The benefits of travel

Taking some time to travel can help many people affected by cancer feel better.

Travelling may:

  • improve your mood
  • help you feel more relaxed and positive
  • allow you to spend more time with family and friends
  • increase your confidence
  • help you become more physically active, which can have health benefits before, during and after cancer treatment.

Travelling can be a chance to reflect on what you have been through. It can allow you to see a place you have always wanted to see, or to visit people you have not seen in a while. You may also have spiritual or religious reasons for wanting to travel. Or if you are looking after a loved one with cancer, you may need to take some time off from caring.

You may want to chat with other people affected by cancer about travelling or set up your own travel blog on our online community.

We also have a video about travelling after being diagnosed with cancer.

Help with the cost of travelling

If you are worried about the cost of travelling, help may be available. Macmillan and other charities provide grants for people affected by cancer who have a low income and meet certain criteria. These can include grants towards the cost of a holiday.

You need to apply for many of these grants, including those provided by Macmillan, through a health or social care professional. Speak to a member of your healthcare team to see if they can help you. You can also find out more about grants by calling the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.

We have more information about getting financial support.

During the day we went to quiet coves. I sat with my book when John went to eat. Life goes on and breaks can make things more normal.


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Planning your trip

Planning ahead can help you avoid problems when travelling. Talk to your doctor or specialist nurse about your plans.