The Worlds Safest Holiday Destinations Revealed!

Do you love to travel but have concerns about safety? Choosing a safe place for you and your family to go on holiday is a priority for many. We reveal the most peaceful countries in the world, according to The Institute for Economics and Peace.

Whilst you can never be 100% certain of avoiding disaster when you travel, choosing countries that have a good ranking on the Global Peace Index (GPI) can at least reduce your risk of running into trouble. So here are the safest places for you and your family to holiday.

The Number one spot goes to….Iceland!!!

Iceland has taken the top spot as the safest country in the world for the sixth year running. There are many wonders to see in Iceland, from the Northern lights to the Blue Lagoon’s thermal pools. Iceland is politically very stable with a low conflict rate.

The reputed happiest place in the world, Denmark came in at second place, followed by peaceful Austria in third, adventure island New Zealand in fourth, sunny Portugal in fifth, foodie heaven Czech-Republic in sixth.

Other countries to make the top ten are Switzerland in seventh place, Canada at number eight, Japan in ninth place and Slovenia at number ten.

The UK came in at number 47 on the list and the US at 103.

Factors influencing the GPI score include things like the number of police, security personnel, presence of nuclear weapons, likelihood of war, happiness of population and democracy.   

That’s your destination sorted! Don’t forget to book your airport transfer with cabmania.com to get the best deals. Cabbies bid for your fare so you are guaranteed the cheapest rate. Book a return to save even more money!

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Tips for Travelling with Kids This Summer

Have you been putting off your holiday because the thought of travelling with the kids makes you beak out in a cold sweat?

True, taking toddlers on a plane can be a challenge for the unprepared. We have gathered up some of the internets most trusted secrets for travelling with kids this summer.

1. roughguides.com teamed up with Hayley Spurway mum of two, to offer this advice: Take your time – extra time is the greatest thing that you can take. Weather at the airport, sight seeing or getting from A to B. There will be toilet stops, tantrums, faffing and gawping so having the extra time means you are more likely to remain calm and keep a cool head.

2. Where possible, book ahead. If there’s one thing toddlers hate, it’s queuing. Save yourself the headache by planning things before you leave home. Pay for day trips and print out tickets before you leave the UK.

3. Bring a tablet for portable DVD player – you won’t regret it! Ensure you download all of your child’s favourite cartoons and movies in advance. Also download interactive learning apps to keep them busy. This will keep them entertained for hours.

4. According to Skyscanner you should invest in a Trunki. If you haven’t heard of them before, they are a mini suitcase that your toddler can ride on top of. This can be used in all kinds of situations to save those little toddle legs, from airport queues to trips to theme parks and the zoo. It also makes queuing fun!

5. For no-hassle trip to the airport, book your airport transfer in advance. You can get the lowest fairs by using a reverse auction app such as cabmania.com. You enter your trip and cabbies bid to win your fare.

We hope this makes travelling with kids a little easier for you! Check out our other tips and advice for savvy travellers at cabmania.com/blog

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How to Protect Yourself from Pickpockets and Thieves when Travelling Abroad

Pickpockets and Thieves can ruin a good holiday. They tend to prey on people in high traffic and tourist-dense places such as subways, museums, beaches, airports, attractions, restaurants, open-air markets, anywhere that people are close together.

There’s no real way to spot a thief as they can be of any age, race or sex. They can look, rich or poor. They can also work alone or in groups of up to four people. Some will cause a distraction while the others will perform the theft within seconds, without being noticed.

Be aware of any obvious distractions such as someone suddenly stopping in front of you, a couple arguing, a fight or a lady dropping her bag. It could be designed to make you stop so someone can come up behind you and swipe your belongings, usually by slashing the strap with a razor blade or by more subtle means such as pickpocketing.

What you can do to prevent being targeted, is look less of a victim of crime. A victim of crime will usually be:

      • Carrying obvious valuables on their person like jewellery, expensive bags, watches, cameras, technology, or flashing their cash.
      • Have backpacks with outside pockets.
      • Carrying open bags with store bought goods.
      • Sitting in a public place with goods unattended or very relaxed about their possessions.
      • In a place where they would be less aware of being bumped into such as a busy street or subway.

Technology has come a long way and you can now deter thieves with apps such as anti-thief available on iTunes. You can set an alarm so that it will go off if your possessions are disturbed. Very handy if you are at the beach and want to leave your bag while you swim.

Another great app for travel is Cabmania which allows you to get the cheapest taxi fares. Perfect for your airport transfers or business travel. Book in advance and get the best price guaranteed on your airport trip. Save even more when you book a return!

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Top 10 Cheapest European City Breaks

Thinking of getting away for a weekend city break? Here are the 10 most affordable cities in Europe to visit in 2016, according to a recent study by the Post Office and the Telegraph.

The price quoted includes twelve of our most common holiday expenses, including a couple of nights’ stay at a three-star hotel, dinner for two with wine, drinks, sightseeing and a travel card. So here we go!

10. Athens, Greece

Total Cost £148.92

9. Moscow, Russia

Total Cost  £145.72

8. Prague, Czech Republic

Total Cost  £141.84

7. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Total Cost  £136.66

6. Lisbon, Portugal

Total Cost  £134.75

5. Krakow, Poland

Total Cost  £132.64

4. Riga, Latvia

Total Cost  £132.07

3. Budapest, Hungary

Total Cost £122.99

2. Vilnius, Lithuania

Total Cost  £114.93

And the cheapest is…..   Warsaw, Poland

Total Cost  £113.22

On the flip-side, the most expensive cities featured in the study was Stockholm, Sweden, where twelve items cost £325.44! Almost triple the cost in Warsaw! Stockholm was followed in the most expensive category by Reykjavik, Oslo, Dublin and Geneva.

Bag yourself a cheap flight on one of the budget airlines and book your airport transfer with cabmania to save even more money. Booking with cabmania guarantees the lowest prices as cabbies bid for your fare. Make sure you book early to get the best price possible. Happy bidding!

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How to get a free flight upgrade to business class

We all love to travel in style but who has the money for first class? There are some tricks of the trade to help you get bumped up to first class for free. We’ve done some digging and uncovered 10 things to try on your next trip. Some are a little tongue and cheek!

  1. Travel at quiet times when business users are less likely to fly. Bank holidays and Friday’s are a good example.
  2. Join the airline loyalty programme. They always dish out rewards to members first so make sure you are on the list.
  3. Be early for your flight. Very early if you want to get upgraded to first class. We’re talking 6 hours early. Upgrade spaces are usually scarce. If you’re the first to arrive you might be lucky enough to bag an upgrade!
  4. Being late can also work well but it’s a big gamble. You might miss your flight for one! Chances are it might be overbooked and they have to seat you in first class.
  5. Airlines sometimes send emails offering cheap upgrades on the day of departure so keep an eye out!
  6. Be nice. Being kind can pay off. Smile at the check in attendant and the stewardess. Bat those eyelashes. A lot of people passing them will be stressed from waiting so they’ll be glad of a friendly face.
  7. Dress to impress. If you look the part they will be more inclined to put you in business class.
  8. Tell them it’s your anniversary, birthday, engagement other special occasion but DON’T ask for an upgrade. They’ll likely refuse you if you ask outright.
  9. Be charming – compliment the check-in staff and tell them how fantastic their tan looks.
  10. If you notice the check-in person or stewardess is from your home country, or a country you know well, converse in that language. This particular one worked for us on a flight going to the US.

Don’t forget to book your airport transfer with cabmania.com – guaranteed the lowest price. Cabbies bid so you get the lowest fare!

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How to save money on business travel

There are tonnes of ways to save on your business travel, and multiple small savings can help your bottom line. Save money on the flight, hotel, meals and even transport. Today we’ll show you how to save money with business (or leisure) air travel.

Book Your Flight

Start with travel websites such as booking.com, fly.co.uk, budgetair.co.uk, flybe.com and expedia.com to discover cheap flights for your trip. If you are not particular about travel dates and times, do a flexible date airfare search. This will give you a range of hours and dates so you are sure to find something inexpensive that’s suited to your plans.

Sometimes it’s cheaper to book each leg of the trip separately. Try entering your outbound and return journeys alone to see if they are any cheaper.

Take your search for cheap flights even further by going to individual airline websites. Sometimes not all flights are listed on the travel websites so you might find something more suitable. Budget airlines travelling from Britain include easyJet, Ryanair, Monarch, Aer Lingus and now even British Airways are joining the ranks of budget airlines.

When making the booking, keep to the minimum of selections – don’t pick your seats, print your own tickets and make sure you are aware of their luggage requirements. Some airlines won’t allow a laptop bag and a carry-on suitcase, you’ll have to pack your laptop into your main luggage. Make sure you leave spac!

Book Your Airport Transfer

Once you have your flights secured, get straight onto cabmania.com to book your return airport transfer. Booking in advance and booking both trips at once can secure you the best price. Cabbies bid for your journey so you are guaranteed the best price!

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The Best UK Travel Bloggers Right Now!

We got a taste of the summer last week and now we’re itching for more! But where to go? We’ve searched the whole of Twitter for a mix of the best UK Travel Bloggers. Take a look!

Two Monkeys

Kach and Jon founded Two Monkeys Travel Group a couple of years ago and it has grown in size to up to 20 travel bloggers. They are young, in love and very inspiring!

Read about their travels in Asia, Europe, South America and North America. If you love Do-It-Yourself travel tips and life inspirations, you’ll love Two Monkeys! Find them on Twitter @2MonkeysTravel

Heather Cowper

If you are a bit more mature and like the finer things in life, such as good food, art and a little luxury, Heather’s travel blog is for you.

Heather explores Moscow, St Petersburg and the Golden Ring and takes a foodie tour around Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast. Follow Heather on Twitter @Heathercowper

Travel Like A Teen

Think cruises are just for pensioners? Think again! If you have teens you need to check out this teen travel blogger for family friendly holiday ideas. Lewis fills you in on the latest cruise news, and reviews of this trips.

Check out his super 7 on shore excursions for teens and Lewis’s best cruise lines for families. Follow Lewis on Twitter @travellikeateen

Getting to the Airport!

Once you book your trip, make sure to go to cabmania.com to secure the lowest price for your airport transfer. Enter your destination and cabbies bid for your fare, so you are always guaranteed the best price. Great value for families and couples. The earlier you book, the better the price you’ll receive!

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Shave £££ off your weekly spending with our money saving guide

Do you need a holiday in the sun but your bank balance is not looking too healthy? The Cabmania team are here to help! We’ll show you how to save money on everyday purchases so you can set aside some cash for your holiday fund.

Cashback Sites

Join Cashback sites to receive money back when you shop at popular retailers such as Boots, Amazon and M&S. Cashback sites are becoming increasingly popular, leading to more retailers jumping on board. The sites are simple to use and quick to sign up for. You can shop either online or in-store. Once your purchase is confirmed with the retailer, a percentage of the purchase will be refunded to your account.

Our favourite is TopCashback followed by Quidco.

Store Cards

Save money on everyday purchases and even more when you purchase groceries or fuel with a store card such as the Tesco Bank Clubcard credit card. You’ll receive one Clubcard point for every £8 spent on everyday spending and five Clubcard points for every £4 spent in Tesco stores or on Tesco fuel. One point equals 1p worth of vouchers so 500 points will get you £5 to spend. They can be used towards your Tesco grocery shop, or a wide range of Tesco partners such as Pizza Express, Mothercare, House of Fraser and Maplin.

Travel

Make sure that you are claiming money back for any tube or train delays and TFL overcharge refunds if you couldn’t touch out with your Oyster. Save money on train fares with Martin, the Money Saving Expert’s guide to cheap train tickets

Using cabmania.com to book your airport transfer can get you a huge discount when compared to your local cab place. It can even beat the cost of public transport if you are travelling with others. Make sure to check out cabmania.com a week before you travel for the lowest cab fares guaranteed. The earlier you book, the better the price! 

These small changes should help you to save enough money for a holiday in the sun each year. If you like this article please share with your friends. Follow us on social media for the best travel and money-saving tips!

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20 of the Best Travel Hacks

We love helping people to get the best deals and have a stress-free holiday. That’s why we’ve trawled the internet to come up with this list of 20 of the best travel hacks

  1. Score discounted fares on Expedia by pretending you’re in a different location when booking. 
  2. Booking two one-way flights can get you a better deal.
  3. If you find something cheaper right after you book, don’t worry – there is a 24-hour window for a refund on all airlines.
  4. Stop faffing around with liquids and miniature bottles at every trip. Have a ready to go bag of essential travel items set aside for all trips. You’ll just need to top it up at most.
  5. Clear your cookies and search history to get cheaper fares.
  6. Keep an extra set of chargers, plug adapters and other cables, in a ready to go travel bag for all trips.
  7. Pack rolled up socks inside your shoes – extra storage space and also helps keeps their shape.
  8. Ladies, bring a squishy handbag on the flight. Some carriers have size restrictions for handbags and a collapsible bag will get away with a lot.
  9. Baggage restrictions vary by airline and country. Make sure to do your research in advance to avoid extra charges.
  10. Pack the heaviest items in the bottom of your suitcase to keep it balanced.
  11. Some credit cards offer travel perks such as free hire car insurance. Check before you travel.
  12. In-flight Wi-Fi can be very expensive. Subscribe to Boingo Wi-Fi to save money on in-flight Wi-Fi and roaming charges.
  13. Get served faster by requesting a Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Halal or Kosher in-flight meal before you fly. They are often better quality too!
  14. Adjust your sleep and meals in preparation for your trip to reduce jet-lag.
  15. Avoid anything that will dehydrate you such as alcohol, coffee and processed food. Dehydration can make jet lag worse.
  16. A large scarf can double up as a pillow or a blanket in flight. It will also help with any differences in climate before or after the flight.
  17. Essentials for a comfortable long-haul flight; ear plugs, noise-cancelling headphones, blanket, water bottle, books, travel pillow, sleeping mask.
  18. Researching common travel scams can save you some heartache.
  19. Street food is usually the best food!
  20. Save money by booking a return trip airport transfer with cabmania.com. It’s often the same price or cheaper than public transport if you have two or more in your group. Treat yourself to a stress-free trip!

Now that you’re well prepared, all that’s left is to enjoy your trip! For more travel tips and our picks of the best things to do in the UK, subscribe to our blog. What’s your favourite travel hack?

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May Bank Holiday Activities in London

The May bank holiday is fast approaching, and there are a whole host of fabulous things to do in the capital this year. Pack a picnic lunch, lace up some comfortable shoes and don’t forget to bring an umbrella – here are our top picks for May Bank Holiday activities in London.

  • Canalway Cavalcade – The waterways of Little Venice are always lovely, but this May bank holiday they will be more colourful that ever. 130+ boats will be lining the canals around Maida Vale for this annual festival that has taken place since 1983.
  • Nest Collective Campfire Club – If you love folk music, you will love the Nest Collective. They host a series of open-air campfire shoes with live music, storytelling and a woody environment. For their exact location (one in Peckham, one in East London) email them or buy tickets.
  • Brixton Beer and Bread Festival – Now here is one for the bon vivants and gastronomes in the audience! In order to mark the 200th anniversary of the Brixton Windmill, the award winning Brixton Brewery has launched the Beer and Bread Festival. Expect delicious bread, wonderful pints and a lot of happy imbibers. Remember to leave your keys at home and take transit or a taxi home from this event – booking your cab in advance will save you heaps of money.
  • JW3 Sephardi Festival – This 2 day festival held in Frognal is a celebration of Spanish, Portuguese and Northern African Jewish culture, and features food, film, music and history talks at the “first Jewish Community Centre and arts venue of its kind to exist in London.” Come with an empty stomach!
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