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Locking Down Your Apple Gadgets from Children

Date Created: 30 January 2016 by Kim Coppins

GadgetWhether you simply want to stop children from accessing your Apple gadgets or you are concerned about un-authorised in-app purchases, we have the answers for you!


Stop unauthorised access of your gadget devices:

Stop all unauthorised access to your device by setting up a lock screen passcode. This will stop not only children from having unauthorised access but other unauthorised users from accessing the device without entering your pass code, take a look below to find how to set up a simple lock screen passcode:

Setting up a lock screen passcode:

Select the settings applications > Choose the Passcode section > Choose your pass code

To check it has worked correctly lock your devices screen and then unlock your screen, you should then be prompted to enter your pass code.


Lock your device to a single app:

Want to lock your device down so your child can only use one application? Take a look below for our simple step by step guide to lock your device down to a certain Application:

Setting up guided access on your Apple device:

Open the settings application > Open general > Choose accessibility > Select guided access > Enable guided access and set a passcode.

Now open the application you want to lock your device too and push the home button three times prompting the guided access screen to appear. Here you are able to lock down more sections of the application if required, once you have configured all the settings select the start option at the top right of the screen to enable a guided session.

To exit guided access push the home button three times and you will be prompted to enter your pin

Top tip - Make sure you take note of your passcode, as you will require this to gain full access of your device.


Stop unauthorised in app purchases:

Want to let your child have free reign using your device but are concerned about them racking up giant bills from in app purchases? Take a look below on how to reduce the chances of this happening:

Setting up restrictions which stop in app purchases

Open the settings application > Open general > Select restrictions

You will now be prompted to enter a pin to use when amending the restrictions settings, finally turn off in-app purchases.

Within the restriction setting you are also able to restrict further applications from being downloaded, block websites or the whole web and even only allow applications with set ratings to be downloaded.

Worried about costly bills replacing your gadgets? Relax knowing your gadgets are protected from accidental damage, theft, water damage and loss with a Questor Insurance Gadget policy. Click here to get a quick quote today or call us on 0333 323 0090 to find out more.

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Sources:

http://www.pcdoctorardee.com/news/how-to-lock-down-your-ipad-or-iphone-for-kids/ http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/09/27/how-to-set-a-passcode-on-lock-screen-of-iphone-5/

Keeping children entertained over the summer holidays!

Date Created: 07 August 2015 by Kim Coppins

Chalk HopscotchThe summer holidays are once upon us again and so are those worries of how to entertain the children. Summer holidays can be the most memorable time of a child’s life, yet finding things for then to do can be a full time job in its self. Take a look below at some of Questor Insurance’s top activities to keep the children entertained during the summer months.

Chalk it up – A packet of chalk can mean hours of endless fun for children. Hopscotch is a number one classic chalk activity, which can be spiced up by creating new rules and decorating each of the squares, why not choose a theme? Once you’re finished with hopscotch get arty and create some side walk art, just remember to take some pictures of your work before the rain washes them away!

Summer Picnic – Grab a picnic blanket and have a summer picnic in the garden or park. If the weather is warm you could even mix it up by having a breakfast picnic with cereal, fruit and pastries.

Start a vegetable patch - Why not clear a patch in the garden so the children can have their very own vegetable patch to look after and help grow. Vegetables which grow well in the summer include carrots, green beans, cucumbers and spinach. You never know they may even find a new love for gardening.

Decorate the garden – Paint some garden ornaments together and spend some time decorating the garden with all things pretty. Some of our favourite decorations at Questor Insurance include bunting, lights, windmills, flags and making somewhere for the fairies to live. Once the garden is decorated why not hold a summer garden party to show off all your hard work.

BakingFamily bake off – A family bake off can be great fun for the whole family. For younger children hold a best decorated cup cake or biscuit competition and for older children you can be a bit more creative!

Camping – You don’t have to go far for a camping trip, consider a local camp site or even camp in the garden (this can be especially fun for new campers). Camping together can be great fun, don’t forget the essentials of hot chocolate, marshmallows and plenty of snacks.

Learn a skill or start a hobby – The summer holidays are the perfect time to start something new, start a class or take up a new sport or hobby such as swimming, cycling, walking, drama or even a self-defence classes.

Why not use the time off to help them learn a new skillwhich they find fun and interestinge.g. learning to play an instrument, to program or even how to bake. There are plenty of websites available with content helping learning be easy and fun!

Pyjama day – With all the summer excitement have a rest with a relaxing pyjama day, spend time watching movies, reading and relaxing.

Beach TripDay trip – Have a day trip or 2! Choose a few fun days out to the beach, zoo or even visit a museum. Make sure to spread the days out during the summer holiday to give the children something to look forward too!

Holiday Scrapbook – Create a holiday scrapbook showing all your summer adventures, don’t forget to collect meaningful items to stick in to the book such as tickets, shells, feathers and photos! You could start an annual tradition of creating an annual summer scrapbook as a perfect keepsake for years to come.

Why not let us know your favourite summer activities to do with the children by tweeting us @QuestorIns

Venturing off on a family holiday this summer? Have peace of mind on your travels knowing your family are protected with a Questor Insurance travel policy, click here for a free quotation or contact us today on 0333 323 0090 for more information.

Parents fined for taking children out of school during term time

Date Created: 25 July 2015 by Kim Coppins

Family Holiday

Many parents across the country are facing fines for taking children on holiday during school term times. Booking a holiday for you and your family can cost you up to an extra 40% for choosing popular school holiday dates.

With current legislation parents are unable to take their children out of school during term time unless authorised with the school. In order for authorisation there must be exceptional circumstances such as illness, medical appointments or a bereavement. For unauthorised absences parents may be fined £60. This fine can increase up to £2,500 and the parents may also be jailed for up to 3 months and/ or receive a parenting order.

At Questor Insurance we know how important it is to find the right holiday at the right price, that’s why we have put together the below guide for finding the right holiday for your family.

Book your summer break at term time prices:

Shop around - Be sure to shop around, check comparison sites and even contact companies direct to get a better offer (after all there’s no harm in trying)

Book early or late – Booking both early and late could get you a great deal, however sometimes there is just no knowing if you book an early offer whether the later offer may be better!

Annual travel insurance – Travel more than one a year? You can save you and your family by purchasing an annual travel insurance policy, for a free quotation click here.

Share the costs – Many holiday homes can sleep up to 12 people, why not share the cost and share the accommodation with friends or another family.

Collect tokens – Keep an eye on newspapers and collect any coupons and vouchers which can save money on your holiday.

Fly on a week day – Avoid flying on popular days such as Fridays and Saturdays, many weekday flights are much cheaper and maybe less busy.

Look at booking flights separately – Consider booking aspects of your holiday separately. Tailor make your holiday and not only will it be exactly what you want, but you could also save yourself money.

Car Hire – Avoid paying for expansive car hire excess protection at the sales desk by purchasing car hire excess protection in advance.

Hiring a car on holiday this year? Make sure you’re protected from the unexpected with our car hire insurance policy, for more information and your free quotations click here or contact us on 0333 323 0090

Sources:

https://www.gov.uk/illness-child-education http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3165463/School-use-five-inset-days-one-week-parents-children-away-cheap-term-time-holidays.html

Questor Insurances top family days out

Date Created: 28 May 2015 by Kim Coppins

Family holiday

At Questor Insurance we know it can be hard to plan that perfect half term or summer break. That’s why we have put together an action packed list of attractions and things to do in the UK to help keep the children entertained.

Chessington World of Adventures

Visit Chessington World of Adventures for an adrenalin fuelled day out with plenty to do for the whole family. Originally a zoo Chessington is now home to a number of animals and furry friends including lions, tigers, gorillas, penguins, sea lions and underwater species. During your visit to the zoo and Sea Life centre don’t forget to attend some of the talks and shows for that extra special experience.

While at Chessington World of Adventures Theme Park you will find yourself soaring through the trees on the spooky vampire ride, floating in a bubble tub around the remarkable Bubbleworks and clearing an ancient tomb of an evil curse in Tomb Blaster.

One day not long enough? Book a short break in one of the themed hotel rooms and return the next day for double the fun!

Source: http://www.chessington.com/

Cadbury World

Love chocolate?  Why not visit Cadburys World in Birmingham for a choctastic day out. There are 14 zones to explore, ranging from discovering how some of your favourite treats are made to embarking on a 3D chocolate adventure. Throughout half term and the summer holidays there will be a host of children’s entertainers to make your visit extra special. Before leaving don’t forget to visit the worlds largest Cadbury shop for a range of chocolate treats, souvenirs and personalised gifts.  

Source: http://www.cadburyworld.co.uk/

W5

W5 in Belfast features over 250 interactive exhibits, providing an incredible experience and hours of fun. Learn about health, genetics, explore space, create circuits, make and race your own K’nex car and become the animator of your very own cartoon!

It is advised to give yourself a minimum of 2 hours to be able to experience many of the attractions on offer, however we believe you will be staying for longer. Before you leave don’t forget to visit the coffee shop for a costa coffee and snack.

Source: http://www.w5online.co.uk/

Legoland Windsor Resort

Legoland is the perfect building block for an amazing half term or summer holiday. You will get to search for hidden treasure in the Kingdom of the Pharaohs, watch the pirates of skeleton bay and experience the Nordic themed hedge maze. To find all your favourite attractions download the interactive Legoland mobile app from the AppleStore or Google play.

Don’t forget to visit the BIG shop before you leave to pick up all your Lego souvenirs such as your very own Lego mini figure!

Source: http://www.legoland.co.uk/

Sea Life

Family HolidayWith 14 locations around the UK and many others around the world you can choose the one closest to you. The Sea Life Centre is great for the whole family no matter of their age, experience Sharks, jelly fish, sea horses and many other underwater creatures up close and in a natural setting. Don’t forget to check out the talk and feeding times so you can see your favourites in action.

Sources: https://www.visitsealife.com/

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo has recently won the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Attractions Award and is rated one of the top 20 zoos around the world! Home to over 270 species including bears, lions, elephants and wallaby’s your bound to see plenty of animals in their natural themed exhibits.

Source: http://colchester-zoo.com/

Go Ape

Go Ape is an action packed day out for the whole family. Boasting a number of adrenalin fuelled activities including the original tree top adventure, Segways and an outdoor zip trekking adventure you’re bound to have an action packed day. With 28 locations across the UK you’re guaranteed to have one within a short distance of you

Sources: http://goape.co.uk/

Trip to London

Take a trip to London, with an abundance of activities you will be considering a weekend away! Many of the activities in London are within walking distance of each other or are linked by tubes and buses. Some of our top activities to do in London include visiting a show, the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeons, The Science Museum or even having a picnic in one of the capitals parks. Check out the Visit London website for a list of other attractions and offers within and around London.

Source: http://www.visitlondon.com/

Don’t forget to make sure the whole families gadgets are protected while you’re on your summer adventures, with a Questor Insurance gadget policy. For more information on our gadget insurance policy click here or contact us on 0333 323 0090.

Babymoon

Date Created: 21 April 2015 by Savannah Buckley

Baby MoonBabymoons you say? Yes babymoons. An excuse to take a holiday before the sleepless nights, nappy changes and forthcoming pleasure and chaos of the new arrival. Whether it be with your partner in order to reconnect as a couple before entering parenthood or with a relative or friend to relish another time zone of relaxations and paradise, they are soaring in popularity.

The new hot travel trend, Baby mooning has become a hit with all walks of life, including The A list Celebs. Kate Hudson baby mooned in Punta Mita with her partner, Matt Bellamy, staying at the lux Four Seasons, which still wows with its chic rooms, exceptional restaurants, and slew of activities both for adults and kids. Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick also headed for the land of traditions and tranquillity, romping on the beach with their son Mason and embracing couple time to complete their family pre pregnancy holiday.

Rochelle Wiseman was whisked off to the Maldives in January by Husband Marvin Humes for their pre pregnancy trip after being proposed to by the starry-eyed group member back in 2012 whilst in the Caribbean. Heavily pregnant, former Towie Star Billy Mucklow and West Ham striker Andy Carol, flew off to Abu Dhabi and soaked up the sun before becoming first time parents where they posted pictures on Instagram and Twitter Hash tagging #30Weeks

Baby moon packages are being welcomed by hotels, examples include the Paresa Resort in Phuket, Thailand and Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands, both offering spa treatments precisely for parents to be with exotic menus accommodating for the unpredictable food cravings of expectant yummy mummy’s and parenting courses for the unexpected.

Celebrity parent to be’s have off set the trend of baby moons and ever since hot holiday spots have seen an incline, popular spots include the Caribbean, Cayman Islands, and Mexico. Although the rise in tourists on baby-moon vacations has also resulted in a upsurge of claims with women over 20 weeks pregnant, early labour and delivery being the main cause, requiring specialist care for the mother and baby. Therefore destinations such as the Cayman Islands are now joining with the health city Cayman Islands and department of tourism to take the position of leading care hospitals. Hospitals and emergency services will also see an increase in demand for emergency transportation with cases such as premature infants. The ever improving technology is changing the way the air ambulance industry is able to respond to these cases, allowing those wanting to take a baby-moon to feel at ease with the medical help provided.

Feeling an excuse to jet set off before you world is transformed forever? Get searching for a babymoon package or simply tick a destination of your bucket list and enjoy the last few months or weeks being free of responsibility, because let’s face it, you’re going to need it.

Baby Moon

Sources:

https://salmaglamour.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/kourtney-kardashian-pregnant-baby-bump-mexico-scott-disick-mason-0208123-481x422.jpg

 http://www.reveal.co.uk/showbiz-celeb-gossip/news/a640921/excited-billi-mucklow-reveals-she-has-reached-30-week-mark-of-pregnancy.html

http://hauteliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Talise-Spa-Beach-Cabana-Seashell-Massage.jpg

10 ways to keep the children entertained during a flight

Date Created: 13 April 2015 by Kim Coppins

Family FlightMany parents fear flying with their children especially when going on a long haul flight! The simple concept of being on a flight for hours with a child or toddler is enough to stop many parents from jet setting to their dream destination. At Questor Insurance we understand traveling with a family can be stressful, to relieve some of your travel worries we have put together some handy tips to help keep the children happy and entertained during the longest of flights.

1. Bring a Selection of Fun Toys

Bring a selection of small toys in your hand luggage, a variety will help increase the length of play time whilst on the flight. We advise avoiding heavy or large toys which may over weigh your hand luggage, as well as toys which have small pieces. Some of our favourite’s to pack include soft toys, play dough, toy cars and finger puppets.

2. Get Colouring

Pick up some colouring or puzzle books, these can keep children entertained for hours and you can even join in! If your child has a specific interest or favourite character why not put together their own special themed activity pack with print outs from the internet.

3. Story Time

Remember to pack some light books or magazines for your child to read, popup books can bring hours of fun even after reading them! Once you have read the books you could even write your own story together about going on holiday, don’t forget to act out the best bits.

4. Switch on the TV

Bring along a portable DVD player or laptop with some of your child’s favourite TV shows or movies. Just don’t forget to pack extra batteries or a charger.

5. Get the Party Started

Bring along some of your child’s favourite music so they can have their own personal party with headphones, look at buying a head phone splitter so you can both listen to the music at the same time.

6. Let’s Play

Pack a game or two to play, this can be a great way to talk about your holiday as well as taking your child’s mind off the flight. If you own a portable games consoles these give the flexibility of being able to play multiple interactive games easily from one device, giving many hours of fun and entertainment.

7. Smile for the Camera

Store some photos on your camera or phone for your child look at throughout the flight. These can be of familiar things and the destination your traveling too.  While you’re playing with the camera why not take a few holiday flight selfies together!

8. Finger Rhymes

Learn some finger rhymes which you can do on the flight together, these can be fun and a great distraction from flying.

9. Bring a Small Present

Bring along a small present for them to open during the flight, not only will it be great fun to open but the new toy can give hours of playtime throughout the flight. 

10. Snack Food

Pack some snacks in your hand luggage, the children flight meals may not always be at your child’s normal meal times, having a few snacks to hand may help you happily get to meal times without any tantrums. We advise packing snacks which are unlikely to melt and make a mess, there’s nothing worse than having a sticky child at the beginning of a long flight.

Holidays are a time to be making memories which last a lifetime that’s why we want you to have stress free fun, minimise your holiday worries and ensure your family are protected by booking your family travel insurance policy today.

 

Money Saving Tips

Date Created: 16 December 2015 by Kim Coppins

money boxHolidays are the highlight of the year for many of us, however saving for that dream break can sometimes be rather tricky, especially when everyday life gets in the way. Knowing how important holidays are we have put together some simple saving tips, so you can go on that dream getaway!

  1. Save money by turning off light switches and electrical appliances when they are not in use.
  2. When food shopping, search for deals and when possible save money by switching to own brands. There’s no harm in stocking up on items you’re going to need especially, when they are on offer!
  3. Start walking – Save money by walking or cycling, rather than spending money on driving or getting the bus. Unable to start walking? Why not share the cost and consider a car share!
  4. Look after your car! When driving make sure your tyres are inflated to the recommended tyre pressure, not only will this help prolong the life of your tyres but it will help you save money on fuel.
  5. Reduce your food wastage by using a weekly meal planner and by cooking in bulk. Bulk cook foods that you can freeze to save money and time in the evening.
  6. Don’t just fill up at the nearest petrol station, search for the best prices.
  7. Stop paying for bottled water and re-use water bottles – you will be saving money while helping the environment.
  8. Draw up a realistic monthly budget to help you save. Give yourself an achievable savings goal each month, remember if saving goes well you could always have two holidays.
  9. Sign up to loyalty and cashback schemes, you could be earning cashback and points on items you would have purchased anyway!
  10. Most importantly shop around for deals on that perfect holiday – don’t be afraid to look for separate flights or transfers, sometimes you can bag yourself a great deal.

We want to help you save money for your holiday by providing you affordable comprehensive travel insurance. Click here or call us today on 0333 323 0090 for more information on our travel insurance.

Have some frugal saving tips? Tell us your holiday saving tips by tweeting us @QuestorIns

 

Foods to Avoid Before a Flight

Date Created: 03 August 2016 by Kim Coppins

TravelNormally before a flight you have been rushing around and just want to eat something quick and easy, perhaps a typical English dish or even some comfort food. However, eating the right food before and during your flight has never been more crucial, so you get the most out of your holiday from the very start. That is why we have put together a handy list of some of the top foods to avoid before a flight and the ones you should opt for instead.

Foods to avoid before a flight

Some foods are just best avoided before a flight, especially if you want to make sure your journey is comfortable for yourself and your fellow passengers. Take a look below at some of the foods to avoid before your journey.

Trigger foods – Avoid spicy or fried food which can cause heartburn. Heartburn can be uncomfortable at best, other foods which can cause heartburn include chocolate, fizzy drinks, spicy, fried and extra-large meals.

Onion and garlic – Avoid foods with a strong odor, the main reason for this is out of curtesy for other passengers (no one wants to smell garlic for the next 4 hours).

Beans – Avoid food which may cause excess gas and discomfort, being bloated and uncomfortable during a long fight can really put a downer on your holiday.

Alcohol – We know everyone likes to let their hair down and get the party started as soon as possible, or have that quick tipple before the flight to help settle those nerves. Alcohol before flying brings a whole host of negativities including; having trouble sleeping once landing and helping to contribute to headaches and dehydration.  

Best foods to eat before a flight

Some foods can help to reduce the effects of jet lag and some of the strain that flying can put on the body. Take a look below at some of the foods and drinks you should consume to get your holiday off to a flying start.

 

Water – Combat flight dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids especially water, don’t forget to add a slice of lemon to help combat dry and sore throats. Both alcoholic and caffeinated beverages contribute to dehydration.

Smoothie’s and Yoghurt’s – Smoothies and yoghurts are great preflight snacks! The fruit helps to boost your vitamin C and natural yoghurts may help to settle the stomach from flight stresses. Make sure to only have natural smoothies as many shop bought ones contain high levels of sugars and sweeteners.

Herbal teas – Herbal teas help to keep you hydrated and can taste great! Why not opt in for a peppermint tea for soothing stomach benefits or a calming chamomile tea to help you relax.

Celery – Snack on celery and foods high in vitamin B to help reduce the feelings of anxiety and flying woes.

Banana – Snack on a banana to help keep you full as well as to help you sleep during your flight. Bananas are packed with nutrients and vitamins including magnesium and potassium which help the body to relax and rest.

Heading of on your family getaway? Make sure travel insurance is the first item on your packing list. Click here or contact us on 0333 323 0090 to find out more about our travel insurance products and to get more information.

Summer First Aid Box

Date Created: 24 May 2016 by Kim Coppins

Taking a small First Aid Kit on your holiday can be especially handy, even for the simplest of accidents and illnesses including sun burn, upset stomachs and insect bites or stings.

While on your summer holiday, the last thing you want to worry about is putting together a First Aid Box and any of your fellow travellers having an accident or becoming unwell. That is why we have put together a handy list of things that should be in your First Aid Box and how to handle some of the most common minor holiday accidents.

Some of the items you might want to include in your Holiday First Aid Box

  • Prescription medicine
  • Spare glasses
  • A selection of plasters and sterile dressings
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Rolled crepe bandages
  • Disposable gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Small scissors
  • Bandage tape
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antihistamine cream and tablets
  • Digital thermometer
  • Safety pins
  • Pain killers – Paracetamol & Ibuprofen
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream
  • After sun
  • A list of emergency numbers

First AidFirst Aid Tips

Take a look below at some of our top summer holiday/ travel first aid tips:

Prescribed Medication

When travelling with prescribed medication it is advised to store medication in several locations. This way you will always have some of your medication even if some is lost or stolen.

Bee stings

If you happen to be stung by a bee follow the below tips:

  • Remove the sting from the affected area using a blunt object (do not use tweezers)
  • Clean the wound and then apply a cold compress to the skin
  • Apply an antihistamine cream and take painkillers to help reduce inflammation and pain
  • If any signs of an allergic reaction take place after the sting the individual should be taken to the emergency room for further evaluation

Sun Burn

Having so much fun you forgot the sun cream? Take a look below on how to get quick relief from sun burn:

  • If you notice you have sun burn, cover your skin and limit further sun exposure
  • To help reduce the pain apply a cold compress to the affected area for 10 minutes
  • Apply calamine or after sun cream to burnt and sore skin
  • Avoid dehydration and heatstroke by drinking water

Cuts and grazes

For smaller cuts and grazes which don’t require a visits to A&E follow the below steps:

  • Firstly, stop any bleeding by applying pressure to the affected area with an absorbent material.
  • Once the bleeding has stopped clean the cut or graze with water
  • Lightly dry the area and apply a sterile dressing of the correct size
     

Sources:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Bites-insect/Pages/Introduction.aspx
http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/476869/First-aid-for-summer

 

Don’t forget to send us your summer first aid tips to @QuestorIns

Getting ready to jet off on your summer holiday? Make sure your family are covered with great travel insurance. To find out more about our travel policy click here or contact us on 0333 323 0090

*This blog is for informational purposes only, please seek medical advice from a trained professional or your general health care practitioner

Children’s Car Seats

Date Created: 05 July 2016 by Kim Coppins

TravelSince 2016 there have been various laws reinforcing the use of car seats to protect children. The first law introduced required all children under the age of 12 or below the height of 135cm to use a safety child car seat, it is important to remember that drivers can be fined for using incorrect restraints. From December 2016 the rules for child car seats could be changed again, take a look below for information on the current rules and the changes.

December 2016 Changes

The new regulations will come in to effect in December 2016, however will only apply to any new products on the market.

  • The regulation will require children to use a child booster seat until they are 12 years of age or 135cm in height.
  • Backless booster seats should not be used by children under 125 cm and weigh less than 22kg.

Current Legislation:

  • The regulation will require children to use a child booster seat until they are 12 years of age or 135cm in height.
  • For babies weighing 0kg to 9kg a lie-flat baby carrier, rear-facing baby carrier, or rear-facing baby seat should be used.
  • For babies weighing 0kg to 13kg a rear-facing baby carrier or rear-facing baby seat should be used.
  • For all children weighing 9kg to 18kg a Rear- or forward-facing baby seat using a harness or safety shield should be used.
  • For all children aged 15kg to 36kg a rear- or forward-facing child seat using a seat belt, harness or safety shield should be used.

For more information on current child car seat legislation don’t forget to visit the government website.

Choosing the right car seat

Choosing the right car seat can be almost as tricky as fitting it correctly! Take a look below for some tips on choosing the right child seat:

  • Ensure the seat is suitable for your child’s height and weight.
  • Ensure the booster seat conforms to the United Nations Standard by looking for the ‘E’ mark on the seat.
  • Make sure the seat is suitable for both your child and car, some retailers will let to try before your buy.
  • Purchase from a retailer who has staff who are trained on both selecting and fitting the right child seat.
  • Do not buy a second hand child seat as you do not know its history, if it has been involved in an accident or if it is designed to current standards.

Have any great tips on choosing the best child car seat? Don’t forget to tweet them to @QuestorIns

Hiring a car for your family travels? Protect yourself from costly excess fees with a Questor Insurance car hire excess protection insurance. Click here to find out more information or contact us on 0333 323 0090

https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules/using-a-child-car-seat-or-booster-seat
http://www.childcarseats.org.uk/choosing-using/

http://www.which.co.uk/news/2016/04/new-booster-seats-ban-439787/

Should I use a dash camera?

Date Created: 05 April 2016 by Kim Coppins

trafficWe have all been there watching that driver in front or behind, wishing we could record them for our own security or just to show someone else. That is why dash cameras are the latest car accessory which are taking the roads by storm. Take a look below to find out more about dash cameras and how they may affect you.  

What is a dash camera?

Every day we are all caught on camera, whether it be walking down the high street, in a shop, a security camera or even while driving on the roads. People are turning to cameras for all sorts of situation and reasons.

Dash cameras are small cameras which can be placed on the dashboard of the car or stuck to the window screen to record your driving and other drivers on the road. There are a range of dash cameras on the market to choose from, all with the main function of recording the road and saving the footage in case you need it.

Pros of using a dash camera:

There are many reasons for drivers to install a dash camera in their car. However the main reasons are for self-protection and visual proof of a situation. Take a look below at some of the advantages of using a dash camera:

  • They are legal to use in the UK

  • They give the driver a sense of security

  • They can be used in a court of law

  • The footage can be used by insurance companies to help settle a claim

  • You can even use the camera for entertainment purposes, such as using the footage to create a montage of your drives or favourite scenery

  • A dash camera can be used to review the driving of a new or learner driver

  • They are low in price, starting from as little as £30, meaning there is one for all types of budgets

Cons of using a dash camera:

There are very few cons of using a dash camera, however there are a few you should be aware of:

  • Ensure you are not breaking the law by affecting your visibility with the camera

  • In some countries it is illegal to record someone without their permission, always check the laws before using a dash camera in a new country

Fed up of costly excess fees on your personal motor insurance? Why not save money and protect your motor insurance excess with a Questor Insurance Private Motor Excess Insurance. We will reimburse your excess fees should the worse happen, so you aren’t left out of pocket on your travels! Click here to find out more about our Private Motor Excess Insurance or speak to a member of the team on 0333 323 0090

Clueing up on the Zika Virus

Date Created: 17 February 2016 by Kim Coppins

Zika Virus

Originally discovered in Uganda’s Zika Forest over 60 years ago, the Zika Virus was first found in a mosquito bitten Rhesus Monkey. As of the 1st February 2016 the World Health Organisation declared the virus a global health emergency. Take a look below to find out more about the virus and how it may affect your travels.

What is the Zika Virus?

The Zika Virus is a mosquito borne infection being passed to humans, little is currently known about the virus and there is no vaccination or treatment.

The virus is exceptionally dangerous for pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant, there have been numerous links affecting foetuses and babies being born with brain damage and microcephaly.

Where is the Zika Virus?

Below is a list of countries where the Zika Virus is currently active and being transmitted (Please note this list may change if the virus spreads further):

  • American Samoa
  • Barbados
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Curacao
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Fiji
  • French Guiana
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Maldives
  • Martinique
  • Mexico
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Martin
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Suriname
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela

At Questor Insurance we advise checking to see if your desired destination has been affected by the virus before booking your holiday and before your travels. The government website is being updated on a regular basis to give information on affected countries.

Symptoms:

The virus has an incubation period of 14 days, however many people who are infected with the virus show no symptoms. For those who do show symptoms they are often mild and are shown for up to 7 days. Typical symptoms of the virus include:

  • A mild fever
  • Rash
  • Muscle aches and joint pain
  • Conjunctivitis and eye pain
  • Headaches

The full effects of the virus are currently unknown, the virus stays in the blood stream for 7- 10 days but continues to live in bodily fluids for several months. There have been links with the Zika Virus to neurological and autoimmune diseases such as the Guillian – Barre syndrome where the body’s immune system attacks itself. There are also increasing links to serious birth defects such as microcephaly where babies are born with smaller than usual heads causing severe brain damage and often death.

There is no treatment for the Zika Virus, it is advised that symptoms are managed with supportive nursing care.

Travel advice

If travel is unavoidable to an area or destinations affected by the virus it is recommended that you are vigilant and follow protocols to avoid mosquito bites:

  • If you are pregnant, planning to have a baby or have a weakened immune system always discuss your travel plans with a health care professional
  • Keep skin covered and not exposed
  • Use insect repellent
  • Avoid mosquito breeding sites such a large areas of water
  • Sleep under mosquito nets
  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • Clean or cover water containers to remove areas mosquitos are likely to breed
  • Use a condom for 28 days after traveling to an infected area
  • Use a condom for 6 months if you or your partner has had any symptoms of the virus
  • Seek advice from a medical professional before trying for a baby

*(Please note this blog is for information purposes, if you have any concerns please visit the government travel advice website or the World Health Organisation)

Sources:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/zika-virus
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/

Keeping the children entertained during the summer months

Date Created: 29 July 2016 by Kim Coppins

ChildideaThe summer holidays are now upon us! For many this can result in plenty of stress and hours of planning. We want to take away the stress this summer by helping you plan some great activities for the whole family or even just the children so you can have some well-deserved you time. Take a look below at our top summer activities:

Camping in the garden
If you have the space, why not have a camping trip indoors or in your garden. Make the experience like a real camping trip by only using touches for lights, storing food in a cool box, singing camp songs and going for a nature walk. If you set up camp indoors you can even enjoy the luxury of watching a movie while being wrapped up in your sleeping bags. Most importantly make sure you have plenty of hot chocolate and snacks for the evening.

Bring out your inner artist
We all love arts and crafts, whether it be painting, drawing, making things or even playing with Playdoh the whole family can enjoy getting creative! At Questor Insurance our favorite Arts and craft activity is creating a picture or collage out of the resources found from exploring a nearby forest or countryside, some great items to pick up include pinecones, flowers, feathers and even pretty stones. Don’t forget to take pictures of your final works of arts.

Have the perfect picnic
Make the perfect picnic food for your own indoor or outdoor picnic. Make sure you get creative when making the food, by decorating thing and making artistic designs. Some of our favorite picnic food to make include, sausage rolls, pizzas, dips and veg sticks, fruit, cakes and even homemade bread rolls!

Mini Olympics
In light of the Rio Olympics beginning in August why not learn about the Olympics together! Once you have learnt all about the Olympics you can hold your own mini Olympics in the back garden or at a local park. Some great games you could play include; who can hula hoop the longest, skipping, obstacle courses, running and even an egg and spoon race, don’t forget to get crafty and make some medals for the winners!

Have an adventure
Take a day trip to a local attraction, you often don’t have to travel far or require a large budget to find a great attraction that the whole family can enjoy. Some of the best places to visit in the summer months include beaches, national parks, a local castle, a theme park or even a zoo.

As much as it can be tempting to make plans for every waking moment of the day to keep them entertained, it’s important to ensure there is still time available for children to be independent and grow their imaginations. The key to having fun and having the perfect summer holiday to remember is by keeping things relaxed and fun for the whole family (including you!).

Taking the children away on a summer holiday? Make sure the whole family is protected with comprehensive travel insurance, click here to get your quote today or contact us on 0333 323 0090 to speak to a member of the team.

Alternatives to Travel Vaccinations?

Date Created: 07 June 2016 by Kim Coppins

VacinationLove to travel but don’t enjoy having to have the required vaccinations? You’re not alone, a study undertaken by the university of Toronto and York University in Canada found that as many as 24% of adults were put off the idea of travel related vaccinations due to their fear of needles, this figure increases to a staggering 63% for children.

 As discussed by Travelvax Australia, there are now many alternatives to vaccinations which still immunise the traveller but don’t rely on the use of needles being developed! Some of the new alternatives which are currently being developed include:

Dry Powder

Dry powders are very similar to Asthma inhalers; the powder is inhaled directly in to the lungs to help fight bacteria and infections – an added bonus of using this method of immunisation is a reduced number of side effects compared to conventional vaccinations.

Edible Vaccines

Edible vaccinations will allow travellers to take the vaccination via an edible format. This method still requires some fine tuning, as it is argued some may have a delayed immunisation or some may reject it completely.

Nasal Spray

The Nasal spray allows someone to inhale the immunisation painlessly through their nose rather than having an injection. In some countries nasal sprays are already being used as a less invasive method to give the flue vaccination.

Nanopatch

The Nanopatch is an extraordinary invention which is being developed at the university of Queensland. Consisting of a small silicon square with 20,000 micro projections coated in the vaccine. This is placed on to the skin to give the vaccination without the use of a needle.

Sugar Microneedles

Using a very similar principle to the Nanopatch, the sugar discs contain a high number of microneedles which are coated in a small amount of the dried live virus.

Pharmajet

The Pharmajet uses extremely high levels of pressure to deliver the vaccination to the muscle or subcutaneous tissue.

Have you tried any alternative methods to travel vaccinations? Let us know your experience by tweeting us @Questorins

Looking forward to your summer getaway? Make sure you’re covered with travel insurance you can trust. Buy travel insurance from as little as £7.85 for a single day policy, click here for more information on our insurance policies or contact us on 0333 323 0090.

Easter Crafts for Kids

Date Created: 17 March 2016 by Kim Coppins

EasterChocolateAs the Easter holidays are nearing, at Questor Insurance we know that finding activities to keep the children entertained can be challenging. That’s why we have put together some fun ideas for Easter Art and Craft activities.

Easter Bonnet

Need an Easter bonnet for school or an event? Make the perfect one at home! To create the base you can use large sheets of cardboard or cheat a little and decorate a straw hat. The most important feature of the bonnet is the decorations, whether it be with ribbons, bows, glitter, flowers, buttons, pretend animals or Easter eggs, make your bonnet one of a kind.

Easter Biscuits:

Get out your apron and mixing bowls and make some fancy Easter biscuits. Why not use lemon or orange zest for some spring flavours and pick shaped cutters and icing for unique Easter designs. If you make a few too many why not box some up as special Easter gifts for friends or family. When packaging them don’t forget to use ribbons and brightly coloured paper or wrapping.

Decorate Eggs

Decorate eggs to make fun Easter decorations, the more imaginative the better! Some of our favourite design ideas include decorating eggs as people, mythical creatures, flowers and animals. You could even make a whole eggquarium!

When decorating the eggs use a range of paint, paper and pens to get the best effect. If you have the time you could even make a back drop or some scenery for the eggs.

Homemade Easter Cards:

Make some homemake Easter cards for friends and family, choose Easter themed designs such as chicks, eggs, rabbits and even spring vegetables. Don’t forget to use a range of colours to really capture the magic of Easter.

Easter Nests:

Create tasty Easter nests using rice crispies or cornflakes and chocolate, take a look below for how to make your tasty Easter Nests.

What you need:

  • Rice Crispies or Corn Flakes
  • Chocolate of your choice (we like white chocolate)
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs or equivalent
  • Cake Cases
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon

Instructions

  1. With the help of a responsible adult melt the chocolate in the bowl
  2. Slowly mix in the cereal – make sure all the cereal is covered in chocolate
  3. Spoon the mixture in to the cake cases
  4. Decorate the top of the nests with eggs and other Easter decorations
  5. Put the nests in to the fridge to set the chocolate

Heading off for a family holiday over the Easter period? Make sure your family are covered with compressive travel insurance! Click here to get a travel insurance quote today or contact us on 0333 323 0090 for more information.

Don’t forget to tweet us your top Easter craft ideas or any pictures of your finalised crafts to @Questorins

Yellow Fever

Date Created: 23 June 2016 by Kim Coppins

MosquitoThe current outbreak of Yellow Fever in Angola is the worst they have seen since 1986. Yellow fever is another mosquito born viral infection which carries serious consequences. Take a look below to find out more about the virus and how to stay safe while on your travels.

What is Yellow Fever?

Yellow Fever is an acute hemorrhagic viral infection which is transmitted by infected mosquitos. The infection has two stages, within the first stage it causes fever, headaches, vomiting, fatigue, muscle pain and loss of appetite. Approximately 24 hours after recovering from the first stage of the virus, some patients can enter a more dangerous stage. During this stage the virus can affect important organs such as the liver and kidneys, as many as half of the patients who enter this stage die within 7 days.

The good news is that the virus can be prevented with a simple vaccination, within in 30 days of receiving the vaccination it can provide lifelongimmunisation for 99% of those who receive the vaccine.

Where is Yellow fever

The latest outbreak of Yellow Fever is in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, however it is important to remember that the virus is also common in other tropical and subtropical areas of South America and Asia.

At Questor Insurance we always advise checking to see if your desired destination has been affected before booking your holiday and before setting off on your travels. 

Symptoms of Yellow Fever

Once the virus has been contracted it has an incubation period of 3 – 6 days. The Virus has different symptoms depending on the stage the patent is in. Take a look below for more information on each of the stages of the virus and its symptoms:

Stage 1:

Symptoms of the first stage of the virus include:

  • Fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite

Stage 2:

Not all patients go through the second stage of the virus, however those who do the symptoms are much more severe and are often life threatening. Symptoms of the second stage of the virus include:

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Dark urine
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Bleeding from the mouth, eye, nose or stomach

Travel Advice

If is advised to be vigilant when travelling to areas at risk of Yellow Fever and follow simple protocols to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Get the correct vaccination and discuss your travel plans with a heath care professional
  • If you are pregnant or have a weakened immune system always discuss your travel plans with a health care professional
  • Keep skin covered and not exposed
  • Use insect repellent
  • Avoid mosquito breeding sites such a large areas of water
  • Sleep under mosquito nets
  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • Clean or cover water containers to remove areas mosquitos are likely to breed

*(Please note this blog is for information purposes, if you have any concerns please visit the government travel advice website or the World Health Organisation)

Sources:

ItIJ June 2016 – Issue 185
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs100/en/

Have you ever wondered how much falling ill abroad could cost you?

Date Created: 08 October 2016 by Kim Coppins

SavingHolidays are about pure relaxation, fun and making memories. No one ever plans to be unwell or require medical attention on their holidays, however have you ever wondered how much failing ill abroad could cost you if you require any treatment.

The Association of British Insurers have conducted some research which looks in to the cost of travel insurance claims within the UK. The research found that the average travel insurance claim within the UK is around £700, this doesn’t look too costly when you are faced with the costs of a slightly larger accident. The average cost of a claim which is the result of an accident causing multiple fractures and a torn artery within America can cost over £500,000, which is more than the average house is worth within the UK. The research also gave insight to the cost of the treatment required by a holiday maker who suffered a heart attack on a Caribbean Cruise, the cost of the emergency lifesaving treatment was £90,000.

While failing ill abroad doesn’t always happen to holiday makers, taking out a comprehensive travel insurance on your travels can protect you from large and unexpected medical expenses while you are away on your travels. During your searches for the right travel insurance ensure you are aware of what your travel insurance covers to make sure your journey and holiday activities are included.

Hiring a car on your next holiday? From as little as £2.71 per day you can cover the excess on your European car hire. For more information on our car hire excess insurance policy click here or call us on 0333 323 0208.

Sources:

ITIJ (international Travel + health insurance journal) Issue No: 188 September 2016

What Makes a Great Ice Cream and Where to Find Them

Date Created: 01 September 2016 by Kim Coppins

IcecreamIce cream is great all year round, however visiting a great ice cream parlor can really make your holiday or day trip stand out. Ice cream was first consumed in China many years before being introduced to Europe. The original Chinese ice-cream recipe contained buffalo milk, flour and camphor. Today all around the world each country has its own variation of ice cream, toppings and the way it is consumed. Take a look below to find out what makes a great ice cream and where around the world you can find them:

Salt and Straw – Portland and Los Ageles

If you’re heading to America Salt and Straw will definitely tickle your taste buds. When it comes to flavors they really like to mix things up as well as introducing tantalising seasonal specials, you will never be short for choice. Some of the classic flavors offered in Portland include Honey Lavender, Pear and Blue Cheese, Chocolate Gooey Brownie and Stumpton Coffee & Burnside Bourbon. However, if you choose to visit a shop in L.A their classic flavors include Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate, Black Olive Brittle & Goats Cheese and Avocado & Strawberry Sherbet.

Source: http://saltandstraw.com/

Berthillon – Paris

Looking for a romantic ice cream with someone special? Why not visit Berthillon and experience luxury ice cream and sorbet in a range of flavors. After your ice cream you can enjoy the rest of your day in Paris spending time with your loved one and exploring the local attractions.

Source: http://www.berthillon.fr/

Gelato Messina — Australia

With stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Las Vegas you are bound to find one when travelling to Australia. Dislike process foods and additives? Gelato Messina only use raw and natural ingredients in the making process of their ice cream, their moto, is to make ice cream as it would have been done 100 years ago. They have a diverse range of over 40 flavors of which 5 specials which are changed weekly. If you happen to have a birthday while visiting, why not consider one of their ice cream cakes.

Source: http://www.gelatomessina.com

Gelupo - London

Visiting London or just fancy an ice cream on your way home from work? Visit Gelupo and experience Ice-cream at its finest. Carefully designing and testing each of its flavors in house Gelupo has featured in many magazines and newspapers as the best place to get Ice-cream in London. Flavors change on a regular basis however some of the most popular flavors include Lavender and White Chocolate, Tiramisu, Ricotta and Sour Cherry.

Source: http://www.gelupo.com/

Jetting off to find the best ice cream or just to have a great time? Don’t forget to cover you and your family with comprehensive travel insurance. Click here to find out more about our policy or contact us today on 0333 323 0090 to speak to a member of our Specialist Team.  

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Packing Fails and How to Avoid Them

Date Created: 18 August 2016 by Kim Coppins

PackingPacking fails can happen to the most experienced of travellers. Many of us have been unpacking our holiday suitcases to find an unexpected scene of shampoo or sun cream smeared across our luggage. Take a look below at our in-house top travel tips to help you have a perfectly packed holiday.

Remember The Key – Padlocking your luggage is often a great idea and gives you peace of mind that your luggage will stay secure throughout your journey. However, forgetting the key to your luggage will leave you frustrated and having to find a way of having the lock cut from your possessions.

Beer Bottles – Take care when packing beer bottles and cans within your luggage, the pressure of the flight can release the bottle caps and split cans (this has also been known to happen during car journeys where the luggage has been handled heavily). Opening your suitcase to be greeted with the smell of beer is not overly pleasant neither is finding your clothes and books bathed in beer. We recommend if you do chose to pack a tipple or two make sure they are packed in sealable freezer bags to reduce the amount of spillage.

Toiletries and Beauty Products – To avoid leakage of liquid items it is best to pack them in a sealable bag and in a separate compartment within your luggage, It’s surprising how many toiletry items can stain clothing!

Perfume – Pack your perfume with your toiletries as perfume bottles have a tendency of breaking and leaking during flights. The only upside to leaked perfume is your clothes and bag will smell great for the entire holiday and possibly longer.

Suitcase – Always check the structural integrity of your luggage – there is nothing worse than lost luggage due the suitcase breaking open or the handle falling off during the loading process (yes that actually happened to a Questor Insurance employee).

Sharp Items – Take care when packing sharp items, they can damage clothing and other items within your luggage.

Vitamins and Medication – Always pack your vitamins and medication with as much documentation as possible and with all your other medical supplies. Packing tablets in clever space saving locations such as in your shoes or in your glasses case may end up alerting authorities of suspicious items within your luggage.

Souvenirs- Finally if you’re planning to bring back a few souvenirs make sure you leave room in your luggage before jetting off!

Packing for your summer getaway? Make sure Travel Insurance is at the top of your packing list. With a Questor Insurance Travel policy, depending on your travel needs you can choose from either a daily or annual policy. For more information click here or contact us on 0333 323 0090

Have you experienced any packing fails this summer? Tweet them to us @Questorins

Mother’s Day Treats

Date Created: 02 March 2016 by Kim Coppins

SpaAs Mother’s day is approaching it is important to find that perfect gift to treat our Mums, whether it be a simple yet perfect bunch of flowers or something more extravagant such as a relaxing hotel spa retreat our mums all deserve the best. That is why we have put together a list of treats perfect for spoiling your mum or just having some mother daughter/ son time.

Afternoon tea

Treat your mum to a delightful afternoon tea and day of shopping, make sure you take her to her favourite store and treat her to something nice. You can choose from a quiet local hotel or splash out at an elegant London tea house. The biggest decision you will have to make is whether to put jam or cream on the scone first!

Spa break

Spa breaks are perfect for relaxing and having some quality time with someone special. Treat you and your mum to a couple spa package so you can unwind and enjoy the time together, our favourite spa treatment is an aromatherapy massage. Don’t forget to shop around as many hotels and spas will have Mother’s Day packages and discounts available.

A West End Show

Head to London for dinner and a West End Show, there are plenty of shows to watch on and around Mother’s Day including Aladdin, Jersey Boys and The Lion King. Why let the night end young when you can share a hotel room and continue the evening in a swanky wine bar!

Glamping break for two

Fancy getting back to nature, but don’t want to rough it up camping? Keep all your luxuries and choose a glamping break for two. Glamping offers a glamorous version of camping, bringing all the luxuries of a 5 star hotel while letting you enjoy nature. Click here to find more glamping options located all around the world.

Home DIY spa day:

Want a more private spa day with your Mum? You can easily make a DIY spa day at home with your favourite treats. Our top tips for making a perfect spa day at home include hair masks, facemasks, a few glasses of bubbly and most importantly don’t forget to do each other’s nails.

 

Booking a last minute deal for Mother’s day? Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance for you and your Mum. Find out more about our travel insurance by visiting our website or calling us today on 0333 323 0090

Don’t forget to head over to our twitter page @Questorins for your chance to win your Mum a £25 Hotel Chocolat gift card!

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