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Monday, 15 September 2014

Holidaysafe’s Sponsored Cricket Team win Tremendous Match against the Vatican!

On Sunday 14th September St Peter’s Cricket Club welcomed their most hotly anticipated rivals in the club’s 131 year history – the St Peter’s cricket team from the Vatican!

St Peter’s Cricket Club in Brighton started back in 1883 as a team for clergymen of St Peter’s Church, which only played local Church teams. Since then the club has gone from strength to strength and is now the largest and most well established cricket team in the Brighton and Hove community - however the club has never forgotten its humble Church roots.

Therefore you can image the surprise of Chairman David Corney when he came across another St Peter’s Cricket Club in a newspaper article earlier this year, based in the Vatican. Corney immediately got in touch with the team and arranged the one off match as part of the Vatican team’s ‘Light of Faith’ tour.

The Vatican cricket team, which includes Priests and Seminarians, was actually started as part of wider efforts by the Vatican to encourage interfaith dialogue. The game against their namesakes was their first match outside of Rome, so a huge honour for the Brighton side.

Over 500 people arrived at Preston Park to watch the match, which started at 2:30pm on Sunday 14th September 2014. The Brighton team won the toss and continued their winning streak all the way through the match, stealing victory from their rivals. The final score was 168 for 5 in 20 overs for Brighton, and 114 for 8 in 20 overs for the Vatican side.

Once again the entire Holidaysafe team would just like to say huge congratulations to the victorious St Peter’s side, and hopefully this will open up many more high profile matches for the fantastic team.

If you’re planning a cricket tour abroad, just remember to invest in quality and specialist sports travel insurance to protect you, your kit and your trip against a holiday disaster. Visit Holidaysafe.co.uk for more information. 

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Dangers of Holiday Sun

 Shocking statistics release by Public Health England have recently been released which show that skin cancer admissions have risen by over a third since 2007, from nearly 90,000 cases to over 120,000 in 2011. 

Experts are blaming the so called ‘epidemic’ on a lack of awareness, because most cases are apparently largely avoidable if people were conscious of their exposure to the sun. They went on to blame sun beds and the rise of cheap holidays to hot destinations as two major factors in the increase.

Enjoying the sunshine can be extremely safe, as long as you follow the simple tips below;

  • Many people run to the sun bed for a ‘base’ tan in preparation for their holiday, however this can be just as dangerous as extended time in the sun. 
  • Even when in the UK, you should always wear sun protection. Most moisturisers will now include some SPF protection to ensure you are protected. (TOP TIP – always make sure your sun protection hasn't expired before use). 
  • On hot sunny days, always wear sunscreen of at least factor 25 or above on your exposed skin, especially sensitive areas like the face, neck and shoulders.
  • On longer days in the sunshine, reapply sun screen every few hours, and after every dip in the pool or sea to avoid burns. 
  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself and your skin hydrated.
  • When the sun is at its strongest, seek shady areas and wear cover ups like t-shirts and sun hats. 
  • After a day in the sun, always moisturise the skin using after sun lotions to soothe any irritated areas. 

For more travel advice on enjoying the sun responsibly, visit Holidaysafe.co.uk.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Travel Insurance Survey Reveals Disturbing Results

A recent survey commissioned by Nationwide has revealed some extremely troubling attitudes towards travel insurance among travellers and holiday makers.

The survey found that nearly 25% wouldn't purchase travel insurance for a global trip of up to 6 months - a shocking admission considering the amount which can go wrong on extended trips abroad, for example medical emergencies, high cancellation costs, and what about the fees of getting home if something goes wrong?

However, this oversight isn't limited to Longstay travellers, as over 40% said they wouldn't insure themselves for a European weekend away, and a further 38% said they wouldn't bother seeking insurance for a long weekend outside of Europe.

The results of this survey are troubling, because for as little as £5.32 from Holidaysafe.co.uk you could be covered against bills up to £5,000,000 for medical emergencies, cancellation costs of up to £1,500 per person and other holiday disasters such as missing baggage up to £1,500 per person, with higher cover levels also available.

Many people wrongly assume that they will be covered for all medical costs including repatriation in Europe using their EHIC, or that their government will help them with bills, however this is incorrect. Travelling without quality insurance means that if you did face a holiday disaster, you would be liable to pay all of the potentially colossal bills. Furthermore, you would be forced to negotiate these bills alone, instead of handing the case over to a dedicated and professional claims team.

If you’re thinking about travelling abroad, or taking a long weekend break in the UK, don’t forget to purchase quality travel insurance to protect you and your trip against an expensive holiday disaster.

Enjoy what the world has to offer, with Holidaysafe.co.uk. 

Monday, 8 September 2014

Holidaysafe Nominated for Consumer Award for the Third Consecutive Year!

Holidaysafe are very pleased to announce that they have been nominated as Travel Insurance Provider of the Year for the third consecutive year at the Consumer Moneyfacts awards.

Holidaysafe were first nominated back in 2013, and were highly commended in that category. However, in January 2014 Holidaysafe won first prize, so they are hopeful that they may now keep their title into 2015.

Anne Joyce, Head of Events at the Moneyfacts Awards explains;

The Consumer Moneyfacts Survey is conducted annually and is the only survey that combines honest consumer feedback with the technical merits of a range of financial products. It highlights good products and lets the consumer praise good service, giving us the winners of the Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2015. This survey is not about the worst, it is about the best.

To form the shortlists for these awards, research is undertaken by our large and well-qualified research team. For each category, a number of criteria are examined and compared across the entire product range for each provider, with the weighting of these criteria decided by a prior survey of our consumer contacts. Up to 10 providers that come out at the top of this analysis form the shortlist, with the detailed results of the analysis representing 50% of the final score. The shortlisted companies are then put forward to our consumer surveys, on personal finance, household finance and family finance.  In the surveys, consumers are asked to score the providers that they have experience of in each category relevant to them. The results from these consumer surveys then make up the remaining 50% of the final score.

Holidaysafe are extremely proud to have made the shortlist for the third year in a row. And hope to add another trophy to their shelf at the award’s ceremony in January 2015.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Why do we Travel?

According to recent research by Sunshine.co.uk, the main reasons we travel are to escape stress and take advantage of cheap holiday deals.

The survey, which polled nearly 1,500 people, found that over 40% were taking holidays twice a year as opposed to one summer trip, because nearly 30% said they needed to escape the stresses of everyday life.

The survey also found that nearly 25% are travelling more because affordable holiday deals are more widely available. Before, your choices of holiday were limited to the package and price the travel agent could offer you, however, holiday deals are now widely competitive and available online, so you can compare in seconds to find a deal to suit your budget.

This survey shows the changing attitudes towards holidays and their affordability since previous generations. Nowadays, air travel can be extremely affordable, which means that most people are lucky enough to travel abroad – and now more than once a year!

Unfortunately only 11% said that a higher disposable income allowed them to travel more frequently.

Interestingly, along with stress and holiday deals, one of the other main reasons for travel that the survey found was a new relationship. People who had just started new relationships said they were more likely to go on multiple trips with their new partner, to spend quality time together.  

Funnily enough, only 21% remarked that a desire to travel was the reason for their trips abroad!

If you’re planning more than one or two trips in the UK or abroad in the next 12 months, it may be more cost effective for you to buy a Multi Trip travel insurance policy, as opposed to multiple Single Trip policies. Most Multi Trip policies cover unlimited trips abroad and in the UK over a 12 month period, so you can set off on last minute adventures knowing you’re protected against a holiday disaster.

For more information on award winning Multi Trip travel insurance, visit Holidaysafe.co.uk. 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

And the August Winner is…

As summer draws to a close, we hoped to alleviate the pre-winter blues by gifting one lucky Holidaysafe customer with a £15 Amazon Voucher!

This prize draw is our way of saying thank you to the wonderful customers who take time out of their busy days to review our products and services – and we are extremely proud of our current 9.1/10 review score.

Therefore every month we pick one lucky reviewer at random from our independent Trust Pilot Review page, and send them a £15 voucher as a token of our appreciation.

We have just completed the August draw, and I am very happy to announce that the winner is…

Mrs Needham from Nottingham

Mrs Needham gave Holidaysafe 5/5 stars, and reviewed our services as follows;

“Easy to use giving peace of mind knowing all is taken care of - Being elderly and on medication I really expected to be paying over a £100! I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of use and the final payment.”

On behalf of the entire Holidaysafe team, I would just like to say thank you to Mrs Needham once again for her lovely comments.

If you’re a Holidaysafe customer who would like to win a £15 Amazon Voucher, simply visit our Trust Pilot Evaluation page and leave us a quick review. You will then automatically be entered into our monthly prize draw for your chance to win.

For more information on award winning travel insurance, visit Holidaysafe.co.uk. 

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. 
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