1. “Has my son’s fiance been married before”


      That is just one of the daft questions that the FCO get asked from us Brits. Others include “How do I synchronise my antenna to receive English TV channels?” and “My next door neighbour Simon has been given a Lord’s title, how do I get me one of those?” REALLY?   The FCO are hoping that by issuing these they can raise awareness of what they can actually offer a stranded Brit abroad in an emergency.     “It is important for FCO consular staff to be able to focus on our most vulnerable customers, such as victims of crime, those who have lost a loved one abroad or people who have been detained or hospitalised overseas.  “Consular staff support thousands of British nationals who encounter difficulties overseas every year and we handle over 365,000 enquires annually. We will always try to help where we can but there are limits to what we can Read more…

  2. 10 Holiday Car Hire Scams and How to Avoid Them


      You’ve worked and saved hard all year for your two weeks in the sun and the last thing you want when you pick up your rental car is the feeling that you were just ripped off! So we’ve put together 10 scams and the best way to avoid them. Lets start at the beginning from when you initially book the car right through to dropping the car back.     1. BOOK EARLY. If you book your actual holiday 6 months in advance then book your car hire at the same time, you can save hundreds in some cases. With the money you save you may be able to hire something a little bit more special aswell. Imagine their faces when you pick up a nice convertible!   2. MAKE SURE YOU SHOP AROUND. Martin Lewis of Money Saving Expert advises “Comparison sites let you search the car hire market at speed” Do you really want to spend hours Read more…

  3. Top Five Destinations for an Easter Ski Trip Revealed


      The snow and ski season is in full swing throughout Europe, and with many adventurous holidaymakers set to use the Easter break as an ideal opportunity to hit the slopes, we have picked the top five resorts renowned for their breath-taking scenery, impressive pistes and lively Après-ski. These destinations have been a firm favourite with customer’s year after year, with over 1400 Easter bookings made last year. To help snow-lovers get the most out of their trip, we have also highlighted some great deals on seven-day vehicle rental. From as little as £17 per day, holidaymakers can enjoy the freedom to explore local areas at their own leisure.   Zermatt, Switzerland     Picturesque and peaceful, Zermatt attracts a steady stream of visitors all year round. Its snow-sure slopes are suitable for families, intermediates and experts, making the resort an ideal choice for an Easter break. There’s also plenty of fun to be Read more…

  4. Smoking ban in cars with children


        Mark Drakeford, Wales Heath Minister has tweeted this recently confirming that smoking in cars carrying children will be banned in Wales from October 1st 2015. England’s ban will start on the same day.   Anybody caught after this date will be fined £50 on the spot. It will be an offence to smoke in a private vehicle with someone under the age of 18. It will also be an offence to failing to prevent smoking in a private vehicle when someone under the age of 18 is present. “Exposure to second-hand smoke is a substantial threat to children’s health; it can leave them vulnerable to a variety of health conditions such as lower respiratory tract infections, asthma, middle ear disease and other serious infections” – Mark Drakeford. Health Minster for Wales     It’s amazing that people need to be fined in order to protect their own children? We all know that smoking Read more…

  5. 50 shades of Carrentals. Which one tickles your fancy?


      After a very long wait, women all over the country will be flocking in their hundreds and thousands this evening to finally see what all the fuss is about with Mr Christian Grey and his “red room of pain” but what about the guys? What will you be doing?     Whether you’ve read the book or not; you will by now have heard all about Mr 50 Shades but are you heading off with the missus tonight to watch the film, or have you been lumbered with the baby sitting while she has a girlie night out with her friends and has a night filled with giggles while her fantasies run amok? You have, well then we’ve got a plan that will get you well and truly in her good books!! Why not sort out your holiday plans while you’re all alone and earn yourself some brownie points ready for when she gets Read more…

  6. Best Kept Secret: Ski Break in Munich


    Source   If you are going skiing this year then no doubt you’ve considered some traditional destinations; Chamonix, Val d’Isère, Val Thorens or Meribel. During the height of the ski season, these areas can become overrun with eager winter sports enthusiasts, which can create long wait times for the lifts and packed out slopes. For the more advanced skier looking for fresh powder, this can become tiresome. Some of the more adventurous skiers have started to explore unexploited regions, such as the lesser known areas around Munich. The proof is in the detail; this year has seen a sharp rise in bookings for Munich during the half-term break, when the mountains are snow-sure.     The Bavarian Capital is the ideal city break destination for anyone interested in winter sports. Although the resorts are smaller and lower in altitude than others in the Alps, there are a few good ski areas within an hour’s Read more…

  7. Win £100 in Restaurant Vouchers

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      Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? What plans have you made to spoil the love of your life, or maybe you just fancy treating your friends. Well we’re giving away £100 in Restaurant vouchers that can be used in hundreds of places for a Valentine’s treat.   All you have to do is enter through our Facebook page or enter with the form below.   [formbuilder:92]   Who can enter? As long as you’re over 18 and a UK resident then you’re eligible. More details are below.   Good luck!   Terms and Conditions This competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. (Except employees of and their relatives) No purchase is necessary. A limit of one entry per person will be accepted. However, there are chances to gain bonus entries when you share the competition on Facebook so that your friends can like our page and enter the competition too. No Read more…

  8. Planning the Perfect Ski Trip: Car Hire vs Shared Shuttle Transfer

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    Easter is the perfect time for skiers of all abilities to head to the slopes, with resorts across Europe offering ski runs above 3000m to guarantee a snow-sure holiday. When it comes to planning a holiday, you quickly tick off your ‘priorities’; accommodation, luggage and flights. But have you considered how you will get to your final destination? Your decision depends on a number of variables; how many people are traveling? How much luggage are you carrying?  Do you want more freedom during your trip? It usually comes down to two choices; hiring a car or booking a shuttle from the airport. Both options have their own pros and cons, but which one is best for you?   Carefree Car Hire One clear advantage of hiring a car is the freedom and flexibility it affords you. You can pick your own route, travel at your own pace and stop as many times as you like Read more…