Aug 27, 2015

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Still looking for some sun? We round up last-minute inspirational deals at under £250 per person...

Still looking for some sun? We round up last-minute inspirational deals at under £250 per person

With the UK summer turning into a washout, Brits have been racing to book last-minute sunshine holiday deals. And, with prices rising due to lack of stock, you would be forgiven for thinking you cannot find a bargain. Fear not, because we’ve found seven deals for under £250 if you can get away during September. Go Greek There are bargains galore across the Greek islands this September. Zante is a great choice, with both quiet resorts and full...

Aug 26, 2015

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How to book hotels for less

How to book hotels for less

If you’re looking to book hotels for short breaks, work or even just a night out with friends, it’s always worth considering how you can cut the cost of your stay. Follow my top tips and bag a bed for less. 1. Do your research Finding the right hotel takes up the majority of my time when I’m booking a trip. It’s important to get it right so I use a good guide book or website to locate the...

Aug 24, 2015

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Can’t travel light? Which airline has the best checked-in luggage allowance?...

Can’t travel light? Which airline has the best checked-in luggage allowance?

Low-cost airlines have brought with them the trend of travelling with one piece of hand luggage only, packed to the gunnels. The aim? To avoid paying for checked-in luggage. And travellers have employed increasingly ingenious ways of carrying more on board – although we don’t recommend the antics of boy band member James McElvar. He was the guy who wore 12 layers of clothing recently in an attempt to avoid paying £45 for baggage on an easyJet flight...

Aug 18, 2015

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Avoid a visa rip-off!

Avoid a visa rip-off!

The Indian government has recently confirmed that it will extend the online electronic visa service to UK visitors (the e-Tourist Visa), which is excellent news for Brits planning a winter sun holiday to Goa. Not only will this make it easier to apply for – there is no longer the need to send in documentation or make an appointment to visit the Indian visa agency in London – it is also cheaper with a cost of $60 (£39)...

Aug 18, 2015

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10 top holiday bugbears

10 top holiday bugbears

As we hit the beach in our millions this summer, we like to think it will all be smiles, relaxed times and fun for everyone. But holidays are just like life: they have their annoying bits, too. Oddly enough, studies have been conducted into those annoying bits, showing precisely what we find most irritating about travel. So, we’ve compiled the results of various surveys, thrown in a few anecdotes and distilled the rants of the best travelled types at...

Aug 17, 2015

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Should I go to Greece this summer?

Should I go to Greece this summer?

Planning to travel to Greece this summer? You might still be questioning the destination as the choice of your holiday after months of news around Greek bailouts, demonstrations in Athens, talks of a “Grexit” (or Greece leaving the euro) and, more recently, news of migrants landing on islands such as Kos and Lesbos as they flee from countries including Syria. But is this all a media storm? What’s it really like at the moment in the ever-popular resorts spread across...

Aug 10, 2015

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How to make a successful travel insurance claim...

How to make a successful travel insurance claim

With the summer holiday season in full swing, no-one wants to dampen high spirits by thinking about something going wrong. That’s why we buy travel insurance: to protect us and give us a sense of security in our holiday plans. But, even if you try to cover all eventualities, a claim could still be rejected with common reasons including not actually being covered for the item you are claiming for, taking part in activities that aren’t included in the...

Aug 10, 2015

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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 into golden sand or paddle in the sea. From cheery hotels to holiday parks, Britain has a great range of coastal accommodation. Or you could visit our sandy gems on a day trip if you live within striking distance by rail or car. Our round-up of the best British beaches includes the cream of the...

Jul 23, 2015

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Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Those who have read the reports about the recent bomb attack in Turkey may be feeling apprehensive about the safety of the country, especially if you are preparing for a holiday there this summer. Despite Monday’s (June 20, 2015) terrible incident and the trouble in the wider region, the majority of Turkey remains a safe place for holidaymakers. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not changed its stance on Turkey and the vast majority of the country remains in...

Jul 15, 2015

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5 ways to cut the cost of car hire

5 ways to cut the cost of car hire

With summer in full swing, many of us will be travelling away for a well-earned break in the UK, Europe and beyond. And for those booking a rental car to make more of their holiday, it’s important to make the right car hire choices to ensure your break away doesn’t end in financial disaster. Here, we show you five ways to slash the cost of your car rental without compromising on quality. 1. Pre-book and save a fortune...

Jul 14, 2015

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We’re all going on a summer holiday! The top last-minute deals...

We’re all going on a summer holiday! The top last-minute deals

With summer in full swing and schools starting to break up, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all holidays are booked up already. But fear not! We’ve rounded up some late summer deals for families and couples who want to get away before the August bank holiday. Get your sunglasses and sun-cream at the ready! 1. Majorca from £376pp This firm favourite with holidaymakers is just over two hours from the UK. Choose between cute little sandy coves or...

Jul 14, 2015

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Should I travel to Tunisia?

Should I travel to Tunisia?

Following the deadly Tunisian terror attack in the resort of Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, on June 26 – as well as the earlier atrocity in Tunis on March 18 – many holidaymakers will be nervously wondering whether they should still travel to this popular sunshine destination. Current Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice warns against all but essential travel to Tunisia, and travel operators are evacuating their guests out of the country (Thomas Cook, for example, has already safely...

Jul 8, 2015

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Save up to £1,250 on your summer holiday extras...

Save up to £1,250 on your summer holiday extras

With schools breaking up across the country, many families will be eagerly anticipating their summer holiday. But, without a spot of planning, the cost of a getaway can easily escalate when you’ve added on all of your essential extras – such as car hire, airport parking and travel money. However, if you get organised you can make huge savings on these extras – meaning you have more to spend while on the holiday itself. Here’s how to save....

Jun 29, 2015

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7 ways to save on your holiday this summer...

7 ways to save on your holiday this summer

Hmmm, Wimbledon’s begun, Glastonbury’s just gone and it’s feeling decidedly toasty. It must (at last!) be summer. Now the big question is where to chase that lovely sun for your holiday without melting your credit card in the process. The seasonal holiday sales are tempting us with sizzling deals, but they’re not the only way to save money. As well as great suggestions for where to go and what to do on holiday this summer, here are some clever...

Jun 9, 2015

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Avoid driving licence confusion when hiring a car...

Avoid driving licence confusion when hiring a car

New rules came into force on June 8 as the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) abolished the paper counterparts to our driving licences. And this change may affect how you rent a car so, to help you avoid any confusion when travelling this summer, here’s what you need to know. What’s changed? On June 8 the DVLA scrapped paper licences. It will no longer issue or update the paper licence counterpart for everything from motoring offences to what types of vehicle...

Jun 2, 2015

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The dos and don’ts of renting a villa...

The dos and don’ts of renting a villa

If you like the idea of your very own holiday home in the sun, you may be surprised at how easy it is to research, book and take a villa break. Read our dos and don’ts on renting a villa to ensure you enjoy the best holiday for you. Don’t assume a villa holiday isn’t for you You don’t have to be a celebrity or loaded with cash to afford your own temporary holiday home. With a huge supply of...

Jun 2, 2015

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Do you know your travel rights?

Do you know your travel rights?

Travelling is a wonderful experience. However, on occasion, things can go wrong. But you have a range of travel rights that are there to protect you for everything from a delayed ferry trip and lost baggage to flights being grounded or running late. Read our low-down on the keys things to be aware of when booking and travelling to prevent anything ruining a well-deserved break. Package holidays are wrapped in protection Booking a holiday with ATOL protection ensures...

May 28, 2015

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11 tips for a first-time Caribbean cruiser...

11 tips for a first-time Caribbean cruiser

Gliding around the Caribbean on a glamorous cruise liner is certainly one of the most stylish ways to explore the region. It usually takes a cruise or two to learn the ropes, but our insider’s guide from a seasoned cruiser will have you striding aboard like an old (deck) hand. 1. Pick the right ship… The key to any cruise voyage is choosing the right ship to suit your holiday mood and style. The last thing you want is to...

May 25, 2015

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5 great cruise holiday destinations for 2015...

5 great cruise holiday destinations for 2015

Cruising remains one of the hottest holiday tickets on offer – in fact, over the last year, the number of people taking cruise holidays has grown globally by nearly 12%, according to the CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association). Many love the all-inclusive nature, the excellent range and quality of food and drink, the variety of entertainment included and, of course, the range of different ports to visit from one day to the next. So where are the big...

May 18, 2015

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Don’t get the holiday blues! How to make a travel complaint...

Don’t get the holiday blues!  How to make a travel complaint

Investing money in holidays, whether on our big main getaway or just a weekend break recharge, is supposed to give us a wonderful care-free escape full of memorable experiences. Yet, on occasion, things do go wrong. But there are ways of dealing with unwanted situations which can rescue a holiday before it goes irrecoverably wrong. And there are ways to follow up your complaint back home in the UK. Follow these simple steps to get the right outcome for you....