April 2nd, 2014
April is bowel cancer awareness month in the UK. It is the time when people get on their bikes, run marathons or hold coffee morning for charities like Bowel Cancer UK to fund research and help people affected by the disease.
Itâ€™s also a time for us to think about our lifestyles and make choices to live more healthily â€“ and so avoid many of the risk factors of bowel cancer â€“ or to visit your doctor to get screened for bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer, which is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel, is the third most common type of cancer. It is the second most common among women after breast cancer and the third most common for men after prostate and lung cancer. In 2009 41,142 cases of bowel cancer were registered in the UK (all figures in this article from NHS). Read the rest of this entry »
March 28th, 2014
Weâ€™ve been having a peek at the interim results of our first ever travel survey. We couldnâ€™t resist, even though it doesnâ€™t close until the end of April.
If you have yet to complete it, please donâ€™t rush, as we wouldnâ€™t want you to twist, turn or sprain your ankle. This type of injury seems to be the most common reason for claiming on insurance out of the 6% of respondents who werenâ€™t either ill or got stung or bitten by something. So, please, from all of us, watch your step!
Have you ever injured yourself on holiday? If you have, please tell us about it in the survey. It will only take a few minutes and will also give you a chance to let us know about your holidaying habits, where you like to go, how often you go and what, if anything, you have ever left behind on your holiday. Read the rest of this entry »
March 26th, 2014
A travel company recently offered to pay any fines imposed on parents who book skiing holidays with them outside of the school holidays. It made the front of The Times, sparked a lively debate in The Daily Mail Online and enraged head teachers. On the other hand, plenty of parents welcomed it because it offered a way out of paying the higher prices they face during holiday times.
Itâ€™s a divisive issue.
So, we thought itâ€™d be interesting to look at the issue and some of the arguments put forward by all sides. Letâ€™s start with the basicsâ€¦.. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »