Welcome to the December 2019 travel insurance update.

After the busy festive season, you may hope to take a relaxing break in the New Year. Cheaper holiday deals are often available later in January. You may wish to travel to a warmer and brighter climate or visit a winter wonderland.

If you hope to get away this January, the discussions on the travel insurance group may give you some valuable recommendations.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the group in December. There were some thought-provoking discussions and several of you found affordable travel insurance after a cancer diagnosis.

Success stories

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

Gsx_geoff and his wife found reasonable cover for a trip to Rome:

‘I finished my treatment for throat cancer just over a year ago and got insurance for a 7-day trip to Rome for £42, for me and my wife, with a £100 excess. Quite reasonable considering that no one through a price comparison site would insure me.’

Fresh-fruit took out annual worldwide insurance excluding colon cancer:

‘I wanted travel insurance which specifically excluded my colon cancer, as I am fortunate to be in full remission currently. The company I found were able to do this for me.

I got annual worldwide travel insurance for both me and my missus for £51.50, which I thought was great value. Although it is a reasonably basic policy with a £100 excess, it has everything you would need from £10 million for medical emergencies / repatriation, to cover for curtailment, missed departures, lost money and passport, etc.’

Mitzie10 received a full refund when she had to cancel her holiday:

‘I have used a particular travel insurance company a few times and they are very good. We were booked to go to Crete in October, but I developed pneumonia so had to cancel. A letter from my GP to confirm I was in hospital was all I needed for a full refund.’

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 gsx_geoff, Fresh-fruit and Mitzie10 for contributing to this blog.

Safe travels and Happy New Year!

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  • <p>Hi</p> <p></p> <p>My husband had a radical prostectomy last year and has been told that cancer cells have spread to his bladder wall. He doesn&#39;t need treatment, at present and is being monitored but as a result we have found it difficult to get travel insurance and after many refusals just wanted to share that an insurance company called Avanti have provided us with very reasonably priced quotes and we have just bought an annual policy.</p> <p></p> <p>This all was as a result of them having more appropriate medical questions that related to his condition. Every other company I called asked &#39; has the cancer spread?&#39; and the answer options were &#39;no&#39;, &#39;to lymph&#39; or &#39;to other parts of the body&#39;. When I called Avanti they had an additional option which was&#39; has the cancer spread only to a structure directly next to the source of the cancer&#39;, which in my husband&#39;s case is yes and because of that the premium was lower than other companies.</p> <p>So anyone in our situation may find it helpful to contact them.</p>
  • <p>Hi ,&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks for your comment on our travel insurance round up blog. I hope you&rsquo;re finding the group to be helpful and informative.</p> <p>I hope you don&rsquo;t mind me responding here &ndash; my name&rsquo;s Ellen and I work on our Community team here at Macmillan. I wanted to thank you for your feedback and let you know that Macmillan are not able to name travel insurance companies in our blogs. This is because we are not able to recommend or endorse any individual travel insurance companies.</p> <p>If you would like to know more about each member&rsquo;s insurance story, you can see their original post by selecting the link that Azmina has included to each member&rsquo;s name. You should then be able to see where each member has talked about their experience with their travel insurance company.</p> <p>Please know we also have our <a href="/cancer_experiences/travel_insurance/f/travel_insurance/169013/recommended-travel-insurance?Page=7#1402836">&lsquo;Recommended travel insurance&rsquo; thread</a> in the travel insurance group where members share their travel insurance success stories.</p> <p>I hope this helps and if you&rsquo;ve any further questions then please don&rsquo;t hesitate to get back in touch &ndash; either by responding to this comment or emailing us directly on <a href="mailto:community@macmillan.org.uk">community@macmillan.org.uk</a>.</p> <p>Best wishes,</p> <p><strong>Ellen<br /></strong><strong>Macmillan Community Team </strong></p>
  • <p>These examples would be more useful if the companies were named I am getting a lot of refusals. I have metatastic castrate resistant prostate cancer&nbsp;</p>