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Welcome to InsurancesafeNZ

Welcome to Insurancesafenz.com. Whether you're travelling to study, work or simply explore the globe, it’s important to make sure that you have the right level of insurance cover to protect you in the event of unexpected loss or illness.

InsurancesafeNZ provides three different travel insurance policy categories: Studentsafe, Workersafe and Explorersafe. This means that if you’re travelling to New Zealand, travelling within New Zealand or temporarily leaving New Zealand, we have something to offer you. Use the Policy Finder to narrow your policy search and get a quote. Our website is also packed with great information on how to keep safe, how to make the most of your time abroad and how to understand your travel insurance policy better. If you need further assistance contact one of our friendly staff on our toll-free number 0800 486 004 (within NZ) or +64 9 488 1638 (outside of NZ).

Handling Exam Season Stress

Wellness for good work

Wellness for good work

A healthy worker is a more productive worker. It seems like an obvious statement to make, but in today’s working world, many workers feel that they have keep pushing and pushing to get results – even at the expense of their health and wellbeing. Workplaces need to be more supportive of their staff to make sure that they feel they are able to take time to get healthy if they are unwell, or to express their concerns if they are overburdened with stress.

Visiting Europe from New Zealand

Visiting Europe from New Zealand

If you’ve spent a while in New Zealand, you might be feeling like it’s time to try somewhere else for a little holiday. Rather than just heading home, or visiting somewhere close by, why not make it a real adventure and trek to the other side of the world – Europe?

Seasonal planning

Some people chase summer, avoiding the colder months of the year. Other people – mostly skiers and snowboarders – will go anywhere in the world there’s snow. Pick your time of year depending on wha

What To Expect At A New Zealand School

Socialising for Free in New Zealand

Socialising for Free in New Zealand

Ask any adult what their student years were like, and there will almost always be two things that everyone has in common – lots of fun, and hardly any money! But if you’re new to a city or even a country, it can be hard to know where to begin when it comes to finding social activities that you can do on a student budget.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of our top tips for free and cheap things to do in New Zealand’s main student cities and towns to get you started!

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Kiwi Workplace Etiquette

Kiwi Workplace Etiquette

Adjusting to a new workplace comes with challenges wherever you are in the world – and if you're in a new country as well as a new workplace, those changes can be even more extreme. New Zealand culture is quite friendly and informal, and this extends to many workplaces. But it can be difficult at times to understand where the limit is – how casual is too casual and what will make you look unprofessional? How formal is too formal and what will make you look too unapproachable?

Some of

Taking care of your sexual health

Taking care of your sexual health

If you’re reading this article, you’ve already made a sensible choice. If you’re in a new relationship, or thinking about starting to date, it’s important to think about how you can ensure that you and your partner stay safe when you’re having a little extra ‘fun’.

So read on to learn more about what steps you should be taking to keep safe. The consequences can range from irritating to life-threatening – and that isn’t a gamble anyone should take.

STI protection

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Perfect Packing

Peace of mind creates the best adventure

Peace of mind creates the best adventure

Making sure you return from holiday with great memories

Travelling can be a real adventure – but an important part of any overseas experience is making sure that you keep yourself safe while you’re exploring.

When you’re planning adventures overseas, there’s so much excitement that it can be easy to forget about the parts of travel that are a little less glamorous. Organising travel insurance may not be as thrilling as planning your routes and researching the major attraction

The best ways to escape the Kiwi Winter

The best ways to escape the Kiwi Winter

Escape the Kiwi winter – discovering the Pacific and Australia

Unless you’re really into skiing, winter in New Zealand isn’t really the most exciting time of year. It’s not cold enough for there to be pretty snow falling in the cities, but it’s still cold enough that you don’t want to spend time outside unless you have to. Instead of snow, we mostly get rain and wind. It’s certainly not terrible – but it does give you a good excuse to go somewhere sunny if you have the time and budge

Dealing with anxiety

Dealing with anxiety

Everyone experiences periods of stress in certain situations – perhaps exams are coming up, or you’ve spent a little more than you intended to at dinner and pay day is still a couple of days away. That’s a normal part of life, and most of the time, it goes away fairly quickly when the source of the stress comes and goes. You pass your exam, you check your bank account and ther

Navigating Kiwi Customs

Navigating Kiwi Customs

Any new culture will have customs that you will start to learn very quickly as soon as you arrive! To give you a head start on your time in New Zealand, we’ve got a few key bits of information about Kiwi culture – and a whole lot of detail about speaking like a local!

Knowing your left from your right

When you’re walking the streets of New Zealand – or even when you’re still at the airport and navigating escalators – it’s good to remember that we drive on the left, not the righ

Finding Hidden Gems

Navigating New Zealand Airports

Flatting on a Budget

Flatting on a Budget

Creating a rewarding lifestyle you can afford

There are always going to be some expenses when you’re moving to a new place – but there are plenty of ways to minimise the costs.

Flatting doesn’t have to be expensive. There are a number of ways you can set up a flat on a budget without losing out on quality and the occasional treat. To make sure that you get the best experience possible no matter what your income may be, we’ve brought together a few of our favourite tips and t

How to make friends

How to make friends

How to make new friends while you’re studying abroad

It’s natural to feel homesick and very far away from friends and family while overseas – but there are some easy ways to find new friends wherever you may be!

When you’re away from your family and community that feeling of homesickness can feel very overwhelming. Making friends and keeping busy are the easiest ways to prevent homesickness – but you need to put the effort in. If you sit at your computer looking over your soci

Finding a place to call home

From Study To Salary

From Study To Salary

Simplifying the start of your working life in New Zealand

In order to get the best start possible when it comes to working in New Zealand we have some advice from those who have done it themselves!

For many people, the shift from university study to the working world is one of the biggest changes they will ever experience. Life until that point is focused on formal education – sitting in class, doing homework, taking notes… and then all of a sudden, it’s time to step out into

Transitioning from study to work

Keeping Safe and Healthy

Keeping Safe and Healthy

Looking after yourself when you’re caught up in your new life

Knowing how best to look after your health and look out for your safety is key to travelling with peace of mind.

No matter where you go in the world, someone will tell you to keep safe and often there’s a good reason for it. When travelling or moving somewhere new it can be tempting to step outside of your comfort zone and give everything a go. While this is a great attitude it’s important to explore your new surrou

Keeping in touch

Keeping in touch

The best ways to stay in contact with those back home

While you’ll want to make new friends and connections while abroad, it’s really important not to forget about everyone back home.

Relocating to a new country for work is hugely exciting. Getting a new job and home and navigating new cultures, practices and languages is an immersive experience and can be incredibly consuming.

An “out with the old, in with the new” approach can be tempting – after all, you’re making a

Everybody needs good neighbours

Keeping Things Honest

Learning a foreign language

Learning a foreign language

Tips for expat parents

When you arrive in a new country, exchanging a few words of conversation with a local can help you to feel settled. It’s a great way to get to know people, and a useful skill to have for your time abroad. Here, we take a look at how expats parents can prepare themselves and their children for this challenge and provide some tips for successfully mastering the local lingo.

In general, the younger your children are the easier it will be for them to pick u

Moving overseas with a pet

Moving overseas with a pet

For many of us, our pets are part of the family. For expats intending to move overseas with their pet, planning and research before the move is essential. It is crucial to ensure the welfare of your beloved pet during and after transit, and that regulation surrounding the importation and exportation of pets is complied with.

Before you go:

Research animal import regulations for your new country of residence, to determine what conditions must be met for your pet to be allowed en

Making your travel dollar go further

Dealing with anxiety isn't easy

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Everyone experiences periods of stress in certain situations – perhaps exams are coming up, or you’ve spent a little more than you intended to at dinner and pay day is still a couple of days away. That’s a normal part of life, and most of the time, it goes away fairly quickly when the source of the stress comes and goes. You pass your exam, you check your bank account and there it is – your pay cheque came through right on time! 

But for some of us, that stress is something more – something frequent, something deep, something very hard to acknowledge. Anxiety is a real issue for many, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of. And it’s also not something that you have to live with forever, making life more and more difficult – there are different ways to deal with that anxiety to help lift your mood and lift your mental burden at the same time.

Stop and enjoy a cup of tea

This is a selection of different coping ideas – but please remember that if you are really struggling and these techniques aren’t helping, there is help available to you. If you are in a real crisis, please call a helpline like Youthline (0800 376 633), Healthline (0800 611 116), Lifeline (0800 LIFELINE) or the Anxiety Phone Line (0800 ANXIETY). The people who answer the phone will be able to support you and help you to find help to manage your situation. You are not alone.

What does anxiety look and feel like?

People with anxiety will tend to feel nervous, restless and tense, even if there isn’t a rational reason to feel that way at the time. There will often be a panicked feeling, and worry that there is danger around, even if that isn't the case. People may find it hard to focus or think about a task they are working on because the source of anxiety is overwhelming their mind.

There can also be symptoms throughout the rest of the body. A fast heart rate and rapid breathing are common, and people may experience more sweating as well as trembling or twitching muscles. All of this can result in feeling very tired and weak – after all, your body isn’t behaving the way that it usually should.

Some people with anxiety will experience panic attacks, or severe fear or distress – these can include everything noted above plus heart palpitations, a feeling that you can’t breathe, chest pains and dizziness, alongside many other highly unpleasant symptoms.

All of this should make it clear that it definitely is not a simple case of stress about workload or study!


Managing anxiety

If you think that you want to try to manage your anxiety yourself, there are many different ways that you can make small changes or add little activities to your life to work towards improving it. You may not be able to cure anxiety this way, but it may give you tools to handle it when things feel tough.

1. Be active

It may be easier said than done, but getting exercise is one thing that many people find helps their anxiety and stress levels. Find something that you enjoy, and commit to it – whether it’s just going for a run, or lifting weights at the gym, or taking a fun aerobics or dance class. Just going for a walk around your neighbourhood can sometimes be just as helpful as something more high impact!


2. Be mindful

Working with mindfulness techniques and other relaxation and stress management techniques can be very helpful. Meditation is excellent, as is yoga. It sounds silly, perhaps, but even just doing some deep, slow breathing can work – inhale through your nose slowly, hold for a few seconds, and then release through your mouth. It’s not a perfect cure, but it can help you come down from a moment of fear.


3. Be good to your body

A healthy, well-balanced diet helps keep your body in check – and be sensible about your consumption of things that aren’t good for you. Avoiding alcohol is sensible for many reasons, and it certainly is better to keep away from it if you have issues with anxiety. Likewise, stopping smoking and limiting how much caffeine you drink are both very wise. And make sure that you stay hydrated with lots of water!


4. Be relaxed

It might be hard to make happen at times, but trying to get enough sleep is really important when it comes to managing anxiety. If you’re really struggling, do talk to a doctor about how they can help, even if you aren’t yet discussing your anxiety with them. If it’s just something that presents a problem every now and then, try taking a soothing bath before bedtime – if you don’t have a bath, try a lavender-based lotion in the shower.


There are plenty of other little things that you can do too. If one of your sources of anxiety is stress that you’ll forget something important, focus on good ways to get organised. Use a digital tool like Asana or Trello to help you get organised online; browser versions and phone apps mean your to-do list can be with you wherever you are. Bullet journals are a fun and creative way to create to-do lists that make every item on your list just one little thing to tick off – or easily move to the next day.

On the topic of journals, journaling more broadly can be a useful coping tool for many people. Set yourself some time each day to sit down and write about how you’ve been feeling. Try to identify the challenges you’ve been facing while also celebrating the good things that have happened, even if they are just small victories like I used a nice new face mask today after my shower.

There’s also a lovely concept invented by one web writer called a ‘heartsong’ journal, where you fill the pages with things that are important to you. It’s something that you can fill out when you’re feeling up to it – and then read back through when you’re struggling.

Or just have a cup of tea and a chat with a friend. You don’t need to focus on your anxiety – instead, just talk. Sometimes helping someone else talk through their problems can be helpful in allowing you to better face your own.

There’s no shame in seeking help for mental health

Anxiety is a mental illness – but the important thing to think about is the illness aspect, not the mental aspect. There is a stigma attached to mental illness that is not fair. Would you judge your friend for having the flu, or for getting strep throat? Or for a better comparison, would you judge a person for having a health condition that is ongoing, who have doctors helping them through? Someone who has a serious gastrointestinal issue, or a heart problem?

Chances are no, you wouldn’t! You would offer support. If they have a bad cold, perhaps you would offer to bring them some vitamin C or some nice hot soup. If they have a serious chronic condition that you can see causes them difficulty, you might ask them to tell you how you can support them – whether that’s by not cooking food with dairy in it, or not planning extremely energetic activities, or simply by spending time with them at home.

Reaching out for help, or reaching out to a friend in need

Mental illness is no different. So if you’re experiencing anxiety or a friend has told you that they are, treat it just as you would any other health issue. If you are experiencing problems yourself, try to remember that there are many people who feel the way that you do, and that there are many different ways to manage this difficult situation. But it’s also true that anxiety can make it hard to believe these things, or make it seem too difficult to reach out for help. Just one conversation with a person you trust – a friend, a kind tutor or lecturer, a medical professional – might help you start changing things.


Likewise, if a friend has come to you and told you that they are not coping, be as supportive as you can be. Tell them that you are proud of them for sharing this with you, and that you are here to support them. You can offer to make the phone call or send the email to a doctor to book an appointment to discuss the problem – something that a person with anxiety can understand is important to do but is too afraid to do themselves. You can even offer to go with them to speak to a professional, if they don’t think they can manage it by themselves. Whether you go into the appointment with them, or just take them to the door and wait for them outside, knowing that someone is there for you can make a great deal of difference .