I save my pennies so that I can holiday somewhere nice. In the last year, we’ve been to Spain and Mauritius. I believe that with some careful planning, a great holiday is achievable for us all, and a getaway can be beneficial for both your mental and physical health.
However, rather than settling for the same old holiday every year, visit a new destination to enjoy a completely different experience.
To ensure you experience many unique getaways throughout the years, which will allow you to look back on life with a big smile on your face, take a look at the six types of holidays to enjoy at least once in your life.
A Luxurious Family Beach Holiday
Almost everyone will need to immerse themselves in a little peace and relaxation at some point in …
Commuters can find out how many miles they travel getting to and from work every year, and how much they spend on fuel, thanks to a ‘Commuter Calculator’ which has been created by Admiral Car Finance.
The tool also tells users how much time is spent in traffic, what the cost of fuel would be if they owned a newer car and how many songs they listen to on their way to work each year – see some of my results below.
The aim of the Commuter Calculator is to give drivers information and statistics about their annual commute, including the total time spent and how much of that is sat in traffic jams, to help them make an informed decision if they are thinking of purchasing a new car, or are just considering …
Hallmark Hotels are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS by offering NHS staff a free night’s stay till Christmas Eve 2018.
The hotel chain has 22 hotels where NHS staff can stay for free for the remainder of 2018.
Many of these hotels have spas, golf courses and great restaurants to dine in.
The offer will be valid until Christmas Eve 2018, and the free overnight stay can be taken any Sunday evening when NHS staff spend £50 on food and drink in the hotels’ bars and restaurants.
Take for example, the hotel in Manchester you can stay at is the Hallmark Hotel in Wimslow, Cheshire not far from the airport.
The Hallmark Hotel Manchester has a leisure club for staying guests with a 20 meter indoor pool, Swedish sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.…
I am often confused by local tipping customs, so asked foreign currency provider, Travel Money Club to share its insight on this custom across some of the most popular tourist destinations for Brits.
Firstly, it is often unclear whether you should tip or not whilst abroad, it is an unspoken rule and part of local customs and etiquette so no one actually tells you what is acceptable in each country. Tipping too much or in a situation where it is not expected or necessary can also mean you end up spending more than anticipated on holiday.
It is always best to tip in cash rather than add to a card payment as that way you know the member of staff that served you will most likely receive it, and if paying by card, always opt …
It may have taken a while for them to hit the mainstream, but dash cams are now commonplace on UK roads – I have one! New data from retail analysts GfK suggests sales of dash cams have increased by an incredible 671% over the past two years. It is easy to understand why: they are cheap, easy to use and their benefits are immediately clear.
Attached to a vehicle’s dashboard or windscreen to record each journey, dash cams face outwards to replicate the exact view of the driver. Dash cam footage has been accepted and regularly used by the police and UK courts – but insurers are now starting to pay attention.
Some awesome news from the budget. The government has said people up to 30 years-old will now be able to buy a £30 railcard for discounted train travel.
The move – set to be announced tomorrow – would be an extension of the current young person’s railcard for those aged 16 to 25.
The so called millennials’ card will be available from spring next year, and offer up to a third off non-peak fares.
That’s a bummer as the new railcard is unlikely to be much use for regular commuters, as railcard discounts are restricted at peak times, usually before 10am, but for regular travellers after this time and weekends, it will save quite a few pennies.
The card is part of a series of Budget measures aimed to attract younger voters after a resurgence …
The collapse of Monarch airlines has caused another holiday meltdown, leaving thousands of travellers stranded. Monarch has caused the CAA to step in and rescue over 100,000 people from abroad but has also left many half term and winter sun-seekers without a holiday.
But when does your travel insurance kick-in with a crisis like this, and are there ways to protect yourself from the continuing travel issues the UK is facing? Can you buy travel insurance to protect yourself?
I am not an expert here, so I asked Stephen Howard, director of Postcard Travel Insurance, to advice on what compensation consumers are entitled to and how to claim:
What if I bought a package holiday via Monarch?
Firstly, the package travel industry in the UK is regulated, protecting the traveller.
Anyone who booked a package …
I bought my car because it gives out low carbon emissions, but to my horror it’s a diesel and now they are not great in terms of air pollution, so I am very interested in eco-driving as it can save the environment and us all money – both in terms of fuel consumption and wear and tear to our cars. According to a study by Fiat (which included 5,700 drivers in five countries), eco-driving saves an average of 15% of fuel costs and greatly reduces maintenance expenses.
There could be enormous benefits to the environment too, as air pollution in the form of emissions could be reduced significantly. The European Climate Change Programme calculated a reduction potential of at least 50 million tons of CO2-emissions in Europe, which could save as much as 20 billion …
So I am a big fan of the shared economy, where you can make money from renting out things you own, think JustPark or AirBNB.
Now can that be done with a car? I asked Richard Laughton CEO of easyCar Club to share some ideas on how to make money from your car.
Most of us own or need access to a car, but is your car working hard enough for you? A huge 96% percent of the time cars are sitting unused, providing great potential to make some extra cash when you’re not driving it. A car can be considered a ‘hidden asset’, capable of bringing in revenue in a number of ways. Here are five ways that could help you earn some extra cash.
Using your car for ads:
One easy way to …
National Rail has announced 20% off its Family & Friends one year Railcard from 3-20 February – perfect for fun trips this February half term.
The sale means that the Railcard, which saves a third off most adult rail fares and 60% off kids’ fares, will be available for just £24, for a year’s unlimited usage – helping family and friends enjoy fun-filled trips, without breaking the bank.
To take advantage of the sale visit: familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk/sale and use code: FEB17, but remember to wait till 3 Feb before trying!
For cash-strapped parents needing inspiration this half term, Family & Friends Railcard has compiled five exciting trips for families:
Get back to nature
There are plenty of opportunities for children to learn about nature this half term, and have fun getting up close with some …