A Guide To Finding Cheap Travel Insurance

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top53 A Guide To Finding Cheap Travel InsuranceSo you’ve booked your holiday, made sure your passport is still in date and have found a reluctant friend to look after the dog for the week! But, and this is the big one, have you made time to purchase your travel insurance?   Travel insurance is an often overlooked but nonetheless very important aspect of your holiday that should come higher on everyone’s list of priorities. In the unlikely event that something goes wrong on your trip, it ensures that you are covered in almost every eventuality.

 Finding the right policy at a cheap price can often seem a daunting task and most of us settle for the first policy we see in the hope that we are getting value for money. However this does not have to be the case. Use these five quick tips to ensure you buy cheaply, yet wisely, every time.

 1.Many of us purchase travel insurance along with our holiday with the same company. This is a time-saving tactic that you really should not use. Compare the price of travel insurance from your holiday agent with a policy from a travel insurance specialist and you will find a startling difference in price. Holiday operators make a profit on travel insurance policies possibly as much as they do on the holiday and flights you have booked so look elsewhere for your policy.  

 2. Compile a list of things which you want to be covered against. If you have decided exactly what sort of policy you want and what you wish to be covered, it will make things easier when searching for travel insurance. For example, do you really need to be booking a policy that includes extra cover against extreme sports when you’re going on a relaxing city break?

 3.Using a price comparison website can also save you money. Its a simple case of typing in your holiday details, pressing enter, then they do the hard work, pinging back a comprehensive results list in minutes, giving you the chance to compare a whole range of different deals. This is an excellent way of saving time and possibly cash. However you are restricted to companies which are affiliated with the comparison website.

 4. Check excess prices. If the worst comes to the worst and you have to make a claim you will have to contribute to the costs in some cases by paying an excess. A high excess can lower the price of your overall quote dramatically, so the higher your excess, the lower your overall quote. This is a very risky idea which could set you back a lot of money if you need to make a claim. It’s best to choose an excess that seems like the average going rate amongst a range of insurers.  

vapourtrail460 150x150 A Guide To Finding Cheap Travel Insurance5.Going with a reputable insurer is a common sense tip that protects you in case the company goes bust. The travel industry can be volatile and we have seen how many companies have folded due to financial problems. If this happens with the insurer you have gone with, you may find that your policy is actually void and if you wish to make a claim you may find it extremely difficult.

The best prices for travel insurance at Flexicover http://www.flexicover.co.uk for UK travel insurance provider Flexicover Direct.

Tips for Flying With a Toddler

flying with kids 300a 071510 150x150 Tips for Flying With a ToddlerSometimes it cannot be avoided, taking a child under two on a plane for an emergency trip. Perhaps you have heard (or even experienced) horror stories of being trapped on a plane for two hours while a baby screeched the entire time. Maybe, too, you were the person who sat next to the harried mother as she tried to soothe her squirming infant. To be the harbringer of such misery is not a welcome prospect.

However, a plane trip with a toddler or infant need not be a harrowing experience, for the mother or other passengers. By taking precaution and taking care of your child, you can arrange for an easy ride.

Have the child’s birth certificate ready: Though you don’t need to purchase a ticket for a child under two (the child can sit on your lap for the flight), you will need to show proof of your child’s age and custody. Be sure to have your child’s birth certificate handy when you show your ID at check-in.

Consolidate personal effects and baby’s things: Most airports will allow you to take a stroller to your gate, though you will have to put the stroller through the X-ray. Therefore, be prepared to watch over your child in this time. A younger baby in a car seat will be fine, but remember to keep a firm hand on a toddler of walking age so he doesn’t stray. To this end, it is best to check in as much luggage as possible and carry only the essentials – ID, money, wallet, diapers and baby items. Rather than carry a purse and diaper bag aboard, it is helpful to consolidate everything into one bag. Less to carry, less worry.

isa airplane 150x150 Tips for Flying With a ToddlerFeed and change baby before boarding: Keep your baby clean and happy before boarding, and transfer that good feeling as you enter the plane. Try to coincide your baby’s mealtime as close to your flight as possible, and always keep snacks ready for the flight to calm any fits (graham crackers for a solid eater, an extra bottle for an infant). If you breastfeed, consult with the airline before your flight to determine if there are any privacy options, like the possibility of an extra seat in the back of the plane to use. If your flight is full, keep a baby blanket on hand should the need to nurse arise.

Sometimes, a trip will not always go as planned, and your baby may need changing during flight. Anyone who has had the arduous task of changing a baby on board a plane will tell you it is not easy! Consult with the airline before you leave with regards to your options. You may find, too, you are flying with some very understand passengers who may be willing to help.

Bring a diversion: A favorite toy or blanket, a book, or a set of keys may provide entertainment for a child unwilling to nap during flight. By keeping the child’s focus in one place during the flight, you can prevent fits and distraction of other passengers.

Have a bottle or pacifier for the descent: A child’s ears can be very sensitive to the drop in air pressure as a plane makes it descent. Just as your own ears “pop” so will the child’s, and it is a pain they cannot understand or bear. While adults will chew gum to relieve the discomfort, a child cannot do the same, so it is important to have a pacifier or bottle handy during descent. The sucking motion will help ease the pain of pressure for the child.

Planning ahead and proper diversion will help make a child’s plane trip easier, for the child, the mother, and fellow passengers.

Kathryn Lively writes for journeyPod, luxury travel site and podcast.

The new € 647 million airport terminal at Alicante El Altet

The new Alicante El Altet, is now officially open.


alicante airport2 150x150 The new € 647 million airport terminal at Alicante El AltetThe new El Altet airport terminal was inaugurated on Wednesday 23rd March 2011 by Anea and the public Works Minister, Jose Blanco. Accompanying him at the ceremony was the Minister of Health, Leire Pajin, the President of the Generalitat, Francisco Camps, the President of Aena, Juan Lema, and the Mayors of Alicante and Elche, Sonia Castedo and Alejandro Soler. Many public institutions, regional, provincial and local representatives of business organisations and airlines were also present.

Open to the public.

It was opened the next day Thursday 24th March 2011 to the public. The project was part of a huge modernization project to put itself at the forefront of the Mediterranean tourist airport.

The general public feeling was that everything went very smoothly and the new terminal was a giant success.

The new terminal guarantees about 14,000 new jobs and over the past five years of construction it has employed about 7,500 workers.

It is hoped the airport will exceed 10 million passengers using the airport this year. El Altet has been one of the airports that has been least affected by the economic crisis


Since the airport first opened in March 1967, it has grown beyond all imagination, continuously adapting to the needs of the passengers.

The new terminal building is more than capable of handling 6,000 passengers an hour and carrying 20 million passengers a year and has now established itself as the premier airport in the whole of the province.

Being more spacious, functional and modern, the airport will make travelling more enjoyable.

El Altet airport currently offers flights to 75 domestic and international destinations paying special attention to the low-cost airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet. El Altet is Spain´s 6th busiest airport and the largest in the Murcia region.

Facilitiesaltetterminalfomento3 150x150 The new € 647 million airport terminal at Alicante El Altet

The terminal has:-

 *  An area of 333,500 m2,

*   98 check in desks

*   26 gates, each with passport control

*   16 baggage carousels

*   Automated baggage and screening system processing 7,880 bags per hour.

Many of the shops include :  Travel Mate, Tuc-Tuc, Tommy Hilfiger, Pepe Jeans, Armani Jeans, Cottet, Longchamp, Hugo Boss, Gloria Ortiz, Desigual.

There is also Telepizza and Starbucks outlets.

There are drop off facilities right outside the departure area and a huge bus parking area on the bottom floor for passengers arriving and travelling with tour operators.. There is a large taxi rank out the arrivals hall as well.


new terminal 21 150x148 The new € 647 million airport terminal at Alicante El AltetAt the moment, Aena have deemed it unnecessary to build a second runway although they have reserved some land for possible expansion in the future.

Lets look forward to everyone enjoying the new facility and benefiting everyone in general.

Do You Have a Fear of Flying? Learn How to Treat This Phobia.

flying fear1 150x150 Do You Have a Fear of Flying? Learn How to Treat This Phobia.It is estimated that twenty million Americans are plagued with the fear of flying. And if you are one who suffers from a flying phobia then you have lots of company. The term for this challenge is aviophobia and it is not as easy to treat as some other phobias.

This flying phobia encompasses many facets of flying.

1. Turbulence

2. Takeoffs

3. Flying over water

4. Landings

5. Feeling of being trapped

6. Weather

7. Crashing

8. Trusting pilot’s ability

9. The possibility of being out of control

10. Questioning the integrity of the plane

11. Possibility of panic attacks

Crashing is only one of the fears faced by an individual who suffers with the fear of flying.

Avoiding travelling by flying only adds fuel to the flying phobia of an individual and the phobia becomes worse. The imagination of some suffers works overtime presenting different possible disasters, plane bottom disappearing, terrorist, screaming, crying and the individual is unable to control his or her imaginings.

Flying is generally considered one of the safest forms of transportation. Even driving a car is more dangerous. Flying is about twenty nine percent safer than driving. However, this will not help when a person has a flying phobia. No matter what the statistics it will make no difference to an individual with a fear of flying.

There are several options open to you, if you suffer from the fear of flying. The one choice is … don’t.

Or you can suffer the embarrassment your fear causes you and the discomfort your fear causes family as well. There is always the option of oblivion caused by the consumption of alcohol (not a good idea). A sedative may work, but also not a good idea. And of course with either of these options you will not be able to drive when you reach your destination. I do not recommend either alcohol or medication. Should both be consumed and an interaction occurs, flying in high altitudes is not the place to have this reaction.

There are avenues of help with a flying phobia. There are clinics that use virtual reality to help an individual deal with their fear of flying. However, clinics offering this type of help may not be available in your area. But it won’t hurt to enquire.

Consulting a qualified therapist for individual treatment and in this case the flying phobia would be a consideration. But your therapist should know something about aviation. Of course, the best of both worlds would is a psychologist familiar with aviation and can offer you treatment for your fear of flying. A program that includes individual assessment.

There are group programs available to help you deal with your flying phobia. These may, at times, be offered by the individual airlines. Passengers who become anxious may just need reassurance and the information provided by these programs. And these groups are usually run by the employees of these airlines. Not by psychologist with the experience to evaluate your specific needs.

Another option is to search the internet for a well structured program designed by psychologists with aviation experience.


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Las Fallas, Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain


las Fallas 1 Las Fallas, Alicante, Costa Blanca, SpainFrom the middle of the 18th century, the Fallas were just one part of the events held to celebrate St Joseph’s Day (March 19). Throughout the morning of March 18, rag dolls called peleles were strung across city streets from window to window, or small platforms were arranged up against walls showing one or two figures (ninots) that referred to an event or to certain individuals who were particularly deserving of public derision. Throughout the day, children and young people collected items to be burnt on bonfires known as fallas

Later on the mayor of Valencia forbid the positioning of fallas in narrow streets near to buildings etc and this led the inhabitants to construct their fallas only in wide streets, at crossroads and in squares.

As they were now not placed against a wall, the design transformed to allow it to be achievable to look at them from all sides. This produced much greater freedom of construction and invited the inclusion of messages in verse all close to them.

Each falla represents a social action or attitude deserving of criticism or ridicule and this is reflected in the verses displayed. From the middle of the 19th century, these verses began to be printed and bound, giving rise to the booklet known as the llibret

las Fallas 3 225x300 Las Fallas, Alicante, Costa Blanca, SpainFallas are celebrated in various other towns in Valencia and Alicante provinces. Even though the times of firecracker presentations and flower offerings can be different from those in Valencia city, all towns will set up the monuments three days before the main night of the burning, March 19. The burning generally begins with the children’s monuments around 21.00 hrs and the main monuments are burned in reverse order to their prize position. The top prize winner is burned around 01.00 hrs. Main Fallas towns include Gandia, Oliva, Dénia and Benidorm.

Last Saturdy evening saw the completion of the four-day Fallas festival, the largest and most famous in the Comunidad Valenciana, when countless numbers of papier-mâché monuments went up in smoke and flames.

Even Though the principal activity during the Fallas usually takes place in the city of Valencia, alas Fallas 2 Las Fallas, Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain number of other towns and villages in its province – and in the north of the province of Alicante – also come to a dead halt from March 16 to 19 as their residents party hard night and day.

Some of the main features of the fiestas include the prize giving – where the very best monuments are selected – and the ofrena, or offering of flowers to the Virgin Mary.

On the last night, the monuments – which are normally caricatures of current affairs or famous individuals – are set fire to, beginning with the one which comes last and finishing with the winner.

Come Sunday morning, nevertheless, all traces of these enormous bonfires will have been cleared away, whilst falleras and band-members sleep off the effects of four days of eating, drinking, dancing, parading and otherwise celebrating.

The Brief History of Alicante Airport

Alicante Airport The Brief History of Alicante AirportWhen it comes to holiday destinations in Europe, Spain is one of the best and one of the most popular. Millions of people land in Alicante airport every year for holidays and for business trips and it is easy to see why! Anyone that is going to visit the Region of Murcia is likely to use this airport as it has some of the best transport links in the region.

Alicante Airport was originally named “El Altet” but this quickly changed. Alicante is an extremely popular destination, making the airport itself the 6th most used airport in Spain. For people that are visiting the Province of Alicante, this is certainly the airport of choice.

As far as location goes, the airport is extremely well placed. In fact, it sits just 9km from Alicante and 10km east of Elche, meaning that travellers can get to their chosen destination extremely easily.

The airport itself serves all kinds of passengers. Whilst it serves both national and international flights, the majority of traffic comes from the likes of the United Kingdom, Germany and even France. The most popular destinations for people using Alicante airport include the likes of Mallorca and the famous Barcelona.

The El Altet airport was built and eventually opened on May 4, 1967. This airport was to spark new interest in Spain and take over the service of the La Rabassa airport that had served the country so well since 1936. The name derives from the place it resides in; the Elche countryside.

Whilst it was designed to be a fairly domesticated type of airport, things soon changed. Sooner than most people knew it, Alicante airport was making regular connections with Iberia, starting in 1969. Traffic through the airport quickly grew to a point where in the 70s; traffic was reported to be in excess of 1,000,000!

Of course, with such major traffic, it was only natural that the airport needed to take drastic measures. This eventually led to the construction of a brand new passenger terminal, which would enable the airport to service a much larger number of passengers. To complement this, Alicante airport was extended on the runway side of things as well; extending to a massive 3km. This was in an effort to service more air traffic on a daily basis.

Ryanair were one of the first major airlines to set up camp in Alicante airport. They set up their base with 59 routes going in and out by 2007. This led to further development allowing the airport to service even MORE passengers.

Growth is something that Alicante airport is certainly used to. By 2010 the airport had developed strong relationships with airlines, with over 74,000 different flights and 3,000 tonnes of cargo. On the passenger side of things, 2010 was also a good year with the airport nearing 10,000,000 in passengers!

Ryanair still managed to put their stamp on the airport in 2010. They carried over 2.3 million passengers. Rival air lines such as Easyjet managed just over 1.4 million, whilst Air Berlin managed just over 690,000.

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The Brief History of Alicante Airport

alicante taxi transfers airport The Brief History of Alicante AirportWhen іt соmеѕ tо holiday destinations іn Europe, Spain іѕ оnе оf thе bеѕt аnd оnе оf thе mоѕt popular. Millions оf people land іn Alicante airport еvеrу year fоr holidays аnd fоr business trips аnd іt іѕ easy tо ѕее why! Anуоnе thаt іѕ gоіng tо visit thе Region оf Murcia іѕ lіkеlу tо uѕе thіѕ airport аѕ іt hаѕ ѕоmе оf thе bеѕt transport links іn thе region.

Alicante Airport wаѕ originally named “El Altet” but thіѕ quickly changed. Alicante іѕ аn extremely popular destination, making thе airport іtѕеlf thе 6th mоѕt uѕеd airport іn Spain. Fоr people thаt аrе visiting thе Province оf Alicante, thіѕ іѕ сеrtаіnlу thе airport оf choice.

Aѕ fаr аѕ location goes, thе airport іѕ extremely wеll placed. In fact, іt sits јuѕt 9km frоm Alicante аnd 10km east оf Elche, meaning thаt travellers саn gеt tо thеіr chosen destination extremely easily.

Thе airport іtѕеlf serves аll kinds оf passengers. Whіlѕt іt serves bоth national аnd international flights, thе majority оf traffic соmеѕ frоm thе likes оf thе United Kingdom, Germany аnd еvеn France. Thе mоѕt popular destinations fоr people uѕіng Alicante airport include thе likes оf Mallorca аnd thе famous Barcelona.

Thе El Altet airport wаѕ built аnd eventually opened оn Mау 4, 1967. Thіѕ airport wаѕ tо spark nеw interest іn Spain аnd tаkе оvеr thе service оf thе La Rabassa airport thаt hаd served thе country ѕо wеll ѕіnсе 1936. Thе nаmе derives frоm thе place іt resides in; thе Elche countryside.

Whіlѕt іt wаѕ designed tо bе а fаіrlу domesticated type оf airport, thіngѕ ѕооn changed. Sooner thаn mоѕt people nеw it, Alicante airport wаѕ making regular connections wіth Iberia, starting іn 1969. Traffic thrоugh thе airport quickly grew tо а point whеrе іn thе 70s; traffic wаѕ reported tо bе іn excess оf 1,000,000!

Of course, wіth ѕuсh major traffic, іt wаѕ оnlу natural thаt thе airport needed tо tаkе drastic measures. Thіѕ eventually led tо thе construction оf а brand nеw passenger terminal, whісh wоuld enable thе airport tо service а muсh larger number оf passengers. Tо complement this, Alicante airport wаѕ extended оn thе runway side оf thіngѕ аѕ well; extending tо а massive 3km. Thіѕ wаѕ іn аn effort tо service mоrе air traffic оn а daily basis.

Ryanair wеrе оnе оf thе fіrѕt major airlines tо set uр camp іn Alicante airport. Thеу set uр thеіr base wіth 59 routes gоіng іn аnd оut bу 2007. Thіѕ led tо furthеr development allowing thе airport tо service еvеn MORE passengers.

Growth іѕ ѕоmеthіng thаt Alicante airport іѕ сеrtаіnlу uѕеd to. Bу 2010 thе airport hаd developed strong relationships wіth airlines, wіth оvеr 74,000 dіffеrеnt flights аnd 3,000 tonnes оf cargo. On thе passenger side оf things, 2010 wаѕ аlѕо а good year wіth thе airport nearing 10,000,000 іn passengers!

Ryanair ѕtіll managed tо put thеіr stamp оn thе airport іn 2010. Thеу carried оvеr 2.3 million passengers. Rival air lines ѕuсh аѕ Easyjet managed јuѕt оvеr 1.4 million, whіlѕt Air Berlin managed јuѕt оvеr 690,000.

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Alicante Old Town

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Stanta Barbara Castle

Once the targeted by pirates sailing along the coast, Alicante still shows remains of walled fortifications around what is now its old town. These can be identified as stone crosses which mark where gates once stood in three locations. However, there is much more to see and experience in Alicante’s old town, or el barrio, than remains of its old walled defences. There is an abundance of historic buildings from churches to museums, along with a multitude of clubs, cafes and restaurants. All that the old town has to offer is easily accessible by foot due to its compact nature. If that wasn’t enough, Santa Barbara Castle which looms above this region of Alicante provides a fantastic back-drop for your explorations. In fact, Parque de la Ereta, a park designed by French architect to be in harmony with nature, offers a walkway between the castle and the old town.

iStock 000010012909XSmall St. Nicolis Catheral 200x300 Alicante Old TownThe small medieval streets of the triangular region that is the old town provide a relaxing setting for a stroll without any fear of getting lost. You’ll likely come across the town hall, or Ayubtamiento, an outstanding example of baroque architecture with twin towers reaching 35m high. The cathedral of San Nicolas de Bari, which dates back to the 17th century, can be found nearby and is another stunning example of baroque architecture. With features such as its high alter and tranquil garden, this cathedral is particularly memorable. Also in the old town and dating back to the late 14th century is the church of Sant Bartolomé, it is now a listed National Historic and Artistic Monument.

Alicante’s old town is also home to museums such as the Gravine Museum of Fine Arts which showcases Spanish art over three floors, and the Museu de Arte del Siglo XX Asegurada, a modern art museum within the city’s oldest building which dates back to 1685 where works by Picasso and Calder Dali among others are displayed.
After a day of exploring the historic buildings, cafes and curio shops in the area, there are plenty of restaurants to cater for all tastes. With a multitude of bars and pubs, you won’t find yourself short of places to enjoy a drink or two. With a diverse collection of venues, Alicante’s old town is sure to provide a fantastic night out.
With souvenir shopping, opportunities to be immersed in culture and great nightlife on offer, the old town region of Alicante will please everyone around the clock.



iStock 000005358696Small Alicante1 300x200 AlicanteAlicante is a city little known to the major tourist trade but happily this doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a lot to offer visitors. It is popular with Spaniards, with a wealth of history and entertainment to keep the locals and holiday makers alike happy.
With a range of atmospheres ranging from the tangled streets of the old quarters with their curio shops, to the white-washed properties higher on the hill with their stunning views of the city, Alicante has a lot to offer. Don’t fear, despite being so varied it’s easy to explore due to its compact nature.

With its very own mountain castle, 18th century manor houses, amazing beaches and an active nightlife; you’ll never be wanting for something to do. Alicante is also home to a multitude of churches, some dating back to the 16th century. The bullring, built in 1849, is one of Spain’s oldest; it has been restored and enlarged. The recently face-lifted El Barrio is where you can find an abundance of culture and charm in the form of the buildings and the ambience.
Alicante has a range of beaches suitable for a range of needs. For the water sport fans, the secluded Albufereta beach can provide what’s needed. Alternatively, the Playa del Coco may be the ideal choice for those who need easy access to rail links. The largest of them all at 5km long, the Playa de San Juan should cater for most with its range of hotels, bars, restaurants (it even has a golf course). Finally, majestic views of Alicante bay can be seen from the walkway at Saladar beach which itself is an attractive sandy beach. A relaxing stroll down the seaside Explanada de Espana will provide access to shops and cafes in a somewhat unique way as it is adorned with marble in black, red and cream, in addition to its palm tree lining.Numerous public parks complete with monuments and water features provide the opportunity to relax in the open air away from the beach. Besides beaches, historic buildings and parks, Alicante is an education hub with the university (founded in 1979) catering to over 30,000 students and a campus exceeding 1m square meters.
The harbour of Alicante, once the port of Madrid, is active to this day with working fishing fleets, sailing clubs, restaurants and nightlife.