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 4, 2015

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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...

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...

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 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 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,...

Aug 11, 2015

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How to do Cyprus on a budget

How to do Cyprus on a budget

The sunny European island of Cyprus has a well-earned reputation for hot summers and winter warmth. Temperatures can top 35C in July and August and rarely go below 15C, even in January and December – at sea level at least. But it’s a different story in the Troodos Mountains. Rising to almost 2,000 metres above sea level, their highest slopes are snowy from January to March. You’ll even find cheap skiing on the slopes of Mount Olympus, Cyprus’...

Jul 28, 2015

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How to do the Algarve on a budget

How to do the Algarve on a budget

With its idyllic beaches, dramatic coastline and endless leisure opportunities, it’s no surprise that the Algarve has become one of the most popular holiday hot spots in Europe. Since it first came to prominence in the 1960s, Portugal’s most southern region has gone from strength to strength by offering something different for all kinds of holidaymaker; and while it may be famous for stunning golf courses, there’s much more to this place than 18 holes in the sun....

Jul 28, 2015

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The top 10 free and cheap days out with the kids this summer...

The top 10 free and cheap days out with the kids this summer

It can be difficult to keep the kids entertained over the long summer holidays – not to mention expensive if you’re not careful. But there are plenty of very cheap and even free events happening all over the UK throughout July and August. Catherine Cooper rounds up some of the best. 1. Play in the park If the sun’s out, take a ball, kite or a frisbee and head for your nearest outdoor space. If you’re near South...

Jul 27, 2015

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7 car hire rip-offs and how to avoid them...

7 car hire rip-offs and how to avoid them

Exploration and discovery are yours for the taking when you hire a car on holiday. But without a little planning, you can end up paying way over the odds. Protect yourself by getting to grips with the seven worst car hire rip-offs. Rip-off #1: Sky-high excess costs When you hire a car, insurance is included. But you may well find it comes with incredibly high excess charges – the amount you have to pay to cover the cost of...

Jul 21, 2015

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How to do Marbella on a budget

How to do Marbella on a budget

As one of Europe’s best known holiday spots, Marbella needs no introduction. Since the European aristocracy discovered the resort back in the 1960s, its appeal as a luxury destination and celebrity hotspot has drawn millions of tourists every year. But Marbella isn’t just about the high life. Against the backdrop of luxury hotels, mega mansions and glamourous visitors, this is a destination with plenty to offer everyone. Take the climate – it’s pleasant almost always, with a guaranteed...

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

For many, taking a holiday and hiring a car go hand in hand. Not only does it give you much more freedom to get around, but it can also add a sense of adventure to your trip. However, while renting a car should be fun, 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...

Jul 14, 2015

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How to make the most of a family theme park visit...

How to make the most of a family theme park visit

One of my absolute favourite places to take the kids it to a theme park – especially since they’ve got a little bit older and are now more than happy to join me on the rollercoasters, writes Catherine Cooper. Sure, you can simply turn up at the gate, buy your tickets and still have a fabulous time – but you’ll usually get a lot more out of your trip if you plan ahead a little (not to mention...

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 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 23, 2015

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How to do Majorca on a budget

How to do Majorca on a budget

Do you and your partner, or each member of your family, have your own ideas about what a summer holiday should involve? That’s not a problem in Majorca, where options include never-ending beaches and tiny coves, cycling in the mountains and walking around coastal paths, or golf by the sea and chic shopping in Palma. And a trip to this beautiful Balearic Island doesn’t need to cost a fortune, writes Annie Bennett. Where to stay on a budget...

Jun 18, 2015

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How to be a savvy solo traveller

How to be a savvy solo traveller

Mulling a little adventure for one? Ironically enough, you wouldn’t be alone. The growth of singles-oriented tours, books on the subject and the general decline in pairing for life all point to a rise in solo travel – for women and men. And there are ways to make single travel an unforgettable experience of personal enrichment and wonder… and then there’s the solo trip you stumble home from feeling a little lonely and bruised. Let’s plump for that...

Jun 16, 2015

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How to do Tenerife on a budget

How to do Tenerife on a budget

The UK weather is unpredictable, so boarding a flight and arriving just over four hours later in sub-tropical sunshine and endless blue skies is hard to beat. Easy to get to, familiar and safe, Tenerife is a guaranteed blast of summer and its palm-lined beaches are within reach of even the smallest wallet, writes Andrea Montgomery. Where to stay on a budget In the upmarket resort of Costa Adeje, prices rise as high as the temperature but opt...