Jan 18, 2017

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Is it safe to go to the Gambia?

Is it safe to go to the Gambia?

Please note: This article was last updated on January 20, 2017 The declaration of a state of emergency in the Gambia has prompted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to update its advice regarding the West African country. As the Gambia is now considered less safe, the FCO advises against all but essential travel to the country, with thousands of Brits currently being repatriated as a result. What is the situation in the Gambia? The political situation in the Gambia has become unstable since presidential elections on December 1, with “potential military intervention” a possibility, according to the FCO. Incumbent President, Yahya Jammeh, has refused to leave office, and continues to contest the election, prompting The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene. The situation is reportedly calm at the moment, but the FCO is advising against all but essential travel to most parts of the country, and against all travel to the capital, Banjul, due to the unpredictable nature of the state of emergency. What should I do if I am in the Gambia? To ensure their safety, all UK citizens currently in the Gambia are advised to leave by commercial means as soon as possible. If you booked our holiday as a part of a package, you should speak to your tour operator immediately to find out the next steps to take. For example, Thomas Cook has deployed extra flights to bring home 985 package customers over the next 48 hours, while 2,500 flight-only customers have been contacted with details of their extraction. A spokesperson for Thomas Cook said: “Whilst the current situation in The Gambia remains calm we will be working with the FCO and airline partners to offer pre-emptive repatriation flights back to the UK. “We are dispatching a special assistance team with our first flight from the UK to provide additional support at Banjul airport for our customers. “Our colleagues on the ground in Gambia will proactively contact all customers on holiday with us as soon as possible to prepare for return to the UK.” If you are travelling with any other company, you should contact them for further advice. Remember, there is no need to panic as the situation remains calm at the moment. What should I do if I have plans to visit the Gambia? If you are due to...

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Jan 16, 2017

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10 of the best autumn city breaks

10 of the best autumn city breaks

As the post-summer blues kick in, autumn presents the perfect opportunity to get over it by getting your holiday fix with a quick city break. With that in mind we’ve rounded up ten cracking cities, both across the pond and closer to home, that really come into their own as temperatures cool and the leaves start to turn. 1. Paris Paris is a classic city break destination, and after a hot and sleepy August, the city comes alive again in September. There’s plenty going on to keep you entertained, such as the Autumn Festival which sees a variety of dance, music, film and theatre acts flood the city. The Montmartre Wine Harvest will please foodies when it runs from October 5-9, while culture vultures can enjoy ‘White Night’ on October 1. This event features a number of galleries, museums and other buildings throughout the city opening late into the night, showcasing special exhibits and events. In addition, of course, there are all the classic sights to enjoy too. Take your pick from catching world-class exhibitions at the Musée D’Orsay and the Louvre, relaxing on a river cruise down the Seine or taking a trip to the famous Eiffel Tower by night when it impresses in all its glittering glory. Compare cheap city breaks to Paris   2. Montreal Between September and November, mild temperatures settle in, hotel rates drop and Montreal’s green spaces start to explode with brilliant autumnal colour. There’s no shortage of ways to keep busy in Montreal, either: wander around the magnificent Notre-Dame basilica, explore the Botanical Gardens or indulge in the city’s world-class foodie scene in the vibrant Latin Quarter. Remember too that no visit to Montreal is complete without a visit to Schwartz’s deli, a city institution which has been serving hot meat sandwiches to hungry locals and tourists for over 80 years. While it’s true that with its curious mix of French and North American flavours there’s no bad season to visit this city, you’re much more likely to get a cheaper deal in the autumn. Compare cheap flights top Montreal   3. Ljubljana Visit Ljubljana in autumn for the chance to see Europe’s Green Capital turn a fiery golden orange, the same colour as Slovenia’s delicious signature wine. Speaking of wine, Ljubljana tends to go a little crazy for...

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Jan 16, 2017

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Top 10 European cities to visit this summer...

Top 10 European cities to visit this summer

If you’re the type of holidaymaker who prefers the faster pace of city life to endless days spent on the beach, or perhaps you have only a few days to get away this summer, a city break could be the ideal option. Whether you’re after culture galore, beautiful scenery or buzzing bars and restaurants, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to European city breaks – even if you’ve already visited the big-hitters of Paris, Rome and...

Jan 16, 2017

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Am I entitled to compensation for a delayed flight?...

Am I entitled to compensation for a delayed flight?

Nobody wants their flight to be delayed and we receive regular questions from readers about how to tackle the claims process following travel disruption. So, to help you if your flight is delayed, our handy guide simplifies your legal rights and explains what compensation you might be entitled to, as well as how you would go about claiming it.   My flight is delayed – does my airline have to look after me? If you are travelling from a...

Jan 13, 2017

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World’s cheapest beer… and more essential ale info...

World’s cheapest beer… and more essential ale info

Come with us on the ultimate bar crawl as we selflessly drink our way around the world’s cheapest cities for beer… Bratislava, Slovakia Average cost of beer: £1.14 Popular beer: Zlaty Bazant A well-trodden destination on the stag and hen circuit (although they’re easily avoided!), you’d probably expect Bratislava to have some pretty cheap ale on sale, and the Slovakian capital doesn’t disappoint. However, just because the ale is cheap here, doesn’t mean the beer is poor quality...

Jan 12, 2017

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Revealed: The best holiday deposit offers in 2017...

Revealed: The best holiday deposit offers in 2017

Every year, the ‘January sales’ offer up a bit of a conundrum: there are some amazing travel bargains to be had, but after the inevitable Christmas splurge, many Brits are feeling the post-festive pinch. Luckily, many top travel brands offer excellent holiday deposit deals in January, allowing you to secure your place on the plane in advance, then pay the rest later. To make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve rounded up some of the best low holiday deposits...

Jan 11, 2017

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10 things to do on a city break in Copenhagen...

10 things to do on a city break in Copenhagen

Stylish and laid-back, Copenhagen is the sort of place you visit and then fantasize about living in. There’s a reason, after all, that the Danes are consistently said to be the happiest people in the world, and after a few days here you’ll see why. It may not have a huge number of big attractions like Paris or London, but that’s not the point of Copenhagen: it’s about having a beer on the side of the river as cyclists cruise...

Jan 5, 2017

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10 things to do on a city break in Dubrovnik...

10 things to do on a city break in Dubrovnik

Timeless Dubrovnik never fails to enchant, despite becoming more and more popular every year – its walled Old Town of marble streets and terracotta-roofed houses is really quite magical. To get the most out of the city – without spending a fortune – check out Mary Novakovich’s list of the top 10 things to do in Dubrovnik. Walk the city walls OK, it’s not the cheapest thing to do, but you really shouldn’t miss the chance to walk along these...

Jan 4, 2017

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7-night summer holiday family breaks for under £250pp...

7-night summer holiday family breaks for under £250pp

A family holiday is one of the biggest ‘non-essential’ items that Brits spend money on each year (although we’d argue a relaxing break is completely essential!). We know it’s not easy getting a cheap deal during the school holidays, but it can be done – especially if you start hunting now. To prove it, we’ve scoured our site to find some of the best summer holiday bargains out there. Now, where’s that sun cream?! Please note: All prices were accurate...

Jan 3, 2017

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Hand luggage tips

Hand luggage tips

When going away on a city break or a short trip, travelling with just hand luggage can save you time and money, making your break less hassle and better value. However, you have to be careful not to fall foul of hand luggage size and weight restrictions. Here we outline the benefits of employing the hand-baggage-only technique and share our top tips on how to make your journey as easy as possible. What are the benefits of travelling light...