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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.