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Sainsburys selling holidays now!

Virgin Holidays has announced plans to open a chain of concessions around the UK after the opening of its first two retail outlets in Sainsbury’s supermarkets in London, one in Kensington and one in Merton South London.
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It is official we should take more holidays!

Research by Dutch researcher Jessica de Bloom is music to the ears of travel insurance providers, by monitored the health and happiness of 96 workers, before, during and after their holiday, and she has concluded that the holiday effect is short lived.  So is the answer is to take more frequent holidays? Read more

Travel Insurance is not a luxury, it’s essential

According to travel trade body Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), one in five Britons will jet off abroad this summer without any travel insurance.

Travel insurance is always seen as a grudge purchase and people have a “it will never happen to me” attitude, and therefore risk going abroad without travel insurance, especially if the are only travelling to Europe.
However, going to a foreign country can pose more threats of something going wrong than you would imagine.  For a start there could be a language barrier, coupled with unfamiliar surroundings and should something go wrong, if you fall ill, have an accident, your suitcase goes missing or you have all of your possessions stolen – then you are on your own. Read more

30% of people still to book their 2011 summer holiday

According to research by Thomas Cook, a third of consumers have not yet booked their 2011 summer holiday. The research has indicated that 10% have not yet booked and 20% are ‘waiting to see’. Cost seems to be uppermost in people’s minds with the research showing price is the most important factor with 33 per cent of those left to book keen to spend less than last year, with 44 per cent looking to spend the same. Read more

What will the March 2011 Budget mean to your holiday plans?

British travellers are among the most heavily taxed in the world, so the announcement by The Chancellor in this week’s budget to postpone another rise in Air Passenger Duty (APD) will come as a relief to many as they plan their annual holidays.  Successive Labour Chancellors have been steadily raising APD over the last 6 years, this tax has increased by 325% on long-haul flights.  For a family of four, duty has risen from £80 to £340 for a flight to Australia and £20 to £48 on a flight to France. Read more
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