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 16, 2016

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European Championships: THE last-minute travel guide for fans...

European Championships: THE last-minute travel guide for fans

We’ve barely had the chance to catch our breath after the most exciting Premier League competition in history and already the European Championships are almost upon us. More than one million visitors from overseas are expected to descend upon France during the tournament, with football fans from all over the continent heading over to cheer on their team. The football festivities kick off on June 10 when the hosts France take on Romania in the opening ceremony and the atmosphere...

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 3, 2016

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How to get the best holiday money deals...

How to get the best holiday money deals

Whether you’re heading off for a short city break or on your main summer holiday, you’re going to need some spending money. And, as we all like to think we’re great at getting a holiday deal, 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. But, read on to find out how easy it can be to save big...

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...

Apr 11, 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...

Apr 10, 2016

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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 huge makeover in 2015, 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 makeover last year? The rainbow-hued chalets,...

Apr 4, 2016

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How to book your next holiday with confidence...

How to book your next holiday with confidence

A new report released by the London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, ABTA and Get Safe Online has revealed that holidaymakers lost £11.5 million in 2015 as a result of holiday booking fraud. According to the report, the level of travel fraud has rocketed by 425% compared to 2014 – up from £2.2 million – highlighting how important it is to stay vigilant when booking holidays online. It revealed that the biggest areas for fraud included criminals hacking real...

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 30, 2016

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Should I travel to Egypt?

Should I travel to Egypt?

As a result of a plane crash on October 31, 2015 in Egypt’s Sinai region that claimed the lives of all 224 passengers, the British government has suspended flights to and from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. The situation left a number of British nationals stranded in Egypt, and, due to the nature of the incident, it may also be causing concern for those scheduled to fly to the popular resort in the coming weeks and months. UK carriers...

Mar 24, 2016

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Should I travel to Tunisia?

Should I travel to Tunisia?

Updated advice: The current state of emergency in Tunisia has now been extended until June 22, 2016. Please see the FCO site for further information. Following the deadly Tunisian terror attack in the resort of Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, on June 26, 2015 – as well as the earlier atrocity in Tunis on March 18, 2015 – many holidaymakers will have had their summer holidays cancelled and may be wondering whether they should still travel to this popular sunshine destination in...

Mar 21, 2016

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10 reasons to read your travel insurance small print...

10 reasons to read your travel insurance small print

You’ve spent weeks planning your holiday, weighing up all of the options to find the perfect break for you. You’ve finally booked. Now what? It’s time to buy your travel insurance. OK, so this might not be the most exciting part of your getaway but it is essential to take out a comprehensive policy as soon as you book so you’re covered for everything from medical costs and lost possessions to cancellation. And  it’s a false economy to simply opt for...

Mar 19, 2016

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Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Is it safe to go to Turkey?

If you’ve read reports about the recent bomb attacks in Turkey, you may be feeling apprehensive about the safety of the country, especially if you are preparing for a holiday there. But, despite the recent terrible explosions in Istanbul on March 19 and January 12, three explosions in the capital Ankara in the last six months and trouble in the wider geographical region, the majority of Turkey remains a safe place for holidaymakers. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not changed its stance on...

Mar 8, 2016

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Revealed! How to save more than £900 this Easter...

Revealed! How to save more than £900 this Easter

You might have secured a great deal on your Easter flights and hotel by booking well in advance, but that doesn’t mean you can just sit back and sort everything else out at the last minute. You’ve probably still got all sorts of extras – from car hire to travel insurance – still to take care of and by leaving it late you could end up paying well over the odds for holiday essentials. Not to worry though. We’re here...

Feb 29, 2016

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Revealed! What’s still left this Easter?...

Revealed! What’s still left this Easter?

With less than four weeks until the Easter break, you may think it’s too late to start looking for a trip away. But there’s still plenty on offer if you want to escape from the daily grind. From country cottage retreats to adventures on distant shores, and city breaks to a date with the Pope, we round up some great ideas for last-minute getaways. A classic winter sun escape: Tenerife How much? £401pp for seven nights from Glasgow...

Feb 19, 2016

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Hand luggage tips

Hand luggage tips

When going away on a city break or a short trip, travelling with hand luggage only will not only save you time, it can also save you pounds on checking in your luggage, making your break even better value for money. However, you have to be careful not to fall foul of hand luggage size and weight restrictions. Here are the benefits of employing the hand-baggage-only technique and our top tips on how to make your journey as easy...

Feb 16, 2016

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Revealed! 7 ways to cut the cost of long-haul flights...

Revealed! 7 ways to cut the cost of long-haul flights

With so many options when it comes to long-haul airlines, it’s never been easier to fly to an exotic destination on the other side of the world ­– in 2017, you might even be able to fly non-stop from London to Perth. But, unless you know how to find a bargain, flying to far-flung locations can hit your wallet where it hurts. To help prevent this, we’ve put together some top tips to help you get that once-in-a-life-time...

Feb 16, 2016

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Nine of the best ski resorts for a weekend break...

Nine of the best ski resorts for a weekend break

You don’t have to use up all of your holiday to make the most of the ski season, writes Jessica Bown. You can access many of Europe’s best ski resorts within just a few hours. And, with a bit of careful planning, a short break in the mountains can be just as rewarding as a week away. Here’s our pick of the best resorts for weekend skiing… Best for families: La Clusaz, France Nearest airport: Geneva Journey time:...

Feb 11, 2016

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Make holidays memorable for the right reasons...

Make holidays memorable for the right reasons

I suspect it has happened to all of us. At some point between thinking of going away on a holiday and getting back from the trip there has been an argument. Not just a niggle over where you left the airline tickets or why you bought yet another souvenir. But a full blown row that turned the holiday dream into a holiday drama, leaving you with the wrong kind of holiday memories. So what can you do to...

Feb 2, 2016

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Revealed! How to do London with kids

Revealed! How to do London with kids

It’s the UK’s biggest city and boasts some of the country’s most famous landmarks, from Big Ben and Tower Bridge to the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. And although London is crammed with pricey designer shops, high-end eateries and glitzy nightclubs, it’s also home to hundreds of family-friendly restaurants and attractions, writes Fiona Whitty. The biggest problem is where to start. Allow us to help… Where to stay with kids The three designer-led Nadler Hotels are in great...

Feb 1, 2016

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

Booking now vs booking late: The great holiday dilemma

The Christmas holidays are a long, distant memory and your New Year’s resolution has already become a tedious ordeal. What could possibly pull you from the rigours of a post-festive slump? Why, booking your big summer 2016 holiday, of course. Whether you are planning a week in the sun, a city break for a long weekend or your main family getaway, you will be deluged with advertising shouting about holiday deals and offers. And, of course, getting organised...

Dec 8, 2015

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The ultimate Christmas travel guide

The ultimate Christmas travel guide

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

Nov 23, 2015

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

7 holiday rip-offs and how to avoid them

Nothing ruins fabulous travel memories more than a right royal holiday rip-off. And there are plenty of them. From sneaky debit card charges to scamming holiday companies, rip-offs can fiddle holidaymakers out of hundreds of pounds. However, the good news is that many of these money-wasters are avoidable if you know what to look out for. Here are some of the classic rip-offs – and how to protect yourself. Rip-off #1: The vanishing holiday company Before you’ve even left...

Nov 17, 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 2016 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...

Nov 14, 2015

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The 10 worst holiday blunders to avoid...

The 10 worst holiday blunders to avoid

Booking a holiday is an exciting time – so exciting, in fact, that it’s easy to get carried away and end up making a mistake or two that could spoil your break away. Here, we round up 10 of the worst holiday blunders and how to avoid them. 1. Booking the wrong destination/date In 2014, one couple booked flights to the Caribbean for what they thought was a bargain £800, but were turned away at Birmingham airport because their...

Nov 2, 2015

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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 charges for bags, taxes and administration fees, it has become harder to find cheap flights. However, there are still deals to be had if you know where to look and when to book. Just follow our seven simple money-saving tips below to avoid paying over the odds. 1. Timing is key Flights go on sale throughout the year but knowing when to look for them can help you to bag a bargain. Generally, the earlier you book,...

Nov 2, 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 long to get on a plane and turn left into business class, but until we win the Lottery, 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 with a proper...

Nov 2, 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...

Oct 27, 2015

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Revealed! The cheapest airport to fly from in the UK is…...

Revealed! The cheapest airport to fly from in the UK is…

We receive many comments on our blog from northerners complaining that southerners have far more choice when it comes to airports so it’s always cheaper to depart from London. Yet southerners tend to respond that demand is so high in their area that flights are often nearly sold out resulting in higher prices in the end. So, to put an end to the debate, we’ve done some research to find out who actually gets the cheapest airfares in...

Oct 27, 2015

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Lads, ladies and lovers: The best destinations for group holidays...

Lads, ladies and lovers: The best destinations for group holidays

Whether you’re off on holiday with the lads for a long overdue catch up, are heading away on a hen do with the girls or are getting a few couples together for a fun-filled break, there are plenty of places to choose from just a short flight from the UK. Here are our top picks for group breaks, whatever you’re after. The boys Best for alternative nightlife: Berlin Berlin’s nightlife needs no introduction. From sweaty electro-pumping warehouses to authentically quirky...

Oct 13, 2015

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The dos and don’ts of a ski holiday...

The dos and don’ts of a ski holiday

Incredible alpine panoramic views, thrilling downhill descents and epic après-ski parties – they are all yours for the taking on a holiday on the slopes. But wait! Before you start shopping for salopettes, there are a few things you need to remember. Luckily for you, we’ve got your back – our handy list of dos and don’ts will make sure your next ski holiday is memorable for the right reasons. Getting the gear Do: Borrow everything you can...

Oct 12, 2015

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Ski holidays: The guide for absolutely everybody...

Ski holidays: The guide for absolutely everybody

Beginners, budget skiers, families and even those who prefer après-ski to ski… we’ve found a resort for you. By Alf Alderson. For a great break on a budget: Bansko, Bulgaria Bansko features high on many a list of budget ski options and, while the overall skiing experience isn’t generally as slick as resorts in the Alps or Rocky Mountains, it’s improving all the time – in recent years, new lifts have been installed and the resort has plenty of skiing...

Oct 12, 2015

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Skiing pricey? Seven tips for a budget break on the snow...

Skiing pricey? Seven tips for a budget break on the snow

Think ski and snowboard holidays and you might think: expensive equipment, wince-inducing baggage charges… and Prince Charles at Klosters, writes Jessica Bown. In other words, holidays to keep your wallet away from. But be savvy, and you can have plenty of fun on the snow for less. Here are our top tips for winter sports holidays on a budget. 1. Get kitted out for a bargain Even just preparing for a winter sports trip can make a big...

Oct 5, 2015

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How to spend two days in London

How to spend two days in London

London is electric; a city of non-stop action and endless activity. A frenetic current runs through its streets 24 hours a day, with an eclectic restaurant scene, fascinating history and exciting cultures new and old constantly charging the generator. With so much going on, you can pack a tremendous amount into a two-day trip, but you’ll need to use the frantic pace of the capital as your ally. No one stands still too long in London, so you’ll want to...

Oct 5, 2015

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Luxe for less: 10 budget UK hotels with the wow factor...

Luxe for less: 10 budget UK hotels with the wow factor

Fancy a night in a posh hotel but don’t want to splash the cash? Love your luxury toiletries, locally-sourced breakfasts and claw-footed bath tubs but don’t want to break the bank? Tamara Hinson has done some digging to find 10 of the UK’s most luxurious hotels with a price tag of £100 or less. Carden Park, Chester, Cheshire Price: From £99 per room per night on a bed and breakfast basis This beautiful 196-room hotel recently underwent a £4...

Oct 5, 2015

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Save almost £500 on half-term extras this October...

Save almost £500 on half-term extras this October

With less than three weeks left until the big October getaway, many of us who are taking a break still won’t have organised holiday extras such as foreign currency, airport parking and travel insurance. Leaving all this sometimes boring but necessary stuff until it’s too late, then panic buying, means you risk paying over the odds for holiday items that can be found much cheaper with a little planning. Here’s how you could save almost £500 on travel extras this school half-term break. Travel...

Sep 28, 2015

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Book your Christmas travel NOW

Book your Christmas travel NOW

The nights are drawing in, the summer holiday season is over for another year and many people’s next big focus will be Christmas. And although December 25 may seem like a long time away right now, it’s less than three months until Father Christmas will be hopping onto his sleigh and travelling around the world to deliver presents. While Father Christmas’ travel expenses are relatively modest – a few extra bowls of reindeer food, perhaps – the cost...

Sep 20, 2015

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The ultimate guide to planning a long-haul trip...

The ultimate guide to planning a long-haul trip

So you’ve decided you’re going on an adventure. Spain can wait; this year you’re going trekking in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in search of gigantic grizzly bears, spectacular glaciers and, most importantly, yourself – but first, you must plan. Depending on your perspective, this can be the fun part or a hellacious obstacle that you must navigate before the real fun bit begins. Whichever way you look at it, it’s important. With potentially only one or two...

Sep 10, 2015

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Top 10 things to do in Florida

Top 10 things to do in Florida

Florida is the undoubted theme park capital of the world, writes Jeanette Parkin. Don’t overlook the other incredible holiday experiences of the Sunshine State however, as Florida has a lot more going for it than Mickey Mouse and pals. Here is our guide on what to do in Florida away from the big theme parks: 1. Experience Kennedy Space Centre NASA’s launch headquarters in Cape Canaveral gives Florida’s theme parks a run for their money when it comes to...

Sep 10, 2015

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Guide to tipping etiquette on holiday...

Guide to tipping etiquette on holiday

Tipping: when… where… who… how much? Whether it’s a hotel porter delivering your bags or a taxi driver fishing around for coins to make up your change, that “do I or don’t I” moment can be awkward, writes Jeanette Parkin. Tipping etiquette varies greatly from place to place, though it’s generally considered to be a gesture of appreciation for the service you have received. But when it comes to giving gratuities, us Brits can be pretty clueless. So we’re...