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Volcanic activity - El Hierro Canary Islands

The FCO have changed the travel advice for the resort of La Restinga in the South of the island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands.  They now advise against all travel to La Restinga. This is as a result of seismic activity and a volcanic tremor on 11th October which has led the local authorities to raise the risk level to red and evacuate locals and visitors from La Restinga as a precaution.   The overall level of advice has not changed and there are currently no restrictions to other parts of… Continue

Added by Tony Bassett on October 13, 2011 at 10:18 — No Comments

More Brits expected to take cruises from UK ports

The boom in British cruise passengers choosing to take itineraries starting from UK ports is set to continue, according to latest figures from the Passenger Shipping Association.

The PSA estimates that a record 835,000 passengers will join their cruise ship from a British port in 2012 – which represents a 28% rise over the last two years.

This will also be a 10% increase on the estimated 760,000 passengers who will have started their cruise from one of the UK’s 20… Continue

Added by Tony Bassett on October 6, 2011 at 15:13 — No Comments

A fifth of holidaymakers travel without insurance!

A fifth of consumers go on holiday without travel insurance, according to the latest research from Abta.

Of 2081 consumers surveyed, 20% said that they holiday uninsured, which is comparable to last year’s response.

A fifth of respondents mistakenly thought the UK government would assist them financially.

“There is a poor understanding of the role of the UK government and what will happen if something goes wrong abroad,” said head of communications Victoria…


Added by Tony Bassett on October 5, 2011 at 10:11 — No Comments

Consumers returning to high street travel agents


In the last 12 months, 25% of those surveyed booked through a high street travel agent compared to 17% the previous year



The number booking through a tour operator, as opposed to booking direct with airlines and accommodation, has also increased from 24% to 28%.

The research shows that women and young people are more likely to book with a high street travel agent, with 31% of women using this channel compared to 19% of…


Added by Tony Bassett on October 5, 2011 at 10:08 — 4 Comments

FCO Travel Advice – Thailand

The FCO travel advice for Thailand has been updated with regards to flooding. The overall level of the advice has not changed. The FCO advise against all travel to the Preah Vihear and Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple areas and against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla. Please find an extract of the advice below.

Travel Summary

September and October are the height of the…


Added by Tony Bassett on September 29, 2011 at 9:20 — No Comments

Safety and security

FCO Travel Advice – Spain

The FCO travel advice for Spain has been updated with regards to thefts at airports. Please find an extract of the advice below.

Safety and Security - Crime

The vast majority of visits made to Spain by British nationals are trouble-free. Be alert to the…


Added by Tony Bassett on September 26, 2011 at 11:42 — No Comments

Be prepared when travelling

If you are flying, you should expect your checked baggage to arrive with you, however if you're going to a beach resort, I suggest that you always pack a spare top, undies, toothbrush and swim wear in your hand baggage, it won't take much space and might save a spoiled day.

Added by Tony Bassett on September 26, 2011 at 11:37 — No Comments

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