Going on holiday

Going on holiday is important to many people as a way to spend quality time together, see the places they’ve always wanted to see, or just to feel that life is carrying on as normal.

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Will I be able to go on holiday?

You don’t need permission to go on holiday, but it is sensible to talk about it with your health professionals. They can help you to think through some of the things you may need to plan in advance. The only times it may not be sensible to go away are:

  • if you feel like you are likely to become much less well in the next two weeks
  • if you are having chemotherapy - as your health can change very quickly.

There are some things that you will find it helpful to think about and plan to make sure that your holiday goes smoothly.

Will I be able to get travel insurance?

We would always advise people to take out travel insurance. This can be difficult to find and can be quite expensive, but is the best way to ensure that you will be properly cared for should anything happen. There are lots of companies who provide travel insurance for people with a life-limiting condition.

What about my medication and care while I’m on holiday?

There are a number of things you can do to make sure you have the medication and care that you need while you are away:

  • Think about the timing of your holiday. Plan to be at home for any essential health appointments that you have.
  • Bring extra medications with you, in case you run out or end up coming back later than you expected. Ask your healthcare team about providing these.
  • Check you can travel with your medications.
  • If you are planning on going abroad, speak to your GP about taking your medication out of the country – they might need to write a letter explaining what you are taking and why.
  • Think about how quickly you can get back if you need to, and how you will feel about receiving care away from home if you need it.
  • Find a local hospice. If you are receiving care through a hospice, ask them to link you in with the local hospice if there is one near where you are travelling to.
  • Find a local GP practice. Consider contacting a GP practice where you will be staying and asking if you can temporarily register there.
  • Find other local healthcare services. Try to get some local contact numbers and find out where local services are, so that you know how to get in touch with them if you need to.
  • Find out whether you can contact your own healthcare team from abroad and what support you will be able to get.

Can I get financial support to help me go on holiday?

You may be able to get financial help to go on holiday through a charitable grant. Read more about getting financial support.