Jul 19, 2016

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5 reasons you need travel insurance

5 reasons you need travel insurance

Two fifths of Brits have admitted to going on holiday without a travel insurance policy in place, according to our research. By doing so they are leaving themselves open to a range of risks that could be mitigated simply by spending a few pounds on a travel insurance policy. Here are five reasons you should never go on holiday without travel cover. 1. You’ll avoid hefty medical bills Here in the UK we are fortunate enough to generally only...

Jul 18, 2016

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Lowcost Travel Group collapse – what are your rights?...

Lowcost Travel Group collapse – what are your rights?

On July 15, 2016, Lowcost Travel Group (LCTG) announced its collapse due to the “recent and ongoing turbulent financial environment”. The news has thrown thousands of holidaymakers’ summer plans into jeopardy, with administrators estimating that approximately 110,000 have a future booking with the provider. A further 27,000 customers were on holiday with LCTG as of Friday. If you’ve been affected by the collapse, here we explain your rights and the next steps you should take. Who is the Lowcost...

Jul 13, 2016

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Half of Brits hit by hidden car hire fees – how can you avoid getting ripped off?...

Half of Brits hit by hidden car hire fees – how can you avoid getting ripped off?

Worried about renting a car on holiday? You’re not alone – according to recent TravelSupermarket research, more than half of Brits (51%) worry about hiring a vehicle on holiday. What’s more, a similar amount (53%) claim to have been overcharged when renting a car in the last five years. Last year alone, holidaymakers who hired a car abroad say that they were charged an average of £116.15 on top of the agreed base fee, so it’s no wonder car hire is such a concern...

Jul 12, 2016

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Where’s set to sizzle this summer and beyond?...

Where’s set to sizzle this summer and beyond?

With the big summer getaway almost upon us as schools up and down the UK break up, we decided to take a look at the holiday destinations that are proving to be popular on TravelSupermarket at the moment. From relaxing summer hotspots to exciting cities, these are the places Brits will be flocking to in the coming months. The Balearic Islands: a trusty favourite The four islands that make up Spain’s Balearics deliver memorable holidays to families, retirees,...

Jul 11, 2016

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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 in the sand and paddle in the sea. From cheery hotels to holiday parks, Britain has a great range of coastal accommodation, while you could also visit the hotspots we’ve picked out on a day trip if you live within striking distance by rail or car. Our round-up of the best British beaches includes a selection of...

Jul 8, 2016

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9 of the world’s most haunted attractions...

9 of the world’s most haunted attractions

Jump in the Ecto-1 and fire up your proton packs – the Ghostbusters are back in a new film with an all-female cast, on the hunt for ghastly creatures to prove that the dead exist among us. To save them a bit of trouble, we’ve done some research to find nine ghoulish attractions where the paranormal is, well, just normal. Would you be brave enough to visit these scary sights? 1. The Island of the Dolls, Mexico Whether led by Bill Murray or Kristen Wiig,...

Jul 7, 2016

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Revealed! The cheapest airport to go on holiday from this summer is…...

Revealed! The cheapest airport to go on holiday from this summer is…

Do southerners always get the best holiday deals due to a better choice of flights? Or are bargain breaks easier to find from northern and Scottish airports? With the peak holiday season upon us, we decided to crunch the numbers to find out who is getting the best prices on last-minute summer getaways. We looked at holidays in August to seven of the most popular destinations on TravelSupermarket to find out which UK airport is the champion of...

Jul 6, 2016

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If luxe could kill! The world’s grandest and most extravagant hotels...

If luxe could kill! The world’s grandest and most extravagant hotels

It’s been announced that a luxury hotel is to be built on the grounds of France’s Palace of Versailles. Sadly, the first guests will only be welcomed into Louis XIV’s former home in 2018 – although considering that £10 million is being spent on the project, we think it might be worth the wait. In the meantime, those in need of a similarly extravagant getaway can always check in to one of these opulent hotels, writes Tamara Hinson....

Jul 5, 2016

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Your essential guide to getting a new passport...

Your essential guide to getting a new passport

It’s an all too common travel scenario. You’ve made all your travel plans – booked, even bought a new swimsuit and are about to start packing – when you suddenly remember to check your passport … and realise it’s out of date. But with the peak summer season fast approaching, it’s time to dust off the old passport and make sure that everything is in order so nothing ruins your big holiday. So, how to ensure you don’t get caught out?...

Jun 29, 2016

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The 10 worst holiday blunders to avoid...

The 10 worst holiday blunders to avoid

Booking a holiday is an exciting time – so exciting, in fact, that it’s easy to get carried away and end up making a mistake or two that could spoil your break away. Here, we round up 10 of the worst holiday blunders and how to avoid them. 1. Booking the wrong destination/date In 2014, one couple booked flights to the Caribbean for what they thought was a bargain £800, but were turned away at Birmingham airport because their...

Jun 28, 2016

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What could Brexit mean for our holidays?...

What could Brexit mean for our holidays?

Following last week’s surprise Brexit result, you may be worrying about how the fallout from this momentous decision will affect your holidays. From consumer rights and the cost of a holiday, to passports and booze cruises, Brits are fretting over what has or will change. The most important thing to remember at the moment, however, is that all regulation will stay in place until we have negotiated an exit and a date is known for when we are...

Jun 27, 2016

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Why Lanzarote is one cool Canary

Why Lanzarote is one cool Canary

It’s almost dusk on Famara beach – the sweeping stretch of sand on Lanzarote’s north-west coast. A solitary runner weaves across the dunes; surfers ride the frothy waves against a backdrop of pink-tinged cliffs. In the nearby fishing hamlet where the streets are covered in sand, I tuck into tapas at surf hangout Hamburgueseria (‪El Calleron, Caleta de Famara) and soak up the barefoot, hippie vibe of the village. It’s about as far from ‘Lanzagrotty’, with its bad...

Jun 27, 2016

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The 9 worldwide music festivals you need to be at in 2016...

The 9 worldwide music festivals you need to be at in 2016

Glastonbury has been and gone for another year. If you were lucky enough to land a ticket to the muddiest Glastonbury in history, the post-festival blues have probably set in. If you missed out altogether, you might be itching to get your fix of festival fun. Well, don’t worry. The festival season is just getting started and there’s plenty of live music, art-inspired and cultural events going on all over the world. We round up some of the...

Jun 22, 2016

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The city attractions you MUST see this summer...

The city attractions you MUST see this summer

Fancy exploring a new city this summer but don’t know where to choose? Rome looks oh so tempting, but then again Barca has the beach. Well, if you’re on the fence about where to go on your next city adventure, we might be able to help you decide. Here are 10 amazing city attractions you can’t miss this summer. 1. The world’s longest tube slide in London Remember the ArcelorMittal Orbit? You know, that big, red metal tower that was...

Jun 22, 2016

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The ancient sites that should be on your bucket list...

The ancient sites that should be on your bucket list

Wherever you travel, stories and reminders of past civilisations are there to be taken in and learnt from. Just this month, for example, archaeologists discovered a huge platform buried beneath the sands of the lost city of Petra. The massive structure, which measures 184ft by 161ft, has been sitting hidden beneath the noses of archaeologists for years. It took satellite imagery to finally unearth the colossal platform, which is completely unlike anything previously found in the area. While the experts...

Jun 21, 2016

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Expert opinion: Are hidden airline fees fair?...

Expert opinion: Are hidden airline fees fair?

From charges to change your name on a booking to a fee to print out boarding passes, extra flight charges make us see red. But a crackdown might change this. In mid-June it was announced that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), who govern the UK airline industry on behalf of the UK Government, was launching an enquiry into whether the charges imposed by airlines for booking, changing details and administration fees are presented in an ‘open and clear...

Jun 21, 2016

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Revealed! How to do Salou with kids

Revealed! How to do Salou with kids

Salou on the Costa Dorada, 10km from Tarragona, is a brilliant destination to visit with kids, writes Catherine Cooper. The beaches are stunning, the average temperature in July is 25C and, by August, the average sea temperature is the same. Where to stay with kids There are plenty of family-friendly hotels in the town – many of which have entertainment laid on for both children and adults. One of the most popular is H10 Salauris Palace, close to...

Jun 13, 2016

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How to avoid the Euros completely

How to avoid the Euros completely

Red or blue. 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. City or United. Beautiful Game or over-paid men kicking a ball around – when it comes to division in sport, football cuts the world in half. Everyone has an opinion on the game. Some can’t live without it, others can’t stand the thought of watching 22 men run around for 90 minutes. If you fall into the latter category, you’ll probably want to avoid the 2016 UEFA European Championship (the Euros) completely,...

Jun 13, 2016

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Airline rules you must stick to or you’re grounded...

Airline rules you must stick to or you’re grounded

Last month easyJet announced a new rule for its passengers travelling from London Gatwick – their biggest base in Europe: fail to clear the entry barrier to the security area 30 minutes prior to your departure and you will be bumped from the flight. There are many rules that will cost you either your flight or a serious amount of cash if you don’t follow them when you fly. We round up five of the ways you could...

Jun 13, 2016

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Spectacular places around the world to watch outdoor films...

Spectacular places around the world to watch outdoor films

This summer, the Tower of London’s moat will be transformed into an open-air cinema, with blockbusters being shown on an enormous screen. Films will only be shown on three days in August, but if you can’t snap up a ticket, don’t worry, writes Tamara Hinson – just head to one of these spectacular outdoor cinemas, instead: Sail-In Cinema, Toronto, Canada There’s one thing we love more than a floating cinema, and it’s a floating screen which is free...

Jun 6, 2016

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Secret Spain: 10 unique ways to escape the tourist trail...

Secret Spain: 10 unique ways to escape the tourist trail

Just like the perfect sangria, travel in Spain is best served with a splash of variety, writes Anita Isalska. These Spanish secrets, from crowd-free beaches to gourmet getaways, are guaranteed to transform your holiday from memorable to magical. So grab your camera, some sunscreen, and leave enough suitcase space for wine bottles. Abandon yourself to the charms of these 10 lesser-known experiences in Spain: 1. Savour alternative tapas culture in Bilbao Consider yourself a tapas connoisseur? Let your...

Jun 6, 2016

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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....

Jun 6, 2016

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11 European beaches you must see before you die...

11 European beaches you must see before you die

Ah, the beach. The traditional focal point of many a holiday. Sweeping golden sands, fresh sea air and a chance to let all of life’s stresses melt away. But not all beaches were made equal. Some have been blessed with waters so clear, surroundings so dramatic, that they just aren’t like the others. It’s this kind of beach that we dream about at 8am on a rainy Monday morning: the idyllic spot of paradise where emails remain unread...

Jun 1, 2016

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Would you go on holiday without travel insurance?...

Would you go on holiday without travel insurance?

Travel insurance: it’s not the most exciting part of a holiday. In the end though, you buy a policy just to be on the safe side. Don’t you? Well, a massive 46% of Brits have taken the risk and travelled without insurance at some point, according to our latest research. And that’s not even the half of it! Men are the worst culprits, with 59% admitting they have travelled cover-free, while 40% of women have also taken the...

May 31, 2016

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Post bank holiday blues? Last-minute June deals from £132pp to cheer you up...

Post bank holiday blues? Last-minute June deals from £132pp to cheer you up

Do you have the back-to-work blues after a sunny bank holiday in the garden? Or perhaps you feel hard done by after hearing all about your smug colleagues’ long weekend adventures while you were stuck at home doing the DIY? To raise those dampened spirits, get another break in the diary. To help you get away for less, we’ve searched TravelSupermarket for some of the hottest deals in June. Beach beauties from £132pp Majorca: a sun-drenched classic  How much?...

May 31, 2016

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Unusual and bizarre skyscrapers around the world...

Unusual and bizarre skyscrapers around the world

Plans for London’s second tallest building have been revealed – and it’s made from wood, writes Tamara Hinson. With this in mind, we’ve looked to the skies and compiled a round-up of the world’s most unusual skyscrapers, ranging from the world’s tallest clock tower to a rotating structure in the Kuwaiti desert. Soon-to-be the world’s tallest wooden building: The Oakwood Tower, London Steel and concrete are all well and good, but traditionalists will be pleased to know that...

May 31, 2016

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Swap the sun lounger for a REAL Algarve adventure...

Swap the sun lounger for a REAL Algarve adventure

A sight I never thought I’d see: miles of empty Algarve beach. After a glorious morning of kayaking pristine coastal lagoons – the stillness interrupted only by the flap of flamingos’ wings or a grizzled fisherman collecting clams from traps – I’ve stopped to rest. And I don’t mind admitting I’m feeling rather smug. A gorgeous stretch of golden sand curves off into the distance, its furthest reaches out of sight, and I’ve got it all to myself....

May 24, 2016

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Weird and wonderful ideas for the May bank holiday weekend...

Weird and wonderful ideas for the May bank holiday weekend

Wondering what to do for the upcoming bank holiday? We’ve come to the rescue with some unusual activities and attractions, ranging from a nightclub for kids to an exhibition about underwear. So, ditch the DIY and think differently over the long weekend, writes Tamara Hinson. Take your kids to London’s Ministry of Sound Yes, really. Raves are no longer adult-only events, if this knees up is anything to go by. For a family day out with a difference,...

May 24, 2016

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This summer’s best-value destinations: Where will your pound go further?...

This summer’s best-value destinations: Where will your pound go further?

Uncertainty over Britain’s future within the European Union has helped contribute to fluctuations in the value of the pound against the euro over the course of 2016 so far. The pound’s value dropped to as low as €1.23 in April 2016 from €1.42 in November 2015 (today’s value is €1.30), meaning Brits looking to holiday in Europe could get less for their pound than usual. That’s big news when you’re trying to keep costs down while you’re away. But...

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 23, 2016

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9 things you probably didn’t know about Lanzarote...

9 things you probably didn’t know about Lanzarote

With golden beaches, year-round sunshine and just enough nightlife, Lanzarote is a beach-break classic, though you probably already know that this Canary Island is a little offbeat. You might have heard about cave-dwelling blind albino crabs and artfully reimagined volcanic bubbles. Perhaps you’ve clapped eyes on the moon-like landscape around the Fire Mountains of Timanfaya, or held on tight as a friendly camel transports you around the dunes of ash-grey sand. Maybe – just as you’ve pigeonholed the...

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...

May 16, 2016

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Airline food: The best things to eat at 30,000 feet...

Airline food: The best things to eat at 30,000 feet

Now you can get a head start on indulgent holiday vibes and start your break feeling tip-top by jumping on the latest traveller trend: packing your own delicious plane food, writes Emma Ledger. Venerable luxury-grub purveyor Fortnum & Mason is leading the way with the launch of ‘onboard dining’ hampers from their store at Heathrow Terminal 5. Holidaymakers can choose from five menus designed to taste good when travelling above the clouds. They include some of Fortnum’s most...

May 16, 2016

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European Championships: THE last-minute travel guide for fans...

European Championships: THE last-minute travel guide for fans

We’ve barely had the chance to catch our breath after the most exciting Premier League competition in history and already the European Championships are almost upon us. More than one million visitors from overseas are expected to descend upon France during the tournament, with football fans from all over the continent heading over to cheer on their team. The football festivities kick off on June 10 when the hosts France take on Romania in the opening ceremony and the atmosphere...

May 9, 2016

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Your essential checklist when hiring a car...

Your essential checklist when hiring a car

Renting cars abroad has been popular with Brits for generations and having the freedom to explore the open road can really turn a holiday into an adventure. But renting a hire car can be a bit of a headache if you don’t plan properly. Time and time again, we hear from holidaymakers who’ve been caught out and ended up footing the bill for something they could have avoided. So, to prevent this being you, we spoke to a number of experts in...

May 9, 2016

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The most iconic music locations in Europe...

The most iconic music locations in Europe

The final of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place on May 14, and 42 years after Swedish band Abba won the competition with Waterloo in Brighton, the contest will be held in Stockholm. So, we decided to pay our own little tribute to Europe’s music scene with a round-up of the most iconic music locations, writes Tamara Hinson. Abba: The Museum, Stockholm, Sweden Must-see exhibits at this musical museum include the helicopter which Abba posed in for the...

May 9, 2016

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Bag a bargain! Last-minute sunshine escapes for less than £300pp...

Bag a bargain! Last-minute sunshine escapes for less than £300pp

Not booked your big summer getaway yet? Don’t panic! There are plenty of early sunshine breaks up for grabs at bargain prices. To help with some holiday inspiration, we’ve done the hard work for you and trawled TravelSupermarket to find some of the most tempting deals available. So, escape before the masses and book a last-minute sun escape today. A classic Greek island retreat: Corfu How much? £170pp from London Luton for seven nights Olive groves, rugged mountains and long...

May 9, 2016

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Revealed! How to do Amsterdam with kids...

Revealed! How to do Amsterdam with kids

With its red light district and dope ‘coffeeshops’, Amsterdam might not be the first place that springs to mind for a break with the kids, but this small-scale, manageable city of boats and bicycles, fun museums and outdoor diversions, has much to keep a family blithe and busy. Amsterdammers’ penchant for quirkiness and sense of play adds spice to the mix, writes Rodney Bolt. Where to stay with kids Kids love the off-the-wall atmosphere at Ecomama, with its indoor...

May 3, 2016

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In pictures: 8 places that look like they’re from another planet...

In pictures: 8 places that look like they’re from another planet

Ever dreamed of leaving this world behind and venturing into the great unknown of outer space? Well, it turns out there are some very enticing Earth-bound alternatives until those shuttle services are up and running. These eight extraordinary landscapes right here on this planet have more than a hint of the intergalactic about them, writes Sally Coffey. 1. Lapland, Finland To fully appreciate this mind-boggling collection of snow sculptures you must visit in the depths of Finnish winter...

May 3, 2016

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Revealed! How to do Dubai with kids

Revealed! How to do Dubai with kids

With eight months of glorious weather, beautiful beaches and kid-friendly attractions galore, Dubai is perfect for families. It’s also one of the most expensive winter sun destinations around, but it is possible to holiday here without breaking the bank, writes Lara Brunt. Where to stay with kids Forgo the pricey beach resort in favour of a mid-range hotel with an outdoor pool and free shuttle bus to the beach, such as Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Mall of the...