Welcome to the June 2019 travel insurance update.

Next month, schools will be breaking up and it will be time for the summer holidays. Many people will be hoping to get away to sandy beaches, clear skies and warm seas. July is a peak time of year to travel. Europe is bathed in glorious sunshine, cities are bustling with visitors and colourful summer carnivals are in full swing.

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 June. Several of you managed to find reasonable travel insurance after a cancer diagnosis and shared useful tips with each other.

Success stories

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

Mai Tai took out annual cover for travelling to Europe:

‘Just to give some hope to people struggling to get reasonable holiday insurance.

I was diagnosed with a tumour in my duodenum in July 2018. It was all removed by surgery and all other organs were clear, but chemo was recommended to reduce the chance of another tumour growing.  Chemo started in September and finished in April, when I was declared all clear! 

My "old" insurance company will not cover me until 3 years post treatment, but I now have annual cover with another company for Europe. It includes winter sports and trekking at altitude for £130, which I thought was very reasonable.’

Aitchjay saved money based on a recommendation in this group:

‘After reading these posts, I tried a different travel insurance company. My cheapest Meerkat quote was £165, but the new company quoted £45. Not much fun having to go through my medical history, but worth it to save £120. So, thank you to everyone who recommended the company.’

Useful tips

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

Bondgirl61 recommends persevering to find a reasonable quote:

‘At last a quote that was reasonable.

I have had serous uterine cancer (womb cancer) stage 2. I have undergone hysterectomy, ovaries/fallopian tubes gone, plus 15 lymph nodes. A planned holiday to the Caribbean was proving to be a nightmare with regards to travel insurance.

My perseverance has paid off. I have paid £246.31 for 15 days’ Gold cover for both myself and my husband. A far cry from my first quote of £5,900 and the lowest recent quote I had over the phone was £552.

I know it is a pain filling in all the online questions or answering the same thing over the phone, but it really does pay to keep trying.’

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 Mai Tai, aitchjay and bondgirl61 for contributing to this blog.

Happy summer holidays and safe travels!