Mar 21, 2016

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10 reasons to read your travel insurance small print...

10 reasons to read your travel insurance small print

You’ve spent weeks planning your holiday, weighing up all of the options to find the perfect break for you. You’ve finally booked. Now what? It’s time to buy your travel insurance. OK, so this might not be the most exciting part of your getaway but it is essential to take out a comprehensive policy as soon as you book so you’re covered for everything from medical costs and lost possessions to cancellation. And  it’s a false economy to simply opt for the cheapest policy. Instead, pay attention to the fine print and make sure you have a policy that suits your needs. Here are 10 potential travel insurance exclusions that you should be aware of and how to prevent any nasty surprises should you have to make a claim. 1. Always declare pre-existing medical conditions When we ask for readers’ holiday questions, a common theme is often travel insurance with pre-existing medical conditions. One reader, Edward, asked: “Are there any travel insurance companies that do not charge an arm and a leg for a healthy 70-year-old who had a stent fitted eight years ago, with no history of heart attacks or any other problem?” And while it can be tempting to hide pre-existing conditions from your insurer to keep costs down or to assume that, as you haven’t had problems for a while you don’t need to disclose them, it is essential to give your insurer a true picture of your medical history. If not and something were to happen while you were away causing you to claim, your insurer has the right to request access to your medical records. If they find anything that you haven’t declared, your claim could be deemed invalid. And, while travellers like Edward may start to feel frustrated at some of the policy prices that can be quoted, there is no need to pay an arm and a leg for cover. TravelSupermarket has a specialist channel for those looking for travel insurance with pre-existing medical conditions so you can compare prices and policies in one place. 2. Check your policy limits Losing a bag or having your money stolen on holiday is extremely frustrating but it would be even worse if you were to make a claim on your travel insurance only to find out you weren’t covered. To prevent any unwanted surprises, find...

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Mar 21, 2016

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12 of the UK’s most unusual and unique places to stay...

12 of the UK’s most unusual and unique places to stay

From a green bus in the middle of a field to a fort in the middle of the ocean – take your pick from these weird and wonderful accommodation options, writes Simon Heptinstall. 1. A water tower Where: Sandringham, Norfolk How much: From £500 for four nights (sleeps four) Queen Victoria had this 60ft (18m) octagonal water tower built on the edge of her Sandringham Estate, topped by a 32,000-gallon (145,500-litre) cast-iron water tank and viewing platform. Now you, too, can stay like a queen – the octagonal tower is available for hire. You’ll find three modernised rooms beneath the huge water tank. Book it: Appleton Water Tower Compare hotels  in Norfolk 2. A big green bus Where: Chiddingly, East Sussex How much: From £320 per night (sleeps six) Literally take a busman’s holiday aboard this double-decker bus parked in a field next to a wood. A carpenter bought the number 2464 Coventry bus for £4,500 on eBay, then created this barmy holiday home. You’ll spot original seats, metal stairs and rubber-framed windows, but the used chewing gum and discarded tickets have been removed. Book it: The Big Green Bus Compare hotels in Sussex 3. A rooftop retro trailer Where: St Nicholas Street, Bristol How much: From £90 a night (sleeps two) From below this appears to be just a smart three-storey guesthouse in central Bristol. What you can’t see is the trailer-park’s worth of retro shiny steel American caravans parked high up on the roof. The sleeping options had to be hoisted into position using a 30m (100ft) crane, giving guests anything but a trailer-trash view across the city rooftops. Book it: Brooks Guesthouse Compare hotels in Bristol   4. A giant pineapple Where: Dunmore, Stirlingshire, Scotland How much: Four nights from £237 (sleeps four) Who are you calling a fruit loop? Just because you want to spend your holiday in a 14m (45ft) stone pineapple. The Fourth Earl of Dunmore had heard that Scottish sailors would display one of the then-exotic tropical fruits to announce their return home. So, returning to Scotland himself, Dunmore went large on the custom, so to speak. Very large. Oddly, The Pineapple (as the accommodation is called) has no internal doors, so you have to go outside to get from one room to another – a bit of a...

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Mar 19, 2016

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Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Is it safe to go to Turkey?

If you’ve read reports about the recent bomb attacks in Turkey, you may be feeling apprehensive about the safety of the country, especially if you are preparing for a holiday there. But, despite the recent terrible explosions in Istanbul on March 19 and January 12, three explosions in the capital Ankara in the last six months and trouble in the wider geographical region, the majority of Turkey remains a safe place for holidaymakers. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not changed its stance on...

Mar 11, 2016

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You asked: Is it safe to travel to…?...

You asked: Is it safe to travel to…?

We constantly receive questions on whether it’s safe to travel to places such as Egypt and Turkey. And with 2015 being an unprecedented year for tragic travel incidents, you might be feeling apprehensive about your next trip. So we’ve rounded up advice about the hotspots on your mind. Turkey Turkey’s proximity to Syria and the recent bombings in Istanbul and Ankara have left many Brits concerned about the safety of the country, with the majority of the comments...

Mar 11, 2016

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Wild nights: 10 alternative places to party around the world...

Wild nights: 10 alternative places to party around the world

Revellers from Dublin to NYC are painting the town green for St Patrick’s Day on and around March 17, but you don’t need shamrocks and stout to party hard, writes Anita Isalska. Why not look beyond party favourites such as London, Berlin and Bangkok, and shake your thang to techno, sultry jazz or beachside beats in one of these less-explored cities? Get ready to unleash in one of these 10 alternative party cities. Glasgow, Scotland: Dublin’s cheeky cousin...

Mar 11, 2016

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Bag a bargain! Spring getaways from £99...

Bag a bargain! Spring getaways from £99

Having endured a few weeks of single-figure temperatures and lashing rain, it’s tempting to think about booking a break before summer arrives. Here at TravelSupermarket, we are always giving in to holiday temptation, taking every chance we can for a getaway. Can we inspire you to join our gang with some of the affordable deals we discovered when planning and comparing deals on our website? We found bargain breaks for every budget, so you can get away this...

Mar 8, 2016

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Revealed! How to save more than £900 this Easter...

Revealed! How to save more than £900 this Easter

You might have secured a great deal on your Easter flights and hotel by booking well in advance, but that doesn’t mean you can just sit back and sort everything else out at the last minute. You’ve probably still got all sorts of extras – from car hire to travel insurance – still to take care of and by leaving it late you could end up paying well over the odds for holiday essentials. Not to worry though. We’re here...

Mar 7, 2016

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The world’s most colourful festivals...

The world’s most colourful festivals

In a couple of weeks, the festival of Holi will explode into life across India and beyond. But India isn’t the only place where colour takes centre stage in traditional celebrations, so we take you on a trip around the globe to discover the best stunningly bright festivals to put in your travel calendar. Holi, India and Nepal – March The original festival of colour, Holi has become iconic the world over for its ritual powder throwing exploits. As Indians...

Mar 7, 2016

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Revealed! How to do New York with kids...

Revealed! How to do New York with kids

There’s a wow factor that happens when kids look out the window of a plane and see the magical skyline that is New York City. It seems huge and unmanageable, but it’s actually a real toy box of activities for families. New York City is a showplace of the world’s best: a fabulous introduction to great eats, culture and diversity and, without a doubt, fun! The hardest part about planning a trip to New York City is knowing...

Mar 7, 2016

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Can’t travel light? Which airline has the best checked-in luggage allowance?...

Can’t travel light? Which airline has the best checked-in luggage allowance?

Low-cost airlines have brought with them the trend of travelling with one piece of hand luggage only, packed to the gunnels. The aim? To avoid paying for checked-in luggage. And travellers have employed increasingly ingenious ways of carrying more on board – although we don’t recommend the antics of boy band member James McElvar. He was the guy who wore 12 layers of clothing last summer in an attempt to avoid paying £45 for baggage on an easyJet flight...