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Monday, 1 September 2014

Ice Cream Sales Rocket as more opt for Staycations

According to recent research by Unilever, our craving for ice cream on a sunny day can be linked to science – and in fact, once temperatures reach 18°c apparently we all crave a cold treat.


The study found that sales of ice lollies, frozen yogurts and ice creams all soar as soon as temperatures reach 18°c or above, and with the UK reaching highs of 29°c over the last few months, sales of frozen treats have sky rocketed.

In fact, one ice cream factory in Gloucestershire reported producing over 3,000 tonnes of ice cream every week to meet demand over the hot summer months!

The fantastic weather hasn't stopped at increasing ice cream sales, but has also had a positive impact on the UK economy as a whole. Many people decided to opt for a ‘staycation’ this year as opposed to travelling abroad, to make the most of the great weather and save money. This means that cash usually spent in other countries has been put back into UK businesses such as hotels, attractions and travel – which all helps to boost our economy.

Furthermore, weather experts are predicting a September heat wave – proving that summer isn't over quite yet, despite the return to work and school.


If you’re planning a last minute staycation trip or a UK break, just remember to invest in quality UK travel insurance to protect you and your trip against a holiday disaster. Visit Holidaysafe.co.uk for more information. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

If Children could Plan Holidays…

Apparently they’d be very practical, according to a new survey carried out by the BlackpoolsBack Campaign.


The survey, which questioned 2,000 kids aged between 6 and 17, found that what children really want from a family break is short travelling times, a sandy beach and a theme or water park to keep them entertained!

Many adults consider great weather as one of the main factors of a summer holiday, however only 1/20 children said that bad weather would be a barrier to their holiday fun.

Furthermore, rather than travelling abroad in search of sunnier climates, over 70% of the participants said that their perfect trip wouldn't include a plane journey, and over 55% only wanted a maximum of 4 hours travelling time between their home and resort.

Over 86% of children said their perfect holiday would take place at the sea side, with nearly 70% stipulating that the beach should be a mere 10 minute walk or less from their accommodation!

Interestingly, 6/10 children thought it was important to visit a resort where they could understand the local language too.

This survey (although perhaps slightly biased towards UK travel) seems to suggest that children have a very practical mind when it comes to holidays, and far from expecting expensive breaks, they would be happy spending their entire holiday on a UK beach – something you can discuss with your kids next time they hound you about Disney Land!


If you’re planning a UK trip, visit Holidaysafe.co.uk for information on cheap UK travel insurance. 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Ash Cloud Advice

Over the last few weeks there has been great speculation concerning whether the Bárðarbunga volcano in the East of Iceland will erupt, potentially repeating the travel misery caused by a similar incident in 2010.


In 2010, all flights in and out of the UK, and several other European countries, were grounded following a volcanic eruption in the Eyjafjallajoekull area of Iceland. The volcanic eruption caused copious amounts of ash to be ejected into the sky, causing large ash clouds which made it impossible for pilots to safely navigate air space.

The disruptions caused massive delays and issues for people trying to travel abroad or return home – which explains why everyone is so worried about another potential eruption. To help anyone planning to travel over the next few weeks who are concerned about the potential impact ash clouds could have on their trip, we have compiled this handy guide.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are constantly updating their information about Iceland, so if you are planning a trip it would be worth following them on social media or signing up for updates so you can immediately find out if anything happens.

To view their current advice about road closures and the seismic activity around the volcano, visit their Iceland page.

Your Rights and the Airline’s Obligations

If your flight is delayed or cancelled the airline is obliged to offer assistance under the Denied Boarding Regulation, as long as you are travelling with an airline based in the EU, or a non-EU airline flying from an EU airport. This however depends on the length of the flight and the length of the delay. But if you are covered, entitlements include free meals and refreshments, and free hotel accommodation if an overnight stay is required.

Passengers should also be offered a choice of:
  • A refund within seven days of the full cost of the flight.
  • Re-routing to your destination as soon as possible, or re-routing at a later date convenient to you.
  • If you have booked a package holiday and your flight is cancelled, you have the right to cancel your holiday and get a full refund, or re-book for another departure.

You should not have to pay administration charges for re-booking your holiday (unless upgrading in any way). If you are re-booked to a cheaper holiday you are entitled to a refund for the price difference.

Travel Insurance

Many standard travel insurance policies will not cover natural disasters and ash cloud, so it is very important that you double check your cover and talk to your insurer if in doubt.

To give you an example, Holidaysafe provides cover for travel delay and closure of air space due to ash cloud under our Platinum Single and Multi Trip policies. These policies will provide cover if your flight is delayed, with a benefit payable per 12 hours of the delay, or the policy can cover you to abandon your trip up to £7,500 per person if air space is closed for 24 hours from the date and time of your scheduled departure shown on your itinerary/ ticket.

Alternatively, if the eruption were to happen during your trip, we can also provide cover if you cannot return home due to the closure of airspace.

Furthermore, this policy can also provide cover if a natural disaster damages your pre-booked accommodation, making it uninhabitable.

Please note your travel insurer will not be able to rearrange or purchase new flights for you, or arrange alternative transport etc. All claims will be paid upon return to the UK, and upon completion of a claim form with the necessary supporting documentation.


For more information, please visit our Platinum Page

Monday, 25 August 2014

Top 10 Autumn Holiday Destinations

When the long summer days draw to a close and the nights become longer, we all must accept that autumn is just around the corner. However, far from mourning the end of summer we should be celebrating autumn in all its multi coloured glory! After all, there are so many destinations around the world which look their best during the fall months, and which are therefore perfect for a post-summer, pre-winter, getaway.


Some of our favourite autumn trip locations include;

Canada

If you want to experience nature in all its autumn glory then Canada is the destination for you. Head to one of the many national parks, and enjoy dramatic views, calm lakes and every shade of orange imaginable.

France

Autumn is the perfect time to explore Paris, the summer crowds will have long dispersed, and the falling leaves are the perfect backdrop to the gothic architecture and for romantic strolls.

Germany

The Bavarian countryside reaches its fairy-tale heights during the fall, with rolling hills and dramatic castles. Alternatively, head to Munich for a true taste of German culture and enjoy Oktoberfest, plus a few strolls around the city.  

India

Autumn is the perfect time to explore India, avoiding the sweltering summer months and the Monsoon season. Immerse yourself in the beautiful cultures, sleep under the stars in the desert and get lost in the hustle and bustle of the towns.

Italy

If you’re a ‘foodie’ then Italy is the perfect gastronomic destination for you. October and November mark the start of amazing food festivals and autumn celebrations throughout the country – not to mention the array of delicious truffles which are harvested around this time.  

Japan

Japan is absolutely stunning in the fall months, as the fiery reds and bright greens are a flawless backdrop to the colourful culture. Appreciate Japan’s beautiful architecture, immerse yourself in the culture, and wander into the mystical forests which surround Mount Fuji for a taste of its magical legends.

Madagascar

If you’re an animal lover then Madagascar is the perfect eco-destination for you. Autumn is the perfect time to visit the jungle paradise, especially for bird watching and spotting new born baby Lemurs!

New York

Thinking about a metropolitan style break? Then New York is the place for you. New York offers the perfect combination of city and nature – enjoy the New York skyline and busy streets, and then head to Central park for a stroll among the autumn trees and a picnic.

Romania

If you’re looking for a break around Halloween, then look no further than Romania. The literary home of Dracula and a host of other haunting creatures, Romania is a must for any Halloween tourists.  Explore gothic castles as you wonder through the Romanian countryside.

Switzerland

If you’re looking for an active break, then Switzerland is the perfect destination for any fall explorer. Hike some stunning trials, and visit chocolate factories and cheese making centres along the way.


If you've been tempted by any of those amazing destinations, just remember to invest in quality travel insurance before you depart. Enjoy what the world has to offer, with Holidaysafe.co.uk. 

Friday, 22 August 2014

Does your Hometown Reflect your Holiday Budget?

According to a recent survey by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, people in the North East of England spend more on their holidays than any other region – an average of £1,150 per person! However, people from Yorkshire only spend around £310 per person. 


The survey questioned over 2,500 adults from around the UK, all of whom had been abroad in the last 12 months, and found a trend in the amount spent based on the hometown of the participant. 

The results found the following average holiday costs for these regions;

North East - £1,150
Wales - £1,305
South East - £910
North West - £860
London - £840
East of England - £770
South West - £640
East Midlands - £575
Scotland - £550
Northern Ireland - £430
West Midlands - £405
Yorkshire and Humberside - £310

The survey also went a step further, comparing bills to wages to determine how much of their annual income people were spending on holidays. Interestingly, the research found that people from the North East spend around 7% of their total annual income on holidays, whereas people from London only spend around 2%. 

Whatever you pay for your holidays abroad, it is extremely important that you protect your investment against a holiday disaster. Imagine having to cancel your trip only to find that you couldn’t reclaim any of the money you’ve paid for the holiday! This is where travel insurance can step in and cover the costs, to ensure you don’t miss out – for more information on insuring trips up to £7,500 per person against cancellation, visit Holidaysafe.co.uk. 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

‘Advensioners’ Spark New Golden Travelling Trend

Whilst many people might think that the best time to travel is during a gap year – either between school or university and The Real World, or during a sabbatical from work – a survey by Fidelity Worldwide Investment has suggested that a new breed of retirees are making trends of their own and embarking on global adventures throughout their ‘golden years’.


Two in five retirees now draw up some form of bucket list of things they would like to do or achieve within their retirement years, 75 per cent of which decide they want to fulfil the dreams and capitalise on the things they couldn’t or didn’t do when they were younger, when things like family or careers came first. Now with more free time and freer income or savings to spend, retirees are taking the travelling world by storm.

Trips and holidays ranging from luxury getaways, classic road trips, adrenaline-rush activities and exotic locations are the top of most people’s itineraries but the survey, which asked 1,000 retirees to reveal their ‘ultimate bucket list’ of places they wanted to visit and things they wanted to do.

The most desired activity was to see the Northern Lights in Norway by a vast majority of the retirees, with a quarter of the survey’s participants preferring a slightly warmer climate and saying they would reward themselves with a relaxing and luxurious Caribbean cruise.

Living up to the ‘advensioners’ moniker, a fifth of retirees stated that they wanted to view the Grand Canyon’s spectacular sights by helicopter, followed by a tour of the Las Vegas strip, and other ambitious participants stated their desire to walk the Great Wall of China (18%), and go on a Route 66 road trip across the United States (18%).

As people are living longer, people no longer see the age of 65 as the age to slow down once you retire, as they did in the past. Many people who have retired are still as active, healthy and independent as those who are still working and as the survey’s findings show, they certainly intend on living life to the full - travelling the world, embarking on adventures and making the most of their well-deserved retirement.

“65 is the new 50” said Maike Currie, associate investment director at Fidelity Worldwide Investment. In many ways, your early retirement years are the best times to see the world, especially when health and financial issues are less likely to get in the way of travel. More than 50% of retirees believe their regular monthly outgoings will rise over the next five years with most of them putting this rise down to rising living costs, so all the more reason as to why people are making the most of the opportunity to travel whilst they can.

Enjoy what the world has to offer, with over 65 travel insurance from Holidaysafe.



Monday, 18 August 2014

And the July Winner is…

Holidaysafe has over 900 customer reviews on our independent Trust Pilot Reviews page, so to say thank you to all of our lovely customers who take time out of their busy schedules to leave us their feedback; we started a monthly prize draw to give one lucky reviewer a £15 Amazon Voucher every month.

I am very pleases to announce that the winner of our July prize draw is…

Dr Ridley from Dundee


Dr Ridely gave Holidaysafe 5 stars and wrote the following review;

“Excellent cover at very competitive price - Was very easy to find the right cover and I was extremely pleased with the product I selected. I didn’t need to use it but felt very reassured that I was well covered on this holiday!”

When we contacted Dr Ridley to inform her of the win, she replied “What a surprise! This is the icing on the cake I was very pleased with the service and cover I got from Holidaysafe.  I’ll be using the voucher towards the next Bikeline cycling tour book for next year’s holiday!”

If you’re a Holidaysafe customer who would be interested in receiving a £15 Amazon Gift Card, all you have to do is leave us a review on our Trust Pilot Evaluation page. Your name will then be automatically entered into our monthly prize draw.


At the time of this blog post, Holidaysafe has 918 customer reviews with an overall customer satisfaction score of 9.1 out of 10 and a Trust Pilot Score of ‘Excellent’!
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