Snowboarding on a snow slope

Top Snowboarding Destinations

Snowboarding on a snow slope

Whether you’re just starting out or are looking for new peaks to test your prowess – choosing the right destination for a snowboarding trip is absolutely essential. You want to find the best slopes, the most varied terrain, and any off-pisting opportunities, great resorts and great nightlife (well some of us do anyway). Whatever you’re looking for we’re on hand as we pick some of the best snowboarding destinations the world has to offer. There’s a little bit of something for everyone here and once you’ve chosen a destination that suits you all you’ll need is your wallet, gear and snowboarding travel insurance to be safe before you start carving up some fresh snow. So let’s head to the destinations.

Chamonix – France

It might be a fairly obvious choice but Chamonix is still one of the best destinations for snowboarding the world has to offer and it remains the free ride capital of Europe. It’s possibly not the best place for beginners but for more advanced snowboarders it’s paradise with easily accessible off-piste opportunities and miles and miles of challenging terrain. Also the nightlife is fantastic here if you enjoy that kind of thing.

Tignes – France

Our second entry in France is perhaps a little more surprising but for intermediate and beginner boarders this area is perfect. For the more advanced boarder there seems to be off-piste opportunities everywhere as well as some truly epic powdery bowls that will keep you entertained for hours. The area offers great access to nearby runs so there’s plenty of opportunity to explore to your heart’s content.

Breckenridge – Colorado

Breckenridge is able to be everything to everyone almost. For beginners it has miles of incredibly gentle slopes that will let you master the basics very quickly without feeling like you’re careening down a mountain with absolutely no control. For intermediate boarders there are a huge number of more challenging runs as well as more gentle ones but it is for experts that this place really shines. The park is world class and many Olympic teams train here regularly due to the amount of snow fall all year round. Colorado is included in those that can be visited all year round. Off-piste there is plenty of fresh powder and you can easily escape the crowds for something new and exciting.

Banff – Canada

Banff has a very well-deserved reputation for being one of the most excruciatingly extreme places you can ride on earth. The temperature makes freezing look warm, the amount of snowfall is staggering and the isolation is incredible. The area has amazing opportunities both on and off-piste and has some incredible double black diamond runs if you’re feeling very brave. If you’re an advanced boarder this is heaven.
The USA and Canada are great regions for ski – snow reports are handy to confirm where is expected to provide the best chance of a good run.

St.Anton – Austria

St. Anton comes up again and again in lists of great skiing and boarding destinations and there are plenty of reasons why. The village itself is lively and entertaining with some fantastic bars and great restaurants that seem to be lively all day every day. But t is of course the boarding opportunities that draw us here again and again. There are challenging and gentle runs for every level of boarder meaning you can set your own pace completely whilst the off-piste opportunities can throw up something new every day.

The Gunjur Coast in Gambia

10 things to see and do in Gambia

Gambia is a popular tourist destination in Africa that is surprisingly easy to miss on a map. The tiny country is just 500 kilometres in length and 50 kilometres wide and entirely surrounded by Senegal, apart from its 80-kilometre shore line. However, tourists flock to Gambia to see its incredible natural beauties – the gorgeous coast and the bustling and colourful fishing villages – and to stay in luxurious beachfront resorts. However, there’s more to Gambia than just sun and luxury. The nature reserves, such as Kiang West and River Gambia National Park, are incredible destinations, along with the historically important St James Island (a former slave station) and Jufureh, which are both peaceful and traditional. Gambia’s culture adds yet another intoxicating element into the mix. It is busy, vibrant and strong on performance and community. The welcome you get from the local people makes this country difficult to forget.

But what should you see and do on your holiday in Gambia? Below we take a look at 10 great things to see and do in Gambia.

Georgetown

Georgetown is a sleepy, faded, former administrative centre of the colonial regime and it’s a lovely place to venture for day trips. Situated on the north edge of MacCarthy Island, it has good ferry links but little infrastructure. However, there are plenty of interesting historical sites and some great bird watching opportunities, with guided tours available for visitors. These guided tours are a good option for learning more and are often very reasonably priced.

Bintang Bolong

Bintang Bolong River Trip

This huge, meandering river feeds into the Gambia River in Senegal and is lined with lush mangroves. Check out Bintang Bolong Lodge, which is an eco-friendly visitor camp made from locally sourced mangrove woods. It can house up to sixteen visitors in pretty huts that stand on stilts close to the river. From here, it’s just a step into a canoe to go fishing or bird watching. The camp also has excellent food and a friendly staff. It’s a real experience staying in the stilt huts and listening to the wildlife in the mangroves and on the river at sunset.

Abuko Nature Reserve

Abuko Nature Reserve

Abuko Nature Reserve is unusual compared to most such reserves in Africa, in that it’s easy to get to, tiny and well managed, with an incredibly rich diversity of animals and vegetation. Over 250 species of bird have been recorded in the reserve and 52 mammals call it home, including various endangered species. You will be able to see Nile crocodiles, pythons, vervet monkeys and green mambas.

Bijilo Forest Park

Bijilo Forest Park

You could also visit the Bijilo Forest Park, which is set on the coast and is extremely beautiful. It doesn’t get state funding but runs educational campaigns about the dangers of deforestation and relies on donations to survive. Guided tours are available and there are great trails through the forest, with plenty of birds and monkeys to see along the way.

The Wassu Stone Circles

The Wassu Stone Circles

These are believed to be burial sites, dating back around 1200 years. The stones vary in size with some of them being over seven feet in height and weighing several tonnes. There’s also a small and well-laid-out museum which presents several suggestions as to the circles’ possible origins and explains the history of African traditional burial rituals over the last millennium and earlier.

Markets and Souvenirs

Albert Market in Banjul

Albert Market in Banjul is packed with a wealth of fascinating stalls, selling everything imaginable, including shoes, hair extensions, fabrics and foods. Packed with flavours, colours, smells and noise, this is as much a feast for the senses as anything else. The area just beyond the main market place contains the Craft Market, which is packed with souvenirs, gifts, jewellery and knick knacks. It’s well worth keeping a couple of hours free to wander around and you’ll need to haggle to make the most of it!

Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital

Again located in Banjul, this is the main hospital in Gambia and offers tours of its complex to visitors. The tours last for two hours and are extremely interesting, with insights into research programmes, history and breakthroughs on the medical front. These tours are free but the hospital very much welcomes donations. It says much about the country’s reliance on tourist income that the hospital has to do these types of tour.

Tanbi Wetland Complex

This area of mangrove along Kankujeri Road is ideal for bird watching and is a favourite among keen bird spotters, thanks both to the large number of species that can be viewed and the accessibility of the spot.

Banjul Square

Head west, away from the ferry terminal and towards Ma Cumba Jallow Street for an interesting spot filled with crumbling colonial buildings and clapboard houses with steep roofs and balconies. They resemble buildings in Sierra Leone’s Freetown, as many of the families who came to Banjul were originally from Freetown. See the famous gate of Arch 22, built to celebrate the coup of 1994 and the tallest building in the whole of Gambia at 35 metres high.

Arch 22 in Banjul Square

The Coast

Of course, Gambia’s coast is one of its main attractions and a gorgeous thing to see. It is lined with luxury guest houses and resorts and there are many different water sports to enjoy. You have your choice of bars and restaurants and there are plenty of loungers on the beaches for you to relax on and make the most of your stay in this beautiful part of the world.

With so many great things to see and do in Gambia, the majority of which are free, the Gambia is an ideal budget holiday destination.

The Gunjur Coast in Gambia

Storage Box

Storage Tips for Travellers

Storage Box

Often, it’s only when we decide to go travelling that we realise how much stuff we actually own. Even if we’re going away for just a few weeks it can mean finding a short-term home for our plants and pets, but for longer trips storage is a key consideration.

 

One of the easiest ways to save a little money when travelling is to rent out your house or room while you’re away. Even short-lets can return a sizeable investment depending on your property and where you live. The catch though, of course, is where to put your things while another person lives in your space. A good way of culling unneeded items is to sell them online through eBay and then put everything else in storage. Be careful where you decide to keep your more expensive or delicate belongings though – it might seem like a good idea to put everything in a friend’s basement, but consider things like dampness and security. Access is also a consideration – if you’re away for a long time, will other things block your possessions?

 

Here are our top tips for when you’re about to head off overseas:

 

  • Pack clothes and other fabrics loosely so they can breathe. Avoid placing them against wood and check for any additional measures you may need to take for specific fabrics. Delicate fabrics, for example, should be interleaved with muslin or similar acid-free tissue.
  • Leather too, needs to be able to breathe. Be sure to fold straps so as to avoid creasing and allowing buckles to leave an impression.
  • Also – bubble wrap makes better stuffing than tissue paper.
  • For crockery, arm yourself with plenty of paper and strong boxes – preferably the type with built-in supports. Individually wrap glasses, but nest bowls and cups. Plates can stand on their edge. Once boxed, fill the spaces between your items with additional packing material and place the box at the top of any stack – avoid placing anything heavy on top of crockery and glassware.
  • The golden rule with books is to use plenty of small boxes instead of fewer large ones. Books are heavy and difficult to move around in large quantities. Another tip is to store them horizontally as opposed to vertically. This way, their spines stay in good condition.
  • Wood varnish will protect wooden furniture from moisture, while dismantling flat pack items will also help to prolong their life. Remember to keep the fixings close – preferably in a small bag taped to the item – and place cloth between the individual components.
  • If you have a leather or micro-fibre sofa, it will be fine stored vertically. If you’re moving the sofa yourself, double fold several blankets on the floor to give the sofa’s weight-bearing arm a soft surface.
  • Mattresses can be placed in special bags available at supermarkets and DIY stores. These bags keep mattresses dry and help them retain their shape. The controlled temperature of a modern self storage facility will help to keep the mattress in top condition.
Gardens of the Eiffel Tower

Top 10 Spring City Breaks for 2012

With 2012 off to a fine start, the weather lightening up and an anticipation of summer just around the corner, it’s time to get into the holiday mood and forget about the state of the economy.
There are some great deals out there that you can find by looking at any of the numerous holiday price comparison websites and online estate agents. In the high street too you can find plenty of deals that enable you to travel to some exotic locations at a price that won’t eat into your budget too much.
Here are just a few suggestions if you’re stuck. These cities are all packed with interest and have something for the whole family to enjoy, making them an ideal taster for the coming year’s travel options and opportunities.

Paris

Gardens of the Eiffel Tower

Paris is in a class of its own – an ancient city full of world famous attractions such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. It also has the best shopping on the Continent.

London

London is full of all the sights and sounds of the greatest city in England, with an unsurpassed variety of famous attractions from Buckingham Palace to the fabulous London Eye and much else besides.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a charming Dutch city famous for its canals, and there are plenty of cheap places to stay. Visitors enjoy poking around the museums, joining in with the cafe society and appreciating over 7000 listed buildings.

New York

The Big Apple is as hectic and restless as ever and jam-packed with entertainment and excitement. This is the great melting pot of the US and the most cosmopolitan city in the world, a true international icon and urban space par excellence, and flights to New York have never been cheaper.

Barcelona

Barcelona is home to the famously OTT La Sagrada Familia cathedral and is one of Spain’s greatest cities, full of street performers and outdoor cafes, spacious plazas and with an exciting nightlife. Or how about the vineyards beyond?

Rome

Rome is a stately capital steeped in history, once home to emperors and gladiators and still redolent of epic and legend. The Coliseum, Vatican and Pantheon are just a few of its incomparable historic sites.

Istanbul

Straddling two continents, Istanbul is lapped by the Sea of Marmara and was for centuries the greatest city on earth. Marvel at the famous Blue Mosque, underground cisterns and church of Hahjia Sophia, and enjoy the lemon tea in tulip shaped glasses.

Las Vegas

An exotic and unashamedly in-your-face creation, Las Vegas erupts out of the desert like a monstrous bloom. It’s worth coming just to see how innovatively neon lighting can be tested to exhaustion.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a symbol of Scotland, and its famous castle stands defiant and craggy as ever. There is great shopping in Princes Street and the surrounding countryside is exquisite. The city itself is packed with museums and galleries.

Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh offers an exotic South East Asian experience at very reasonable prices. The landscape is gorgeous and the city has every modern convenience. Its numerous attractions include golden temples and diamond-encrusted giant Buddhas.

Beach in Hurghada, Egypt

Hurghada: a delightful corner of Egypt

Beach in Hurghada, Egypt

If you are looking to book a holiday in Egypt and want opulent, luxurious hotels with delightful scenery and views then consider Hurghada at the top of your list. While being home to a plethora of luxury hotels you can also find accommodation that is a little more suited to a smaller budget too. You can find fantastic value for money throughout Hurghada whether you are looking to stay in a bed & breakfast or a 5 star luxury resort hotel.

Beaches

Many of the hotels in Hurghada are located in absolutely fantastic spots with private beaches and access to some of the most beautiful ocean views that the World has to offer. While relaxing in the glorious sunshine you will be able to take in the depths of the beautiful blue ocean, partake in some water sports and view some of the amazing marine life on offer in Hurghada. If you are a fan of snorkelling or scuba diving then Hurghada is the ideal destination for you and is home to some wonderful dive spots that are renowned throughout the diving community.

Private beaches

One of the main attractions about Hurghada, besides all the wonderful activities, delicious cuisine and places to relax, is the clean, sandy beaches and the warm, crisp, clear sea. You will find that lots of the hotels have their own private beaches that are reserved exclusively for their guests. This is fantastic as you can relax with minimal disruptions and you know that the beaches will be clean, safe and probably not very crowded, even during peak season!

On land

If dry land is more your kind of place to explore then you will not be disappointed here. The desert is vast here and there are lots of different ways to explore. Whether you want to go on foot, on horseback, on a camel, ride across it on a quad bike or travel across it by helicopter you will be stunned by the views on offer here. Whether you are travelling alone, as a couple or with children you will find plenty of desert based activities that are suitable for the whole family.

Hurghada is a wonderful place to visit even if you are not very interested in exploring the desert or the ocean depths. There are lots of lovely places to rest and relax here with lots of wonderful little shops just bursting with hand crafted wares that will make wonderful souvenirs and serve as a brilliant memento of your lovely holiday when you return home. There are lots of salons and spas in Hurghada too, particularly in some of the more luxurious hotels, so you can return home from your holiday looking and feeling truly amazing and relaxed.

Cuisine in Hurghada is delicious with a wide range of different dishes on offer here. There are some absolutely sumptuous local dishes and seafood is fresh and widely available here.

You will find value for money here and the weather is delightful throughout the year with July and August being particularly lovely months to visit for truly stunning sunshine. Hurghada is packed full of fun for the whole family, lots of activities, delicious cuisine, wonderful sunshine and so much more. Whenever you decide to visit and however long for you will be sure to have an amazing holiday here.

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Travelling with pre-existing medical conditions

stethoscope

As you get older, travelling with pre-existing medical conditions can be a worry, but medical experts advise that most people are safe to go on holiday as long as they take sensible precautions. It can also be difficult to get travel insurance for heart conditions, but again there are specialist providers who can cater for this need and will be happy to arrange a travel insurance policy that suits the individual.

Your heart

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) says as long as your heart condition is stable and you feel well, most people are OK to travel abroad. Of course, if you have recently had a heart attack or had a stay in hospital for a procedure, you should wait until you are fully recovered before considering going abroad, but there is no need to let an existing condition that is well-controlled stop you from making holiday plans.

Taking precautions

According to the BHF, it is a good idea for anyone travelling with a heart condition to choose accommodation that is easy to access and is close by amenities such as pharmacists and doctors, as well as keeping an up-to-date list of your medication and doses in your purse or wallet. Additionally, the BHF also recommends avoiding climates with extreme temperatures, whether very hot or very cold, as these can place an added strain on the cardiovascular system. The same applies to travelling to high-altitude destinations, as over 2,000 metres the air becomes thinner and can increase the risk of breathlessness or angina.

Flying

If you are travelling by air, get your GP to write you a letter of explanation about your condition and any other relevant information such as allergies and procedures you have had. The British Cardiovascular Society also advises checking with your GP or heart specialist before booking a flight, and letting the airport know well in advance if you think you may need assistance at the terminal or during your flight. Due to recent security alerts, you may also need to check with your flight operator before taking medication such as GTN spray on the plane.

 
In short, travelling with medical conditions doesn’t have to be any more stressful than travelling normally, as long as you make preparations ahead of time and make sure you arrange travel insurance for heart conditions that is appropriate for your needs. With these things taken care of, all you need to think about is where to go and what to do when you get there.

20 pounds notes and 50 pence coins

Travelling to Europe in these uncertain times

20 pounds notes and 50 pence coins

The European debt crisis affects not just Greece which has been continuously under the spotlight but also Italy, Ireland, Spain and Portugal. In addition, Belgium made the news recently with its bank Dexia on the brink of collapse while the wolves are now nipping at the heels of France. Cyprus is not faring too well economically either and Hungary’s rating has been downgraded to junk status by Moody’s.

Politicians have no clue how to get us out of this mess and only seem to be able to come up with meeting after meeting that only serve to draw out the situation like a terminally ill patient who refuses to die.

But what does all this mean to travellers anyway? With the euro on the brink of collapse, travellers have to be prepared for this and for any other eventualities if ever this turmoil turns to chaos. Here’s how to be prepared.

Beware the mighty euro

With the imminent collapse of the euro, travellers had better not change all their money into this currency, especially too early in advance. While you will certainly be able to get rid of your euros when the time comes, the exchange rate with definitely not be in your favour when everyone will be trying to ditch their euros too. So wait at the last minute to change your money and even then, don’t buy more than what you need. And a word of advice: if you still have some euros left and you don’t intend to use them any time soon, you’d better change them.

Travel insurance
With all this uncertainty across Europe, there has never been a better time to get covered with travel insurance. For peace of mind and to make sure you are prepared for anything unexpected, travel insurance will hedge your bets and a Europe-wide policy is not expensive.

ABTA

Your travel insurance might cover you in case your airline goes bust or even your travel agent goes bankrupt suddenly but it never hurts to have additional protection, especially if it is free. The recent financial woes of Thomas Cook, the second biggest tour operator in Europe, are a stark reminder that even giants can fall. So make sure your travel company or travel agent is registered with ABTA, that way you’ll get your full money back if the worst happens.

Binge on credit cards

Alternatively, you can also make your bookings and purchases with a credit card as you are automatically covered if the amount is greater than £100.
If you plan your holidays yourself and book flights, hotels and car rental separately, then one or more company may not be covered by ABTA, especially if it’s a hotel. So your credit card will come in handy for extra protection. But beware of fees and commissions if you are using your credit card abroad and remember the minimum purchase amount.

Start shopping

Finally, it is not all doom and gloom. There are plenty of great deals to be had as businesses fight tooth and nail for your custom.  So if you are looking for a good deal, whether it’s clubbing in Faliraki or skiing in the Alps, start shopping around for the best prices and as long as you are well-protected, you can book your holidays in advance and look forward to them with peace of mind.

Long beach at Tasmania

Backpacking around Australia

 

Long beach at Tasmania

Australia is a vast continent of red deserts, lush rainforests, beautiful beaches and vibrant cities. It’s no surprise that it’s visited by millions of people across the globe every year. In recent years, backpacking has become an increasingly popular way to see this country up close and personal and take in its unique beauty and wealth of sites and attractions. Backpackers will find a wide array of fascinating destinations and landmarks to visit on their journey to this wondrous country.

Background info

Australia is home to a wide variety of terrains and climates with typically warm and sunny weather all year round. English is the dominant language and its citizens are known for their welcoming attitudes and casual, laid back view on life. Backpackers should come prepared with plenty of money, maps and GPS devices and enough food to last them for a while. The country is home to a wide array of incredible natural landmarks to visit, but backpackers can also take in its many cities and towns as well.

Australia’s Outback

One of the top places to start your backpacking journey of Australia is the famed Outback region. Located in the heart of the country, the Outback is known for its endless red deserts, unique landscapes and incredible diversity of flora and fauna to see. The prime destination in the Outback is Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

The park is well known for its unspoiled natural beauty and unbelievable rock formations. Uluru is an iconic, monolithic rock that rises high above the Outback landscape. A national symbol of Australia, it is a must-see landmark and is known for its jaw-dropping color changes depending on the location of the sun and time of day. Nearby Kata Tjuta is another area of unique rock formations and a great place to see the Outback’s sunrises and sunsets.

Blue Mountains National Park

The rugged Blue Mountains of New South Wales are another great destination for backpackers. Not far from the city of Sydney, the Blue Mountains are renowned for their natural beauty, panoramic vistas and breathtaking scenery.

Top attractions in this region include:

  • Blue Mountains National Park;
  • the Jenolan Caves;
  • Wollemi National Park;
  • Cliff Drive, a scenic drive known for its phenomenal views of the mountains.

Tasmania

The island of Tasmania is yet another excellent destination. Located off the southeast coast of the Australian continent, Tasmania offers backpackers a wide range of destinations and stunning scenery.

The top attractions and landmarks in Tasmania include:

  • Cradle Mountain;
  • the Bay of Fires;
  • the Cataract Gorge Reserve.

Sydney and Melbourne

Even outside of Australia’s rural areas, backpackers will find plenty to do in the country’s bustling cities. Sydney, the largest and most iconic city in the country, is home to many fascinating landmarks such as:

  • the Sydney Opera House;
  • the Sydney Harbour Bridge;
  • the Royal Botanic Gardens;
  • Darling Harbour and much more.

Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is home to many great attractions such as:

  • the Queen Victoria Market;
  • the Docklands and
  • the Melbourne Museum.

With so much to see and do, Australia is a backpacker’s paradise and an incredible travel destination all around.

pyramid

Holidays in Hurghada – The Red Sea

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Hurghada, Egypt, is a fantastic tourist destination located by the Red Sea. Once known for being just a small fishing settlement it is fair to say that this is now a real up and coming beautiful tourist location that is becoming increasingly popular year on year. Being located away from some of the more well known tourist destinations gives this place a real edge, in my eyes, as you will be able to enjoy all the amenities that you may require while on holiday without all the usual hustle and bustle of some of the more well established tourist destinations such as Sharm el Sheikh.
Once you have been here it really is easy to see why so many people are now having a holiday in Hurghada time and time again.

With lost of different places to stay here you will be spoilt for choice. Whether you have a large budget or a smaller one you should find something that suits your style and requirements. There are wonderfully luxurious hotels here, complete with private beaches and diving schools, and then smaller lesser known places such as holiday lets and bed and breakfasts. Whatever style of accommodation you end up choosing you will know that you are just a short walk or drive from some of the most glorious beach and ocean views in the world. The majority of the hotels here actually line the coast and therefore you can just walk outside and begin to take part in some amazing water sports or aquatic activities.

Things to do in Egypt

If you are interested in diving, sailing, swimming, fishing, shopping, relaxing or eating then you will have your appetite firmly dealt with while staying here. There are several fantastic diving schools in the area and if you just fancy some snorkelling then you can enjoy a pleasant boat trip out to the sea to witness the marine life in its natural habitat and in all its glory. The beaches here are beautiful, the sand is clean and the sea is the most amazing blue colour that you
really can take in so many wonderful fish just passing you by.

If you are wanting to explore a little further afield then you will find tours available to Luxor, The Valley of the Kings, Cairo and even submarine tours that allow you to see the depths of the ocean without getting a single hair wet. It is fair to say that there is something here for almost everyone but no two activities will ever feel the
same.

Whether you like to relax on the beach with a delicious cocktail, have a relaxing massage, get a facial, have your hair done, receive a manicure or go shopping to relax there is lots here that will leave you feeling like a God or Goddess afterwards and ensure that you are left feeling relaxed and refreshed at the end of your holiday. The cuisine on offer here is delicious, the water sports are amazing, the marine life is out of this world and there is something to suit almost every attitude, mood and budget so why not book your holiday to Hurghada today?

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Going on holidays in times of recession

Bundle of notesMany people are worried about their finances at the moment due to the uncertain economic climate and life’s little luxuries such as holidays can be one of the first things that are sacrificed. With us all working hard, holidays are important to ensure we have at least one opportunity to relax and unwind from our daily stresses.

Here are a few tips on how to make your money stretch further to ensure your holidays can still happen during times of economic crisis.

Travel Insurance

Now you may think when trying to save money that any extras such as travel insurance can be overlooked however this is one extra that could actually end up saving you a lot of money in the long run. Taking out an adequate travel insurance policy will give you piece of mind should anything go wrong during your holiday, lost travel documents and lost luggage can result in large costs and cancelled or delayed transport without travel insurance can leave you stranded forcing you to pay for alternative transport. Using price comparison sites such as moneysupermarket.com to compare travel insurance policies can help reduce costs further to make sure you are getting the policy you need at the best value for money.

Shop around

A great way to save money when travelling can be done before you even leave the house and it’s all in the preparation! Never book the first holiday you find, always do your research and make sure there are no tour operators out there that are offering your holiday cheaper. If booking at the travel agents, always ask what extras they have added on, small things like in flight meals can soon mount up and travel agents will often offer a travel insurance policy that you can get cheaper elsewhere if you do your research. Don’t be afraid to ask if they are giving you the best price, a sea view room for example may cost more than a garden room which are also available; if you ask your travel agent can help you get the best value for money.

Prepaid cards

Where a lot of people blow their holiday budget is not when they are booking it but instead whilst they are away on meals, days out and souvenirs and presents for people book at home, prepaid cards provide a fantastic way of limiting what you are spending. The cards are loaded with money before you leave home so you can choose exactly how much you want to spend and the fact that they aren’t credit cards means you don’t have to worry about any debts when you get back. If you were too lose your card your money is protected just call the provider as soon as possible to cancel it. Do be careful when using the card to withdraw cash as many have extra charges that you wouldn’t want to incur.

Go All Inclusive

Where a lot of people overspend on holiday is through dining in different restaurants every night, if you don’t mind staying in your hotel to eat going all inclusive can save you a great deal of money. Plenty of hotels have not just one but several great restaurants to choose from and an all inclusive option is not only convenient but also means you won’t overspend on expensive meals. Another great aspect of going all inclusive is that your alcoholic drinks are also more often than not included; buying alcohol can result in a lot of over spending on holiday, if this is included in the costs it can end up saving you a substantial amount.