Accidents requiring medical treatment, including food poisoning, trips and slips, severe sunburn and allergic reactions are the most common reasons to invoke travel insurance, according to the study. The reason it's first on my list is that it should be booked at the same time holidays are, rather than just before you fly. Some 40pc of all claims are made before the holiday. The CCPC says 43pc of people have never taken out specific travel insurance, under the mistaken impression that their health insurance or airline will cover them. Not so. Tip: Buy an annual, multi-trip policy. It's as cheap (or, perversely, even cheaper) than single trips. You should be able to find excellent cover for a family of four in Europe for €50, discounted for private health insurance. Booking - Use skyscanner.com to find cheap flights. Most of us just compare Ryanair and Aer Lingus, but 44 different airlines fly from Dublin Airport alone. - Consider Belfast as a departure airport. Sterling is good … [Read more...] about Get your holiday off to a flyer
Aer lingus check in baggage
But on April 6, the new Istanbul Airport did just that, throwing open its doors with a ritzy offering set to welcome up to 90 million passengers a year (rising to a stonking 200 million when the project is complete in 2027). I flew to Istanbul last week, and got to experience the new airport first hand, as well as the business class offering from Turkish Airlines. The airport… It’s barely been open a month, so Istanbul Airport still has that shiny, fresh out the box feeling. It’s a whopper of a thing, with more than 500 check in points, 22,000m2 of lounge space and 53,000m2 of the all-important duty free. Despite the size, it’s easy to navigate and a dream to wander around – light floods in through the tall glass ceilings, tree-like metal sculptures are dotted throughout, and there’s a cool, space age feel to it all. The downsides? It’s a good deal further away from Istanbul – 40km from the previous location of Ataturk Airport and, … [Read more...] about Review: What’s it like to fly Turkish Airlines business class?
The sustainable travel movement is here to stay, writes Thomas Breathnach.Green tourism, eco-friendly, carbon-footprints. They’re the travel buzzwords of our generation.However, while many cultural campaigns tend to trend and fade, there’s a real stand-out factor when it comes to the sustainable travel movement. The truth is - it’s here to stay. Today, global tourism accounts for almost 10% of all carbon emissions, meaning the planet has never needed its globetrotters to be more green when they travel. And just like with the food and fashion industries, slow-tourism is now starting to emerge as strong sector - with immersive travel in one area in, country-ticking for Instagram bragging-rights out. That’s not to say you need to staycation in Ireland for life - but whether you’re holidaying in Bantry or Bora Bora, little choices can make a big impact.Planes, Trains, AutomobilesAs islanders, we need to get places but once you do get to your base, consider … [Read more...] about Eight ways to travel sustainably while seeing the world