The Holiday Truths Blog


The FCO’s Role With the peak summer holiday period fast approaching, I keep on thinking of the television programme ‘Our Man In…’ which was on Channel 4 earlier this year. The fly-on-the-wall documentary focused on the work of 10 British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) consulates and embassy offices in Spain last summer. What was […]

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The Greek Economy and Tourism From being the home of democracy and much that is noble in western civilisation to becoming Europe’s economic basket case, Greece is continuing to suffer from an exceptionally torrid time. The country’s economic woes seem to worsen every day while overseas news coverage has focused on protests, disorder and the suffering […]

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Financial Protection – What You Need to Know
With a number of collapses in the travel industry over the last few years, it has never been more important to ensure your holiday is financially protected. Travellers often believe booking with a big company is protection enough but don’t be fooled, XL Leisure had more than 60,000 customers overseas when it failed in September 2008. Furthermore, XL Leisure’s total refund bill for the 80,000 people yet to travel was £65 million – an average of £812.50 per person – which was paid thanks to its ATOL bond.

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What is the EHIC

The free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) replaced the E111 in 2006. It is valid throughout the European Economic Area (EEA), including the EU, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein as well as Switzerland.

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Hello and welcome to the new look Holiday Truths! We have been beavering away behind the scenes and after a great deal of thought and work, we very much hope you are enjoying the new look and feel of the site.

Of course, the most obvious changes are the new brighter colours and branding but there are a number of others intended to make the site both better and easier to use. We have a new smart search function while the destination pages have been updated to further help you find exactly what you’re looking for. The accommodation pages themselves have simpler reviews and ratings.

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