Mar 17, 2017

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

From Blackpool to hidden Huisinis: Britain’s best beaches

From North Yorkshire to Norfolk, we’re scoured Britain’s coastline for the best beaches we could find. Have we got it right, or is your favourite missing? Read on and find out!   Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire Caught in a time warp, the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay is the perfect place to escape the strife of modern life. Sheltered from the rest of the world by steep, craggy cliffs, the beach itself delivers a slice of...

Mar 7, 2017

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Trump’s US travel ban: What is it and who is affected?...

Trump’s US travel ban: What is it and who is affected?

In 2017, US President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders which limit travel to the United States from certain countries. Here we explain the two executive orders and their implications. The March 2017 executive order The January 2017 executive order (explained below) was blocked by the courts in February, and effectively remains on hold. On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order, to take effect from March 16, placing a 90-day ban on people from...

Feb 23, 2017

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8 ways to prevent your luggage getting lost...

8 ways to prevent your luggage getting lost

Waiting nervously for your cases at the baggage carousel is always a heart in the mouth moment – the longer it takes for your bags to arrive, the more you convince yourself your luggage is lost. Most of the time it’s fine, but every once in a while, you’re the frustrated traveller left baggage-less: cue holiday chaos. Between trying to track down your bags, panic-buying necessities and figuring out exactly what your airline or travel insurance will cover you...

Feb 16, 2017

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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, 2015 – as well as the earlier atrocity in Tunis on March 18, 2015 – the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) took the decision to warn against all but essential travel to Tunisia, and a state of emergency has been put in place until at least May, 2017. For the latest advice, check the FCO site. I have a package holiday booked to Tunisia...

Feb 14, 2017

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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...

Feb 8, 2017

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How to do Berlin on a budget

How to do Berlin on a budget

Germany’s capital tells a tale of two cities. One grand, boasting imposing landmarks and pristinely-kept parks, and the other gritty, where graffiti is celebrated as an art form and parties pop up on every corner. Both sides of this split-personality city are equally beautiful and easy to experience on limited euros. Roxanne Wells advises on how to enjoy the best of Berlin on a budget. Where to stay on a budget The central Mitte area is where you’ll...

Feb 6, 2017

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How to book your next holiday with confidence...

How to book your next holiday with confidence

When it comes to buying a holiday, financial protection can be confusing. However, making sure you have the right cover is vital should something go wrong.   So, to help you prevent any holiday disasters, we’ve put together some simple tips to ensure you can book your next break safely and securely. How should you pay for your trip? These days, many of us look out for charges being added to our bookings when we pay by card,...

Feb 6, 2017

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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...

Jan 27, 2017

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10 things to do on a city break in Aarhus...

10 things to do on a city break in Aarhus

The coastal Danish city of Aarhus is European Capital of Culture in 2017, so it’s a really hot destination right now, writes Tamara Hinson. Here are ten things every visitor should see and do. Chow down with locals at Aarhus Street Food It’s easy to miss Aarhus Street Food, housed inside a nondescript warehouse a few metres from the train station. But step inside and you’ll find dozens of stalls serving a wide range of delicious cuisine, from...

Jan 24, 2017

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How do prepaid currency cards work?

How do prepaid currency cards work?

Feeling a bit flummoxed by prepaid currency cards and how they can be useful? Here we’ve set out to explain in simple terms exactly what they are, how to use them, and how to decide whether they’re the best option for you. What is a prepaid currency card? Put simply, it’s a card you load up with a particular currency to use later in another country. Are there different types? Yes. Some cards are used solely for one currency, most...

Jan 20, 2017

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Last-minute half-term holiday deals

Last-minute half-term holiday deals

Just because you’ve left it late, doesn’t mean you can’t still find a bargain break this February half-term. In fact, there are still some incredibly good deals out there! From familiar favourites like the Algarve and the Canary Islands to exciting adventures in Dubai and New York, we’ve found some amazing last-minute half-term holidays for this February. All prices were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.   Algarve – £82pp From Birmingham on February...

Jan 18, 2017

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Is it safe to go to The Gambia?

Is it safe to go to The Gambia?

Please note: This article was last updated on January 24, 2017 The declaration of a state of emergency in The Gambia in mid-January 2017 prompted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to update its advice regarding the West African country. At the time the FCO advised against all but essential travel to the country, with thousands of Brits currently being repatriated as a result. However, as of January 24, 2017, the FCO no longer advises against travel to The Gambia, as...

Jan 16, 2017

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10 of the best autumn city breaks

10 of the best autumn city breaks

As the post-summer blues kick in, autumn presents the perfect opportunity to get over it by getting your holiday fix with a quick city break. With that in mind we’ve rounded up ten cracking cities, both across the pond and closer to home, that really come into their own as temperatures cool and the leaves start to turn. 1. Paris Paris is a classic city break destination, and after a hot and sleepy August, the city comes alive again...

Jan 16, 2017

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

Am I entitled to compensation for a delayed flight?

Nobody 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...

Jan 12, 2017

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Revealed: The best holiday deposit offers in 2017...

Revealed: The best holiday deposit offers in 2017

Every year, the ‘January sales’ offer up a bit of a conundrum: there are some amazing travel bargains to be had, but after the inevitable Christmas splurge, many Brits are feeling the post-festive pinch. Luckily, many top travel brands offer excellent holiday deposit deals in January, allowing you to secure your place on the plane in advance, then pay the rest later. To make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve rounded up some of the best low holiday deposits...

Jan 3, 2017

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Hand luggage tips

Hand luggage tips

When going away on a city break or a short trip, travelling with just hand luggage can save you time and money, making your break less hassle and better value. However, you have to be careful not to fall foul of hand luggage size and weight restrictions. Here we outline the benefits of employing the hand-baggage-only technique and share our top tips on how to make your journey as easy as possible. What are the benefits of travelling light...

Jan 3, 2017

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

Booking now vs booking late: The great holiday dilemma

With Christmas done and dusted for another year and the back-to-work blues setting in, it’s easy to start 2017 under a cloud. So what better way to give this year a boost than by planning a holiday?! It all boils down though 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 to help find the best option for you. Your situation If you...

Dec 13, 2016

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What should I do if my travel company goes bust?...

What should I do if my travel company goes bust?

When a travel company becomes insolvent or bankrupt and collapses, the fallout for customers can be extremely stressful. Many people can be left out of pocket, while others may be stranded overseas without a ticket home. If the worst has happened to you, read the advice below to find out what your options are and the next steps you should take. Did you pay by credit card? If the holiday, flight, car rental or other travel service you purchased cost £100 or...

Dec 12, 2016

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Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Update 01/01/17: Following a terrorist attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve which killed over 35 people, and an explosion outside Besiktas football stadium in Istanbul on December 10, the FCO advises that tourists remain vigilant at all times and follow the advice of local security officials. Turkey fell victim to a number of high-profile terror attacks and political events in 2016, including a failed coup on July 15 -16. The situation is now calmer, but there is currently still...

Dec 12, 2016

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Should I travel to Egypt?

Should I travel to Egypt?

Currently, certain parts of Egypt are deemed to be unsafe for British nationals. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently advises against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai and all but essential travel to the areas west of the Nile Valley/Nile Delta regions and South Sinai – with the exception of the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes the airport and the areas of Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq. Please see...

Dec 2, 2016

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Winter city breaks for under £99pp

Winter city breaks for under £99pp

Cities often change completely in winter, making it a great season to explore somewhere new or see a different side of a favourite destination. With deals available for under £99 per person, including accommodation and flights, it’s also a fantastic time to save money. As with all these deals we source, take a look on the site yourself to find more offers for the dates and departing airports that suit you. All prices were correct at the time of writing....

Dec 2, 2016

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Should I go to Greece this summer?

Should I go to Greece this summer?

From near economic ruin to bearing the brunt of the 2015/16 refugee crisis, Greece has had to overcome a great deal in the last few years. Amid the height of the county’s problems, the British media went into an all-out frenzy, leaving many concerned over their travel plans top the popular holiday hotspot. Now, however, the situation has calmed down again, with tourism expected to thrive again in 2017. Here’s what you need to think about for a...

Nov 22, 2016

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Your travel insurance questions answered...

Your travel insurance questions answered

Travel insurance can be tricky to get your head around, but understanding your policy is the best way to avoid a holiday headache. We get lots of questions on our blog about insurance – everything from what to do if you have a pre-existing medical condition to the conditions of cover for helicopter rides. Here we’ve answered some of the most common travel insurance questions – if we’ve missed off yours, ask us in the comments section below and...

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 10, 2016

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11 of the best Christmas markets in Europe...

11 of the best Christmas markets in Europe

Wooden chalets, mulled wine, and all the Christmassy calories you can consume – it’s Christmas markets time! For many, the Christmas market has become synonymous with the festive season, alongside Brussels sprouts and that one completely useless gift you receive from a distant relative every year. To give you an idea of which one to choose, we’ve put together our list of classic and alternative Christmas markets in some of Europe’s top city break destinations. Berlin To call Berlin a Christmas...

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 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...

Sep 5, 2016

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Beyond Cancún: Great resorts in Mexico...

Beyond Cancún: Great resorts in Mexico

Cancún – the colourful east coast resort which has put Mexico on the holiday map – is easy for Brits to reach and awash in tropical-themed party palaces. But go a little further afield and you’ll discover lesser-known resorts with fewer skyscrapers and more charm on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, or consider flying to the west coast to discover the more mature Pacific resorts which have been drawing fans for more than 50 years, writes Anthea Gerrie. Compare cheap holidays...

Aug 30, 2016

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How to make a successful travel insurance claim...

How to make a successful travel insurance claim

In the wake of Lowcostholidays’ recent collapse, the importance of protecting your holiday has never been more relevant. Although holidays are supposed to be happy and memorable times, on occasion things can go wrong. That’s why we buy insurance; to cover us when events are taken out of our control. However, 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...

Aug 30, 2016

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9 European beach spots for late summer sun...

9 European beach spots for late summer sun

With the crowds retreating and the weather still warm in destinations around the Mediterranean and beyond, September is a great time to fly away for a relaxing beach break, writes Clare Walsh. We’ve picked out nine of the best beach resorts in Europe where temperatures remain high enough for you to laze about comfortably on the sand – while everyone back home starts wrapping up. Tenerife, Spain Average September Temperature: 23°C With temperatures still sizzling well into September, Tenerife makes an ideal getaway....

Aug 25, 2016

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Secret France: How to escape the tourist trail...

Secret France: How to escape the tourist trail

Start counting the reasons why France is the world’s most visited country and you very quickly lose track, writes Mary Novakovich. Its popularity is obvious – the beaches, the food, the landscapes, the culture, the mountains, the sheer joie de vivre of life in France. But learning these French secrets will steer you away from the tourist trail and help you reveal some of the country’s lesser-known experiences. Compare cheap holidays in France Walk along Paris’s Promenade Plantée New York...

Aug 23, 2016

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City break deals for under £99pp

City break deals for under £99pp

Which city are you most keen to tick off the list? Prague, Berlin and Madrid are just three of the top-notch destinations that are currently coming in at under £99 per person for two nights, including flights, proving that September is a cracking time to explore somewhere exciting. As well as those we’ve picked out below, there are loads of similar deals to be had in Europe’s other top destinations, so have a search yourself and you could be discovering a...

Aug 19, 2016

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Recommended reading: Brilliant books to read around the world...

Recommended reading: Brilliant books to read around the world

Going on holiday? A good book deserves a spot in your suitcase as much as your camera or passport. You might be used to whiling away the hours with the latest best-seller, but for this year’s trip, we want you to pick a book that tells you a bit more about the place you’re visiting. With that in mind, we spoke to book lovers around the world to recommend two titles that have the power to enhance an...

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 19, 2016

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Secret Italy: How to escape the tourist trail...

Secret Italy: How to escape the tourist trail

Italy’s mix of world-class cities, heavenly landscapes and superb cuisine is irresistible, writes Mary Novakovich. But you don’t have to follow the well-worn tourist trail to have an unforgettable holiday. These Italian secrets – from hidden beaches to home cooking – will make you fall under Italy’s spell and discover lesser-known sides to this marvellous country. Compare cheap holidays in Italy Head south to Calabria’s beaches While Puglia hogs the spotlight, rugged Calabria is the unsung beauty of...

Aug 12, 2016

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What happens to your luggage after check-in?...

What happens to your luggage after check-in?

What happens to luggage after check-in? Packing is often the last thing we do before running out the door for a flight. We take it for granted that our bags will accompany us the whole way and arrive in good shape—but there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes at airports to make sure this happens. At Heathrow alone, 1.5 million metric tonnes of cargo was shipped last year![1] To better understand the ins and...

Aug 11, 2016

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9 things you probably didn’t know about Ibiza...

9 things you probably didn’t know about Ibiza

Mention Ibiza and certain things instantly come to mind: all-night super-club parties and drunken Brits on stag dos, perhaps with a few nice beaches thrown in. But while the clubbing scene is famous for good reason, there’s a lot more to the White Isle than Space, Pacha, Amnesia and hungover breakfasts the morning after before doing it all over again. In fact, considering the size of Ibiza, the island has an extraordinary amount to offer visitors, from breath-taking scenery...

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 8, 2016

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Last-minute European beach breaks for under £500pp...

Last-minute European beach breaks for under £500pp

As the summer rolls on, Brits up and down the country will be jetting off on a well-deserved holiday. If you had every intention of booking a bargain break back January but never got around to it, you might be worried about checking the prices now in case they shatter your dreams of a last-minute getaway. Well relax! The deals are still there, you just have to know where to look. To put your holiday anxiety at ease, we’ve rounded up eight...