Yearly Archives: 2015

19 Nov

It’s snow joke on uncovered ski holidays

Skiing fans have been warned their trip and holiday funds could go downhill fast if they do not take out the right insurance policy. Gocompare says Brits who travel abroad to the snowy slopes this winter need a policy which includes winter sports cover. The firm suggests this should be as much a part of

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16 Nov

‘Record number’ of air passengers

Passenger numbers at UK airports have soared to a record high, with travellers seemingly enjoying more holidays overseas. The latest figures published by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show 247 million people passed through 24 of the country’s main airports in the 12 months to June, making it the busiest period ever. UK airports have

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13 Nov

Emirates removes first class from A380

Emirates has waved goodbye to first class on one of its planes to accommodate the most passengers ever. The two-class Airbus A380, which was unveiled this week at the Dubai Airshow, has 557 economy seats on board – 130 more than its sister three-class aircraft – plus room for 58 business travellers. That means the

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12 Nov

Oyster cards set for Gatwick trains

Holidaymakers travelling to and from Gatwick Airport will able to do so using Oyster and contactless payment cards from January. The electronic ticketing system is being extended to the West Sussex site, as well as five other stations along the route – Horley, Salfords, Earlswood, Redhill and Merstham – to provide a quick and easy

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06 Nov

New passport design revealed

Holidaymakers getting the new UK passport will be heading off abroad with a document featuring seven ‘culturally important’ men and two women, it has been revealed. The new 34-page passport’s design claims to celebrate the nation’s creative and cultural heritage over the last 500 years. But it has been criticised by some for only honouring

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28 Oct

EU roaming charges set to end

Holidaymakers will soon no longer have to worry about racking up huge phone bills abroad, after roaming charges were scrapped in Europe. Members of the European Parliament have formally approved plans to abolish mobile roaming charges within the EU. The surcharges will be significantly reduced in time for next year’s summer season and will end

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20 Oct

London flyers use far more public transport

Holidaymakers who travel abroad from London’s five airports use public transport to get there far more than those flying from others, latest figures show. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) passenger survey for last year found that 41% of flyers making their way to Gatwick or Heathrow take public transport. And this proportion climbs to exactly

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15 Oct

Costa Rica ‘an attractive holiday option’

Costa Rica could soon become a favourite holiday destination for Brits, it has been suggested. According to Anne Gorringe writing in the Daily Express, the rugged Central American country, which sits between Panama and Nicaragua, is something of an unknown among travellers. But it boasts dense rainforest and tropical beaches, straddled either side by the

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08 Oct

Solo foreign holidays ‘on the rise’

Solo foreign holidays are being taken by record numbers of people, according to new research. Mercury Holidays finds that the amount of tourists heading abroad on their own is up by nearly a fifth (18%) compared with the 2014 data. And the travel specialist claims that most of these people will be in a long-term

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05 Oct

Holidays third in parents’ child cost list

Holidays are the third biggest expense for parents bringing up children in their early years, according to new research. Halifax reports that Britons spend an average of £748 a year on domestic and/or foreign holidays for children up to 11 years old. The bank says this works out at £62.38 a month and represents a

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