It’s almost Christmas! Nowadays, most towns and cities boast festive markets enticing us to take time out from all that Christmas shopping and indulge in a mulled wine (or three). So why not get your festive break off to a flying start with our pick of the best Christmas markets in Europe?
Summer is over – but before we start the Christmas countdown, we have Halloween to look forward to! We decided to help you get your spook on with 7 ghoulish getaways you can book from Gatwick Airport right now.
That’s it, summer is officially over! Bitterly cold nights are drawing ever closer. But if you’re looking to escape the dreary autumn weather, blistering winds, and painfully dark mornings, then check out our top five autumn sun destinations you can jet away to, direct from Gatwick Airport this year.
Holidays are traditionally a time to relax and indulge in all of your favourite food and drink. But the growing popularity of fitness holidays suggests more and more of us are opting for a much healthier kind of break.
While we love driving (it’s what we do for a living, after all!) even we can admit cycling is great fun. Not only is it a brilliant way to get fit and enjoy some fresh air, there are some amazing places you can travel to for a cycling holiday. Let’s face it, seeing the world on your bike has got to beat the daily cycle commute to work, right?
Inspired by the Tour of Spain, we’ve rounded up a few of the best cycling holidays out there to inspire you to try a pedal powered holiday for your next break from Gatwick.
If it’s a cheap weekend retreat you’re looking for, then Amsterdam is the place to go. Catch the booking agents on a good day, and you’ll bag yourself a flight and hotel for less than the price of a train ticket from London to Manchester.
If you’re tirelessly trawling the web in a bid to find the cheapest flight, you’re not alone. We are here to take you through our top tips, that, hopefully, won’t only save you time, but also money, when booking your next flight.
Gatwick Airport is home to a host of eateries to suit every palate. Before you fly, check out the options available to tempt your tastebuds by reading our lowdown on the most delicious dishes on offer.
Gatwick Airport is the second busiest airport in the UK – seeing over 43 million passengers pass through its doors every year. So, it makes sense for us to give you a run down on the best practices when parking, travelling and flying from Gatwick Airport.
One of the most common mistakes people make when packing for their summer break is packing too much. We see it all the time, people rooting through overflowing cases at the check-in desk in a bid to avoid hefty baggage charges. There is a simple solution to this, only pack what you need!
Just the thought of flying with children can be enough to turn the majority of us off jetting away on holiday - but here’s how to make your life that little bit easier, with these 8 tips for flying with children.
You may have travel insurance that covers your checked in baggage but if your airline requires you to place your cabin baggage in the hold because of lack of space on the airline, it may not be covered by your insurance.
The results of the annual Post Office Travel Money survey have been released and it’s not all rising prices and doom and gloom (unlike what you might have read in the press). Believe it or not, in some countries this year it’s even cheaper than ever before!
Sadly, in the ‘blame and claim’ culture we live in, it’s to be expected (although this certainly doesn’t make it right), but the number of travel insurance claims being made for fictitious ‘sickness-bugs’ is on the increase.
Holidaymakers, thinking that there’s no proof over whether they were or weren’t ill, are claiming that they were the victims of sickness and diarrhoea bugs.
Most of us enjoy a drink at the airport while we’re waiting for our flight. In fact, it’s almost seen as a ritual; the pre-flight drink that signals the start of our holiday. Unfortunately, for some, a pre-flight drink turns to many and can cause problems for passengers and flight crews on flights.
As half term fast approaches, some of you lucky people will be jetting off to sunnier climes. But if it’s your first time flying with your young family, the chances are you’ll be a little apprehensive and concerned about how to cope with your children on a flight.
So take a moment and check out these helpful tips when flying with children.
As the popularity of holidays to Dubai and other United Arab Emirates destinations grow, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued new advice to travellers regarding the use of social media.
The collapse of Low Cost Holidays is a stark reminder of the importance of making sure your holiday is protected.
1,000s of travellers were left overseas, stranded without any means of getting home, whilst others had to find the cash to pay for their accommodation when checking out, and for those yet to travel, their holiday dreams turned into nightmares.
As millions of Britons head off on their annual summer holiday, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), in association with Thomson and First Choice, is reminding the Nation of the importance of travel insurance.
Whilst there are many reliable and trustworthy parking companies operating at Gatwick, there are also plenty of unscrupulous, rogue traders.
The recent incident when West Sussex Police discovered over 1,000 cars abandoned in a muddy field, with keys attached to wind screens and in boots of vehicles highlights the importance of using reliable and vetted Gatwick meet and Greet airport parking operators.
If you’re jetting off on holiday this summer the chances are you are looking to buy your suntan lotions as we speak.
If you’re considering buying an ‘apply-once’ or a ‘once-a-day’ suntan lotion you might want to reconsider given the recent research and testing undertaken by leading consumer watchdog magazine, Which?.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued advice to eager football fans, ahead of the 2016 UEFA European Championship.
The campaign, aptly named, ‘On the Ball’ has been created to keep fans of the beautiful game safe and protected during the championship – the 15th European Championship kicks off on 10th June until 10th July.
It’s an unfortunate fact of life that wherever there’s a lucrative market, there are always going to be unscrupulous people who will try to exploit people for their own financial gain, and holidays is one such area.
Travelling With Children? So, we’ve all heard of the expression ‘don’t forget your toothbrush’. Well, if you’re travelling with children, don’t forget to check out these tips a day or so before you travel.
These last-minute checks will help to make your journey, and your child's, go as smoothly as possible.
You won’t be alone in thinking you can't take a packed lunch and snacks on board a flight. However, you’d be wrong. Passengers are allowed to take snacks and food on board an aircraft to eat during the flight.
The saying goes: "You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time", and how true it is, especially when it comes to holidays.
In the age of the independent woman, it's become commonplace for women to travel abroad alone. Whether it’s because you’re young, free and single, or just don’t share the same travel aspirations as your friends, there’s no better time to go it alone.
As with any travel, however, it’s imperative to take steps to stay safe. So take a moment to check out our safety tips for solo travel:
Government warning to skiers and boarders: Don’t forget Winter sports travel insurance.
As many of us are about to jet off to hit the slopes – more than 1 million this winter - a warning has been issued by the Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) concerning travel insurance.
Love it or loath it, the reality is that, nowadays, most of us fly.
Whether that’s for business or for pleasure, hopping on to an aircraft and jetting off is a way of life and, judging by the amount of flying we do, you’d think that it would be a rather enjoyable experience.
Now that Christmas is over, many of us will be turning our attention to summer holidays.
January is a very popular time to book your summer holiday – you not only have more options available to you as fewer people have booked but chances are, you’re likely to pick up a bargain by booking early.
Many travellers find airports stressful and get wound up spending any amount of time in an airport - we’re not just talking about delays and disruptions, we’re talking about each and every time they travel.
Driving this winter? Whether you’re simply driving a short distance to friends or family, or to the airport for your winter holiday, you should always make sure your car is prepared for driving in wintery conditions.
Here's a list of tips to make sure your car is winter-ready.
Do you struggle to get organised for your holiday? Think you’ve got everything covered, only to discover you’ve still got masses to do before you leave. Or perhaps you leave everything to the last minute then panic because you have so much to do and so little time.
If you’re one of the many for whom all ‘hell breaks loose’ on the day of their holiday, then help is at hand.
If only organising a holliday was as simple as just booking it and looking forward to the day of departure. However, the build up to a holiday can be quite stressful. Often we worry about remembering to do everything before we go, convinced we'll forget something. So it’s ideal to have a list of things to do before your departure date.
If you’re one of the thousands of people taking part in the ‘Great British Getaway’ this summer – the busiest time of the year for foreign holidays – then be sure to pack your toothbrush and your travel insurance.
Travel insurance is a necessary part of a holiday abroad, however, a quarter of UK holidaymakers travel overseas without it.
How many of us have booked a long-haul flight thinking that the excitement of reaching our exotic destination will help us survive a 10- 12- or even 14-hour flight?
And how many of us have found this isn’t the case at all? Okay, so the first couple of hours is fine, the excitement mounts, but then the novelty wears off and the reality of sitting cramped into a tiny seat for the best part of a day begins to sink in.
There are just a couple of weeks left of school, so many families are busy preparing for their annual summer holiday.
And for those travelling with small children, there’s much more to think about than what clothes you need to pack in their suitcase... much thought needs to be given as to how to keep the little ones entertained on flights.
Whether it’s a short- or long-haul flight, here are some tips on what will help keep your little ones entertained.
Air passengers breathed a huge sigh of relief last week, when the Air Transport Association (ATA) confirmed they were cancelling their proposals to reduce the size of hand luggage.
Initially, the ATA called for baggage sizes to be reduced to 55cm x 35cm x 19cm so that all passengers’ hand luggage would be able to fit in the overhead lockers. This reduction in size would mean a bag would have little more than half the capacity the current allowance permits.
Whether you’re travelling with hold and hand luggage, or you’ve just got a carry-on holdall, it’s worth giving some thought to the things you might need during your flight to make it an altogether better flight experience.
Having saved all year for our summer holiday, how come so many of us end up frittering away money on the ‘holiday extras’ we need to buy before the actual holiday itself or by making a few mistakes when booking?
Are you one of the many Brits who are debating whether or not to visit Egypt this year?
Famed for its high quality hotels and scorching temperatures, Egypt was once a popular holiday destination for British tourists. However, over the last 18 months, due to civil unrest, the country has fallen out of favour, not just with British tourists, but those from all around the world.
It is important that every overseas traveller, regardless of sexual orientation, is careful when travelling abroad. Problems can be avoided by careful preparation and researching your destination in advance of travel.
Don’t forget, attitudes towards LGBT travellers may not be as liberal as they are in the UK, but this shouldn’t deter you from travelling.
Are you travelling abroad with your child for the first time? Don't forget, even babies require passports, so if you need to apply for your child's first passport, check out our guide to applying for a child's first passport here:
The UK airport parking business is a large and very complex market featuring many companies, some well known and others virtually unknown.
Following an evaluation of the UK’s top 30 airport parking companies by Plimsoll Analysis, Help-Me-Park.com LTD was ranked as the 16th largest, just above Park At The Airport Ltd (which was established 51 years ago).
Are you on medication and about to go on holiday? Are you confused about whether you can take your prescription drugs on holiday? Don't worry, just take a look at our overview of the regulations surrounding flying with medicines.
The FCO has issued a timely reminder to romantic Brits planning to spend Valentine’s Day abroad. The advice includes making sure they have adequate travel insurance for their trip, even if it’s only for a couple of days.
Seasoned Skier, Savvy Snowboarder or First timer, be sure to take extreme care when you’re on your winter sports holiday.
While we don’t wish to be a killjoy, remember that while winter sports are exhilarating, they are also dangerous, so check out the following advice to make sure your holiday is fun both on and off piste.
Help Me Park is delighted to announce that we have become an official partner of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s ‘Know Before You Go’ (KBYG) campaign; a campaign created to help British nationals stay safe while they are abroad.
If you’re planning to drive abroad, do be aware that you may be required to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) for some non-EU countries. This IDP authorises the driver to drive a privately owned, or hired, motor car overseas.
More and more families are deciding to pack up and jet off over Christmas time. Whether that’s to see friends and family overseas or to enjoy the festive season in an idyllic, snow filled ski resort, travelling over Christmas time with children is becoming more common place than ever before.
Christmas is a magical time for children, and if your budget stretches to a trip to Lapland you're in for a real Christmas treat.
Family trips to Lapland have seen a significant increase in popularity in recent years. The search for Father Christmas and the promise of deep snow appeals to both young and old. And now, thanks to a number of tour operators, a trip to Lapland is more accessible than ever.
Earlier this week we touched upon some of the most annoying things at an airport, one of which was unprepared passengers; those who don’t have their paperwork ready at check-in and who are totally unprepared to pass through security.
Here’s our advice on how to make sure you’re prepared for airport security so that you’re not that passenger!
Gatwick is continuing to gain new destinations to help bolster its attempts to secure the right to build a second runway. Here's a list of the latest services and flight announcements made in September.
As the ski season fast approaches, many young families are keen to hit the slopes with their children. Yet considerations for booking a ski holiday with children can be different to booking an adults-only ski trip. Take a look at our skiing tips for families.
Some Gatwick passengers were forced to wait up to 90 minutes to collect their baggage last week due to staff shortages.
With the busy summer period about to start, and Gatwick baggage handlers warning passengers to expect long delays at luggage carousels, we take a look at how easy it is to travel with hand luggage only.
In 2013, 16 British holidaymakers, five of which were children, drowned while on holiday abroad, and a survey of 2,289 Brits carried out in May for YouGov found that almost one in five people (18%) knows someone who has got into difficulty while swimming on holiday.
Gatwick is making huge investments to increase its flight offerings, attracting both new airlines and new routes, and now there are many new and exciting places to jet off to. The question is, do you know about these new destinations?
In a recent survey of 2,000 people it was found that 65% were ‘dissatisfied’ with the quality of in-flight meals. Of those 65%, 30% went on to say the meals were ‘reasonable’, while 25% said they were ‘disgusting’.
It’s hardly surprising then that a commonly asked question when flying is “can I take food on a plane?” or “can I pack a packed lunch for my flight instead of buying an in-flight meal?”
When do you buy your foreign currency? Do you purchase your holiday spending money when you book your holiday, do you watch the rates and buy when you think they're at their best, or do you leave it to the last minute and pick up your currency at the airport?
If you leave buying your currency until you get to the airport, are you aware that you’ll get a lot less for your money?
More than 20 million pieces of luggage going missing every year?
Although 98% of luggage that does go missing is usually just delayed and is eventually returned to its owners. However, sometimes, luggage is lost, stolen or damaged. Check out our advice on what to do if your luggage is lost in transit.
Gatwick Airport has opened up its suggested plans for its proposed second runway for public consultation.
The proposal, called ‘Gatwick Obviously’, claims to be the only option for expansion in the South East, and that “expansion at Gatwick could deliver the most economic growth with the least environmental impact”.
Looking to get away for Easter this year and flying with children? You'll be pleased to know that Gatwick has arranged some Easter fun to help keep your children amused while they wait for their flight.
Golfing holidays have seen a huge rise in popularity in the past few years. If you're hooked on golf and are about to take your first overseas golfing holiday, check out our tips for taking your golf clubs on holiday with you.
As the UK’s second largest airport, Gatwick Airport prides itself on its range of facilities to aid the business traveller. These facilities help not only the traveller relax and unwind between flights but also enable the traveller to get down to business while waiting for their next flight.
Do you believe in the benefits of booking your holiday early?
According to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), more and more of us believe booking early is better. As a result, tour operator and travel agent bookings were up by more than 10%, even before the end of January.
Travel insurance is designed to cover us and our possessions while we are on holiday and provide help in the event of illness and injury abroad, but failing to get the correct cover before you leave could see your insurance claim rejected, or worse still, leave you with an expensive medical or repatriation bill.
Solo travel is increasing in popularity and nowadays there’s no stigma attached to travelling alone. So, if you are choosing to travel by yourself this year, then check out our top tips on travelling alone.
Are you stuck for what to do on Valentine's Day? How about flights to a one of the romantic destinations? Here's a list of some of the most romantic destinations in the world – all accessible from Gatwick Airport.
Gatwick experienced severe flight delays and cancellations on Christmas Eve 2013 due to flooding which caused a power outage in the North Terminal.
In total, 62 departures and 59 arrivals were cancelled and some passengers waited upto 12 hours only to be told their flights had been cancelled. Here's a guide to your rights if your flight is delayed or cancelled.
The cost of a family holiday in term time is significantly lower than the same holiday taken in the school holidays. This difference in price often means parents take their children out of school for a summer holiday - a move frowned upon by schools and the Government.
Last year the Government announced that it would enforce a penalty notice on parents who took their children out of school during term time without permission.
If you’ve booked a package ski holiday then it's more than likely that the total cost of your holiday includes taking your skis on the airplane.
However, this is not always the case. If you're booking your holiday as separates, it's worth checking whether the carriage of your skis is included or whether you will be charged extra - check out our guide to airlines and their charges for baggage and skis.
If you're heading off for your first ever skiing holiday then check out our top tips for first time skiers.
A little background information and an expert heads-up will help you to enjoy a truly awesome ski holiday, rather than feeling, quite frankly, ‘piste’ off with it all and wishing for sun more than a slope!
Gatwick has reported that it will have its busiest ever Christmas this year, with around two million people passing through the airport over the festive period - more than 60,000 people will fly out of the airport on Sunday, 22 December alone.
If you're one of the many flying though Gatwick this Christmas, check out our tips about festive hand luggage, rules and regulations.
As millions of us set off to spend time with family and friends over the festive season, many public transport service providers, such as Network Rail, are set to upgrade their infrastructure, which could lead to disruptions, delays and even cancellation of services.
If you’re flying out of Gatwick with children then check out this article for top tips and helpful advice. It includes information on the services available at Gatwick and things you should know, and be prepared for, when flying with children.
Skiing is fantastic winter fun and it’s enjoyable for all the family. However, if you’re taking your children to the slopes for the first time, check out the following tips and advice to ensure both you and your little ones have an awesome time on the pistes.
Whether you’re a seasoned traveller, or flying for the first time from Gatwick, flying with children can be daunting. However, with a bit of advanced planning and awareness of the children’s facilities available at Gatwick, flying with children isn’t too difficult.
Help Me Park has completed their acquisition of Gatwick valet parking company Diamond Parking Services. From 5th November 2013, Help Me Park will manage and operate all new and existing bookings for Gatwick meet and greet parking.
If you dread the thought of finding your way around Gatwick Airport; trying to find your favourite coffee shop, restaurant or shop in the Departure Lounge, or simply trying to locate your boarding gate.
Then fear no more, Gatwick has teamed up with Google Street View to provide a unique street view of the inside of airport from a home PC or smartphone, so you’ll never get lost again!
Travelling through a busy airport, such as Gatwick, can be quite stressful for some people, not least those with reduced mobility and disabled travellers.
Many disabled passengers are anxious about how they are going to access Gatwick airport once they have arrived at the terminal and how they are going to progress through the terminal to their aircraft.
With the focus on your holiday and your flight from Gatwick, it’s quite easy to forget about everyday essentials, such as making sure your car is in tip-top condition before you set off for the airport.
To help you avoid car problems on the way to Gatwick, Help Me Park has put together a list of checks you should carry out on your car before you set off for the airport.
Do you know where your car is parked when you go away on holiday?
You may think your car is parked in a secure car park with perimeter fencing and CCTV. After all, the company you booked with said it had a secure car park, it even had photos of the car park on its website but, in reality, things could be completely different.
For many travellers the holiday spirit kicks in as soon as we get to the airport – a stroll around duty free, a bite to eat, a glass of wine even. However, for many parents the whole airport experience fills then with utter dread.
The thought of juggling small children in the hustle and bustle of a busy airport and a long flight is a parent’s worst nightmare. If this sounds all too familiar, take a moment to read our top tips when flying with children.
Everyone loves holidays and it’s great to look back on photos to remind us of what fun we had. But all too often, our holiday snaps are a bit of a let down – blurred, out of focus, or too far away – that fail to capture the moment.
A few of us at Help Me Park have a keen interest in photography so we’ve put together some tips to help you take photos that will not only wow your friends and family but help to preserve your holiday memories.
More and more of us are travelling with hand baggage only and as a result all our liquids have to be packed in one small bag. The rules governing liquids in luggage can be confusing and anything that doesn't conform to the rules will be confiscated. Here's a quick guide to what is and isn't permitted to help you pass through airport security quickly.
In 2006 the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) replaced the E111 form for health cover in Europe. With 3 million due to expire this year, we ask 'is your card still valid?' and explain how to go about renewing yours if it has expired or due to expire shortly.
The nominations for the 2013 TravelMole’s Web Awards have just been announced and Help Me Park is delighted to report that we have made the shortlist!
The awards, which are in their tenth year, look to identify and reward websites that are ‘beacons to the rest of the industry in terms of their use of graphics and copywriting to communicate effectively what the business is all about’.