Winter city breaks for under £99pp
With deals available for under £99 per person, including accommodation and flights, winter is a great time to explore a new city.
How to have fun in the Dominican Republic
Those looking for Caribbean luxury for less flock to the Dominican Republic (DR), where a combo of sun, sea, sand and pampering doesn’t break the bank.
8 common holiday scams and how to deal with them
Be it for small cash – or something serious, such as your passport – there’s a scam for most things. Once you know what you’re looking for though, it’s easier to spot a trick coming. Follow our advice and avoid a holiday scam.
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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 to Mexico Playa del Carmen The ideal resort, Playa del Carmen is walkable, buzzy and strangely European in feel, thanks to the mainly Italian ex-pats who have set up restaurants cooking the authentic cuisine of home. As with St. Tropez, the beach – just OK compared with the neighbouring sands of the Riviera Maya – is not the thing so much as posing and perusing the chic shops of the main drag, Quinta Avenida. Day trippers can cause overcrowding when the cruise ships are in, but the town just keeps growing to accommodate extra visitors, making Playa an upmarket rival to Cancún as an entertainment centre for singles and couples. Cozumel This island off the coast of Playa del Carmen is a long-established holiday playground and a renowned diving and snorkelling centre. But above the waves it can get busy when the tourist life around San Miguel, the main centre, buzzes a little too loudly. Luckily, there are many forms of escape from jungle trails to secluded lagoons, tropical botanical gardens to their underwater equivalent, reachable by submarine as well as snorkel. Only 6% of Cozumel has been developed, and there’s plenty for families to enjoy. Compare cheap flights to Mexico Isla Mujeres The original laid-back alternative to Cozumel, Isla Mujeres remains surprisingly rustic and unspoiled, with spectacular beaches turned pink by crushed coral making an idyllic picture postcard against the calm, almost unbelievably turquoise ocean. Avoid the pier area which attracts day-trippers, many clutching snorkels to take advantage of the crystal-clear waters, and stay over a night or three to enjoy the relaxed dining and nightlife scene at better prices than the mainland. This is principally a couples’ resort with its romantic vibe. Tulum Once a spectacular Mayan city, this coastal archaeological site has been beautifully integrated with its surroundings, the ruins connected to the beach and sea gardens...Read More
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 claiming for, taking part in activities that aren’t included in the policy or insufficient evidence for your claim, such as missing receipts. So, to help keep things simple and to take the pain out of travel insurance claims, make sure you follow the checklist outlined below. Step one: Buy the right policy The key to making a successful claim is to buy the right policy in the first place. It can be tempting to buy the cheapest policy you can find without any real reference to either the depth or breadth of cover on offer. But the problem with this approach is that, should the worst happen, you may find you don’t have the cover you expected and therefore can’t make a claim for items from cancellation to curtailment, personal baggage, travel delay, and even the cost of replacing lost passports. Individual needs vary and there are a range of products on the market. However, when comparing travel insurance products we recommend that you look for cover of at least: £2 million for medical expenses £1 million for personal liability £3,000 for cancellation – or enough to cover the total cost of your holiday £1,500 for baggage £250 for cash A policy excesses of less than £100 (as low as possible) Cover for scheduled airline failure and end supplier failure as desirable Delay cover (eg £20 per hour for the first 12 hours) A 24-hour helpline number. Top tip Policies covering the above won’t be the cheapest – but they will give you a good level of cover as a starting point and could pay dividends should you have to make a claim. Step two: Read the policy small print Now you have found a policy that works for you, it’s important to read the small print. This will detail the responsibilities you have a as a traveller...Read More