Apr 24, 2017

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Template letter: Flight delay compensation claim...

Template letter: Flight delay compensation claim

If you flew from an EU airport with any airline, or you arrived at an EU airport on a flight operated by an EU airline, and your journey was delayed by more than three hours, you could be entitled to compensation under EU regulation 261/2004. You can read more about flight delay compensation in our article here. Before going ahead with your claim, you should determine whether or not the reason for your flight’s delay was due to ‘extraordinary circumstances’ – this...

Apr 12, 2017

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How do exchange rates work?

How do exchange rates work?

Currency exchange rates are part and parcel of holidays abroad. But have you ever wondered how it all works? Having a better understanding of exchange rates could help you get a better deal on your holiday money. Jargon such as ‘market rates’ and ‘spreads’ can make currency exchange seem like a more complicated beast than it really is – strip away the lingo, and it’s all much more simple. So, what are exchange rates? When you exchange one country’s...

Mar 23, 2017

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7 ways to save on your holiday

7 ways to save on your holiday

Getting away for less isn’t impossible, but it’s not an exact science, either. From choosing destinations where your money goes further to booking at the right time, we’ve rounded up some thrifty advice to help you get the best possible deal on your next holiday. Where is the pound strong? Sterling has taken a pounding in the wake of the Brexit referendum, so considering a destination outside of the Eurozone might see your money going further. For beach...

Mar 17, 2017

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

The cheapest five-star city break is…

“Luxury” and “budget”: two words that don’t crop up together too often, especially when it comes to holidays. But what if we told you there’s a way to take a five-star city break for a three-star price tag? Well, there is – and some of Europe’s coolest cities happen to be on our hit list. Using search data from our site over the period of a year*, we’ve found the cities where you can have your cake and eat...

Mar 13, 2017

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How to do Barbados on a budget

How to do Barbados on a budget

It may be the Caribbean capital of luxury, but Barbados can be glorious on a budget, too. Joanna Booth shows you how to bag a bargain. From photos of Simon Cowell striding in bare-chested glory down the beach to Prince Harry hanging out with Rihanna, the pervasive, paparazzi-driven impression of Barbados is one of an island where money matters. But while it’s true that Barbados has some very, very swanky hotels and restaurants, there is another side to...

Mar 3, 2017

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The best destinations for a budget honeymoon...

The best destinations for a budget honeymoon

The wedding stress is finally over – it’s time for you and your new hubby or wife to take a break! But where should you go that doesn’t result in spending your first year of married life in debt? Well, it turns out an amazing honeymoon doesn’t need to cost the earth – check out our suggestions for a budget post-wedding break that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. Hit the beach Greece Underestimate Greece’s honeymoon...

Feb 23, 2017

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8 ways to prevent your luggage getting lost...

8 ways to prevent your luggage getting lost

Waiting nervously for your cases at the baggage carousel is always a heart in the mouth moment – the longer it takes for your bags to arrive, the more you convince yourself your luggage is lost. Most of the time it’s fine, but every once in a while, you’re the frustrated traveller left baggage-less: cue holiday chaos. Between trying to track down your bags, panic-buying necessities and figuring out exactly what your airline or travel insurance will cover you...

Feb 16, 2017

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7-night summer holiday family breaks for under £250pp...

7-night summer holiday family breaks for under £250pp

A family holiday is one of the biggest ‘non-essential’ items that Brits spend money on each year (although we’d argue a relaxing break is completely essential!). We know it’s not easy getting a cheap deal during the school holidays, but it can be done – especially if you start hunting now. To prove it, we’ve scoured our site to find some of the best summer holiday bargains out there. Now, where’s that sun cream?! Please note: All prices were accurate...

Feb 14, 2017

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How to get the best holiday money deals...

How to get the best holiday money deals

We all like to think we’re great at getting a holiday deal, so 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. Read on to find out how easy it can be to save big and get the most for your holiday money on your next getaway. Plastic fantastic? Know your charges Do you rely on your trusty debit...

Feb 6, 2017

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10 things you must do before you go on holiday...

10 things you must do before you go on holiday

Many of us will remember the classic moment in the film ‘Home Alone’, when Kevin’s mother realises that, in all the hustle and bustle of going on holiday, she’s forgotten her eight-year-old son. While this may seem a little far-fetched, if you aren’t prepared, pre-holiday stress can make you forget even the most obvious and important items. So, to help you if you’re jetting off soon, we’ve put together this handy checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered. Then all you...

Feb 3, 2017

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How to do Croatia on a budget

How to do Croatia on a budget

Croatia has soared in popularity among travellers over the past few years, with visitors flocking to wander the streets of its marble Old Towns, party on its picturesque islands and paddle in the aquamarine waters of the Dalmatian Coast. There’s plenty to do and see in this sunshine destination, writes Caroline Howley, and it’s easy for travellers from the UK to make the most of it on a budget. Where to stay on a budget The Old Town...

Feb 2, 2017

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Low-cost carrier tricks and how to avoid them...

Low-cost carrier tricks and how to avoid them

The rise of the low-cost carrier has helped drive airfares down to some incredibly low prices – with a bit of searching, it’s not unheard of to find return flights to Europe for under £50 per person. Yet while the fares are low, budget airlines have many hidden tricks and fees up their sleeves to try to trip you up. Avoiding them is pretty easy, though, as long as you know what to look out for and stick to...

Jan 24, 2017

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How do prepaid currency cards work?

How do prepaid currency cards work?

Feeling a bit flummoxed by prepaid currency cards and how they can be useful? Here we’ve set out to explain in simple terms exactly what they are, how to use them, and how to decide whether they’re the best option for you. What is a prepaid currency card? Put simply, it’s a card you load up with a particular currency to use later in another country. Are there different types? Yes. Some cards are used solely for one currency, most...

Jan 20, 2017

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Last-minute half-term holiday deals

Last-minute half-term holiday deals

Just because you’ve left it late, doesn’t mean you can’t still find a bargain break this February half-term. In fact, there are still some incredibly good deals out there! From familiar favourites like the Algarve and the Canary Islands to exciting adventures in Dubai and New York, we’ve found some amazing last-minute half-term holidays for this February. All prices were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.   Algarve – £82pp From Birmingham on February...

Jan 18, 2017

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The best resorts for cheap ski holidays...

The best resorts for cheap ski holidays

Skiing can be an expensive business – even when the pound isn’t taking a pounding. Eastern Europe’s ski resorts are still among the cheapest, although you may have to sacrifice size for price, writes Mary Novakovich. However, if you’re a novice skier, having hundreds of kilometres of pistes at your disposal won’t necessarily be your first concern. What’s more important is saving money on accommodation, eating out, lift passes and ski hire. You should also add lessons if you’re...

Jan 16, 2017

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

Am I entitled to compensation for a delayed flight?

Nobody 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...

Jan 13, 2017

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World’s cheapest beer… and more essential ale info...

World’s cheapest beer… and more essential ale info

Come with us on the ultimate bar crawl as we selflessly drink our way around the world’s cheapest cities for beer, according to the 2016 GoEuro Beer Price Index… Bratislava, Slovakia Average cost of beer: £1.14 Popular beer: Zlaty Bazant A well-trodden destination on the stag and hen circuit (although they’re easily avoided!), you’d probably expect Bratislava to have some pretty cheap ale on sale, and the Slovakian capital doesn’t disappoint. However, just because the ale is cheap here,...

Jan 12, 2017

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Revealed: The best holiday deposit offers in 2017...

Revealed: The best holiday deposit offers in 2017

Every year, the ‘January sales’ offer up a bit of a conundrum: there are some amazing travel bargains to be had, but after the inevitable Christmas splurge, many Brits are feeling the post-festive pinch. Luckily, many top travel brands offer excellent holiday deposit deals in January, allowing you to secure your place on the plane in advance, then pay the rest later. To make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve rounded up some of the best low holiday deposits...

Jan 5, 2017

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10 things to do on a city break in Dubrovnik...

10 things to do on a city break in Dubrovnik

Timeless Dubrovnik never fails to enchant, despite becoming more and more popular every year – its walled Old Town of marble streets and terracotta-roofed houses is really quite magical. To get the most out of the city – without spending a fortune – check out Mary Novakovich’s list of the top 10 things to do in Dubrovnik. Walk the city walls OK, it’s not the cheapest thing to do, but you really shouldn’t miss the chance to walk along these...

Jan 3, 2017

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

Booking now vs booking late: The great holiday dilemma

With Christmas done and dusted for another year and the back-to-work blues setting in, it’s easy to start 2017 under a cloud. So what better way to give this year a boost than by planning a holiday?! It all boils down though to the great holiday dilemma: will I save by booking early or are their better deals available at the last-minute? Here we place both arguments head-to-head to help find the best option for you. Your situation If you...

Nov 30, 2016

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After the Brexit vote: Where is the pound strong?...

After the Brexit vote: Where is the pound strong?

Regardless of how you voted in the EU membership referendum on June 23, the drop in the pound’s value since then against strong currencies such as the US dollar and the euro is clear. This time last year £500 would have gotten you around €710, while this year it’s closer to €585. The dollar fares slightly better, but not by much, with £500 buying $750 in November last year compared to $620 now*. It’s not all doom and gloom, however,...

Nov 29, 2016

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How to do Cuba on a budget

How to do Cuba on a budget

After almost 60 years frozen in a time warp, Cuba is slowly beginning to come out of the cold. As a result, it’s become the Caribbean island on everyone’s lips, with travellers flocking to Cuba “before it transforms forever”. This, combined with uncertainty over the value of pound, the recent death of Fidel Castro and a new US president, is having an impact on the cost of visiting Cuba: from eating out to flights, prices are starting to creep...

Nov 24, 2016

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Revealed! 11 travel bloggers’ favourite places...

Revealed! 11 travel bloggers’ favourite places

Where on Earth should you feed your wanderlust next year? The world’s top travel bloggers might be able to inspire you. Though most found it tough to choose a favourite, Travis Levius asked these travel super-influencers to reveal the one destination they love the most – and how to get the most out of it. Thailand: Matthew Kepnes Nomadic Matt: nomadicmatt.com Blog mission statement: Discover the art of travelling anywhere you want. Over the past several years, I’ve helped thousands...

Nov 16, 2016

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The ultimate guide to Christmas travel...

The ultimate guide to Christmas travel

It’s the time of year when dodgy festive jumpers are acceptable and mulled wine is flowing freely. 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. However, 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 time...

Nov 9, 2016

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The ultimate guide to car hire insurance...

The ultimate guide to car hire insurance

Car rental is one of the easiest ways to discover a destination, yet getting the correct car hire insurance regularly throws up all kinds of unnecessary issues and problems. We often hear from holidaymakers who have bought insurance they didn’t need because of pushy desk staff, or didn’t take insurance at all because they didn’t think they needed it. Sometimes, it is just a case of misunderstanding – unfortunately though, misunderstandings can be costly when it comes to...

Oct 26, 2016

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How much duty free can you bring into the UK?...

How much duty free can you bring into the UK?

Nobody likes to call time on an amazing holiday. However, there’s one last thing that often perks up even the gloomiest of home-bound travellers: the duty-free shop. But what exactly are you allowed to bring back with you, and does it vary depending on where you are travelling from? Here we explain your duty-free allowances. What is duty free? When you travel abroad, you are allowed to bring home a certain amount of certain goods without having to pay UK...

Oct 20, 2016

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How to do Dublin on a budget

How to do Dublin on a budget

A cosmopolitan capital with a torrid history still writ large across its streets, Dublin is shaking off the shackles of a hard-hitting recession and regathering the easygoing buzz that made it a popular tourist haven. Much here centres on the ‘craic’: pubs are ubiquitous and distinctive, music seems woven into the city’s very core, and ageing but carefully-upheld traditions give the city an atmosphere that’s distinct from any other European capital. Here’s how Dublin resident James Hendicott suggests...

Oct 13, 2016

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The ultimate guide to budget city breaks...

The ultimate guide to budget city breaks

Your city break’s all booked – exciting stuff! Now that’s sorted, it’s tempting to switch off, but getting organised now could save you a bundle. The more money you save, the more fun you can have on holiday, so we’ve put together this guide to the best way to do a city break on a budget. Compare cheap city breaks Get the right insurance Boring? Maybe. Potential life saver? Definitely. Get your travel insurance sorted well in advance of your trip...

Oct 6, 2016

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How to protect your city break

How to protect your city break

The number of people taking city breaks has exploded over the past decade, thanks in part to the rise in low-cost air fares, offering the opportunity for a few days away from it all to explore a new destination without spending a fortune. However, just because a trip is short and costs less than a traditional holiday, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take steps to ensure you are protected if something goes wrong. With horror stories of holiday company collapses still very much...

Oct 5, 2016

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The Algarve: Save, spend, splurge

The Algarve: Save, spend, splurge

The southern chunk of Portugal has long been one of the most popular holiday spots for Brits – but the reliable dose of sunshine is only part of the reason. A major part of the Algarve’s charm is the variety it offers – from spectacular coastline to inland spa towns, and from well-preserved heritage to thoroughly modern golf resorts. There’s no one obvious centre, which means the resort clusters and historic towns all maintain their own character –...

Sep 15, 2016

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How to do the Maldives on a budget

How to do the Maldives on a budget

The Maldives is the epitome of luxury travel, but don’t count it out if you’re on a less-than-lavish budget. With a bit of know-how, these Indian Ocean islands are more affordable than you might think, writes Katie McGonagle. Mention ‘the Maldives’ and most people’s minds go straight to images of over-water villas perched on wooden stilts above a clear, turquoise sea. Bonus cliché points if there’s an untouched stretch of soft white sand in the background, a few...

Sep 12, 2016

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Luxury for less in Thailand

Luxury for less in Thailand

With its white sands, turquoise seas and fascinating culture, it’s little wonder that tourists from all over the world flock to Thailand year after year. What many of them might not realise, however, is that you don’t have to share a backpacker dorm on Khao San Road to avoid breaking the bank – head to the Land of Smiles in low season (May to October), and five-star luxury is on offer for a fraction of peak season prices. Not...

Sep 7, 2016

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Cheap breaks for couples without kids...

Cheap breaks for couples without kids

The summer holidays are over and once again people without children can rejoice – now that the nation’s kids are back at school, prices in the travel industry are dropping back to their normal, cheaper levels, so if you’re after a late summer escape, now is the time to get looking. Whether you’re after a bit of late summer sun or a quick city break, we’ve rounded up some bargains to suit any couple’s budget. Prague, Czech Republic: 4 nights for £231pp The deal: Flying from London...

Sep 5, 2016

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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 easyJet due to release its March-June 2017 flight tickets in early October and Ryanair expected to do the same shortly too, we look at the best way to secure those elusive cheap flights before the prices start to creep up. With extra charges and admin fees it can be hard these days to find good deals, but follow our seven simple money-saving tips and you should be able to avoid paying over the odds. 1. Timing is key Flights go on sale...

Aug 19, 2016

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How to deal with a car hire catastrophe...

How to deal with a car hire catastrophe

Millions of Brits hire a car abroad every year, and while most trips are relatively hassle-free, sometimes things do go wrong. In those unfortunate circumstances it can be a lot less stressful if you know the best course of action, so if you’re caught in the middle of a car hire catastrophe, don’t panic! Here’s what to do next. Check your policy in advance Sifting through the ins and outs of your car hire policy might not be the dream start...

Aug 15, 2016

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How to do the Costa Brava on a budget...

How to do the Costa Brava on a budget

Most holiday destinations have a standout attraction, whether it’s beautiful beaches, lush countryside or top-notch food. Not many can claim to offer all three, but on Spain’s Costa Brava that’s exactly what you’ll find, with miles of spectacular coastline, crystalline waters, fascinating Medieval villages and superb cuisine all on offer. What’s more, enjoying all this needn’t break the bank – prices here are significantly less than you’d pay elsewhere in Europe and there’s plenty to do on a budget, writes Eddi Fiegel....

Aug 11, 2016

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How to do Dubai on a budget

How to do Dubai on a budget

Dubai means seven-star hotels, private butlers and caviar facials, right? Well, yes… and no. The Middle Eastern city may have been named the second-priciest destination in last year’s Post Office survey of sunny getaways, but expats based there reveal you can still enjoy the famously over-the-top emirate on a modest budget. Look hard enough and you’ll find a city bursting with amazing ethnic eats, generous happy hours and even a dash of culture, without a sprinkling of gold leaf in sight,...

Aug 4, 2016

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

7 hotel rip-offs and how to avoid them

A big holiday can quickly become very expensive, so the last thing you want is to shell out on avoidable costs when you get there. Even though you’re set for a some serious relaxation time, 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 you should try to avoid. Rip-off #1: Mini-bar madness We all love a bit of a splurge on holiday, but there are some areas where the...

Aug 2, 2016

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

Revealed! How to travel in style in economy class

How many times have you boarded a plane and walked through the business class section to find that your seat in economy is not one of those wide, spacious, comfy-looking reclining spots at the front of the plane, but instead resembles a battery farm cage? Your meal looks like it’s made of plastic, the blanket is wafer thin and the size of a flannel, and the entertainment system is broken – ring any bells? Most of us have been there, but don’t...

Jul 26, 2016

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How to do Orlando on a budget

How to do Orlando on a budget

A trip to Orlando can quickly become very expensive, with theme park access, accommodation, dining and getting around to think about on top of flights that will already have taken a big chunk out of your holiday savings, writes Tamara Hinson. With that in mind, we’ve put together some top money-saving tips for holidaymakers checking out the world’s theme park capital. Where to stay on a budget If you’re planning to hit the theme parks, consider a hotel which offers...