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Friday, 7 March 2014
At Holidaysafe, we take great pride in our policies, prices and customer service, which is why we decided to sign up to Trust Pilot, so customers could leave independent reviews of our services. We are very proud of our current 8.9 / 10 star rating, and as a thank you to all our customers who take time out of their busy days to leave us reviews, we decided to launch a monthly prize draw.
Every month we randomly pick one lucky reviewer from our Trust Pilot page to win a £15 Amazon Voucher, and we are delighted to announce that the February winner is…
Mrs Prince from Poole
When we contacted Mrs Prince to announce her win, she replied with the following comments;
"Thank you. That will come in very useful. I hope to be travelling abroad again this year, to visit a brother, in which case I will once again be using you services."
Mrs Prince awarded Holidaysafe a full 5/5 star rating on Trust Pilot, and wrote the following review;
“I bought my Holiday insurance to go to Canada and visit my daughter. After trawling through pages of quotes from various companies, all of which bumped up the price with every question, I happened on Holidaysafe.co.uk. It was so easy to use and the price remained reasonable and affordable despite my age. The form was easy to complete and the documentation came through with no trouble. They could be downloaded for convenience, so I had 2 copies - useful for someone like me with a wonderful 'forgetery'. Thanks for a good experience.”
If you would be interested in winning a £15 Amazon Voucher then look no further, because Holidaysafe are offering vouchers to lucky customers every month! To be entered into the prize draw, all you need to do is leave us a quick review about our customer service, website or policies on our Trust Pilot Evaluation page, and your name will automatically be added to the prize draw.
If you've already left us a review, then you still have at least two chances to win, as we will only remove names once they've been in the prize draw for six months.
For full competition terms and conditions, visit our original Win with Holidaysafe blog post.
Monday, 3 March 2014
For the last few years the UK has been in the grip of recession, with job cuts, unemployment and wage freezes all affecting our household incomes. However, throughout that time we Brits proved our dedication to relaxation, adventure and sun worshipping, by maintaining at least one yearly holiday if at all possible.
In fact, one consumer study found that nearly 30% of people who said they were struggling financially, still managed to save for a yearly holiday, whether that was in the UK or further afield.
Now, as the winter months seem to be fading into spring, and financial uncertainty seems to be decreasing, it seems that more of us are treating ourselves to trips away. According to several different studies, experts are predicting a steady rise in the number of holidays we take over the next five years, with over 100 million trips expected to take place in 2017 (in the UK, Europe and World Wide).
It would seem that British consumers have become extremely savings savvy over the last few years, with many deciding to book all the pieces of their holiday separately, rather than through a travel agent, to ensure they get the best value possible.
However, this does not mean that the ‘package holiday’ is dead, and actually travel agents were offering some fantastic deals at the start of the year. Apparently, people with higher incomes and children are more likely to book package holidays.
If you’re planning a budget friendly summer holiday, or a weekend away somewhere to escape the rain, just remember to invest in quality travel insurance, to protect you and your savings against a potentially expensive holiday disaster. Visit Holidaysafe.co.uk for more information.
Friday, 28 February 2014
When travelling the world, either for business or pleasure, one of the biggest travel annoyances is to arrive at your destination only to find that you cannot use any of your electrical equipment.
Many of us will have a few European adapters hiding around our houses (but never to be found when we travel to Europe), however there are actually 12 different types of plugs and plug sockets around the world. Some have three prongs, others only have two, some will have square prongs, and others will have round prongs - its a minefield!
Arriving at your destination only to realise that you cannot use any of your electrical equipment is extremely frustrating, especially in our modern society when smart phones, cameras, IPods and tablet computers will all need to be charged at some point during trips abroad.
In the UK we are quite used to our large three pronged plugs, which have a fuse readily built in and fit nicely into all of our plugs. However, our plug is actually quite weird compared to other plus, due to its sheer bulkiness.
This led us to wonder why there are so many different variations of plugs around the world, and the answer seems to be that different inventors and companies created the different designs and voltages, meaning that once use had become widespread, changing was not an option. Furthermore, countries have invested heavily in their different systems, so changing or choosing just one would be very difficult.
Therefore it seems there is no hope for travellers of the future; however, with a small amount of pre-planning and minimal cost, this annoyance could be avoided by purchasing a universal adapter. The Universal adapter can be changed to fit plug sockets around the world, and shouldn't be affected by different voltages.
Enjoy what the world has to offer, without those little travel annoyances, and Holidaysafe.co.uk.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Most people will dream of travelling the world at some point during their lives, whether this dream is a yearly summer holiday to worship the sun on a glorious beach, or a longer trip designed to see as much as possible in a few months.
However, some people may struggle to achieve these travel dreams if they have medical conditions. When travelling with medical conditions it is extremely important that you have the correct cover in place to protect yourself and your holiday in case you need medical treatment during your trip. Finding this type of affordable cover can sometimes prove difficult, depending on your condition and budget.
At Holidaysafe we firmly believe that well managed and controlled conditions should not be a barrier to travel, so everyone can ‘enjoy what the world has to offer’ with complete piece of mind. Our commitment to this belief was recently proven by Mr Omer, a Type One Diabetic who was planning a backpacking trip around the world, but was struggling to find affordable cover for his trip and condition.
He actually wrote a blog about his travel insurance experiences, called Insurance, for the Diabetic Backpacker, in which he explains how he eventually came across Holidaysafe.co.uk. He found other quotes ranging from £400 up to a whopping £1,000 for his requirements; however Holidaysafe offered cover ranging from £180 - £340 for two people travelling for several months, plus cover for medical conditions.
After ringing our customer service to centre to check our cover and policies, Mr Omer purchased a Holidaysafe Backpacker policy, and is currently travelling the world, safe in the knowledge that if he did face a medical emergency, Holidaysafe would be there to help. Most recently his travels have taken him through New Zealand and Cambodia, plus in December he reported being ‘surrounded by Kangaroos’!
Mr Omer actually operates a site called Hypodiabetic.co.uk, which offers fantastic advice for people and travellers with Diabetes, as well as tracking his travels around the world. If you would like to follow his adventures, visit http://blog.hypodiabetic.co.uk/.
For further information on the policies and cover Holidaysafe offers, visit Holidaysafe.co.uk.
Monday, 24 February 2014
Many children dream of being astronauts when they are younger, exploring the deep corners of our solar system and gazing back at Earth. Now, in 2014 Sir Richard Branson is paving the way for this dream to become a reality, with his commercial space line ‘Virgin Galactic’.
In January 2014 the space line completed its third successful rocket powered supersonic flight, which means that in the not too distant future, Virgin Galactic may start offering trips to passengers.
This third flight was testing new additions to the spacecraft, including a special thermal coating and a reaction control system, all of which seemed to work successfully.
You can already pre-book a seat for a trip to space, however you will need to have a spare $250,000 handy – but deposits are refundable if you change your mind! There are two booking options when planning your spaceflight – for the above mentioned amount you can book a seat, and join the community of over 600 future astronauts and growing, plus entry to special events. One the other hand, you could charter a spaceship for you and up to 5 friends – however the price for this package is not mentioned.
It seems utterly bizarre that in a few years’ time, we may be comparing routes through space, looking at traveller reviews and comparing space travel prices. However, unfortunately I don’t think this type of travel will be available to people without $250,000 to spare anytime soon.
Friday, 21 February 2014
In recent years there has been a lot of press coverage on the subject of consumers being mis-sold insurance. The biggest issue has definitely been PPI insurance, which was wrongly sold to millions of people around the UK, who can now claim compensation.
In recent weeks there has been another consumer uprising, this time against mis-sold travel insurance. One consumer watch dog in Italy has recently fined Easy Jet and Ryanair over €1,000,000 (or over £800,000) for misleading customers on their websites, and automatically opting each customer into their travel insurance plan. This means that millions of customers could potentially have purchased travel insurance without even realising.
People who did spot the pre-ticked travel insurance option, reported that they found it very hard to find any information about the policy, for example the policy excess, which they would be expected to pay in the event of a claim.
Travel Insurance is something we all know we should purchase when travelling abroad, however many of us choose convenience and price over levels of cover and suitability. This means that people only realise the true value of their insurance when they need to make a claim. Unfortunately these airline giants were also poorly rated on their claims departments, using premium rate telephone numbers, and asking customers to purchase certificates from the airline to substantiate their claims, which the claims department had free access to.
Ryanair are planning to fight the ruling via their lawyers, but both companies are planning to make changes to their websites.
To make sure you are not mis-sold travel insurance, and that your cover actually meets your needs, follow the simple steps below;
For further information, visit our Do I have the Correct Cover? page.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
The recent UK weather has blighted the winter months, bringing misery to thousands across the UK. Thousands of houses have been evacuated and left without electricity, not to mention the communities which have been evacuated from their homes, many on Christmas day. The army have even stepped in to try and investigate the UK’s flooding defences, and try to make some improvements.
The UK has been battered by these storms for several months, with over 80 mph winds whipping the coast and months of rain falling within days on sodden ground. Many have blamed the Government for not doing more to protect local communities, whereas others are pointing towards climate change.
Whatever the cause and wherever the responsibility lies, it seems that hope is on the horizon with Spring and better weather just around the corner. Nevertheless, many families have been left utterly devastated from the stress and destruction of the last few months. Most will probably be dreaming about escaping their home for a break, either abroad or in less effected parts of the UK.
At Holidaysafe, we understand that many people will be worried about leaving their homes to travel abroad given the recent weather. Even if your area hasn’t been too badly affected, the worry that the situation could change probably won’t leave Brits for a good while yet.
Our aim is to always give travellers true piece of mind on their adventures, so they can totally relax in the knowledge that they are protected against a holiday disaster. This is why we have created a new ‘Car and Home Insurance Extension’ which is available on our Single and Multi Trip policies from as little as £1.20. This extension has been designed to contribute up to £600 towards the cost of the excess payable on your car or home insurance, following a successful claim made on your car or home insurance policy for loss, theft or damage to your car or home whilst you are on holiday.
To get a quote, simply choose our Single or Multi Trip policy, and then choose the Car and Home Excess Extension on the options page of the quote process. If you would like more information, please free to contact us on 0845 658 0570, or emails us at email@example.com.