Aug 14, 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...

Jul 28, 2017

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Should I travel to Tunisia?

Should I travel to Tunisia?

Since a spate of horrific terrorist attacks struck Tunisia in 2015, the country has been largely off-limits for Britons. Recent changes in Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice suggests that the country could be about to open up to UK tourism again, although any progress is likely to be slow in this regard. Read on, up-to-date information on the situation in Tunisia. What is the latest advice about travelling to Tunisia? As of 26 July 2017, the Foreign and Commonwealth...

Jun 7, 2017

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The situation in Qatar: will it affect my travel plans?...

The situation in Qatar: will it affect my travel plans?

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen have all severed ties with Qatar following allegations that the country backs certain Islamist terrorist groups. Qatar has denied these allegations, but the current political situation is affecting air travel in the region and beyond. As a result of this event, a number of airlines have indefinitely suspended flights to Doha, the capital of Qatar. The above countries have also closed their airspace to Qatar Airways,...

Jun 7, 2017

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From Absinthe to Whisky: the world’s best distilleries you can visit...

From Absinthe to Whisky: the world’s best distilleries you can visit

Fancy yourself as a bit of a cognac connoisseur, a true aficionado of Cuban rum and Mexican tequila, or a good ol’ sour-mash-sippin’ boy from Tennessee? Robin Gauldie’s guide showcases some of the best distilleries around the world where you can sample your favourite tipple in the place it’s produced. Absinthe – Prague, Czechia Mystique and ritual are part of the absinthe experience, and Prague is the world’s absinthe capital. The Absintherie is the place to sample the ‘green fairy’ for the...

Jun 6, 2017

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What does travel insurance cover you for?...

What does travel insurance cover you for?

Lots of us take out a travel insurance policy simply because we know we’re supposed to have it when we go on holiday, buying the cheapest insurance available and not giving it a second thought once it’s purchased. Unfortunately, this can lead to problems down the line – if you don’t fully understand your policy and pick the right one, you could end up without adequate cover. To avoid any unpleasant discoveries about your travel insurance policy, here we...

Jun 3, 2017

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Where should I go for late summer sun?...

Where should I go for late summer sun?

Still not booked your summer holiday this year? If it’s possible for you to go in September, then that’s the perfect time for late bargains, with the sun still lingering in many of Europe’s most popular destinations – and beyond. We’ve rounded up some of the best deals out there for you. All deals depart on September 14 for a seven-night stay – we’ve featured example prices from a range of departure airports, but you can tailor trips to suit...

Jun 2, 2017

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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, 2015 as the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) abolished the paper counterparts to our driving licences. This has led to a few small changes to the way we rent cars: here’s what you need to know. What changed? The DVLA effectively scrapped paper licences. It no longer issues or updates the paper licence counterpart for everything from motoring offences to what types of vehicle you can drive. All details are now...

May 25, 2017

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Avoid Paying Excess Luggage Charges

*For an up-to-date version of this article, click here. With airlines getting stricter on the limits they allow for hand and hold luggage it is vital that when packing your baggage, you ensure you are within the rules set out by the airlines you are travelling with. When travelling with infants you should be aware of how little you can take in terms of free baggage so ensure you check that too when flying with those under 2....

May 20, 2017

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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’re 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 problem...

May 19, 2017

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Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Turkey has fallen victim to a number of high-profile terror attacks and political events in the last couple of years, including a failed coup on July 15-16, 2016. The situation is now calmer, but there is currently still a state of emergency in place. The FCO has advised that security operations are ongoing throughout the country, and that the threat from terrorism remains high – although bear in mind that the threat level for the UK itself is currently at...

May 15, 2017

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The dos and don’ts of holiday cash...

The dos and don’ts of holiday cash

If you’re counting down the days until your next adventure, the last thing you’ll want is for your holiday mood to be dampened because you’ve made a blunder with your holiday cash. And while spending in an unfamiliar foreign currency can be confusing, with a little preparation you can avoid many of the pitfalls that trip holidaymakers up every year. From where to buy your cash to how to spend and store it while you are away, here...

May 12, 2017

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How to beat travel sickness – expert tips revealed...

How to beat travel sickness – expert tips revealed

Motion sickness, travel sickness, sea sickness… this traveller’s scourge goes by many names, but it’s the same outcome no matter what you call it. One minute, you’re mid-journey, halfway through your 4th episode of Call the Midwife; the next, it’s a mad dash for the little paper bag. It can strike anyone, at any time, without warning and, if you’re a regular traveller, it can be a complete nightmare to deal with. So why does it happen and, more...

May 11, 2017

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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...

May 3, 2017

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Tips for driving in Europe

Tips for driving in Europe

Driving on holiday is supposed to be exciting and broaden your horizons, but getting caught out by foreign road rules and regulations is enough to put a dampener on anyone’s trip. There’s the extra kit you need to have in the car, the essential documents, the right insurance, not to mention driving on the other side of the road and working out what the different signs mean. Sounds like a lot to remember, right? Well don’t worry. We’ve...

May 3, 2017

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Tips for holidaying and flying with babies and toddlers...

Tips for holidaying and flying with babies and toddlers

Holidays are a welcome break from the daily grind, and a time to really recharge those batteries. Or, if you’re a new parent, that’s what they used to be – getting to grips with travelling with a little one in tow is a full-on and challenging experience, writes Beci Wood. Travel has been my passion for as long as I remember, and I was determined to continue that when I became a mother, despite the challenges I knew would arise....

May 2, 2017

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Hand luggage tips

Hand luggage tips

From airline-specific restrictions to top tips on packing and what you can take on board, our comprehensive guide to hand luggage tells you everything you need to know. Heading away on a short-haul holiday? Don’t fall foul of hand luggage size and weight restrictions! What are the benefits of travelling light with hand baggage only? 1. It’s quicker There’s no need to join a check-in or bag-drop queue on departure and no need to wait for bags at...

Apr 24, 2017

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Template letter: Flight delay compensation claim...

Template letter: Flight delay compensation claim

If you flew from an EU airport with any airline, or you arrived at an EU airport on a flight operated by an EU airline, and your journey was delayed by more than three hours, you could be entitled to compensation under EU regulation 261/2004. You can read more about flight delay compensation in our article here. Before going ahead with your claim, you should determine whether or not the reason for your flight’s delay was due to ‘extraordinary circumstances’ – this...

Apr 10, 2017

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The African Caribbean: Sun, sand and “no stress” in Cape Verde...

The African Caribbean: Sun, sand and “no stress” in Cape Verde

A relentless gale whips in off the Atlantic, chopping up the surf and firing spray onto the beach. Out on the water, dozens of huge, brightly-coloured kites dart among each other, tearing the surfers who wield them through the waves at high speed. More kitesurfers ready themselves on the white sand, preparing to pit themselves against the elements. It’s a sight that Cape Verde is becoming famous for, with enthusiasts flocking there to enjoy the guaranteed surf. But if you’re not a...

Mar 23, 2017

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How to beat jet lag: Top tips for long-haul flying...

How to beat jet lag: Top tips for long-haul flying

Jet lag – it’s the scourge of the long-distance flier, and can leave you feeling like the living dead and looking worse. But is there a way to defeat this long-haul lethargy once and for all? Well, not entirely. But while there’s no fool-proof way to avoid jet lag completely, there are a few steps you can take to help you adjust to a new time zone quicker and reduce its effect upon your body. What causes jet...

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 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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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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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 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...