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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: The Debate

Every year October is Breast Cancer Awareness month (or ‘Pink-Tober’), when people show their support for those affected by breast cancer by raising money and wearing the famous pink ribbon.

What people may not know is that there are some cancer patients who feel very passionately that there are serious issues with these awareness days/months, which need to be addressed. At Insurancewith we are always interested in issues that affecting our customers and community, and so we wanted to do our own research into the debate – and the below outlines our findings.   

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Our Coronavirus Cover

At Insurancewith, we pride ourselves on putting the health of our customers first. So, when you’re ready to start travelling again, you can enjoy your holiday with peace of mind knowing that should you fall ill with the coronavirus during your trip, and require emergency medical assistance, you’re covered.

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Coronavirus FAQs

PLEASE BE AWARE: Following the UK Governments announcements relating to both national and international travel advice, we will be unable to provide cover for any trips which you intend to take during a period of time where the Government advice is that all but essential travel is restricted.

You can however still purchase cover for future trips. We restrict trip dates based on the latest Government advice and continue or remove these restrictions as we get new information.

Please Note:We cannot provide cover for anyone to travel against the advice of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). More information on our cover and Coronavirus can be found below.

If you are an Insurancewith customer who is concerned about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may affect you or your travel plans, we’ve complied your frequently asked questions into one handy place which can be found below.

Our Cover for Coronavirus

If you are an existing customer who purchased their policy before 14th March 2020, please check your policy wording to see what cover was provided under your policy. To access copies of your policy documents, you can quickly register for your free customer area access by clicking here. Alternatively, you can find copies of policy wordings by purchase date by clicking here

If you are an existing customer who purchased their policy between 14th March 2020 and 12th August 2020, all of our policies provide cover for:

  • Emergency medical expenses if you contract COVID-19 during your trip.
  • Cover for cancelling your trip if you are unfortunately made redundant after you booked your trip (this cover is not available on Last Minute or Express policies).

If you purchased a Sapphire or Platinum Single or Multi Trip policy on or after the 13th August 2020, you will have:

  • Cancellation cover if you, or anyone named on the policy, test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days prior to travelling.
  • Denied boarding cover if you, or anyone named on the policy, are refused entry on your return journey to the United Kingdom due to showing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Plus, much more – click here for more details.

From 24th September 2020 our Staycation Plus Single Trip and Multi Trip policies also include enhanced cover for COVID-19 – click here for more details.

For full details please visit our policy wording page.

Cruise Trips

Please note, based on current and ongoing advice from Public Health England, the FCDO is currently advising against ALL cruise ship travel for British travellers due to the ongoing pandemic. Please be aware that we cannot provide cover for anyone to travel against the advice of the FCDO. Please check with your cruise provider before purchasing a policy.

Making A Claim

Before you read on

Please note, these FAQs have been collated specifically for customers who purchased their policy BEFORE the change in FCDO advice. Travel insurance is designed to cover the ‘unforeseen and unexpected’, so if you had purchased your policy on or after 3rd March 2020, the point that the COVID-19 outbreak was widely known about, then you will be asked for some specific evidence to prove that when you purchased your policy you had NO intention or reasonably likelihood of claiming. To better understand the cover offered by your policy, please check your policy wording. Please also check the ‘Our Cover for Coronavirus’ section above.

Who should you speak to first?

We have provided more specific advice below, but in general, airlines, tour operators and travel agents are coving costs associated with events that might lead the cancellation or curtailment (cutting short) of your trip. This means you should only be submitting claims to us after you have exhausted those options first. You will be after by our claims team to provide proof that you have been denied a refund from the transport and accommodation providers before they consider your claim.

I am looking to make a claim for Cancellation or Curtailment – please can you send me a claim form?

Please be aware that all of our claim form can be downloaded from our website. Cancellation and Curtailment claims can now be submitted through our website. We are currently unable to send these forms to you as we are prioritising the safety of our team.

As general advice, please be aware that if your trip is cancelled, rearranged or curtailed as a result of COVID-19 and/or FCDO advice, then it is likely that your transport and/or accommodation provider will be able to refund you. We will only be considering claims where you have approached the appropriate provider for either a refund, reimbursement or change in trip dates, prior to submitting a claim to us. There are some details further down the page as to who you can approach to support you before submitting a claim to us.

If after approaching your accommodation and transport providers, you are still looking to make a claim for cancellation or curtailment relating to COVID-19 or change in FCDO advice, you can download the relevant claim forms here:

To start your cancellation claimsClick Here

For a Curtailment claim formClick Here

Please complete this form fully and send it back to us with all the supporting documentation requested. Missing information could result in delays to the assessment of your claim.

My flight was cancelled by the airline – can I claim for this on my travel insurance policy?

This is something you would need to approach your airline about. If you had booked accommodation separately, then you will need to approach the accommodation provider to see what your options are. You may be able to include this in your claim to the airline. If the airline will not accept the claim for the accommodation costs then it may be that you bank or credit card provider can support with this via Section 75 of the consumer credit act. Please contact your credit or debit card company for details on the process. There are some details further down the page as to who you can approach for help and support before submitting a claim to us.

I had to cancel due to local government restrictions at the location I was due to stay before the FCDO advice against all but essential travel was announced

Unfortunately, most travel insurance policies do not include this as a reason to cancel. However, if your trip is no longer able to go ahead as originally planned – i.e. excursion cancellations, restrictions on use of the facility etc. then customer who have booked via a tour operator or travel agent, should in most cases be able to claim a refund from their tour operator or travel agent. Customer who booked accommodation and transport through separate providers will need to approach their booking agents to see if they are able to change dates or offer a refund.

I had a claim declined previously as there was no FCDO restrictions in place, but now there is – can you reassess my claim?

Unfortunately, this is not an option, we can only assess claims based on facts and information available that applied at the time of you cancelling the trip and submitting the claim. 

I am in the military and my reporting office has strongly advised that I do no travel to my trip destination due to COVID-19 – can I submit a claim for cancellation?

If HM armed forces cover is specified in the cancellation section of your policy wording and your leave orders have been cancelled then you can submit a claim for cancellation. However, if your leave orders are not cancelled, then this would not be covered by your travel insurance policy. We would recommend contacting your reporting or commanding officer for advice as to how they can support you.

I am over 70 years old and/or have ‘Chronic’ medical conditions and so under current UK advice have been told not to travel – can I claim for cancellation?

Unfortunately, this isn’t something that is covered by the travel insurance policy. This is because there is protection provided for customers elsewhere. In most cases this would be covered under the Package Travel Regulations. The current position is that if passengers have a medical condition for which exposure to COVID-19 is particularly dangerous, they should have the right to cancel their package travel contract. This only applies if the risk of infection of COVID-19 at the travel destination or immediate vicinity is declared high by the competent authorities. So please contact your booking agent, tour operator or travel agent for further advice. Customer who booked accommodation and transport through separate providers will need to approach their booking agents to see if they are able to change dates or offer a refund.

My close relative, who is not travelling with me, has COVID-19 – can I cancel and claim?

Cover for this scenario will depend on the type of travel insurance policy you purchased. To better understand the cover offered by your policy, please check the cancellation section of your policy wording.

Will I still be covered if I am on my cruise and the FCDO change their advice on travel to a country I am due to travel to and the cruise ship has to go to a different location outside of the geographical area covered by my policy?

Yes, we would continue to cover you as normal, without charge and without the need to contact us, as we understand that this is outside of your control and not an intended change to your insurance demands and needs.

I am on or going on a cruise and am confined to my cabin because of COVID-19, even though I am not ill and do not need emergency medical treatment – can I claim for cabin confinement?

If you bought a policy that included cruise cover with a cabin confinement section, if the circumstances of your confinement are included, then we will consider claims under this section of the policy.

If when I am on my cruise, they cannot stop at one of the scheduled ports due to COVID-19 – can I claim for missed port?

We’re afraid missed port cover is usually only provided for missed port due to adverse weather conditions or timetable restrictions. However, under Package Travel Regulations because the cruise was not as ‘sold’ then it would be something you can approach your booking agent to discuss reimbursement of those costs.

Will you cover me if I have to cancel my trip because I am in quarantine/isolation in the UK because of COVID-19?

For all cases we would need confirmation that your trip was still going ahead as planned and had not been rearranged or cancelled due to FCDO/COVID-19 advice/restrictions. Please be aware that different policies have different terms and conditions so please check the cancellation section of your policy wording.

  • Confirmed diagnosis

If you are unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with COVID-19 after you bought your insurance, then as long as the diagnosis was within a reasonable timeframe of your trip starting (14 days) then we would consider this under cancellation due to illness. You can submit a claim for cancellation and will be required to evidence a positive COVID-19 result from a medical practitioner. 

  • Suspected, but no confirmed diagnosis

We are going to have to assess these claims on a case-by-case basis and with some specific information from you. We are going to need evidence that you have needed to seek medical advice/assistance. This may include phone records to show the date/time you called 111 and/or your GP (this must be prior to you contacting us).

  • Self-isolating

Again, these cases will be assessed by the claims team on a case-by-case basis. We will need evidence that you are self-isolating, this may include a letter from your employer and proof of SSP/sick pay.

I have changed my flight arrangements to avoid being denied entry or quarantined – can I claim for this?

We would need to look at these claims on a case-by-case basis. In most cases flight companies are assisting people with these arrangements with small if any administration fees. Where they do charge you a fee your claim will be reviewed in line with your policy wording, as long as the policy was bought before these restrictions were being widely reported in the media.

My doctor advised that I shouldn’t travel to my holiday destination due to my existing medical problems – will I be covered?

If you declared the conditions at the time of purchasing the policy, (which has to be before the outbreak) then your claim will be considered if your conditions are reliably reported as being ‘high risk’. If you did not declare them, you would not be covered. We would also need confirmation that your trip was still due to go ahead as planned.

I have been offered/given a voucher by my travel agent but I just want the cash – can I claim this from my travel insurance policy?

If you have been provided a voucher by your travel agent/tour operator or transport/accommodation provider and you have accepted this from them, you will not be able to make a claim under your travel insurance policy.

If you do not wish to accept the offer of a voucher, you should contact the tour operator/travel agent or transport/accommodation provider and advise them that you want a refund rather than a voucher/credit note.

Cancellation claims will only be considered if you have the relevant cover under the cancellation section of your policy and you can evidence to us that you have not accepted a voucher/credit note and/or one has not been offered to you.

Cancelling My Policy

What can I do with my policy if I am no longer travelling and have received a refund for my holiday?

In the event that you not moving your trip to alternative dates, and are offered a full refund from your travel agent or tour operator and you are within your 14-day cooling off period, we are happy to provide you with a full refund of the premium you have paid providing you have not travelled, claimed or intend to claim on the policy. This will mean that no future claims can be made on the policy.

For our full terms and conditions on policy cancellation outside of the 14-day cooling off period, please click here.

To cancel your policy and request a refund, please click here.

Amending My Policy

Can my policy be changed to suit a ‘new/different’ holiday or trip?

If you are offered an alternative destination and/or dates by your travel agent or tour operator, we are pleased to advise that on Single Trip policies we will change the dates of your travel insurance policy to match the new trip where policy and in line with our policy term and conditions. We will not charge an admin fee for this, but please note that there may be an increase in cost, for example if you extend your trip duration, change the geographical area that you are travelling to, or move the trip dates more than 12 months from the date you originally purchased your policy.

Please note, we cannot move trip dates more than 18 months in advance from the date you originally purchased your policy. Please click here to amend your policy online.

Upgrading My Policy

Can I upgrade my policy to include enhanced COVID-19 cover?

If you’d like to upgrade your existing policy to include enhanced COVID-19 cover, simplyclick here to do so quickly and easily online if eligible (just look out for the green COVID COVER badge). We’ll re-send your new policy documents once you’re done – simple as that!

Please note: An additional cost may apply if you choose you upgrade your travel insurance policy to include enhanced COVID-19 cover.

COVID-19 Whilst Abroad

If I am stranded abroad due to the Coronavirus and cannot come home on my planned return date – will my travel insurance be extended to cover me until I can get home?

Cover may be extended for the following reasons:

  • If you are hospitalised, require medical treatment and are unable to fly.
  • If your transport is disrupted or delayed.
  • If you cannot return home for any reason beyond your control

I’m in a country affected by the outbreak – will I still be covered if I’m affected by the virus?

As long as you did not travel against the FCDO advice, then we will provide cover for emergency medical expenses if you contract the virus and require medical treatment. You should contact the local medical authorities and follow their instructions, as they will be able to direct you to a public hospital that will be set up to provide optimal care and quarantine.  You should then contact the assistance team so that they can liaise with the treating doctors. We would recommend that you avoid the ‘dangerous/infected’ areas and follow the published guidelines to minimise your risk of exposure.

I want to return home early – what can I do?

If you are considering returning to the UK earlier than originally planned as a result of the viral outbreak, you may be able to claim to cut short your trip, but this will depend on the following criteria:

  1. When you purchased your policy and whether it included this cover. Please see the ‘Our Cover for Coronavirus’ section at the top of this page, and check your policy wording for full cover details.
  2. If you cannot recover the costs from any other source, i.e. your tour operator, travel agent or airline. Please contact your tour operator, travel agent or airline to see if they are able to either refund any monies paid, or offer alternative trip options and dates, before submitting a claim. More information on your rights can be found here.
  3. The FCDO or local authorities have advised that you should leave the country and return home.

If you have booked a package holiday to a destination affected by the viral outbreak and looking to cut your trip short, you should contact your travel agent or tour operator for information on availability of flights in the first instance.

If you are travelling independently from a tour operator or travel agent, you should make your own arrangements to leave by either altering your return tickets, where possible, or booking onto an alternative commercial flight. Claims for independent travellers’ additional expenses in returning home earlier, where medically justified, will be treated sympathetically.

If I am quarantined due to the Coronavirus, what cover is in place?

If you are admitted to hospital your policy will usually provide assistance with returning home when you have been discharged. Please contact our Assistance Team if you are admitted to hospital.

If we get to the airport and one of our temperatures spike, and we are refused boarding – what is covered?

Unfortunately, travel insurance policies across the market do not usually provide cover for refusal of boarding for any reason. You would need to approach your airline or tour operator for advice.

However, Insurancewith policies with enhanced COVID-19 cover do include denied boarding cover if you, or anyone named on the policy, are refused entry on your return journey to the United Kingdom due to showing symptoms of COVID-19.

What if I travel abroad and the FCDO advice changes again, how do I get home?

You would need to urgently speak with your booking agent in order to get a flight back to the UK.

This type of situation is not usually covered under travel insurance policies. We understand however that many transport providers are offering ticket changes at little or no cost to customers affected by change in FCDO advice.

In the first instance, we would recommend that you contact your tour operator/travel agent to see if they are able to re-arrange your return travel for you. If you are travelling independently from a tour operator/travel agent, you should contact your airline/transport provider to see if they are able to alter your return ticket. There are some details further down the page as to who you can approach to support you before submitting a claim to our team.

You will need to evidence that you have approached and been refused a refund for these costs before we will consider a claim. You should also check that you purchased a policy which covers curtailment due to FCDO advice changes.

You can look at the curtailment (cutting short your trip) section of your policy wording to see if a change of FCDO advice is covered.

Please note: We are not be able to assist in arranging to get you home unfortunately, unless this is due to your injury or illness, and this has been agreed by our assistance team. It is important to note that medical repatriations are prioritised to ensure the safety of those who are unwell.

Am I insured if I travel against the advice if the FCDO?

None of our policies will provide cover if you decide to travel against the advice of the FCDO. This would be for ‘All Travel’ and ‘All but Essential Travel’ unless customers have contacted us in advance with their reasons for travel and cover has been agreed by the Underwriters.

Once the UK borders re-open, what happens if I arrive at my holiday destination and they refuse entry due to the virus?

If you travel to an area which the FCDO advise against travel to, there would be no cover under the travel insurance policies as this would be considered as a known event. You can see a full list of countries deemed safe to click here.

If you travel to an area and the FCDO advice changes after leaving home, you should contact your travel agent or tour operator for information on availability of flights or refunds in the first instance.

If you are refused entry at passport/border control, you should contact your airline or transport provider to arrange changing your return ticket to allow you to come home early.

If I have a stop-over in an area which the FCDO advises against travel to – am I still covered?

We would suggest that if you have not started that part of your journey you contact your airline to change your travel plans to move on to the next part of your itinerary. If this is not possible, we will provide cover as long as 1) you do not leave the airport, and 2) you are not at the airport for an unreasonable amount of time.

If you arrive at your stop-over airport and entry is denied due to the virus you should contact your airline to change your travel plans to move on to the next part of your itinerary.

Am I covered for travel disruption caused by the Coronavirus?

If you are unable to return home on your planned date, Insurancewith policies offer a fixed benefit for delays over 12 hours, which is designed to help contribute towards associated costs. We would ask that you check your policy wording for full cover details

If I go out on an excursion for the day and then am not allowed back to my travel accommodation (or cruise ship) due to quarantine – what cover do I have?

You should follow any instructions issued by the local authorities as it is more than likely that you will have to enter some form of quarantine.

Travellers should contact their travel agent or tour operator for assistance in the first instance.

Some travel insurance policies will contribute towards the cost of food and additional accommodation, some may also include the additional costs of getting home. We would ask that you check your policy wording for full cover details.

If you have more questions which have not been answered here, please click here to visit our claims and assistance provider’s dedicated FAQs page. Alternatively, please complete the contact form here:

Helpful Advice

Flight Company and Air Passenger Rights

Flight companies are regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority. If your flight operator cancels or can’t fulfil your flight then there is protection available under something called the ‘Montreal Convention’. Some airlines are going over and above their requirements and so it is important to contact them in the first instance to find out what support they can give you.

Flight cancellations by the airline need to be claimed directly from them, your insurer will not consider a claim unless you have sought a refund from your airline in the first instance.

All around the world, passenger rights for international flights are protected under the Montreal Convention. Essentially, this piece of law states that the airline is responsible for you if your flight is cancelled and/or you are left stranded at an airport waiting for a flight. These measures of care include:

  • Meals and refreshments
  • Communication to the outside world (two occasions)
  • Hotel accommodations when necessary
  • Rerouting to your final destination

In countries like Canada, Israel and the Member States of the European Union, your rights are protected even further.

Like any piece of law, it is complicated and not that easy to read! But below is a link and if you google CAA and Montreal Convention then you will find some useful information online that may help you.

https://www.caa.co.uk/Passengers/Resolving-travel-problems/How-the-CAA-can-help/Consumer-protection-law/

Complaints/Resolver

If you are getting resistance from your tour operator or booking agent and believe you have a valid claim for refund or reimbursement from them. Then there are several bodies you can approach including ABTA and ATOL. In addition to this there is an independent online resolution service called ‘resolver’ which has had positive outcomes for many consumers with disputes.

https://www.resolver.co.uk/

If you have more questions which have not been answered here, please click here to visit our claims and assistance provider’s dedicated FAQs page. Alternatively, please complete the contact form here.

We hope you aren’t affected by this outbreak, but if you are, we’re here to help.

The Insurancewith Team.

Important Information for customers about Thomas Cook

Following the news that Thomas Cook has gone into administration, we here at Insurancewith would like to clarify what is available to policyholders:

I have booked with Thomas Cook – what should I do to get my money back?

If you have booked a package holiday (flight and accommodation) through Thomas Cook then you will be protected by ATOL (Air Travel Organiser’s Licence). Please check your documents to see if you have an ATOL certificate

  • If you have not travelled yet

You will be entitled to a full refund of any money you have paid to Thomas Cook. You should contact the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) in order to obtain more information on this. You can get more advice on how to make an ATOL claim by clicking here or calling the CAA on 0330 303 2800 from the UK or +44 1753 330 330 from overseas. 

  • If you are on holiday already

The CAA has made arrangements to ensure everyone can continue their holiday, and return on (very close to) their planned return date. For more information on how the CAA can help you, click here or call on 0330 303 2800 from the UK or +44 1753 330 330 from overseas. 

What if I have only purchased flights with Thomas Cook?

If you booked your flights directly with Thomas Cook then you may have protection under the ATOL scheme. Please check your documents to see if you have an ATOL certificate.

If you do have a certificate, then the CAA will provide refunds or assistance as described above.

What if I bought my Thomas Cook flights through someone else?

If any bought your flights from another tour operator, travel agent or flight agency, as part of a package arrangement you may also have some protection under either ATOL or the Package Travel Regulations. You should check you documents carefully to see what protection you might have, and you should contact your provider accordingly.

What happens if my holiday arrangements did not form part of a package?

If you have purchased your flight and accommodation arrangements separately, you will not be covered by either the ATOL or Package Travel Regulations, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any other steps you can take, please read on.

So how can I get my money back?

Under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act of 1974, if you purchase anything on your credit card between £100-£30,000, (including your package holiday) you are protected.

Even if you paid only a small deposit for your trip and the rest of the payment was through other means, you will still be protected under section 75.

Section 75 allows you to claim compensation from your credit card provider when companies you have purchased services from go bust, including tour operators and travel agents.

So, you should contact your credit card company directly if you bought your tickets using your credit card.

What should I do if I paid by debit card?

If you have paid on a credit card or debit card and the booking cost less than £100, try chargeback. The chargeback scheme isn’t a legal requirement, it is just a customer service promise, but it is worth trying. For more information, click here.

I have travel insurance, can I claim?

Travel insurance policies, generally, do not provide cover if you are unable to go on your trip, or if you have to cut your trip short, due to the financial failure of any tour operator, travel agent, transport or accommodation provider.

This cover is usually provided under sections called Scheduled Airline Failure or End Supplier Failure, and may be included in your policy, or available as an optional extra for which you must pay an additional premium. You should check your policy documents carefully to see if you have this cover. (Insurancewith customers should read the section below)

If your policy does not specifically mention these sections then it is unlikely that you will be able to claim under your travel insurance policy.

If your policy does mention these sections, then you must be aware of the following:

  • Neither section provides cover for repayment of a package holiday.
  • You will only be able to claim for your Thomas Cook Flights if you are not able to claim compensation by any other means.
  • Neither section will provide cover for any additional aspect of your holiday that you have been unable to use. For example, if you cannot reach you accommodation.
  • Customer who have purchased a travel insurance policy for their trip should check their specific policy wording for more information on what is and isn’t covered.

I have an Insurancewith policy

If you have purchased one of the following Insurancewith policies, you will have cover for ‘End Supplier Failure’ which is provided by International Passenger Protection (IPP) included as standard on your policy. If you have tried all the other options outlined above and have been unsuccessful in your claim, please contact IPP. Information on how to do this can be found here

Insurancewith Sapphire Single Trip or Multi Trip

Insurancewith Platinum Single Trip or Multi Trip

I have an Insurancewith policy, but it doesn’t have the End Suppler Failure section.

We are sorry that you cannot make a claim on your policy, however we can try to help you as follows:

If you have been offered alternative travel dates, or travel arrangements, we are happy for you to change the dates of cover at no additional premium unless there is a change in duration or cover requested. Therefore, if you are now looking to travel to a different country, or for a longer duration, you will have to pay an additional premium.

If you have not been able to re-arrange your trip and can no longer travel:

If you purchased a single trip policy, we are happy to provide you with a full refund of your premium, provided you have not made, or intend to make a claim.

If you purchased a multi-trip policy, we may refund your premium, provided you have not already travelled on the policy, do not have any further trips planned, and you have not made, or intend to make a claim on the policy.

Five Most Accessible Destinations in Europe

  1. Rome, Italy

Despite being the city of seven hills, Rome is in fact very flat. This makes getting around extremely easy. The charming city of Rome boasts an abundance of historic attractions, superb architecture and delicious restaurants which visitors can spend hours indulging in.

For around €25 visitors can catch a hop-on hop-off tour bus around the city which will take them to many of Rome’s main attractions, including the Vatican, Colosseum and Sistine Chapel. Jump off at the mythical Trevi Fountain and explore the wonderful Roman monument, covered in carvings of horses, tritons and shells. The Trevi Fountain’s intricate engravings represent Neptune’s (god of the sea) home. Why not join in with the Roman coin tossing tradition? Simply close your eyes, make a wish and toss a coin into the fountain. Did you know that on average €3000 are thrown in by visitors each day?

Take a trip to Rome’s Vatican City. The world’s smallest state is home to the well-known Vatican Palace, St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square.  Inside the Vatican Palace lies the famous Raphael Rooms, Borgia Apartments and Vatican Library. There are also many museums including the Picture Gallery, Museum of Secular Art and Etruscan Museum, all waiting to be discovered – look out for Michelangelo’s breath-taking paintings scattered in the Sistine Chapel.

During your visit indulge in all the pizza, pasta and supplí (a delicious ball of fried rice, ragú and mozzarella) that you can. The different regions of Italy have their own preferred street food – and Rome’s is pizza by the slice. While the Roman’s tend to enjoy a classic margherita (standard tomato sauce, parsley and focaccia) there’s nothing stopping you from adding a few additional toppings. Why not take an hour or so and dine in an old-fashioned pizzeria? Roman pizzerias offer traditional wood-burned pizzas, smooth craft beers and a buzzing Italian atmosphere. What better way to celebrate being on holiday?

With more than 700 accessible hotels in the city itself, Rome is definitely one to visit.

Accessible destinations Rome

  1. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is one of the most wheelchair-friendly countries in the world. In fact, the city is furnished with ramps from the pavement straight down to the sandy shore, which makes accessing the golden beaches extremely easy. Wooden paths also trail along the sand enabling wheelchair users to go right up to the sea. Beach wheelchairs are also available to hire in some spots.

With highs of up to 28° in the summer months, Barcelona is the perfect destination to soak up some of the sun’s natural vitamin D. However, holidaymakers must remember to protect themselves from the sun’s strong rays by wearing suitable sun cream, avoiding the sun between 12:00pm and 15:00pm and dressing appropriately – we recommend purchasing a sun hat.

Since nearly all buses, metro stations and streets wheelchair friendly, why not take a trip to Barcelona’s famous boulevard – Las Rambalas. Enjoy a variety of shops, restaurants and even a spot of karaoke at one of Las Rambalas’s famous bars. Indulge in traditional tapas, paella and sangria then finish off your evening with a sing and a dance in the popular Sor Rita karaoke bar.

Barcelona’s main attraction, the Sagrada Familia, is the largest unfinished Catholic church in the world. The basilica entices almost 2.8 million visitors a year and has been under construction for nearly 136 years, which makes for a great taste of history. Inside the Sagrada Familia, light pours through the beautifully coloured stained-glass windows, which conflict handsomely with the contrasting stone colours outside – making the basilica all the more endearing. Tickets start from €15, however, we recommend booking in advance to avoid the queues. If you plan to visit in a wheelchair, it’s worth noting that some areas in the Sagrada Familia are very steep.

So, for a fun break in the sun, Barcelona is definitely the place to go.

  1. Berlin, Germany

Berlin is an extremely flat city which makes it the perfect destination for visitors in wheelchairs, or those who struggle to walk on cobbled streets. Whether you visit Berlin for a weekend, week or even a whole month, there will still be so many incredible attractions that you simply won’t have time to explore.

Take a trip to the world-famous Berlin Zoo and spend an afternoon admiring the magnificent elephants, lions and zebras as they roam around in their habitats – if you’re lucky, you might even be in time to watch them feed. Berlin Zoo poses hours of fun for the whole family and has a great gift shop to buy a souvenir and savour the memories made forever. The zoo also has wheelchair hire for those who need a rest but still want to join in with the fun.

Have a day exploring all of Berlin’s historic museums. We recommend visiting Berlin’s Neues Museum. The bombed-out ruin has been rebuilt and is even more endearing than before as it tells its story through the museums surviving walls, wounded paintings and brand-new spaces. It is a representation of the human race’s ability to create, destroy and preserve. Artefacts in the wonderful Neues Museum include Egyptian queen Nefertiti’s bust, Heinrich Schliemann’s Trojan antiquities and a Neanderthal skull.

You could always relax in one of Berlin many beautiful parks. Tiergarten Park, similar to London’s Hyde Park, offers a variety of grassy areas ideal for relaxing in. Naturists will be pleased to know that in secluded areas of the park, naked bathing is permitted. Tiergarten Park is a popular destination for visitors to run, bike and canoe in. With many cafes dotted around the park, why not grab a coffee or take a picnic and spend the day lazing around watching the day go by.

 

  1. Vienna, Austria

From sky-scraping sights, intimate meals out and unusual ice cream parlours, Vienna is the best place for holidaymakers who fancy something a little different. The city is also one of the most wheelchair friendly destinations in Europe.

Located at the entrance to Prater Park, the Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel is a must-see attraction in Vienna. Built in 1897, the Austrian version of the London Eye stands at over 200ft tall and is one of the best ways to see the remarkable views of Vienna. For couples on a romantic getaway, we recommend booking a cabin on the wheel and enjoying an intimate dinner for two – it’s an experience you’ll never. However, those not keen on heights are probably better off sticking to the trams.

Visit Vienna’s open-air market, Naschmarkt, and indulge in an assortment of traditional Viennese cuisines. Go back in time with your taste buds as you enjoy Vanillekipferl (a sweet pastry moulded in a horn shape which pagans used to offer the female gods), Wiener Schnitzel (a traditional dish closely associated with Vienna, but actually from Milan!) and Tafelspitz (a classic Viennese boiled beef dish). Chocolate is also a luxury in Vienna, so remember to take a bag and some cash and stock up on all the fresh Viennesse delicacies you can.

The Imperial Palace is definitely worth a visit for taste of Austrian history. The palace is almost a city-within-a-city as it has rapidly grown throughout the past 700 years. Each Austrian ruler since 1275 has added alternations and as a result, the palace includes a variety of different architectural styles. From Gothic, to Rocco and Classicism, it’s ideal for holiday snap. There’s also free admission for individuals who accompany a visitor in a wheelchair and reduced admission fees for visitors with special needs.

Whether you’re a devoted vegan or curious carnivore, tourists must give Vienna’s first vegan ice-cream parlour a visit. With 18 entirely vegan flavours of ice-cream it is an experience that very few countries offer.

So, what are you waiting for?

 

Vienna Austria

  1. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Winner of ‘The European Green Capital 2016’, Ljubljana is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. The Slovenian capital is one of the greenest and most wheelchair friendly countries in the world and many people have never even heard of it!

Ljubljana’s commitment to wheelchair accessibility means there are many ramps across the city and nearly all methods of transport are wheelchair friendly. Many of Ljubljana’s roads don’t even have curbs – they just blend into the pavement. This makes exploring the city easier than ever.

Ljubljana bursts with young energy, so why not join and discover all the city has to offer – Slovenian style. Glide through the old town on a Segway or paddle-board down the Ljubljanica river, which flows through the very heart of the city centre. Experience the boutique shops, snug cafes and lively bars that rest along the river’s high banks. Just remember to put on sun cream, as temperatures can reach up to 27° in summer.

Similar to the Slovenian word ‘ljubljena’, meaning beloved, Ljubljana is quite literally the city of love. Stroll along to Butchers Bridge and seal your love with a padlock secured to the famous bridge. Why not include a secret message which only the two of you will understand? Take a trip to Ljubljana’s enchanting hilltop castle. The picturesque castle is a great viewpoint to see the city and spend some precious time alone. Why not go as the sun starts to set for that extra romantic feel. The castle is also wheelchair friendly so everyone can enjoy these moments.

Visit Metelkova Mesto – a bohemian area of Ljubljana full of contemporary street art, live music and vintage clothes shops. Surrounded by bars and clubs, the cool art district comes to life after dark. Visitors can enjoy an evening full of jazz music and street theatre or simply sit back and appreciate their time in the wonderful Ljubljana.

With copious amounts of green space, fresh Slovenian air and welcoming residents, Ljubljana is the perfect place to relax, unwind and take in the charming Slovenian views. So, book your 2019 get away today!

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