If you’ve looked at booking a holiday then you’ve probably tried to get the best possible deal. This is understandable – we all want to have great trips away, but we want to feel that we’re getting value for money.So finding the right mixture of quality and pricing is vital. In some senses this should be easier today than it has ever been before. We have a much wider range of options available to us, although some would suggest that the increased choice brings its own problems.It can be difficult to know where the best deals can be found. Before the arrival of the internet, many of us would have booked flights and package holidays at our local high street travel agents.They were almost the only show in town, so that were the obvious place to go. So were we all getting the best possible prices? The problem with booking in this way is that it can be very hard to compare prices – we don’t know whether we might be able to pay less elsewhere.We could, of course, opt to visit a different travel agents to carry out a price comparison. This might be feasible but would really depend on whether there are alternatives within close proximity. If not, it could be time consuming.Fortunately, such concerns should be a thing of the past for most of us. The internet offers numerous advantages over this traditional way of booking holidays.So how should you go about finding the best deal? You can use price comparison sites to get an indication, but these don’t necessarily give a complete picture. A better bet might be to find some trusted online travel websites and to see what they have on offer.Don’t forget that you can really make some significant savings, especially if you’re prepared to be flexible. Think about when you want to travel and whether you would be prepared to alter your plans by a few days.Showing such flexibility could help you to save a lot on a wonderful holiday.
Imagine it is the departure day of your long-awaited and much-needed holiday. Glowing with excitement, you anticipate lazy days at the beach soaking up the sun and balmy evenings dining and sipping cocktails on the pool terrace. It never occurs to you that you should purchase travel insurance.Everything is booked and confirmed. You have your passport, airline tickets, reservations and holiday money ready. Your bags are packed with all the essentials and clothing for glorious hot, sunny weather. You take a taxi to the airport, board your flight, fly to your destination, pick up your rental car, check into your hotel, unpack, and head out to the beach to enjoy the sunshine. Easy!Two days into your holiday you have a momentary lapse in concentration while crossing the road and forget which way to look. You get it wrong, you step out, and…BAM!There you are, lying prostrate on the hot tarmac with one of your feet facing the wrong direction. Shock sets in. Strangers rush over to help. You hear someone shout:Somebody call an ambulance!You are rushed to a hospital for x-rays and later the doctor gives you the sobering news: a compound fracture requiring extensive surgery and a long recovery. They ask for your insurance details. Then, and only then, does it dawn on you that you should have purchased travel insurance. You stammer apologies and excuses: you didn’t think, you’ve been on so many trips, so many holidays, done crazy things but nothing ever went wrong before.Now what? Your treatment is going to cost a packet. You make panicked calls to family and friends at home. Someone suggests you purchase travel insurance and get covered.Yes, of course! That’s the answer. Why not. You purchase a policy online and then contact the claims department to report your accident.At this point the Claims department is none the wiser. They take the policy number and all the information and tell you not to worry. They have it in hand.The next day you receive word that the travel insurance claims people are urgently trying to contact you. You call the help line and listen to the news, then feel faint as your world starts crumbling around you.”Sorry, but we checked your policy dates and it appears that you did not purchase the insurance until the day of the accident. Our insurance requires purchase before you leave your country of origin. In fact, the time of the purchase shows that the policy was purchased after the recorded time of the accident. Unfortunately, and we are really sorry to have to inform you of this, but your policy is not valid and we cannot process your claim.”What? Say again?You hang up the phone, dumbstruck. Furious! How dare they deny your claim! You paid the premium for the travel insurance policy and they should cover you! The hospital bill is going to run into tens of thousands and you just don’t have that sort of disposable cash.In desperation you call your embassy and tell them what happened. You ask them to intervene and make the insurer pay up. They inform you they are sorry but there is nothing they can do to make the insurer pay. You are bound by the terms of the policy.How can this be? You are a citizen! What a tough lesson. If you have every travelled without insurance you may be feeling relieved that this has never happened to you. Have you ever left yourself wide open to the risk of financial disaster of this magnitude? How many times have you (or has someone you know) gone off on holiday or a weekend break without travel insurance?Still in disbelief, and kicking yourself (or you would, if not for the broken leg) you try everything you can think of. You consider contacting the financial ombudsman, television stations, radio stations, watchdogs and newspapers. You have to expose what has happened. The company has to be wrong. They have to pay up! But it is all to no avail.You become increasingly frantic as the hospital bills continue to rack up. Your loved ones try to console you, but none has the courage to tell you it was entirely your own fault. They know that no one else is going to pick up the bills for the accident.Slowly the reality dawns on you. People have explained to you over and over that you cannot wait until disaster strikes and then purchase insurance – and that includes insurance of any type – and expect the insurer to pay up.It varies from company to company, but in most cases you must purchase travel insurance before you leave your home country. Even then, no insurer is going to cover a claim for something that had already occurred before you purchased the policy!You would not purchase a car and drive it without insurance, have an accident, and then purchase car insurance and expect the insurer to cover you. Travel insurance is no different. Seasoned travellers who regularly purchase insurance will probably roll their eyes at this point, as it should be obvious.The above scenario may be fictional, but similar incidents have occurred. It could happen to you or someone you care about. Don’t be a victim. Travel insurance may not cover each and every disaster that could arise, but a good comprehensive policy should cover most common travel problems.In the above case, after being discharged from hospital in a cast the patient would likely have to be repatriated by air ambulance, or on a commercial airliner requiring the purchase of additional seats and perhaps with a medical escort. The expense goes on and on.Not only do you need insurance, but you need a comprehensive policy that provides adequate levels of medical cover – as well as cover for air ambulance and medical repatriation. When you consider the potential cost of a disaster such as this – running into tens of thousands – the modest cost of a robust travel insurance policy is something you simply cannot afford to leave home without.
Traveller holidays have become popular among people, no matter whether they are single in their life or just want to be on their own for some time. Such voyagers proudly call themselves single travellers. They just want to break the shackles away on holidays and live the moment to their utmost. Holidays single have gained the popularity among all classes and age groups, especially in UK single travellers.Numbers of companies have mushroomed in the tourism industry arranging tour for singles. And most of these companies arrange only singles holidays. It has not only given confidence to many to aspire for more adventure even when they are on their own, but has also increased the number of travellers. Holidays for solo now come with more range and variety. Now one can go singles holidays abroad with as much confidence and security. The whole infrastructure has been developed keeping in mind the needs of a single traveller looking for safety yet pleasure during single holidays abroad.UK single travellers have also opened up to travel abroad on single holidays. Now they can either opt for colourful and exotic Asian regions or historical Mediterranean or the romantic Venice. The world is opening up for them and they are ready to explore it with a new zeal.Holidays for solo is now not limited to trips around countryside or only to the destinations of convenience. All the industries related to the tourism sector now readily acknowledge the needs of single traveller. Singles holidays abroad and its popularity is the result of such developed infrastructure to make tour for singles comfortable and enjoyable.One can breathe in free and fresh air of the world and discover the new wonders till now waiting to get explored. Holidays single can be golden chance to explore one’s own new self, the potential to not only survive but also to enjoy the vacations. Being single is usually seen as depressing and no one likes to be alone. But now singletons know what they should do to utilise and enjoy their single status and that is to go for single traveller holidays.Going on holidays abroad that too as a single will definitely add a new dimension to one’s personality and life. Many of the single travellers have called it a life changing experience for them. It gives one more confidence and a new zeal to live life with a broader and fresh perspective.If one is a fresher or a beginner for singles holidays especially vacations abroad then one can meet some experienced players in the field to get tips and to boost confidence. One will find one thing common from all single travellers he or she meets that they have explored themselves along with the world.