Category Archives: Travel Advice

How To Cut The Cost Of A Holiday

Thrifty travel without slumming it is totally possible. Check out this list of hints and tips – add them all up and you’ll probably have enough cash left over for another holiday!

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Find cheap flights first using tools like Skyscanner and Flights Direct.

Book flights early – last minute flights can be more expensive.

Book a flight through a partner airline. This is known as the codeshare trick where airlines sell each other’s flights, often at a reduced price.

Use Trivago or Trip Advisor to see who is offering the cheapest price on your chosen hotel room – then call the hotel to see if they’ll beat it.

Book a last minute package holiday – these get discounted to make sure they are sold.

If there is a group of you consider booking a luxury apartment or villa, when the costs are divided it can beat the price of a hotel of a similar standard.

Don’t get a travel insurance package with your holiday provider, airline or bank – this is usually more costly (and not tailored to your specific travel requirements) than getting insurance through an independent provider.

Book car hire early – the daily rate increases dramatically if booking the day before, and even more if you book when you arrive.

Get car hire excess insurance from an independent insurer, not the car hire firm. Not only should it be cheaper, it will likely offer more protection too.

Get a travel credit card for the best exchange rates. Bear in mind that you must pay off the balance if full at the end of the month or the interest negates the bargain exchange rates.

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5 Tips To Make Business Travel A Bit Less Boring

Jet-setting, high flying professionals – living the life right? As you’ll well know, it’s not all silver linings when you have to travel the skies for work. Here are a few tips that will alleviate the boredom and maybe make that next business trip a bit more like a holiday!

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1. Book an apartment

No matter how luxurious, hotels have a hint of loneliness about them if you are enjoying them solo. Booking an apartment instead will inject some homeliness into your travel schedule, and help you avoid sleeping in the “same old” space over and over again.

2. Take public transport

Ditch the taxi (and the hire car) in favour for travelling by bus or train. This is an amazing opportunity to go on a sightseeing adventure and soak up the culture of the country you are in. While you might not have a tour guide, it is a great way to discover the streets and suburbs of your temporary home.

3. Book in some “me time”

Rather than yearning for home time, indulge in something that you can enjoy without having to book in some time off. Maybe you like to sit in a spa, watch live sport, go to a gig, take in an opera – whatever it is, make your trip a chance to enjoy any free time you have without having to ask for permission.

4. Meet new people

The likes of City Socializer make it easy to meet new people when you find yourself in unfamiliar territory. Not only is it a great way for people travelling on business to network without the hard work, it can fast-track you to the real heart of a city and all it has to offer without needing to spend a whole week exploring.

5. Make it a Bleisure trip

Yes, a trip that is a mix of business and pleasure. Although it may require some element of luck, planning a business trip around a social engagement, or looking up an old friend when you find yourself in their neighbourhood for work has been proven to reduce the stress of business travel. The other option is to tag on a few days holiday to your trip and take your family with you too.

Don’t forget your Business Travel Insurance! We offer annual multi-trip cover for frequent travel with a choice of 31, 45 or 62 days per trip. Call us on 01892 833338 or get a quote online.

Please note, policies, terms and conditions may change – all information published in this blog pertaining to travel insurance from worldwideinsure.com is only deemed valid at the time of publication.

Booking – Travel App of the Month December 2017

Looking for an app that could get you a tasty discount on your next hotel stay? Booking.com is billed as “Planet Earth’s #1 Accommodation App” let’s find out why, and whether users think that’s true too! 

What is Booking.com?

It is an online portal for holidays, helping travellers find places to stay, such as apartments, holiday homes, family-run B&Bs, 5-star luxury resorts, tree houses and even igloos!

What does the Booking.com app do?

It gives users access to 1,534,024 properties, covering 123,234 destinations in 229 countries and territories worldwide. The app is available in over 40 languages.

– Search by city, landmark, hotel name or properties close by
– Filter by WiFi, price, review score and other things important to you
– Browse verified guest reviews to help you pick your perfect stay
– View maps to make sure your hotel is where you want to be
– Save your favourite properties to a list and share with friends and family
– Find great deals at all kinds of amazing properties (not just cheap hotels!)

– Get paperless confirmation and offline maps with the app! No printer, data or wifi needed

Who is the Booking.com app for?

Globetrotters on the go! This app on your phone means you can access your account easily, get all the latest deals easily, and of course compile your destination wish-list while you are waiting for your delayed flight to depart! You can make bookings and pay via the app and get confirmation and local maps even if you don’t have any data.

What do the Booking.com reviews say?

While we didn’t find a review that stated it is “Planet Earth’s #1 Accommodation App”, the stats do look pretty good. Very booking good they might say!

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Wanderlust Christmas Wish List 2018

Looking for a gift to give a frequent traveller? Look no further than this compilation of great gifts for all budgets!

Something indulgent – Dry Eye Concealer

A vegan friendly concealer pen to conceal and brighten dry skin around your eyes – perfect for tired eyes during or after a plane journey. Contains a natural vine extract for calming down dry and irritated skin. Costs £11.95 (4.5ml). Available from skinshop.co.uk or call: 01794 527433.

Something practical – TrackR

Every traveller dreads the sinking feeling that comes when their bag fails to appear on the conveyer belt.  Avoid it by attaching a TrackR to your luggage. It tracks the location of your belongings using the TrackR app on your smartphone, and if your bags went to a different place on the planet – don’t worry…TrackR’s Crowd Locate network will show you its last location on a map. Over 2 million items a day are found with Crowd Locate! They retail for £24.99 from Argos.

Something unusual – Mecolife Tote

Engineered from silicone, this is a real ‘bag for life’ perfect for travelling. Why? Well, it is waterproof so it is perfect on the beach and by the pool and it can be folded up easily into a suitcase but won’t look crumpled when you unpack. The bags are £64 including shipping in the UK and they can be purchased via meco.life

Something sensational – Shark Snorkeling

Blue planet II has spurred an interest in bucket-list style underwater Christmas gift experiences. SEA LIFE Blackpool is offering just the thing for adventurers in between adventures… snorkeling with sharks! Special shark experiences at SEA LIFE Blackpool can be booked online at visitsealife.com from £50 per person.

Something useful – Perstel DR701C DAB+ Travel Radio

The DR-701C is a future-proof portable travel radio because it has DAB +, used throughout Europe and now in the UK by new radio stations. This means it will pick up local stations broadcasting wherever you go on holiday in Europe. £14.95 from navadaradio.co.uk

Give the gift of peace of mind! If you know someone who is a frequent traveller, get them travel insurance they can trust from worldwideinsure.com. Give our sales team a call on UK(+44) 01892 833338, or go online to get a quote.

Monzo Review – Travel App of The Month November 2017

A pre-paid card with real-time app to keep track of spending is just one reason travellers are turning to Monzo as their currency card of choice. The other is their fair pricing for use abroad.

 

 

What is the Monzo App?

Monzo is a new type of bank that has an app to promote mindful budgeting. The app is able to update the minute you have made a purchase, so you always have a real-time balance to work with. It also breaks down your spending into:

  • Groceries
  • Transport
  • Eating out
  • Cash
  • Bills
  • Entertainment
  • Holidays
  • Shopping
  • Expenses

 

What else does the Monzo app do?

  • Instant payment notifications
  • Built-in monthly spending analysis
  • Freeze your Monzo Card instantly if you lose it, defrost it when you find it
  • Intelligent insights into your spending habits
  • Send money instantly to friends and family
  • Easy top up with Apple Pay or another debit card
  • Use your card abroad as you would at home. There are no fees and you get the wholesale MasterCard® exchange rate – until changes on 18th December

Why is the Monzo app good for travellers?

Firstly it is great for keeping track of spending, or keeping to a budget, secondly, it has favourable fees that have been ethically decided. Oh, and you can use it as your main spending card in the UK too.

As of mid December, card payments abroad will be free, and cash withdrawals will be free for the first £200 drawn per month in one hit. After that there will be a 3% charge for ATM withdrawals. This figure has been collectively decided by Monzo users, and is based on offering cardholders a good deal wherever they are in the world.

What do other banks charge for using an ATM?

As with all things to do with money, it isn’t easy to say! Monzo shared their results here, but it seems other banks charges were ranging between 3.05% and 5.26% on a €100 withdrawal in Berlin and $100 in San Francisco.

What do the app reviews say?

People are loving it, especially those who travel. However, some users are less than happy about the new fees being introduced for ATM withdrawals abroad as Monzo was initially promoted by some as a fee-free pre-paid currency card.

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Ingenious Cash-Hiding Hacks For Holidaymakers

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Having your travel money stolen can ruin your holiday. Here are some amazing ways you can keep your cash safe on holiday…

1. Stash your cash in a lipstick, or chapstick if you prefer.

We’re talking the wind-up kind of cosmetic case. Simply scoop out the contents and clean it up with a cotton bud, then roll up your paper cash and pop it in the tube. To get your money out, just wind it up!

2. Keep your cash in your shoes beneath sheepskin shoe liners.

The bulkiness of the sheepskin will make it more confortable on your feet, and less noticeable if you take your shoes off in a public place. No good for a hot holiday where you’ll be in flip-flops though!

3. Pop the contents of your purse into a padded bra.

No one is going to pick pocket your bra without you noticing it. The reason for choosing a padded bra is so that it’s less obvious to see it’s hiding some cash. If you are handy with a needle and thread, you could always sew a small pouch on the inside for extra security.

4. Hide your holiday money in a hair roller.

Not for everyone, but some travellers think that popping a curler in is a viable way to get the glam look back after a long haul flight. While you are at it, you can keep a bit of cash rolled up in there too.

There are heaps of money belts, and underwear and accessories with hidden pockets – however, opportunistic thieves are well versed with such advances in technology, and ready to pick hidden pockets too. Make sure that you have travel insurance before you leave, as this will help cover the costs of having money stolen abroad. Give our sales team a call on UK(+44) 01892 833338, or get an online quote.

LuckyTrip Travel App Review – App of the Month October 2017

Do you have a tough time deciding where to go and what to do on holiday? Imagine that all of that is decided for you in just one click. You’ve just imagined LuckyTrip, the most simple and perfect holiday planner on the planet!

What is the LuckyTrip app?

It is an app that finds awesome holidays on your behalf, including somewhere to stay, how to get there, and things to do while you are there. The clever bit is, it has a Lucky mode, so, you can just put in your budget, press the Lucky button, et voila! The app will show you a complete trip to one of 300 amazing destinations!

If this all sounds waaaaaay too much like total freedom, you don’t have to let the button decide everything, you can use filters to select dates, type of holiday, number of people and also airport.

What does the LuckyTrip app do?

  • It finds you Somewhere to Go – using the cheapest flights from Skyscanner.
  • It finds you Somewhere to Stay – locating the best rooms from Booking.com.
  • It finds Something to make you Happy – such as unique things to do, handpicked by the LuckyTrip team.

It also saves trips, and allows you to share your adventures with friends and of course, book a holiday. As we mentioned before, you can filter your results to personalise the perfect trip.

Who is the LuckyTrip app for?

In Lucky mode, it is for the adventurous, the frivolous, the spontaneous, those who believe in destiny, and of course, the indecisive! Even if you don’t use Lucky mode, we think it is a fun and simple way to discover a new destination, and go where luck takes you.

What do the LuckyTrip Reviews say?

LuckyTrip is only available on iPhone, it won best app of 2015, and it has had lots of positive publicity. As far as user reviews go – it gets 5 stars.

  • TechCrunch: ‘Incredibly simple’
  • USA Today: ‘10 Best Travel Apps’
  • The Scotsman: ‘Simple, but revolutionary’
  • Evening Std: ‘Brothers cook up travel app’
  • The Express: ‘Best Apps 2015’
  • Daily Star: ‘Top 10 Apps’
  • CityAM: ‘Quicker than any travel agent’
  • ProductHun: ‘Brilliant’
  • KYM: ‘Best iPhone Apps of 2015’

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20 Tips To Break The Boredom On A Long Haul Flight

At this time of year, holidaymakers are resigned to taking a long haul flight in search of sun. We share some top tips on how to survive the monotony of a long haul flight.

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  1. Listen to an audio book.
  2. Read a magazine.
  3. Watch a movie (or two or three, or four).
  4. Chat to your fellow passengers.
  5. Talk with the cabin crew.
  6. Listen to a new album.
  7. Read a newspaper
  8. Go to sleep.
  9. Listen to a podcast.
  10. Draw a picture.
  11. Start a new book.
  12. Do a crossword.
  13. Play some Sudoku.
  14. Eat your food slowly.
  15. Treat yourself to regular snacks.
  16. Start a new game on your smartphone or hand held console.
  17. Practice speaking the local lingo.
  18. Play a solo card game.
  19. Get up and stretch your legs in between every activity.
  20. Take up knitting – do check luggage restrictions before hand.

Bonus Mega Tip: Divide your flight into chunks of time, and have an activity for each slot. It’s easier to find 15 activities to fill 15 segments of travel time than decide what to do for 20 hours!

 

bSafe Review – Travel App of the Month September 2017

Following on from our theme earlier this month of travel safety, we thought it would be timely to feature a personal safety app. Introducing bSafe, a FREE app designed to keep you safe when you might feel at your most vulnerable.

What is the bSafe app?

It is a personal tracker packed with special features that makes it easy to let key people know if you are in a potentially dangerous situation or emergency situation.

What does the bSafe app do?

• Allows you to set up your own social personal safety network of friends, family and co-workers
• Option to share locations between your personal network members
• Follow Me is a live GPS option to enable your personal safety network to follow your route in real time, a virtual walk home
• Timer Mode gives users an option to program an automatic alarm that will trigger if you have not arrived at your destination when expected
• The I’m Here feature allows users to notify selected people of exact location
• Use Fake Call to make the phone ring when you want it to – you can even define who the call should be from
• The Guardian Alert button is an emergency button that will immediately notify your friends and family members that you need help, let them know where you are (GPS) and what’s happening (video) so that they can contact the emergency services on your behalf. It even has the option to set off a siren.

What makes bSafe the app of choice for travellers?

This app is ideal if friends and family back home are going to be worried about you if you haven’t been in touch for more than a few hours. Instead of having to go online, message, email, call, or update a status – knowing that you’ve got a button to press in the event of an emergency, or the very least at the slightest hint of danger will ease their worry. Also, it is a very good idea to ensure you can let people know where you are or where you are meant to be, just in case something does go wrong – vital if you are travelling solo.

What do the bSafe reviews say?

Both Android and iOS users have offered a very mixed bag of reviews, but overall, the app scores highly. The website states that the app is under new ownership and currently undergoing improvements, which will hopefully iron out the latest issues and bring it back to its former glory!