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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Should I travel to Egypt?

Should I travel to Egypt?

Travel to parts of Egypt from the UK has been difficult for many months now due to the suspension of direct flights from the UK to the popular Sharm el Sheikh area. The suspension was ordered by the UK government following the crash of a Russian Metro aircraft on October 31, 2015. The plane came down in Egypt’s Sinai region and the crash claimed the lives of all 224 passengers. Since then, UK carriers have suspended flights to and from...

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...

Aug 2, 2016

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How to do the Greek islands with kids...

How to do the Greek islands with kids

With a collection of dolls and teddies lined up next to her on our kitchen floor, my two-year-old regularly declares that she’s off to Paxos on a “boat”. She tells me she’ll swim in the sea when she gets there, catch a fish and then eat ice cream. Praise indeed for a memorable holiday. But how did we make a trip exploring three Greek islands with a two-year-old in tow enjoyable and relaxing? Here’s how to get the basics...

Aug 2, 2016

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The Zika virus: Travel advice and your rights...

The Zika virus: Travel advice and your rights

The recent announcement from Public Health England that pregnant women should avoid travel to Florida due to the risk of contracting the Zika virus has thrust the issue back into the limelight. Here we outline what the virus is, what best do to if you want to cancel your holiday, and what steps you can take to avoid contracting the virus. What is the Zika virus? The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness which can be passed from a pregnant woman to...

Aug 2, 2016

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Revealed! How to travel in style in economy class...

Revealed! How to travel in style in economy class

How many times have you boarded a plane and walked through the business class section to find that your seat in economy is not one of those wide, spacious, comfy-looking reclining spots at the front of the plane, but instead resembles a battery farm cage? Your meal looks like it’s made of plastic, the blanket is wafer thin and the size of a flannel, and the entertainment system is broken – ring any bells? Most of us have been there, but don’t...

Aug 1, 2016

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

Am I entitled to compensation for a delayed flight?

No-one wants their flight to be delayed and we receive regular questions from readers about how to tackle the claims process following travel disruption. So, to help you if your flight is delayed, our handy guide simplifies your legal rights and explains what compensation you might be entitled to, as well as how you would go about claiming it. My flight is delayed – does my airline have to look after me? If you are travelling from a European...

Jul 29, 2016

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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 5-29), an anarchic, sprawling celebration of the arts that takes...

Jul 21, 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. Turkey has fallen victim to a number of high-profile events this year, the most recent being an attempted coup on July 15-16. This situation is now calming, however, and flights to and from the country are returning to normal. Following the failed coup, President Erdogan has announced a three-month...

Jul 21, 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 September 21, 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 2016....

Jul 19, 2016

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5 reasons you need travel insurance

5 reasons you need travel insurance

Two fifths of Brits have admitted to going on holiday without a travel insurance policy in place, according to our research. By doing so they are leaving themselves open to a range of risks that could be mitigated simply by spending a few pounds on a travel insurance policy. Here are five reasons you should never go on holiday without travel cover. 1. You’ll avoid hefty medical bills Here in the UK we are fortunate enough to generally only...

Jul 18, 2016

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Lowcost Travel Group collapse – what are your rights?...

Lowcost Travel Group collapse – what are your rights?

On July 15, 2016, Lowcost Travel Group (LCTG) announced its collapse due to the “recent and ongoing turbulent financial environment”. The news has thrown thousands of holidaymakers’ summer plans into jeopardy, with administrators estimating that approximately 110,000 have a future booking with the provider. A further 27,000 customers were on holiday with LCTG as of Friday. If you’ve been affected by the collapse, here we explain your rights and the next steps you should take. Who is the Lowcost...

Jul 18, 2016

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Welcome to the club! Experts reveal what’s hot in Ibiza this summer...

Welcome to the club! Experts reveal what’s hot in Ibiza this summer

When it comes to the White Isle, everyone has an opinion on what to do, where to eat and the places to be for sunset and sunrise – and of course the best clubs to check out in-between. It’s always a good idea to speak to the experts though, so Hayley Leaver asked some of the DJs, seasoned clubbers and locals that have their fingers on Ibiza’s sweaty, racing pulse this season to reveal their top tips for those visiting the island...

Jul 18, 2016

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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 13, 2016

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

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

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

Jul 11, 2016

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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 in the sand and paddle in the sea. From cheery hotels to holiday parks, Britain has a great range of coastal accommodation, while you could also visit the hotspots we’ve picked out on a day trip if you live within striking distance by rail or car. Our round-up of the best British beaches includes a selection of...

Jul 8, 2016

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7 epic bike rides across Europe

7 epic bike rides across Europe

Dig the bike out from the shed and squeeze into that Lycra – the peloton is off and the Tour de France is now well under way! The riders are already several stages into the world’s greatest cycle race, having departed from Mont Saint Michel in Normandy on July 2. If you’re not exhausted from watching along on TV and have been inspired to get back in the saddle, we’ve picked out a number of exciting rides for beginners through to seasoned bike-nuts. 1. UK:...

Jul 5, 2016

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Your essential guide to getting a new passport...

Your essential guide to getting a new passport

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. But with the peak summer season fast approaching, it’s time to dust off the old passport and make sure that everything is in order so nothing ruins your big holiday. So, how to ensure you don’t get caught out?...

Jun 29, 2016

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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...

Jun 7, 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...

Jun 6, 2016

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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....

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 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 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 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 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:...