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 hotels for short breaks, 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 locate the...

Aug 24, 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...

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’...

Aug 4, 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 hanker to get on a plane and turn left into business class, but until we win the National Lottery jackpot, 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...

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...

Jun 2, 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 2015 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...

May 19, 2015

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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...

May 10, 2015

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How to save on a UK holiday

How to save on a UK holiday

Holidays on home soil will never go out of style with travel-hungry Brits. We have a plethora of attractions on our doorstep; from historic sites, centuries-old castles and gorgeous parks and woodlands, to theme parks, beaches, museums and zoos. There is never a dull moment when you book a break in Britain (though there’s no guarantee of sunshine and dry weather!). While the cost of enjoying leisure time in the UK can be high when compared with some...

May 10, 2015

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How does online check in work?

How does online check in work?

Checking in online is pretty much standard now with airlines including charter, budget and scheduled carriers. With airlines introducing new apps for smart phones by the day, the concept of arriving at an airport and checking in the traditional way is beginning to wane. EasyJet has even launched a TV campaign to persuade us that travelling paper-free is the future. Not only is it now far easier to check in using your desktop computer, tablet or phone, it...

May 8, 2015

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Save £605 on half term holiday extras – and treat yourself to a free mini break...

Save £605 on half term holiday extras – and treat yourself to a free mini break

The countdown to summer is on and it won’t be long until the kids are enjoying time off school with the arrival of the Whitsun half term in a week or two. If you’re planning to use the week off to get away with the family, now is the time to organise all your holiday extras. Not only will this reduce any unnecessary stress in the run-up to your trip but it will also ensure you don’t end up paying over...

Apr 29, 2015

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

10 incredibly simple ways to save on rail fares

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

Apr 22, 2015

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How to do London on a budget

How to do London on a budget

London is one of the world’s most exciting cities, a metropolis rammed with history and culture. You’ll find the UK’s best theatres, museums and galleries here, and when it comes to shopping and eating out there’s a range of options that few other destinations can match. Lots of the action takes place on the street. Simply wandering about brings you through fantastic street markets and up close to striking architecture. In recent years new scenic walks have appeared...

Apr 16, 2015

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Britain’s cheapest city break is…...

Britain’s cheapest city break is…

Oh, we do love Britain in the springtime! There’s a fine bevy of attractions packed into these little isles, and nowhere’s more packed than the UK’s cities. If you’re planning a UK city break now the warmer weather has finally appeared, we’ve crunched the numbers to provide you with an easy guide to spending. What we haven’t done is just line up the cheapest UK metropolises. Let’s face it, some urban hot spots are hotter than others: not...

Apr 9, 2015

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How to do Rome on a budget

How to do Rome on a budget

With its cobblestoned streets and world-class art, evocative ruins and fantastic food, the Eternal City has been on visitors’ itineraries for centuries. Thanks to a flood of recent changes, though, now is a better time to go than ever before. A new mayor (and new approach) mean the city is starting to clean up its act — quite literally: both the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum are under multimillion-euro restorations, while the scaffolding has been taken off of other once-grotesquely-dirty...

Apr 2, 2015

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How to do Amsterdam on a budget

How to do Amsterdam on a budget

Amsterdam wears its attractions on its sleeve. You can see so much of what the city has to offer for free, simply by walking about, writes Amsterdam insider, Rodney Bolt. Saunter along the canals admiring Golden Age gables, duck into a medieval courtyard, wander through street markets, past flower stalls bursting with blooms, or hang out for hours on a cafe terrace in an artsy quarter of town. Along the way, you can take in some world-class art,...

Mar 30, 2015

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Jetting away this Easter? 10 tips to make packing that little bit easier...

Jetting away this Easter? 10 tips to make packing that little bit easier

With the Easter holidays nearly upon us, those who have booked a weekend trip will soon be turning their attentions to finding ever-ingenious ways to get around increasingly restrictive airline luggage rules. To help you on your way here are 10 tips to make your packing that little bit easier: 1. Get organised Start with a list. Our handy checklist, with helpful reminders of all the things you might need to jet away with, will have you organised...

Mar 26, 2015

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Home vs away: The great hen and stag party dilemma...

Home vs away: The great hen and stag party dilemma

He put a ring on her finger! Your best mate/sister/brother just got engaged. You’ve issued oohs and ahhs over the diamond, offered your sincerest congratulations and wishes for a happy and long life together, maybe even started planning your outfit for the big day. Then, misty-eyed with pride, it suddenly dawns on you… there’s a hen or stag party to organise. Those words might fill first-time planners with a feeling of utter glee, but for those who have...

Mar 26, 2015

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How to do Edinburgh on a budget

How to do Edinburgh on a budget

Scotland’s buzzy capital has more history than it really needs, plus a nightlife scene that spans everything from low humour to high culture, spectacular architecture, museums and art galleries, great places to eat and some of the world’s best pubs. And a week or a weekend here needn’t break the bank, writes Edinburgh insider, Robin Gauldie. Many of Edinburgh’s top attractions – including museums and art galleries – are free, and in summer the live street entertainment on...

Mar 19, 2015

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How to do Barcelona on a budget

How to do Barcelona on a budget

Few cities can match Barcelona for its spread of attractions appealing to every kind of holidaymaker. At its heart is a picturesque medieval quarter crowned by a towering gothic cathedral, while adjacent neighbourhoods boast buildings by many of the world’s finest contemporary architects, and, of course, Gaudí. There is a wealth of museums, the best-loved football stadium in the world, and – a big bonus – the beach. And you can experience all of this on a budget, writes...

Mar 12, 2015

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How your Easter break could cost £1,032 more than it needs to...

How your Easter break could cost £1,032 more than it needs to

With millions of Brits planning to be away over the Easter holidays, the countdown is on to the big getaway day. But for those who don’t plan ahead, the cost of those last-minute travel essentials – such as travel insurance, car hire and airport parking – could make a serious dent in your budget. However, it’s not too late to make massive savings. My five-step holiday plan will save you a fortune and ensure your departure goes smoothly. Step...

Mar 10, 2015

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Seven golden rules to bag a bargain summer holiday...

Seven golden rules to bag a bargain summer holiday

Spring may not quite have sprung yet, but savvy travellers are already planning their summer getaways. But how do you ensure you get the best deal on your holiday? Just follow our seven simple golden rules… Rule #1: Weigh up whether a package or DIY break is better for you An important question to ask yourself when booking a summer holiday is whether it’s worth going for a stress-free package deal where all of your flights, hotels and transfers are taken...

Mar 10, 2015

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How to do Paris on a budget

How to do Paris on a budget

Who doesn’t love Paris in the springtime? Your wallet, perhaps, if you’ve been feeling the financial squeeze lately. But that doesn’t mean France’s beguiling capital is off limits if you’re not rolling in it. Strolling along its wide boulevards and admiring the city’s graceful Belle Epoque architecture costs nothing. And there’s no shortage of free places to visit, writes Paris insider, Mary Novakovich. Where to stay on a budget Start off with an affordable place to stay –...

Mar 4, 2015

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How to do New York on a budget

How to do New York on a budget

What can be said about New York City that hasn’t already been said? All the clichés hold true. It’s the city that never sleeps, the city that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere, the city of dreams and blind ambition… People from around the world flock to its boulevards and avenues to enjoy the exciting nightlife, gourmet restaurants, historic sights and unrivalled cultural institutions. It’s a city teeming with energy and creativity, filled...

Feb 25, 2015

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Eight travel apps to save you cash

Eight travel apps to save you cash

These nifty bits of globetrotting tech will help to save you valuable cash while you’re away. 1. Save on tips Should I tip or shouldn’t I? And, if I do, how much? Tipping is a travel minefield. Two extremes are Japan and the US. Tipping just isn’t part of Japanese culture; it’s considered condescending and altogether too direct. Go Japanese in your average New York bar, however, and you’ll also be seen as crashingly rude. Global Tipping Guide is a popular...

Feb 10, 2015

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Nine realistic ways to travel for free (well, almost)...

Nine realistic ways to travel for free (well, almost)

Seeing the world without slimming your wallet. It’s the ultimate travel dream. Uh-oh, it turns out (with a few compromises) you can quite easily make it a reality. Here’s how… 1. House-sit What’s one of the biggest expenses – apart from flights and food – when you travel? Accommodation, of course. Pay for even a budget hotel for an extended period in a foreign country and the bill can soon assume Paris Hilton-like dimensions. There’s a way around it, though....

Feb 4, 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

If you’re still reeling from the Christmas splurge and wondering how you’re going to keep the kids entertained over the February half term on a budget, here are 10 fun ideas to give your wallet a break… 1. Venture into the great outdoors It may not quite be sunbathing weather yet, but that’s no excuse to lock yourself indoors. There are hundreds of locations across the UK where you can enjoy bracing wintery walks in the fresh air –...