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Online giftcard for hotel Vienna House by Wyndham Andel's Cracow

Vienna House By Wyndham Andel's Cracow

In Kraków (Kraków City Centre)Vienna House by Wyndham Andel's Cracow is centrally located in Kraków, a 4-minute walk from Kraków Barbican and 10

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1 Hotel Mayfair

Near Piccadilly CircusWith a stay at 1 Hotel Mayfair, you'll be centrally located in London, within a 10-minute walk of Piccadilly Circus and

Online giftcard for hotel Alexander

Near Forte MargheraWhen you stay at Alexander in Mestre, you'll be on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute drive of Port of Venice and Piazzale Roma.

Online giftcard for hotel Best Western Plus Hotel Bologna

Best Western Plus Hotel Bologna

With a stay at Best Western Plus Hotel Bologna in Mestre, you'll be within a 15-minute drive of Port of Venice and Grand Canal. This 4-star hotel is

Online giftcard for hotel Coppid Beech Hotel

Coppid Beech Hotel

The Coppid Beech hotel in Berkshire is just minutes from both the M4 and M3 motorways and only 30 minutes from Heathrow. With its Swiss chalet

Online giftcard for hotel Conrad London St. James

Conrad London St. James

Near Big BenConrad London St. James is in the heart of London, within a 5-minute walk of St. James Park and Westminster Abbey. This luxury hotel is

Online giftcard for hotel Casa Del Mare

Casa Del Mare

Make yourself at home in one of the 3 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring kitchens with refrigerators and ovens. Plasma televisions with

Online giftcard for hotel Best Western Titian Inn Hotel Treviso

Best Western Titian Inn Hotel Treviso

Near Cereria TorriLocated in Silea, Best Western Titian Inn Hotel Treviso is in the business district, a 2-minute drive from Sile River Regional

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Near Buckingham PalaceThe Goring is in the heart of London, within a 5-minute walk of Royal Mews and Victoria Palace Theatre. This luxury hotel is



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Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Then look no further than our choice of hotel vouchers which are perfect for a weekend break or holiday. Wowcher offers a variety of gift ideas which are great for those difficult to buy for friends and relatives. Purchase online today and select from a wide range of short breaks including hotels, theatre, spa, eurostar and attractions in top destinations. Read More

London theatre gifts are the perfect alternative for theatre lovers when you can’t decide which show to treat them to. With top West End shows every night of the week you will find you are spoilt for choice when deciding where and when to spend your London theatre gift vouchers. For friends and relatives who like to travel further afield, Eurostar gift vouchers make an ideal present.

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Luxury Yorkshire Lodge Break with Hot Tub for up to 4 - 2 or 3 nights - Full School Hols Availability

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Marco Pierre White's Country Manor Stay & 3-Course Dining For 2

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4* Central Belfast Stay: Breakfast & Prosecco Option For 2

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4* Markinch Stay for 2 - Breakfast & Wine – Dining Upgrade!

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4* Leonardo Hotel Liverpool Stay & Bottle of Prosecco For 2

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Yorkshire - 2 Nights, Breakfast, Cream Tea & Birds of Prey For 2

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4* Eastwood Hall: Nottinghamshire Stay, Dining & Leisure Access For 2

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4* Redworth Hall Hotel County Durham: Breakfast, Dinner & Leisure Access for 2

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4* Buckinghamshire Spa Stay for 2- Dinner & Spa Treatment Options

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4* Cardiff Miskin Manor Stay for 2: Breakfast, Dinner & Late Check Out

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Cambridge Stay for 2 - Breakfast & Prosecco/Wine - Riverside Hotel!

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Love2shop, the versatile multi-option voucher accepted at over 150 leading retailers.

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Concerts, sports, theatre & family attractions - UK's leading ticket retailer.

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Your favourite destinations are only a click away with a lastminute.com Gift Card

Virgin Experience Days Gift Cards

Virgin Experience Days Gift Cards

Giving you access to over 3000 experiences across the UK

The Chrome Collection

The Chrome Collection

Choose from a variety of experiences worth £250

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The Magenta Collection

Big cat encounters or a lap in a Lotus? Be inspired! Choose from a variety of experiences worth £200

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The Ebony Collection

From a ice climbing to flower arranging. Choose from a variety of experiences worth £150

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The Scarlet Collection

From bungee jumps to helicopter tours. Experiences worth £100

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The Enjoy London Collection for Two

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The 49 Best Gift Cards for Travel Lovers

We’ve rounded up the best gift cards for any travel lover on your shopping list.

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The benefits of travel are impossible to wrap up neatly with a bow. You just can’t put a price tag on an impossibly beautiful view , the experience touching down on a new continent , or that life-changing conversation with a local who lives oceans away . That said, a travel-related gift card is probably the closest you’ll get to giving the actual gift of travel to your loved ones (without booking their flights or hotels for them, anyway!).

You’ll want to make sure to select a gift card you know they will be able to put to use. If your loved ones always fly Delta, for example, you won’t want to select a gift card from a different airline. If they’re planning a backpacking trip through South America in the near future, they’ll benefit much more from a Columbia gift card, where they can stock up on camping and hiking gear, versus one from a luxe hotel chain.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best gift cards for jetsetters, from cruise lines and airlines to the top luggage and accessory brands.

Southwest Airlines Gift Card

Southwest Airlines

Southwest is known for offering booking flexibility with no hidden costs, and the airline consistently ranks on our World's Best domestic airlines list. If you've got a friend or family member who's looking to plan their dream trip, you'll be their new favorite person with this pick.

Delta eGift Card

Delta’s SkyMiles offers one of the best rewards programs in the business — which is why there are so many frequent flyers who swear by the airline. The Delta eGift Card is particularly practical as you can purchase one to instantly email to your favorite traveler, making it an exceptional ultra-last-minute gift.

Hotels.com Gift Card

Expedia's hotel arm, Hotels.com, is one of the best places to score hotel bookings and packages for less. The site is always offering savings at some of the top spots around the world, whether you book for now or later. You'll effectively be gifting a discount and taking care of the bill, too.

Airbnb Gift Card


There’s something about checking into an Airbnb that can feel a lot cozier for certain travelers, especially if they’re planning a long-term trip to a new city. The gift of an Airbnb gift card will give them the leeway to select their own unique apartment or home anywhere in the world while still cutting down the overall cost of their trip.

Princess Cruise Lines Gift Card

Princess Cruise Lines

Princess Cruise Lines sails to 380 cruise destinations across more than 100 countries — and all seven continents — which makes this an excellent option for the traveler on your list who has been planning a bucket list cruise for ages. Gift cards are available for as little as $50 and as much as $500 (but you can always purchase a custom amount).

Holland America Gift Card

Holland America

Holland America Line was founded nearly 150 years ago in 1873, and has continued to be one of the most trusted cruise lines on the sea. The premium ships are smaller than most cruise lines which will give them a much more intimate experience; the average guest also tends to be a bit older which makes this option great for travel fiends who prefer a more laid-back experience at sea.

Amtrak Gift Card

Shopping for a travel lover who prefers riding the rails to boarding flights? Amtrak gift cards are available from $25 to $250 and will allow them to book a train journey anywhere in the United States, and select destinations in Canada. We also love that this option can be emailed directly to the recipient at a scheduled date and time.

Starbucks Gift Card

We know, we know. Part of the thrill of travel is experiencing the local customs and culinary offerings — and that includes coffee culture. But sometimes we just need that venti iced caramel macchiato to shake off the jet lag. The only thing you’ll want to keep in mind is that Starbucks cards don’t work in every country, so giftees won’t be able to use an U.S card in most places in Europe or Asia, for example, but Ireland, Australia, and the U.K. should be fine.

Nordstrom Gift Card

Not exactly sure when or where your favorite traveler is planning their next escape? No worries since a Nordstrom gift card offers infinite possibilities. Whether they need a new suitcase or carry-on duffel bag, or they’re looking to invest in a few new swimsuits for a winter getaway, there are thousands of practical (and pretty) items available both in-store and online.

Foot Locker Gift Card

Foot Locker

It doesn’t matter if they’re planning a backpacking trip around Southeast Asia or they’ve booked a weeklong vineyard-hopping experience in France, it always pays to have a comfortable pair of walking shoes. A gift card to Foot Locker will allow travelers to choose the stylish and practical sneakers, sandals, or boots that best suit their specific needs and preferences. (This option also offers email delivery for those ultra-last-minute shoppers.)

Uber Gift Card

Navigating a new city can be stressful, especially when you first touch down at the airport after a long-haul flight. Thankfully, Uber is now available in many parts of the world and even has designated airport pick-up zones, making a gift certificate not only a smart idea but one that will help you rest easy, knowing your loved one can make it from point A to point B safely.

Amazon Gift Card

When you think of traveling, your first instinct might not be to shop online, but it’s easy to get all sorts of before-they-go essentials here from packing cubes to portable chargers and suitcases under $100 . If your pal is already subscribed to Amazon Prime, a gift card to this marketplace will help them keep their bags stocked even quicker.

Apple Gift Card

Have a digitally nomadic friend who you constantly have to locate via Instagram? They've mastered the skill of booking a flight at the drop of a hat and finding the cheapest last-minute hotel deal, but they could always use a little insurance for their most valuable asset: their technology. With an Apple gift card, they'll be able to buy accessories they need or enjoy a little discount if their laptop or iPhone bites the dust on the road.

Air Canada Gift Card

Looking to find the right gift for your travel-loving pal up north? Air Canada gift cards are a great option for anyone who regularly travels between the U.S. and Canada, as well as Canadians who travel internationally as the airline currently serves more than 220 destinations worldwide on six continents.

Zappos Gift Card

For trips where much of the sightseeing will take place on foot, a gift card to Zappos will help your friend find the most comfortable shoes for these upcoming plans. Whether they’re in the market for winter boots for a mountain escape or sandals for an upcoming beach vacation, there’s something to suit every kind of traveler.

CheapOair Gift Card

Whether they’re planning a trip in the next few months or they’re still saving for a dream European vacation, you can still give the gift of adventure with a CheapoAir gift card, since they never expire. CheapOair will allow your loved one to search for the least expensive routes and flight paths and start planning their dream trip, whenever that might be.

Columbia Gift Card

After months of training, your sister is finally setting out to hike the Appalachian Trail all by her bad self. Express your support and encouragement with a gift card to Columbia, one of the leading trusted brands in outdoor wear. Depending on how generous you're feeling, you can outfit her with a tent, an insulated jacket, a backpack, and much more.

Fluent City Gift Card

Fluent City

If being able to speak another language comfortably has always been a goal for your mom as she plans her dream trip to Rome, consider giving the gift of the spoken word. Right now, Fluent City offers both private and group language lessons online. Even if it's a while before she puts her Italian skills to the test, she'll be more than prepared for when she finally arrives.

Away Gift Card

We’ve been big fans of Away luggage for their functional designs, gorgeous colors, and affordable price points ever since the brand’s inception back in 2015. Digital gift cards can be used in-store or online, and you can load the card up to $1,000 (to outfit your loved one with a full set of suitcases and travel accessories).

REI Gift Card

If your travel-loving buddy is more of a backpacker and camper and less of the luxury hotel type, a gift card to REI will be right up their alley. The multi-purpose store stocks everything they could possibly need for their next adventure in the great outdoors, from camping gear and weatherproof apparel to snacks appropriate for trekking in the bush.

Sephora Gift Card

Stocking up on travel-sized skin care and cosmetics is easy at Sephora, with hundreds of well-loved beauty brands offering miniature products to fit in a carry-on without going over the liquid limit. We especially love that Sephora allows you to customize a gift card with your own images or sayings. Let those creative juices flow!

Audible Gift Card

Book-loving travelers know the struggle of wanting to pack enough paperbacks to last the entire trip but also not wanting to run the risk of overweight baggage fees. A gift card for Audible will allow them to download as many books as they want to listen to right on a smartphone instead.

MaidPro Gift Certificate

Nobody likes coming back to a messy house after a long trip, but sometimes there’s just not enough time to tidy up, pack, and make it to the airport in time. A gift certificate to MaidPro will allow travelers to pre-schedule a professional cleaner to come, so all they’ll have to do is unpack and relax in an already tidy home.

Spafinder Gift Card

You might not know the details of your loved ones’ next five-star vacation, but a gift card to SpaFinder lets you give them a little dose of luxury whenever that may be. These gift cards are universal and can be redeemed at thousands of spas across the United States, and all over the world, so you can pretty much guarantee they’ll be able to find an eligible establishment in their future travels.

Marriott International Gift Card

If they’re all about racking in those Bonvoy points, you’ll want to consider a gift certificate to Marriott International. The digital gift cards are universal, which means gift recipients can put them toward their next stay anywhere in the world as long as it falls under the Marriott umbrella (think Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Westin, and more).

Fairmont Gift Card

A Fairmont gift card pretty much guarantees a luxurious experience. Whether your jetsetting friend uses it to check into one of the hundreds of historic properties around the world (like the Grand Railway Hotels across Canada, for example), or to enjoy a three-course meal, you know it’ll be put to very good use.

Hilton Gift Card

Whether your pal is a road-trip warrior, luxury enthusiast, or budget-conscious adventurer, a gift card to Hilton will suit them just fine. There is a vast network of brands at all price points — from the budget-friendly Hilton Garden Inn to the five-star Waldorf Astoria. The best part? Hilton gift cards don’t expire so they won’t have to rush to plan their next trip.

If there’s a cruise lover on your shopping list, Holland America gift cards can be used to book sailings worldwide and also for onboard purchases to make the journey even better. Whether your friend is looking to cruise Caribbean, European, or Australian waters, this gift card is the best way to start the trip.

Tortuga Gift Card

With Tortuga’s home try-on program, the adventurer in your life can select the perfect travel backpack for their trip and body needs. Tortuga products also offer a worldwide warranty, so this gift card may just be the most reliable gift you give this holiday season.

Most of us have enjoyed the convenience of summoning a Lyft to get us where we need to go. A Lyft gift card can not only be used for a comfortable ride, but for Lyft scooters and bikes as well. The gift amount will be credited to your friend’s Lyft account so they can use it however, and whenever, they want.

Best Western Travel Card

Best Western

Best Western Hotels and Resorts can be found in more than 100 countries and territories. Gifting the Best Western Travel Card means Rewards points can still be earned on all booked stays, and there’s no expiration date either.

White Duck Outdoors Gift Card

White Duck Outdoors

White Duck Outdoors is known for their easy-to-use and long-lasting camping gear. From durable glamping tents to duffel bags, your adventurous friend can choose just what they need to make their next trip a comfortable outdoor adventure with this gift.

CruiseDirect Gift Card


If you know a cruise aficionado looking for their next adventure, a CruiseDirect gift card lets them choose from over a dozen cruise lines to book their next dream getaway. This is perfect for those with flexible travel plans, or anyone new to the cruising world.

Briggs & Riley Gift Card

Briggs & Riley

What traveler doesn’t need a reliable bag? With a Briggs & Riley gift card, your jetsetter can choose between dozens of styles to suit their needs. Whether they’re in the market for a new carry-on duffel, hardside luggage, or even laptop backpack, gift card holders get a great selection of gear, all coming with an unconditional lifetime guarantee.

Chaco Gift Card


You probably don’t know your friend's shoe size off the top of your head. Instead of guessing, give them a Chaco gift card so they can shop for the best size, shape, and style for their outdoor needs. Physical Chaco gift cards can be shipped or sent electronically for ease and immediate use.

Hawaiian Airlines Gift Card

With over 35 destinations to choose from and no expiration date, Hawaiian Airlines’ gift cards will help your traveler start planning a dream vacation. Whether they’re interested in island hopping through Hawaii or exploring the South Pacific, giving this card means they will still earn miles on flights purchased as a present from you.

Calpak Digital Gift Card

Calpak Digital 

Calpak luggage and bags are the durable, high-end gift any traveler would love to receive this holiday season. Even better? Sending a Calpak gift card, so they can choose the design that’s best for them. From the sturdy Kaya Laptop Backpack we love to helpful packing cubes, there’s plenty to shop.

Four Seasons Gift Card

Four Seasons

If you’re unsure when shopping for your favorite luxury lover, look no further than the Four Seasons gift card. It’s redeemable for overnight stays, plus dining, spa treatments, and other experiences at Four Seasons locations worldwide. Cards can also be purchased in one of four currencies to avoid exchange rate fees.

Carnival eGift Card

Does your best friend have a Carnival cruise booked this year? Make their trip even better by giving them a Carnival gift card. Not only can it be used once onboard for gifts, drinks, and excursions to make an experience even better, it can be used to book their next cruise as well.

Monos Gift Card

Give your adventurer exactly what they want by letting them pick out what they need for an upcoming trip from lightweight luggage to comfortable clothes. The Monos gift card never expires and can be used on top of sales and discount codes, too.

Barnes & Noble eGift Card

Who doesn’t love the planning stages of an upcoming trip? Give the gift of in-flight entertainment with a gift card to Barnes & Noble. Whether your pal is looking for travel guides, magazines, or novels, they’ll find thousands of options in stores and online to get them excited to take off.

Alaska Airlines Gift Certificate

Alaska Airlines

With dozens of destinations to choose from, an Alaska Airlines gift certificate suits loved ones traveling throughout the United States and beyond. These gift certificates can be used not only on Alaska Airlines flights, but also Horizon Air or SkyWest flights operated by Alaska Airlines. They never expire and can be delivered directly to your friend’s email or printed and mailed.

Nomatic Gift Card

From accessories for everyday travel around town to bags for extended trips, Nomatic has something to offer everyone. The Nomatic gift card is not only a nice pick for your on-the-go friend this season, all products are also covered by a lifetime warranty, too.

OneTravel Gift Card

With the OneTravel gift card, your friend can book a flight to their dream destination across the globe. The best part is, you choose when the treat is sent to your loved-one’s email, which means you can buy now and still keep the surprise for later!

Virgin Experience Gifts Gift Card

Virgin Experience Gifts

With a Virgin Experience Gifts gift card, travelers can select an experience — from helicopter tours to murder mystery dinners — based on their location. With hundreds of excursions to choose from in dozens of cities, any adventurer can find something fun and unique to enjoy.

Athleta Gift Card

The Athleta gift card is perfect for any active woman on your list as the brand’s sizes range from XXS to 3X. Athleta gear runs on the sportier, more casual side which means styles like their comfy travel pants work both in the air and on a hike, too.

Cabela's Gift Cards

For the outdoor-loving travelers on your list, Cabela’s has everything for your favorite camper and boater. Their gift cards can be redeemed online and instore for both Cabela’s and BassPro Shops giving your friend even more options.

Celebrity Cruises E-gift Card

With over 300 cruise ports to choose from, your friend has plenty of trip options when receiving a Celebrity Cruises gift card. Treat them to an upscale cruise experience with $50, $100, $250, and $500 denominations to suit your gifting needs.

Arlo Skye Online Gift Cards

Arlo Skye is known for their beautiful and durable luggage — and we all know someone who’s obsessed with traveling in style. This season, give your trendy traveler a gift card to Arlo Skye to help them live out their dreamiest fantasies with a new bag in tow.

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10 Gift Voucher Ideas for Travelers

Finding the perfect gift for travelers is always tricky, but even more so when ongoing restrictions mean that hotel, flights and experience bookings can fall through overnight. A thoughtful gift voucher provides the perfect compromise – the promise of travel with freedom and flexibility. 

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Tinggly offers thousands of once-in-a-lifetime experiences across the globe (Photo: Tinggly.com)

As  vaccination passports, red lists and lockdown become the new normal, gift vouchers are becoming increasingly popular Christmas, birthday, anniversary and wedding presents. T housands of companies from the full spectrum of the travel industry are offering gift voucher ideas that can be redeemed against everything from spa breaks to helicopter rides. What’s more, many companies are throwing in additional incentives too, such as bonus credit, travel literature and complimentary cocktails. With so many options to choose from, we’ve cherry-picked ten of the best gift voucher ideas for travelers.

Tinggly is a US-based travel experience website that offers cool and quirky getaways and experiences in more than 100 countries across the world. With a couple of swipes and clicks, travellers can book anything from one night in New York to a helicopter ride. Gift vouchers start from $10 in any denomination and can be redeemed against any experience or getaway. A portion of Tinggly profits goes to sustainable projects to remove polluting plastics from the environment too. 

Find out more at www.tinggly.com/collections/experience-gift-card

BnB finder 

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This Austin-based business is the most comprehensive global site for finding unique, professionally operated B&Bs, inns and boutique hotels. Gift vouchers can be redeemed against more than 10,000 properties in the United States and Canada. The platform provides detailed descriptions, accurate imagery and Google and TripAdvisor to make it easier for travellers to find the perfect place to sleep too. Gift vouchers are available for $100 or more and BnBfinder is currently offering even more bang for your buck with a bonus $25 on $100 gifts cards too. 

Find out more at www.bnbfinder.com/gift-cards

As the world gets cleaner and greener, train travel is fast becoming a popular alternative to flying. Amtrak is the United States’ only intercity rail passenger train operator. Formed in 1971, the service offers more than 40 different routes to over 600 destinations across every region of the country. The longest route reaches a staggering 3,924 km. You can now purchase gift vouchers for any amount up to $500, with no fees or expiration date. Each gift voucher is available as an e-voucher or a physical card posted through the recipient’s door too.

Find out more at www.amtrak.com/giftcards

Flight Gift 

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With Flight Gift, you can give someone the freedom to decide when and where they travel for their next adventure. Flight Gift works with over 300 airlines in over 980 global destinations, so your loved one can choose from the best flight times, destinations and prices too. Each voucher is available as a physical gift card, printable PDF or an e-gift. You can also make the gift more personal by adding a photo and writing a message. Each voucher is valid for two years, with  free delivery worldwide and instant e-gift delivery. 

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The Holiday in a Box 

Holiday in a Box offers destination-themed, activity-filled travel hampers delivered directly to your door. Each box combines artisanal products, a digital library containing virtual tours, music, playlists, and immersive games and activities to provide a fun introduction to a destination. Recipients can experience everything from recreating rooftop cocktails from luxury hotel brands to virtual temple tours.  If you can’t decide which destination your gift-receiver would like best, you can send them a ‘travel ticket’ (gift card) for any value from £10. It can be redeemed at any time on any product or subscription. 

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Cosy pub stays across the UK with Stay in a Pub (Photo: StayInAPub.co.uk)

Sleeping in a pub with rooms is one of the most quintessentially British ways to travel. UK-based Stay in a Pub is bringing power to the pub by making it easier than ever for travellers to book a stay in some of the country’s best pubs. The website currently offers stays at over 700 properties in some of the country’s most sought after locations, including Southwold, York and London. You can order vouchers worth between £25–300 and all vouchers are valid for two years after the purchase. The recipient can use them across multiple purchases or combine them towards a larger booking too. You can opt for a free e-voucher or pay a small fee for a physical gift voucher sent by a first-class post. 

Find out more at www.stayinapub.co.uk/gift-vouchers


Euroventure makes travelling Europe by train easier and more efficient with bespoke interrail packages for travellers of any age. Individuals can either choose to organise an independent trip or a group tour with a small group of like-minded travellers of the same age bracket. Gift vouchers are redeemable on any group or independent packages and interrail passes but recipients must contact the team within 12 months of receipt to arrange the trip and redeem the full value. You can purchase vouchers worth £50–500.

Find out more at www.euroventure.com/gift-vouchers

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Gift vouchers can be redeemed against any luxury train journey (Photo: LuxuryTrainTickets.com)

If you’re looking for gift vouchers for a special occasion, why not whisk them back to the Golden Age of Travel? Luxury Train Tickets offers gift vouchers ranging from £100–£100,000 for individual trains across the range, including the British Pullman, Royal Scotsman and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Gift vouchers can be used for any luxury journey advertised on LuxuryTrainTickets.com. Vouchers are valid for up to two years, so participants will have plenty of time to find the train journey of their dreams too. 

Find out more www.luxurytraintickets.com/gift-vouchers

Canopy and Stars 

Canopy and Stars is a treasure trove of hand-picked unique and inspiring holiday homes across the UK and Europe. Whether it’s a yurt or a treehouse, each property has been selected after rigorous quality, authenticity and creativity control. Think roll-top bars, wild swimming and sleeping under the stars. Gift cards are available in any denomination and can be redeemed in over 850 destinations, from the northern tip of Scotland to southern Spain. Each voucher is available as an eCard or sent in the post, and a tree is planted for every booking. If you spend over £200, you’ll get a copy of Stay Wild for free too. 

Find out more at www.canopyandstars.co.uk/gift-cards

The Travel Boxx 

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The Travel Boxx is a quarterly subscription box filled with five TSA-approved essential items that have been carefully curated to save travellers time and money while boosting brand awareness for small businesses. Essentially, it’s a one-stop shop for those items easily forgotten on a trip, from smart gadgets and skincare to accessories such as collapsible water bottles and paper soaps. Recipients receive a new box every three months with seasonally-inspired products too. Each box retails at £30. 

Find out more at www.thetravelboxx.co.uk

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TravelCard by Inspire is a prepaid gift card that can be redeemed with us here on travelbyinspire.co.uk. With this card, you'll have complete access to the great range of travel options we have available at Travel by Inspire. Most of these can be booked online but we offer even more choice if you decide to call our UK based call centre.

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Travel is a great way to help those in need of a much needed holiday, break or respite away from day to day life.

Inspire specialise in offering travel as a benefit, treat or reward.

As an ABTA licensed travel agency we have partnerships with over 250 of the most well-known and trusted travel providers in the industry.

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Travel is a great way to help those who deserve a much needed holiday, break or respite from day to day life. We have created a unique and easy way for charities to treat their beneficiaries to a holiday they’ll never forget.

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Our Travel Card for Charities can be loaded with a predetermined amount to be spent on travel or holidays booked through Inspires ABTA, ATOL and IATA licensed agency. The Inspire Travel Card can be redeemed with us online or through our call centre, offering a huge variety of holidays, weekend breaks or day trips, close to home or further afield.

Our TravelCard  can be fully white labelled for each of our charities, using charity branding, bespoke telephone lines and email addresses to keep consistency for your beneficiaries.

We can even offer a discount on card purchases, allowing you to invest back into the charity.

We can also offer a fully bookable white label website catering specifically for the needs of your charity

Each card given out is fully supported by Hyve, our secure, robust and fully auditable system, ensuring that all spending can be tracked.

This technology offers our charities a fully transparent view of how and when grants are being spent. Ensuring that they are used properly and fairly.

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Whether Christmas or a birthday is coming up, the Inspire TravelCard Gift Card will always be well received! With this gift card, you can send your loved ones on a Christmas holiday or a weekend city break. Since Inspire TravelCard collaborates with various tours and travel operators, your friends and family will have unlimited holiday packages. They can find exciting and exotic destinations with beautiful accommodations. Available in open denominations from 10 till 200GBP, you can also enjoy e-gift options, so the recipient can receive it directly in their inbox. The perfect gift for that special person in your life who loves to travel!

Inspire TravelCard is used to pay for holiday packages within the UK and Europe. If you want a touring holiday, Inspire offers a selection to choose from, including private tours for small or large groups. Aside from guided tours, you can also enjoy cruises or concerts and events in exotic destinations. You can spend Christmas in delightful surroundings or enjoy a festive holiday with a group of friends. With an Inspire TravelCard, you can book flights and accommodations for your holidays. Inspire provides numerous hotels, cottages and self-catered accommodations depending on the location, and the TravelCard is redeemable on all accommodations. Inspire TravelCard also covers airport parking expenses and transfers. If you use a rental car, the gift card will cover rental charges. You book your holiday via the Inspire travel website. 

10 best travel vouchers and gift cards for Christmas, including Tui, Disney and more

Help your loved ones go further this Christmas with money off their next dream stay

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If you are looking to gift something a little bit different this Christmas, then a travel voucher or gift card could be just the thing.

Just as perfect for anyone who has a trip coming up as it is for those who have yet to book, your travel-loving friend or family member could enjoy lots of lovely extras thanks to your thoughtful gift. Available on flights, hotels, attractions and more, give them the gift they really want this Christmas.

From money off a Disney day pass to a discount on a dream destination these awesome gifts are only as limited as your budget will allow and will help to make priceless memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

READ MORE: 10 best gift experiences for Christmas 2023: From rage rooms, aerobatics to perfume making

Travelling can be expensive, so help them out with one of these great travel voucher offers.

Tui gift vouchers allow gift givers to put any amount of money on a gift card. This can then be put towards the cost of a dream holiday, whether it’s an exotic escape to the Caribbean or a romantic break to Paris.

With trips available to over 70 worldwide destinations, flying from more than 20 UK airports, it shouldn't be too hard for your recipient to find their dream destination.

Tui gift vouchers can be purchased in Tui stores or digital versions can be purchased online to be sent via email on a date of your choice.

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2. Lastminute.com

With a lastminute.com gift card , you can buy a trip without fixed dates, making it a great way to buy now for adventures yet to happen.

Each digital gift card contains a voucher code that allows a cash value to be put towards the cost of a flight, hotel or flight + hotel package of the recipient's choice. They can also choose their travel dates, making it an incredibly flexible gift for travel fans.

The gift card code can be used multiple times at check out until the expiry date or the full value is redeemed, whichever comes first.

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3. Hotels.com

The online accommodation provider gives travellers access to a huge selection of hotel rooms and stays across the globe. If you would like to give the gift of a good night's sleep, you can choose the amount you would like to gift and have it sent directly to their email address.

With over half a million establishments to choose from in every corner of the world, a Hotels.com voucher is a great gift for anyone who likes to get away now and again.

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4. Holiday Cottages

Holiday Cottages gift vouchers let the lucky recipient choose from a collection of handpicked holiday cottages across the UK, to be enjoyed at any time of year.

From a romantic retreat just for two to a fun-filled cottage for the whole family, buyers can choose vouchers starting from £50 to put towards their getaway. Vouchers are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

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5. Coolstays

Coolstays offers a hand-picked collection of unique holiday accommodations in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

This Christmas , you can give someone the gift of an amazing experience in one of over 2300 amazing properties.

Choose a design for the digital voucher as well as the amount you would like to gift, and your voucher can be sent directly to your recipient or to your own inbox to print out and share on Christmas day.

Coolstays vouchers are valid for 2 years.

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6. Flightgift

A single Flightgift voucher can be used to fly on over 400 global airlines, making it cheaper to hop on board.

Personalise your flight voucher by selecting an image, choosing your amount and then writing a personal message to your recipient. The voucher can then be sent via post, email or print at home and your favourite frequent flyer will be able to redeem their voucher at checkout.

Flightgift vouchers can be used on Jet2, Ryanair, Vueling, Tui, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and more.

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7. Secret Escapes

Secret Escapes gift cards give access to some of the world’s best hotels and destinations at hard-to-resist prices. From city breaks to dream destinations, the members-only website is famous for its incredible deals on destinations across the world.

Buyers can choose an amount to gift, ranging from as little as £50 right up to £5000.

Vouchers can be sent via post in a stylish presentation box or last-minute purchases can be sent directly to an inbox of your choice. Each voucher can be used to book a luxury hotel stay or getaway from the most current deals available on the website.

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8. Trailfinders

Let the travel experts at Trailfinders help your loved one to find their perfect adventure. The Trailfinders Gift Cards are perfect for anyone who enjoys the thrill of travelling and likes to curate their very own itinerary.

Easy to redeem, gift givers can purchase any amount from £10 to £10,000 online, and gift card money can be redeemed when bookings are made by telephone.

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9. Attraction Tickets

Best known for being the UK's largest attraction ticket provider for the likes of Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando Resort and Disneyland Paris, Attraction Ticket vouchers are a brilliant choice for families who have already booked their dream adventure.

Gift cards are available from just £10 and digital gift cards will be sent instantly to your inbox.

Not only a great choice for Disney fans, gift cards can also be used to purchase tickets for Alton Towers, LEGOLAND® Windsor, THORPE PARK and Chessington World of Adventures, as well as numerous incredible experiences and days out across the globe.

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10. Buy a Gift

The online experience website Buyagift.com sells flexible gift vouchers that can redeemed against days out, activities, experience and hotel stays, meaning your recipient can choose what they want to do.

Available from £50 to £500, the hotel voucher can be redeemed at several big-name hotel chains including Novotel, Mercure, Ramada by Wyndham, Hilton, Pullman and Crowne Plaza.

Other purveyors of unusual gifts such as Red Letter Days and Virgin Experience Days also offer vouchers that can be redeemed against hotel accommodation, short breaks and overnight stays.

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THESE gift cards might be the perfect Christmas present for travel lovers.

There are gift cards for anything travel-related, from hotels and flights to theme park tickets and days out in the UK.

There are gift cards for pretty much anything travel-related, from hotels and flights to theme park tickets and days out in the UK

These are the best travel gift cards worth buying this festive season.

The TUI travel gift cards allow you to put any amount of money on the card, and the recipient can then put it towards their dream holiday, with no restrictions on the destinations.

They can jet off to a European city or a tropical paradise, with more than 70 worldwide destinations departing from more than 20 UK airports.

TUI also allows you to send a digital gift card or a physical one.

If you're after the physical version, purchase it as soon as possible to ensure it'll be delivered in time for Christmas .

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2. Attractiontickets.com

The Attractiontickets.com vouchers allow you to gift anywhere between £10 and £1,000.

The gift card offers the flexibility to book any ticket, experience or hotel package on the site for a year after purchase.

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On Attractiontickets.com, you'll find tickets to Disney World Florida , Disneyland Paris , Universal Orlando Resort and Siam Park in Tenerife , to name a few major holiday parks.

For a theme park closer to home, Alton Towers,  Legoland , Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures are available, too.

  • Check out the Attractiontickets.com gift cards here

3. Lastminute.com

Lastminute.com has different gift cards available to book, including a general holiday voucher that can be spent on anything, flight-only vouchers and the best-seller 'Flight + Hotel' gift cards.

The gift cards have a minimum of £50 and can be personalised with anything from a video, a picture or a written message.

The card can then be used on 400 airlines and more than 1 million hotel combinations.

  • Check out the Lastminute.com gift cards here

4. Hotels.com

Hotels.com features independent, major chain hotels and self-catering stays in hundreds of thousands of properties around the world.

The gift cards can be between £10 and £1,350 to spend on any hotel break.

The Hotels.com gift card will expire three years after its purchase date, so there'll be plenty of time to use it.

This one can either be sent as an eGift card with a personalised message or printed.

  • Check out the Hotels.com gift cards here

5. Buy a Gift

The Buy a Gift cards range from £10 to £250 and can be redeemed against any experience.

There are more than 10,000 experiences available on the site, so the recipient won't be short on options.

The vouchers can be used on anything from spa retreats and weekend getaways to skydiving and supercar driving experiences.

The gift cards can also be used as part of payment towards higher-priced experiences.

  • Check out the Buy a Gift gift cards here

6. Holiday Cottages 

The Holiday Cottages gift cards are perfect for staycation lovers.

The gift card will allow the receipting to book their dream UK getaway, from romantic countryside retreats to big cottages to host parties.

Some properties are also dog-friendly, so this one is a great option for anyone with a pet too.

The vouchers have a minimum value of £50 and will be valid for a year after purchase.

  • Check out the Holiday Cottages gift cards here

7. Forest Holidays

This one is for nature lovers, as Forest Holidays specialises in holidays in forests and other rural areas in the  UK .

The gift vouchers are available from £25 to £500 and can be used to book any holiday on the site.

They can also be used on already booked holidays to add special extras like in-cabin extras, activities, bike hire and more.

The vouchers will have to be redeemed within one year of purchasing.

  • Check out the Forest Holidays gift cards here

8. Red Letter Days  

Red Letter Days has been providing unique gift experiences since 1989, and they currently offer more than 5,000 different ones.

Gift vouchers can be bought up to £300, while gift boxes with hundreds of experiences are also available.

The gift cards will allow the lucky recipient to choose anything from attractions and tours, pampering breaks, flying experiences and bungee jumping.

The company even offers gift vouchers for couples.

  • Check out the Red Letter Days gift cards here

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Going on a holiday needn’t be a fraught experience …

The experts: travel agents on 20 ways to book a sustainable and sensational summer holiday

Keen to get away? Here is how to find a great deal, pick the perfect destination and support the local community

A holiday should be relaxing, but booking one can be a fraught experience, with days lost to endless scrolling, comparing reviews and prices. How can you be sure you are getting a good deal? Travel agents share their tips for the most affordable, sustainable and memorable trips.

1. Book like an agent

“Everybody views themselves as a travel agent and they can be up to a point,” says Paul Sharp from Newcastle upon Tyne, who operates as part of the Travel Counsellors network and has 30 years’ experience in the industry. He says the rise of budget airlines and online booking have led to people feeling confident about organising trips themselves. What is the one thing we should know when doing so? “It is a false economy to book things separately because you have no protection,” Sharp says. He gives the example of someone planning a trip to South Africa to watch rugby, who booked flights with the airline and hotels directly and rugby tickets elsewhere. The game was cancelled but the flights and hotel were non-refundable. If they had been booked together, the trip would have been covered under package travel regulations. “Book with a company you trust and know – there are a lot of sites that crop up and you don’t really know their provenance,” he says.

2. Be an early bird

“Planning in advance is always going to be better value,” says Helen Youngman , an independent travel agent and partner at 360 Private Travel , based near Norwich. “Late deals do exist, but a lot of hotels use ‘dynamic pricing’, which means prices increase as availability goes down. Flights are only going to increase in price the closer you get to the departure date because the fuller the flight gets, the more expensive it will be.” Sharp adds: “Don’t hang on for a last-minute deal because you could end up disappointed. Scheduled flights tend to be available about 11 months in advance, so that is the best time to book. Also, at that stage, a lot of hotels and accommodation providers will have early-bird specials.”

3. If you do book late, be flexible

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Jessica Bollinger, who works in the Bristol branch of Danish travel agent Kilroy , which specialises in youth and adventure holidays, agrees that late deals are now something of a myth. “They are not unheard of, but with a last-minute deal there are certain things you’re not going to get. So you have to be really open-minded as to where you’re going to go,” she says.

4. Avoid peak season

The cheapest time to travel is always outside the school holidays, says Youngman, with Christmas and new year the most expensive times. Can you get a good deal if you fly on Christmas or New Year’s Day itself? Sometimes, she says, “but a lot of people are catching on to that trick”. If you have to go in the school holidays, be open to going somewhere off the beaten track. “Being clever about destinations is a good plan,” says Youngman. “In Europe, look farther east at places such as Montenegro, Albania and Georgia. And Morocco is a good summer destination for families.”

5. Midweek can be more affordable

“Midweek can be cheaper, it just depends on availability,” says Youngman. “A Thursday to Monday trip is going to be slightly more expensive than Monday to Friday, but all travel fares are based on availability, so the further in advance you can book, the better.”

6. Take out travel insurance when you book

A lot of people sort out their insurance at the airport, says Sharp, but it is best to do it as soon as you have booked your trip. He says: “Travel insurance doesn’t just cover you if you lose a bag or are poorly while you are away. It also covers you should you need to cancel for an insurable reason before you travel.” This includes illness or a bereavement.

7. On solo trips, consider a group tour

‘Some companies offer specialist female-only tours.’

If you are travelling alone, “pretty much anywhere is possible”, says Youngman. “Embarking on your first solo trip can be daunting, which is why small group tours are an amazing way to travel with like-minded people. Some companies I work with are doing specialist female-only tours with visits to female entrepreneurs, co-operatives, makers and bakers. Small group tours are great because they handle all the logistics, include really immersive experiences and are safe. They pick you up from the airport, and from that point onwards, you’re travelling with other people and you’ve got an expert guide.”

8. Have a daily budget

“We advise setting a daily limit for yourself while travelling and then multiplying that number by the days you are away to get the amount to save for your spending money,” says Bollinger. “When you work it out like this, it makes a lot more sense in people’s minds, especially young people who don’t have much budgeting experience. It also keeps you accountable to yourself, so you don’t blow everything right at the beginning and then have nothing left for the end.” To stick to a tight budget, she says: “Cook food as you go along and use public transport instead of tourist buses – this will really help you save money.”

9. Consider all-inclusive options

“If you are going to spend a lot of time eating and drinking in the hotel, I recommend upgrading to an all-inclusive option if possible,” says Youngman, “especially if you’d like a cocktail or two and you’re grazing throughout the day. Otherwise it can all add up and when you check out it costs a fortune.” With active holidays such as skiing or safaris, she adds: “If you have the option to choose an all-inclusive package that includes the activities, food and drink, that is usually a more cost-effective way of travelling. Because sometimes they will really sting you on the extras and it will be more expensive.”

10. Work your way around the world

“A working holiday is a great way to fund your trip,” says Bollinger, who helps people book travel to Australia, New Zealand and Canada by organising working holidays so they can extend their stay. “A lot of jobs will be hospitality-related, but if you go to a more rural spot you can do farm work, and if you have qualifications already, sometimes those can be used. Working holidays in Canada are often at ski resorts near Vancouver, so you get the added benefit of being in a beautiful place to take advantage of the winter sports.”

11. Travel as sustainably as possible

‘By travelling sustainably, you have more time to absorb the culture surrounding you.’

“You can get to most places in Europe by train , so if you are open to slowing down and having a more relaxed itinerary, not only are you travelling more sustainably, but you have more time to absorb the culture surrounding you,” says Youngman. “Be good to the environment you are travelling to see.” She stresses the importance of limiting flights as much as possible, especially internally, and avoiding indirect long-haul options. “We highly recommend ‘open-jaw flights’, which means you fly into one destination and out of another, to limit the number of flights,” says Bollinger. “We also promote travelling for longer in one destination as opposed to trying to go to many in a short time, and travelling overland when possible, instead of taking multiple flights.”

12. Offset carbon emissions with a reputable company

When considering carbon from flights, says Thomas Power of Pura Aventura , a B Corp sustainable travel company in Brighton: “Don’t believe the airline schemes, or anyone else who promises you absolution for a few quid. While 85% of offset schemes may be worthless, there are high-quality carbon credits starting at about £20 a tonne.” These can be bought to compensate for CO 2 emissions. Companies such as “ C Level ​ ​help you at least take positive action to balance your impact”, says Power.

13. Think of responsible travel as a ‘fair exchange’

When travelling, says Power, consider: “What are we giving and what are we receiving? Is it a fair exchange? Is somebody getting something in return for what I am receiving in this transaction?” This applies to everything from “taking a cruise to Venice and not giving anything to the city, to going camping in Sussex and getting a supermarket delivery to your tent instead of going to the village shop or buying eggs from the house down the road”. This concept of “fair exchange” can be beneficial for everyone, he says, by giving you access to unique experiences. “In terms of the economy, the less money that leaves the village, town or city, the better,” he says.

14. Embrace the great outdoors

‘The carbon footprints of outdoor holidays tend to be much lower than hotel stays.’

If you camp out “you are closer to nature than any other accommodation option”, says Brodie Farrow, of the online camping and touring travel agent Pitchup . There are many benefits to this, she says: “It is really good for mental health. It is also a much more sustainable option: the carbon footprints of outdoor holidays tend to be much lower than hotel stays, as people travel by car rather than flying and it promotes local produce and low-impact activities such as hiking in the surrounding area. The accommodation or pitches are much less carbon intensive than hotels, too. And you have a positive impact on the community that you are visiting: camping attracts a higher number of customers at a lower cost than hotels do, which can help to underpin the viability of local facilities such as the shop, the bar and takeaway, and that benefits the wider community.”

15. If you are camping-phobic, glamp

“There really is something for everyone,” says Farrow. “You can get glamping accommodation with four-poster beds if you prefer camping in luxury, or you can go really wild and remote, with no facilities, out on your own and back to nature. I think you would be hard-pressed to say that there is nothing that appeals.” Although glamping has become a fairly pricey option, she says: “Some types are much cheaper than others. You can get some ‘pod-only’ camping accommodation, where you bring your own bedding, starting from £15 a night.”

16. If the weather is terrible …

… And you are under canvas, “try to keep your bedroom a wet-gear-free zone”, says Farrow. “Store and dry wet stuff in your porch area rather than in your bedroom compartment. Protect your equipment by putting it in plastic bags or dry bags. Don’t let anything touch your tent walls or you will have soggy socks.” For activities, she suggests, “swimming in the sea, because you are wet already, or going to the pub”. If you are disappointed by the weather on a non-camping holiday, “as annoying as it is, try to embrace it”, says Sharp. Many people come back from their holidays exhausted because they try to see and do everything when they’re away. Instead, he says: “Have a lie-in, ask local people which is the best restaurant for a long, lazy lunch and, most of all, relax and recharge your batteries – it’s a holiday after all.”

17. For best value destinations, try …

Belgrade has an underground culture scene similar to Berlin 20 years ago.

“Go for Belgrade over Berlin,” says Youngman. “It has an underground culture scene very similar to Berlin 20 years ago.” For backpackers, Bollinger suggests: “Some places in Central America can be really affordable. Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala are good options for someone wanting to think outside the box.” Sharp says there are more affordable options in “Cyprus, Bulgaria, Turkey and Egypt, compared with Spain and the Balearics, which are becoming increasingly expensive due to cost of living increases”. If you are looking for a staycation, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Cornwall are some of the most popular UK locations on Pitchup, says Farrow, which can inflate the price. Locations such as Pembrokeshire and the Isle of Wight are cheaper.

18. For a trip of a lifetime that doesn’t cost the earth …

“North Macedonia is just amazing,” says Youngman. “Ohrid has beautiful cobbled streets, Ottoman architecture , fantastic food and wine and you can visit the most biodiverse lake in Europe.” Farrow says: “I camped at the foot of Ben Nevis last year before hiking up it. The weather was terrible but it was worth it for the unreal views.” While Bollinger’s most memorable trip was “Interrailing in Europe and finding a way to do things on my own. It was before smartphones, so it was a very interesting experience and built up my confidence in travelling.”

19. If in doubt, follow local people

“Live like a local person by taking local buses and eating in local spots,” says Bollinger. “It is going to save you money, and will also let you experience life in a different way.” Power adds: “People want to go to Peru but they never come back talking about Machu Picchu, they come back talking about the people they met. Buy local and connections will happen for you. In the absence of interaction with your host community, the things you see are just wallpaper.”

20. And remember: you get what you pay for

“If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is,” says Sharp.

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Looking for some longer Money reads for your evening/commute/lunch break?

Here's four from the last few months you might like...

Cost of a pint

Many of us have noticed the price of pints creeping up in recent years. 

The cost of draught lager has gone up nearly 30% since January 2019, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The beer doesn't taste any different despite the increase in price - so where exactly does that £6-7 for a pint go? 

We've spoken to experts to get a break down...

Motherhood penalty

The word "penalty" isn't one that should go hand-in-hand with motherhood. But deep-rooted structural inequalities are causing women to save less for retirement when they become parents.

Mothers face a pension penalty of up to £183,000 by taking time out of work to raise children, according to analysis by the pensions and investment company Royal London...

A survey has revealed the energy gripes that cause the most arguments in British households...

Quitting your job to go travelling

You could be forgiven for feeling a twinge of jealousy when you see someone packing it all in to go travelling for a few months. 

Perhaps it's made you wonder if you could do the same thing yourself. 

Of course, it won't be realistic for everyone and the reality is it takes a lot of planning and saving. For many people during the cost of living crisis, it's simply not possible to save much, if at all.

But if you're wondering where to begin (and how much you might need to save), we've got some advice from two travel bloggers who have been there and done that...

By Brad Young, Money team

Earning up to £60,000 a year for letting Stormzy film a music video in your kitchen or Paloma Faith play with Lego in the living room might sound farfetched to homeowners unfamiliar with the shoot locations industry. 

But every star, studio or big brand that wants to film in a residential property needs someone willing to offer up their home for the day - and they'll pay between £700 and £3,000 for the privilege.

Homeowners and shooting agencies have spoken with the Money team about the promises and pitfalls of working with the likes of Disney, Netflix and ITV to take advantage of this niche income stream. 

Among them was Ed Reeve, a photographer from Hackney, who has had stars such as David Attenborough, Stormzy and Jim Broadbent walk through his doors in the 17 years he's been renting out his home. 

"It has been a really positive experience on the whole for us. Generally, the shoot crews are really lovely people and they're very respectful of your home," said Mr Reeve, who is registered with location agency 1st Option.

He hosts between 12 and 20 productions a year. Most bring in £1,000 for a one-day shoot, but some earn him up to £3,000 per day or last multiple days.

"We've met lots of interesting people," said Mr Reeve, including Gillian Anderson, who stars in Sex Education, Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Claire Foy (The Crown).

After Stormzy filmed a music video, Mr Reeves said that "every grime artist wanted to shoot here".

David Attenborough once turned up early for a BBC shoot, resulting in the pair sitting down for a cup of tea and Mr Reeve introducing his three-day old daughter to the presenter.

"He held her and looked at her with delight... it was a really special moment," said Mr Reeve. 

Shoots can result in scratches around the interior, but Mr Reeve said he uses some of the money to redecorate – or in one case, let a Delux advert do it for him. 

'It's never free money'

Less enthusiastic about the industry was Emer Stamp, 48, a children's author from London, who has hosted for two years.

"You think, 'Oh yeah, my house is going to be rocking', and everyone comes round and goes 'Your house will be perfect', but for whatever reason, it's not.

"My takeout is it's not as easy to make money as you think."

Ms Stamp said her home had been chosen for three productions, including a Dell shoot and a Lego advert starring Paloma Faith, earning her approximately £6,000. 

Hosting also puts your schedule at the mercy of production companies – and sometimes they may not show up, said Ms Stamp.

"Like anything, you think it's free money but it's never free money."

So what does make a location popular? 

Becky Butler, managing director at agency Location Collective, said there is demand for average-sized family homes with a 60s/70s vibe and unusual features. 

And while a lot of the homes listed by location agencies look expensive, that was far from a deal-breaker. 

"All the practical side of things are as important, if not more so, than the aesthetics of the location," said Ms Butler.

Parking, easy-going neighbours and having one large room for equipment goes a long way with clients.

Getting the combination right can create "a fantastic additional income stream", said Jennifer Marshall, of Shootfactory, which has connected homeowners with everyone from Little Mix to Killing Eve. 

"We have properties that through our company have earned anywhere between £20,000 and £60,000 a year."

Much of the industry is based in London but, between them, the three agencies contacted by the Money team have organised filming in Manchester, Birmingham, the Midlands, the Home Counties and coastal areas.

Both Ms Marshall and the team at Location Collective said having a neighbour willing to get in on the action can be a real selling point.

This might mean a second house on the same street for a TV show, or simply somewhere to house the production team.

"Being able to let them pretty much take over is quite key. Sometimes they might have demands like painting or moving furniture," said Lily Gonnissen, head of business development at Location Collective. 

Being quick to respond to questions, contactable during the working day, and able to accommodate viewings at short notice was a top priority, said Ms Gonnissen. 

"Be friendly and welcoming - brands remember a good owner," said a spokesperson for 1st Option: "And make sure the house is clean and clutter free before any shoots."

The default tariff for prepayment meters is now cheaper than other types of meter.

It follows the energy price cap update to unit rates and standing charges from 1 April.

Uswitch data shows 56% of households don't know about the change.

What do you need to know?

Prepayment meters have traditionally been a more expensive way of paying for energy - but now prepayment standing charges have been lowered to match those for direct debit customers.

Because prepay units are cheaper, people with these meters should pay around £47 less a year than those on direct debits (£1,643 versus £1,690).

Customers who pay when they get a bill are forking out the most - around 5.8p more per day on the standing charge than those with direct debits.

Should we all get prepayment meters?

As energy costs come down, suppliers like EDF Energy have now started offering fixed deals lower than the price cap - and as things stand these are the cheapest options for many.

Eon Next's Pledge tariff promises to be 3% below whatever the price cap is for a year.

There can be catches if you want to leave these fixed deals (though Octopus doesn't charge them) - so make sure you do your research.

How many people have prepay meters?

The number of prepayment meters has fallen almost 8% from the peak in 2019, but there's still more than seven million gas and electricity units in action.

In total, 195,503 prepayment meters were installed in 2023.

Are people swapping?

Uswitch has some research that says young people (18 to 34) are far more likely to go for prepay meters - 51% would consider it, compared with 5% of over-55s.

Will Owen, energy expert at Uswitch, said: "Prepayment meters have got a bad reputation among some households, but changes to the price cap mean that their default tariffs are now cheaper than standard credit meters.

"With prepayment meters, you pay for your energy before you use it, and while there are emergency provisions, it does mean it is possible to be cut off if you have not put enough money into your account. 

"This means that younger consumers and vulnerable people are at greater risk of disconnecting themselves from their energy supply when money is tight.

"Direct debits also allow consumers to spread out their costs evenly throughout the year, meaning bills won't rise significantly in the winter when energy usage is highest."

We've had a mixed mailbag of comments this week - with readers getting in touch about pensions, tipping and divorce among other things.

Following this feature on divorce costs last weekend...

...we had dozens of comments...

So many people must be trapped in abusive relationships. A loan has helped me get away - covering legal costs, paying the bills/mortgage on marital home whilst being unable to stay and finding thousands for a rental. Costs so far about £8k - only one year in and at decree nisi. H
Since broken families are ever more common why isn't the government doing something to help divorcees get back on the housing ladder like first-time buyers are? Countless thousands, despite having the income, are doomed to rent expensive family homes. Men especially! Twice Divorced Of Surrey
Trust me, it costs a whole lot more than £30k, stay away from solicitors, work through it yourself. Toby
When one party will not communicate with the other, this makes the process much more expensive. Around £80k in solicitors and barrister fees. Vbkinguk

Another story that cut through was London restaurant chain Ping Pong scrapping tips - months before new legislation will require restaurateurs to give staff 100%.

Readers don't seem impressed...

Best thing employees and customers can do is boycott them. Just goes to show what they actually think of their staff. Dave
I don't want to eat somewhere that doesn't look after its employees. Jack
I'm sure patrons and staff will vote with their feet! How disgraceful to remove tips, probably as the owners aren't getting any cut of their staff's hard work! Elijah

We've reported extensively on the rise to the state pension this month - including how, due to frozen income tax thresholds, more pensioners will be dragged into paying income tax. Chris seems to be one of those impacted...

I deferred taking my state pension for five years to hopefully boost my pension, because I happened to be the last group of people to get the old state pension. Unfortunately because of the tax band freeze any benefit from the pension uplift is being eroded every year, is this fair? Chris

And finally, on Monday we suggested a cheaper way to buy herbs and spices in the supermarket - by using the world food aisle...

We had this comment...

Best money-saving practice for herbs and spices is to source them at Asian stores - not supermarkets! Pip

Spain is planning to scrap a "golden visa" scheme that grants residency rights to foreigners who make large investments in real estate.

Ending the scheme would help make access to affordable housing "a right instead of a speculative business", Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.

The programme awards non-EU citizens investing at least €500,000 (around £429,000) in Spanish real estate - without taking out a mortgage - a special permit, allowing them to live and work in the country for three years.

In better news for Britons who hope to live abroad, Italy is allowing non-EU citizens who can work remotely to apply for a year-long "digital nomad" visa.

There's a few salary/reference based criteria to meet - read about them here...

Labour this week tried to address questions over how it would pay for key pledges  after the Tories used their idea of scrapping the non-dom status to fund a national insurance cut.

Labour had been committed to abolishing non-dom status for years - upon gaining power they planned to use the money to fund breakfast clubs for primary school children and additional appointments in the NHS.

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves this week announced the party's plan to raise £5bn a year by the end of the next parliament...

  • Labour said it would raise £2.6bn by closing "loopholes" in the government's non-doms plan - after certain exemptions were kept in place by Jeremy Hunt;
  • Labour said the "tax gap" - the difference between the amount of money HMRC is owed and the amount it receives - had widened to £36bn in 2021-22 - £5bn more than it had been the previous year;
  • To close the gap, Labour said it would invest up to £555m a year in boosting the number of compliance officers at HMRC, increasing productivity and improving the organisation's "dire" customer service;
  • It would also consider requiring more tax schemes to be registered with HMRC to ensure they are legitimate, and renew the focus on offshore tax compliance.

The government responded by saying: "The Conservatives have introduced over 200 measures to clamp down on tax non-compliance and we are sticking to the plan to strengthen the economy so we can cut taxes, putting £900 in the pockets of the average worker and helping families to build a brighter future."

Shell is weighing up quitting the London Stock Exchange (LSE) for a move to New York over concerns its listing is currently "undervalued".

Chief executive Wael Sawan  told Bloomberg  that he was mulling "all options".

The British oil and gas giant is currently the largest company in the FTSE 100 index, and its departure from the LSE would be a significant blow to the UK stock market that is fighting to stay relevant.

There's been a run of bad news for the LSE over the past year or so. The world's largest building products manufacturer, CRH, moved to New York, while travel company Tui moved to Frankfurt. And despite the lobbying of numerous prime ministers, UK-based chip company Arm chose the NYSE.

The Money blog is your place for consumer news, economic analysis and everything you need to know about the cost of living - bookmark news.sky.com/money.

It runs with live updates every weekday - while on Saturdays we scale back and offer you a selection of weekend reads.

Check them out this morning and we'll be back on Monday with rolling news and features.

The Money team is Emily Mee, Bhvishya Patel, Jess Sharp, Katie Williams, Brad Young and Ollie Cooper, with sub-editing by Isobel Souster. The blog is edited by Jimmy Rice.

UK lenders have seen a rise in defaults on mortgages and credit cards - with the trend expected to continue in the coming months, according to a survey.

A poll of banks and building societies by the Bank of England reveals lenders reported higher default rates on secured loans and unsecured lending in the three months to the end of February.

The rates for mortgages, credit cards and other loans, as well as loans to small to medium businesses, are all expected to rise in the next quarter.

The BoE carries out the survey every quarter as part of its role to maintain financial stability.

It also revealed increased demand for borrowing, with this also expected to climb during the three months to the end of May.

Karim Haji, global and UK head of financial services at KPMG, said the latest BoE data suggests "a more positive economic outlook hasn't fed through to household finances yet".

"Defaults across all unsecured lending increasing over the same three-month period indicates many people are still struggling to meet their day-to-day costs. Lenders will need to be vigilant and continue to offer support for borrowers in the interim," he said.

By  Sarah Taaffe-Maguire , business reporter

Poor software and bias toward making only small, sequential changes is one of the reasons economic forecasters at the Bank of England failed to predict and prepare for the cost of living crisis, brought about by high inflation, according to a "once in a generation" review.

The review announced last year was undertaken by the former head of the US central bank, known as the Fed, and said the quality of the Bank's economic expectations "deteriorated significantly in the past few years" due to out of date software and "excessive incrementalism".

Though the "unusually large forecasting errors" were said to be "probably inevitable", according to the review, conducted by Dr Ben Bernanke.

The problem was not unique to the Bank, rather something all central banks and private forecasters suffered from, it said.

Read the full story here...

After the UK airports with the worst delays were revealed earlier today (see post at 1.15pm), we've been looking at your rights.

If you're unlucky enough to get stuck at an airport due to a flight delay, you may wonder if you're entitled to any compensation.

The good news is you may be - in certain circumstances.

First, it's important to know what flights are covered by consumer law. These are: 

  • Any flight leaving a UK airport
  • Flights operated by a UK/EU airline arriving at a UK airport
  • Flights operated by a UK airline only arriving at an EU airport

When will I be entitled to help? 

You'll qualify for support if a short-haul flight under 932 miles (1,500km) is pushed back by two hours. 

This rises to three hours for journeys up to 2,175 miles (3,500km).

For long-haul flights going any further than this, four hours or longer counts as a significant delay.

What support will I get?

Under UK law, airlines must give passengers who are affected by a delay of at least two hours:

  • A reasonable amount of food and drink (usually provided in the form of vouchers)
  • Refunds for the cost of two free phone calls, faxes or emails
  • Accommodation for passengers stranded overnight (usually in a nearby hotel)
  • Transport to a hotel - or their home

Will I get compensation?

Usually, airlines have to provide compensation if a person's flight arrives more than three hours late.

The exception to this is when there are air traffic control problems or extreme weather, as these issues aren't their fault.

If you agree to travel on a later flight, the airline is no longer obliged to offer food, drink or accommodation while you wait.

Thankfully, you are entitled to a full refund if you decide to abandon your journey after five hours of delays.

The length of your flight affects how much you are entitled to:

  • Short-haul flight - £220
  • Medium-haul flight - £350
  • Long-haul flight - £520 if the flight arrived more than four hours late, £260 for a delay of between three to four hours

What if I'm about to travel?

Transfer passengers who end up missing a connecting flight because their first plane was delayed are entitled to a service back to their original departure point.

But things get a little more complicated for passengers on package holidays - especially if they decide not to travel on a delayed outbound flight.

The CAA's guidance says: "You may lose your holiday too, so we recommend you contact your package organiser or the airline for further information.

"If you still want to travel then your airline must get you to your destination. You might have to be patient while they rearrange transport and rebook passengers, but the law says they must get you there."

What if my flight is cancelled? 

You're entitled to a refund or replacement flight if yours is cancelled. Your rights to assistance are the same as if your flight is delayed.

If the reason for the cancellation was within the airline's control, and it was made with no more than 14 days' notice, then depending on the timings of the new flight offered you could also be entitled to compensation.

You'll be able to claim £110 and £520 depending on the length of the route and timings of the new flight.

Drivers are still feeling the strain of rising insurance premiums - but there are signs of a slowdown, according to one index.

New figures from insights firm Consumer Intelligence suggest the average quoted price of car insurance rose by 56.4% in the year to February.

This was the third-highest annual increase since its records began in 2012 - but in slightly better news for motorists, it marked a lower annual rise than the 67.2% recorded in November.

And there was only a slight rise of 0.5% when looking at the three months to February - the lowest quarterly increased since November 2021.

Drivers most commonly received a quote between £500 and £749 in February, Consumer Intelligence said. It analysed the average of the five cheapest offers from price comparison websites.

Max Thompson, the firm's insurance insight manager, said big insurance brands made "competitive movements" to reduce premiums at the start of the year.

"However, some of this was unwound in February indicating it may have been more of a tactical move than a long-term trend," he added.

Jonathan Fong, manager of general insurance policy at the Association of British Insurers, said insurers were "aware of the financial challenges customers are facing" and were working to keep prices affordable.

"Our motor premium tracker is the only collection based on the price customers pay for their policy, rather than quotes, and shows that the average motor premium increased by 25% last year to £543.

"This was largely driven by above inflation increases in the cost of repairs, thefts and replacement cars."

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