You might consider travelling further afield for Cancer treatment. In this post I’m going to share some advice on making the trip a lot easier.

Plan ahead

Look before you leave just to make sure you’ve got everything ready. Who’s going to travel with you? what accommodation are you sleeping in? do you have pets or kids you need to look after?  Working out these details before you go will keep things much much less stressful.

Travelling can make things very uneasy, especially when you’re going through this already. You’ll just be wanting the comforts of your own home. Many organizations will offer financial help to ease the burden of travel and accommodation costs. However proper planning will help cut down your expenses.

If you’re going to be travelling for treatment or perhaps another medical opinion you should phone ahead and see if they can recommend any advice. It will be useful to find out how long you’ll need to be away for example. If you’re going to continue to work you’ll need to know travel dates in advance to inform your boss so you can get time off.

 

Prep for your appointment

Before you go you should have a conversation with your home-based healthcare team. You should ask about any travel restrictions too and make sure you take all your prescriptions! You don’t want to run out while travelling.

Make sure you’ve got all your paperwork in order too! when you’re going to a new doctor making sure you’ve got all your medical paperwork is vital to ensure everything goes to plan. This is so the new office knows your complete medical history which would include scans or lab tests that you might of had done previously. Your new doctor might request this before your arrival but either way its good to have a copy spare!.

It might also be useful to have a mobile application to help keep track of your medical history and questions. There are multiple apps out there.

Make a home away from home

You need to try make your new space as homely as possible. Personalizing your new space really helps, so bring some things that are familiar to you such as photos, a sentimental blanket or your favourite comfortable clothes. Video calling, email or texting will make things slightly easier too.

Cancer care is difficult enough, never mind travelling for it!  Being away from your friends/family and your usual routine will make things much more difficult. If possible try and get a friend or family member to come with you, having someone there with you can offer you the encouragement that you need. You’ll need as much support as you can get right now.

There are many different clinics you can travel to around the UK such as:

  1. The Christie Hospital
  2. The Loc
  3. The Royal Marsden

Buying property in a foreign country can be a daunting prospect – things to consider include currency conversions, laws and regulations, and visa implications. However, it could also present fantastic opportunities in investing in a property on hotspot areas. Mediterranean sun blessed countries such as Portugal, Spain and France regularly feature at the top of search results for buying property abroad in addition to long haul destinations such as Jamaica, the USA and Canada.  Treat yourself to a holiday home, work apartment or simply invest in your dream property. Here are our top tips for searching for your perfect home abroad.

  1. Do your research

Once you have settled on your country of choice, make sure that you are aware of all the legal fees, constraints and paperwork that you will need to address. Tax implications can also be a serious consideration in addition to fully understanding foreign legal documents which you may be asked to sign. Each country will differ in local government regulations so you will need a lawyer to help deal with your affairs and gain independent legal and financial advice. Global trends in the property market can differ greatly from one country to the next, so do your research to find out where the next hot spot will be. Pay close attention to these trends to ensure you buy in at the best time.

Check the location of your property – are there transport connections and amenities nearby? You should also consider densely populated tourist areas. This will either suit your needs, or be a nuisance if you are looking for a quiet escape-from-it-all residence. Bear in mind that most tourist resorts will shut down at the end of the season.

If you take these into consideration, you will also feel more confident going into purchase knowing that you have thoroughly researched the market.

  1. Decide the type of residence

Beach house or condo, semi-detached or studio flat – no matter what you decide on make sure you know what your affordability is and have a rough idea of what type of property you are looking for. Contemporary apartments in London are usually high spec, within key locations for easy access to commercial and financial districts. Consider new developments with inspiring interiors and professionally designed aesthetics such as Lincoln Square.

  1. What is the purpose for your purchase

Your financial advisor will guide you in terms of negotiating a mortgage, however you should be clear about the purpose of the purpose – will it be used as a holiday home, buy to let venture or new home if you are looking to relocate to a foreign country? Be sure of your intentions from the outset.

  1. Translate all documents

Like any property sale or purchase, you will be provided with a lot of legal and financial documentation. You’ll need to be clear about the content in these, so it is advisable to use a reputable translator or service to present the papers in your own language. Contact a local translator or find one in your city who will understand your translation needs.

 

 


I’ve organized loads of trips to London for business and for clients and colleagues too. One thing I’ve noticed in particular is that first-time travelers to London can find the place really daunting. London can be hard to navigated around and getting to grips with the culture and work style can be quite hard.

 

The thing about Londoners is our quirky little habits that you need to get used to. Even the most seasoned traveller might find it slightly confusing. British people like to get to know their colleagues so don’t find it odd if you find yourself sitting in the pub at 5.30pm drinking a dark fruits cider sandwiched between the head of marketing and the kid on his apprenticeship. You’ll find it us brits to be extremely accommodating and we want to get to know the real you over a few pints so don’t be afraid to take a trip down to the local.

 

The weather over here isn’t the best but I wouldn’t say its the worst either. We often chat about the weather so its a good talking point. This is our way of small talk! try not get drenched in the rain either. The last thing you want to get is soaked between meetings so try ensure you’ve got your day well planned out with this kept in mind. That goes for assistants too, ensure your boss has a brolly etc!

If you’re bringing your partner here to enjoy the fun in the business holiday, there are loads of activities to keep said partner busy! London has plenty of places to shop in – the favourite is oxford street. Check out Fraser Suites if you’re needing some ideas on where to stay or what to do.

I always recommend visitors to check out the underground transport system. The tube isn’t as hard as everyone makes it out to be, yes it might be a tad confusing but I’m sure you’ll be able to work it out. If you’re a bit worried about messing up though, be sure to give yourself extra time between meetings. There are also taxis but remember these can take almost 10 times as long due to the heavy congestion in London. Don’t make eye contact with anyone on the tube, don’t talk to anyone on the tube and lastly don’t expect there to be any personal space at all. These rules weren’t really designed by anyone, they’re not official but they are followed.

London is an amazing so enjoy yourself!


As more and more people are finding the financial burdens of the UK’s big cities such as London, more city residents are moving out of these large urban areas into smaller cities around the UK that are evolving into desired residential locations. One of these up and coming cities is Bath. Nestled deep in the countryside of southwest England, this charming city has much to offer with a variety of history, preserved architecture and renowned shopping and dining. This little gem of a town is the current place to be!

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In this article, we at Get Away Travels are will be giving the ultimate guide to Edinburgh. Our writers are not only some of the most experience travel writers in the UK, but also have spent time living in the Scottish capital, so you know for sure that you can rely on us to provide you with all information about staying in Edinburgh.

How to travel

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Getting around in Edinburgh couldn’t be easier, with options of trams and buses; the whole city is connected and easy to travel around. To be perfectly honest, if you are going to attractions in the city centre, it’s recommended that you travel on foot if you are able, as everything is in close proximity and situated around 10 minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Castle.

 

Where to stay

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Depending on your situation, there are many options for accommodation when it comes to Edinburgh. We would suggest if you are staying in a large group to stay in a low budget hotel, as it’s a great way to meet new people, look for places such as St. Christopher’s, but if you are looking for something a little bit more special for couples and families, make sure to check out serviced accommodation Edinburgh Frasers Hospitality, it’s also perfect for business type visits to the city.

 

Things to do in Edinburgh

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When it comes to finding activities in Edinburgh, it’s a pretty easy to find both cultural and exciting activities for both solo and group trips to the city. To give you an idea of the great attractions you can visit here’s a list of the staff of Get Away Travels favourite things to do whilst in Edinburgh:

 

• Edinburgh Castle
• Royal Botanic Gardens
• Arthurs Seat
• The Royal Mile
• Camera Obscura
• Holyrood Palace
• Prince Street Gardens
• Scottish National Gallery
• Edinburgh Zoo
Make sure when you are organising your next or first trip to Edinburgh that you cross a few of these attractions off of your list.

 

Is it expensive?

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Much like other European cities, Edinburgh can be expensive if you stay and buy things in the centre of the city, although, if you are a little strategic about your expending, you’ll be able to easily make savings. Avoid corner shops and shop directly from Tesco’s, which are located all over the city. Use sites such as Groupon, where there is many discount codes released everyday for restaurants all over the city.

 

Is the nightlife good

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Edinburgh is one of the best locations in the UK for a diverse nightlife scene. Clubbers will enjoy venues such as Sneaky Peaks, Cabaret Voltere, Liquid Rooms, and the Mash House. But if you are looking for a more authentic traditional Scottish night out, there is many cosy pub settings located all over the Royal Mile such as Albanach and the Royal Mile Tavern.

Have any questions to ask our team about going on a trip to Edinburgh? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.


It can often be hard to please the whole family when you are looking to book a holiday, and that’s why we have decided to create a list of the ultimate places to take your family on holiday this year, whilst trying to keep the list as interesting as possible, we have tried to keep every entry as unique as possible to keep it varied.

 

Go on a tour of California

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When families travel to America, they’ll usually opt to go to Florida, although, we think Florida is the second rate choice, plus if you like Universal Studios, there is one in California anyway! But otherwise, California is the number one place to travel in America due to the rich list of activities. Whether you are looking to ingest some culture, go to a vibrant and exciting beach setting, gaze at magnitude of Hollywood or admire the unique buildings and streets of San Francisco, California is like a little America within America – there truly is something for everyone in the family to enjoy, regardless of age or taste.

 

Go skiing in the French Alps

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Nothing brings the family together quite like the pleasures of a skiing holiday. Whether your family is already accustomed to going on a skiing trip or are new to it, Val d’Isère in France is the best place to start. With beginner and intermediate skiing classes, endless routes, outstanding scenery, a beautiful surrounding village and much more, the list of positives about this place are endless. The après ski/nightlife in the ski resort and village are second to none in Europe really, whether you are looking for a night place to take the kids for a meal, a cinema, games rooms, bars and lounges to kick back and have fun, it’s all on offer at this traditional ski resort. For more information on skiing in France, make sure to check out https://www.markwarner.co.uk/ski-holidays/france

 

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh in Scotland is one of the most beautiful major cities the world a-wide, and it is also hub for culture, entertainment and activities. If it’s culture you are after, the Edinburgh Castle, which overlooks the city is simply stunning from inside and out, the castle overlooks the Royal Mile, which holds many boutique stores offering something different from your usual city streets. We do realise that viewing historical monuments is more parent centred, so what do you do with the kids? You could start with the Dungeons, a ghost tour to the underground of Edinburgh, or go to Camera Obscura, which puts a spotlight on optical illusions. And will enlighten any visitor, of any age.

 

Barcelona

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Barcelona, much like the European version on the first mention on the list, California, has everything for the whole family from culture, entertainment and relaxation. But in particular it’s great for people who love art, as it holds the work of Picasso among other high profile artists. You don’t often get a city holiday and a beach holiday together, but you do in Barcelona! The man-made beach in Barcelona was a lovely addition to the sunny city. We suggest putting Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia first!


If you are visiting London on holiday or are a local, don’t be stuck for things to do this summer in the UK capital. There are many activities and things to see and do for all ages. Step away from the normal tourist sightseeing attractions and discover a different side to the city. From food festivals to outdoor concerts and rooftop cinemas, the city is a hive of activity during the summer months. This year enjoy one of the best sports events in the world, check out our inside guide for the top things to do to make it a memorable summer:

IAAF world athletics championships

This summer a special event is happening from the 4th to 13th August in London. The IAAF world championships in athletics takes place this summer at the Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. For a summer of unforgettable athletics buy tickets to watch over 3,000 athlete’s battle it out for world domination. From the hurdles to triathlon and high jump competitions, the world’s best will be back for more thrilling action and excitement from the London crowds. Relive the special atmosphere from London 2012 and be a part of the world championships. Finding accommodation can be difficult in the summer when big events are on, so it’s wise to book in advance. Stay in a hotel near the IAAF championships and enjoy impressive views of The City and the River Thames we recommend staying in a hotel near Canary Wharf.

The Sunset Series at Somerset House

Enjoy listening to a world-class line-up from some of the world’s biggest artists with the stunning backdrop of a neo-classical British landmark. Opening this year’s series of gigs is American songstress Norah Jones who will perform her classic sounds of folk, soul and country music. Goldfrapp, Birdy and Songhoy Hues are among other artists scheduled to take the stage in the programme of outdoor concerts from 5th July. Grab some refreshments and drinks at the courtyard bars before joining the vibrant crowd to sing along to the popular tracks.

Hop on a bike

Pick up a rented bicycle at any of the city bike racks and cycle around the London to view it in a different way. Soar past famous landmarks such as the likes of Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park. Alternatively, the weekend is an ideal time to go around the Financial District as it is relatively traffic free – take in the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral before cycling down the Thames towards the remarkable London Eye and Houses of Parliament. The majority of the Royal Parks have impressive and safe cycle routes so you can grab a map and take the family on an adventure.


Like all the biggest cities in the world, even Bologna has many secrets that an average tourist ignores.
Some are just outside the gates that once protected the city, others are in the center of it, but despite the beauty, they do not enjoy much fame.
Read through our very own “vademecum” to discover these five beautiful, secret places, far from the hordes of tourists, that very few people (including locals) know about!

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In order to find the perfect waves to surf, a lot of practice, liveliness and a good equipment are essential.
But what really counts is finding the right spot that will offer you the best experience at the right time of the year, depending on the swell, the distance from the coast, and the winds.
Below are the best surfing beaches: from Europe to Africa, the best spots to ride the wave, do some practice and improve the technique to plan along the wave walls.

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