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Valentine’s Essentials. Wine. Chocolate. Exotic Destination. Travel Insurance.

Friday, February 7th, 2014


Valentine’s Day is approaching fast. Are you ready? Have you stocked up on roses and chocolates and grabbed a booking at your partner’s favourite restaurant (be quick!)? Failing that, have you booked the flights to whisk your better half away for a romantic weekend away in one of the World’s most romantic cities? Well, if you have then you’re probably about 90% more organised than most of us.

If you haven’t, why worry? Most of us would rather not have the pressure of Valentine’s anyway. If you want to do something for someone you’ll do it anyway, right? That’s how we feel. Anywhere can be romantic at any time of the year.

But, just in case you’ve been getting some serious hints and painful prodding, we thought it’d be nice to find out who rates where as the most romantic place to visit.

Bags packed? Great. Let’s go… (more…)

Looking for a great family holiday? Try camping in France

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014


It’s morning. You wake to the sound of the sea and the seagulls above. In a little while it’ll be too hot to stay inside, so you unzip the door, swing your feet out of your bed and enjoy the coolness. As the zip slides back you take in a big lungful of salty sea air and feel very much alive. The sky is blue and the breeze is just strong enough to sway the towels from yesterday’s swim that are hanging on the line. Any minute now you’ll hear a cheery toot-toot and the local baker will appear in his van with freshly baked croissants, pains au chocolat and sticks of still-warm bread. That’s the cue to get up, get the kettle on and send the kids off to the pool to slip, slide and squawk their way through the day down slides, along lazy rivers and into plunge pools. (more…)

A Last Minute weekend in…. Paris

Thursday, January 16th, 2014


It’s Friday. You’ve got the whole weekend ahead of you, with nothing planned until Monday morning. What do you do?

For hopeless romantics, culture vultures and Francophiles, there is only one city to head for a weekend away. Especially in the spring. And that is, of course, Paris.

If you’re thinking about taking off on a last minute European city break, don’t forget that our Last Minute travel insurance policies are designed for people like you. With no cancellation cover costs included in the price it’ll work out cheaper than most standard policies – leaving you with more to spend on tapas! (more…)

The family that holidays together…

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014


Have you heard the phrase Gramping? It’s the new thing apparently, and is when families with kids take the grandparents camping (or the other way round, of course).  It’s like a cross between camping with Granny and the current trend of glamorous (and soft) camping they like to moniker Glamping. Hopefully with feather beds for all.

So the idea is that all the family gets to go on holiday together. Ok, we get it. (more…)

Booking for summer? Don’t forget your travel insurance too.

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Santa Claus working on laptop computer

Believe it or not, Christmas will soon be over. Then what? What will distract us from energy costs, cold nights and short, wet days until spring arrives? If you’re anything like the rest of us then you’ll turn to the Internet, the travel pages and the glossy brochures to give you a shining light at the end of winter’s long and dreary tunnel. And you won’t hang about either.

According to website Hotels.com we still rely on summer holiday plans to alleviate the post-Christmas blues. They say that the period directly after the festive season – the first day back at work after the Xmas holidays – is the busiest day of the year for bookings. They even go as far as to say that their site will be busiest at around 5.30 pm. Amazing! And we’ve barely had time to take the red suit to the dry cleaners.

But seriously, if you are browsing or booking there is one thing we shouldn’t forget when we’re planning our summer escapes – and that’s travel insurance.

Here’s why. (more…)

How far is too far for a pre-Christmas weekend break?

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Berlin Xmas market

Here at World First we think that the run up to Christmas is a good time to pack the overnight bag and skip town for a couple of days. Why? Because the bank holidays are over until the Christmas break, the weather is turning sour, the nights are long, X-Factor is lumbering towards its long and tedious climax, we’ve run out of holiday credits until January and the decorations are going up far too early again this year.

So how about it? How about generating a little bit of pre-Yule excitement (which will have worn off by December 25th anyway) with a sneaky break to somewhere interesting? Where would you go? And how far is too far for a weekend break? (more…)

Fit for purpose? Are you and your Winter Sports travel insurance policy up to the job?

Thursday, October 31st, 2013


OKAY. Enough of that brilliant summer already. It’s now time to turn our thoughts to the oncoming winter. For many of us that means getting ready for the ski season. And we’re not talking about shopping for new ski pants. We’re talking about getting ski fit. Why bother? Why not just jet out there and get on with it? Why indeed. But, as anyone who has ever been hospitalised by a skiing injury will tell you, it’s not fun getting hurt on the slopes. If you aren’t strong enough to cope with the physical strains of skiing or snowboarding then you will be more likely to get injured. It’s a fact that more injuries occur in the afternoons when most skiers are starting to get tired after a day on the slopes. But whatever time of day it is, winter sports are physically demanding. Core strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness are all important if you are to stand the best chance of enjoying an injury free season. So here are a few tips for getting and staying fit in time for your time on the slopes. (more…)

The Sunbird’s Survival Guide.

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Ten tips for taking off for an extended winter holiday.

Happy Senior Couple Dancing Holding Hands on A Tropical Beach

Listen carefully. What do you hear? Is that the sound of sun seeking Brits – our very own sunbirds and swallows – stretching their wings before they head south for the winter?

Every year, as the bad weather approaches and the news gets gloomier, thousands of us gather at departure points around the country with our bags packed and ready. Cheap flights, out of season prices and the fact that for the time being you can get your winter fuel payments on the Costa del Sol – as well as the health benefits of dodging the dodgy weather – are all very good reasons to flee the British winter and park our beach towels somewhere nice for a few months.

But while it sounds lovely, migrating requires more effort than just cancelling the milk (although that helps). So, here are few tips to help you make the most of a long stay abroad. And it all begins with talking to the dairy…


Taking your holiday health cover to the next level…

Monday, June 24th, 2013

World First travel insurance

We’ve changed a few things here at World First. The most important of which is offering different levels of travel insurance cover for medical expenses, cancellation and luggage  for different types of traveller. It makes sense doesn’t it? After all, everyone travels differently these days and everyone needs something different from their travel insurance. So if you need to be reassured by £10 million of medical expenses cover or worry about losing your medication, we’ve got something to suit…


Guest post | A taste of life in Greece

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Greece has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. In this guest post, EFL teacher and travel blogger Rebecca Hall reveals how this beautiful country is still full of life.

“Pame!” I look up from my chocolate croissant and fresh orange, eaten on the balcony of my bedroom, to try and locate the source of the call.

“Pame” means ‘come’ in Greek.  It must be a shepherd as the early morning stillness is interrupted by the jangling of goats’ bells obeying their master’s instructions.  I can hear, but not see them on the hill opposite – it’s too densely covered in pine trees.

Ithaca, from Athens, is an 8 hour journey by bus and ferry via Kefalonia.  Both are incredibly green.  I was debating whether to bother with this Ionian island or go to an island nearer my adopted hometown of Athens: Poros, Aegina or Agastri.  Yet I wanted to be inspired to write, and if Lord Byron could be inspired to wax lyrically by Ithaca and her beauty, why not me? (more…)

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