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Friday, 25 July 2014
We all have different definitions of the perfect holiday, but the majority would probably say that a summer break is a time to relax and unwind with the people closest to us. However, according to a recent survey by Expedia we Brits are taking relaxation to a whole other level, as the results show that we are the third laziest nation in the world when on holiday.
According to the research, which surveyed over 10,000 over 18s around the globe, over 90% of Brits just want to spend their summer breaks relaxing in a quiet destination, with less than 20% even thinking about partying during the trip. This lethargy even stretched as far as taking a refreshing dip, with less than 1/5 bothering with swimming or surfing during their holidays, let alone any other water sports.
Only two other countries in the world beat these relaxed statistics – Thailand and Japan, whereas more energetic travellers were found to come from places like India, Mexico and Malaysia.
Although holidays offer the perfect chance to relax and unwind, there is always the danger that you might miss out if you spend your entire break sun worshiping by the pool. On your next trip, why not try to book at least one day trip or activity to ensure you get the relaxation you deserve, but also experience something new?
Just remember to invest in quality insurance before your trip, as even the laziest traveller can still find themselves faced with a holiday disaster. Visit Holidaysafe.co.uk for more information.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
At Holidaysafe we relish any opportunity to celebrate all things biker, which is why we decided to sponsor the Bexhill MotoFest, which is taking place in East Sussex on Sunday 27th July. East Sussex is a popular hub of biker culture and history, and Bexhill is actually the birthplace of British Motor Racing, so it is the perfect place to celebrate with a range of shows, exhibitions and experts.
Whether you’re a hard core biker fanatic or just someone looking for a fun day out, here are some reasons why everyone will enjoy the Bexhill MotoFest;
• Live Moto Gymkhana on the sea front.
• Unique Motorcycle as Art exhibition featuring the HESKETH 24 (the only bike of its kind in the world).
• Massive Harley Davidson and pre 1960 bike cavalcade.
• Live Music.
• Kids Fun Fair and Osset Electric Trials bike arena.
• Trade stands and exhibitors.
• Town Centre motorcycle only parking.
• 50 + Cafes, Restaurants, Pubs and Bars offering the widest possible choice of food, drink and live entertainment.
As well as officially sponsoring the event, Holidaysafe will also be exhibiting at the show (see map below), so please feel free to attend and ask our experts any questions you may have about motorcycle travel and specialist insurance, including cover for racing, track days, touring and apparel.
Plus, Holidaysafe will also be offering all attendees of the MotoFest the chance to win a Go Pro Hero 3 Helmet Cam! Simply visit the Holidaysafe stand or find a member of the team to enter. For more information visit our Competition Blog, the winner will be announced during the event on Sunday so get your entries in quick!
We look forward to seeing you in Bexhill!
Monday, 21 July 2014
With the Commonwealth Games set to kick off in Glasgow on the 23rd July, travellers from around the world are heading to the north of the UK to cheer on their athletes and watch some fantastic sport. To celebrate these amazing games, we've put together our favourite holiday destinations in Scotland, to inspire you to head north too.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and is usually the first stop for most travellers looking for a Scottish break. If you’re looking for a city vibe then Edinburgh will be perfect for you – coincide your trip with the annual Edinburgh festival for a taste of bohemian fun, or skip the peak season for a cheaper trip and just enjoy the many great shops, pubs and restaurants.
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is a fantastically vibrant destination, with museums, galleries, restaurants and shops galore. It is also a great place to enjoy live music and comedy shows – as well as the Commonwealth Games!
If you’re looking for a mix of city and rural then Aberdeen is the perfect location for you. The city if packed full of energy, so enjoy brisk walks in the country side during the day and some great bars and pubs in the evenings.
If you’re looking to escape the stresses of city life, then why not head to Inverness for a taste of rural Scotland. Pick and choose between wild life and nigh life for a relaxing trip to remember.
If you’re planning a trip to Scotland, just remember to invest in quality UK travel insurance before you depart. Even trips within you home country can cause holiday disasters, so you need to ensure you protect yourself against things like cancellation and curtailment in case something goes wrong. For more information about quality UK holiday insurance, visit Holidaysafe.co.uk.
Friday, 18 July 2014
Holiday packing can be a nightmare, however if you strip everything back to the bare essentials all you really need to travel is your passport, your plane tickets and some currency – everything else can be purchased abroad or forgotten about. However, it would seem that travellers struggle with even this simple check list, with a recent survey by the Original Factory Shop finding that 1/10 travellers admitted to forgetting their passport, and many others owned up to forgetting airline tickets.
Forgetting your tickets and passport could mean that your trip is over before it has even begun, if the delays mean that you miss your flight and have to re-book at last minute prices. However, the survey concluded that these vital documents formed part of the top 10 most forgotten items by travellers, which included;
• Phone Charger
• Airline/Accommodation documents
• Sun cream
• Booking any accommodation
This list changes dramatically when you separate male and female responses, with men placing things like sunglasses top of their packing list, whereas women seem to prioritise practical items like sun protection. Unsurprisingly the survey found that over 60% of women do all of the holiday shopping for their family or partner, and over 50% do all of the packing too.
If you’re planning a trip, try starting a checklist a few weeks before, and separate items into ‘to buy’ and ‘to pack’ columns. This should help you realise what you actually need to buy and what you already have, stopping you from blowing the holiday budget on unnecessary items. It will also give you the opportunity to add to the list if you suddenly remember something – hopefully alleviating any overlooking during last minute packing.
Just remember – passport, tickets, money!
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Alcohol and travel is always a hotly debated subject, every year we hear about the dangers of drinking excessively abroad, from alcohol poisoning to drunken balcony falls. Alcohol can be safe in moderation but it can also be extremely dangerous, and if you have a holiday mishap abroad because you were intoxicated, your travel insurance might not cover the costs.
Whether you’re planning a clubbing holiday filled with boozy nights out, or just a few drinks during your trip, avoid a holiday nightmare by following these top tips;
Remember that if you’re in a hot climate, you can become dehydrated extremely quickly if you only drink alcohol and not water, which can lead to horrible repercussions. Avoid a trip to A&E by skipping alcoholic drinks during the hottest parts of the day, and by drinking plenty of water between stronger drinks.
Measures and units of alcohol will vary abroad, and a single in the UK may look more like a double in your chosen destination. A recent study by Payingtoomuch found that 7/10 people drink more and for longer periods when abroad, so watch the quantities and units you are consuming, and never mix your drinks.
It is a proven fact that alcohol reduces inhibitions and our ability to judge danger – not to mention our balance, and unfortunately this has led to some rather high profile injuries and deaths around the world. Incidents can vary between broken ankles and concussions after falls in high heeled shoes, to travellers who feel brave enough to jump from rocks or between balconies. In fact, Payingtoomuch found that 4/10 people suffer an injury related to their alcohol consumption whilst abroad.
Remember, if a drinks deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Stick to official and mainstream drinks which you know can be trusted, rather than trying cheaper alternatives which may contain strange and dangerous ingredients. Never drink anything which you think may have been tampered with, for example bottles where the label appears to have been ripped from something else and stuck on. Never leave your drink unattended.
Be aware, if your travel insurer feels that you put yourself in unnecessary danger, or that your drinking was the cause of your holiday disaster then they may not pay for any of your bills. To avoid potentially colossal costs; drink in moderation, keep yourself safe, and try to take a moment to double check your decisions to make sure you would make the same one sober.
Monday, 14 July 2014
Last night Germany was crowned the official winner of the World Cup 2014, after beating Argentina 1 – 0 with a fantastic goal in extra time (with only minutes to spare). To celebrate Germany’s status as world leaders in football, we decided to honour this fantastic country by listing our top 10 German breaks.
The top 10 include;
• Aachen – a beautiful example of Western Germany, and the perfect destination for wondering travellers. Aachen's location right next to Belgium and the Netherlands makes it the perfect stop on a European tour.
• Berlin – a truly exciting capital city, the metropolitan and the past are perfectly balanced in Berlin to create the perfect city break for history and culture lovers.
• Cologne – if you’re into architecture, Cologne is not to be missed. The world famous Cathedral is absolutely stunning, and is still home to Germany’s Catholic Bishop – plus the many museums will make for a great trip.
• Dusseldorf – if you’re looking for a taste of luxury then Dusseldorf is the place for you. Beautiful hotels, designer shops and amazing art work combine to create a culture lover’s paradise.
• Frankfurt – if you’re a fan of high skylines and a touch of business class, then Frankfurt should be on your list.
• Hamburg – Germany’s second largest city and one of Europe’s biggest harbours – Hamburg definitely has a lot to offer. Wonder around the fish markets, the merchants district and eat on the river for a real feel of the ‘Venice of the North’.
• Heidelberg – Germany is famous for its fairy tale castles and Heidelberg offers a fantastic example. Stroll past renaissance era buildings and medieval bridges for a trip back in time.
• Kiel – if you’re looking for a festival trip with a difference, then Kiel should be on your list. The Kieler Woche or Kiel Regatta is an annual sailing festival in Germany which has now become an international food and music event too.
• Munich – anyone looking for Bavarian charm, great beer and authentic food will love Munich – plan your visit around Oktoberfest for a real treat.
• Nuremberg – perfect for history lovers, Nuremberg was heavily attacked during World War Two, but much of the remaining city is almost medieval looking. Wander around the surviving streets and museums for a compelling look at Germany through the ages.
If you’re planning a trip to Germany, just remember to invest in quality travel insurance before you depart. Without travel insurance you could be vulnerable to colossal bills if you face a holiday disaster. Visit Holidaysafe.co.uk for more information.
Friday, 11 July 2014
According to recent research by TNS, as many as 1/3 UK adults will leave planning their summer holiday until the last minute this summer. The survey, which questioned 2,000 Brits, found that 15% were planning to book their trip a month in advance, and 17% will wait until a few days before they want to depart.
The results of this questionnaire show a big change in attitude towards holiday bookings since 2012, as the Civil Aviation Authority only reported 10% of departures for July booked late, and a mere 8% for August that year.
Last minute bookings apparently prove most popular with younger travellers aged 16 to 24 who are holding out for last minute bargains. Families however were least likely to book last minute trips abroad, instead opting to book their trips a few months in advance.
If you’re planning a last minute trip, make sure you don’t forget travel insurance in your rush to the airport. Whether you’re travelling today or next month, travel insurance should always be a vital part of your travel planning, to protect you against any holiday disasters.
Holidaysafe offers a specialist policy tailored to last minute travel, which can be purchased up to the day you leave for your trip – even if you’re already at the airport. The policy offers fantastic value for money, as we've removed the bits you probably won’t need (like cancellation cover) and left the essential cover you shouldn't leave home without.
For more information on last minute travel insurance, visit Holidaysafe.co.uk.