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2016’s top European holiday destinations


When it comes to booking your summer holiday in Europe, it can be tempting to go down the tried and tested route and stay somewhere you’ve been before. But why not shake it up a little and check out one of our top European holiday destinations for 2016? You might find your new favourite holiday!…

Common EHIC myths debunked


The EHIC is a magical thing – wave it at a doctor and get free state medical treatment throughout Europe. No complicated forms, no big bills, just a small piece of plastic. It’s a bit of a miracle worker. However, in a recent survey by Go Compare, it turns out that a lot of people…

Time to spring into action for summer


It looks like spring is finally on its way in the UK and while the warmer summer months are still around the corner, now is the time to get organised to ensure a stress-free holiday. If you’re planning a trip abroad, it’s not only passports that you should consider. Here’s a handy checklist of three…

What to do in an emergency


With your bags packed, your travel insurance in place and your EHIC card in your wallet, you’re all ready to head off to Europe. If the worst were to happen though, and you became unwell while in Europe, would you know what to do? There are a few options open to you. In an emergency…

The time is now for renewing your documents


If you’ve ever come to the week before your holiday and dug out your passport only to find it’s about to expire then you know how stressful it can be trying to get a replacement at short notice and in peak season. Renew your passport now A little known secret is that it’s much easier…

What to do if you lose your EHIC while abroad


If you’re about to enjoy a holiday in Europe then your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) should be one of the main priorities on your travel checklist. Although it isn’t an alternative to insurance, a European Health Insurance Card entitles you to the same free, or reduced cost, healthcare as a resident. So what should…

Using your European Health Insurance Card in Italy


When you’re planning your dream holiday to Italy, it’s likely that culture and cuisine will be at the forefront of your mind. But it’s always wise to give at least a little thought to what would happen if you had a medical emergency during your stay. So here’s a basic guide to how you can…

What the EHIC actually covers in various countries


We’ve said if before – the EHIC is not a substitution for travel insurance when you’re going overseas. That being said, your European Health Insurance Card is crucial to have, and having one with you means that other member state countries are supposed to treat you the same as if you were a resident of that…

Do I really need a European Health Insurance Card?


Going on holiday is exciting for everyone: a chance to get away, experience new cultures, get a little sun and relax and unwind. Whether you’re off on a short city break with your partner or taking the kids to the beach, you should be able to relax in the knowledge that everything is covered. No…

Packing for a family holiday


Remember when holidays were all about relaxation? Sun, sea, sand, maybe a spa treatment, some shopping and sangria? As a parent, these things can seem like distant memories. The “relaxed holiday” brief probably disappeared around the time that spontaneity made a getaway, too. Nowadays, everything probably feels a little too rushed, and the prospect of…