Last minute tips for your Summer Holiday preparations

Given how much of the year is spent longing for the summer holidays it’s amazing how quickly they come around. One minute it’s Easter, the next you’re a day away from jumping on the plane and you don’t even have so much as a mosquito repellent to pack. Avoid being caught out before your summer hols this year with some hot tips for getting ready. Summer Holiday Top 10 Hot Tips Use e-tickets. We’ve all had that last minute dash to check in only to remember that the tickets/boarding passes we carefully printed out are sitting at home on the kitchen table. Give yourself one less thing to worry about this summer and use e-documents that you can access via your phone. Take a kindle. If you’re the kind of person who can’t holiday without filling half your suitcase with books then switch to a Kindle this year for a much less stressful (and lighter) travel experience. When you’re buying travel insurance look further than the price. Insurance comparison websites will give you a


UK holiday hotspots for 2017

According to, two thirds of Brits are planning to holiday in the UK this year. After the upset of Brexit and the increased cost of heading off overseas, the UK is looking like an increasingly popular choice. Plus, as most of us have only seen around 2% of what this country offers, there is plenty of undiscovered terrain, whether you’re looking for city breaks or classic seaside stays. Glasgow An exciting alternative to culture rich city breaks, such as Berlin or Amsterdam, Glasgow is forecast to be one of the most popular staycation spots this year. Despite what you may have seen in Trainspotting, Glasgow has been named the World’ Friendliest City’ and is a goldmine of culture and history. Finnieston is the city’s food quarter, a haven for everyone from craft beer enthusiasts to fresh seafood lovers and vegans. Street art, Charles Rennie Mackintosh design, stunning architecture and vibrant nightlife all contribute to Glasgow’s appeal. Margate There are few coas

How we waste money on holiday

Holidays are one of our biggest annual spends. Flights, accommodation and travel can be the most significant cost but it doesn’t end there. Inevitably, holiday budgets are undermined by that sense of joy you get from two weeks in the sun. The spending recklessness that comes with it can play havoc with your finances. Most of us know we overspend on our annual break but where do we waste the most cash? At the airport Whether you’re buying entertainment for the kids or accidentally purchasing your window shopping, airports can be costly. Books and magazines, perfumes and aftershaves, food and celebratory drinks all add up. If you want to save money from the start then take food with you instead of buying expensive airport meals. Pre-plan how to keep the kids happy and make sure you don’t pack toys, colouring books etc into checked-in bags so you have to buy more. Allow yourself one item of tax free shopping and have a specific budget for it. That way you won’t take off with half

How to save money on holiday

Holidays count as one of our most significant annual expenses   whether you’re going to Hastings or Hawaii it’s very easy to run up an enormous bill. Travel, accommodation, food, and other cash you spend while you’re away. We all want to make sure that we get the best from our holiday experience each year but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to have a great time. Below are some useful tips on how to save money on holiday. Go where the deals take you If you’re looking to save cash, but get the best that you can for what you have, then be flexible about the details. If you’re willing to search for something like ‘a sun holiday in a four star hotel near the beach’ then you will have a much wider range of choice than being location or hotel specific. Hotels and travel companies need to fill empty spaces and will drop their prices to do so now that we’re in June so make the most of these discounts and get them where they are available. Fly at night The cheapest flights

Top 5 ways to pay for your summer holiday

Summer’s here and our thoughts inevitably turn to sun-kissed beaches, the swimming pool, long suppers underneath the vines and time away from the stress of work. But holidays abroad can be incredibly expensive – especially if you have to travel during the school holidays. However, you can finance the cost of a good summer holiday and spread the repayments over a period of time to make it much more achievable. With interest rates at record low levels, the cost of borrowing continues to remain extremely affordable. Use your savings If you’ve got the money saved up, then using it to pay for a great summer holiday makes perfect sense. Interest rates on savings are so low that many people are getting next to no income on them at all. But using your savings to pay for your summer holiday doesn’t mean simply withdrawing it all in cash and using that. Instead, you should use credit cards to book the holiday to take advantage of the protection these offer should something go wrong. If,