Travel insurance round-up (August 2019)


Welcome to the August 2019 travel insurance update.

The peak holiday season is now almost over, and children are about to go back to school. Next month, September, is the perfect time for a relaxing late summer break. Temperatures can still be pleasantly warm, tourist spots are less crowded, and it is often possible to find cheaper holiday deals.

If you are hoping to get away this September, 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 August. It was particularly busy on the travel insurance group. Several of you managed to find 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:

Ceily shopped around for a reasonable last-minute quote:

‘I have pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed after a secondary ovarian tumour was removed. It was murder getting decent last-minute insurance. The price quoted for my family of 3 ranged from £1,700 to £2,900!

I decided to call another travel insurance company and was taken through the usual checks and medical disclosures. They quoted between £154 and £193, dependent on gadget inclusions!  Obviously, that was a no-brainer for me, as this so much cheaper than everywhere else. 

Try them out – it costs nothing for a quote.’

Diddydodd found travel insurance based on a recommendation in this forum:

‘We contacted a few of the companies mentioned in the threads on this forum and have now got travel insurance. So, dad and mum can come on holiday with us to Portugal, making memories, being positive and enjoying life.’

Useful tips

Here are some helpful travel insurance tips that you shared over the past month:

TracyP shared tips on taking out an affordable annual policy for Europe:

‘I have this week renewed my annual policy. I only want cover for Europe and found that there are 2 levels: the first excludes Spain, Greece, Malta and Cyprus, and the second covers all of Europe. The difference in the quotes was over £100. Apparently, it is Spain that really bumps up premiums as medical costs are so high there.

Cruising is also considered ‘high risk’ by many companies, so this will also inflate a premium. River cruising is high for some but not others, so it pays to ask.

Hopefully knowing these snippets of information might help you find a reasonably priced policy.’

Travel and cancer information

If you are thinking of going on holiday, Macmillan’s information on travel and holidays can 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 Ceily, Diddydodd and TracyP for contributing to this blog.

Safe travels and happy holidays!

  • <p>Hi </p> <p>I&#39;m glad you&#39;ve found this blog useful.</p> <p>If you want to see recommendations from other members of the community who have successfully got travel insurance could I suggest that you join the <a href="/cancer_experiences/travel_insurance/">travel insurance group</a>. Clicking on the link I&#39;ve created will take you there.</p> <p>Once you&#39;ve joined look for the thread called &#39;Recommended Travel Insurance&#39;, it&#39;s usually on the first page, as it&#39;s where we try to keep all the recommendations.</p> <p>I hope you&#39;re able to get travel insurance and that you have a lovely holiday</p> <p>x</p>
  • <p>Thank you so much for your help with getting travel insurance. We want to go away very soon after my last sabre radio this coming Friday. We will try Boots so fingers crossed.&nbsp;</p>
  • <p>I cannot recommend Boots enough. Phone them. Really helpful. My initial quotes were &pound;500-1500. Boots were &pound;38.74. I have metastatic breast cancer.&nbsp; &nbsp;Happy healthy travel to you all.&nbsp;</p>
  • <p>My husband was quoted around &pound;3000.00 for a week&#39;s holiday to Italy. We were very tempted to go without insurance but it did not feel right. After looking at the Macmillan blog&nbsp; we tried Boots travel insurance. Straightaway he was declined online but when he phoned it was so much better. They asked a lot more questions about his bowel cancer with metastases but asked more about his medications &amp; any hospital admissions. We were asked to call back when it was 8 weeks before departure again more questions but without repeating everything again. In the end we were given a quote under &pound;100.00. We were gobsmacked but so relieved to have that piece of mind without an extortionate fee.&nbsp;</p> <p>I hope this helps x</p>