December 9th, 2013
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 youâ€™re anything like the rest of us then youâ€™ll turn to the Internet, the travel pages and the glossy brochures to give you a shining light at the end of winterâ€™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 weâ€™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 shouldnâ€™t forget when weâ€™re planning our summer escapes – and thatâ€™s travel insurance.
Hereâ€™s why. Read the rest of this entry »
December 6th, 2013
Rebecca, or Bex as she likes to be known, is an ‘uncoventional lass’ who is the wrong side of 35 and the right side of 40 and who lives in Greece.Â Sheâ€™s travelled to, lived and taught in various places around the globeâ€”Sri Lanka, Cambodia and even helped teach English to the crew of a container ship travelling across the Atlantic Ocean!
Bex writes a very popular blog about her travels and also about her time in Greece. Take a look at it HEREÂ for the inside line on life in the Med.
Here are her Seven Wonders: Read the rest of this entry »
December 2nd, 2013
Itâ€™s nearly Christmas! Hurrah! No doubt youâ€™ll be making plans to visit relatives, see old friends, hit the slopes or laze in the sun for a few days. It can be an exciting time, especially if you are travelling with kids. However it can also be a time for hassle, delays and problems. Airports are busy, baggage staff are pushed, things go missing. Regretfully, bags also get stolen. But what if itâ€™s the bag with the presents in? That would be a near disaster. Read the rest of this entry »
November 27th, 2013
Back in April some long term weather forecasters predicted that this winter will be the worst since 1947, with 100 days of snow, lower than average temperatures and â€˜treacheryâ€™ of every sort on Britainâ€™s roads. Not to mention ‘ panic buying, ‘arctic temperatures’, ‘icy blasts’ and ‘bitter gales’.
Itâ€™s a story that has been filling the front pages recently. After all, it has got a bit chilly all of a sudden. There has even been early morning frostings and smatterings of the white stuff in some parts of the country. Snow frenzy has struck. You can almost hear the hysteria from here: Britain at a standstill, commuting horror, airport angst. Â Oh, and whatâ€™s that? Other countries have snow every year and yet it doesnâ€™t stop them from functioning perfectly normally? Yes, we know. Now I must get to the shops and buy all the tins I can get my hands on. Read the rest of this entry »
November 15th, 2013
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, weâ€™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? Read the rest of this entry »
October 31st, 2013
OKAY. Enough of that brilliant summer already. Itâ€™s now time to turn our thoughts to the oncoming winter. For many of us that means getting ready for the ski season. And weâ€™re not talking about shopping for new ski pants. Weâ€™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, itâ€™s not fun getting hurt on the slopes. If you arenâ€™t strong enough to cope with the physical strains of skiing or snowboarding then you will be more likely to get injured. Itâ€™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. Read the rest of this entry »
October 23rd, 2013
Every so often we hear from people who have enjoyed our services or have been impressed with the way we do business. Itâ€™s nice to know that the work we do is appreciated. Recently we received a parcel of goodies after helping out a lady in New Zealand when she was looking for travel insurance for her elderly mother. And she wasnâ€™t even a customer!
Â Our MD Martin Rothwell takes up the storyâ€¦ Read the rest of this entry »
October 18th, 2013
Itâ€™s Friday. Youâ€™ve got the whole weekend ahead of you, with nothing planned until Monday morning. What do you do? Eat ice cream in front of reruns of Friends until rolling in to bed on Sunday or get out there and enjoy the very best of Europe?
How about following in the footsteps of our friend Nicky Green? She took off to visit family in Barcelona recently. But it wasnâ€™t the sights she went to see. Sheâ€™s already been there and done that. Instead she went to sample the delights of Barcelonaâ€™s bar culture â€“ all thanks to a little bit of insider knowledge from her brother.
If youâ€™re thinking about taking off on a last minute European city break, donâ€™t forget that our Last Minute travel insurance policies are designed for people like you. With no cancellation cover costs included in the price itâ€™ll work out cheaper than most standard policies â€“ leaving you with more to spend on tapas!Â Read the rest of this entry »
September 26th, 2013
Ten tips for taking off for an extended winter holiday.
Listen carefully. What do you hear? Is that the sound of sun seeking Brits â€“ 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 â€“ 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 dairyâ€¦
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September 24th, 2013
The ‘paseo’, Playa de la Concha, San Sebastian
The end of the week is looming. Thereâ€™s not much on. Suddenly your inbox lights up with spam that, for once, looks promising. Itâ€™s offers on last minute flights to European cities. Youâ€™re tempted. And why not? Why shouldnâ€™t you jet off for a last minute shopping, golfing, sporting, eating, lazing or exploring extravaganza?
We certainly wonâ€™t stop you. Our Last Minute travel insurance policy is designed for people like you. Weâ€™ve taken out the bits you donâ€™t need to make it cheaper than your standard policy and kept in the stuff that could save you a lot of bother if you get into trouble when you are away. We can even cover medical conditions and people up to the age of 100. And, if you run out of time, you can book it all online at the airport. We can put you on cover straight away.
So where first? How about a weekend in Spainâ€™s gastronomic city, San Sebastian Donostia? Pack your overnight bagsâ€¦.Â
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