Aug 17, 2015

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Should I go to Greece this summer?

Should I go to Greece this summer?

Planning to travel to Greece this summer? You might still be questioning the destination as the choice of your holiday after months of news around Greek bailouts, demonstrations in Athens, talks of a “Grexit” (or Greece leaving the euro) and, more recently, news of migrants landing on islands such as Kos and Lesbos as they flee from countries including Syria. But is this all a media storm? What’s it really like at the moment in the ever-popular resorts spread across...

Jul 23, 2015

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Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Those who have read the reports about the recent bomb attack in Turkey may be feeling apprehensive about the safety of the country, especially if you are preparing for a holiday there this summer. Despite Monday’s (June 20, 2015) terrible incident and the trouble in the wider region, the majority of Turkey remains a safe place for holidaymakers. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not changed its stance on Turkey and the vast majority of the country remains in...

Jul 14, 2015

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Should I travel to Tunisia?

Should I travel to Tunisia?

Following the deadly Tunisian terror attack in the resort of Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, on June 26 – as well as the earlier atrocity in Tunis on March 18 – many holidaymakers will be nervously wondering whether they should still travel to this popular sunshine destination. Current Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice warns against all but essential travel to Tunisia, and travel operators are evacuating their guests out of the country (Thomas Cook, for example, has already safely...

Jun 17, 2015

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The 11 worldwide music festivals you need to be at in 2015...

The 11 worldwide music festivals you need to be at in 2015

With Glastonbury set to open its gates next week, music festivals are front of mind. And if you weren’t one of the lucky 135,000 people who snapped up a ticket in the 25 minutes it took to sell out this year, don’t fear, we’ve rounded up this year’s hottest events around the world. Whether you’re after big bands and a great tan or a wonderland site full of topiary and wild-roaming peacocks, get your wellies at the ready,...

Jun 9, 2015

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Revealed! This summer’s top family destinations...

Revealed! This summer’s top family destinations

Are you planning your summer family holiday? Want some help? We’ve crunched the numbers to reveal the nine family-favourites our customers are searching for, with some suggestions of places to stay and things to do while you’re there, writes Catherine Cooper. 1. Tenerife Approximate flight time: Four and a half hours With almost year-round sunshine and sandy beaches, Tenerife is a long-standing hit with families. Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje are the main resorts for plenty...

Jun 9, 2015

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Avoid driving licence confusion when hiring a car...

Avoid driving licence confusion when hiring a car

New rules came into force on June 8 as the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) abolished the paper counterparts to our driving licences. And this change may affect how you rent a car so, to help you avoid any confusion when travelling this summer, here’s what you need to know. What’s changed? On June 8 the DVLA scrapped paper licences. It will no longer issue or update the paper licence counterpart for everything from motoring offences to what types of vehicle...

Apr 8, 2015

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What to do if strikes disrupt your holiday...

What to do if strikes disrupt your holiday

You’ve found your ideal holiday, bought travel insurance, picked up your currency, and perhaps even started packing your luggage in anticipation of your long-awaited break. Then, you hear news of strike action that could affect your flight. Now what? First, try not to panic. Strike action can be called by individual airlines, groups of airports, air traffic controllers, baggage handlers, airport firefighters… the list goes on and the chances are that you and your travelling companions might not...

Nov 3, 2014

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

Am I entitled to compensation for a delayed flight?

New court ruling should now allow more claims to succeed Jet2 and other airlines told by courts to start paying out and stop delaying Even if you aren’t due payout, airlines must safeguard your welfare Judgment will lead to higher airfares for all After a series of court cases in 2012, 2013 and 2014, a ruling in Liverpool’s County Court appears to have put a nail in the coffin of airlines trying to wriggle out of paying out...

Oct 29, 2014

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What to do if your holiday company collapses...

What to do if your holiday company collapses

Many Brits save for years to book the holiday of a lifetime. It’s little wonder then that the collapse of a holiday company can leave households extremely upset, unsure on whether they will actually get to go away. Of course, for some travellers, the bolt-from-the-blue news that their holiday company has gone bust arrives during their holiday. What then? In recent years, companies such as Goldtrail, Holidays 4U, and Libra Holidays have collapsed, leaving many customers with no...

Sep 10, 2014

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The Apple Watch and other cutting-edge travel gadgets...

The Apple Watch and other cutting-edge travel gadgets

Whether it will make the digital watch cool again is another question, but Apple’s just-announced piece of hi-tech wrist-wear has plenty of features to make life easier for travellers. The first truly new piece of kit from the technology giant in years – which is on sale from early 2015, at around £215 – is all about providing chunks of useful info at a glance and helping you to navigate your surroundings by signals such as vibrations on the skin. It’s all potentially very...

Sep 1, 2014

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Is this the world’s strangest inflight entertainment?...

Is this the world’s strangest inflight entertainment?

It’s screening cats and dogs at British Airways with the airline’s launch today of an inflight entertainment channel dedicated to cute animal antics, writes Simon Heptinstall. As well as being an amusing way to while away flight time, the canine and feline fun featured on Paws and Relax could help you to relax and concentrate better, the airline, citing a psychological study, said. The channel isn’t BA’s only inflight innovation this year. In June, it introduced a less obvious form of...

Aug 28, 2014

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UK airports we love (and hate)

UK airports we love (and hate)

Precisely when does your blood begin to boil before you jet off on holiday? When you can’t find the airport car park? Or, when you have finally found it, on the long bus trek to the terminal? Or is it on the search for a lifesaving luggage trolley to haul your belongings to check-in – only to find it’s coin-operated, and you don’t have any change. Or you do – but the payment is non-refundable. Or do you...

Aug 22, 2014

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Volcanic ash disruption: What are your rights if Bardarbunga erupts?...

Volcanic ash disruption: What are your rights if Bardarbunga erupts?

If you’ve got a late summer holiday planned, news of activity in Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano may be worrying you. When another tongue-twistingly named Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, erupted in 2010, more than 100,000 flights were cancelled. So, is Bardarbunga about to blow and, if it does, what are your rights if your travel plans are disrupted? What’s the volcano doing at the moment and should I reschedule my travel plans? Bardarbunga hasn’t erupted yet, of course, but more than 300 earthquakes have...

Aug 19, 2014

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And Britain’s cheapest city for a night out is…...

And Britain’s cheapest city for a night out is…

It’s the home of steel, Michael Palin, the oldest football club in the world and possibly Britain’s fittest woman, the Olympic gold medal winner Jessica Ennis-Hill. What more could you ask of Sheffield? Well, it’s also come top in the latest survey of the best value UK cities for a night out by the travel review site TripAdvisor. At just under £154, on average, for a couple of cocktails, a meal for two, taxis and a four star...

Aug 12, 2014

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

World’s cheapest beer… and more essential ale info

It’s a great beery love-in, with plenty of (ahem) stout men with prize-winning beards and ales. Around 55,000 people are expected to attend the Great British Beer Festival, running from today until Saturday, at London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre. The event showcases hundreds of delicious hoppy concoctions from brewers in the UK and internationally. We’re using the occasion of this huge collective “cheers” to look at Britain’s revered beverage in detail. If there’s anything the average Brit likes better than a pint, it’s a...

Jul 11, 2014

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World-beating travel pics go on show. How do yours compare?...

World-beating travel pics go on show. How do yours compare?

  Looking for some inspiration for your holiday snaps? This selection of winning images from the latest Travel Photographer of the Year awards should fit the bill. Beating entrants from almost 100 countries, the top shots from amateur and professional photographers depict scenes from a tiny lion cub toddling beside two watchful adults in the Masai Mara, Kenya, to an Italian field of flowers that looks like a work of fine art, to one of the most astounding images...

Jul 2, 2014

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Costs tumble again for using your phone in Europe...

Costs tumble again for using your phone in Europe

Most of us have given in to it – the urge, when abroad, to flick on our phones’ roaming facility and post that selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower, ring Mum at home to let her know we’ve arrived or tweet that we’ve just seen a celeb on the beach. We need to feel connected; however, seeing the phone bill at the end of our travels can make us feel very disconnected indeed from these otherwise very...

Jun 13, 2014

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And the world’s cheapest city break is…...

And the world’s cheapest city break is…

  With summer getting its groove one, many of us will be looking for inspiration for our next trip. And while sunshine and the search for somewhere new are important, who doesn’t like a nice travel bargain? We recently revealed five of the top value-for-money destinations in Europe. Now TripAdvisor has published a report on the 10 cheapest – and most expensive – city breaks around the world. From Bangkok to Budapest, the results really do reveal worlds...

Jun 11, 2014

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Passport in the post? Here’s hoping...

Passport in the post? Here’s hoping

It’s an all too common travel scenario. You’ve made all your travel plans – booked, even bought a new swimsuit and are about to start packing – when you suddenly remember to check your passport … and realise it’s out of date. Passports are on a lot of people’s minds at the moment, with news of a possible backlog of more than 30,000 renewals and applications. Lacking that vital document, thousands of travellers now face being unable to go...

May 28, 2014

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Top 5 value-for-money holiday hotspots...

Top 5 value-for-money holiday hotspots

With the British weather typically unable to make up its mind what season it is, many of us are craving a sunshine-infused getaway. But with household finances up and down the country still stretched as the UK economy crawls towards normality, getting more for our money is the top priority for many families. The good news is that there are plenty of holidays out there that will let you indulge in a much-needed break at a price that’s kind to your pocket. Even...

May 23, 2014

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Coup in Thailand: How are travellers affected?...

Coup in Thailand: How are travellers affected?

What’s happening in Thailand? The Thai military has launched a coup, seizing control of the government. Justifying the May 22 action, the country’s chief of staff and now acting prime minister, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, cited the need to restore order after months of anti-government protests in the capital, Bangkok, and elsewhere that had led to deaths. As a result of the coup, the army announced a nationwide curfew, which was lifted on June 13. The military has also...

May 22, 2014

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Driving USA!

Driving USA!

Many people suffer from travel-related phobias, from fear of flying or travelling on water to anxieties about falling ill or getting lost abroad. But I’ve just triumphed over my long standing travel phobia: driving in another country… on the ‘wrong’ side of the road… sitting in the left-hand front seat…! When I was a fearless (or perhaps naïve) 21-year-old, I thought nothing of applying for an international driving licence ahead of departing for my gap year to South...

May 16, 2014

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Kenya travel warning: Are you affected?...

Kenya travel warning: Are you affected?

Hundreds of British tourists are being evacuated from Kenya following Foreign Office warnings of a “high threat” of terrorism in the country. Other foreign governments – including the USA, France and Australia – have issued similar alerts. Some UK package holiday operators have cancelled all trips to the country and are flying their customers back to Britain as a “precautionary measure”, the BBC reports. If you are currently in Kenya on holiday, or had planned to visit the...

Apr 10, 2014

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Take our Travel Taste Maker quiz!

Take our Travel Taste Maker quiz!

Do you consider yourself a well-travelled trend-setter or do you spend your time wondering how others have managed to arrange their trip to the latest holiday hot spot months before you’ve even heard of it? At TravelSupermarket we’ve been keeping an eye on which places are starting to emerge as the “next big thing” – but can you guess where they are? Below is a series of clues and images relating to our 10 up-and-coming destinations, why not...

Mar 28, 2014

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Brits abroad: Do we still stand out?

Brits abroad: Do we still stand out?

As a nation, we typically don’t have the best reputation as holidaymakers. And, here at TravelSupermarket, our latest survey has revealed that us Brits do tend to stick out like a sore thumb when we’re holidaying abroad! In fact, a whopping 84% of those surveyed said they thought Brits were easily identifiable as tourists on holiday. Not only that, but we actually top the list of European nationalities most identifiable outside their own country, beating the Germans and...

Mar 11, 2014

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Easy ways to cut the cost of train travel...

Easy ways to cut the cost of train travel

For the first time in 30 years, a new national railcard has been launched on to the market to help regular train travellers cut the cost of their rail fares. The Two Together Railcard offers couples or pairs of friends or relatives (aged 16 or over) a third off adult rail fares when they travel together – both individuals will need to be named on the card – and could encourage more people to take the train and leave...

Feb 6, 2014

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Beat the school holiday price hikes

Beat the school holiday price hikes

When Paul Cookson posted a ‘rant’ on Facebook about being ‘sick to death’ of being ‘ripped off’ whenever he takes his kids abroad during the school holidays, it was the start of something big. So big, in fact, it has now grown into a campaign to stop travel companies charging extra in school holidays, with an e-petition gathering more than 160,000 signatures. What’s more, it was recently announced that a parliamentary debate will now take place in Westminster...

Jan 4, 2014

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Sense of summer

Sense of summer

We get it. It’s your first Monday back in the office; your work clothes seem to have definitely got smaller while you’ve been off for a fortnight drinking more than usual and eating festive mince pies, chocolate and far too much more, the credit card statement has just arrived, and THAT huge gas and electricity bill will be landing any day now. By the time you get to the third Monday of the month on January 20, it’s...

Nov 27, 2013

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Michael Palin: ‘Travel is not a spectator sport’...

Michael Palin: ‘Travel is not a spectator sport’

Michael Palin has, in recent years, reached national treasure status. The mere mention of his name seems so often to bring a smile to people’s faces as they fondly remember a Monty Python sketch or recall one of Palin’s many intrepid adventures around the world. A seasoned television presenter, writer and comic actor, Palin was honoured a CBE for his services to television back in 2000. And earlier this year he was made a BAFTA fellow, the highest...

Nov 20, 2013

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Is it safe to travel to Egypt?

Is it safe to travel to Egypt?

If you’ve been pondering whether to take a holiday to Egypt in recent months, the biggest question you’ll no doubt have been asking is, is it safe to go there? Political unrest in the country has deterred many tourists from heading to Egypt, but the good news is The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has recently updated its travel advice for the country, once again opening up the classic stretch of the Nile from Luxor to Aswan and the...

Oct 4, 2013

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Get organised for your Christmas travel...

Get organised for your Christmas travel

With the big Christmas getaway only 11 weeks away, the race is on to book the best value rail tickets, plane seats and hotels for those going home or visiting friends over the festive period. A survey by MoneySuperMarket in 2012 showed the average Brit would spend £445 on Christmas. And that’s before the added cost of travelling across the country. With belts ever tightening, keeping your travel costs to a minimum is a sensible way of making...

Sep 17, 2013

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Is free checked-in luggage a thing of the past?...

Is free checked-in luggage a thing of the past?

With companies such as Ryanair, easyJet, Monarch and many of the holiday airlines having charged us to check in bags for years now, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it is standard to pay extra for hold baggage on flights. And, despite usually including checked-in luggage as part of their ticket price, now the big carriers such as British Airways (BA) and KLM have started flirting with the concept of travelling with checked-in bags costing you more –...

Aug 27, 2013

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Holiday argument predictor

Holiday argument predictor

Were you surprised by your holiday argument predictor result? Let us know in the comments...

Aug 21, 2013

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Flight delays: Are you entitled to compensation?...

Flight delays: Are you entitled to compensation?

The last thing you’ll want when you’re on holiday is for your outward or return flight to be delayed. But if the worst was to happen, would you know what compensation you were entitled to? An area that has been causing confusion for many passengers trying to claim compensation has been ‘extraordinary circumstances’ – when the cause of the delay is deemed to be outside an airline’s control. If this is considered to be the case, an airline...

Aug 15, 2013

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Should I travel to Egypt?

Should I travel to Egypt?

Scenes of protests and news of political unrest in Egypt have been hitting the headlines, and whether you’ve got a trip booked to the country or are considering it as a destination to travel to soon, you may be feeling nervous. A little more than a year on from President Morsi’s election, the Egyptian president was ousted by the country’s army on July 3, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against travel to large parts...

Jul 25, 2013

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5 traditional and 5 unusual days out this summer...

5 traditional and 5 unusual days out this summer

Now that the school holidays are here, parents up and down the country will be desperately thinking of ways to keep the kids entertained for six or more weeks. Days out are a great option as they are a treat for all of the family, an opportunity to bond and even offer the chance to learn something new. But with so much choice in the UK, where do you start? Here are our suggestions on five traditional and...

Jul 23, 2013

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Don’t get caught out by sky-high inflight catering prices...

Don’t get caught out by sky-high inflight catering prices

After scouring the internet for the cheapest flight and accommodation prices, packing carefully to avoid any fines for going over your luggage allowance and shopping around for everything from your new flip-flops to your travel money, the last thing you’ll want is to spend a small fortune on food and drink on your flight. And while it can be tempting to get into the holiday mood on your flight by treating yourself to a snack and a drink,...

Jul 23, 2013

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Will baby Cambridge be the best travelled royal yet?...

Will baby Cambridge be the best travelled royal yet?

News of the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child, His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, has caused a flurry of excitement across the world, and Kate and William’s new-born son is set to spend a life in the public eye. But away from the cameras, Kate and William will be keen to teach baby Cambridge as much about the world as possible. With the couple being well travelled themselves, this is likely to include...

Jul 4, 2013

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How to avoid high mobile charges on holiday...

How to avoid high mobile charges on holiday

Earlier this week, lower charges were introduced in the EU for those using their mobile phones abroad. The reductions are a result of a six-year initiative driven by the EU Commission to make the cost of our calls, text messages and internet usage via a mobile device more affordable when we travel overseas and want to keep in touch. How does the change affect you? As of July 1, 2013, new limits apply to the maximum your mobile...

Jun 20, 2013

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Introducing our world photography map...

Introducing our world photography map

In the summer of 2012 we ran a competition called Capture the Colour. It challenged bloggers to dig out their finest travel photos which best represented our five colour categories; red, green, blue, yellow and white. It was open to anyone who ran their own blog, and the response we had was immense.  Entrants enjoyed reminiscing about their travels as well as being artistic by depicting each colour – sometimes obscurely, other times blatantly, but always brilliantly –...