May 23, 2016

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Shakespeare’s Stratford: Walking in the footsteps of the Bard...

Shakespeare’s Stratford: Walking in the footsteps of the Bard

Have you ever said you’re in a “pickle”, have “green-eyed jealously” or called someone “bloody-minded”? Without knowing it, you’re quoting Shakespeare, the world-renowned playwright from Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. The way we communicate today is heavily influenced by the Bard of Avon so, while the 400th anniversary of William’s death is being marked this year, I decided to head to his birthplace and old stomping ground to learn more about what made him tick. Want to do the same?...

May 17, 2016

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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...

Apr 11, 2016

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

Am I entitled to compensation for a delayed flight?

No-one 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 European...

Apr 10, 2016

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Why I’m now a holiday park convert

Why I’m now a holiday park convert

When you’re on holiday with a toddler, the simple things in life suddenly become more important:  sleep, stress-free meal times, and activities that put a smile on everyone’s face. And that’s why, for the first time in my adult life, I decided that a holiday park was the place for our family summer holiday. We’d never been on a campsite with our one-year-old before, so I was slightly nervous – but here’s why I’d recommend it. We enjoyed...

Mar 30, 2016

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Should I travel to Egypt?

Should I travel to Egypt?

As a result of a plane crash on October 31, 2015 in Egypt’s Sinai region that claimed the lives of all 224 passengers, the British government has suspended flights to and from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. The situation left a number of British nationals stranded in Egypt, and, due to the nature of the incident, it may also be causing concern for those scheduled to fly to the popular resort in the coming weeks and months. UK carriers...

Mar 21, 2016

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10 reasons to read your travel insurance small print...

10 reasons to read your travel insurance small print

You’ve spent weeks planning your holiday, weighing up all of the options to find the perfect break for you. You’ve finally booked. Now what? It’s time to buy your travel insurance. OK, so this might not be the most exciting part of your getaway but it is essential to take out a comprehensive policy as soon as you book so you’re covered for everything from medical costs and lost possessions to cancellation. And  it’s a false economy to simply opt for...

Nov 17, 2015

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All-inclusive vs self-catering: The great holiday dilemma...

All-inclusive vs self-catering: The great holiday dilemma

If you’re planning your main 2016 holiday, the chances are you’ll be looking for the best value break for your money. And a common dilemma for holidaymakers looking for the most cost-effective holiday is which board type to go for. Some holidaymakers religiously travel on a self-catering basis in order to keep their costs to a minimum, while others are all-inclusive converts – but which will actually work out cheaper for you? Here we place the board types...

Nov 4, 2015

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How to spend two days in Manchester

How to spend two days in Manchester

Manchester is a city that never stays still, and over the last decade the hotel, restaurant and arts scenes have been seriously upping their games. From Batman-themed boutique hotels and original arts festivals to eateries opened by big-name chefs, there’s plenty to grab visitors’ attention in this northern powerhouse. And the capital of the north is enjoying some well-deserved attention from Lonely Planet at the moment after being included in the publication’s round-up of the best places to...

Nov 2, 2015

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Seven simple tips to get the best deal on your flights...

Seven simple tips to get the best deal on your flights

With charges for bags, taxes and administration fees, it has become harder to find cheap flights. However, there are still deals to be had if you know where to look and when to book. Just follow our seven simple money-saving tips below to avoid paying over the odds. 1. Timing is key Flights go on sale throughout the year but knowing when to look for them can help you to bag a bargain. Generally, the earlier you book,...

Sep 28, 2015

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Book your Christmas travel NOW

Book your Christmas travel NOW

The nights are drawing in, the summer holiday season is over for another year and many people’s next big focus will be Christmas. And although December 25 may seem like a long time away right now, it’s less than three months until Father Christmas will be hopping onto his sleigh and travelling around the world to deliver presents. While Father Christmas’ travel expenses are relatively modest – a few extra bowls of reindeer food, perhaps – the cost...

Sep 5, 2015

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Your 10-step plan to driving on holiday...

Your 10-step plan to driving on holiday

Flexibility and freedom are just a couple of the benefits you can gain from hiring a car on holiday. However, without a little forward planning, your road trip of a lifetime can easily become a highway to hell. To help you save money on your holiday motoring, and to prevent any potential pitfalls, follow our 10-step plan below. 1. Pre-book your hire car to make big savings If you’ve shopped around to find a killer holiday deal, don’t waste...

Jul 14, 2015

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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…...

May 12, 2015

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Your flight delay questions answered

Your flight delay questions answered

We receive a huge number of flight delay questions from customers every month so we’ve answered some of the most common ones in the videos below… Am I entitled to compensation for a delayed flight? If you are on a delayed flight, you may be entitled to welfare or compensation from your airline. Follow our simple checklist to find out if you are entitled to compensation under the EU261 rules. Did you arrive at your destination more than...

Apr 29, 2015

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10 incredibly simple ways to save on rail fares...

10 incredibly simple ways to save on rail fares

The school summer holidays are fast approaching and if you’re planning on travelling by train, why pay a penny more for your rail tickets than you need to? So, with advance tickets for the summer months starting to be released now (with fares at a fraction of the full walk-on rate), we’ve come up with 10 simple tips to save you money when travelling by train. 1. Snap up tickets as soon as they are released… Train tickets are generally...

Apr 2, 2015

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Style and the city: Pack right when you pack light...

Style and the city: Pack right when you pack light

Heels or trainers? Skinny jeans or little black dress? Packing a stylish wardrobe for a city break can be a tricky business – especially if you’re trying to shoehorn everything into your trusty carry-on bag to avoid extra luggage charges. But if you struggle with this task, at least you’re not alone. Here at TravelSupermarket, we’ve found that 35% of holidaymakers find it hard to fit everything into their hand luggage for a city break. What’s more, we...

Feb 17, 2015

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Nine exciting reasons to visit Birmingham...

Nine exciting reasons to visit Birmingham

Our recent blog post “Are these the world’s 11 most boring places?” has caused a bit of a stir on social media – especially among the residents of Birmingham. So, we challenged fans of the city to tweet us telling us why visitors should visit the home of Cadbury World and the Bullring using the hashtag #ExcitingBrum. Read nine of the top Twitter suggestions below. 1. @Prince_Moseley: Come on then, let’s tell @travelsupermkt why #brumsexciting. We will start with...

Jan 6, 2015

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Florida vs Dubai: The great holiday tug-of-war...

Florida vs Dubai: The great holiday tug-of-war

Are you looking for a wow factor sunshine break but can’t decide where to go? Let TravelSupermarket do the hard work for you as we place two popular hotspots head-to-head. In this holiday face-off, larger-than-life Florida takes on glitzy Dubai. Let the battle begin! Round one Stretches of sand such as those on Palm Beach and Key West, and trendy South Beach in Miami are world famous for good reason! Whether you lounge in luxury on a private...

Oct 30, 2014

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5 reasons to book your holiday early

5 reasons to book your holiday early

Savvy travellers know that booking a holiday well in advance is the key to bagging a bargain break; think of customers as the early birds and the juiciest holiday options as the worms. Here we round up five of the best reasons why you should act now to secure your dream holiday. 1. You can save up to 25% Let’s be blunt about this: the holiday industry wants you to book early. They are an organised lot and they...

Oct 22, 2014

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“I told you to turn right!” No 1 cause of holiday arguments revealed...

“I told you to turn right!” No 1 cause of holiday arguments revealed

I love Naples. My husband, on the other hand, declared he never wanted to return to the city after we took a wrong turn in our hire car shortly after arriving, on one trip, and ended up having to navigate dodgy backstreets for an hour in the blistering July sun. The wrong turn was his fault – of course! – but hubby and I aren’t alone in arguing over that classic holiday activity: map-reading. TravelSupermarket research has revealed...

Aug 22, 2014

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Volcanic ash disruption: What are your rights if Bardarbunga erupts?...

Volcanic ash disruption: What are your rights if Bardarbunga erupts?

If you’ve got a late summer holiday planned, news of activity in Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano may be worrying you. When another tongue-twistingly named Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, erupted in 2010, more than 100,000 flights were cancelled. So, is Bardarbunga about to blow and, if it does, what are your rights if your travel plans are disrupted? What’s the volcano doing at the moment and should I reschedule my travel plans? Bardarbunga hasn’t erupted yet, of course, but more than 300 earthquakes have...