Jun 1, 2016

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Would you go on holiday without travel insurance?

Would you go on holiday without travel insurance?

Travel insurance: it’s not the most exciting part of a holiday. In the end though, you buy a policy just to be on the safe side. Don’t you? Well, a massive 46% of Brits have taken the risk and travelled without insurance at some point, according to our latest research. And that’s not even the half of it! Men are the worst culprits, with 59% admitting they have travelled cover-free, while 40% of women have also taken the risk at some point. Read on to find out who is most likely to travel uninsured and why it’s just not worth going on holiday without financial protection. Carefree youths give cover a miss A worrying one fifth of 18-24-year-olds (20%) admit to never buying travel insurance. But can you remember getting ready for your first holiday with your mates? Travel insurance probably wasn’t high on your list of priorities – be honest, it’s ok. That said, it’s quite alarming that so many young people are heading abroad without a policy. Especially when it’s so cheap and easy to get cover nowadays. So, get into the habit now – or help your son or daughter get into the habit – and you’ll be grateful should anything go wrong. Top tip: If you shop around, you can buy three-day policies online for as little as £4.85*. That’s not a lot to pay for peace of mind – and a lot cheaper than paying to replace lost possessions or to cover medical costs. Medical costs abroad worry Brits the most More than half of Brits (51%) take out insurance as they are worried about medical costs and injuries while away, but travel insurance stretches much further than this giving you protection should something unexpected happen while you are away. What happens if your flight is delayed or cancelled, for example? Or maybe some thoughtful soul decides that your handbag would look better on them. Your insurance can help you there, too. Even the dreaded loss of baggage can be covered by a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Top tip: Make sure you know exactly what your policy covers you for and that your policy limits cover you adequately. We recommend at least the following: £1,500 baggage cover £250 to cover lost cash £3,000 cancellation cover – or enough to cover the total cost of your holiday...

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May 31, 2016

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Post bank holiday blues? Last-minute June deals from £132pp to cheer you up...

Post bank holiday blues? Last-minute June deals from £132pp to cheer you up

Do you have the back-to-work blues after a sunny bank holiday in the garden? Or perhaps you feel hard done by after hearing all about your smug colleagues’ long weekend adventures while you were stuck at home doing the DIY? To raise those dampened spirits, get another break in the diary. To help you get away for less, we’ve searched TravelSupermarket for some of the hottest deals in June. Beach beauties from £132pp Majorca: a sun-drenched classic  How much? £178pp from London Gatwick for seven nights For a relaxing week on the beach, it’s hard to look past easy-on-the-wallet (and eye) Majorca. Sun, sea and sand come together perfectly on this loveable Balearic with the weather reaching around 25C in June. Whether you’re after an active holiday hiking through the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana or just fancy lazing one of Majorca’s Blue Flag beaches (the island has the most of all the Balearics), you’ll certainly find something to keep you happy here. What’s the deal? When we looked, we found a seven-night holiday staying at the three-star Eix Lagotel in Playa De Muro on a self-catering basis in a standard apartment with Travel Republic for £178pp. Return flights are from London Gatwick on June 8. We also found deals with a stay at same hotel with flights from Glasgow for £244pp and from Liverpool for £187pp. Compare cheap holidays to Majorca Ibiza: an island with two sides How much? £203pp from Leeds Bradford for seven nights Don’t write Ibiza off as a place for party-goers only. Yes, hedonistic revellers can head to the clubs and sleep all day, but those after the quiet side of the island will also find quiet beaches, yoga retreats and reminders of Ibiza’s bohemian hippie past. Away from the mega parties, Ibiza Town’s Dalt Vila (the raised old town that stands elegantly above the rest of the Ibiza Town) is perfect for a cultural fix, while chilled-out Santa Eulalia is the perfect place to see the quieter side of the famous island. If you’re looking for an area to stay close enough to the action to dip your toe in but far enough away to still be relaxing, San Antonio Bay (the location of our deal) is the perfect compromise. What’s the deal? When we looked, we found a three-star seven-night holiday staying in...

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May 31, 2016

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Unusual and bizarre skyscrapers around the world...

Unusual and bizarre skyscrapers around the world

Plans for London’s second tallest building have been revealed – and it’s made from wood, writes Tamara Hinson. With this in mind, we’ve looked to the skies and compiled a round-up of the world’s most unusual skyscrapers, ranging from the world’s tallest clock tower to a rotating structure in the Kuwaiti desert. Soon-to-be the world’s tallest wooden building: The Oakwood Tower, London Steel and concrete are all well and good, but traditionalists will be pleased to know that...

May 31, 2016

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Swap the sun lounger for a REAL Algarve adventure...

Swap the sun lounger for a REAL Algarve adventure

A sight I never thought I’d see: miles of empty Algarve beach. After a glorious morning of kayaking pristine coastal lagoons – the stillness interrupted only by the flap of flamingos’ wings or a grizzled fisherman collecting clams from traps – I’ve stopped to rest. And I don’t mind admitting I’m feeling rather smug. A gorgeous stretch of golden sand curves off into the distance, its furthest reaches out of sight, and I’ve got it all to myself....

May 27, 2016

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Road trip sweets: which is the nation’s favourite car journey treat?...

Road trip sweets: which is the nation’s favourite car journey treat?

So you’re off on a long car journey. You’ve managed to get everybody into the car, skilfully packed the boot, picked the music and found something to occupy the kids for, oh, about 30 seconds. And of course you’ve bought a bag of your favourite travel sweets to pass round. Whether it’s your own set of wheels or a hire car on holiday, a road trip just isn’t complete without a few sweet treats close at hand. But...

May 24, 2016

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Weird and wonderful ideas for the May bank holiday weekend...

Weird and wonderful ideas for the May bank holiday weekend

Wondering what to do for the upcoming bank holiday? We’ve come to the rescue with some unusual activities and attractions, ranging from a nightclub for kids to an exhibition about underwear. So, ditch the DIY and think differently over the long weekend, writes Tamara Hinson. Take your kids to London’s Ministry of Sound Yes, really. Raves are no longer adult-only events, if this knees up is anything to go by. For a family day out with a difference,...

May 24, 2016

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This summer’s best-value destinations: Where will your pound go further?...

This summer’s best-value destinations: Where will your pound go further?

Uncertainty over Britain’s future within the European Union has helped contribute to fluctuations in the value of the pound against the euro over the course of 2016 so far. The pound’s value dropped to as low as €1.23 in April 2016 from €1.42 in November 2015 (today’s value is €1.30), meaning Brits looking to holiday in Europe could get less for their pound than usual. That’s big news when you’re trying to keep costs down while you’re away. But...

May 23, 2016

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Shakespeare’s Stratford: Walking in the footsteps of the Bard...

Shakespeare’s Stratford: Walking in the footsteps of the Bard

Have you ever said you’re in a “pickle”, have “green-eyed jealously” or called someone “bloody-minded”? Without knowing it, you’re quoting Shakespeare, the world-renowned playwright from Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. The way we communicate today is heavily influenced by the Bard of Avon so, while the 400th anniversary of William’s death is being marked this year, I decided to head to his birthplace and old stomping ground to learn more about what made him tick. Want to do the same?...

May 23, 2016

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9 things you probably didn’t know about Lanzarote...

9 things you probably didn’t know about Lanzarote

With golden beaches, year-round sunshine and just enough nightlife, Lanzarote is a beach-break classic, though you probably already know that this Canary Island is a little offbeat. You might have heard about cave-dwelling blind albino crabs and artfully reimagined volcanic bubbles. Perhaps you’ve clapped eyes on the moon-like landscape around the Fire Mountains of Timanfaya, or held on tight as a friendly camel transports you around the dunes of ash-grey sand. Maybe – just as you’ve pigeonholed the...

May 17, 2016

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Top 10 European cities to visit this summer...

Top 10 European cities to visit this summer

If you’re the type of holidaymaker who prefers the faster pace of city life to endless days spent on the beach, or perhaps you have only a few days to get away this summer, a city break could be the ideal option. Whether you’re after culture galore, beautiful scenery or buzzing bars and restaurants, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to European city breaks – even if you’ve already visited the big-hitters of Paris, Rome and...