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Tips for travelling alone

Solo travel is on the rise, with Google searches rising by 40% since the start of 2015. So, we decided to put together some tips on travelling alone to help you navigate your first solo travel trip like a seasoned pro.

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Bank holiday getaways from Gatwick

There are two long weekends coming up this month – will you be spending them relaxing at home or jetting away from it all? We’ve chosen four of the best places for a city break this month.

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Gatwick destination guide: Berlin

Berlin is now easier than ever to reach for Gatwick passengers, as airline EasyJet is set to launch a new thrice-daily service to Berlin Tegel Airport next month.

We decided to delve into the best things to do in Berlin if you get chance to travel to the German capital.

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Airline classes: explained

What are the different airline classes, and what exactly do you get for your money? We decided to take a look at your options onboard your next flight to find out if it’s worth paying more to travel in style.

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What to do if you lose your passport

Did you know almost 50,000 of us Brits lose their passport abroad every year? It's every holidaymaker's worst nightmare - but fear not, we've got your back! Find out what to do if you lose your passport (and how to avoid it!).

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What makes Gatwick Airport autism-friendly?

This week is World Autism Awareness Week, and we are proud to serve customers of Gatwick Airport, which is the UK’s first autism-friendly airport. Read on to find out exactly what that means and how Gatwick works to make travelling through its facility easier for people with autism.

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What is meet and greet parking and how does it work?

Here at Help Me Park, we’ve been parking cars for Gatwick Airport customers since 2005, so we've put together a simple guide to meet and greet (also known as valet) parking to help you decide if it’s the right airport parking choice for your next trip out of Gatwick Airport.

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10 tips for driving in the snow

Adverse weather conditions can have a disastrous effect on the roads and many of us fear jumping into the driving seat during snowstorms and icy temperatures, with good reason.

We’ve put together some winter driving tips to help you get around safely.

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All you need to know about Gatwick Airport

Before travelling to Gatwick Airport, you're bound to have countless questions about it. Here, we've compiled some of the most popular questions asked about Gatwick and answered them all in one handy place. 

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How to get the cheapest flight

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.

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Travelling with children checklist

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! 

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Foreign Office Updates Oman Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office – FCO – has updated its advice on Oman to travellers, also taking the opportunity to reiterate the importance of adhering to local customs and laws.
 

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FCO Issues In-resort Ski Safe Tips

If you're just  about to jet off to the slopes for your annual skiing holiday, make sure you take heed of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's latest advice for skiiers and snowboarders.

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FCO Issues Ski Safe Advice

As the ever popular ski season gets underway, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued its annual Ski Safe campaign.

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Have a Summer Holiday to Remember

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.

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FCO Offers Emergency Help for British Travellers

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers emergency help to British travellers while they are abroad, however, contrary to some peoples' belief, it is not a Directory Enquiries service.

“Where do I buy English bacon in Europe?”

Yes, believe it or not, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) received this very call. In fact, it has received hundreds of crazy question calls over the years.  

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Euro 2016 Travel Advice

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.

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Rio Olympics Travel Advice

With less than 100 days to go until Brazil host the 23rd Olympic Games in its capital city, Rio, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued some tips and advice for Olympic travellers.

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‘Thin Ice’ Insurance Warning to Winter Sports Travellers

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.

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Rio 2016 - Stay Ahead of The Games

Last year’s World Cup saw more than 200,000 British nationals visit Brazil, and with next year’s summer Olympics in Rio, thousands more British fans are expected to head to Brazil to cheer on team GB.

If you're planning to visit the Rio Games, make sure you plan your holiday in advance.

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Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, or Your Travel Insurance

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.

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Tips to keep your passport safe on holiday

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is urging British holidaymakers to keep their passports safe while they are abroad this summer.

Last year more than 20,000 British passports were reported lost or stolen.

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Holidays to Egypt – safe travel advice

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.

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LGBT travel advice

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.

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Keeping Safe on Holiday

It’s essential to keep you and your possessions safe when you’re travelling overseas. This includes avoiding drawing attention to yourself, and keeping your money out of sight.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued lots of advice on how British travellers can stay safe during their time abroad.

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Important reasons why you need travel insurance

With sterling at a seven-year high, it's unsurprising that more of us are considering holidaying in Europe this year.

However, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is urging the British public to make sure they have travel insurance in place to prevent their bargain holiday becoming a financial nightmare.

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How the FCO can help British nationals abroad

‘No Madam, the British Consulate cannot help you find a chef to make you haggis.’

Sounds like a joke doesn’t it? But this is actually one example of the weird and wonderful calls that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) received last year!

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How to Financially Protect Your Holiday

Your summer holiday will probably be one of the most expensive things you’ll purchase this year so you need to make sure that it’s financially protected.

Through our commitment with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office check out the following advice and information on how best to financially protect you and your travel plans.

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Holiday Check List

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller, or jetting overseas for the first time, it’s well worth doing your homework before you travel.

Travelling overseas is expensive and the last thing you want is to spoil your fun because you failed to make adequate preparations.

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Winter Sports Safety Advice

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.

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Travel Insurance - why you need it, why it’s so important

To some people, travel insurance seems like an added holiday expense they think they could do without, but travel insurance is absolutely vital for anyone travelling overseas.

No matter how short your trip or how healthy you think you are, accidents can happen and, should the worst happen, can leave you facing expensive bills on your return home.

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Help Me Park Partners Know Before You Go Campaign

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.

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