March 6th, 2014
Got 2 minutes? Fancy winning a new Kindle Fire HD? Fantastic. Then tell us how you like to travel in our first ever travel and travel insurance survey! The survey has just 15 short questions about your travel and holidaying habits. For your trouble you could win a fantastic Kindle Fire HD tablet, one of Amazonâ€™s new generation of e-readers. For people who like to read, watch movies, surf the web, check their emails, look at pictures, listen to music and generally stay in touch when they are away they are a fantastic lightweight alternative to carrying a pile of books and a laptop. In fact, the Fire is packed with all kinds of amazing gizmos including a touch screen, apps, stereo sound, a long battery life and wi-fi. So itâ€™s pretty much all you need to take with you. And at around 350 grams itâ€™s light enough to take with you wherever you go, which is more than you can say about that pile of books youâ€™ve been meaning to read.
To be in with a chance of winning the draw* all you have to do is complete the survey, fill in some basic personal details (name, email) and hit send. Weâ€™ll then enter you in the draw.
To complete the survey CLICK HERE. Read the rest of this entry »
March 3rd, 2014
Has spring sprung for you yet? It would be easy to doubt it this year because of the weather. But, depending on whom you believe, spring began on the 1st of Marchâ€¦
Or did it? Read the rest of this entry »
March 3rd, 2014
The biggest event in Irelandâ€™s calendar is coming up very soon. Of course itâ€™s St Patrickâ€™s Day and it takes place on the 17th of March. Even though this falls on a Monday this year, the festivities will be taking place in Dublin during the whole weekend of the 14th â€“ 17th March, with the big parade â€“ the main event – taking place from 1200pm on Dublinâ€™s streets on the 17th.Â
Itâ€™s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that Dublin is nothing more than St Patrickâ€™s Day and a Guinness in the famous Temple bar area of the city. But thereâ€™s a lot more to this eclectic, electric, eccentric and romantic city. So, rather than go for the obvious, we thought it might be good to ask a local to point us in the direction of a few of the more interesting things to do on a Last Minute weekend in Dublin.Â
Ready? Letâ€™s hit the road! Read the rest of this entry »
February 28th, 2014
The Winter Olympics have been fantastic havenâ€™t they? Itâ€™s been inspiring stuff, especially the Snowboarding Slopestyle, a new event that involves riders making their way (very quickly) down a steep course that includes a series of jumps and obstacles. It makes for spectacular viewing and has been much praised for its excitement and drama.
Weâ€™ve even got our very own Slopestyle heroine now, Jenny Jones, who took the bronze medal in style at Sochi. Sheâ€™s a multiple X Games gold medal winner and the first British athlete to win a medal on snow. Thatâ€™s an amazing achievement.Â Jennyâ€™s medal is every reason to celebrate and head for the hills! And with the Easter holidays coming up fast, there will no doubt be a queue of new snowboarders hoping to try a few moves themselves. Who wouldnâ€™t want to pull off an air grab or backside 360? Exactly. Book your ticket now! Read the rest of this entry »
February 7th, 2014
Valentineâ€™s Day is approaching fast. Are you ready? Have you stocked up on roses and chocolates and grabbed a booking at your partnerâ€™s favourite restaurant (be quick!)? Failing that, have you booked the flights to whisk your better half away for a romantic weekend away in one of the Worldâ€™s most romantic cities? Well, if you have then youâ€™re probably about 90% more organised than most of us.
If you havenâ€™t, why worry? Most of us would rather not have the pressure of Valentineâ€™s anyway. If you want to do something for someone youâ€™ll do it anyway, right? Thatâ€™s how we feel. Anywhere can be romantic at any time of the year.
But, just in case youâ€™ve been getting some serious hints and painful prodding, we thought itâ€™d be nice to find out who rates where as the most romantic place to visit.
Bags packed? Great. Letâ€™s goâ€¦ Read the rest of this entry »
February 4th, 2014
Itâ€™s morning. You wake to the sound of the sea and the seagulls above. In a little while itâ€™ll be too hot to stay inside, so you unzip the door, swing your feet out of your bed and enjoy the coolness. As the zip slides back you take in a big lungful of salty sea air and feel very much alive. The sky is blue and the breeze is just strong enough to sway the towels from yesterdayâ€™s swim that are hanging on the line. Any minute now youâ€™ll hear a cheery toot-toot and the local baker will appear in his van with freshly baked croissants, pains au chocolat and sticks of still-warm bread. Thatâ€™s the cue to get up, get the kettle on and send the kids off to the pool to slip, slide and squawk their way through the day down slides, along lazy rivers and into plunge pools. Read the rest of this entry »
January 29th, 2014
Cruising isnâ€™t for you. We know. Youâ€™d be bored in a minute. Youâ€™d want to jump off after a few hours at sea. You couldnâ€™t stand being stuck on a ship with the same people day in day out. You would hate to have to sit at the same table, wearing stuff dinner jackets and bow ties night after night. We know.
But are you right?
To be honest, weâ€™ve heard it all when it comes to cruises. All those reasons for not going. All those misguided myths about what cruising is and always will be. The boredom, the people, the mass tourism, the mob handedness of it all. We know.
If youâ€™re the sort of person who thinks that cruising is all dickie bows and bad musicals, then itâ€™s time to think again. There has never been a better time to go on a cruise. You now have a choice of the entire world â€“ and weâ€™re not joking when we say this – and a whole lot of ways to see it. On a cruise you can see places that others canâ€™t, you can learn, you can be entertained and you can enjoy some of the finest food on the planet.
So, we thought it might help to change your mind if we took a little time to bust a few of the myths of cruising. Read the rest of this entry »
January 27th, 2014
Weâ€™re not going to talk about football on this blog. Itâ€™s tempting, but no. What we do is talk about travel, destinations, and, of course, staying safe when you are there. So donâ€™t expect any snide comments from us about how England will fare in the opening rounds of the World Cup or whether or not the stadiums will be ready. Weâ€™re not even going to be drawn on any hot prospects for the England squad. Beckham? Surely not!
We remain as tight-lipped as the manager himself.
However, weâ€™re not going to stay quiet about travelling to Brazil. We recently published a newly updated Quick Guide to travelling in Brazil, which tells you everything you need to know about the basics such as currency, healthcare, electricity, driving and even the wet season. As usual, itâ€™s always wise to wise up before you go. In the same way they play football like no other nation, they do things differently in Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »
January 16th, 2014
Are you thinking about making 2014 the year you take that cruise? There has never been a better time.
The cruise industry is evolving constantly. New ships are sliding down slipways at an alarming rate and cruise lines are always on the lookout for ever more innovative ways of attracting customers. You have more choice than ever. They are hiring eminent speakers, famous chefs, celebrities and even adding overhanging spa baths on the side of their liners so you can sit in a Jacuzzi with an uninterrupted view of the ocean! Kids are catered for on family cruises, intellectuals on enriched history tours, adventurers with discovery trips heading for the Galapagos or Antarctica and culture vultures on river cruises to the heart of Europe and Russia.
In short, there is something for everyone, with entry level cruises starting at just a few hundred pounds for UK based cruises and leading up to tens of thousands for six star luxury world cruises with everything thrown in.
So, if one size doesnâ€™t fit all any more, should all cruise policies still be the same?
Yes and no. Read the rest of this entry »
January 16th, 2014
Itâ€™s Friday. Youâ€™ve got the whole weekend ahead of you, with nothing planned until Monday morning. What do you do?
For hopeless romantics, culture vultures and Francophiles, there is only one city to head for a weekend away. Especially in the spring. And that is, of course, Paris.
If youâ€™re thinking about taking off on a last minute European city break, donâ€™t forget that our Last Minute travel insurance policies are designed for people like you. With no cancellation cover costs included in the price itâ€™ll work out cheaper than most standard policies â€“ leaving you with more to spend on tapas! Read the rest of this entry »