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    Cost of foreign holidays leaps as the pound falls against 46 of the 50 most popular currencies - and it's very bad news if you're heading to Iceland...

    Sterling has fallen against the majority of popular global currencies in the last 12 months meaning spending costs for foreign holidays has rocketed, research shows.The pound has fallen by 10 per cent or more against 45 of the 50 most purchased currencies, according to data from currency exchange site No.1 Currency.Those visiting Iceland to see the Northern Lights this winter will see the biggest hit, with the pound falling 29.84 per cent - or nearly a third - against the krona in the period between 1 December 2015 and 1 December 2016. Northern Lights: Many travellers head to Iceland for ...

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    'I broke my leg skiing and all my 2k costs were paid': Don't get left out in the cold when it comes to ski cover

    Skiers who see themselves more as James Bond than Eddie the Eagle still need to make insurance a priority before they head for the slopes.Both confident and nervous skiers suffer serious tumbles that can cost a packet in medical bills.Lost and stolen kit, or a cancelled trip, are just as painful on the pocket. Relief: Alison Laver made sure that her ski insurance covered every eventualityACCIDENTS HAPPENWinter pursuits claim their share of accident victims. The Government has recorded 58 British deaths and thousands more injuries resulting from snow sports accidents in Europe in the past four years alone. Despite the ...

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    How a GP visit can wreck your travel cover... as Richard discovered when he found a small mole on his skin

    Richard Sibbald wasn't overly concerned when in August last year his GP suggested getting a small mole on his left shoulder checked by a specialist.There was no rush his appointment was booked for December, four months away and the last time he had a mole checked it had turned out to be nothing.Richard, 41, and his wife Claire, 43, had an annual travel insurance policy so when they booked a holiday to Crete in November for the following May, they assumed they would be covered.However, when Richard saw the specialist on December 3, things started to go wrong. The dermatologist ...

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    British travellers risk cash crunch as shock withdrawal of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes sends Indian banks into chaos

    No to notes: British travelers in India heading to the bank may well be at the back of a queue of thousands.Visitors to India risk seeing their money become worthless after the Indian government suddenly discontinued all 500 and 1,000 notes this week.Catching the whole country unawares on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modhi made the move to crackdown on tax evasion and corruption.The notes, equivalent to 6 and 12 and very widely held, were immediately invalidated and unusable - sending banks into chaos as millions flocked to cash in the notes.ATMs were closed for much of last week and massive ...

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    The Airmiles tricks that could pay for your next holiday: Savvy traveller reveals how he's flown for free for five years

    Over the past five years, Rob Burgess has flown business class to Abu Dhabi, Boston, Calgary, Cape Town, Las Vegas, Moscow, New York and Singapore.The 45-year-old took his wife, Conny, and two children, Molly and Max, to Dubai during half-term last month.Next year they're off to Japan.You'd assume this kind of jet-setting would mean splashing out thousands of pounds on flights. Those business class return tickets to Dubai, for example, would normally cost 6,000. Run by British Airways, Avios gives you points for each mile you fly and money you spend in shops on a dedicated credit cardBut apart from ...

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    Cruise companies, travel firms and wedding venues told to stop pocketing deposits when customers have to cancel

    Travel firms, cruise companies and wedding venues are being told to stop pocketing customers deposits when they have to cancel a booking.The competition watchdog is concerned that firms are making an unfair profit by charging non-refundable deposits.Under the Consumer Rights Act, companies are barred from snatching a customer s whole deposit if the business does not lose out financially from the cancellation. Cancellation scandal: Travel firms, cruise companies and wedding venues are being told to stop pocketing customers deposits when they have to cancel a booking (file picture)For instance, a firm would be breaking the rules if it took a ...

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    Ryanair's latest wheeze: Now passengers must pay 6 to check-in more than four days before a flight

    Ryanair is charging passengers 6 each to check in more than four days before flights.Many families like to check in for both outward and inbound flights before jetting off. Under the old rules, passengers with unreserved seats could do this for free a week before flights. Rule change: Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary also warned the airline had been hit by the falling poundThe new rules mean that from November 1, holidaymakers going away for more than a few days will have to pay to check in for their return journey before they leave or find an internet connection abroad and ...

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    How LOW can it go? The winners and losers in the pound crisis - and how to smooth its negative effects

    Sterling has crashed to a 31-year low against the dollar. Sally Hamilton identifies the losers and winners from this currency crisis. Smart: Michael Rimmer and Sophie Marchant bought 500 of dollars before the referendumHOLIDAYMAKERSFamilies heading abroad this half-term will feel the squeeze on their spending money.Those heading to the eurozone will get 1,110 for 1,000 before commission and exchange fees, while on June 22 the day before the nation voted to leave the European Union they would have got 1,310. That means they will have 200 less to spend enough for a slap-up lunch for four at the Eiffel Tower ...

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    Now you get just 0.88 for your holiday pound: Yes, that's the shocking rate on offer at one airport so where CAN you find the best deals?

    The woman behind the counter at the bureau de change in Stansted Airport looks miserable. It's late on a Monday afternoon and the day must feel like it's dragging on.After all, telling holidaymakers they'll get only 0.95 for 1 can't go down well.'Wow, I'm sure the official rate is better than that why do I get so little?' I venture, tentatively.'That's just the rate,' the blonde woman in her 30s replies with a shrug. Sensing her dark mood, I try to be sympathetic: 'Long day?''That's just the rate,' she repeats sharply, her stony-faced expression unchanged. Slide: Last week, a flash ...

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    The cheapest travel destinations revealed... and why where you fly from and what day you book can affect the cost of your holiday

    Travellers willing to fly on a Tuesday rather than a Sunday could save up to 145 per person on their airfare, according to new research looking into holiday trends. Ireland is the cheapest place to fly to from the UK, with flights priced at 90.98 on average, followed by the Netherlands at 94, other UK destinations at 96.62 and Denmark at 112.56.Flights to the United Arab Emirates are the cheapest for long-haul visitors, according to data taken from 2.1million flights booked between August 2015 and July 2016 on website Cheapflights. Ireland is the cheapest destination to fly to from the ...

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    Holidaymakers get less than one euro to the pound at airport currency desks as sterling continues to suffer

    Currency desks at popular airports across Britain are offering less than one euro to the pound after sterling suffered a 'flash crash' overnight on the currency markets.As the pound continues to suffer from fears over Brexit, the euro rate has crumbled to 0.97 for a pound at the Moneycorp desk at London Southend Airport and that is without commission which is charged for any forex purchase under 300.It means travellers parting with 500 will get just 485 in return, making their trip to Europe far more expensive than earlier in the year. Currency blow: Some firms are now offering less ...

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    Travel insurance catch left widow with 2,500 bill after her husband died of altitude sickness on dream holiday in Peru

    Heartbreak: Stephen Mortimer died on his way to see Machu Picchu with his wife MarianFor 30 years, Marian and Stephen Mortimer had dreamed of visiting Machu Picchu in the Andes in South America.The couple waited for Stephen to retire so that they could spend six weeks in Peru over the summer of 2013.Stephen had spent months planning the trip in painstaking detail even researching local public transport so they would know how to get about.For the first three weeks of the trip, they had a ball. They camped in the desert and saw the Nazca Lines giant shapes drawn ...

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    Holiday protection: How to get your cash back if an airline goes bust

    Monarch Airlines set travellers nerves on edge last week as rumours swirled it was facing financial difficulty.It won a extension on its Air Travel Organiser s Licence (ATOL) the scheme designed to protect travellers from a company collapse until October 12,But it still needs to find new finance to secure the licence in the long term. While Monarch says it is confident of its future, the drama has turned the spotlight on protections for holiday customers if an airline runs into trouble. Here, we look at the key questions facing customers as they seek safeguards for their holidays and analyse ...

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    Can you trust a firm that says it can get rid of your timeshare - for a price? These families did - and regretted it

    Over the years, the timeshare deal Christine and William Tight signed in the late Nineties as a way of getting cheap family holidays around the world had become a millstone.Initially, for 6,000 upfront and a few hundred pounds in annual service charges, they could book a week every year in an apartment in Spain, Austria, Florida or other popular destinations.But by 2013, the service fees had grown to 1,000 a year and they were fed up with the holiday choices they were being offered. Timeshare woes: Readers have got in touch about International Timeshare Refund Action However, when the couple, ...

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    Holiday SOS: How to avoid monumental bills if you are taken ill or injured abroad

    For most holidaymakers, their break will be nothing but fun...but what happens if you fall ill or are injured while abroad? Here, LIZ PHILLIPS explains the steps you should take.Holidaymakers who fall ill or have an accident while abroad are likely to call family, friends and their hotel or travel company for help but it is vital to add a travel insurer to that list.Without it travellers could be hit with monumental bills. An overnight stay in a Spanish hospital can cost 3,000 while treatment in the US for an accident involving a badly fractured leg, artery tear and an ...

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