Welcome to the February 2019 travel insurance update.

After months of grey skies and cold temperatures, Spring is at last on the horizon. Are you planning a peaceful break in March to enjoy some beautiful scenery? Maybe you have found a bargain deal before the Easter holidays? Or perhaps you want to get away early to avoid the hotter temperatures of summer?

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 February. It is good to see that, despite some frustrations along the way, many of you found reasonable travel insurance cover after a cancer diagnosis.

Success stories

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

Helen24616 followed a recommendation on this forum when renewing her policy:

“I joined the group today in the hope of getting a recommendation for affordable travel insurance. Thanks to a post suggesting a company, I have been able to renew my annual policy at a cheaper rate than last year which I am very happy about! Yesterday I was feeling quite deflated as my existing policy had gone up by 45%.

The company’s website is very easy to use compared to some and the staff on the phone were extremely helpful too. Thanks Macmillan forum for yet again helping me to find the information I need.”

johnr recommends using comparison sites to find a good deal:

“I am 9 years post treatment. Most sites say you must disclose if you have had a cancer diagnosis – it used to be within the last 10 years. However, on a comparison site when I declared my high grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), it came up as cured as I was beyond the 5-year mark.

As for costs, it has varied year by year over the 9 years. The differences can still be large between companies, but I have found the comparison sites produced better quotes and they offer a choice of cover too.”

rosie51 shopped around to find reasonable cover for a trip to Argentina:

“A bare few weeks before a trip to Argentina, I’ve been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) (the earliest possible form of breast cancer).

After spending a lot of time phoning various specialist insurers, we tried my husband’s travel insurance with his bank. After full disclosure of my medical history, they were able to insure me for an additional £67 on his annual policy.

I found many of the tips on this blog very helpful, especially the suggestion to phone rather than use online applications. Even if you get a no, the people you speak to are usually kind and sympathetic and that does make a very unpleasant experience a little more bearable.”

Travel insurance advice

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 Helen24616, johnr and rosie51 for contributing to this blog.

Safe travels!