One Third of Brits Glued to Phone Whilst on Holiday (and 31% Travel Fib on Facebook!)

Staying connected whilst abroad is becoming a necessity for many to inform their friends and family how much they are enjoying their holiday, or updating their social media channels with endless statuses and holiday snaps. But for those on the other end of the spectrum, taking your phone on holiday is seen as a waste of time, believing you cannot truly unwind and relax when you are surrounding by ever-beeping technology.

phone One Third of Brits Glued to Phone Whilst on Holiday (and 31% Travel Fib on Facebook!)

A recent survey has revealed that a third of Brits have regretted taking their electronic devices abroad on a previous holiday and wish that they had spent more time soaking up the foreign culture and atmosphere. Continue reading

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Our July Trust Pilot Winner

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We strive to provide exceptional products and customer service here at Alpha, therefore every month we decide to give a little something back to our customers as a thank you for leaving us a review on our Trust Pilot page. As usual, we receive so many lovely words and it’s really tough to choose a winner. Continue reading

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Italy and France Named as Most Expensive Holiday Destinations – Spain and Bulgaria Declared as Cheapest

A change in the economy means that countries like Italy and France are becoming more expensive tourist destinations to visit than places like Spain and Bulgaria, which are becoming renowned for their cheaper prices and good value for money. 1378555 74497475 Italy and France Named as Most Expensive Holiday Destinations – Spain and Bulgaria Declared as Cheapest

As the pound grows stronger, holidays to the Costa del Sol in Spain and Sunny Beach in Bulgaria are becoming cheaper and more affordable to the average Brit. Travellers have been warned that should they choose to travel to destinations such as Italy and France, they’re likely to spend more throughout their stay than if they visited the cheaper destinations. Continue reading

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How To Have A Happy Holiday

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Happify, a website whose sole aim is dedicated to helping people build skills for happiness through science-based activities and games have put together an infographic detailing how to ensure you have a happy holiday, and here are the findings:

Plan ahead

If you start planning early, you’re more likely to have a stress-free holiday. Around 90% of people said that their happiest holidays were the ones that were planned more than a month in advance. Continue reading

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Most Annoying Things About Hotels (And How To Deal With Them)

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Nothing beats a good night’s stay in a hotel, especially if the bed is comfortable, the curtains only let in the right amount of light (if any), you can’t hear the guy next-door thoroughly enjoying EastEnders re-runs and you have a reading light that works – so it makes it a little annoying when we come across a hotel that’s got some…quirky features that just frustrate us further. Continue reading

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Holidaymakers Forced to Stay in Hawaii

Tourists to Hawaii have been forced to extend their stay on the tropical island by three days and were given £500 spending money due to an aeroplane fault.

Whilst your boss might not give you much sympathy when you call up to stay “Hi boss, just to let you know my flight home has been delayed so I’ll have to extend my holiday by three days, and it’s okay, I’m in Hawaii and have been given £500 to spend”, such was the predicament of over 200 holidaymakers who were meant to fly back home from their holiday in Hawaii last week but were told that due to a mechanical fault on-board their Air New Zealand plane, they would be unable to leave for another three days. Continue reading

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Backpacking Old School

iStock 000017252900Small Backpacking Old School While backpacking has been the go to activity for adventurous late teens and young adults to indulge in for decades, it’s fair to say that the meaning of the word backpacking has been subtly changing over the last few years. The word still holds many of the same connotations; a young person going out to experience the world in a raw, hands on way. Indeed, backpacking is still seen by many as a rite of passage, a way to gain experiences and wisdom, with a daring edge that can only really be found when travelling around an unknown environment. Continue reading

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Leave the Digital Distractions at Home, Children Prefer Physical Toys on Trips

Although the iPad might seem like an all-inclusive entertainment system for keeping your kids busy on the four-hour flight to your holiday destination (it’s certainly better than them screaming and kicking the back of someone else’s seat), new research by Professor Robert Winston has shown that kids preferred old-fashioned fun with old-fashioned physical toys as opposed to the digital distractions we give them today.

20140605 064806 576x1024 Leave the Digital Distractions at Home, Children Prefer Physical Toys on TripsA social experiment carried out by the world-famous professor in collaboration with British Airways has found that contrary to popular belief, an iPad actually entertains children less than board games and other ‘old-fashioned’ entertainment. Continue reading

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Top Ten Things Brits Can’t Holiday Without

Despite us spending most of our days dreaming of our future or planned holidays – time in the sun, slopes or exploring new cities – a new study has revealed that it’s not only the feel of our own bed or a good old-fashioned cup of English tea that we miss whilst overseas. In fact, over half of British holidaymakers spend their time abroad missing their home comforts.

eBookers, who carried out the new research found that a comfortable bed and a decent cup of tea are amongst the things that we miss most when we are overseas, more than they will their friends, family or partner. tea Top Ten Things Brits Can’t Holiday Without Continue reading

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50% of Britons Injured By Suitcases Are Most Likely to be Aggressive With Baggage

As with the majority of the British population, we all consider ourselves (as British) to be polite, courteous and slightly over cautious about manners –you only have to read the @VeryBritishProblems twitter feed to know what we mean, with tweets such as ‘Doing the awkward half-walk half-run across the pelican crossing and thanking traffic despite you having priority’ underlining how awkwardly polite the British are.

These manners don’t seem to translate across into real-life situations, however, with many people reporting that Brits on holiday are some of the most rude they’ve ever come across.

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