Welcome to the July 2019 travel insurance update.

Now that schools have broken up for the summer, it is the peak tourist season. Next month, August, is a time when many of us look forward to relaxing days on the beach, brilliant blue skies and delicious ice-cream!

You may be hoping to get away and enjoy some lovely sunshine, a spot of sightseeing or entertainment for the whole family. If you are planning a holiday, 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 July. Several of you managed to find reasonable travel insurance after a cancer diagnosis and booked a holiday. You also shared words of encouragement with each other.

Success stories

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

Smirnoff found a reasonable annual policy for herself and her husband:

‘I phoned a travel insurance company as recommended by a few people on the Macmillan discussion group. There were others to try, but these were the first on my list and I was not disappointed.

I chose to phone them as it is better to explain some of the health problems rather than using their website. They quoted £160 for an annual trip to Europe for me and my husband, taking into account his stage 4 lung cancer.’

Carol7 followed a recommendation in this travel insurance group:

‘I just need to share my experience trying to get travel insurance for my husband who has lung cancer. I tried for two days constantly calling insurance companies for quotations.

Finally, I got into my Macmillan account and came across a blog recommending a certain company. They quoted a price less than £100. I have had quotes for thousands or no quote at all.

Thank you to the online community. I do not know what I would have done without you. We are looking forward to being with our son and future daughter-in-law on their wedding day now.

Thank you, Macmillan, for being there.’

Useful tips

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

Richardh55 points out that airlines may require a fitness to fly certificate:

‘I booked a holiday for my elderly mother and I, and requested Special Assistance to make getting through the airport and onto the flight a bit easier.

I was asked if my mother has any medical conditions. When I mentioned cancer, I was told that a statement from a medical professional that she was fit to fly was required. That became a problem.

The GPs at the doctor's surgery were unwilling to make that assessment. She had been discharged from care of the cancer specialist at the hospital, so could not get a letter from there either.

The airline was unwilling to let her fly and, if we cancelled the holiday, we would have lost at least 90% of the cost of the holiday. The holiday was only a few days away.

After many hours searching, I found a private GP (with relevant experience) happy to assess my mother. He was happy that she was fit to fly, and we had a lovely holiday in Italy.’

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 Smirnoff, Carol7 and richardh55 for contributing to this blog.

Safe travels and happy summer holidays!