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Will you be enjoying a retirement gap year?

Updated: 12th October 2017 - First Published: 12th October 2017 Gap years are traditionally thought of as for the young; those who take a year out to ‘find themselves’ before settling into work. Yet growing numbers of people plan to take a gap year in retirement, with older travellers starting to lead the way. Read More...

Pre-travel worries – insurance isn’t one of them

Updated: 18th August 2017 - First Published: 18th August 2017 If you’re squeezing in a last-minute summer break, you’re probably counting down – but you could also be starting to feel slightly anxious about the whole thing. Pre-travel anxiety affects many of us, yet not everyone plans ahead to reduce it. Read More...

Families use loans for trips, but forget insurance

Updated: 21st July 2017 - First Published: 21st July 2017 The cost of holidays is undoubtedly on the rise, and as a result, a growing number of families are turning to personal loans in order to fund their must-have summer break – yet few are taking out travel insurance, despite the losses that could ensue. Read More...

Drop in pound means £836m more is taken abroad

Updated: 18th July 2017 - First Published: 18th July 2017 Savvy holidaymakers are finding different ways to cope with the drop in the value of the pound that followed the EU referendum, with Brits set to take £836 million more in spending money on holiday compared to last year. Read More...

Pre-holiday spending racks up to £28bn

Updated: 14th July 2017 - First Published: 14th July 2017 The summer holidays are rapidly approaching, and that means Brits up and down the country will be getting ready for their all-important summer break – and they’ll probably be spending huge amounts of cash in the process. Read More...

Top prepaid cards for this year’s holiday

Updated: 17th July 2017 - First Published: 12th July 2017 Before you head off on your summer holiday, you’ll want to know how best to pay for things when you’re away. Hopefully you’ve saved up some spending money, which you’ll want to make sure goes as far as possible – prepaid travel cards can be ideal! Read More...

How to get more from holiday money this summer

Updated: 11th July 2017 - First Published: 11th July 2017 It can be difficult to make your money go far at the best of times, but even more so when you’re on holiday. This is particularly the case given sterling’s dramatic fall over the last year, so how can you get more from your holiday money? Read More...

Travelling abroad? Get cheap travel money

Updated: 05th June 2017 - First Published: 05th June 2017 Going on holiday is always exciting, and you’ll want your spending money to go as far as possible. We’ve got a few ideas to help it do just that, by helping you source the cheapest travel money, and making sure you’ve got the right cards for the job. Read More...

What would you sacrifice to save for a holiday?

Updated: 30th May 2017 - First Published: 30th May 2017 There’s nothing better than the thought of jetting off on a much-needed holiday, yet it can be hard to save up for, with many sacrifices often necessary along the way. Just what would you be willing to give up in order to afford that summer break? Read More...

Younger travellers don’t have insurance

Updated: 22nd May 2017 - First Published: 22nd May 2017 Travel insurance is something that should be on everyone’s holiday packing list, yet not enough people give it the priority it deserves, as 25% of holidaymakers travelled abroad uninsured last year – the biggest culprits being younger travellers. Read More...

How to get the best exchange rates

Updated: 08th May 2017 - First Published: 08th May 2017 When you’re planning that all-important holiday, sorting out your travel money should be high on the list of priorities. Here are a few top tips on how you can find the best exchange rate and get more bang for your buck (or euro/peso/dirham…). Read More...

Watch out for fees when using your card abroad

Updated: 25th April 2017 - First Published: 25th April 2017 A Bank Holiday can be the perfect time to get away from it all and take a trip abroad, and you'll probably pack your debit or credit card before jetting off - but make sure to watch out for fees, and consider packing a travel credit card instead. Read More...

Could you be due flight compensation?

Updated: 22nd February 2017 - First Published: 22nd February 2017 Have you experienced a flight delay of 3+ hours, without receiving compensation? Happily, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today launched enforcement action against five major airlines to help passengers get their due. Read More...

Holiday mishaps could cost you hundreds

Updated: 09th February 2017 - First Published: 09th February 2017 When you’re planning a holiday, you probably focus on the basic costs involved, but what about the unexpected ones? It’s always wise to plan ahead and factor a few mishaps into your holiday budget otherwise you could have a hefty bill on your hands. Read More...

Fall in sterling isn’t holding back holidaymakers

Updated: 11th January 2017 - First Published: 11th January 2017 The fall in sterling may be having an impact on the value of the pound in your pocket, but happily, it isn’t putting people off from taking that much-needed break. Read More...

Why it pays to shop around for travel cash

Updated: 15th November 2016 - First Published: 15th November 2016 At this time of year, many of us are longing for a bit of winter sun. But have you thought about your travel money? It's more important than ever to shop around to get the best exchange rate, because otherwise, you could have far less in your pocket. Read More...

Will you be jetting off this half term?

Updated: 20th October 2016 - First Published: 20th October 2016 The onset of autumn means that many will be pining for a bit of sunshine in the weeks ahead, and half term is the perfect opportunity for families to head off and make the most of a few rays on foreign soil. Will you be among them? Read More...

Planning a ski trip? It'll cost you...

Updated: 13th October 2016 - First Published: 13th October 2016 The ski season is almost upon us, and many people will be excitedly planning their trip to the slopes. But have you thought about the financial aspect? Unfortunately, the cost of skiing is on the rise, which means you’ll have to be extra savvy. Read More...

Over-50s splashing out on holidays

Updated: 27th September 2016 - First Published: 27th September 2016 The summer holiday season may have come to an end for most of us, but there’s one sector of the population who could be anything but finished with their travelling plans for the year – the over-50s. Read More...

How to save money on holiday

Updated: 10th August 2016 - First Published: 10th August 2016 Saving money may not be at the top of the agenda when you’re on holiday – you’re there to enjoy yourself, after all, not count the pennies. But, that’s not to say that you can’t be a bit savvy with your holiday spending. Read More...

Don’t miss out on the best currency rates!

Updated: 27th July 2016 - First Published: 27th July 2016 Getting ready for the summer break requires a lot of planning, and once you’ve decided what to pack, have arranged travel insurance and organised your itinerary, your thoughts will probably turn to holiday money. But how can you get the best rates? Read More...

Holidaymakers – be honest about medical conditions

Updated: 18th July 2016 - First Published: 18th July 2016 Seeking travel insurance is an absolute must if you’re heading abroad, but there’s one thing you need to do if you don’t want to jeopardise the whole thing – be honest! Read More...

Avoid unwanted card fees when travelling abroad

Updated: 18th July 2016 - First Published: 18th July 2016 As holidaymakers prepare for their trip abroad, they may begin to realise that their travel cash won't be going as far as before. With this in mind it is vital for consumers to save cash where they can, and one way to do this is to be wary of cards. Read More...

Will you be home or away this summer?

Updated: 04th July 2016 - First Published: 04th July 2016 The summer holiday season is rapidly approaching, but will you be vacationing abroad or closer to home? Although the majority of holidaymakers will still be heading to foreign lands this year, a growing proportion prefer to stay on home soil. Read More...

Top credit cards for spending abroad

Updated: 23rd June 2016 - First Published: 22nd June 2016 There’s one key thing that going on holiday requires – spending money. You’ll need financial input if you want a holiday to remember, and although you’ll probably want a bit of cash, you should never jet off without your travel credit card in tow. Read More...

Brits are taking more holidays

Updated: 20th June 2016 - First Published: 17th June 2016 If you’re heading off on holiday soon, you’re not alone – UK residents took 15.6m holidays abroad between July and September 2015, a 14% rise compared with the same period in 2011, with more and more people catching the travel bug. Read More...

Heading abroad? Leave your regular card at home

Updated: 16th June 2016 - First Published: 16th June 2016 When heading abroad, you should never rely on cash alone. Not only would you be stuck if it was lost or stolen, but what if you were tempted by a pricey souvenir or trip? You should always bring a card as well, but not your everyday spending card… Read More...

Heading on a city break? You’re not alone!

Updated: 19th May 2016 - First Published: 19th May 2016 City breaks are fast becoming the holiday of choice for those keen to explore new areas, and research from Saga Travel Insurance has identified a particular love for the city break among those aged over 50. Read More...

Get more from your Easter break this year

Updated: 15th March 2016 - First Published: 15th March 2016 Are you thinking of taking an Easter break this year? If so, are you prepared for the cost? It could tot up to more than you think: Brits spend an average of £431 per mini break, so it’s vital to maximise your spending to make the most of your trip. Read More...

Escape Blue Monday

Updated: 18th January 2016 - First Published: 18th January 2016 Blue Monday – touted as being the most depressing day of the year – is with us, and many people are looking for ways to escape it. In fact, 83% of respondents to MBNA’s latest survey have booked, or are planning to book, a winter getaway… Read More...

Back from holiday? Don’t forget about the currency

Updated: 25th August 2015 - First Published: 25th August 2015 Amid all the hype and expectation of an upcoming holiday, it’s often easy to overestimate how much cash you’ll need. In many cases you’ll exchange far too much and will be left with a hefty chunk when you return, but don’t forget about it! Read More...

Half of holidaymakers plan to spend more this year

Updated: 17th August 2015 - First Published: 17th August 2015 How much are you planning to spend on holiday this year? According to research from M&S Bank, you could be spending more than last year, with over half of holidaymakers surveyed admitting that they’re planning to spend more. Read More...

Travel insurance – what to look for?

Updated: 11th August 2015 - First Published: 07th August 2015 Travel insurance is a must-have when you are preparing to jet off to warmer climes, but picking a provider and choosing what cover you want can often be confusing. Read More...

Holidaymakers are going cashless

Updated: 19th December 2016 - First Published: 05th August 2015 When you head abroad, do you take cash or cards to cover your holiday spending? Chances are, you’re starting to lean towards the latter, with research finding that a growing number of people are relying on the plastic. Read More...

Mini breaks are becoming the holiday of choice

Updated: 04th August 2015 - First Published: 03rd August 2015 Are you heading off on a one or two-week holiday this year? Or is a mini break more your thing? According to research, mini breaks are becoming the holiday of choice, and people aren’t venturing that far afield in order to make the most of things. Read More...

Keep an eye on your holiday spending

Updated: 27th July 2015 - First Published: 27th July 2015 How much do you spend when you’re on holiday? Probably more than you plan to! It seems that many holidaymakers find it difficult to set the right budget, and as a result, will often overspend. Read More...

How much will you spend on holiday this year?

Updated: 30th May 2017 - First Published: 22nd July 2015 A holiday is always going to involve splashing the cash, but it seems that this year holidaymakers are planning on really treating themselves. Read More...

Top holiday destinations

Updated: 13th July 2015 - First Published: 13th July 2015 Where are you heading to for your summer holiday this year? We thought we’d give you a run-through of the top destinations – together with ways you can make the most of them. Read More...

How much cash do you take abroad?

Updated: 14th December 2016 - First Published: 06th July 2015 Summer holidays are at the forefront of everyone’s minds at the moment, and so are thoughts of holiday spending money. So, just how much are you planning to take as cash? According to research, it could be a hefty sum. Read More...

Top travel cards to use abroad

Updated: 02nd June 2017 - First Published: 24th June 2015 There are now only four weeks to go until the school summer holidays, and if you’re set to jet off, travel money needs to be at the top of the list! Just pack wisely, because using the wrong card on holiday can cost you dearly… Read More...

Currency confusion costing holidaymakers millions

Updated: 19th June 2015 - First Published: 19th June 2015 Confusion over currency conversions is costing UK holidaymakers nearly £350 million each year as we struggle to keep track of how much we spend when abroad. Read More...

How to make the most of your holiday cash

Updated: 14th May 2015 - First Published: 14th May 2015 If you’re heading to the continent in the near-future, you’ll want to you’re your spending money go as far as possible. Well, a few tips and currency tricks can ensure you do just that, leaving you with more cash with which to enjoy that break. Read More...

Your holiday spending sorted

Updated: 07th May 2015 - First Published: 07th May 2015 It’s the time of year when thoughts are turning to that well-earned summer break, but before you jet off, make sure your holiday finances are sorted! Read More...

How to get the most out of your travel money

Updated: 21st August 2014 - First Published: 21st August 2014 Over two million British holidaymakers are set to head overseas during the August Bank Holiday, but before you start the important task of packing the suitcase, there's one more thing you need to consider – the money situation. Read More...

3 of the best ways to spend abroad

Updated: 08th July 2014 - First Published: 08th July 2014 Are you waiting for that much-needed summer getaway? You’re not alone! The summer holidays are almost upon us, but before you start packing the suitcase there’s one more thing you need to consider – the money situation. Read More...

Holidaymakers shun pre-paid cards

Updated: 19th July 2013 - First Published: 19th July 2013 A study has found just 3% of people use pre-paid cards when travelling abroad, with the vast majority still favouring hard cash as a regular method of payment. Read More...

Don’t get caught out by overseas charges

Updated: 07th December 2016 - First Published: 19th July 2012 As the bad weather continues to drag on, many people will be looking to escape to warmer climes. Read More...

Holidaymakers paying too much for foreign currency

Updated: 21st September 2011 - First Published: 21st September 2011 A combination of complex charges and poor or misleading information means consumers are paying too much when buying foreign money or using cards overseas, a watchdog has suggested. Read More...

Travel surcharges continue to run into millions

Updated: 19th December 2016 - First Published: 06th September 2011 The Government has been accused of costing UK consumers millions of pounds for delaying a decision over debit card surcharges to airlines. Read More...

Traveller-friendly cards

Updated: 03rd October 2017 - First Published: 31st March 2011 When choosing a card for overseas use, remember that what makes a card traveller-friendly is that it won't make an additional charge for purchases made abroad. Read More...

Avoiding travel firm failure hell

Updated: 28th October 2010 - First Published: 26th August 2010 Travellers planning a last-minute summer break to escape the rain are being urged to consider what sort of cover they might need if their operator goes out of business. Read More...

Disclose illnesses, holiday-makers told

Updated: 28th October 2010 - First Published: 05th July 2010 Hundreds of thousands of holiday-makers could be jeopardising their travel cover by failing to inform their providers of any medical conditions they suffer from. Read More...

How to avoid holiday pitfalls

Updated: 28th October 2010 - First Published: 02nd July 2010 Despite enjoying temperatures that put parts of the Mediterranean in the shade, millions of us are planning our summer holidays. Preparing for a holiday is a hugely exciting time, but there are a few important things to remember. Read More...

An England fan’s South African checklist

Updated: 28th October 2010 - First Published: 17th June 2010 While most of us are content to watch England from our settees with friends and family, or in pubs and bars, other hardy souls are planning on travelling to South African shores to cheer on the side. Read More...

Travel insurers to honour volcano ash claims

Updated: 28th October 2010 - First Published: 20th April 2010 Travel insurance providers have been clarifying their stance regarding the travel chaos created by the closure of UK airspace due to ash fall. Read More...

Don’t skimp on travel cover, Britons advised

Updated: 28th October 2010 - First Published: 28th July 2009 Britons have been urged not to skimp on travel cover after new research revealed that as many as 30 per cent of UK holidaymakers are considering cutting back on insurance. Read More...

Don’t travel without insurance, holidaymakers told

Updated: 28th October 2010 - First Published: 02nd July 2009 Britons planning on a break abroad have been warned that scrimping on travel insurance could lead to a costly trip Read More...

Currency boost for holidaymakers

Updated: 28th October 2010 - First Published: 28th May 2009 People hoping to holiday abroad this summer have received a welcome boost after the value of sterling yesterday surged against both the euro and the dollar. Read More...

Travel insurance won't cover visa refusal

Updated: 05th May 2017 - First Published: 05th May 2009 Travellers who fail to obtain visas before going to the US will not be able to claim on their insurance if they are refused entry. Read More...

Good quality travel insurance essential

Updated: 28th October 2010 - First Published: 15th April 2009 Britons heading abroad have been warned to take care when choosing a travel insurance policy. Read More...

Travellers 'must be honest' with insurers

Updated: 28th October 2010 - First Published: 14th April 2009 Those taking out travel insurance have been urged to be honest about medical conditions or risk your insurance becoming invalid when you try to claim. Read More...

Saga offers perfect holiday duration solution

Updated: 28th October 2010 - First Published: 09th April 2009 A new tool has been launched offering holidaymakers the chance to calculate how long they should go away for. Read More...

Travel insurance large part of holiday preparation

Updated: 28th October 2010 - First Published: 02nd April 2009 Britons have been warned not to overlook the importance of insurance when planning holidays this summer. Read More...


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