Top five tips for a stress-free half-term holidayInsurance, car hire, airport parking and more

10 May 2013


Hoping to fly off with the family to enjoy some sunshine during the half-term holiday? We help you sort out all your holiday essentials.

When organising a holiday, there's lots of things to think about - not only where to go and how to get there, but also travel insurance, airport parking, car hire, and where to buy your currency too.

Which? can help you choose all the holiday extras you need. Just follow our five top tips.

1 Choose the right travel insurance 

Travel insurance is a holiday essential that should provide you with financial protection if 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 a personal belonging is lost or stolen, and will cover your medical expenses should you becoming injured or sick while you are away on holiday. Our travel insurance reviews compare high street, bank, internet and travel agents' travel insurance policies.

2 Book your car hire with the best company or broker

You want a car to transport your family around your holiday destination, but who should you book with? Check out our car hire company survey. Here we rate 12 leading car hire companies, including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz to help you choose the companies most likely to give you a trouble-free trip.

Prefer to book with a broker? Then look at our car hire broker survey. You'll find out how consumers rate car hire brokers for clarity of information on insurance and pricing, as well as ease of booking and customer service.

3 Find cheap airport parking

Don't leave booking your airport parking until the last minute. You will always save money by booking a parking spot in advance - this can be up to three times cheaper than waiting to pay on the day at the airport.

Airport car park companies work on a fluid pricing system, like airlines do with flights, and you'll get the best price by booking early - weeks or months in advance if you can. To make sure you always get a cheaper deal, see our airport parking guide, looking at the UK's 10 most visited airports.

4 Choose the best currency exchange provider

Exchanging currency is on most holidaymakers 'to-do' list. But with so many currency exchange providers out there, how do you know which to choose? Should you exchange your pounds to euros at the Post Office, at Travelex at the airport, or online? 

The results of our latest customer satisfaction survey will help you decide. We reveal the best and worst place to exchange your holiday money - instore and online. It's not just the exchange rates that differ, there are some big differences in customer satisfaction too.

5 Take the best credit card abroad

While you're on holiday, paying for goods and services by debit or credit card is quick and convenient, and if you don't feel secure carrying around a wallet of foreign currency, it's safer too. However, many debit and credit cards apply hefty fees to payments and withdrawals made abroad - which can all add up to a significant sum if you're not careful.

Be aware of the charges that credit card issuers may apply if you use your card abroad. And if you want to avoid them altogether, choose a credit card that won't charge you for making purchases overseas - see our online tables to find out more.

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