Can you seek compensation? What’s covered by your travel insurance?

Here’s some help and advice.

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3 reasons to declare reflux to your travel insurer

Friday, November 25th, 2011

A man with heartburn

3 reasons to declare reflux to your travel insurer

At World First we insure thousands of medical conditions. Some rare, some common. Some serious, some less so. One of the conditions we cover is gastro-oesophageal reflux. We issue a policy covering it on an almost daily basis. But many of our customers aren’t aware they even need to cover reflux until they go through our medical screening. Maybe that’s because, in our experience, people don’t feel the need to declare conditions that they think are relatively minor.

So do they?

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£5 million medical cover with every policy. Here’s why.

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

£5 million medical cover with every policy. Here’s why.

At World First we take the medical benefits of our travel insurance very seriously. Every single one of our customers receives £5 million worth of cover for medical costs. That covers treatment, replacing medication and repatriation to the UK if you need to be treated here.

You might think £5 million medical cover sounds like a lot.

It is. But we don’t want to risk our customers getting caught out. The cost of foreign medical care can very rapidly get out of control. Way out of control. And if you haven’t got travel insurance cover, you’ll have to find a way to pay the costs yourself. Not having a policy is not an excuse.

Take a look at this short viral from the Foreign Office. Could you afford to lose out in the same position?

To see what other policy benefits you get with World First, or to get a quick online quote visit www.world-first.co.uk.

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And the grand total is…

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

The World First Children In Need cake sale!Last week we wrote a blog post to let you know about our plans to raise some dough for Children In Need with our office cake sale. Well, the event was a big success! After a day of delightfully delicious indulgence we made £450 for the charity. Fantastic!

As well as the cake sale, we held a dress down day for the office staff. Although, as you can see from the photo below, our Managing Partner Martin Rothwell’s interpretation of the words ‘dress down’ turned out to be bananas. Literally.

Our Managing Partner, Martin Rothwell, bends the limits of 'dress down day'

Find out more about what we got up to here.

New figures reveal urgent need for research into lung cancer in the UK

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

New figures reveal urgent need for research into lung cancer in the UK

UK cancer support charity Macmillan has released new figures that help reveal cancer survival rates in the UK. The results are generally very encouraging: survival rates of many cancers – including colon cancer, breast cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma – show major improvement. But lung cancer represents one of the concerning anomalies. It’s a finding made especially significant given that November is lung cancer awareness month.

Here’s a rundown of some important facts and figures, the early signs and symptoms that we should all be aware of, and some suggestions if you would like to know more about lung cancer awareness month.

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My World First travel writing competition update

Monday, November 21st, 2011

We’ve had some really amazing entries for this month’s My World First competition. There have been tales of camel kissing, AK47s, communist countries, ice hotels, the Amazon, a kiss from Olly Murs, stolen underwear and a fling with a diving instructor. And that’s just the start! The best news is that there’s still time to enter and give yourself the chance of winning a Kindle.

As you might have guessed, the theme for our travel writing competition is world firsts. Get it? We want to hear about your first-time travel experiences. It could be anything you like. And judging by the entries we’ve already had, it probably will be! If it’s a first in your world then it’s one of your world firsts. Tell us about it. This blog post explains the rules and reveals just how easy it is to enter.

The winner of this month’s competition will receive a Kindle – or the equivalent value in Waterstone’s vouchers if they prefer. Viveca Koh won a Kindle in a previous World First competition and sent us this amazing photograph of her and her new toy at the ECVB powerstation in Belgium.

You can take a look at more of Viveca’s photography using these links:

Viveca Koh Photography

Viveca Koh Blog

Follow the hashtag #myworldfirst on Twitter. This month’s competition ends at 23:59 on 30th November.

Written by Tristan Rothwell

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World First Wander. The world of graffiti and Street Art

Friday, November 18th, 2011

World First Wander. The world of graffiti and Street Art

Welcome to another World First Wander, a regular write-up of the travel articles, sites and content with our very own social media man, Tristan Rothwell. It’s a super-speedy way to catch up on your travel reading, so take five minutes out to sit down with a coffee and relax. Today Tristan’s talking street art.

Over to you, Tristan!

Greetings travelling friends! It’s been a busy week here at World First. The phone have been ringing off the hook and we’ve all be in our corners organising this year’s secret Santa and reading The World First Travel Insurance Review

As many of our regular readers will know I am a keen photographer. I am also a fan of graffiti, although these days lots of people prefer to call it “street art”. Perhaps it makes it seem more upmarket!

When I lived in London I could often be found in the Leake Street tunnels photographing the graffiti there. You had to be quick because the pieces changed daily.

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The world of graffiti and Street Art

Cape Town in South Africa was another prime location for street art. In some parts of the city I had to make a few  hit and run ‘Kodak attacks’. It wasn’t sensible to be there for long. Fortunately, my then wife was from Cape Town and every time I heard her say something about a part of town being dangerous I knew there were photos to be taken. It went like this: see art, stop car, out of car, shoot, in car, gone !

Street art has come a long way – in fact some of it is now big business – so I thought I would have a look at some recent blog posts from around the globe. Most are travel based so if you are heading off and want to get the lowdown on the local street art then read on………..

I am going to start off close to home with one of my favourite photographers, @VivecaKohPhotog The UK is home to some of the best street art and and Viveca’s photographs of Phlegm prove it. Check out

Procession By Viveca Koh and his Urban Exploration page

Next we’re off to Legoland. Well amost. This is absolutely amazing lego street art They have a great blog and you can follow them on twitter too

I was going to suggest Amsterdam next, but then I spotted……. Taiwan. Perhaps not the first place you’d think of for graffiti but one click of this link will change all that for ever, I just need to get some sunglasses like Tooya. This is all from Off Track Planet which may well be my favourite new travel blog.  Find them on Twitter then here

Toronto is quite well know within the graffiti world for housing a lot of talent and the post from @GlbetrotterGrls proves it – Street Art Special – Oh Canada

Anybody who has ever been to Paris will know that the Parisians love graffiti, I think this goes hand in hand with their love of Hip Hop, France, in case you didn’t know, is the second largest buyer of hip hop in the world. Twitter’s @Andiperullo knows just how much the French love it. Check out in search of street art in Paris

Is no surprise that graffiti has become an acceptable art form. But how so? Here’s a quick history lesson – this is a link to an article published in the New York Times back in July 1971 about Taki 183

OK. On with the show. Graffiti is in illegal, so how about doing it with a torch ?

Check out this amazing little vid:

Light writing guide from PIPSlab on Vimeo.

Travels of Adam recently headed for Vienna and found some art. Read about it here in Street Art and Graffiti in pretty Vienna

In some cities it is possible to take a tour to see the best. The Indie Travel Podcast guys took a tour in Buenos Aires

That’s it for now. Enjoy.

Until next week, stay safe.

Tristan

Raising flour to raise cash for Children In Need Thursday 17th November

Monday, November 14th, 2011
World First Travel Insurance support Children In Need

Children In Need

It’s Children In Need on Friday (18th November) and at World First we’re keen to do our bit. Especially if doing our bit involves eating lots of cake.

Come Thursday 17th lunchtime, the World First offices will be a hive of culinary indulgence as our cake sale springs into action. We’re combining the sale with a dress down day too. It’s just as well. When there’s a kitchen full of cake to get through, a relaxed approach to sartorial matters is pretty much essential.

Everyone’s getting involved. Even our Managing Partner’s daughter, 3 year old Isla Rothwell, is dropping in to stir things up in the kitchen. We haven’t told our cleaner yet. You’ll be able to take a look at some of the photos from the day on this blog, so remember to check back if you’d like to take a look.

The office revelry is all part of our push to raise some cash for Children In Need. 100% of the money we raise on the day will be donated to the charity. And World First Managing Partner, Martin Rothwell, has pledged to personally match whatever is raised in the office. Fantastic.

Remember to check back here for photos.

Pregnancy travel insurance advice for mums to be!

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Pregnancy travel insurance

Pregnancy travel insurance advice for mums to be!

Taking a little extra luggage with you on holiday? If you’re planning on jetting off while you’re pregnant, there are a few extra things to think about when it comes to your travel insurance. Don’t worry. There’s nothing major to sort out. But you will need to take a little extra time looking into the right policies to make sure you’ve got the right kind of cover.

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World First Travel Insurance review : October

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

World First Travel Insurance review : October

Want to know what our service is really like? Last month we launched a new series for our blog: The World First Travel Insurance review. Each month we’ll reveal the average customer rating of our service as well as a snapshot of some of the customer feedback we’ve received. And we don’t just copy and paste all the best comments. The idea is to give everyone a clearer insight into our service and standards, while introducing the ways we plan to make World First even better.

Whenever someone buys a new policy with us, we ask them to rate their experience of our service out of 10 – 10 is the best. Feedback has been received by more than 170 people for the month of October.  The average rating is just above 9 out of a maximum score of 10.

We also ask each customer if they think there’s anything we could do to improve our service. You can read a selection of the comments below, together with a response from World First Managing Partner, Martin Rothwell.

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