1. Where do you hide yours?

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      What do you do with your passport when you get to your sunny destination? Do you hide it somewhere bizarre or just leave it lying about, or do you make use of the safe in your hotel room? Wherever you hide it it might be worth having a look at the FCO‘s current campaign to highlight the importance of keeping it safe.   A good idea is to get your passport photocopied a couple of times. Leave one with somebody back home and use the other copy as ID when you’re out and about. Don’t take your passport out with you, unless the country you are visiting requires you to.   The FCO can supply you with Emergency Travel Documents (ETD) but it can cause undue stress at the end of your holiday. Last year the FCO issued over 39,000 ETD’s!   John Heppenstall, Head of Consular Campaigns at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Read more…

  2. Our Easter Egg Hunt is back!

    March 24, 2015 by
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        It’s Easter Time and that means only one thing….chocolate!! If you’re a chocoholic like we are then you’ll want to get egg hunting with us to win one of TEN scrummy Thornton’s Easter Eggs. All you have to do is find where our Easter Egg is hidden on our website each day and enter this information on our Facebook competition page or on here. If you share this with your Facebook friends you will earn 3 bonus entries and don’t forget you can enter every day aswell, so there’s more chances to win!   Items marked with a red asterisk (*) are required. Where would you find our egg if he wants to learn about Carrentals history? * 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 Read more…

  3. Car Hire Trends 2014

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          2014 CAR HIRE TRENDS   All figures are based on car hire bookings and excess insurance bookings for top car hire locations made in 2014   Top Five Car Hire Destinations London Heathrow Faro Airport Alicante Airport Malaga Airport London Gatwick Airport Five Most Popular Car Types CDMR- Compact, 4-5 Door, Manual Unspecified Drive, Unspecified Fuel/Power with Air Con EDMR- Economy, 4-5 Door, Manual Unspecified Drive, Unspecified Fuel/Power with Air Con MCMR – Mini, 2/4 Door, Manual Unspecified Drive, Unspecified Fuel/Power with Air Con ECMR – Economy, 2/4 Door, Manual Unspecified Drive, Unspecified Fuel/Power with Air Con CWMR – Compact, Wagon/Estate, Manual Unspecified Drive, Unspecified Fuel/Power with Air Con With Alicante and Malaga leading the way for People Carriers, indicating these as popular family resort Five Most Expensive Locations to Hire Based on price Per Day £ Manchester Airport, UK (this was Christmas Day!)   –   £153.10 Geneva Airport, Switzerland   Read more…

  4. Top 5 places to live in rural Britain


      Sunday Times have released their findings after researching the top 50 places to live in rural Britain. These were based on house prices, crime figures, schools and transport links so it’s not just somebody’s idea of the best place to live but actual facts! Although they have used some very important data; such as local pubs and restaurants aswell. Instead of boring you with the lot we’ve just listed the top 5 for you.   1. Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Wales Source This beautiful Georgian town is situated on the West Coast of Wales, south of Aberystwyth and north of Cardigan, and is pronounces Aber-rare-on. We can understand why this has won as our offices are not far from here so we have an idea what it’s like to live nearby! There’s nothing nicer than grabbing a bag of fish and chips and sitting in the harbour watching the boats bobbing on the water and hoping Read more…

  5. Win 48 Cadbury Creme Eggs by creating your account today!

    March 18, 2015 by
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      You’ve all been asking for it and now we’ve finally made it!  To save you time and hassle with your car hire bookings you can now create your own account on, and it is so easy!  This will help speed up your search and bookings as well as giving you exclusive offers and discounts from our selected suppliers and partners, plus so much more.     Simply create your account today and be in with a chance to WIN a box of 48 Cadbury Crème eggs!!   As a thank you for creating your account we’re giving you the chance to earn points which could mean you WIN loads of delicious Cadbury Crème Eggs!! Perfect for Easter!   3 lucky runner ups will WIN one of 3 boxes of 24 Cadbury Crème Eggs!   There are loads of ways to earn points. The person with the most points at 9am on the 31st of Read more…

  6. Grab a Bargain!

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        The exchange rate is looking good so why not think about booking that well earned summer break now? While you’re doing this make sure you book your car rental, it’s always cheaper to book in advance. After you’ve finished all this make sure you buy travel insurance. I know it’s boring and you’d sooner spend the money on something more fun but British Travellers are renown for their bargains but it won’t be a bargain if you end up in hospital with a broken leg or  worse. Your EHIC card is still a requirement but it doesn’t cover you for everything, just state medical care which is quite basic.     A broken leg in Spain will set you back approximately £6,145, about the same cost of a new small car! If you’re really unlucky and require an air ambulance in Spain then that’s going to cripple you financially (pardon the pun) and Read more…

  7. “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…

  8. 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…