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 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...

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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. 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 –...

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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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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 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,...

Jul 11, 2016

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From Blackpool to hidden Huisinis: Britain’s best beaches...

From Blackpool to hidden Huisinis: Britain’s best beaches

Not managed to get away yet this summer? The good news is you don’t have to board a plane to dig your toes in the sand and paddle in the sea. From cheery hotels to holiday parks, Britain has a great range of coastal accommodation, while you could also visit the hotspots we’ve picked out on a day trip if you live within striking distance by rail or car. Our round-up of the best British beaches includes a selection of...

Jul 8, 2016

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7 epic bike rides across Europe

7 epic bike rides across Europe

Dig the bike out from the shed and squeeze into that Lycra – the peloton is off and the Tour de France is now well under way! The riders are already several stages into the world’s greatest cycle race, having departed from Mont Saint Michel in Normandy on July 2. If you’re not exhausted from watching along on TV and have been inspired to get back in the saddle, we’ve picked out a number of exciting rides for beginners through to seasoned bike-nuts. 1. UK:...

Jul 8, 2016

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9 of the world’s most haunted attractions...

9 of the world’s most haunted attractions

Jump in the Ecto-1 and fire up your proton packs – the Ghostbusters are back in a new film with an all-female cast, on the hunt for ghastly creatures to prove that the dead exist among us. To save them a bit of trouble, we’ve done some research to find nine ghoulish attractions where the paranormal is, well, just normal. Would you be brave enough to visit these scary sights? 1. The Island of the Dolls, Mexico Whether led by Bill Murray or Kristen Wiig,...

Jul 7, 2016

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Revealed! Famous hotels in film

Revealed! Famous hotels in film

Just as a well-cast lead can make or break a film, so too can a careful choice of location. From a moody hotel bar in Japan to a bubble bath in Beverly Hills, some of our favourite films have an elegant hotel at the centre of their script. To get the inside story, we chatted with staff at hotels immortalised on the silver screen in five classic films that wouldn’t be the same without them – action! The Beverly...