Top five tips for planning your 2013 holidayAirlines, travel insurance, luggage and more

31 December 2012


New Year is a busy time for holiday bookings. So whether you’re dreaming of a skiing, city, beach or all inclusive holiday, our tips will help make your 2013 holiday the best yet.

If you’re already thinking about your holidays for the year ahead but want to travel with the best travel products and providers, then Which? is here to help.

We've chosen some top tips to get your planning started and our leisure website is packed full of advice and reviews on the best travel products and services.

1. Book with the best holiday companies

If you want to travel with the top travel company in 2013, then Trailfinders is a favourite among Which? members. Trailfinders specialise in worldwide tailor made travel and achieved a customer score of 97% in our holiday companies survey.

All of the top 10 companies in our survey achieved a customer score of 85% or above, and most scored four or more stars for their tours, customer service and accommodation.

2. Fly with the best airlines

Whether you’re flying to the USA, Australia, Italy or France, choosing the most reliable airlines that provide good service and value for money is key for both a short- and long-haul flight.

When Which? surveyed over 5,500 members to find the best and worst airlines, Swiss topped the list for short-haul flights while the top airline for long-haul flights was Air New Zealand.

3. Choose a villa or holiday cottage

If you're planning on taking a break in the UK or heading overseas, then renting a villa or holiday cottage is a popular holiday option, particularly for families or groups of friends. Think carefully about the location of your villa or holiday cottage, especially if you don't want to rely on using a car to get around.

Our guide on how to book a villa has some helpful tips for renting a villa and our survey of self-catering cottages and holiday villas will help you choose the best company to book with.

4. Buy your travel insurance

Travel insurance is a holiday essential that will provide you with financial protection should unexpected events occur while you’re away.

A good policy will cover you for cancelling or cutting your holiday short in an emergency, will pay out if your property is lost or stolen and will cover your medical expenses should you become injured or sick while you are away on holiday.  Our travel insurance reviews compare high street, bank, internet and travel agents' travel insurance policies.

5. Choose the best luggage

Head to the high street to try out our Best Buy luggage in store.  Trolley handle heights and grips vary, so this will help you choose one that suits your body frame.  

See how easy the case is to lift using the top and side handles, ideally with some weight in the case.  Four wheeled cases tend to be easier to manoeuvre on smooth floors, while two wheel cases tend to fare better on rougher ground.

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