1. Car Hire ‘Chaos’ Warning for January

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      You may be aware that in January 2015 the DVLA will be scrapping the paper counterpart of your driving licence. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Another bit of paper we don’t need to keep hold of. Well it seems that the DVLA have gotten ahead of themselves and this could cause headaches at the Rental Desk when you go to pick up your hire car. The DVLA promised the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) an online system to allow them easy access to check our points and qualifications. Unfortunately it’s not ready in time. So what’s the alternative? Well in reality when you get to the desk to hire your car the Assistant will have to either phone the DVLA’s premium rate phone service at 51p a minute (more cost to you the end user) or you’ll have to print off something from home to take with you (this is counter productive and Read more…

  2. 10 Most Popular Winter Destinations

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        The nights are drawing in now, the heating’s been switched on and thoughts are aiming towards Christmas but for some there is just time for a last break before then. Tripadvisor have given us a lovely list of the top ten places to visit this winter, ranging in price and giving us a choice of Europe or further afield. Which one takes your fancy?   1. New York, USA It had to be number 1 really – everybody’s top wish list. You can squeeze a lot in to a 4 day break here aswell. People go for a variety of reasons; amazing shopping, magical skating in Central Park in the snow (been watching too many films), sightseeing (too many to mention here, needs a blog of it’s own!), Broadway to catch a show and if you do go please spare some time to visit Ground Zero.   2. Paris, France Disneyland is a great Read more…

  3. We have 3 prizes of £50 in Amazon Vouchers to give away!

    November 10, 2014 by

        Christmas is around the corner and if the thought brings you out in a cold sweat then our new competition may help a little as we have 3 £50 vouchers for Amazon to give away this week. All you have to do is enter through our Facebook page or by filling out the form below. If you share this on your Facebook page then we’ll also give you 3 more entries for free!!   Items marked with a red asterisk (*) are required. Title Mr Mrs Ms Miss Dr Given Name (forename) * Family Name (surname) * Email Address * Confirm your email address * Postcode * Date of Birth * Enter what you see in the image * I would like to receive information via email from   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 Read more…

  4. Why scrapping term-time holiday bans is not the answer we’re looking for!

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      According to the Local Government Association, the ban on term-time holidays should be scrapped so head teachers can take a more “common-sense approach” to term-time absences. The Association released a statement explaining how outright bans for parents who take holidays during term-time does not reflect the complexity of family life.     However for Gareth Robinson, CEO of car-hire comparison site, relinquishing the fine could cause chaos for the education system, and have no effect on the overall cost of holidays for families with children. Instead, he explains how staggering school holidays could relieve the financial pressures on parents, ensure stability for teachers and pupils, and maintain a healthy revenue for the travel and tourism industry. Gareth said: “The travel and tourism industry has long taken advantage of school breaks by increasing their prices; holidays during half-term could be up to 300% more expensive than a term-time break. Hardly surprising, given that most Read more…

  5. Should these people be banned from travelling?

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      Source   Do we moan too much as a Nation?  I know we’re all a bit guilty of having  silly little complaints whilst on holiday but most of us “normal” people keep them to ourselves or have a little joke around the pool with our fellow travellers. Not this lot! Have a read of some of these genuine complaints made to Thomas Cook Vacations! Do you think they should be banned from travelling abroad for their own safety and maybe ours too?   1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”   2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.” 3. “On my holiday to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that Read more…

  6. Top 5 Spooky Places to visit across Europe this Halloween

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      Most of the kids break up this week and they’ll be bored within days as the weather keeps them indoors. So what are your plans? Obviously this depends on how old your kids are! If your bunch are a bit older and the usual Legoland or Alton Towers days out have been switched for something a bit more ‘grown-up’ then the following might be just what they need. With Halloween fast approaching, there are sure to be plenty of ghoulish celebrations throughout the UK, from traditional ‘Trick or Treating’ to creepy local ghost tours. For those who are brave enough to venture a little further afield however, our European neighbours have a fiendish array of attractions, guaranteed to send chills down the spine of even the most hardened ghost-hunter.   Source Leap Castle, County Offaly, Ireland Often considered to be the most haunted stronghold in Ireland, Leap Castle has a gruesome and terrifying history, rife Read more…

  7. Beware of the Holiday Blues!

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        What’s the first thing you do when you get home after your holiday? Obviously this differs greatly depending on whether your male or female! If all you do when you get home if get the suitcases out of the car and then go straight to catch up with ‘normal’ telly  then you’re going to have more time to think about it. If you spend the next 3 days washing sand, sun cream and sangria out of everybody’s clothes, then re-stocking the cupboards, fridge and then getting everybody ready to go back to work or school…well your holiday blues won’t hit you for a while!   Source So what do you do when the blues hit? Upload all your pictures onto the computer to remind you what a wonderful place it was. Stick you pictures on social media to show all your friends what a wonderful place it was? Visit your friends and relatives to Read more…

  8. Win Kids Travel Games for October Break

    October 13, 2014 by
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      Do you have a road trip planned with the kids during the next holidays at the end of October? If so, but the thought of a four hour drive with the kids sends shivers down your spine then you should enter our new competition starting on Monday 13th October to be in with a chance to win 1 of 3 travelling games. ‘Are We There Yet’ is a classic I-Spy game for kids on the move!  Hopefully it will keep them occupied for most of the journey?   What do I need to do? Simply like our Facebook page and enter through there or fill in the form below. Don’t forget to share with your friends on Facebook to receive 3 bonus entries aswell!   Title Mr Mrs Ms Miss Dr Given Name (forename) * Family Name (surname) * Email Address * Confirm your email address * Postcode * Date of Birth * Enter what you see in the image * I Read more…