Travel apps to simplify your trip this summer
From helping you get around to finding the best places to eat, we’ve put together a selection of essential apps that you might find worthy of a download before you head away this summer.
Surfing in the UK – expert advice for beginners
Summer is here and the surf is up – find out how you can master the waves without having to head abroad.
5 reasons you need travel insurance
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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,...Read More
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...Read More