5 reasons you need travel insurance
Tempted to go on holiday without cover? That's fine if you don't get ill, lose anything, have your flight delayed...
Lowcost Travel Group collapse – what are your rights?
On July 15, 2016, Lowcost Travel Group announced its collapse – if you have been caught up in the situation it’s important that you know your rights and the next steps available to you.
Half of Brits hit by hidden car hire fees – how can you avoid getting ripped off?
More than half of Brits have been overcharged when renting a car abroad. Find out how you can avoid paying over the odds for your holiday wheels.
5 reasons you need travel insurance...1
Lowcost Travel Group collapse – what are your rights?...2
Half of Brits hit by hidden car hire fees – how can you avoid getting ripped off?...3
If you’ve read reports about the recent bomb attacks in Turkey, you may be feeling apprehensive about the safety of the country, especially if you are preparing for a holiday there. Turkey has fallen victim to a number of high-profile events this year, the most recent being an attempted coup on July 15-16. This situation is now calming, however, and flights to and from the country are returning to normal. Following the failed coup, President Erdogan has announced a three-month state of emergency in Turkey. The FCO has advised that security operations are ongoing throughout the country but that the major coastal resorts do not appear to be significantly affected at present. If you are in Turkey or planning a holiday there soon, stay abreast of local news and follow the advice of local authorities. Travellers are also advised to carry a copy of their passport and e-visa at all times during the state of emergency. Despite this and other horrendous atrocities, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not changed its stance on Turkey and the vast majority of the country remains safe in the eyes of the government. This advice includes popular coastal resorts where the majority of tourists holiday in Turkey. Visitors to the coastal resorts do not fly through Istanbul or Ankara airports unless they have booked their own flights with a connection in those cities. It’s vital to stress that the coastal resorts along the Med, where Brits who visit the country each year mainly travel to, are largely unaffected and are many miles away from the cities. In Turkey’s popular coastal resorts, such as Bodrum, Antalya and Fethiye, it is business as usual with tourism continuing on as normal. If you are planning a holiday to Turkey, please check advice before travelling. More than 2.5 million British nationals visit Turkey every year and the vast majority of these trips are completely trouble-free. Past issues and the impact on tourism Back in 2013, Turkey witnessed a number of high-profile demonstrations in relation to the current government’s policies and the actions of the country’s then Prime Minister, now President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A plan to redevelop a park in central Istanbul adjacent to Taksim Square sparked the unrest. Istanbul, the capital Ankara and a number of other major towns and cities in the country were affected by the demonstrations, but tourism remained largely untroubled...Read More
Updated advice: The current state of emergency in Tunisia has now been extended until September 21, 2016. Please see the FCO site for further information. Following the deadly Tunisian terror attack in the resort of Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, on June 26, 2015 – as well as the earlier atrocity in Tunis on March 18, 2015 – many holidaymakers will have had their summer holidays cancelled and may be wondering whether they should still travel to this popular sunshine destination in 2016. Current Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice warns against all but essential travel to Tunisia and the state of emergency has been extended to September 21, 2016. For the latest advice, check the FCO site. So, what do you need to know if you’ve booked a trip to Tunisia or are planning to? I have a package holiday booked to Tunisia in 2016. Can I change or cancel my booking? The current advice from the FCO has been updated to extend the state of emergency status until September 21, 2016. If you are concerned about your booking for travel in September 2016 and beyond, contact your travel company or look on their site for any updates. Thomson announced, on January 31, that it would not be selling any Thomson or First Choice holidays to the destination until the FCO advice changes. Thomas Cook has cancelled all holidays to Tunisia up until May 24, 2017. If you have a holiday booked to Tunisia this year, with Thomson, Thomas Cook or any other airline or tour operator, we recommend that you contact your provider directly regarding your options and the status of your booking. I have made independent arrangements to travel to the country – do I have any rights? If you cancel your trip you may lose money if the travel company you have booked with is not offering free cancellations on its arrangements. However, the vast majority of booking companies should be able to help. Independent travellers with future bookings should contact their airline and hotel companies to discuss options open to them. Can I claim for any losses from an insurer? This will be dependent on the type of policy you have, but try to claim what you can back from your travel provider first and then work out your final losses. It’s unlikely that the cheapest policies will cover losses, while many more comprehensive policies will –...Read More