Feb 1, 2016

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Booking now vs booking late: The great holiday dilemma...

Booking now vs booking late: The great holiday dilemma

The Christmas holidays are a long, distant memory and your New Year’s resolution has already become a tedious ordeal. What could possibly pull you from the rigours of a post-festive slump? Why, booking your big summer 2016 holiday, of course. Whether you are planning a week in the sun, a city break for a long weekend or your main family getaway, you will be deluged with advertising shouting about holiday deals and offers. And, of course, getting organised...

Jan 26, 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 February 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...

Jan 19, 2016

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How to book your next holiday with confidence...

How to book your next holiday with confidence

With the influx of travel ads on the TV at the moment, and the freezing weather, many of us have already turned our attention to booking that all-important summer holiday or maybe even a series of breaks for 2016. Will it be the Med or somewhere far-flung? A beach break or a city trip? A cruise or a self-drive adventure? Whatever you choose, make sure you book your holiday safely and securely to avoid any travel-related disasters later...

Jan 13, 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. But, despite the recent terrible explosion in Istanbul on January 12, two explosions in Ankara on October 10, 2015 and trouble in the wider geographical region, the majority of Turkey remains a safe place for holidaymakers. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not changed its stance on Turkey...

Jan 7, 2016

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Revealed! How to get the best deals this January...

Revealed! How to get the best deals this January

The annual push by the travel industry for 2016 holidays is here. You can’t escape the sheer volume of advertising that’s hit our TVs, newspapers, billboards and even our online browsing in the last week or so. From our very own cool German Nico with his budgie-smuggling trunks, through to the cutesy Thomson bear, there are lots of offers and brands after your attention. But how do you wade through the sea of bargains to actually find a...

Dec 23, 2015

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Where you HAVE to go in 2016

Where you HAVE to go in 2016

I’m counting down the hours to 2016! My enthusiasm around welcoming in a new year is not due to the desire to end a bad 2015, though. Instead, I’m excited about my annual leave entitlement returning to its full quota so I can get planning my next adventure. If you’re itching to get your next break booked too, here we reveal the destinations you should be heading to in 2016 to ensure you have a great getaway (and...

Dec 8, 2015

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Desperate to escape? Surprisingly cheap last-minute getaways...

Desperate to escape? Surprisingly cheap last-minute getaways

With less than three weeks until Christmas, it’s not too late to book a last-minute getaway ahead of December 25 for some winter sunshine – and a cheeky festive tan. Alternatively, if you fancy escaping the festive frenzy and spending Christmas day itself abroad, there’s still availability. Or, if you love all things Santa-related but know you’ll need a boost in January, there are bargains around in early 2016 too. So, to add some sparkle to your festive...

Nov 16, 2015

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10 top holiday bugbears

10 top holiday bugbears

When we go away for a well-deserved break, 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 the TravelSupermarket...

Nov 3, 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...

Oct 27, 2015

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Revealed! The cheapest airport to fly from in the UK is…...

Revealed! The cheapest airport to fly from in the UK is…

We receive many comments on our blog from northerners complaining that southerners have far more choice when it comes to airports so it’s always cheaper to depart from London. Yet southerners tend to respond that demand is so high in their area that flights are often nearly sold out resulting in higher prices in the end. So, to put an end to the debate, we’ve done some research to find out who actually gets the cheapest airfares in...

Oct 5, 2015

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Save almost £500 on half-term extras this October...

Save almost £500 on half-term extras this October

With less than three weeks left until the big October getaway, many of us who are taking a break still won’t have organised holiday extras such as foreign currency, airport parking and travel insurance. Leaving all this sometimes boring but necessary stuff until it’s too late, then panic buying, means you risk paying over the odds for holiday items that can be found much cheaper with a little planning. Here’s how you could save almost £500 on travel extras this school half-term break. Travel...

Sep 25, 2015

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Hand Luggage Tips

Hand Luggage Tips

When going away on a city break or a short trip, travelling with hand luggage only will not only save you time, it can also save you pounds on checking in your luggage, making your break even better value for money. However, you have to be careful not to fall foul of hand luggage size and weight restrictions. Here are the benefits of employing the hand-baggage-only technique and our top tips on how to make your journey as easy...

Sep 14, 2015

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7 tips for slashing your costs on a city break...

7 tips for slashing your costs on a city break

With budget airlines offering £19.99 flights to somewhere in Europe that it would have taken our ancestors a month to reach in a horse and cart, city breaks can sound pretty tempting these days. Until, that is, you start to factor in accommodation, eating out, transport, entrance fees, spending money… suddenly it all starts to seem less affordable. The trick, though, is to stay cost-conscious throughout every stage of your journey. We’re not talking a Scrooge’s holiday here – in...

Sep 7, 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....

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 a hotel for a short break, 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...

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 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...