Welcome to the April 2019 travel insurance update.

Are you planning to get away before the tourist season is at its peak? Next month, May, is a beautiful time of year to travel. The air is still fresh and the sunshine is balmy. Colourful flowers bloom and local markets overflow with delicious produce. Perhaps you are looking forward to a relaxing UK break or a trip further afield?

We hope that the discussions on the travel insurance group give you some valuable recommendations.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the group in April. Several of you found reasonable travel insurance after a cancer diagnosis and shared helpful tips with each other.

Success stories

Here are some of your success stories over the past month:

MarlowRobert found good value cover for a trip to Malta:

‘I have just taken out insurance for an 11-day trip my wife and I are taking in September to Malta. After going through all my medical history, treatments, etc., I was amazed to have a policy offer of just £58!

I have since purchased the cover. Having received the documents and checked them through, all is in order. It was a simple process, taking about 30 minutes on the phone with a very pleasant agent.’

tpott claimed for emergency hospital treatment in the United States:

‘I have multiply relapsed Stage 4b non-Hodgkin lymphoma and have been in remission for 1 year. I travelled to Florida at the end of February for a week. My insurance was only available through 1 company at a great price of £200.

I had to make a trip to the emergency department of Mount Sinai Hospital and was there for 3 hours only. Medical costs in the States are ridiculous, but I just emailed them a copy of my policy. By the way, 3 hours in the emergency department costs £6,000.’

Melanoma trooper shopped around and found reasonable annual cover:

‘I have been searching for travel insurance (I have stage 3 malignant melanoma). I was quoted £1,388 for a year, which was more expensive than my holiday!

I was speaking to another lady, who had stage 3 cancer and she recommended I phone a specific travel insurance company. I was shocked when they quoted me only £110 for the year.

This insurance company was founded by a lady in 2005, who was diagnosed with breast cancer herself and she struggled to get insurance for herself at a reasonable price. Definitely worth a call.’

Travel and cancer information

If you are thinking of going on holiday, remember to look at Macmillan’s information on travel and holidays to help you get the most out of your trip. Our information includes:

  • how cancer treatment may affect your travels
  • information about vaccinations, immunisations and going abroad for treatment
  • taking care of yourself while you are away
  • things to consider when buying travel insurance
  • some of the words and terms you might hear when planning a holiday or getting travel insurance.

Visit the travel insurance group

Please keep sharing your experiences (good and bad) with us. You can visit the travel insurance group to start a new discussion.

Many thanks to MarlowRobert, tpott and Melanoma trooper for contributing to this blog.

Safe travels!