Christmas Gift Ideas for Backpackers

Every year, millions of Britons spend Christmas abroad, visiting such locations as Santa’s Grotto in Lapland, the Northern Lights in Iceland, or even spending the holiday in warmer climates, ranging from Spain to Dubai.

Many of these individuals will visit destinations such as these on backpacking holidays, staying in hostels and low-cost hotels. For these people, this is not a chance to get away from the stresses and strains of modern life but usually a learning experience – a chance to socialise with the locals and see what makes a region tick.

Regardless, Christmas is still the time for giving and the showing of goodwill. Chances are, you will want to buy something for one of these people and have come to this guide seeking inspiration. Fortunately, this document is designed to deliver plenty of great advice and help you find the perfect present.

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Top 8 Street Food Dishes From Around the World

streetfood Top 8 Street Food Dishes From Around the World

Travelling abroad can mean a lot of time moving around and not a lot of time to browse the menus of several restaurants before making up your mind. Street food is cheap, easy and more often than not – the most hygienic food available.

Here at Alpha we think that one of the best things about travelling around the world (other than exploring the sights) is also exploring the local cuisine – a careful path to tread, especially if you’re particular with what you eat or have allergies. Anyway, here’s our list of the top eight street dishes from our favourite destinations:

Jerk chicken, Jamaica

Visiting Jamaica is a pretty great experience in itself – the sugary sands and the warm sun make for a blissful getaway from the UK, but millions of people return here not for the sea, sand and sun – but for the amazing street food. In particular, jerk chicken. Continue reading

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Our September Amazon Winner!

Testimonials Our September Amazon Winner!

Every month we give away a £15 Amazon voucher to one lucky customer who has written us a customer review. We are pleased to announce that the winner of our September draw is Mrs Louisa Evans from Manchester! As always it was really difficult to pick a winner as we receive so many lovely comments from our customers who have posted their reviews on Trust Pilot. Continue reading

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What to Do on an Airport Layover

Airport layovers really are the worst things about travelling – there really is nothing worse than having to add a few more hours onto what was already a long journey. Unfortunately, flights with layovers are often a lot cheaper than direct flights so when we’re looking at getting the best deal, the six-hour layover doesn’t sound so bad.

Luckily, layovers don’t have to mean empty hours ticking by whilst you’re waiting for your travel adventure to begin (or end – by the time you’re in an airport with a six hour layover, your adventure may be already over). There’s loads of stuff you can do whilst you’re waiting! Continue reading

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Top Destinations for your Overseas Stag Do

We’ve all seen Don’t Tell The Bride (whether we wanted to or not)- a groom-to be is given £12,000 to plan the wedding for his bride and usually ends up spending a decent amount of money on the stag-do.

Overseas stag weekends are becoming increasingly popular, especially as they offer an ideal city break for cheaper than you might find in the UK. Not just that, but you can make your stag-do that little bit more memorable by storming into Berlin and spending the entire weekend drinking German beer dressed in lederhosen – sounds good, right?

European cities are on our doorsteps, so it only seems fair that we take advantage of the culture, the cheap prices and the chance to have a stag weekend we’ll never forget. Continue reading

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Top Technology for Student Travel

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Just because your travels as a student are likely to be conducted in a minimalist fashion, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy the benefits of technology; whether you’re intending to go backpacking, enjoy a gap year, or just embark on a short trip during a break in your studies. Indeed, if the right gadgets are selected by discerning travellers, your time abroad can be made considerably easier, as they are often able to provide functionality that you would be otherwise missing.

For better or for worse, the days where backpacking involved cramming chunky or unfit-for-purpose technology and apparel into an ill-fitting bag, then lugging the resulting, excessively bulky deadweight around the world with you, are long gone. Many hardened veterans of such trips may argue that modern gadgetry and technology have robbed backpacking and gap years of their former challenge and character building aspects, but that would arguably be missing the point; travellers can now spend more of their trip actually enjoying themselves!

We’ve compiled a list below of some of the most interesting and useful travel gadgets for students about to dive into a gap year, or for those about to set off on a backpacking holiday. Continue reading

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Complete Our Winter Sports Survey & Win an Experience Day Voucher!

Enjoy the Slopes Complete Our Winter Sports Survey & Win an Experience Day Voucher!

We love an adventure.

Even more so when it involves fresh snow and a buzzing rush of adrenaline on skis or a snowboard. That’s why here at Alpha Travel Insurance we’ve launched our winter sports survey to find out exactly what you love about winter holidays and winter sports!

Our survey is very quick and easy to complete. You don’t have to be an existing customer of Alpha or purchase a policy to enter. And the best thing about entering is that you’ll be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a £50 e-voucher that can be used on

Click the button below to fill in the survey!

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What Do I Need to Know Before I Go on Long Term Travel?

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With international travel more popular, and easier to achieve than ever, there is a seemingly endless amount of advice available on the internet in relation to travel, travel preparations, and what to expect while abroad. Frankly, sifting through the mountains of often contradictory advice can get exhausting very quickly, and produce additional stress that you really don’t need on top of the already considerable levels you’ve built up while planning your holiday.

For that reason, we’ve collated as much of our own travel advice into one article as possible; and with our over 70 years of combined experience in helping young people and extreme travellers to make the most out of their holidays, you can be sure that we know what we’re talking about! Continue reading

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Theme Parks Abroad: What are the Dangers?

With more and more families, young adults and groups of friends going abroad for cheaper holidays each year, it makes sense that our social networking feeds, lunchtime anecdotes and water-cooler anecdotes are being filled with travel adventure stories. Going to foreign attractions such as theme parks often get a starring role – unique experiences at exotic parks is an excuse for people to tell others about their incredible rides and other experiences.

The theme park industry has blown up in recent years, with rapid international expansion happening globally. More and more theme parks are including features such as strolling musicians, performers and costumed characters who perform to the public for free next to rides; more theme parks are starting to include a family appeal, not just advertising for their young adult target audience – smaller, gentler rides are being introduced for younger children and group rides are introducing family-friendly elements. Continue reading

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The Pros of Airport Parking

Car Park The Pros of Airport ParkingHoliday season is one of the busiest times of year to travel. In fact, Gatwick had more than 5.7 passengers through their check-in desks and duty-free outlets this summer alone. The last weekend of July saw more than 77,000 people jet off on holidays from their runways alone.

Holidays can be stressful in themselves; from arranging flights, accommodation, packing to even getting to the airport, all of these holiday plans can cause a lot of frustration and tension – not a great way to start your time abroad.

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