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The best cycling holidays

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.

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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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Ladies' Ultimate Travel Check List

Ladies - if you’re about to jet off on holiday, the chances are you’ll be in a bit of a rush. Juggling work often means working late so you just run out of time.

If you’ve got a family then you’re probably thinking about not only packing your own case but your kids (and partner’s) too! 

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Flying With Young Children - tips on how to cope

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.

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How to Pass The Time on a Plane

For most of us, the thought of spending more than a couple of hours on a plane is the ultimate in boredom factor.

So what can we do to while away the hours when confined in those ‘delightful’ little seats? Why not check out our ideas on how to keep yourself entertained...

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Eating Etiquette from Around the World

Eating out whilst abroad – trying local dishes and delicacies – is half the fun of a holiday, but did you know that many of our global friends have rather different rules when it comes to meal times?

So here, for a bit of fun, but a little bit of a heads up too, are the dos and don’ts of some of our favourite holiday hot spots.

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Financially Protecting Your Holiday

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.

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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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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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Holiday Fraud - How to Avoid Becoming a Victim

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.

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In-Flight Packed Lunch Advice

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.

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9 Tips to Reduce the Cost of Your Holiday

Looking to get the very best deal on your holiday?

You are not the only one, but there are a few small changes you can make that can make a big difference on the total cost of your holiday.

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ABTA Warns of Fake Holiday Websites

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.

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Question: Can Wrapped Christmas Presents Go In Hand Luggage?

If you’re jetting off at this time of year, the chances are you will be flying with Christmas presents in your hand luggage.   

But do you know what to do with any Christmas pressents you're carrying, can you travel with gift wrapped presents in your hand luggage?

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10 Selfie Tips

Smile, pout, frown... we all love a selfie! However, for every five we take, one might be worthy of a post on social media.

So just how do we take those perfect selfies, something the Kardashians would be proud of, when we’re on holiday?

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Winter Car Check Tips

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.

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Things to Do The Day Before You Travel

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.

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18 things to organise before your holiday

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.

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Conquer Your Fear of Flying

Did you know that one in six adults has a fear of flying? And yet, flying is the safest form of transport. 

So what can you do if you suffer from a fear of flying?

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Holiday Beauty Product Packing

For many, packing a suitcase is a fine art... rolling this, folding that, stuffing the other! But what about packing breakables and delicate cosmetic items? How should you pack those?

After all, the last thing you need is for your expensive bottle of perfume to smas in your suitcase and leaving everything wet and smelly

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The Smart Girl’s Packing Guide

If the thought of packing fills you with dread, you’re not alone!

Deciding what to pack, how to pack and trying to decant lotions and potions into 100ml-sized bottles can seem like a daunting task.

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Long-haul flight survival tips

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.

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How to Create Your Own Children’s In-flight Entertainment Pack

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.

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Hand Luggage Packing Tips

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.

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How safe is your holiday?

If your holiday provider were to go bankrupt before, or even during your holiday, would you be covered?

Would you receive a refund or be allowed to continue on your holiday and return to the UK without any additional cost to you?

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Hand Luggage Essentials

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.

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9 Money Saving Tips For Your Holiday

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?

These costly errors can be avoided - here’s how:

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Your quick guide to liquids in hand luggage rules

Marmite, Nutella and baked beans - the dos and don’ts of liquids in hand luggage.

If you're still confused about the liquids in hand luggage rules and what constitutes a liquid, don't worry, you're not alone.

London City Airport revealed recently that it has had to confiscate Marmite, Nutella, and even baked beans from passengers who still aren't aware of the rules.

 

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Travel fraud – 6 ways to avoid getting conned

Spoof websites, hacked accounts and fake ads are just some of the ways fraudsters are scamming millions of pounds from unsuspecting holidaymakers.

In 2014, an estimated £2.2million was stolen from the travelling public. The average loss was £889, although, in a timeshare fraud, one victim was conned out of £62,000.

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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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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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International Driving Permit

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.

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Tips for Driving Abroad

Hiring a car on holiday can give you the freedom to visit out-of-the-way places or just spend more time at an attraction than an organised trip would offer.

However, when hiring a vehicle you do need to make sure that you’re aware of the local driving laws and regulations.

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Top 10 Items We Can’t Travel Without

What type of traveller are you? Do you pack everything but the kitchen sink? Or do you travel light, packing just the bare essentials, sometimes forgetting things?

Whatever type of packer you are, here’s the top 10 can't-travel-without items voted for by the nation’s online community:

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Christmas Airport Travel Tips

Air travel over the Christmas period is becoming increasingly popular and with it comes busier airports.

If you're travelling over the festive period, check out our airport travel tips.

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Tips to Avoid Jet Lag

Jet lag is a frequent problem associated with long-haul travel and can spoil the first few days of your holiday.

Travelling from west to east is worse than east to west however, there are steps that you can take to help alleviate jet lag.

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The luxury way to start your holiday

Are you off on a special holiday, perhaps your honeymoon, or maybe you’re celebrating an anniversary with a special trip abroad?

If so, why not get your holiday off to a great start by adding a few luxuries to your travel?

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Long haul flight survival tips

Do you dream of visiting Australia, or perhaps the Far East but the thought of the long flight puts you off? Don't worry, you’re not alone.

Being cooped up in a small space for hours on end doesn’t sound like the perfect start, or finish, to a holiday, but there are ways to cope.

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How to be Prepared at Airport Security

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!

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Worldwide Emergency Mobile Phone Number

Did you know that there is an international emergency phone number that can get you access to help and urgent attention, which you can use anywhere in the World from your mobile phone?

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The Role of the British Foreign Office Abroad

Have you ever wondered about what role the British Foreign Office plays for overseas travellers, apart from mentions in the news advising against travel to countries in turmoil?

Here's a guide to what assistance they can provide holidaymakers and tourist with should they run into trouble overseas.

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Don’t forget to pack your ATOL certificate

Passport, check; foreign currency, check; visa, check; ATOL certificate…err, what’s that?

An ATOL certificate confirms that your holiday is protected and who is protecting it in the event of your holiday company collapsing while you are away.

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Etiquette Dos and Don’ts When Abroad

Do you kiss on the cheek once, twice or even three times?  Social etiquette when travelling overseas can be quite confusing.

While the subject of kissing is a bit of fun, some forms of etiquette need careful attention, otherwise you could end up very embarrassed, or worse, even imprisoned!

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How to travel with hand luggage only

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.

 

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ABTA launches Swim Safe campaign

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.

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Security Rules on Taking Food onto a Plane

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?”

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Lost Luggage Information

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.

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Air Passengers Confused Over Hand Luggage Allowances

It’s easy to be confused about what size of hand luggage you’re allowed to take on the plane.

After all, hand baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, with one airline having one size and another has a completely different size.

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Tips for talking golf clubs on a plane

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.

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Tips for making a travel insurance claim

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.

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Tips For A Single Traveller

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.

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Flight Cancellations – Your Rights on an EU Flight

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.

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Festive hand luggage travel tips advice, rules & regulations

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.

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Money-saving tips for using a mobile phone abroad

Are you put off using your mobile phone abroad because you think it will be too expensive? Or, have you been caught out with an expensive phone bill on your return from holiday?

Here are a few tips to help make travelling abroad with your mobile phone that little bit cheaper.

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Driving to Gatwick – pre journey checks for your car

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.

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Do you know where your car is parked?

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.

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10 Tips for great holiday photos

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.

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Gatwick Airport Travel Tips

It’s less than three weeks until the school holidays when many of us will be heading to Gatwick for a welcome break.

If you’re heading though Gatwick soon check out our top tips and to help you get through the airport quickly and stress free.

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