General Travel Question from S Ransom - 08 January 2012
Q: Where would you recommend for late October without children? I would like sun, blue skies and beach please.
A: In Europe you could try the south of Spain, the Greek islands, Cyprus or Sardinia. Further afield October is a good time to visit Egypt or South Africa. For the trip of a lifetime, why not visit beautiful Patagonia.
General Travel Question from shelley - 12 November 2011
Q: What are the best books for budget travel advice?
A: Rough Guide and Lonely Planet are always reliable. Amazon normally have good prices on these, especially if you dont mind second hand books.
General Travel Question from tony lathwell - 21 September 2011
Q: When going on honeymoon, can the bride still travel under her single name on her passport?
A: Yes, this is the recommended way to do it and then change the passport name once you are back. Read the official YouGov name change guidelines for more info
General Travel Question from Nicole Shahsafdari - 15 September 2011
Q: What are the best search sites for air fares, car hire and hotels?
A: For airfares, car hire and hotels try a comparison site like TravelSupermarket. Alternatively, for flights try SkyScanner.net; for car hire try Auto Europe; and for hotels rooms try LateRooms.
General Travel Question from Rachael Green - 09 September 2011
Q: Which is the most popular tourist attraction in the world?
A: London and Paris consistently beat New York as the most visited cities, but according to Forbes Traveler it is Times Square in New York that takes the prize for most popular tourist attraction.
General Travel Question from douglas millard - 04 September 2011
Q: Which country is offering the best value for money for travellers at the moment?
A: Thanks to falling prices and the strength of the pound against many long haul destination currencies, the non European countries are looking best value at the moment. Recent incidents in Kenya and a 20% YOY fall in the currency versus sterling means that Kenya is probably cheapest of all at the moment.
General Travel Question from Gerard Samson - 19 August 2011
Q: How many miles are travelled by tourists on foot every year?
A: Goodness knows. But here is our go at a guess: average of 1 million people on holiday on any given day, each walking an average of 3 miles per day... equals well over 1,000,000,000 miles per year.
General Travel Question from Petar Ivanov Barzev - 15 August 2011
Q: Why do we need to travel?!
A: A good question for which we would like to borrow a quote from Lin Yutang: No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.
General Travel Question from Stephen Padgett - 30 July 2011
Q: Are we there yet?
A: Brilliant question, Stephen. I think we’ve all asked that one before... and the answer has to be: No, we’ve only just left!
General Travel Question from Tracey Quinn - 22 July 2011
Q: If I’ve got a beard in my passport photo, but now I’m clean-shaven. Is this a problem?
A: The official Home Office line is: Where there is a permanent and significant change to your face, such that you cannot be identified from your passport photograph, then you must apply for a new passport at your own cost. Whether that applies to beards is open to interpretation. More info on the Identity & Passport Service website.
General Travel Question from Laura Jones - 19 July 2011
Q: If you are in your 40s and want to take off and travel, what advice would be essential.
A: Sounds exciting! Lots to think about but as a start:
a) Hunt around for a decent long term travel insurance policy;
b) Do a budget... you will inevitably spend more than you think and this needs to fit with whatver income you are going to have;
c) Make some sort of plan about what things you want to see and do.
General Travel Question from Becky Radway - 15 July 2011
Q: The most interesting item anyone has brought back from their travels.
A: This spidery cargo would have been especially interesting if they had escaped: 1,000 spiders in a suitcase
General Travel Question from Andrew Kilbey - 14 July 2011
Q: Can we have sunbeds for UK only clients?
A: Maybe this will catch on with hotels one day as there are certain nationalities that seem to have a reputation for sunbed hogging! However, I think most of us have seen the Brits do it too!
General Travel Question from Lubica K. - 03 July 2011
Q: I would like to know why single travelers must often pay almost twice the price for a holiday compared to the price per person that couples pay?
A: This is a common complaint about among single holidaymakers and travellers. Hotels frequently charge single supplements in an effort to maximise their revenues per hotel room. However, things are improving and holiday companies such as
Thomson Holidays For One and
Thomas Cook Singles Skiing are starting to offer better deals for solo travelers.