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You might not know it from the weather, but spring officially begins today.

It’s a time of year when many of us start looking ahead to the summer. And, if you’re like me, you may be starting to daydream about holidays. 

The daydreaming side of things is great. Unfortunately, there are also those annoying practical issues that we all need to think about before the bag-packing can commence.

At Macmillan, all the evidence – from your phone calls, posts on the Online Community, and search requests on our website – suggests that getting travel insurance is the single issue that causes you the most trouble when you try to organise trips abroad. With this in mind, we’ve set up this new blog.

Here are our main aims for the blog:

  • Keeping in touch with you about your experiences of getting travel insurance. How have you found the service from particular companies? If you’ve had any good or bad experiences, we want to hear about them. We can even broadcast your thoughts through this blog if you’d like. And we’ll definitely take them into account when we update our information booklet getting travel insurance this summer.


  • Sharing any relevant news about travel insurance. I’ll be on the lookout for anything that might be of interest and will keep you updated. This might be about anything from new travel insurance services, to campaigns or changes in the laws that could have an impact on how easy it is to get travel insurance. 
  • Giving you information about what other charities are doing. For example, Cancer Research UK has a list of travel insurance companies that may be able to provide travel insurance for people affected by cancer (as we do). I’ll be searching for tools like this that could be helpful.


Lots of you have posted about travel insurance on the Online Community. So you probably know about all the issues that can make it more difficult to get travel insurance when you have, or have had, cancer. Getting cover can be particularly difficult if you’re going through treatment, or if you are terminally ill. If you need any more information about these issues, our online travel insurance information gives more details.

What would you like to see on this blog? What would be helpful? It would be fantastic to hear your thoughts, so please do feel free to comment below or send me a private message!