Welcome to the December 2018 travel insurance update.

Now that the festivities are over, many of us need to beat the January blues. Perhaps you are planning a relaxing New Year break to lift your spirits? Do you yearn to escape the cold temperatures and grey skies, and seek out some winter sunshine?

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

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the group in December. It was great to hear about several positive experiences. Many of you successfully obtained travel insurance at a reasonable price and shared helpful tips with one another.

Success stories

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

linda-p received a full pay-out for an unexpected cancellation:

‘Two weeks before our holiday to Malta, my husband received his shock diagnosis of terminal cancer….We were convinced the travel insurance company would find an excuse and not pay out for our unexpected cancellation.

In fact, the insurance company paid out in full, with no quibble, within five weeks of our claim (nearly £3,000).

I just thought I’d pass on how good and efficient they were, during a difficult time.’

Seapickle shopped around to find reasonable cover for a trip to Spain:

‘I have inoperable stomach cancer but responded well to chemo and am now being monitored. I was refused travel insurance with the Post Office and then went to Moneysupermaket who quoted £800+ for a single trip of six days to Spain but in the end, I tried another travel insurance company and got cover for £54 – phew.’

Wee blonde found travel insurance for three cruises:

‘It’s a minefield if you’ve had a prognosis…but I’ve managed to take three successive cruises (2016, 2017, 2018) in different parts of the world (Mediterranean, Dubai and the Far East) and had cover which included my cancer with the same travel insurance company.

It was a bit of a faff and it involved a few calls and many questions – but they insured me! I was so surprised the first time, I nearly cried as I couldn’t believe they said yes.’

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 linda-p, Seapickle and Wee blonde for contributing to this blog.

Happy New Year and safe travels!