5 reasons you need travel insurance
Tempted to go on holiday without cover? That's fine if you don't get ill, lose anything, have your flight delayed...
Lowcost Travel Group collapse – what are your rights?
On July 15, 2016, Lowcost Travel Group announced its collapse – if you have been caught up in the situation it’s important that you know your rights and the next steps available to you.
Half of Brits hit by hidden car hire fees – how can you avoid getting ripped off?
More than half of Brits have been overcharged when renting a car abroad. Find out how you can avoid paying over the odds for your holiday wheels.
5 reasons you need travel insurance...1
Lowcost Travel Group collapse – what are your rights?...2
Half of Brits hit by hidden car hire fees – how can you avoid getting ripped off?...3
Do southerners always get the best holiday deals due to a better choice of flights? Or are bargain breaks easier to find from northern and Scottish airports? With the peak holiday season upon us, we decided to crunch the numbers to find out who is getting the best prices on last-minute summer getaways. We looked at holidays in August to seven of the most popular destinations on TravelSupermarket to find out which UK airport is the champion of cheap deals this summer. El Arenal, Majorca – a Scottish victory Cheapest: Glasgow – £1,159.45pp* Most expensive: Manchester – £1,299.01pp Difference: £139.56pp Spain is hugely popular with Brits this summer and the island of Majorca is set to be a big-hitter, with the resort of El Arenal on the south coast a firm favourite. It boasts great sandy beaches, a buzzy atmosphere and there’s plenty going on, from bars and restaurants to water sports. You can even pop along the coast to the cosmopolitan capital of Palma for some serious foodie indulgence, shopping and sightseeing. Glasgow came out as the cheapest airport to fly from for a holiday here at £1,159.45pp, Newcastle was second at £1,194.75pp and Liverpool came third at £1,247.08pp. The top three were followed by Belfast at £1,249.09pp, London Luton at £1,253.49pp, London Stansted at £1,267.85pp, London Gatwick at £1,271.82pp, Bristol at £1,291.01pp and finally Manchester at £1,299.01pp. *All prices are based on 14-night all-inclusive holidays to El Arenal departing on August 6, 2016 and staying at the three-star Palma Bay Hotel with easyJet holidays. Compare Majorca deals Albufeira, Algarve – the north takes the crown Cheapest: Manchester – £569pp* Most expensive: East Midlands – £1,036pp Difference: £467pp A key resort on Portugal’s Algarve coast, Albufeira draws the crowds year after year by offering value for money, 25 beaches and an excellent choice of nightlife and restaurants. There’s also the cobbled old town area and nearby Lagos to keep you entertained if you want a break from the sun lounger. Manchester came out as the cheapest airport to fly from for a holiday in Albufeira at £569pp, Doncaster was second at £585pp and London Gatwick was third at £643pp. The top three were followed by Birmingham at £691pp, Belfast at £774pp, Bristol at £795pp, Newcastle at £819pp, Glasgow at £827pp, Liverpool at £835pp, Edinburgh at £838pp, Leeds...Read More
Ibiza? Amsterdam? Where am I? Who says you need the seaside to enjoy a beach? When we call these cities in Europe and beyond “cool”, we’re being quite literal. Their pop-up beaches, lidos and pools rival a boring old coastal spot for a bit of relief from the sun, writes Robin Gauldie. Amsterdam: Blijburg manmade beach You could be forgiven for thinking you’re in Ibiza on this oh-so-cool beach on a manmade island 10 minutes by tram from downtown Amsterdam. Blijburg chills all day (it even has its own-brand beer), then rocks all night. Jazz, salsa, yoga, windsurfing and beach barbecues all go into the Blijburg blender. Open: all year Entry: free Get there: Tram 26 to IJburg Strand Compare cheap flights to Amsterdam Berlin: Strandbad Wannsee Looking to top up your all-over tan? Join the Berliners who bare all on the “textile-free” stretch at Strandbad Wannsee, 20 minutes from the centre of Berlin. But if you prefer modesty, there’s plenty of space on the largest city beach in Europe. Almost a mile of lakeside beach is topped up each year with sand from the Baltic. There are café-bars and plenty of those beach games, such as volleyball, the Germans like so well. Open: March 25 – Sept 17, 2016 Entry: €5.50 (around £3.50) Get there: S-Bahn train S1 or S7 to Nikolassee Compare cheap flights to Berlin Brussels: Bruxelles-les-Bains Oh, those crazy Belgians. They do like to have fun, and for six weeks in July and August there’s plenty of it along the Quai des Péniches, beside the Brussels Canal. During the day, you can laze in a deckchair or play beach football, volleyball or pétanque (a form of boules). A club vibe takes over after dark, and at weekends the whole beach (sand imported from the North Sea coast) rocks to hip-hop, jazz, and world music, with a special Latin flavour on Sunday evenings. Open: 1 July –7 August, 2016 Entry: free Get there: tram 51 or metro 2 or 6 to Yser Compare cheap flights to Brussels Budapest: Palatinus The mineral-rich waters that fill Budapest’s famous thermal baths also replenish the huge outdoor pools on Margitsziget (Margaret Island). The Palatinus pool complex on this islet in the Danube has been a favourite cooling-off spot for locals since 1919. After a renovation in 2013 it now...Read More