Brits take advantage of bank holidays, but miss Royal wedding

In April this year Brits can make the most of the four bank holidays by taking three days off from work in order to have a ten day holiday at their leisure. Good Friday, Easter Monday, the Royal wedding, and May Day all fall within ten days, creating an unprecedented opportunity for a prolonged holiday which has already been spotted by travellers and tour operators alike. Luxury tour operator Kuoni are already offering Big Bank Holiday escape packages lasting for up to seven days, while Thomson Holidays sell low-cost bargain packages for the Easter period.

Research carried out by the UK’s largest holiday comparison website Travelmatch.co.uk shows a significant increase in holiday bookings for the end of April. The number of 7 to 10 day holidays pre-booked for the period has risen by a stunning 60% compared to last year. Booking a holiday in April is a real bargain as the month is considered off-season which sees lower prices and smaller tourist crowds. UK holidaymakers are seizing the opportunity to snap up a getaway abroad. Employees are planning to take a couple of days away from work so that they can have a proper seven or even ten day vacation, leaving the UK on or around Thursday April 21st and coming back in the first days of May.

The experts at travelmatch.co.uk commented that the increased interest in late April holidays cannot be put down to the clustering of free days only. April appeals to the overworked Brits because it gives them a chance to have a break after the long winter work period. Statistics reveal that roughly 40% of Brits head off to southern Europe and North Africa in search of sunshine and relaxation. The hotspot destinations remain Greece and Turkey which are the warmest in Europe this time of the year. Some tourists looking to go further afield book holidays to the Maldives, the Seychelles and Mauritius.

Travelmatch.co.uk founder Alex Francis commented: “The warming weather is appealing to people who crave relaxation. At the end of April and beginning of May most resorts in southern Europe are still gearing for the summer season and remain largely empty. This allows tourists to have a nice spring vacation at a lower price and without the stress of getting on crowded flights or staying in noisy overpopulated hotels.”

Where to stay in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Holidays are bigger and better than ever before, with the highest standards in service and facilities. There are famous hotels at every corner and there is sure to be a name you recognize. There is something for every taste, from the famous to luxury. Take at look at Virgin Holidays range of Las Vegas Holidays, there is sure to be something that will take your fancy and here are some of the best:

As soon as you walk in to the Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas you are surrounded by style and luxury with the spectacular glass-domed conservatory through the lobby, complete with hand blown glass flowers. The resort is styled on an elegant Italian village and includes eight fine-dining restaurants offering a variety of gourmet cuisine. With the Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas it is not only the exhilarating views of the Las Vegas ‘Strip’ to look forward to but their sumptuous spa where you can enjoy a range of pampering treatments. The lake view rooms are located in the original Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas Tower and offer beautiful views over Lake Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas. There are also a number of luxury suites such as the Salone Suite which comes with its own whirlpool bath.

Famous hotels are endless in Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood Las Vegas is the place to stay if you’re looking for celebrity cool. You will really feel like a celebrity when staying at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, with sleek, film-themed rooms and A-list events right on your door step. So make sure you make time to get yourself to a Red Carpet Movie Premier or Billboard Recording Artists Concert. It doesn’t stop there though, dine like a celebrity and head to one of the top restaurants such as Striphouse and Koi. The gorgeous Planet Hollywood Las Vegas is bang in the centre of the Vegas ‘Strip’ next door to the Paris and opposite the graceful Bellagio fountains.

There is something for every budget in Las Vegas, from 3V to 5V and from the famous to luxury so there is sure to be something for everyone with last minute holidays. There are a number of specials offers available at the moment on the Virgin Holidays website, including some of the big named hotels so now has never been a better time to book last minute holidays.

Drivers warned to prepare before driving abroad over Easter holidays

Many of us are planning to get away this Easter, especially with an early start to the annual holiday. Saga is warning the 5.8million drivers who take their cars abroad every year to take a few simple precautions to ensure their trip doesn’t turn into an unmitigated disaster!

Roger Ramsden, Chief Executive, Saga Services advises, “The first thing you should do after you’ve booked your trip is to make sure that you have adequate protection. Whilst Saga provides unlimited driving abroad cover, not all car insurers do the same. Taking five minutes to check your insurance could mean the difference between being able to continue with your travel plans; or being left stranded abroad with a hefty bill and nobody to help with language difficulties”.

Once you know your insurance is in place, Saga recommends a few basic vehicle preparations to take the headache out of driving abroad:

· A pre-trip service for the car is highly recommended, to minimise the risk of breaking down while abroad

· Check the condition of the tyres, including the spare, and consider replacing them before the trip if the tread is down to 3 mm or less

· Headlights should be adjusted for driving on the other side of the road so they don’t dazzle oncoming motorists

· Driving licences and insurance documents are compulsory for driving abroad and should be the first thing you pack

· A warning triangle is mandatory in many countries, and some – for example Spain – expect you to have two to alert drivers approaching from both directions

· A first-aid kit is advisable and mandatory in a few countries including Austria

· Showing a GB identification on the back of the car is compulsory when you drive in Europe, and failing to display one will render you liable to an on-the- spot fine

· Many European countries have toll roads so ensure you have plenty of change in the local currency of the countries you are travelling to and through.