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Exploding the myths about All Inclusives. They don't save you money and they don't make you sick!

Book an All Inclusive holiday and it may cost you more than you expect, according to a report from the Post Office.

One of the main draws of this type of package is the promise of limited costs once abroad. But holidaymakers expressed surprise at the prices they were charged for extras in some resorts.

Nine out of ten holidaymakers also said they spent extra money in local shops, restaurants and on trips.

According to our travel managers All Inclusives vary massively with some restricting alcohol to cheap local wines and beers while others offer a much broader choice including branded wine, beer and spirits. We can advise you on where to find the best value.

Meanwhile yet another holidaymaker was jailed this week after making a fraudulent sickness claim about his All Inclusive holiday where he says he got food poisoning. His happy holiday snaps on social media painted a different picture.

Ambulance chasing lawyers and claims management companies are apparently pulling out of holiday sickness claims as the travel industry fights back against dishonest claims.

One leading law firm this week revealed they had fought 80 holiday sickness cases and won 72 at trial with six couples being sent to prison and others receiving suspended sentences.

The Government has pledged tougher regulation of claims companies.

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My best holiday ever

Vera Lynn flew over the White Cliffs of Dover, became a colonel and saw the world...

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10 top things you didn't know last month

  1. 1. Cowboy car parking company made £1million

    A Gatwick Airport parking scam saw customers duped out of £1million before their cars were joyridden and dumped in muddy fields, a court heard this week. London Parking Gatwick Ltd are accused of six counts of fraud over a period of a year. Lewes Crown Court heard the company convinced customers their cars would be safe by showing them a picture of a hospital car park 400 miles away in Scotland reports the Daily Mail.
  2. 2. Airport parking investment scams investigated

    Thousands of British savers are being conned out of millions of pounds in a wave of 'airport parking' investment scams designed to part them from their pension cash, reports the The Mirror. Both the police and the Financial Conduct Authority have been dealing with an avalanche of cases of unscrupulous financial advisors preying on investors with phantom 'get rich quick schemes' for them to retire on.
  3. 3. Airline ban closes smart luggage company

    A company that made smart luggage incorporating a phone charger and GPS system to track lost cases has ceased trading after airlines banned passengers from checking bags with built-in lithium-ion batteries. Bluesmart, fell victim to new safety rules imposed by many leading carriers who fear that the batteries pose a fire risk, especially when left unattended in the hold. The company, which has sold an estimated 65,000 bags costing up to £400 each, condemned the airlines instructions as an "absolute travesty."
  4. 4. New angle on leaning tower survival

    The leaning Tower of Pisa famously slants but has never fallen - despite being in an earthquake zone - and now scientists have come up with a new angle on why it has never toppled. It seems the same silty earth that causes it to tilt is cushioning it from strong tremors. The tower, which was built in 1173, has survived at least four strong quakes that have hit the region since 1280. A team of scientists from Bristol and Rome universities have been studying the tower and concluded that its survival is down to a phenomenon known as dynamic soil-structure interaction.
  5. 5. That's a very long haul

    The world's longest commercial flight route - from New York to Singapore - will be launched in October. The non-stop trip will cover 9,500 miles - beating the Doha in Qatar to Auckland, New Zealand, which is 9,009 miles. The UK's longest is 9,009 miles to Perth, Australia. Singapore Airlines had suspended the New York route in 2013 because of high costs, but the new Airbus A350-900ULR is more fuel efficient. The airline says the plane is also more comfortable . . . which is lucky for any passengers choosing to settle down for the 18 hour and 45 minute flight.
  6. 6. Now you can't reach The Beach

    The beach in Thailand made famous by the 1996 Alex Garland novel The Beach and the subsequent film starring Leonardo DiCaprio has been closed for the first time to protect its ecosystem from hordes of travellers. Maya Bay on Ko Phi Phi Lee in the Andaman Sea has been an increasingly popular spot for boat tours ever since the Hollywood stars graced its shores, but environmentalists have warned that irreparable damage is being done to the beach and its surroundings. The bay will be closed to tourists for the summer until September 30.
  7. 7. French prefer the Eye to the Eiffel

    French holidaymakers are more likely to have gone up the London Eye than the Eiffel Tower, a survey shows. And they say British tourist attractions are better than those at home. Many had not bothered with the main sights in their own capital - even though Paris is the world's most popular tourist city. While only 39 per cent had ascended the 1,063ft Eiffel Tower, 46 per cent had been on the 443ft London Eye wheel. The survey found that the French view reflected a growing fascination with Britain because of factors including the royal wedding and the approach of Brexit.
  8. 8. Fly to India - via Iceland

    The first budget flights from the UK to India have been announced, with fares starting from just £149 one-way... but travellers must go via Iceland. The WOW air service will launch in December departing from Gatwick and heading west to Reykjavik for a short stopover. Then it's a 10 and a half hour onward flight to Delhi. The budget carrier says it is confident that its fares, which are on sale now, will convince holidaymakers the journey is worth a small detour. With the first leg to Iceland's capital city taking three hours, the whole journey will be some four and a half hours longer than a direct flight.
  9. 9. Crackdown on Benidorm louts

    A popular Spanish resort has announced that it is taking action on loutish British tourists. Benidorm's local council has condemned "uncivic behaviour" and is considering stricter laws and heavier fines for troublemakers, as well as increasing the police presence this summer. According to local reports, Benidorm's security councillor Lorenzo Martinez recently confronted a group of half naked men and said: "This type of action cannot be tolerated." Spanish centre-right party Ciudadanos has said that drunken louts are "tarnishing the image of the town."
  10. 10. Rwanda Gunning for more tourists

    Rwanda welcomed a 20 per cent rise in the number of British visitors last year, bringing the total to 16,000, the country's tourist board has said. Visit Rwanda, which came under scrutiny this month for its sponsorship deal with Arsenal, said it was humbled to see so many more British visitors head to the country. Three flights a week from Gatwick to the capital, Kigali, have enabled more travellers to visit the country's 480-strong population of mountain gorillas.


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My Favourite Holiday

Vera Lynn on woollen swimsuits and the simpler holidays

Forces sweetheart Vera Lynn flew over the White Cliffs of Dover, became a colonel and saw the world

Your first trip abroad? It was to entertain the troops in Burma, which was then a British colony. I flew out in 1944 as part of an epic trip taking in Egypt, Basra, Bahrain and India. We stopped off at the Rock of Gibraltar, which had been evacuated of civilians and turned into a fortress. In Burma they made me an honorary colonel so I could eat in the officers' mess.

Your first holiday memories? As a child my family didn't have a lot of money, so my brother, parents and I spent our holidays at Southend-on-Sea. You don't need to spend a fortune to have fun by the seaside and I enjoyed myself whatever the weather paddling in the sea and building sandcastles - and if I was able to have an ice cream I was happy.

Your favourite city? Amsterdam is one of those rare cities that are just as beautiful in winter as in summer. I have very fond memories of it. The Dutch have always been among my greatest fans - they used to secretly listen to my songs being played on BBC radio during the war - so I've always received a warm welcome.

What about cruising? The Queen Mary was the most beautiful ship in the world and I remember travelling across the Atlantic on it from Southampton to New York. I got really seasick but seeing the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty on our arrival made it all worthwhile.

Most memorable travel experience? I'll never forget once performing at a ice rink in Canada - it was cold and someone had to lend me their coat. I've always been popular there as well as in Australia and New Zealand and toured all three in the sixties and seventies. Everyone knew my wartime numbers like The White Cliffs of Dover.

How do you relax on holiday? I escaped to Hawaii after every tour in Australia and New Zealand in January and February for a post-tour holiday with my family. My favourite hotel is the Hilton Hawaiian Village beach resort in Honolulu.

Best piece of travel advice? Always pack a loo roll when going abroad. Call me old fashioned, but I think it's a good idea even today. When I travelled to France in the years after the war, you couldn't buy soft lavatory paper anywhere.

Where would you still like to visit? This might sound strange given that our boys fought the Japanese in Burma, but the one country I'd like to visit that I've never yet been to is Japan.

For the full interview see Telegraph online

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