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2013 round up
Dec 30th, 2013 by elisa

It’s nearing the end of 2013, so it’s time for our annual round up of travel news and features covered in this blog over the year.

January is normally the time when you start to examine your finances after the Christmas splurge, and this year was no different for the travel news. A Sunday Times report that found customers were seriously losing out on foreign currency exchange rates when purchasing their travel money at airports.  We also looked at the financial benefits of flying to an airport further from your destination and driving the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Spain was voted the best value destination for 2013, and Eve told us why she thought Spain was a great winter destination.

However, it was all about Greece in February! With its award-winning beaches and Thomas Cook trend survey that revealed a huge increase in bookings during the month. The month ended with a warning to check your travel insurance small print, as many travellers were reported to have fallen foul of clauses in their insurance, which meant they wouldn’t get a pay out on claims.

In March, a woman successfully smuggled a dog onto a plane; we looked at the biosphere reserve that is Menorca; and BA started selling tickets for flights on its ‘red carpet route’ to Los Angeles in its new super jumbo A380. Easyjet installed new, lighter, seats on its aircraft in an attempt to save on fuel and CO2 emissions. Bitter weather threatened to blight travellers’ Easter holidays, but this didn’t stop Peter Rabbit visiting children at Heathrow.

The bizarre law in Florida that all British Citizens must carry an International Driving Permit in the state was repealed in April. Samoa Air launched its controversial pay by weight flights and we looked at the facts about turbulence.

Easyjet began testing its volcanic ash cloud detection technology in May. We found that trillions of air miles are going to waste; and there was the slightly disturbing report of a flight being diverted because the pilot got locked out of the cockpit. There was good news for Harry Potter fans going on holiday in Florida, as the Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley “environment”.

A US ban on using a laptop during take off on flights was lifted in June.

Tenerife enjoyed at 14% rise in arrivals from the UK in July. It was also discovered that many English families were flying from Scottish airports to save up to £500 on their holiday travel costs. It may have been one of the hottest summers we’ve had in years, but this didn’t stop large numbers of Brits leaving for even sunnier holiday destinations in the last weekend of July. We gave advice on how to avoid common pick pocketing scams as the Foreign Office issued a warning about pick pockets in Switzerland.

As August enjoyed more of the heatwave, Ryanair had a drop in flight bookings; it also took legal action against an unfavourable Dispatches programme “Ryanair: Secrets from the Cockpit”.

Etihad Airways launched its “flying nanny” service to look after passengers’ children in September. Helly Kitty planes took to the skies with Taiwan’s EVA Air, and a computer glitch in US Airways system sold $0 flights on its website. Spain enjoyed record visitor numbers over the summer, proving the predictions earlier in the year.

In October, Manchester was announced to be the UK’s first Airport City; and Ryanair announced that it would work on a better customer service.

It was all about the measure of happiness for travel in November, and BA introduced interactive billboards to remind people of the magic of flying.

The Northern Lights in Norway topped Brits’ “must see” list in December. Britain also endured wide-spread bad weather with winds of up to 140mph battering parts of the country, and flooding hitting others.

That’s the round up for 2013, make sure to follow this blog for more travel news and articles in 2014, and book your holiday villas at a wide range of destinations on Villaseek.

Summer sun flight sale
Oct 10th, 2013 by elisa

Summer Sun picture by Flickr user Ian A Kirk

Summer Sun picture by Flickr user Ian A Kirk

The summer schedule for 2014 has been announced by Easyjet as flights to 100 destinations now go on sale.

It has more than 11.5 million seats, almost 300,000 more than last summer.

With so many seats going on sale, now might be a good time to book your summer holiday and villa while you can get some good bargains and not have to think about it until it’s time to jet off!

With flights to Spain, Italy, France, Greece and many more, we have a holiday villa to suit your needs.

Malta – flights and holiday villas
Oct 7th, 2013 by elisa

Daily flights to Malta from London Gatwick are being launched from 30th March next year.

The British Airways flights will start from £55 one-way (inc. taxes and charges) for hand-baggage only flights, and £67 one-way for checked baggage. One-way Club Europe flights fares will start at £274.

If this news makes Malta a summer holiday option for you next year, then we have plenty of holiday villas to choose from.

Only 10 minutes walk from the beach, this fantastic villa can be rented as a whole with a private pool, or as individual apartments which share the pool. There are connection options to make some of the apartments in to one whole floor if requested, so there is flexibility in accommodating your specific needs. The 3 bedroom downstairs apartment is idea for access for those with limited mobility.

The villa is surrounded by a mature garden of citrus trees and lots of plants. It’s five minutes walk to the village and as mentioned, 10 minutes walk to the beach, even quicker by car.

There are many free amenities such as wifi and a food pack on arrival. To find out more, visit the Villaseek page for details.

View to the pool

View to the pool

Twin room

Twin room

 

Another fabulous villa is this huge 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom property with not only a private outdoor swimming pool, but also a private heated indoor swimming pool!

Located north of the island in the village of Mellieha, it’s perfectly located for shops, bars and restaurants (10 minute walk) and the beach (10 minutes). The property has large surrounding terraces and a beautiful mature garden. With plenty of space there is a BBQ area, sun loungers and umbrellas.

For more information, visit the villa page on our website.

Heated indoor pool

Heated indoor pool

Double bedroom

Double bedroom

 

 

In search of winter sun
Oct 1st, 2013 by elisa

Tenerife picture by Flickr user moroccan_spirit

Tenerife picture by Flickr user moroccan_spirit

As the night’s get darker and the cooler weather creeps in, it seems that winter sun is on many people’s minds this year!

Still the most popular type of break, winter sun seekers have increased in popularity according to ABTA’s Winter Holiday Trends 2013/14 survey. 40% are planning a break in the sun this winter, compared with 39% last year. City breaks are up 8% as 39% plan a city visit, and up by 5% to 15% is skiing holidays.

The Canary Islands are Brits’ favourite winter destination, with Greece, Malta and Tunisia also hugely popular. For those in search of lands further afield, the Caribbean, Mexico and Dubai are also ranking high.

Whatever your winter sun needs, be sure to check out our main site to search our extensive database of holiday villas.

New routes added to Liverpool Airport
Dec 20th, 2012 by elisa

Two new European routes are being added to Liverpool John Lennon Airport in the new year.

Ryanair will launch a new route from Liverpool to Malta from 31st March 2013. It will operate three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Also operating on the same days, another budget airline, Norwegian, will launch its new service from the airport to Copenhagen. These will start on 5th April 2013.

 

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