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Adventures with Alpha

Posted on March 21, 2019

Many of us dream of travelling around the world, however instead of taking the plunge, we seem to just make excuses and never quite find the time to fit it in. Read more

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An Introduction to Sustainable Tourism

Posted on March 18, 2019

The travel and tourism market is booming, with holidaymakers keener than ever to get away and explore new places. However, with that, comes responsibility in the form of sustainability. Some laugh it off and believe what happens on holiday, stays on holiday. Sadly, this narrow-minded view can cause an array of problems including social dislocation, animal cruelty and ecological degradation. Read more

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It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

Posted on March 01, 2019

Mental health is never easy. It’s difficult to talk about, it’s difficult to understand, it’s difficult feeling like you’re a little bit different from everyone else. However, the reality is that battles with mental health are extremely common.
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The Impact of Generation Z on Travel

Posted on February 15, 2019

If you were born between 1995 and 2015- then welcome to the Generation Z club. You are (apparently) the group in society who are putting off romantic relationships in pursuit of a fulfilling career, less likely to experience a teenage pregnancy and unlikely to go to the cinema (what’s that about?).
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Top Ski Destinations (according to Insta)

Posted on February 05, 2019

The ski season is upon us, meaning a rush of people wanting to experience the slopes. Whether you’re a beginner, or see yourself as the next Marcel Hirshcer (Google if you’re not in the know), we’ve got the best destinations for you this 2019.

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How to Celebrate Gal-entine’s Day in Style

Posted on February 01, 2019

This year, red is dead. We’re kicking out Valentine’s day (and all its annoying habits) and introducing Gal-entine’s day. The saying ‘Gal-entine’s day’ comes from US sitcom Parks and Recreation and falls on the 13th of February. It is a day to celebrate being an independent woman with your friends.

We’ve found the three most popular ways to celebrate Gal-entine’s day (or weekend) and forget about all that romantic nonsense.

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The #AlphaFoodie Guide to Michelin Star Restaurants

Posted on January 30, 2019

For many, a trip to a Michelin star restaurant is not exactly on their weekly agenda. Rather it’s something to tick off the bucket list, an extreme splurge, a ‘multi-sensory experience’. These restaurants typically avoid a la carte, instead offering set menus, or tasting menus. This is good news for your palette but bad news for your wallet. Read more

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What do Chinese Zodiac Animals say about you?

Posted on January 25, 2019

Many of us are intrigued by Western horoscopes and what they say about us, but have you ever considered Chinese zodiac animals and whether they give a more accurate representation?

We are now in the Year of the Pig, just one of the animals within the 12-year zodiac system, which has been an integral part of Chinese culture for the past 2000 years (ages right)!

It is believed that there is a path for everyone to follow to achieve a fulfilled life, decided by your zodiac. This includes compatibility with others, personality traits and fortune, to name a few (takes the pressure off a bit doesn’t it). So, what’s your sign?
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All you need to know about ethical safaris

Posted on January 17, 2019

We all love a holiday, what’s the harm in relaxing, experiencing new things and making memories? Well if your holiday includes riding an elephant, selfies with tigers, walking with lions- the list goes on, you could, in fact, be doing more harm than good and contributing to the figure of 110 million people visiting cruel wildlife tourist attractions each year! Read more


How will Brexit affect my holiday?

Posted on January 16, 2019


+Will my passport be valid after Brexit?

If you currently have a valid passport, you will be able to continue to travel to Europe until it expires.

In addition, the Government has warned British travellers who hold passports with any extra months added from their previous passport, that those extra months will not count.

From 1st Jan 2021 your passport must be less than 10 years old and have at least 6 months validity left. If not, you’ll need to renew your passport early.

Those who do not meet the appropriate requirements on their passport may not be able to enter EU countries. The Government has set up a page that can help travellers understand whether their passport is valid for the country they intend to visit. You can visit that page here.

These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland. You can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.

+Will roaming charges change after Brexit?

After we leave the EU, we will not be able to get free mobile phone data whilst travelling Europe. Although providers such as Three, EE and O2 have said that they do not plan on changing their roaming charge policies, we always recommend that customers check with their service provider before travelling, to avoid any unexpected charges.

It’s also worth noting that the Government has introduced legislation to protect against huge roaming charges in Europe, with a £45 cap on the amount of mobile data consumers can use by accident whilst abroad. They’ve also introduced legislation for consumers to receive alerts when they use 80% of their data usage, to help people stay in control of their charges.

+At the airport, which passport line do I follow after Brexit?

Before Brexit, we would have joined the passport or border control queue for citizens of the EU, however after we leave the European Union on 1st January 2021, we will need to follow the rules that all other third-country citizens follow when visiting EU countries, and join the different line.

+Will I need a VISA to travel to Europe after Brexit?

If you plan on travelling to Europe for more than 90 days in any 180-consecutive day period, you’ll need to get a VISA specific for your type of travel. This will also apply to Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. If you’re travelling to Europe for less than 90 days in any 180-consecutive day period, you will not need a specific VISA.

Different rules apply when visiting Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania. You can make a 90-day trip to any of these countries and not use up you 90-day allowance for other EU countries.

You can visit the Government’s page for your specific destination country for information on how to get a VISA here.

+Will Brexit effect your Emergency Assistance service?

No, our team will still be available 24/7 to take your emergency assistance calls as and when required.

We would ask you to be mindful of roaming charges when getting in touch, as this could affect your phone bill and cause additional expenditure you may not have accounted for.

+How will Brexit effect medical treatment costs?

The UK government has now reached an agreement on healthcare when travelling to the EU and have confirmed that an individual’s EHIC card will remain valid until it expires for all countries in the EU except Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

The UK government have also advised that once your EHIC expires, you can apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card or GHIC which you can apply for here. Be aware of unofficial websites, which may charge if you apply through them. A GHIC is free of charge.

Please note the EHIC/GHIC will not be accepted in private clinics. Make sure that your travel insurance policy has adequate cover for medical expenses, including repatriation and air ambulance costs, to ensure that they meet your needs. We would also always advise customers to ensure they had declared any and all medical conditions to their travel insurance provider to protect them from having any claim declined.

+If you're abroad and do not have your EHIC/GHIC card with you

You are able to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate or PRC in order to prove your entitlement to medically necessary healthcare if you are travelling to Europe and forget your GHIC or EHIC. This will give you the same cover as an EHIC or GHIC until you return home.

You'll need to apply for a PRC by calling Overseas Healthcare Services at the NHS Business Services Authority on +44 (0)191 218 1999. They are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.

If you cannot call yourself, someone else can apply on your behalf.

If you need it outside the opening hours stated above, you should call as soon as possible the next working day.

When calling for a PRC, you'll need to give:

  • Your National Insurance number
  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your date of birth
  • The name of the treatment facility
  • The email address for the specific department of the organisation providing your treatment

*Disclaimer: All information was correct at the time of writing 14/01/2021. This content will be updated as new information is released

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