Aug 27, 2015

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In pictures: 10 airports you’d actually want to get stuck in...

In pictures: 10 airports you’d actually want to get stuck in

Arriving at the airport to find your flight has been delayed can put a real dampener on your holiday. Hours of waiting in soulless airport purgatory stretch ahead as you sit hopefully watching the departures board. But believe it or not, there are airports around the world where you might actually wish you could stay longer. Airport hell? Try these 10 examples of airport heaven (well, OK, close to it) instead. 1) Madrid-Barajas Airport, Spain For the superb...

Aug 24, 2015

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The party’s not over – find the action after Ibiza...

The party’s not over – find the action after Ibiza

Ibiza’s biggest clubs will soon be closing their doors and calling time on another wild summer of late nights, big hangovers and infectious dance beats. Whether you forgot where you were in Amnesia, went Insane at Pasha or got lost in Space, it’s now time to settle back into your sensible home life and focus on the garden, or maybe that shelf that needs fixing ­– the party’s nearly over, right? Wrong. Ibiza’s famous brand of sweaty hedonism...

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...

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 10, 2015

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How to make a successful travel insurance claim...

How to make a successful travel insurance claim

With the summer holiday season in full swing, no-one wants to dampen high spirits by thinking about something going wrong. That’s why we buy travel insurance: to protect us and give us a sense of security in our holiday plans. But, even if you try to cover all eventualities, a claim could still be rejected with common reasons including not actually being covered for the item you are claiming for, taking part in activities that aren’t included in the...

Aug 10, 2015

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From Blackpool to hidden Huisinis: Britain’s best beaches...

From Blackpool to hidden Huisinis: Britain’s best beaches

Not managed to get away yet this summer? The good news is you don’t have to board a plane to dig your toes into golden sand or paddle in the sea. From cheery hotels to holiday parks, Britain has a great range of coastal accommodation. Or you could visit our sandy gems on a day trip if you live within striking distance by rail or car. Our round-up of the best British beaches includes the cream of the...

Aug 4, 2015

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Romance on the road: Britain’s most beautiful road trips...

Romance on the road: Britain’s most beautiful road trips

All out of ideas for your next romantic break? Keep it simple and hit the road. You see, the UK is jam-packed with epic scenery that just oozes passion and romance, so why not explore it with the one you love? Jump in the car, stick on your song and discover a beautiful part of Britain you never knew existed. Here are a few ideas to get you going. Like a young Marlon Brando: Cheddar Gorge Length: 15...

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 30, 2015

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Edinburgh Festival survival guide: 10 ultimate insider tips...

Edinburgh Festival survival guide: 10 ultimate insider tips

There’s only one place in the world to be in August, and that’s Edinburgh. Home to the world’s largest arts festival, the city’s population doubles as people flock to experience comedy, theatre, dance and almost every other type of performance imaginable, writes Owen O’Leary. The Edinburgh Festival actually comprises six events taking place in the city this month. The daddy of these is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Aug 7-31), an anarchic, sprawling celebration of the arts that takes...

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 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 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 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 21, 2015

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Nine ways to make the most of the August bank holiday...

Nine ways to make the most of the August bank holiday

Not got plans for the August bank holiday yet (August 31)? This year, you’re spoilt for choice, thanks to recently launched flight routes, some fantastic new restaurants and a rather unusual music festival. Which means the only problem will be working out how to cram everything in, writes Tamara Hinson. 1. World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales Marathons and triathlons are overrated! The World Bog Snorkelling Championship, which takes place on August 30, is ideal for fitness...

Jul 20, 2015

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12 clichéd holiday snaps we could all do without...

12 clichéd holiday snaps we could all do without

Social media has made would-be photographers out of all of us. It’s almost like if we don’t upload our holiday snaps on Facebook the second they are taken, we’ve never even been away. We’re all a bit vindictive too; we want others to see the fun we’re having. We thrive off the thought of their green-eyed jealousy as they sit at their desks while we sun ourselves shamelessly, selfie stick in one hand, cocktail in the other. The only...

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

With summer in full swing, many of us will be travelling away for a well-earned break in the UK, Europe and beyond. And for those booking a rental car to make more of their holiday, 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 without compromising on quality. 1. Pre-book and save a fortune...

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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Take the stress out of travelling with children...

Take the stress out of travelling with children

If you’re gearing up for your big family summer getaway, you may be dreading the prospect of packing, endless waits at airports and flights with kids in tow. But don’t let worries about your children misbehaving on a flight, or stresses about keeping kids entertained in an airport, ruin the excitement of your trip. With a little forward planning, travelling with children can be stress free. Follow our top tips below to make your next trip a breeze…...

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...

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....

Jul 6, 2015

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13 travel faux pas that Brits STILL keep getting wrong...

13 travel faux pas that Brits STILL keep getting wrong

How to get in trouble abroad? Make the A-OK sign while blowing your nose and yabbering about sport. Yep, seems virtually no aspect of our holiday behaviour isn’t open to funny or ruinous misinterpretation. Comprende? Er… comprendo? 1) Talk to the hands Hands: what would you do without ‘em, eh? You can even use them to signal just about anything if spoken language won’t do. Trick is those “signal failures” when your innocent hand gesture means something entirely...

Jul 6, 2015

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Nine suprisingly cheap destinations near you...

Nine suprisingly cheap destinations near you

With the summer holiday season gearing up, many of us will be scouring the internet in hope of snapping up a last-minute deal. But don’t think bargain has to mean boring. We’ve dug up some exotic, sunny and downright adventurous destinations with flight costs and everyday holiday expenses so low you might spend more if you stayed in the UK. And none of these exciting spots is more than a civilised flying distance from Britain. Marrakech – magic on...

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 23, 2015

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Anyone for tennis? Eight great sporting getaways...

Anyone for tennis? Eight great sporting getaways

Is the prospect of watching the best players in the world tearing up the beautifully groomed Wimbledon courts motivating you to pick up a racquet yourself? Or is the warmer weather inspiring you to head to the golf course or get out on your bike? Weekends and evenings are all very well, but the best time to commit to really upping your game is on holiday. So why not swap the sun-lounger for a tennis court or a...

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 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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11 things you probably didn’t know about holiday parks...

11 things you probably didn’t know about holiday parks

Think holiday villages are all about cramped caravans, cabaret shows and freezing cold shower blocks? Think again! Thanks to a £32 million makeover, Butlins Minehead resort has more in common with a luxury hotel, and here are some others which are a world away from the holiday villages of yesteryear, writes Tamara Hinson. 1. They don’t all look the same Butlins Minehead, Somerset, UK Our favourite part of the Butlins Minehead £32 million makeover? The rainbow-hued chalets, which...

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...

Jun 2, 2015

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The dos and don’ts of renting a villa...

The dos and don’ts of renting a villa

If you like the idea of your very own holiday home in the sun, you may be surprised at how easy it is to research, book and take a villa break. Read our dos and don’ts on renting a villa to ensure you enjoy the best holiday for you. Don’t assume a villa holiday isn’t for you You don’t have to be a celebrity or loaded with cash to afford your own temporary holiday home. With a huge supply of...

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...

Jun 2, 2015

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The world’s most beautiful coastlines...

The world’s most beautiful coastlines

Fancy a road trip this summer? The following chunks of coastline tick all the boxes: they’re stunningly beautiful but are easily accessible from major cities, making getting there in a hire car a doddle. So what are you waiting for, writes Tamara Hinson… Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia Fly to: Melbourne airport Australia’s coastline has a total length of 16,000 miles (25,765km) but the most spectacular section can be found on the south eastern coast in Victoria, on the...

Jun 2, 2015

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Do you know your travel rights?

Do you know your travel rights?

Travelling is a wonderful experience. However, on occasion, things can go wrong. But you have a range of travel rights that are there to protect you for everything from a delayed ferry trip and lost baggage to flights being grounded or running late. Read our low-down on the keys things to be aware of when booking and travelling to prevent anything ruining a well-deserved break. Package holidays are wrapped in protection Booking a holiday with ATOL protection ensures...

May 28, 2015

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11 tips for a first-time Caribbean cruiser...

11 tips for a first-time Caribbean cruiser

Gliding around the Caribbean on a glamorous cruise liner is certainly one of the most stylish ways to explore the region. It usually takes a cruise or two to learn the ropes, but our insider’s guide from a seasoned cruiser will have you striding aboard like an old (deck) hand. 1. Pick the right ship… The key to any cruise voyage is choosing the right ship to suit your holiday mood and style. The last thing you want is to...

May 26, 2015

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The world’s best street food: 10 dishes that you HAVE to try...

The world’s best street food: 10 dishes that you HAVE to try

Food, glorious food…us Brits certainly love our grub! And on holiday it’s no different, as new flavours and aromas tantalise us, becoming an integral part of the travel experience. There’s no better way to get involved with the local foodie scene then by stepping away from the tourist traps and sampling some authentic street food. So we’ve taken a culinary trip around the globe to discover 10 iconic dishes… 1. For hot and spicy: Jerk chicken, Jamaica It’s not just the weather that’s hot...

May 25, 2015

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5 great cruise holiday destinations for 2015...

5 great cruise holiday destinations for 2015

Cruising remains one of the hottest holiday tickets on offer – in fact, over the last year, the number of people taking cruise holidays has grown globally by nearly 12%, according to the CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association). Many love the all-inclusive nature, the excellent range and quality of food and drink, the variety of entertainment included and, of course, the range of different ports to visit from one day to the next. So where are the big...

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 19, 2015

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Revealed! The UK’s top 10 favourite city destinations...

Revealed! The UK’s top 10 favourite city destinations

If the city is calling, May and June offer the perfect opportunity to explore somewhere new. You can enjoy pleasant sightseeing temperatures before the crowds arrive – but where should you go? To uncover 2015’s city hotspots, we’ve crunched the numbers to reveal the most searched-for destinations on TravelSupermarket 1. Storming in at first place: Amsterdam Amsterdam is top of the city agenda for the next couple of months with almost one in 12 Brits searching for a break here. Rich in history and culture...

May 19, 2015

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Amazing places to stay in the UK for less than £100...

Amazing places to stay in the UK for less than £100

In need of some time out? Then read on, because we’ve found the best UK accommodation for under £100, writes Tamara Hinson. There’s something for everyone, whether you fancy spending the night in a converted train carriage or channelling your wild side with a safari-themed getaway in the Kent wilderness. Best for a quiet weekend in the country The Pheasant Inn, Hungerford, Berkshire: From £90 per room per night The 11-room Pheasant Inn is ideal for fans of all...

May 18, 2015

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Don’t get the holiday blues! How to make a travel complaint...

Don’t get the holiday blues!  How to make a travel complaint

Investing money in holidays, whether on our big main getaway or just a weekend break recharge, is supposed to give us a wonderful care-free escape full of memorable experiences. Yet, on occasion, things do go wrong. But there are ways of dealing with unwanted situations which can rescue a holiday before it goes irrecoverably wrong. And there are ways to follow up your complaint back home in the UK. Follow these simple steps to get the right outcome for you....