The summer holidays have begun at last and a trip abroad is now on a lot of people's minds. From Turkey to Spain, Brits are set to flood the countries for some sun, sea and sand. Although terrorist attacks are considered likely or very likely in some destinations, millions of us head abroad every year without a problem, reports Chronicle Live. This weekend British Airways announced it was suspending its flights to Cairo due to security concerns, disrupting trips for thousands of holidaymakers. Where is safe to go and where should you avoid travelling to? What precautions should you take while travelling? Here we take a look at the UK Government’s travel advice for destinations across the globe. Australia Terrorists are “likely” to try to carry out attacks in Australia, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) says. The current national terrorism level is ‘probable’. The FCO says: “Over 670,000 British nationals visit Australia every year. … [Read more...] about Is your holiday destination safe
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Nine in 10 Brits overspend on holiday every year because of confusion on exchange rates and hidden fees abroad. According to foreign exchange provider Travel Money Club, some travellers will spend more than double their budget, with one in four expecting to run out of cash by day three, because they've no idea what they’re spending in the local currency. However, it doesn't have to be so complicated. With the summer holidays almost upon us, families will be looking forward to jetting off to warmer climes - but where should you be buying your travel money? The pound has fallen in recent months against many currencies, including both the euro and the US dollar, mainly due to uncertainty around Brexit. In fact, the pound has lost more than 5% of its value against the euro since May. Some currency suppliers are offering their lowest exchange rates since August 2017, and many high street providers are offering their customers just above parity on the euro. This means holidaymakers … [Read more...] about Best place to buy travel money for summer
Spain still reigns when it comes to summer holidays, data has revealed. There were 1.5 million trips between Manchester and Spanish airports in June, July and August last year, according to official figures from the Civil Aviation Authority. That is twice as many as any other country - and it doesn’t even include the Canary Islands. In fact the Canaries - which are technically part of Spain - were the fifth most popular 'country', with 477,280 trips to and from Manchester. Greece (734,887) was second, the USA (609,870) third and Germany (541,724) was fourth. The data reveals how Spain’s popularity might still be sky-high, but it’s no longer soaring. The number of summertime trips between Manchester and Spain is actually down from 1.66 million in summer 2017. Greece, meanwhile, has been maintaining a steady ascent - with 626,940 trips in 2015, 666,757 in 2016, 704,228 in 2017 and 734,887 last summer. In terms of individual airports, Palma in Mallorca is the most … [Read more...] about Manchester’s favourite holiday foreign destinations revealed
Planning a holiday abroad this summer? We’ve put together a list of the current terror threat levels of popular tourist destinations and advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on travelling to them. Although terrorist attacks are considered likely or very likely in some destinations, millions of Brits head abroad every year without a problem. Here is the official advice: Australia Terrorists are “likely” to try to carry out attacks in Australia, the FCO says. The current national terrorism level is ‘probable’. The FCO says: “Over 670,000 British nationals visit Australia every year. “Most visits are trouble-free. “Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. “You should be vigilant and take sensible precautions.” There is a wider risk of tropical cyclones which occur, mainly in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia between November and April. Australia is prone to … [Read more...] about How safe is my 2019 holiday destination?
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