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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…)

The Quirky Traveller’s Favourite Travel Destinations

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Zoë Dawes – aka The Quirky Traveller – is a travel writer.  She was recently voted Britain’s Best Travel Blogger and her website www.thequirkytraveller.com was voted in the Top 10 Inspiring Travel Websites 2010. We asked Zoë to give us a few ideas for brilliant places to visit. We never guessed that it would be good old Blighty that would take the top spot. But there it is. And Zoë really does know what she’s talking about.


World MS Day: 25th May

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects each of its 85,000 UK patients differently. Some experience chronic symptoms. Others less so. But it remains a serious, life-changing disease. The result is that travellers who have the condition can sometimes have difficulties getting travel cover for the price they had hoped. We offer a fairer deal.


A year after the ash: it couldn’t still be causing disruption, could it?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Eruption of Mt. EyjafjallajokullWhere were you this time last year?

Not in the air, presumably. Last April, the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud paralysed air travel, leaving many thousands of travellers across Europe and beyond stranded. The unprecedented nature of the event, together with the widespread chaos it wrought, meant that many travellers were eager to seek compensation but were unsure of how to get it, where to get it and what their travel insurance policy entitled them to.

That led to disputes.

Now, it’s important that we get one thing clear right away. Many travel insurers have settled disputes with their customers by offering good will payments. Others simply accepted straight away that their customers were entitled to compensation. (Like us. We offered no quibble payouts to our affected customers twelve months ago.) Yet one year on, even though it has long since vanished from the skies, the ash cloud continues to disrupt some travellers who have locked horns with their insurers over compensation.

A recent ruling from the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), however, could help to bring those disputes to an end. And it’s good news for travellers.


What does the Portuguese bailout mean for tourism?

Monday, April 11th, 2011

A beach in Faro, PortugalPortugal. It’s a beautiful country, famed for its easy-going lifestyle, great beaches and even better weather. But it won’t have escaped your attention that Portugal’s economy is in big trouble.

The European Union are negotiating the terms of a rescue package after receiving a formal request from Portugal for aid last Thursday (7th April). They follow in the footsteps of Ireland and Greece, who were both given emergency financial assistance at the end of 2010. But how will Portugal’s economic difficulties affect Brits travelling to the country?

Well, it might be good news if you’re after a bargain break.


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