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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.






Is your travel insurance worthless? Ours isn’t.

October 15th, 2015

Is your travel insurance worthless? Ours isn’t.

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Which?, the magazine famous for providing the very last word on value and quality, recently released a report criticising some travel insurance companies for offering travel cover that is, basically, worthless.

We welcome such a thing. Why? Because we know ours isn’t! It’s as simple as that. But before we go into details let’s find out a little more about the Which? report.

You can read it here, but the basic upshot of it was that some companies are charging excesses that are as high as the cover itself. One company covered cash to the tune of £200 but then their excess was – guess how much – yes, £200. Effectively this renders the policy worthless on that point… Which? cited plenty of other examples and we won’t name or shame them here.

However, the message is quite clear isn’t it? Check the small print before you sign!

Now lets’ talk about World First. The most you will ever pay as an excess is £200 with any of our policies, but this is for personal liability, for which the cover is up to £1,000,000. Then there’s Cover for legal advice, which is up to £50,000. The excess for that is £175, leaving you with £49,825 worth of cover! Beside those, most of our policies carry an excess of £60, depending on the policy type you take out. For many types of cover there are no excess charges at all, such as if you or your possessions are delayed or if you get caught up in a natural disaster.

Want to check the small print? It’s easy. Just head over to our website and get a quote. You’ll be able to see what benefits we offer and what excesses we expect for each benefit. We wouldn’t call it worthless, that’s for sure!

Get a quote now.

Mental health and travel. How the FCO – and World First – can help.

October 14th, 2015

Mental health and travel. How the FCO – and World First – can help.

Mental health and travel

Mental health and travel

As medical travel insurance specialists we are often asked to cover people with mental health conditions. And we are very pleased to be able to say that we cover many psychological conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and mental instability when declared to us and accepted as part of the medical screening process. We are also able to cover autism and Down’s syndrome and often do.

Just because you might not be able to see it, doesn’t mean it won’t affect the way you travel. So it’s extremely important to be able to know that if anything happens when you are away you will be able to get the help you need. And often mental health conditions require treatment and emergency medical assistance just like any other illness or accident. And as long as you have cover, we’ll do all we can to help.

This week the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) released a statistic that will be shocking to many. And that is the fact that, between 2009 and 2014 the number of British nationals with mental health needs requiring help from the FCO increased by 48% globally. As a result the FCO have recently been focussing their efforts on making sure that British travellers are aware of the risks travel can pose to those with mental health issues and what they can do to avoid them.

The resulting campaign, “Mind How You Go” gives lots of detailed advice on how to stay safe, what the FCO can do to help and what people with mental health issues can do to help themselves. Their comprehensive guide Foreign travel advice for people with mental health needs is comprehensive in its approach and offers lots of practical advice, with some also given for people who are concerned about someone they know.

They have also created a simple infographic (above) detailing a few things to think about before you travel if you have mental health issues.

 Travel insurance advice – it won’t cost the earth

If we were to add any advice to that already provided by the FCO it would be to declare all medication and conditions to us when you buy your travel insurance. If you became ill due to a condition that was pre-existing and that you had failed to inform us of, then your cover could be invalid. So don’t keep anything from us when you get your quote. Our travel insurance cover for people with mental health issues can be surprisingly cheap. That’s because we are medical travel insurance specialists and cover 1000s of conditions. Our underwriters understand the risks medical conditions can present to our customers, so our medical screening is detailed enough to understand your condition and how it may affect the way you travel.

If we can’t help? We know someone who can

However, there may be some cases where we can’t help. In which case we know people who can. The most important thing is declaring your conditions. From there we can make sure you get the cover you need.

Read more about the FCO “Mind How You Go” campaign

Get a quote now.


The World First Wander: travel blogs we loved this week

October 12th, 2015

The World First Wander: travel blogs we loved this week

Welcome to this week’s World First Wander. As always it’s a collection of the best travel articles, blogs and inspiration that we have loved this week. Compiled by our social media man Tristan Rothwell.

This week we look at sizzling sausages, retail therapy and travel photography.

Which side of the road should I be on?


Drive on the right. Keep your hands on the wheel.

Do you break out in a cold sweat at the thought of driving abroad? Do your knees tremble at the thought of driving precarious mountain roads with inches to spare either side or the prospect of  navigating a new city? Sometimes it’s unavoidable. But help is at hand from AdventureHan, whose blog post 7 tips for driving abroad should really help you hit the road safely.

Mummy I’m bored

Travelling with children isn’t easy. From “are we there yet?” to “I need the toilet” (400 yards past the service station) there are some things about family travel that will never change.And it doesn’t end there for parents who travel abroad. What about long delays? Oh dear. How are you going to keep them amused? Well, it’s Tots to travel to the rescue this time, with their list of The best child-friendly airports in England. Mind you, a trip to Hamley’s at Heathrow could prove damaging to your wallet.

Stopover retail therapy


Shop until you drop? Many do. Singapore.

Singapore is a popular stopover destination for those taking long haul flights down under. And what do we do when we’ve just covered 6000 miles in 13 hours? We shop, of course! And, in case you weren’t sure where to head first, Elle Croft and her excellent travel blog ‘A Bird in the Hand Travel’ will tell you in the latest post Where to go shopping in Singapore. Guaranteed to keep you busy.

All that glitters…

Staying safe on your travels is vital, as is having really good travel insurance. However, knowing a little of the tricks of the tourist rip off trade can help too. We found a great article on Mental Floss about common scams to be wary of. Check out 11 vacation scams that dupe tourists and arm yourself against the scammers.

 Inspiration or just making us jealous?

Travel inspiration comes in many forms, but there’s nothing like a beautiful photograph to set our pulses racing. This next article from Matador Network is one of those pieces that will make you want to book your next trip – now! However we have to admit we found it a little depressing. It’s tough sitting in an office all day hearing about lucky people heading off to all 4 corners of the globe on your adventures. Anyway, have a look at The 13 most inspiring travel photos this week. If that’s’ not enough inspiration for you, you can follow #travelstoke on Instagram.

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst


One thousand and one…that should do it. Good views make great shots, however many you take.

That’s what legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson said, anyway. It may well be true, but with a little bit of help there is always room for improvement. Have a read of a post from our blog, Ten things you can do to improve your travel photography as there are some good tips there for all budding travel photographers. After that you can move on to Nomadic Matt’s How to take the perfect photo; advanced techniques. Some great tips in there!

What to do when you get there?

Morocco has always been a really popular destination with World First customers. So we thought it might be fun to look at a few ideas of things to do once you get there. First up is from Amy at Globetrotter Guru who has featured here in the World First Wander a few times before. Check out What is a good itinerary for 10 days in Morocco. Then take a look at The top 10 amazing things to do in Morocco from Global Grasshopper. Spending the night in the Sahara sounds amazing.

Filed under: inspiration

That’s how Chris Sharpe from Make new tracks has filed our next post. The photographs alone in his post On the banks of the Douro: top things to do in Porto are guaranteed to make you want to go straight to the airport. And why not? It under three hours from London and the temperature at the moment is a very agreeable average of 16 degrees centigrade.

Sizzling sausages and a fairy tale castle

We’re off to Germany next with Abigail King from inside the travel lab. If you like seeking out the unusual then this may just be the perfect travel article for you. From sizzling sausages to hunting for street art in Karlsruhe, it’s a great, off-the-beaten-track read. Check out 7 unusual things to do in Germany.

That just about rounds up this week’s selection. Hopefully we’ve given you a little inspiration to get that next trip booked. If you are a travel blogger and have written a great post this week why not let us know? It might get included in next week’s World First Wander.

Until next week.

The World First Wander: travel blogs we loved this week

October 2nd, 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 from around the globe. Each week we scour the internet to bring you the definitive “what’s hot” in travel blogging, compiled by our social media man Tristan Rothwell.

There are so many good writers out there that it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start! But this week is easy. We’re kicking off with a demon at the airport… why ever not…?

Are you a demon at the airport?

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Does flying turn you into a demon?

Travel blogger Tara from Where is Tara is! Airports are stressful, we all know that, but Tara has opened up her personal Pandora’s Box and exposed the demon inside in this first post. She has compiled a list what gets her mad before takeoff.  A lot of these ring true, especially No Free Wi-Fi at number 6 on the list. It’s something that drives us mad too and should be at the very top of the list. So what annoys you? Have a read of Tara’s 10 reasons why I turn into a demon in the Airport and tell us what would be your number one.

Oh we do love to be beside the seaside

Brighton next. It’s a fantastic place to spend a weekend away. But if you have yet to sample the delights of England’s favourite seaside resort, it may pay to check out our latest post from  Hand Luggage Only. They have compiled a great list of  7 fun experiences you need to have in Brighton. These guys always write great stuff so give it a read.

Sending your mum packing

How long is it since you treated your folks to a weekend away? Has it been a while? Well, this next post from Katie, who is also known as Tatty Travels, might make you feel guilty, or at least give you some ideas! Check out Planning a city break for my mother. Where would you send Mum and Dad on a city break? Suggestions please.

Loving the City of Love

Oh Paris, the City of Love! And love it we do, with 83.7 million visitors to the French capital recorded last year. As a destination it was only surpassed by The USA, with the UK limping in at a mere 32 million. If you are thinking of travelling to the French capital this autumn and are not sure what might be in store, then we will send Kash Bhattacharya to the rescue! Kash runs the Budget Traveller Blog which has featured here quite a few times before…why? Because it’s a great blog. Check out Things to do in Paris this fall (OK, he’s forgotten he’s British and really means autumn).

Please do stray from the path

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Seek out the lesser known and you will surely find gold. Paris.


While the well beaten path often leads you to the best, or most popular stuff, the path less travelled can offer some of the greatest rewards. Sometimes you will stumble upon pure gold, even in a well visited place like Paris.  That’s what this next post, from Emily Luxton, is all about. Paris off the beaten path is all about digging a little deeper to find the really good stuff. Fancy a trip to the sewers?

Is travelling with asthma possible?

Of course it is. We have been providing travel insurance for people with Asthma for years. Our next blog, from Amy Trumpeter’s  Globetrotter  Guru Travel Blog, says it’s should be no problem, but don’t forget to declare asthma to your insurer. It’s all in her post Travelling with Asthma. Incidentally, we wrote about declaring medical conditions and why it’s so important in our blog a while ago. So if you want clarification, check it out.

Rome with a disability – yes you can!

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The cobbles in St Peter’s Square (and in Rome in general) don’t make it easy for wheelchair users, but not impossible.

Carrie-Ann Lightley featured here  back in 2011. She is from our friends at Tourism for all and has also written for Disability Horizons, a disability lifestyle magazine. She recently visited Rome and has written about it in her post Disability and Travel – Navigating Rome. She says that although the cobbled streets make it tough for wheelchair users, it’s no reason not to visit. And it’s definitely worth it!

Well that’s it for another week. I hope you like some of the blogs I have selected for you.

As always finding new travel blogs to follow is part of the joy of writing The World First Wander, so if you want your travel blog to feature here, tweet me a link @WFTristan or leave a comment in the box below.

Until next week.

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