Jul 26, 2016

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How to do Orlando on a budget

How to do Orlando on a budget

A trip to Orlando can quickly become very expensive, with theme park access, accommodation, dining and getting around to think about on top of flights that will already have taken a big chunk out of your holiday savings, writes Tamara Hinson. With that in mind, we’ve put together some top money-saving tips for holidaymakers checking out the world’s theme park capital. Where to stay on a budget If you’re planning to hit the theme parks, consider a hotel which offers ticket packages and priority park access. For example, if you choose one of Universal Orlando’s hotels, you’ll get free transportation to their theme parks and CityWalk entertainment complex, along with early admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Additionally, some of the most family-friendly options are also the most wallet-friendly. At the fabulously retro Cabana Bay Beach Resort (from £99 per room) the family suites have kitchenettes. Resort amenities include a well-stocked shop – you can save by preparing meals in the comfort of your own room. However, getting around Orlando is easy, and hotels away from the International Drive area are often significantly cheaper. They’re less likely to offer extras like complimentary shuttle services, but if you’re hiring a car, it’s an extra you might not need. For example, a double room at the Extended Stay America hotel on Major Blvd, just a few kilometres from the main theme parks, starts from only £51 per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Compare cheap hotels in Orlando Where to eat on a budget If you’re heading to the theme parks, why not take a picnic? You can bring your own food and drink – apart from alcohol or anything which requires heating – and food served on-site is usually extortionately priced. If you would prefer to eat in the parks’ restaurants, investigate the dining schemes on offer. Guests at Disney Resort Hotels can purchase ‘Disney Dining Plans‘ which include packages to suit all budgets, while Universal Orlando offers a very similar scheme. Families should also sign up for Orlando’s ‘Kids Eat Free‘ card, which allows younger visitors to eat for free at hundreds of restaurants. Don’t just focus on the restaurants closest to your hotel, either. You can make serious savings by heading to areas such as family-friendly downtown Orlando or the beautiful Winter Park neighbourhood. The latter is known for its gastro-pubs,...

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Jul 26, 2016

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Bag a bargain! UK getaways in August from £10 per night...

Bag a bargain! UK getaways in August from £10 per night

The Telegraph recently published a bucket list of 20 things to do before you die in the UK, featuring some of the most fantastic places to visit in our own country. We decided to search out some super bargains to help you tick off these amazing attractions this summer, starting from just £10 per person, per night. Live it up in London with stays from less than £50 per person, per night Staying for a couple of nights in the capital can be expensive, but book with Travelodge in Covent Garden and you’ll be slap-bang in the centre of the action for less than £50 per person per night, based on a stay from August 20-22 – there are plenty of other options too that won’t break the bank. So, what to do? Will you take a boat trip on the Thames or whirl around the National Gallery (Trafalgar Square, 020 7747 2885)? Or perhaps visit Buckingham Palace to check out the ‘90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe‘ exhibition? Don’t forget a shopping trip to Oxford Street for high street brands or Camden market for something more eclectic, then perhaps end the day with last-minute theatre tickets to a top West End show. If the weather’s good, follow the locals into one of the city’s many glorious parks – they’re wonderful places to while away a sunny afternoon. What’s the deal? We found a deal on Travelodge for a two-night stay from August 20 for less than £50 person, per night. Find hotels in London Top tip – stay on Sunday and Monday nights for the best prices in August. Check out the beaches and stars in Northumbria from £10 per person, per night Despite some of the best beaches in the UK and beautiful clear starry skies by night, the Northumbrian coast is often criminally overlooked. Not only that, there are loads of attractions to keep you busy, including the mighty Bamburgh Castle (Bamburgh, 01668 214515) and the holy island of Lindisfarne, which is stranded out at sea at high tide. What’s the deal? A party of six can stay for seven nights at Park Resorts Creswell Towers in a six-berth caravan from Saturday August 20 for just £381 all-in on a self-catering basis – that’s just less than £10 per night, per person. Search now for your holiday park bargain Edinburgh and the Borders from £96.13 per person, per week Scotland’s capital is in the midst of its famous arts and comedy festival during August – it’s...

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Jul 21, 2016

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Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Is it safe to go to Turkey?

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...

Jul 21, 2016

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Should I travel to Tunisia?

Should I travel to Tunisia?

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....

Jul 18, 2016

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9 unusual things you can do in the UK...

9 unusual things you can do in the UK

Staycation figures are at an all-time high in 2016, according to VisitBritain. If you’re one of the thousands of people holidaying in the UK this year but you’ve visited many of the better-known attractions, you might find yourself wondering where next to add to your Britain bucket list. Luckily for you, our diverse little island contains a treasure-trove of exciting activities – we’ve picked out some of the more interesting and unusual activities you might not have realised you could do in the UK. Get lost in...

Jul 18, 2016

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Lowcost Travel Group collapse – what are your rights?...

Lowcost Travel Group collapse – what are your rights?

On July 15, 2016, Lowcost Travel Group (LCTG) announced its collapse due to the “recent and ongoing turbulent financial environment”. The news has thrown thousands of holidaymakers’ summer plans into jeopardy, with administrators estimating that approximately 110,000 have a future booking with the provider. A further 27,000 customers were on holiday with LCTG as of Friday. If you’ve been affected by the collapse, here we explain your rights and the next steps you should take. Who is the Lowcost...

Jul 18, 2016

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Welcome to the club! Experts reveal what’s hot in Ibiza this summer...

Welcome to the club! Experts reveal what’s hot in Ibiza this summer

When it comes to the White Isle, everyone has an opinion on what to do, where to eat and the places to be for sunset and sunrise – and of course the best clubs to check out in-between. It’s always a good idea to speak to the experts though, so Hayley Leaver asked some of the DJs, seasoned clubbers and locals that have their fingers on Ibiza’s sweaty, racing pulse this season to reveal their top tips for those visiting the island...

Jul 18, 2016

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Take the stress out of travelling with children...

Take the stress out of travelling with children

If you’re gearing up for your big family summer getaway, you may be dreading the prospect of packing, endless waits at airports and flights with kids in tow. But don’t let worries about your children misbehaving on a flight, or stresses about keeping kids entertained in an airport, ruin the excitement of your trip. With a little forward planning, travelling with children can be stress free. Follow our top tips below to make your next trip a breeze…...

Jul 13, 2016

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Half of Brits hit by hidden car hire fees – how can you avoid getting ripped off?...

Half of Brits hit by hidden car hire fees – how can you avoid getting ripped off?

Worried about renting a car on holiday? You’re not alone – according to recent TravelSupermarket research, more than half of Brits (51%) worry about hiring a vehicle on holiday. What’s more, a similar amount (53%) claim to have been overcharged when renting a car in the last five years. Last year alone, holidaymakers who hired a car abroad say that they were charged an average of £116.15 on top of the agreed base fee, so it’s no wonder car hire is such a concern...

Jul 12, 2016

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Where’s set to sizzle this summer and beyond?...

Where’s set to sizzle this summer and beyond?

With the big summer getaway almost upon us as schools up and down the UK break up, we decided to take a look at the holiday destinations that are proving to be popular on TravelSupermarket at the moment. From relaxing summer hotspots to exciting cities, these are the places Brits will be flocking to in the coming months. The Balearic Islands: a trusty favourite The four islands that make up Spain’s Balearics deliver memorable holidays to families, retirees,...