In pictures: the world’s most colourful cities
Neon yellow, pastel pink and vivid orange; check out some of the most colourful cities in the world.
How to book hotels for less
If you're planning to book a hotel in the coming weeks, be sure to check out these 10 top tips to help you keep the costs to a minimum.
Is there a north/south holiday divide?
There’s a lot of rivalry between northerners and southerners about everything from politics and accents to sport, but does this geographical split extend to holidays?
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The sunny European island of Cyprus has a well-earned reputation for hot summers and winter warmth. Temperatures can top 35C in July and August and rarely go below 15C, even in January and December – at sea level at least. But it’s a different story in the Troodos Mountains. Rising to almost 2,000 metres above sea level, their highest slopes are snowy from January to March. You’ll even find cheap skiing on the slopes of Mount Olympus, Cyprus’ highest summit. Cyprus is Brit-friendly, too. English is spoken everywhere, and they even drive on the left. The island has plenty of hotels that offer luxury at a price, with frills like fluffy robes and designer toiletries in your room, but do your homework and you’ll find lots of places to stay, eat and play in Cyprus that won’t bust your budget, writes Robin Gauldie. Where to stay on a budget You can save money by staying in a self-catering apartment even if you don’t intend to do much cooking. Having your own fridge means you can stock up on soft drinks, beer and wine from the nearest market instead of paying hotel prices – and because there are so many expat Brits living in Cyprus, you’ll easily find familiar food and drink brands in local supermarkets. A double room with kitchenette at the Sea N Lake View Apartments in Larnaca starts at around £32 a night. All over Cyprus, you’ll pay a premium for a hotel right on the beach. For budget deals, look for places with pools on the outskirts of Paphos, where you can pick up a double room at properties with pools and leisure facilities for as little as £20 – £30 a night. The Capital Coast Resort and Spa and the Aloe Hotel are good options. Book Cyprus hotels What to eat on a budget Eat like a local. Meaty snacks such as souvlaki and sheftalia, served up in pitta bread with onions, tomato and salad, hit the spot. Don’t be talked into ordering the full meze platter in restaurants – instead, do what Cypriots do: order dish by dish. And, tempting as it is, seafood such as red mullet and lobster comes with a hefty price tag. Opt for squid and whitebait instead – you’ll pay around €10 for a generous plateful. Even cheaper are...Read More
With the summer holiday season in full swing, no-one wants to dampen high spirits by thinking about something going wrong. That’s why we buy travel insurance: to protect us and give us a sense of security in our holiday plans. But, 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 and 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, follow our checklist. 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 to ensure you do not void your travel insurance or any claim you want to...Read More