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Another Day, Another Ryanair Flight Cancellation

Another Day, Another Ryanair Flight Cancellation

It has been a truly tumultuous few weeks in the travel industry. Mass Ryanair flight cancellations have caused huge disruption all over Europe. While Ryanair continue to battle staffing issues, Monarch Airlines’ collapse is now competing for the spotlight amidst current controversy surrounding air travel.

This blog will provide you with knowledge on your rights and how to obtain compensations if you are affected by these flight cancellations while abroad.

Ryanair Flight Cancellations : Background

400,000 passengers have been affected by Ryanair’s reductions to its flying schedule over the coming months, while 110,000 passengers have been left stranded overseas after the UK’s Monarch Airlines went into administration with all future bookings cancelled.

Ryanair decided to fly 25 fewer aircraft in order to reduce the risk of flight cancellations in the future. In the process, there have been a series of mass flight cancellations affecting nearly half a million passengers. Ryanair, keen to maintain its reputation or what may be left of it, said it intends to roll out a series of low fare seat sales for Winter 2017 and remains confident that there will be no further roster related cancellations.

Ryanair claims that less than 1% of its 50 million customers flying this Winter will be affected. Customers have received between five weeks and five months’ notice of these schedule changes, and have been offered alternative flights or full refunds of their airfare. CEO Michael O’Leary apologised to customers who have been affected by flight cancellations, and reassured “From today, there will be no more rostering related flight cancellations this Winter or in Summer 2018”.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority has launched enforcement action against Ryanair (more info here) for “persistently misleading passengers” about their rights, after the company announced the second wave of flight cancellations. A full list of all those flights cancelled and rescheduled can be found here.

860,000 passengers in total will be affected by Monarch’s flight cancellations, with 300,000 future bookings cancelled in what has been the biggest ever airline to go into administration.

What Happens Next

All of the passengers who have been affected by the Ryanair disruptions have been offered re-accommodation or full refunds and their applicable EU261 entitlements.

Customers affected “are receiving a travel voucher (€40 one way/€80 return) which they may use to book any Ryanair flight of their choice during October for travel between October and March 2018 (These cannot be used between December 20 and January 7). “We look forward to welcoming them all on board,” said Mr O’Leary. He also announced plans to purchase 50 new Boeing aircrafts in May 2018 to bring their fleet to a total of 445 aircrafts in time for Summer 2018.

Ryanair said that it has more than 2,500 pilots on a waiting list, and that over 650 new pilots will join Ryanair between now and May 2018. However, in the year to March 2019, Ryanair will carry 4 million fewer customers than originally planned as a result of the havoc.

Your Rights

Ryanair, as required by law, offered all customers disrupted by flight cancellations the option of either a full refund or rerouting to their final destination as follows:

  1. A full refund will be given of an unused flight sector and associated fees. If the disrupted flight is their outbound sector, customers will also be offered a full refund of the return sector.
  2. Ryanair will offer all disrupted customers the following sequence of re-accommodation options:
  • You will be offered the next available Ryanair flight on the same route. If this option is not available the same or next day, then;
  • You will be offered the next available Ryanair flight from/to a suitable alternative airport (for example: Luton or Gatwick in the case of Stansted). If this option is not available the same or next day, then;
  • You will be offered re-accommodation on any one of Ryanair’s agreed disruption partner airlines to your destination as follows; Easyjet, Jet2, Vueling, Cityjet, Aer Lingus, Norwegian or Eurowings airlines. If this option is not available the same or next day, then;
  • You will be offered re-accommodation on any comparable alternative transport (another airline flight, train, bus or car hire) with the cost of this comparable transport ticket to be assessed on a case by case basis.

If your flights were cancelled but you received more than two weeks notice, you are not entitled to compensation under regulation EC261.

Ryanair have clarified “We have taken on extra customer service staff and are moving now to process and expedite all EU261 claims from affected customers. We are committed to processing all such claims within 21 days of receipt and hope to have all such claims settled before the end of October”.

If you had travel insurance including travel disruption cover, you may be covered for additional transport or accommodation expenses up to a maximum of €1,000:

  1. Loss of unused travel and accommodation, which cannot be reimbursed from other sources, will be refundable (subject to a delay / cancellation of 12 hours);
  2. Additional travel and accommodation which cannot be reimbursement from other sources, if they choose to make other travel arrangements because the alternative offered by Ryanair could not be provided within 12 hours.

Flight cancellation cover would apply for additional travel and accommodation costs incurred which cannot be reimbursed from other sources, if you choose to make other travel arrangements because the alternative flight offered by Ryanair was not within 24 hours.

Customers who purchased the additional cover after the notification was issued by Ryanair will not be covered.

Customers who booked flights directly with Monarch Airlines unfortunately will not be protected by the company.

What To Do

If you have been affected by flight cancellations, the first step forward should be to refer to your airline’s policy and your travel insurance policy.

Passengers must recover costs which are payable under the EU261 regulation against their airline. Under EU261, Ryanair will reimburse any reasonable expenses incurred by customers as a result of these flight cancellations, subject to receiving an EU261 expense claim form supported by original receipts. It is vital that you keep all hard-copies of your receipts in order to receive this compensation.

Any further costs which are not covered by EU261 may be claimed against your travel insurance provider. We can help you here at Ucompare in regards to this.

Ensure you get covered before you travel to avoid stress overseas. Speak to us at Ucompare and let us help you get the best cover for your buck to keep you safe abroad. We’ll find you the best travel insurance policy at the best price.

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Craziest Travel Insurance Claims

Craziest Travel Insurance Claims

Ever wondered how strange or random some travel insurance claims can be? We reveal the best (and wackiest)!

Most travel insurance claims are along the lines of a flight or accommodation issue…. But are they all as boring as this? Not at all!

In fact, some of the claims received by insurers are so funny that they simply must be shared.

Certain bizarre claims may be made with the sole objective of giving their insurance provider’s representative a good laugh, while others may be wannabe fraudsters… but some are genuine claims regarding real yet highly-unlikely events!

Read on to find out which bizarre real claims were accepted or denied:

Pure Monkey Business

A couple exploring the beauty of Bali, Indonesia, embarked one day to visit an ancient temple. What should have been quite a relaxing day turned dramatic when a wild monkey appeared and stole their bag before they had time to react. The couple and monkey then began a “fight to the death” for the bag. The baboon was crowned victorious, throwing the bag off the cliff before vanishing. Fortunately enough, their travel insurance claim for the bag and items inside was accepted!

Teeth Ahoy!

Seasickness is the only possible downside of being on a cruise that we can think of. However if you are suffering from this, your unforgettable cruise trip may become unforgettable for the wrong reasons… One pensioner found himself feeling ill on board his cruise vacation. He fell so ill, in fact, that he lost his dentures in the process of vomiting over the side of the ship. Although this may have limited his enjoyment of all the wonderful food on board – luckily he filed a successful travel insurance claim in order to replace his missing teeth.

There’s s-no-w snow in sight…

For those sporty travellers, the highlight of your calendar is probably your annual ski trip in Winter. But could you imagine the horror of arriving to your ski resort to find no snow? One lady from the UK succeeded in her travel insurance claim after she arrived to her ski resort to find that there was no snow to be seen. To make things worse, she had just purchased new skis before setting off on her journey… Ski season ruined!

Manchester(s) United

If you’re thinking of planning a trip to Manchester for a football match or just a city break, be careful to ensure you’ve chosen the right Manchester… One man accidentally booked his flight from Manchester, New Hampshire, USA instead of the UK! He continued attempting to board the plane until he discovered that he was in the wrong continent for his flight… Oh dear! Sadly, his travel insurance claim was denied.

Lousy Landing

A family camping in the Welsh countryside were suddenly interrupted by a parachutist who accidentally landed on their tent… In the process, he destroyed the tent and all of the family’s camping equipment. Needless to say, the parents had not anticipated this happening, and so had not taken out cover for accidental damage. Better to be safe than sorry – lesson learned!

(Don’t) Burn Baby Burn!

Paris, the city of love. romance, the Eiffel Tower, endless glasses of exquisite wine – what more could you want? Maybe some, emm… bugs? Although Paris is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, some hotels still fail to meet the mark in terms of hygiene. One couple found themselves attacked by bedbugs in their Parisian hotel, and subsequently decided to burn all of their clothes upon returning home. They filed a claim for their wardrobes to be replaced but the request was denied. Note to self: Make sure you know in advance what your travel insurance policy covers!

Worth a shot…

Did you know there have been more Rolex Oyster watches claimed as being lost abroad while travelling than have actually been made? Seems like there are a lot of people out there hoping to “get lucky” with their false claims! But don’t get too smug yet – without a proof of purchase, these claims are quite unlikely to be accepted.

Moral of the story: Ensure that you have the best travel insurance policy for you, and that you know exactly what you are covered for before you jet off!

If you do ever find yourself in urgent need of assistance abroad, most insurers provide a 24-hour contact number for you to call. Find out more details on dealing with emergencies while travelling here.

If you need to make a travel insurance claim, follow these essential steps:

  1. Refer to your policy details,
  2. Find out what your policy excess is,
  3. Keep all receipts and reports safe as these may later be required to backup your claim,
  4. Contact the police if necessary (dial 112 from anywhere in Europe or 911 from America), and
  5. Contact your insurer’s claims department to get a claims form if you do not already have one.

Want to avoid such funny travel insurance claims, act now before it is too late and visit us today at Ucompare to get the cheapest quotes.

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Do you have any crazy travel stories of your own? Share them with us at Ucompare and let us see if we can help you get covered!

Ryanair Flight Cancellations And How Travel Insurance Policy Can Help

Ryanair Flight Cancellations And How Travel Insurance Policy Can Help

After an extremely rocky few days for Ryanair, are you worried that you may be affected by further flight cancellations in the future?

Over the next few weeks, up to 50 flight cancellations per day due to what Michael O’Leary has deemed a staff rostering issue and a move to improve flight punctuality. Many of these flights were cancelled with extremely short notice, leaving approximately 400,000 people potentially stranded abroad. Now is the time to take out that travel insurance policy you’ve been thinking about and make sure if you are eligible for flight cancellation compensation.

The Irish airline has faced a backlash at home and overseas, with over 150 flight cancellations affecting Dublin airport alone. Some of the other airports worst affected are some the busiest and most popular destinations; London Stansted, Milan Bergamo, Madrid, Barcelona El Prat, Glasgow and Krakow. What may have been a relaxing city break or a quick business or leisure trip for many has turned into a chaotic nightmare, especially for those without travel insurance.

Click here for a complete list of cancelled flights.

Are you eligible for a flight cancellation compensation & how quickly will  Ryanair compensate travellers for the disruption?

Unfortunately, the process of claiming back money from airlines directly is a slow and tedious process, which offers very little immediate assistance, if any.

For those affected, Ryanair are offering 2 options in line with EU law. You may either apply for a refund or change your cancelled flight for free.

If you choose to take the flight refund, you will be waiting up to seven days to get this money back and no claims for expenses will be accepted by Ryanair. If you have already travelled quite a far distance to get to the airport or you are now forced to find last-minute accommodation, this may prove quite distressing, as nothing will be compensated.

Although Ryanair are offering the possibility of rescheduling your flight, many passengers are being told that the next available seat to get them home will be in over one week’s time. This simply doesn’t cut it for the large majority of those travelling who have work and other commitments the next day.

If you choose to accept the next available flight, you will be covered for meals, accommodation and transfers if required. Ryanair may or may not organize these for you. If they don’t, you must keep all relevant receipts and you will receive a reimbursement for all expenses deemed “reasonable”. For example, Michael O’Leary has stated that 5-star hotels would not be covered.

Also in line with EU law, passengers should be entitled to assistance following a cancellation if it was within the airline’s control. Cancellation amounts may range up to €250 for short-haul flights, such as those affected in this situation, and up to a maximum of €600 for long-haul trips. Again, it is “too little, too late” by the time any money reaches the passenger’s pocket. However, if Ryanair manage to prove that the cancellation was due to extraordinary circumstances, you will not be entitled to any compensation from the airline.

Some extra cover may apply for additional costs incurred, which cannot be reimbursed elsewhere, and the alternative flight offered by Ryanair was not within 24 hours of the original flight time.

If you were lucky (or clever enough!) to have taken out a travel insurance policy in Ireland including travel disruption cover, you may be covered for additional transport or accommodation expenses up to a maximum of €1,000. This covers costs which Ryanair will not. Please find further information on what’s covered under travel insurance policy:

  • Travel delay

No cover available. Policies extend to covering travel delay resulting from strike, industrial action, adverse weather or mechanical breakdown only.

  • Abandonment

No cover available.

  • Cancellation/Curtailment

No cover available.

  • Travel Disruption

Excludes claims arising within 7 days of the date you purchased the insurance or the time of booking, whichever is later.

Extended Travel Delay would apply.

Extended Abandonment would apply.

  1. Loss of unused travel and accommodation which cannot be reimbursed from other sources, will be refundable (subject to a delay / cancellation of 12 hours);
  2. Additional travel and accommodation which cannot be reimbursement from other sources, if they choose to make other travel arrangements because the alternative offered by Ryanair could not be provided within 12 hours.
  • Flight cancellation cover

Cover would apply for additional travel and accommodation costs incurred which cannot be reimbursed from other sources, if you choose to make other travel arrangements because the alternative flight offered by Ryanair was not within 24 hours.

Passengers must recover costs which are payable under the EU261 regulation against the airline. Customers who purchased the additional cover after the notification was issued by Ryanair will not be covered. 

It is quite a complex situation, and no doubt those affected abroad are feeling the impact of the turmoil. But don’t be put off by planning that next European trip!

“By cancelling less than 2% of our flying programme over the next six weeks, until our winter schedule starts in early November, we can improve the operational resilience of our schedules and restore punctuality to our annualised target of 90%,” Ryanair’s Head of Communications Robin Kiely assures us.

Stay safe when travelling with budget airlines and make sure you are aware of the flight cancellation compensation policies. Buying a travel insurance to protect you in such cases is most ideal. Visit us today at Ucompare to see how we can help you avoid turmoil and minimize stress when travelling. We have the knowledge and expertise to ensure you get the right travel insurance policy at the right price.

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Why Buy Multi Trip or Annual Travel Insurance

Why Buy Multi Trip or Annual Travel Insurance

As the holiday season is already on, you might wonder what type of travel insurance policy you need to have. There are different types of travel insurance policies such as single trip travel insurance,multi trip travel insurance also known as annual trip travel insurance or backpacker travel insurance. The number of Irish people taking trips abroad jumped significantly in 2015 and 2016. The UK is still a favourite destination amongst Irish travelers followed closely by Spain. With this increase in the number of people taking to the skies, there has also been a rise in the number of travelers looking for cheap travel insurance in Ireland. Annual travel insurance policies can be purchased cheaply and they really are great value.

If you are aged under 65 with no medical conditions you are likely to avail of the best rates on the market. Travel Insurance companies do charge extra for persons over 65 or those with pre-existing medical conditions as they pose a higher risk.

If you take more than two trips abroad per year you are likely to save money by opting for the annual travel insurance policy instead of the single trip travel insurance policy. There are also additional discounts if you choose a couples or a family travel insurance policy.

A couple’s policy will generally require that you and your partner are living at the same address in Ireland for at least six months. It will however cover you to travel independently from each other.

Many family travel insurance policies offer free cover for children. There may be restrictions if children choose to travel independently from you, so this is something to watch out for. If children are traveling independently from their parents, they may require their own separate travel insurance policy. Buying a separate travel insurance policy for your child will not invalidate your family policy. There is no limit on the number of children you can add to your policy and if a have a baby mid policy it’s very simple to add them on.

If any person on the travel insurance policy suffers from a pre-existing medical condition, it is best to mention this at the time of taking out the policy. If a claim were to arise because of an undeclared medical condition it is likely that the claim would be declined due to non-disclose, so it is best not to take the risk. Some companies may ask you to fill out a questionnaire online while others will ask you to call separate medical screening line and answer a series of questions.

Travel Insurance and Why do I need it

Travel Insurance and Why do I need it

While Travel Insurance is not a legal requirement in Ireland unlike car insurance, but that doesn’t make it any less important. With the rise in the number of Irish people regularly leaving the country on holidays, business trips & even emigrating, it is crucial that you have a good travel insurance policy in place. Many people view travel insurance as an unnecessary expense but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Market research has shown that people are more likely to buy a travel insurance policy after hearing about other people’s misfortune when abroad.

And with good reason too, if you had an accident in abroad, the medical bills can put a big dent in your wallet. What can start out as a happy holiday away can leave families financial crippled. For example, a week-long stay in a European hospital could cost you up to €10,000 while similar stay in a U.S hospital can be several times more.

Aside from medical expenses, there are many other benefits to travel insurance too. Baggage is another important cover. While we never expect anything to happen when we travel abroad, we are without a doubt more vulnerable in other countries. It is important for you to have adequate travel insurance cover when you travel away with expansive jewellery, electronic or camera equipment, clothes, shoes etc. Thieves have many ways in which they target tourists, whether it by breaking into your accommodation, hijacking your transport or assaulting you in the street. In addition, airlines are also known to occasionally misplace their passengers’ belongings. The baggage cover in your insurance policy may also extend for additional covers, such as mislaid passport & delayed baggage. To help reduce the worry when you are abroad, it is best to get a travel insurance policy with baggage cover to meet all of your needs.

Another important consideration when taking out travel insurance cover is the cancellation section. The majority of trips we book, are booked months in advance of our intended travel date. While this gives us something to look forward to, it can also leave us exposed as something could go wrong in the meantime. That may be in the form of illness or death of a close relative. Travel insurance gives you the peace of mind that are protected should something get in the way of your travel plans.

 

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Do I need travel insurance when traveling in Ireland?

While traveling around Ireland has its advantages, it’s not without its own risks too. Most people associate travel insurance with traveling abroad and rightly so, however, it is easy to forget that certain instances are just as likely to happen while traveling at home in Ireland. You are still likely to need to cancel a trip in the case of emergency. Your accommodation can still be broken into and your possessions stolen, and your transport provider may still go on strike and ruin your plans. I mention these instances with caution though, as the cover for traveling in Ireland can vary greatly from provider to provider. Some providers have a really good plan while others may exclude traveling in Ireland altogether.

Be aware that most travel insurers will not cover medical expenses in Ireland as this is likely to be relatively cheap or maybe even be covered on your health insurance. There is often a limit on the number of nights you have booked in Ireland in order for cover to apply, for example the policy may say that you need to have a minimum of two or three nights pre booked accommodation. There may also be restrictions on the type of accommodation you have booked, for instance it might only apply if you are staying in a hotel or B&B. If in doubt, it is best to check with your travel insurance provider.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Travel Insurance

Frequently Asked Questions About Travel Insurance

Choosing travel insurance can be confusing. Some people still prefer to sign up to the travel agent’s like they always have. Others wonder if there’s any point. Yet, once you know the difference between multi-trip and backpackers cover, it’s easy to see why it’s beneficial to compare travel insurance products. Importantly, you’re in control of how much or little you pay so there’s no nasty surprises when you need help the most. We’ve put together answers to top travel insurance FAQ and provided useful tips for finding cheap travel insurance for everyone from the bucket list types to the average family.

Top Travel Insurance FAQ

Business, pleasure and adventure are most people’s reason for travelling. Some travel often, others once a year. And while thousands flock to the beach, many prefer snow. Travelling by coach, boat or plane is also a preference and often part of the holiday. For this reason, there’s more than one type of policy, and lots of extra cover. To help, here’s some of the most frequently asked questions:

Is it a waste of money?

No. Medical bills can run into staggering amounts, even a basic policy provides medical and liability cover worth millions. You can get fairly cheap travel insurance and have peace of mind.

Where can I compare covers and prices?

Ucompare.ie can do it right now. While the kettle boils, you’ll get quotes from the top providers of travel insurance in Ireland.

Why should a traveller buy insurance?

There’s always a level of risk involved when travelling, and while we’d like to think accidents only happen to others, many are out of our control.

When do I need a single-trip policy?

If you travel once a year, a two week holiday for example, single-trip insurance is fine. If you plan a long trip, consider backpackers insurance.

When do I need annual cover?

If you travel often, annual (or multi-trip) policies offer good value. With weekend shopping trips to Europe becoming more affordable, people travel more.

When do I need cruise connection insurance?

Missing your connection may be nobody’s fault but the weather’s. Unfortunately, it’s not always included in a cruise policy.

Why do I need winter sports cover?

Ski and snowboarding holidays involve more risk than beach holidays. Medical emergencies often require specialist rescues. Your equipment is usually covered too.

 

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Tips for finding travel insurance from Ireland’s top insurers

Besides helping you find cheap travel insurance, these 15 tips should give you an idea about different levels of cover, extras, and might prevent a few problems.

1. Grab a pen and paper to make a list of what you might get up to while you’re away. This is your insurance checklist.

2. Don’t presume. Riding an elephant in Thailand might be as common as riding a donkey; swimming with wild dolphins in New Zealand safer than a roller coaster ride. But some insurers might class these as dangerous sports.

3. Low-cost airlines. Compare cover for lost baggage, delays and cancellations. It’s these add-ons where they make money.

4. Buckets lists have at least one thrill-seeking activity. You might need adventure sports cover.

5. Stag and hen party mini-breaks could benefit from group cover.

6. Boat trips and excursions. It’s expected that most will take a day trip while on holiday. Many insurers include it, some don’t.

7. While backpackers insurance covers you consistently throughout a year’s travel, and includes working while you’re away, multi-trip/annual cover is usually limited to 90 days, travel only.

8. In most European countries, a European Health Card entitles you to the same (often free) medical care as a local person.

9. Excess. Lower premiums often have a higher excess. Paying a little extra on your premium might be a Godsend.

10. Increase single item cover. Standard policies only cover €250 per item. But phones and tablets cost much more.

11. Natural disasters. Although rare, volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis occur. Ash clouds ground flights for weeks; floods block roads. Catastrophe cover isn’t always included.

12. Group cover. If anyone has been declined insurance, had more than three claims in three years, or has a criminal record for fraud, your policy could be void.

13. Before you travel. Make hard copies of everything: family and emergency contacts, insurance policy numbers and other travel documents.

14. Off the beaten track. Check the local government’s website for the latest travel alerts. Most insurers won’t cover acts of terrorism, like kidnapping.

For tips on keeping safe while travelling, click here.

15. Couples cover. Couples save costs by sharing many things, insurance for travelling is no different.

The best travel insurance quotes instantly

Being Ireland’s first real-time online travel insurance comparison website, Ucompare.ie has earned an excellent reputation amongst its customers for providing the best travel insurance quotes. An easy-to-navigate website, with common-sense questions and options, means using Ucompare.ie to compare travel insurance is almost fun.

Knowing the type of cover you need, for this holiday and future adventures, you can now choose what works best for you and do it with confidence.

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Mountains are calling!!

Mountains are calling!!

What you need to know about Ski Travel Insurance

Whether you are a romantic couple looking for an adventurous getaway for Valentine´s day or a family looking for a fun and enjoyable Mid-Term week holiday, February is definitely the best month to hit the slopes. And if you haven´t booked your ski holidays yet, hurry up! There are great deals out there which will include flights and accommodation for all budgets, but be careful, many of them won´t include ski Travel Insurance and ski-holidays travel agents won´t let you travel unless you have a valid Travel Insurance policy.

Let´s be honest now, skiing and snowboarding are dangerous sports, no matter how much risk you take on the slopes, the possibilities of having an accident will always be there.

What kind of Travel Insurance do you need then?

Winter sports Travel Insurance.Maybe is the first time you hear about it, or maybe you have seen it before but you didn´t know if it was worth to buy it? Winter sports Travel Insurance has many benefits (of course, this will vary depending on the Insurance policy) and below are some of the main ones you want to make sure are covered:

  1. For those who have Annual Travel Insurance, make sure the option of winter travel sports is included, as many Insurance companies will have them as an extra.
  2. Loss, theft or damage of the ski-equipment.
  3. In case of not being able to ski because of an injury, the cost of the ski passes, your school classes, and ski hire equipment would get reimbursed.
  4. Rescue from the mountain/repatriation.
  5. Off-Piste skiing/snowboarding, but be careful here, because some policies will only cover if you are accompanied by a fully qualified ski/snowboard instructor.

We do recommend comparing Insurance policies and buy the policy that suits your criteria and budget. Please note that cheapest Travel Insurance policy might not cover all your requirements.

Questions you want to check before you buy a winter sports travel insurance policy:

  1. Is there any age restriction on the policy?
  2. If I have to cancel my ski-holiday, will I get my money back?
  3. What will happen if there is no snow in my Ski-Resort?
  4. Does my policy cover medical expenses, including rescue from the mountain or repatriation to Ireland? What happens if I injury another person on the slopes?
  5. Does this policy cover extras, such as lost/thief of ski equipment?
  6. Does my policy covers Off-Piste?
  7. Will I get the money of Ski-Pass/Lessons/Ski Hire if I get injured?

So now that you know everything, pack your warm cloths and enjoy the slopes!

 

 

Top travel destinations around the world, how to select the ones best suited for you

Top travel destinations around the world, how to select the ones best suited for you

If you love travelling and if you ever had to choose a travel destination that would meet all your ‘perfect trip’ criteria, you already know how difficult it is. To make your life easier, we have here top travel destinations around the world. No matter if you are looking for a romantic escape, want to enjoy different types of sports, visit colonial destinations or simply spend your holidays in a lovely, quiet place, the list of fascinating and safe tourist spots is practically endless. It is your job then to decide what the thing that motivates you to choose one location over another , in order to find your dream travel route is.

In this post we have some advice for you to take into consideration before you plan and select a perfect destination for your travel:

  • Define what you expect from your trip; whether it is to relax or to explore, whether you want to sunbathe on the sandy beach away from civilization or spend your time moving around and sightseeing from dawn to dusk. If your top priority is to rest, you might want to have a closer look at the places famous for their chilled atmosphere and warm ocean, such as the Caribbean, Central America, the Mediterranean or Asia. But, if you are looking to visit places with rich history and breathtaking  sceneries, South America or Europe might be a better option for you.

 

  • Think about your budget. If you are lucky enough not to have to worry about the money, your options are practically unlimited, but if you are planning a trip on a budget, you might need to think about the ways of cutting your costs down. One way to save a bit on your travel is as simple as to seek destinations with a local currency that is weaker than yours. For example, if you live in Ireland, you can look at the countries  where the currency other than euro is being used. They are usually (not always!) relatively cheaper, so everything from food to souvenirs is less expensive

A good example of such low cost travel would be ecotourism in Guatemala. Once you can afford the flight, being there will cost you practically nothing. (For those unfamiliar with the term, ecotourism is when you travel without disturbing natural areas, in order to enjoy, appreciate or study natural attractions (landscapes, flora and fauna) and local culture.)

 

We hope that sorting these key aspects (expectations and budget) out will give you some ideas about the next travel spot, but we are well aware that even with clarity regarding the above, you might still have a hard time deciding  on the next perfect trip.

That’s why we have looked at many different reviews from other experienced travelers for you, and have compiled a list of destinations around the world to help you narrow your options down and make a decision.

We hope the following recommendations will ease your choice of what your next travel destination is going to be:

  • Marrakech, Morocco:   many people consider this “Jewel of the South” to be the best travel destination in the world. With its reliable temperatures (ideal from mid February to end April) and mouth-watering local cuisine it is a perfect place for a short trip, but offering fascinating historic sites and other landmarks and activities (like golf on six courses or treks in the Atlas mountains) will easily satisfy also travellers willing to stay for longer.

 

  • Siem Reap, Cambodia: an ancient system of the temples contained within one of the largest religious complexes in the world. Together with the 12th century Angkor Thom royal city, it is considered the main reason to visit not only Cambodia, but the whole South East Asia. In Siem Reap you can immerse yourself in the national history while exploring Cambodian Cultural Village, and then learn a lesson in bargaining at the Angkor Night Market: a cluster of shopping stalls, food vendors, and bars. And don’t think three days at the temples is enough.

 

  • Istanbul, Turkey: Istanbul is a city like no other, where European and Asian culture meet, resulting in a breathtaking combination of ancient architecture with modern constructions. From restaurants and mosques, to bazaars and Turkish baths, this city offers unlimited options for travelers who enjoy being active around the clock.

 

  • Hanoi, Vietnam: located in the north, Hanoi is one of the main destinations for visitors to this exotic country. Offering a mixture of Eastern, Colonial and French styles, it is a fascinating place for discovering Vietnamese culture and enjoying simple pleasures of fine dining and beautiful weather. There is no way to be bored in this city of multiple lakes, parks, boulevards, temples and pagodas.

 

  • Prague, Czech Republic: Prague has it all: a historic Old Town full of hidden courtyards and cobblestone lanes; a romantic riverside packed with extravagant cafes and old-fashioned bars; and a rich cultural programme offering anything and everything from classical music to intensive courses of traditional brewing in local microbreweries. No wonder why Prague charms everyone who visits.

 

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: the capital and largest city of Argentina, the second-largest metropolisin South America, birthplace of tango. Many people say that Buenos Aires is two cities in one: part European, with an atmosphere resembling cities like Madrid or Vienna; part Latin American – compelling and seductive, with typical South American bustling energy.

The city offers unforgettable shopping experience you can immerse yourself in when wandering along its grand, wide boulevards; and quality relaxation time combining modern art related activities with vibrant nightlife.

 

  • Cape Town Central, South Africa: not only the most popular tourist destination in South Africa, but Africa as a whole. Cape Town is famous for its good climate, well preserved nature, and well-developed infrastructure.  It offers excellent eco friendly tourism, beautiful beaches, and amazing wildlife encounters like no other place on the continent.

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We hope you enjoyed our review of some of that best travel destinations around the globe. It is important to remember that although these places are perfect locations to spend your holidays, you still need to make sure to do everything in your power to be free from unnecessary problems during your trip.

Unfortunately, sometimes even the most experienced travelers suffer setbacks, and for that reason it is very important to have travel insurance which will be protecting you and your family during your holidays.

UCompare offers the best choice of travel insurance to help you enjoy your deserved holiday without worrying about the things that might go wrong when you are away.

Useful tips to make your travel safer

Useful tips to make your travel safer

People always look for a safe travel holiday. We all love to visit new places, meet people and learn about other cultures. It doesn’t matter if we are on the road for just a few days or a few months, a trip is always the best way to experience life, enjoy ourselves and make new memories for the future.

What can we do to make sure we maximize this experience?  How can we free ourselves from unnecessary worries and concerns and fully relax?

The answer to these questions is: travel safety. Whenever and wherever you go  make safety of your family and yourself,  your priority.

To help you prepare to travel as safely as possible, we gathered a list of practical tips you might find useful when getting ready to hit the road:

Make copies of your personal documents

Taking the original documents with you is of course necessary when taking a flight or crossing a border, but carrying them at all times is the whole different story. A very risky one. Therefore, to make sure you don’t lose or damage them during your daily activities, leave all originals at the hotel or in your luggage and only keep the copies handy. Make sure you photograph and/or copy the following items:

  • Passport and/or identity card.
  • Driver’s license.
  • Details of your travel insurance
  • Tickets and reservations

Make a list of things you want to bring along

It sounds basic, but can save you a lot of trouble later, especially if you are a’ last –minute packer‘ type of traveler.

Write down all the items you want to take with you, starting from the smallest ones (like socks), and finishing with the biggest (like a tent!). This will help you not to forget the essential but easily missed items you’ll require. You can also use one of many available packing list apps, offering pre-created trip type checklists with comprehensive records of everything you might need for the type of trip in question.

Make  sure you don’t forget:

  • Camera to capture the best moments
  • Universal electricity adapter (check which plug adapter you’ll need and the voltage in your destination country so you can avoid frustrating electricity mishaps).
  • Charger and power bank, to make sure your phone doesn’t die on you the moment its battery runs out
  • Sunscreen
  • Documents and their copies (placed separately in your luggage to minimize a possibility of losing both)
  • Medicines you are taking regularly in the right doses (taking prescriptions just in case, might be a good idea too!)
  • Emergency kit containing basic first-aid items (bandages, gauze, antiseptics, painkillers, motion sickness pills, eye-drops, etc.)
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash but have enough to pay for small things (like water or food). Also, make sure your cards work abroad and your bank won’t charge you a huge commission for withdrawing money there.

Think about other ways to make your travel safe:

  • Do some research about the destination(s) you will visit during your trip, know where the closest embassy is and what number to call in case you lose your documents or need medical assistance
  • Give a copy of your itinerary to a member of your family or a friend; check-in with them from time to time so they know you are ok!
  • If you are driving during the travel make sure your vehicle is in good shape and working properly.
  • Print or download maps of the destination you will visit to easily locate routes, attractions and services.
  • Check the weather forecast for the places you will go to and pack your clothes accordingly
  • If any exotic destinations are on your list, make sure you get all the necessary visas and/or  vaccinations prior to your travel
  • Make sure all your travel documents are valid and not expiring before you come back
  • Avoid wearing flashy jewellery which could attract thieves
  • wear a money belt or neck wallet to actively protect your credit cards, cash, and identification when you’re out and about
  • Make sure your luggage is labelled with smart tags with your contact details
  • Don’t leave your belongings unattended and keep your eyes open.

Safe Travel

 

Get travel Insurance

No matter how well prepared you are, there are always things that happen beyond your control. We have all heard horrible stories about delayed or cancelled flights, lost luggage or accidents, which could ruin even the best holiday. Make sure you are covered in case anything like that happens during your trip. Visit UCompare to find the best insurance at the best price possible.

Step-by-step guide to planning a trip

Step-by-step guide to planning a trip

Have you ever gone on a trip that you’ve been waiting for a long time, only to be disappointed? If you are tired of suffering countless setbacks or difficulties during your travels you need to read more to know get tips for planning a trip.

You will be surprised how often tourists encounter problems during trips. Turning what could have been a perfect holiday into an average travel.

Traveling is an essential part of every human, for most people a travel is full of life-changing stories, moments and memories. However a fun trip is not exactly easy to accomplish, because in order to avoid any inconvenience and enjoy a nice holiday with your partner or family, it is important to follow some preparation first.

Regardless of the destination and members traveling, there is always an obligatory amount of effort needed when planning a holiday. If you don’t want to end up with a wasted opportunity, we highly recommend you to follow these steps:

Today we live in a world led by technology, with handy tools like the Internet that allows users to be one click away from all possible traveling information and best destinations around the world.

Nevertheless, sometimes this might turn out to be a curse to many people. Because with all the massive material you discover on websites, it’s easy to end up finding sources not reliable, that may ruin your trip in the long run.

That’s why the main idea behind this post is to provide a list of all the necessary steps you must complete when planning a trip. We are certain that the possibility of a memorable and special holiday increases greatly with this information at your fingertips.

Planning your next trip

 

Step-by-step guide for planning a trip

  1. Decide which locations you want to visit:
  • As we mention before, technology is a great ally and a handy tool. Today, it is easy to access thousands of websites that can help you gather information about travel destinations. Nevertheless, always remember that before making any reservation, you need to decide on the purpose of your holiday. Are you looking for an adventure tour? Do you need a trip to relax from work stress? Considering a romantic getaway with your partner? Once these questions are answered, you may proceed with the next step.
  1. Make sure all your travel documents are in order:
  • In case you decide to visit other countries, the next required step is to check if all your travel documents are current and valid. Also remember that some countries might require additional certificates to allow your entry. Therefore we recommend checking first on the Internet for more information.
  1. Establish the departure date and length of your trip:
  • Before doing any reservations, it’s important to establish the date your holiday starts. This way you can research the different hotels and flights available on the dates you intend to travel.
  1. Evaluate your financial budget:
  • If you want to avoid any unpleasant surprises the next time you check your bank account, we advise calculating a budget for your trip and studying all travel costs (hotels, flights, activities, food, and transport). This way it is easier to have a notion of how much you shall spend during your holidays and if you can afford it.
  1. Check for package deals:
  • Sometimes airlines and hotels have special last minute deals. That’s why before rushing into making any reservations, we highly suggest checking over the Internet for travel promotions. This will certainly bring benefits, because you will save some money and maybe invest that cash during the trip.
  1. Subscribe to a travel credit card:
  • Another method to save some cash is to get a travel credit card, this way you can earn points while traveling, that can later be redeem for discounts on flights and hotel rooms. Our advice is to sign-up as soon as possible to these credit cards, so that next time you are planning a trip, you might get a hotel or flight at a discounted rate.
  1. Book hotel rooms and flights tickets:
  • Once decided when and where your next trip is going to be, it is time to make reservations. Although with flights we advice not to rush booking airplane tickets, they definitely need to be your first priority. Probably because sometimes they are the most expensive part of the travel. Our recommendation is to reserve them 2 months before departure.With hotel accommodations, you have more time to decide, because in some cases you might be able to find more options and diversity to choose from, meaning there is more flexibility when you make room reservations. Nevertheless, remember that during high season, booking a room could turn out to be a complete nightmare.
  1. Notify your trip plans to a friend or family member:
  • It is important to notify your travel plans to a close friend or family member when you are arranging a trip. Leaving if possible any contact and address information, so if anything goes wrong, it’s easier to receive help from people you know.
  1. Start planning your activities itinerary:
  • Now its time to draft your trip itinerary, research and select which activities you want to do based on your budget or likes, this will certainly help you figure out if any additional reservations are needed. Although sometimes holidays are subject to changes, we recommend in this step to plan ahead a schedule of all the things you wish to perform during the travel. Making it easier to do any last minute adjustments.

10. Time to pack your belongings:

  • Our suggestion in this subject is to start packing 2 weeks before departure. Allowing travelers the opportunity of doing a list with all essential things, only performing any last minute changes if necessary. Additionally, we encourage people to always travel light, not only this shall avoid discomfort, but also give more space for shopping and buying souvenirs during the trip.

11. Buy travel insurance:

  • As we stated before on other posts, travel insurance is fundamental if you want to enjoy your holidays from start to finish. Having insurance while traveling, not only will help you in case of emergencies, but also offer quick assistance at anytime if you encounter setbacks. Consequently, our advice on this matter is to buy travel insurance as soon as you make the first reservation, so the insurance refunds the money if a trip cancelation occurs.

12. Enjoy your holidays:

  • The last thing on this list is to fully enjoy your deserved holidays with your loved ones. If you follow our guide step-by-step to plan a trip, organize yourself with time and invest work on your planning, there is nothing to worry about.

 

Finally, we sincerely hope this post can serve as a helpful guideline, which can assist people to better prepare and arrange their next travel plans. Likewise, be confident that if you follow each step in order, you will not miss a thing, have money to spend on your trip and be protected if anything goes wrong.

 

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