Top 5 tips for a 2013 getawayWhich? helps you plan a holiday in the sun

29 March 2013


If you're not one of the estimated 1.7million Brits jetting off to the sunshine this Easter weekend, don't worry. Brave the chill this holiday weekend, and start planning a trip for later in 2013 with our five top tips.

It may be one of the coldest Easters on record for some time, and much of the UK is shivering, but don't think you'll never see the sun again. Follow our top tips and book a great holiday to look forward to.

1 Fly with the best airlines

Whether you fancy some Spanish sun, or want to travel long-haul to Australia, choosing the most reliable airlines that provide good service and value for money is key.

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

2 Book with the best holiday companies

Want someone to help you tailor-make a holiday, or just need to know that you are booking with a holiday company who will look after you well, then our holiday company survey can help. 

Trailfinders is a favourite with Which? members, achieving a customer score of 97%, but 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.

3 Choose the best self-catering accommodation

We know many Which? members enjoy a cottage or villa holiday in the UK, but there are also companies offering self-catering accommodation in warmer climes. Renting a villa or holiday cottage is a popular holiday option, particularly for families or groups of friends. 

Our self-catering cottages and holiday villas survey will help you choose the best company to book with.

4 Buy the best luggage

If you're heading to the high street this Easter, make sure you read our Best Buy luggage report, and find out the suitcases to buy, and those that are great value for money. Try out your suitcase before you buy - trolley heights and grips vary, so this will help you choose the right luggage for your body frame.

Also see how easy the case is to lift using the top and side handles.

5 Choose your travel insurance carefully

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 belongings are lost or stolen, and will cover your for medical expenses should you become injured or sick while you're away.

Our travel insurance reviews compare high street, bank, internet and travel agents' travel insurance policies.

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