Top 8 Annoying Things People Do in Airports

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Not many travellers would agree that it is an easy and stress-free task when it comes to navigating through the airport. From long snake like queues of people waiting to check in their luggage, to the inconvenience of having to remove all your personal items ready for the lengthy security checks… by the time you finally reach the departure lounge a spot of rest and relaxation is most certainly in order!

In this blog we’ve rounded up the top 10 annoyances of people in the airport – are you guilty? Continue reading

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Win an iPad Mini with Alpha Travel Insurance!

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Last year we offered one lucky Alpha customer the chance to win an iPad Mini – this year we are doing it again and have one 16GB iPad Mini up for grabs in our new competition in partnership with Student Beans. All you have to do is visit the competition app on our Facebook page and then answer a few simple questions to submit your entry – it couldn’t be easier! Continue reading

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Airline Fees – Would You Be Happy to Pay Extra?

Did you know that cabin baggage, hand baggage, meals and the ability to choose your seat used to be included as standard within the price of a plane ticket? However more and more airlines are choosing to not include these within the cost of a standard plane ticket and ask passengers to pay for these items separately. Low cost airline provider Ryanair even toyed with the idea of making passengers pay £1 for every time they wanted to use the toilet.

However despite the airlines charging for added extras, a recent survey by Fly has revealed the top things that customers look for when booking a flight, including what they will and will not pay for.

Charging for checked baggage was number one on the list with 89% of survey participants strongly believing that airlines should stop making travelers pay and include this as standard. In-flight meals were not considered to be as essential with only 40% of respondents saying that they should be complimentary.

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Top Easter Travel Advice

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Whether you’re looking for some relaxing beach sunshine, an exciting urban city holiday or a chance to spend some quality time with the family, Easter is the perfect time to book a well-deserved break. After the wet wintry weather, many travelers see the Easter holidays as the perfect window opportunity to escape the stresses of everyday life… and there are some great deals to be had too!

Easter has always been a popular time to travel, especially for families. This year Easter Sunday falls on April 20th which means that the spring season is well and truly underway and will boast some fantastic weather across many parts of Europe including Cyprus, Malta and Spain. Continue reading

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Paris ‘Lovers Locks’ Could Be Banned in a New Campaign

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Portrayed through films as one of the world’s most romantic destinations, Paris is a popular choice among love-struck couples. Paris is renowned for its iconic hotspots including the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, alongside an array of padlock adorned bridges; it is these bridges that are the centre of controversy in a new campaign. Continue reading

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How to Save for Travelling

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Whether it’s a bungee jump, a trip to America or a scuba dive under the sea, there’s nothing quite like the satisfying feeling of crossing destinations and activities off of your bucket list. For some of us however, a bucket list as long as your arm can feel a bit overwhelming – where do you start and what about the costs?

It can be tricky saving up enough money for your adventure of a lifetime when there is so much to think about – flights, accommodation, food… and that’s not even including entertainment! If you are planning a trip abroad this year, short or long haul, make sure you take a look at our top travel tips below to help you save. Continue reading

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April Fool’s Day Travel Pranks

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April Fool’s Day – a day of pranking and fooling our friends and family… maybe you tied shoelaces together or swapped the sugar and salt pots round, but have you heard about the Isle of Wight submarine trip or the rollercoaster ride for dogs? Fooled you! Check out our round up of some of this year’s best travel pranks below. Enjoy!

Isle of Wight submarine

Head to the Isle of Wight from Southampton this April 1st and travel via Submarine courtesy of Wightlink Ferries. The submarine is called SubLink and offers two viewing points for customers to explore the underwater sealife at their own leisure. Continue reading

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Top 20 Most Visited Countries

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A recent report has revealed the top 20 most visited countries in the world. Brimming with historical treasures, delicious food, culture and romance, it’s no surprise for many that France has come top of the list! France receives nearly 20 million more tourists each year than USA which came a close second in the report. Baring in mind that the USA is over fifteen times the size of France, we think that this is pretty impressive!

If you’d like to check out the rest of the countries, the full list can be found below! Continue reading

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The Rise of the Sterling

Last February, the British Sterling had significantly dropped to a low point against other major currencies. However a recent report by the Post Office has revealed that over the last year, the Sterling had risen by at least 10% over half of the top 40 holiday currencies. This means that British holidaymakers looking to get a good deal on their currency exchange are ‘quids in’.

This is great news for those who are planning a trip abroad, in particular to South Africa as this currently holds the best exchange rate for Sterling at an increase of almost 37% – great for holidaymakers looking for a little extra spending money for their trip. Jamaica is also a fantastic destination for the pound as travellers can get an extra 28% worth of Jamaican dollars than they did last year – perfect!

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Essential Holiday Items You Cannot Leave Behind

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Packing for your holiday is often left to the last minute with a flurried frenzy of throwing in dresses, shirts, flip flops and sunscreen. The case is then shut, zipped and put in the car ready for the trip – done! But how many times have we done this only to remember that we have forgotten something essential for our holiday? Check out our list below of the top items that you *need* to bring with you on your next trip.

Moist towelettes

These are great for packing in your carry-on luggage and are great for wiping sticky fingers, tabletops, door handles and tray tables to sanitize. Not only that, they make a fantastic face refresher after a long or tiring day travelling. Many wet wipes contain alcohol which is also great for removing certain ink stains, making them a must have essential for families and backpackers! Continue reading

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