Airport Mistakes You Could Be Making

Ensure that your next trip is stress-free by making sure that you are not falling for these big airport no-nos:

1. Failing to check in online

This can be a massive mistake as a lot of airlines overbook their flights. Check in online as soon as it is available. If you do find yourself in a position where they have overbooked, check out or blog, what to do if your flight is delayed or oversold.

2. Not having the airline app

Most carriers have apps now that will tell you if your flight has been delayed, cancelled or if the gate has changed. You won’t have to keep running to find an information screen!

3. Wearing the wrong clothing

Choose comfort over style when it comes to flying. You want to dress to get through security easily and quickly, as well as being comfortable throughout your flight. Things with metal pieces and buttons will be a security nightmare. Easy slip-on shoes are better than fiddly laces when you are forced to undress on the go.

4. Using airport Wi-Fi for personal info

Free airport Wi-Fi is an excellent way to while away some time before a flight, but bear in mind that it’s not secure. It’s a public Wi-Fi network, meaning that if you enter any passwords, people could potentially access this information and you could find your accounts hacked and your bank account empty. 

5. Not labelling and marking your luggage

Or even worse. Realising that you left it open. Before you leave the house do a quick check of the luggage, lock them with mini padlocks, ensure that they are labelled and tie something bright like a length of ribbon around the handles. If you lose your luggage, take a look at our blog, how to claim compensation for lost, damaged or delayed luggage.

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The best beaches to visit in the UK this summer

Being an island we are spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in the UK. From the sunny English Rivera to the rugged Northumberland coast with it’s historic Norman castle, there is something for all tastes. Here’s a selection of our picks across the country:

  1. Crosby Beach Liverpool

With beautiful views and life-like sculptures by Antony Gormley spread out along the shore of Crosby Beach and stretching out one kilometre into the sea, the beach is a must-visit if you are in Liverpool. The artwork titled Another Place, is made up of casts of the artist’s body, each one staring out to sea. The beach itself is non-bathing as there can be changing tides.

2. Bamburg Castle Beach, Northumberland

A large sandy beach with the backdrop of the imposing Bamburgh Castle, a former Norman stronghold. It’s perfect for brisk walks with the dog any time of year and popular with surfers. Bamburg Castle Beach is regarded as one of the most consistent surf spots along that stretch of coast. Lessons and surf kit hire are available for those who want to have a go.

3. Woolacombe Beach, Devon

Winner of TripAdvisor’s best beaches in Britain award for 2016 so of course, this had to make the list! With three miles of golden sand, clean water, lots of local activities and traditional pubs, we can see why Woolacombe continues to be a family favourite.

4. Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Neighbouring the iconic Tate St Ives building, the Porthmeor beach is a sandy heaven popular with the many tourists and locals alike. It’s safe to swim, surfing is good, with excellent water cleanliness. The bustling centre of St Ives is just minutes away, where you’ll find trendy cafes, traditional old English pubs, art galleries and lots more.

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The 10 cheapest places for a beach holiday in 2017

Summer is almost here! Every year the Post Office Travel Money releases a report with the 19 cheapest places to holiday in Europe. They base this on several holiday expenses such as the price of a three-course dinner for two, cup of coffee, sun cream, a bottle of beer, bottle of water, glass of wine and other common travel essentials.

We bring you the top 10 cheapest places to holiday in Europe in 2017

10. Zante, Greece £82.36

Zante or you might be more familiar with the name Zakynthos. A bottle of local beer should set you back just £1.31 and a glass of wine £1.31.

9. Crete, Greece £81.84

In Crete, you can enjoy a two-course evening meal with house wine for £41.05.

8. Limassol, Cyprus £79.89

Cyprus’s second largest city, Limassol is appealing to those both seeking a beach holiday and to those interested in the island’s culture with its museums and archaeological sites. A two-course lunch for two costs £18.26

7. Porec, Croatia £79.08

Porec is an ancient Roman town entirely devoted to tourism. Grab a coffee for just £1.34. 

6. Costa Blanca, Spain £75.56

The unique landscape of Costa Blanca is marked by orange and almond trees. A 1.5-litre bottle of mineral water is just 20p!

5. Paphos, Cyprus £74.32

Paphos is an ideal destination for families, with plenty of sunshine and activities. Enjoy a three-course evening meal for two in Paphos, with house wine for just £33.11.

4. Marmaris, Turkey £68.13

A popular and resort town, Marmaris is for those who like a lively holiday!  Grab some insect repellent from just £2.73. A two-course lunch for two will set you back around £6.81, without drinks.

3. Costa del Sol, Spain £60.65

Still very popular with British holidaymakers, you’ll find lots of bargains at the Costa del Sol. Sun cream is just £4.32, English newspapers £1.36 and £1.75 for a bottle of local beer.

2. Algarve, Portugal £58.38

Beautiful beaches and a balmy climate attract many holiday goers to the Algarve every year. You can grab a coffee for just 61p a local beer for £1.05 and a three-course evening meal for two with house wine for just £26.21.

And number 1 is…. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria £37.33

Sunny Beach is still the cheapest place to visit in Europe, unchanged from last year. It’s not surprising with prices as low as 70p for a bottle of local beer and just £5.58 for a lunch for two.

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See more destinations from the Post Office here… http://www.postoffice.co.uk/travel-money/holiday-money-report-2017

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Flying with the kids – our top tips

With half-term already upon us, it won’t be long until the kids break up for summer. If you are treating the family to a well deserved holiday this year, we have some top tips for flying with kids. Also check out our blog for tips for travelling with kids and toddlers for more advice on how to plan your holiday.

Dress Comfortably

Leave out comfy clothes for everybody to wear to the airport. The weather in the UK is so unpredictable and on a plane you can go from hot to cold in an instant. Layers that you can pop on and off are best for travelling. A hoodie or shawl can even double up as a blanket if someone wants to take a nap.

Bring a Stash of Goodies!

Prepare sandwiches, rolls or something that everyone will enjoy. Preferably take a selection of goodies and snacks for the family to munch on while waiting around and spending long hours on the plane. Here are some great snack ideas for inspiration.

Be Organised

For simple check-in and security, have one adult take charge of all the passports and hold the boarding passes on their phone with the airline’s mobile app. Once everyone is passed a certain point, the passports are collected again and slipped into a sealed bag for safety.

Pack Sensibly

Likewise, pack all of the family’s electronic equipment that will have to be removed from bags to go through security in one carry-on bag. That means iPads, laptops, large cameras and other electrical equipment. At the time of writing, Kindles and phones don’t need to be removed but that could change again. Make sure no one is carrying any random liquids in their bags before you get to the airport! Something as small as a little bottle of eye drops will cause an embarrassing hold up.

Flight Entertainment

Here are some great ideas for keeping your kids entertained on the flight, from Play-Doh to Lego! According to Professor Robert Winston, old fashioned hands-on games and activities are the best ways to keep kids entertained on long flights. Bringing out toys at different intervals will keep kids quiet for longer and are preferable to watching shows on tablets. This was discovered during a social experiment on a two-hour flight. (Daily Mirror)

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Where to spend a romantic weekend in the UK

Escape with your loved one for a weekend of romance to one of these great locations.  City breaks, a weekend of culture, or a lakeside retreat with pampering, we have you covered!

The Lake District

Voted the 2nd most romantic destination in Britain by Telegraph readers, The Lake District provides a magnificent backdrop to an intimate getaway for two. Make it a stay to remember by booking into one of the luxury spa hotels. In Leathes Head County House Hotel you’ll find the Superior Spa with a double ended whirlpool and mood-lit spa bath which overlooks Derwent Water.

London

You’ll never be short of romantic things to do in London. Spend the night in one of London’s romantic hotels, take a boat ride down the Thames to take in the view, go for a candle lit dinner. The choices are endless. Here are 101 romantic things to do in London to give you some more inspiration.

Stratford-Upon-Avon

Visit the birthplace of Shakespeare in this romantic and culturally rich location with beautiful Tudor architecture. Stratford-upon-Avon has many boutique hotels to spend the weekend with your loved one. Enjoy a romantic boat trip on the River Avon together and you can even take in a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

York

A city filled with winding passageways and leaning Tudor houses, York lends itself well to romance. The city centre is almost traffic-free, so you can stroll hand in hand with your loved one through the cobbled streets. Visit the magnificent medieval churches, ‘snickleways’ and ginnels that run in between traditional pubs and quaint tea rooms. York has a bustling city centre with all the big brand names in retail that you would expect as well as excellent dining options. Where to stay.

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The advantages of booking your taxi online in advance

Booking your taxi in advance online has many benefits and it’s now a much easier process thanks to our handy mobile app and easy to use website. It’s a much simpler process than phoning around cab companies for quotes.

Why book your taxi online in advance?

  1. You’ll Save Money

With cabmania, advance booking usually secures the best rates. Cabbies bid for your fare so booking in advance when they may not be fully booked up will get you the best deals.

2.   Less Stress

Knowing that your taxi is booked before hand saves you the worry and stress of the last minute rush before you travel.

3.   Save Time

Online booking with cabmania.com gives you access to quotes from several cab companies at once, so it saves you time phoning different companies to compare prices.

4.   Written Record

You’ll get an email confirmation with the information of the cab company that you are booked with. This makes it easier to keep track of everything. If you’d like further confirmation of your booking before you travel, you can get in touch with your chosen cab company using the contact details provided with the booking confirmation.

5.   User Ratings

With online bookings, cab companies are usually rated and reviewed so you can base your decision on reliability as well as price. 

6.   Book Any Time

You can book online any time that’s convenient for you. With cabmania.com you’ll receive quotes from different companies and you choose who you’d like to book with based on price and user ratings.

7.   Fixed Price

When you book online, all of the details about your journey are recorded and the quote is based on all of the information provided. There are no surprises with the fare at the end of the journey. The price that you are quoted is the price that you’ll pay.

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How to claim compensation for lost, damaged or delayed luggage

You are entitled to compensation if your luggage is delayed, damaged or lost on a flight. The Montreal Convention makes airlines responsible for your bags once they are checked in. Liability is limited to around £874 at the time of writing (1,131 SDR).

What should you do if you lose your luggage?

Act Immediately

As soon as you are aware of the issue, report it to the airline. They are more likely to accept responsibility if you report the problem straight away, before leaving the luggage reclaim hall, go straight to the airline desk.

Fill out the paperwork

Ensure that you complete a copy of the Property Irregularity Report (PIR) that airline staff use to record events and details. Although not a legal requirement, failure to complete it can lead to more problems with your claim down the line.

Lost Bags

Give an accurate description of the bag detailing any distinguishing features it may have. If you are highly organised, it’s always good to have a photo of your luggage saved on your phone in case something like this ever happens. Write to the airline within seven days of the flight, enclosing the PIR.

Damaged bags

You’ll need to write to the airline within seven days of receiving the damaged luggage if you’d like to claim compensation. Enclose a copy of the PIR. Having a photo of the case in its original state before the damage would be a helpful backup to your claim.

Track Progress

If your luggage doesn’t show up after a couple of days, you can monitor it through the tracking procedure by contacting baggage services at the airport or using the online baggage tracing page. You can find out more about this from the airline.

Covering Essential Items

If your luggage goes missing while on holiday and you are stuck without any essential items, make sure you check the rules before making any purchases. Different airlines have varying rules about what is covered under essential items. Some will cover only basic toiletries and laundry, whilst others will cover the cost of replacing the missing items. Keep receipts for everything you buy to back up your claim.

Compensation

The compensation will usually come in the form of a lump sum payment, once you have sent in your claim with the correct form and all of your receipts. If your luggage is missing, you may also get a daily allowance for essentials, depending on the airline. It can often take a couple of months to process claims.

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How to beat travel sickness on your next trip

Are you plagued by motion sickness? It can put you off travelling on long car journeys, planes, trains and most of all, ships. Cruises are usually a no-go for those who suffer from motion sickness.

The symptoms are caused by a mismatch of information between your brain and your inner ear system. It can range from mild to debilitating. Don’t let these annoying symptoms ruin your next trip.

There are many techniques that you can try to help beat motion sickness. As a member of our team is a sufferer, the list below is tried and tested!

If it’s not too bad, you can try listening to music and try focusing on the horizon. Whatever you do, don’t read a book or look at your phone as it will only make things worse!

Other things to try:

  • Sea Bands – a drug-free way to treat motion sickness. The band’s work by applying pressure to particular points inside the wrist to provide natural relief from nausea.
  • Keep your head as still as possible and choose a seat in the middle of the craft or vehicle, where you’ll experience the least movement.
  • Drinking sugary fizzy drinks or chewing ginger sweets can help some people. This works for our team member who doesn’t regularly have fizzy drinks. It’s not so good for others so you’ll have to experiment with what works for you.
  • Stress will make motion sickness worse. If you start to feel sick, try to relax. Worrying about it will just exacerbate your symptoms.
  • Listen to some relaxing music and try closing your eyes, deep breathing and focusing on a mental activity. Downloading some Audible books or medications in advance is a good way to prepare for these moments.
  • Stay cool and pack a travel fan. Motion sickness will get worse if you are overheated. A mini fan can make a huge difference or even better, open a window and get some fresh air.
  • Keep well hydrated and avoid alcohol before travelling. It’s also best to avoid any heavy meals.
  • Finally, ask your pharmacist about treating your motion sickness with over the counter medication such as hyoscine or antihistamines.

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Top tips for getting the most out of your next trip

Even if you are not a seasoned traveller, you can learn to follow your intuition rather than the guidebook to get the most out of your next trip.

Eat Locally

Rather than looking at TripAdvisor, ask the locals where they like to eat. You might not only save money but discover something delicious that you’d never have tried.

Learn the Local Language

If you’re going to approach people, it’s best to have a few basic sentences in the local language. Even if they speak English, the locals will appreciate the effort.

Learn the Public Transport System

Familiarise yourself with the local public transport system and the method of payment. It’s usually the best way to get around and often see the sights. Take London for example. A bus is a cheap way to get a tour of the city.

Explore!

Go off the beaten track and explore new neighbourhoods. Stray away from the tourist hotspots and discover new places. Watch how the local people live. You’ll really get a feel for the culture and people in a way that you can’t in a town or city filled with tourists.

Be Safe

Tourists are a target for crime. Have your wits about you at all times whilst travelling and never leave your belongings unattended. Read our blog on How to Protect Yourself from Pickpockets and Thieves when Travelling Abroad.

When Souvenir Shopping…

Forget the tacky souvenir shops. By from local artisans in the markets or small shops. You’ll get quality, authentic souvenirs instead of overpriced tat that’s probably made cheaply abroad.

Visit the Local Markets

Visit the local markets, full of fresh produce, cheeses and artisan-produced foods. Often, you’ll spot things that we pay a fortune for back home selling for a fraction of the price.

Dress up and Hit the Town

Wherever you go, always make time to dress up and head out in the evening. You may find a place that’s quiet by day is buzzing with life at night. Nighttime brings a new ambience.

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Top Foodie Destinations in the UK

Do you have a foodie hotspot near you? The UK has come a long way over the past few years in the food stakes. We’ve listed some of the best foodie destinations of the moment.

Cornwall

Renowned TV chef Rick Stein runs several places in Padstow, including his most famous venture, the Seafood Restaurant. A must-visit destination for any serious foodie. Relax, take in the scenery and enjoy some seafood.

Bray, Berkshire

In this pretty Thames-side town you’ll find two of the four British restaurants to hold three Michelin stars, the Waterside Inn and the Fat Duck.

Edinburgh

The Scottish capital is full of treats for foodie fans with many eateries awarded Michelin stars. Timberyard is one to watch, focusing on local produce and foraged ingredients.

Richmond, North Yorkshire

Shoppers seeking fresh produce from local farmers are spoilt for choice. There is a market held indoors each day, a Saturday market held outside in the main market square and a farmers market once a month.

Borough Market London

A foodie’s paradise. Probably London’s most renowned food market and the reputation is well deserved. You’ll find everything from fresh produce, cheeses to international cuisine. Also check out Monmouth coffee on your way out. It’s worth it wait!

Brighton

Everyone loves a trip to the seaside – now you can pair that with an indie foodie tour! Brighton has come a long way over the past few years and now boasts a wide range of independent restaurants and food stalls offering international and traditional British cuisine.

Cartmel, Lake District

Famous for Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume, named the UK’s ‘best restaurant” in the 2014 Good Food Guide. Rogan also runs The Pig and Whistle, located nearby, which is very well rated for “pub grub”.

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