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! 10 travel bloggers’ favourite places...

Revealed! 10 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 seven 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 9, 2016

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

Booking now vs booking late: The great holiday dilemma

As the last traces of summer fade into autumn, many Brits will be heading back to work after a well-earned holiday. Chances are the last thing on your mind is next year’s big break, but looking to book early could see you save in the long run. It all boils down 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...

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...

Aug 1, 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...

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...

Jul 26, 2016

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Bag a bargain! UK getaways in August from £10 per night...

Bag a bargain! UK getaways in August from £10 per night

The Telegraph recently published a bucket list of 20 things to do before you die in the UK, featuring some of the most fantastic places to visit in our own country. We decided to search out some super bargains to help you tick off these amazing attractions this summer, starting from just £10 per person, per night. Live it up in London with stays from less than £50 per person, per night Staying for a couple of nights in the capital can be expensive, but book with Travelodge in Covent Garden and you’ll be...

Jul 13, 2016

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

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

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

Jul 7, 2016

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

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

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

Jun 30, 2016

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Avoid a visa rip-off!

Avoid a visa rip-off!

With long-haul travel  getting more affordable, exotic holidays to far-flung destinations are becoming easier for Brits. But visas are often required for long-haul destinations – popular favourites such as Australia, India and the USA are good examples. Unfortunately, there are some fraudulent sites out there, offering fake visa services that charge well over what’s necessary. We have found charges of up to £75 on top of the normal visa fees for doing nothing other than directing you to the...

Jun 21, 2016

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

Expert opinion: Are hidden airline fees fair?

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

Jun 1, 2016

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

Would you go on holiday without travel insurance?

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

May 24, 2016

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

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

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

May 16, 2016

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Save more than £500 on half term holiday extras – and treat yourself to a free mini break...

Save more than £500 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...

May 9, 2016

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Your essential checklist when hiring a car...

Your essential checklist when hiring a car

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

May 9, 2016

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

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

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

May 3, 2016

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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...

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 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...