May 3, 2016

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How to get the best holiday money deals...

How to get the best holiday money deals

Whether you’re heading off for a short city break or on your main summer holiday, you’re going to need some spending money. And, as we all like to think we’re great at getting a holiday deal, it’s surprising that so many of us fail to do the same when it comes to our holiday cash, often falling back on the easiest option on offer. But, read on to find out how easy it can be to save big...

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...

May 3, 2016

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Revealed! What’s still left for May half term?...

Revealed! What’s still left for May half term?

Glorious May: what are we to do with you? Slap bang in the middle of the year when we should have one thrifty eye cast on our summer holidays, you come along and tempt us with a half term break at the end of the month – oh, how cruel you are. The last chance to get away as a family before summer, May can be a great value option. And the good news? It’s not too late...

Apr 25, 2016

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Revealed! The cheapest summer city break destination is…...

Revealed! The cheapest summer city break destination is…

There’s nothing quite like discovering the sights, sounds and tastes of a new city; especially when you don’t have to break the bank to do it. And with brighter weather starting to warm up cities all over Europe, the coming months are a great time to get away. So, to help you have a city adventure for less, we’ve rounded up some of cheapest city breaks found over the summer months on TravelSupermarket. To give you an idea of the total cost of your break, we’ve...

Apr 18, 2016

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Bargain breaks! How far could your budget take you this summer?...

Bargain breaks! How far could your budget take you this summer?

Recent research from TravelSupermarket revealed that it could actually be cheaper for families to travel to Thailand this summer than Ibiza or Menorca. “That can’t be right!” we hear you cry. But as Brits are turning their backs on previous firm favourites such as Turkey and Egypt, prices to ‘safe’ western Mediterranean destinations such as Spain are rising due to demand. So, it can pay to look for deals a little further afield to get more for your money. To show...

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 4, 2016

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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...

Mar 21, 2016

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Bag a bargain! UK spring escapes for £99 or less...

Bag a bargain! UK spring escapes for £99 or less

After a long, cold winter, the weather is getting warmer, the days longer and the sun is starting to put his hat on more often – spring has finally sprung in the UK! And when the weather is good in Great Britain, it really does take some beating in terms of good value, beauty-filled short escapes. We’ve really got the lot right here in our back garden. So, if you’re yearning for a sneaky, guilt-free getaway, we’ve rounded...

Mar 11, 2016

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Bag a bargain! Spring getaways from £99...

Bag a bargain! Spring getaways from £99

Having endured a few weeks of single-figure temperatures and lashing rain, it’s tempting to think about booking a break before summer arrives. Here at TravelSupermarket, we are always giving in to holiday temptation, taking every chance we can for a getaway. Can we inspire you to join our gang with some of the affordable deals we discovered when planning and comparing deals on our website? We found bargain breaks for every budget, so you can get away this...

Mar 8, 2016

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Revealed! How to save more than £900 this Easter...

Revealed! How to save more than £900 this Easter

You might have secured a great deal on your Easter flights and hotel by booking well in advance, but that doesn’t mean you can just sit back and sort everything else out at the last minute. You’ve probably still got all sorts of extras – from car hire to travel insurance – still to take care of and by leaving it late you could end up paying well over the odds for holiday essentials. Not to worry though. We’re here...

Mar 7, 2016

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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 last summer in an attempt to avoid paying £45 for baggage on an easyJet flight...

Mar 1, 2016

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Bag a bargain! 7 European city breaks for £99 or less...

Bag a bargain! 7 European city breaks for £99 or less

With Christmas long gone and summer still a shimmering spot on the horizon, we’ve arrived at that strange point in the year – a kind of holiday limbo. The big question is do you stick or twist? A quick break now would be oh-so tempting, but there’s the big break in the summer to save for too. If only you didn’t have to break the bank to travel! Well, the good news is you don’t. We’ve scoured the internet...

Feb 29, 2016

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Revealed! What’s still left this Easter?...

Revealed! What’s still left this Easter?

With less than four weeks until the Easter break, you may think it’s too late to start looking for a trip away. But there’s still plenty on offer if you want to escape from the daily grind. From country cottage retreats to adventures on distant shores, and city breaks to a date with the Pope, we round up some great ideas for last-minute getaways. A classic winter sun escape: Tenerife How much? £401pp for seven nights from Glasgow...

Feb 16, 2016

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Revealed! 7 ways to cut the cost of long-haul flights...

Revealed! 7 ways to cut the cost of long-haul flights

With so many options when it comes to long-haul airlines, it’s never been easier to fly to an exotic destination on the other side of the world ­– in 2017, you might even be able to fly non-stop from London to Perth. But, unless you know how to find a bargain, flying to far-flung locations can hit your wallet where it hurts. To help prevent this, we’ve put together some top tips to help you get that once-in-a-life-time...

Feb 16, 2016

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Bag a bargain! 7 sunny beach holidays for £250 or less...

Bag a bargain! 7 sunny beach holidays for £250 or less

We don’t know about you, but the recent cold snap means we’re already counting down to the long sunny days of summer and lazy holidays on the beach. And, the good news is, getting away for a dose of vitamin D doesn’t need to cost a fortune. To help you escape for less, we’ve done some digging to reveal seven early summer deals for less than £250 per person (pp). So, read on and get ready to relax! 1....

Feb 8, 2016

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7 hotel rip-offs and how to avoid them...

7 hotel rip-offs and how to avoid them

We scrimp and save all year for a big holiday, so that last thing we want is to get fleeced on avoidable costs when we get there. And, even though you’re set for a couple of night’s relaxation, don’t let your holiday good mood cloud your judgement. To help you stay ahead of the game, familiarise yourself with some common hotel rip-offs. Rip-off #1: Mini-bar madness We all love a bit of a splurge on holiday, but there are some areas...

Feb 2, 2016

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The cheapest five-star city break is…...

The cheapest five-star city break is…

Us Brits love a bargain. Especially when it comes to getting away. In fact, according to recent research by TravelSupermarket, our holiday choices are often motivated by the cheap deals we can find. Of course, getting away for less doesn’t mean you necessarily want to skimp on the little luxuries that make you feel like you’ve escaped the nine-to-five. Quite the opposite. So, if you like the sound of a five-star city break for a three-star price tag, read...

Feb 2, 2016

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Revealed! How to do London with kids

Revealed! How to do London with kids

It’s the UK’s biggest city and boasts some of the country’s most famous landmarks, from Big Ben and Tower Bridge to the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. And although London is crammed with pricey designer shops, high-end eateries and glitzy nightclubs, it’s also home to hundreds of family-friendly restaurants and attractions, writes Fiona Whitty. The biggest problem is where to start. Allow us to help… Where to stay with kids The three designer-led Nadler Hotels are in great...

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 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 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...

Dec 8, 2015

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The ultimate Christmas travel guide

The ultimate Christmas travel guide

It’s the time of year when dodgy festive jumpers are acceptable and mulled wine is flowing freely. And many of us are excitedly making travel plans to visit family and friends in the UK, abroad, or even anticipating a toasty Christmas on the beach. But travelling at one of the busiest times of the year can be stressful, so here are our top tips to prevent anything ruining your festive cheer. 1. Remember the basics Going abroad? Lucky you! But at this...

Nov 24, 2015

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How to book a New Year break on a budget...

How to book a New Year break on a budget

New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year. It can also be an occasion where you feel compelled to spend a small fortune to make special. But wait, even if you’re looking to go away, there’s no need to wake up on January 1 regretting a splurge. No matter how late you’ve left booking a break, here are a some handy tips to help you keep the costs down while still enjoying a big end-of-year knees up away...

Nov 23, 2015

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7 holiday rip-offs and how to avoid them...

7 holiday rip-offs and how to avoid them

Nothing ruins fabulous travel memories more than a right royal holiday rip-off. And there are plenty of them. From sneaky debit card charges to scamming holiday companies, rip-offs can fiddle holidaymakers out of hundreds of pounds. However, the good news is that many of these money-wasters are avoidable if you know what to look out for. Here are some of the classic rip-offs – and how to protect yourself. Rip-off #1: The vanishing holiday company Before you’ve even left...

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 10, 2015

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7 flight rip-offs and how to avoid them...

7 flight rip-offs and how to avoid them

Finding cheap flights online can sometimes feel like making your way through a rainforest without a map – it’s easy to get lost. Instead of poisonous snakes, hazardous pitfalls and the prospect of starving to death, you’re dodging extra fees and sneaky hidden charges. But don’t fret. We’re here to help you navigate the airfare jungle – think of us like Bear Grylls without the predetermined scenarios. Rip-off #1: Being charged for honest mistakes After hours online searching for the...

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,...

Nov 2, 2015

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Revealed! How to travel in style in economy class...

Revealed! How to travel in style in economy class

Many of us long to get on a plane and turn left into business class, but until we win the Lottery, economy class is where we end up. But don’t despair! While long-haul flights in economy class are no one’s idea of fun, with a few hacks you can turn them into more pleasurable experiences. No, you might not lie flat, but here we give you the inside track on how you can have a meal with a proper...

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 19, 2015

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10 fun things to do for under £10 this half term...

10 fun things to do for under £10 this half term

Keeping the kids entertained on the cheap during half term can be a challenge. But being strapped for cash shouldn’t mean you have to be short on ideas. There are plenty of things to see, do and experience this October half term – and not one of our suggestions will cost you more than a tenner. Here are a few ideas for cheap and fun activities during half term: 1. Venture into the great outdoors Okay, so the...

Oct 19, 2015

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The best places for budget winter sun...

The best places for budget winter sun

That’s it. It’s over. Sorry if you missed it but another “great British summer” has been and gone. It’s time for the falling temperatures of autumn and the chilly winds of winter. Don’t panic if you didn’t get a fair share of fair weather this year; all is not lost. The nights might be drawing in at home, but there are still plenty of places, near and far, where the sun continues to shine during the British winter. With...

Oct 13, 2015

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The dos and don’ts of a ski holiday...

The dos and don’ts of a ski holiday

Incredible alpine panoramic views, thrilling downhill descents and epic après-ski parties – they are all yours for the taking on a holiday on the slopes. But wait! Before you start shopping for salopettes, there are a few things you need to remember. Luckily for you, we’ve got your back – our handy list of dos and don’ts will make sure your next ski holiday is memorable for the right reasons. Getting the gear Do: Borrow everything you can...

Oct 12, 2015

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Skiing pricey? Seven tips for a budget break on the snow...

Skiing pricey? Seven tips for a budget break on the snow

Think ski and snowboard holidays and you might think: expensive equipment, wince-inducing baggage charges… and Prince Charles at Klosters, writes Jessica Bown. In other words, holidays to keep your wallet away from. But be savvy, and you can have plenty of fun on the snow for less. Here are our top tips for winter sports holidays on a budget. 1. Get kitted out for a bargain Even just preparing for a winter sports trip can make a big...

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 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...

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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How to do the Greek islands on a budget...

How to do the Greek islands on a budget

Greece has thousands of islands. Some, like tiny Kastellorizo, are no more than dots on the map while Crete, the biggest, is more than 150 miles long. In between, there’s something to please everyone and fit most budgets. Summer and clear blue water are Greece’s big crowd-pleasers, along with relics of lost civilisations such as Knossos on Crete, medieval fortresses such as Rhodes’ Old Town, and dazzlingly pretty villages on isles like Santorini and Mykonos. And, of course,...