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. Rome from £69pp The deal: Flying from East Midlands on January 10 During the winter months, Rome’s streets become far less crowded, the piazzas fall quiet, hotel prices drop considerably, and the city takes on a much calmer atmosphere than you’d find during the summer. Iconic landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel and the Trevi Fountain are all open to visit, but the crowds are less oppressive and queues vanish almost entirely. It might be a little too chilly to enjoy Rome’s famous outdoor café culture (unless you’re brave!) but with incredible museums like the Vatican Museums, Galleria Borghese, and the Capitoline Museums to choose from, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you out of the cold. Budapest from 74pp The deal: Flying from Leeds Bradford on January 10 Budapest is always a good bet for a bargain break, but during January prices get seriously low. The Hungarian capital is famed for its thermal baths and cheap spas, ideal for beating the chill of winter even when the mercury plunges below zero. Popular pools the Szechenyi Baths and Turkish Rudas Baths are among the best in the city, with the former hosting wild parties even in winter. Besides the thermal baths, Budapest also has some intriguing museums to explore – don’t miss out on the House of Terror museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. Hamburg from £59pp The deal: Flying from Manchester on January 10 If you love the vibrant, creative spirit of Berlin, Hamburg will be right up your street. From the wonderful warehouses of the Speicherstadt area to the pulsating nightlife of the Reeperbahn, there’s never a dull moment in Germany’s second largest city. Duck out of the cold and visit the fascinating Miniatur Wunderland – the largest model railway system in the world – stroll around the historic port area or enjoy the quirky atmosphere of...

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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 forthcoming trip to Greece. Is it safe to visit Greece this year? TravelSupermarket’s advice is that, based on the current situation, it is perfectly safe to holiday in Greece. There are no restrictions on travel to the country at present from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), which all UK tour operators abide by. The only real advice of note is to avoid demonstrations, take plenty of cash and ensure you have any necessary medical supplies with you for your holiday. Regarding the refugee crisis, the EU-Turkey deal that went into effect on March 20, 2016 has helped reduce the amount of people making the perilous journey to Europe, easing some of the pressure on Greece. Do bear in mind, however, that while this issue is not likely to effect a holiday to Greece, it is still ongoing. How can I protect myself if things do change? Most holidaymakers travel to Greece on package holidays, the bulk of which are covered by the Civil Aviation Authority’s ATOL scheme. If Brits were advised to no longer travel to the country, tour operators have well-established contingency plans to fly their customers home quickly. Those planning to travel would have their holidays cancelled and be offered a full refund. However, it would be extremely unlikely for us to witness mass protests on an idyllic Greek island, for example, as the locals rely so much on the tourist trade for their income that it would be self-defeating for them. While there may be protests in the cities and larger towns, holidaymakers are unlikely to see any disruption at all if political decisions prompt protests. Over the last three years, despite the turmoil in the country, those enjoying the beaches have been able to holiday as normal with no interruptions of note. If you have booked independently you are more at risk. If your hotelier goes out of business you...

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Dec 1, 2016

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Should I travel to Tunisia?

Should I travel to Tunisia?

Following the deadly Tunisian terror attack in the resort of Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, on June 26, 2015 – as well as the earlier atrocity in Tunis on March 18, 2015 – the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) took the decision to warn against all but essential travel to Tunisia, and a state of emergency has been put in place until at least January 19, 2017. For the latest advice, check the FCO site. I have a package holiday booked to Tunisia...

Nov 30, 2016

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After the Brexit vote: Where is the pound strong?...

After the Brexit vote: Where is the pound strong?

Regardless of how you voted in the EU membership referendum on June 23, the drop in the pound’s value since then against strong currencies such as the US dollar and the euro is clear. This time last year £500 would have gotten you around €710, while this year it’s closer to €585. The dollar fares slightly better, but not by much, with £500 buying $750 in November last year compared to $620 now*. It’s not all doom and gloom, however,...

Nov 29, 2016

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How to do Cuba on a budget

How to do Cuba on a budget

After almost 60 years frozen in a time warp, Cuba is slowly beginning to come out of the cold. As a result, it’s become the Caribbean island on everyone’s lips, with travellers flocking to Cuba “before it transforms forever”. This, combined with uncertainty over the value of pound, the recent death of Fidel Castro and a new US president, is having an impact on the cost of visiting Cuba: from eating out to flights, prices are starting to creep...

Nov 25, 2016

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How to do Prague on a budget

How to do Prague on a budget

The city of spires is that rare weekend-break beast, attracting visitors as much for its medieval history and intricate architecture as its cheap beer and budget-friendly reputation, writes Katie McGonagle. While the past few years have seen some steep price rises in the Czech Republic’s number-one city, it still ranks higher than most European capitals on value for money – and it’s every bit as rich in cultural and historic treasures as Paris, Rome or Berlin. Sure, if...

Nov 24, 2016

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Revealed! 11 travel bloggers’ favourite places...

Revealed! 11 travel bloggers’ favourite places

Where on Earth should you feed your wanderlust next year? The world’s top travel bloggers might be able to inspire you. Though most found it tough to choose a favourite, Travis Levius asked these travel super-influencers to reveal the one destination they love the most – and how to get the most out of it. Thailand: Matthew Kepnes Nomadic Matt: nomadicmatt.com Blog mission statement: Discover the art of travelling anywhere you want. Over the past several years, I’ve helped thousands...

Nov 23, 2016

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Early season ski and snowboarding holidays in Europe...

Early season ski and snowboarding holidays in Europe

The 2016/17 ski season has got off to a great start, with heavy snowfall across the Alps allowing lots of resorts to open early, writes Jess Bown. So, why not swap rain-sodden Britain for snow-covered peaks? You can snap up some fantastic, last-minute ski holiday bargains at this time of year. Here’s our guide to the best European resorts for early season skiing and snowboarding this year. Val Thorens, France Purpose-built Val Thorens is Europe’s highest ski resort,...

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 21, 2016

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How to do Corfu on a budget

How to do Corfu on a budget

Corfu’s soft, sandy beaches have a way of making your cares melt away. As you paddle this Greek island’s clear waters and amble through olive groves, the last thing you need is to worry about is your budget, writes Anita Isalska. There are plenty of cheap flights to this Ionian isle, and you don’t need to spend like an A-lister when you arrive. With a little planning, you can keep costs down while enjoying the best scenery, culture...