Top 5 Destinations to tie the knot

You’ve said yes and the engagement ring is sat perfectly on your finger, you’ve popped the champagne and the whole world has congratulated you. Now it’s time to plan your special day, here at Latedeals.co.uk we want to make your fairy-tale, happily ever after come to life!
We know how stressful planning a wedding can be, that’s why more and more people say “I do” abroad. Deciding the location is crucial so we have compiled a list of our most perfect places to tie the knot.

MAURITIUS
Mauritius is filled with stunning scenery and it was Mark Twain who said, “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first in heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.” Imagine yourself being stood on the white sandy beaches saying your nuptials, and watching the sunset as a married couple, does this sound like your ideal wedding?

ITALY
This country really pulls on your heart strings, with its stop and stare scenery and candle lit restaurants. Sorrento truly captures the colourful Mediterranean flavour of Italy, here they offer romantic and unique wedding venues. Pushing the boat out? You can be a real life princess for the day and marry your prince charming in a castle with amazing views. Think of the wedding photos.

MEXICO
If walking down the aisle bare foot and feeling the sand crumble beneath your feet your perfect choice, then this place is for you. If you want a beach where the sand glistens in the sun then head to Cancun beach, the sands actually made up from fossil fragments so when the sun catches the sand it sparkles! If you want to shout your love from the roof tops then the Sensatori hotel fits the bill. With roof top weddings looking out over the Caribbean Sea this will make the guest’s go “ooooo.”

LAPLAND
Fairy tales do come alive here, with fairy lights twinkling in the snow. Here you fall in love with the snow-covered trees that shine bright in the sun. You can choose many venues here, an ice carved chapel or a frozen ice gazebo decorated in fairy lights are our favourites. If you are looking to arrive in more of a non-traditional way, then maybe a husky/reindeer pulled sleigh is for you. This is the perfect choice for a winter wedding.

FLORIDA
Do you want the ultimate Disney wedding? Then Florida is a must. Only here can you get married with Cinderella’s castle as a backdrop! It’s not all about Mickey and Minnie though, you can say you’re “I do’s” in a gazebo or a white chapel. How about a garden tea party after the service and your first dance in a lantern lit pavilion? Sounds like you’ve just stepped out of a story book!

 

SIZE MATTERS

Hiring a car on holiday can be a minefield so we’ve put together a guide to follow and not only will you avoid making some common travel mistakes but it will also save you some money.

Size

As you will only need to hire the car for a week or two you need to be practical about the size of car you require. Is a big family car an absolute necessary when a smaller hatchback would do? And do you really need a convertible? The price on even the cheapest deals can almost double if you upgrade to larger, sportier car, so my advice would be to only rent what you need. Once you find a deal that suits you don’t hesitate in booking it as these deals can change and the prices can go up.

Fuel

Always check the fuel policy as the most cost effective arrangement is ‘full-full’ this means that you pick the car up with a full tank of petrol and you return it with a full tank of petrol. This means that you will not be paying the car hire any inflated fuel costs to refill the tank. However please be aware that many hire firms, especially in Spain now insist on a ‘full-empty’ arrangement. This means that you have to pay upfront for a full tank of fuel, often this can be at prices higher than the standard fuel charges. You are also not reimbursed for any fuel that you don’t use. Check company websites that use the ‘Fair fuel Policy’.

Extras

Try to take your own child car seats, chartered airlines do not charge a fee to take a child seat with you. Car hire companies can charge up to £80 for one week’s hire, considering that boosters seats costs as little as £8 to buy you can see how overpriced the car seat hire deals are. The same can be said for satnav’s they can cost around £78 for one week’s hire yet you can buy a satnav that covers both the UK and Europe for between £50 – £60. If you are feeling particularly adventurous why not just use a good old fashioned road map.

Essentials

Before you get in the car and drive it away always check the car for dents and scratches if you come across any record the damage and take photographs to support this. Ensure you point this out to the hire company and get them to make a record of it so that when you return the car, you have proof you haven’t caused the damage.

Insurance

Check the insurance documents properly as most car hire insurance policies only cover the car and theft as standard not if the car is damaged. Check how much the excess is as many firms offer you excess waiver insurance when you collect the car. You can also check so see if your travel insurance policy provides any car insurance and to what level.

And Don’t Forget…

Finally make sure you understand rules of the road and check if you need any compulsory equipment. You may be required to carry a reflective jacket, first aid kit or a warning triangle. If you’re worried about driving on the right hand side of the road you could always holiday in Cyprus, Malta, Jamaica, Bahamas or Kenya as they drive on the same side as us. Most importantly, have fun exploring.

Important update – New online check- in Launched for First Choice & Thomson

All passengers travelling with Thomson and First Choice holidays will now be able to check-in online from the 18th February 2014.

What do I need to do?

You can check- in online and print your boarding passes at www.flightextras.co.uk

Online check-in opens 14 days prior to the outbound flight for customers who have purchased select your seat, Extra Space and Extra Legroom and Premium Club seats.

Online check-in opens 7 days prior to departure for all other customers.

From Majorca to Mexico check out our last minute deals at www.latedeals.co.uk

“I Love you” from Around the World

The phrase “I love you “is one of the most popular phrases in the English language. With Valentine’s Day upon us, why not impress your loved one this year with the words “I love you” in a different language. We have handpicked some of our bestselling destinations of 2013 and translated “I love you” into their language, what are you waiting for? Let’s get practicing.

French-  Je t’aime   This is one is sure to impress with French being the  language of love.
Spainish – Te amo We could definitely put this to use when we holiday in Spain.
Italian – Ti amo  Why not bring out the Italian lover in you?
Bulgarian – Obicham te
Turkish – Seni seviyorum!
Thai – Phom Rak Khun
Portuguese -Eu amo-te
Greek -S’agapo
Aruba -mi stimabo
Arabic – to a man – (ana bahibbak)
To a woman –(ana bahibbik) (Egyptian)

Which destination would you choose to woo your loved one?

Money Saving Tips for Latedeals

Well it’s that time of the year again were we are trying to decide where to go on our summer holidays and in today’s current climate every penny counts. We all want more from our hard earned cash, so the million dollar question is; should you book last minute to get the best deal? Well that all depends on what you want from your holiday.

1. Flexibility This is a key point when booking a late deal, be flexible on dates and times of travel. You may have to fly from further afield to bag yourself a bargain and remember midweek demand is much lower than the weekend so check these days too. If you can travel outside of peak holiday periods – such as the summer school holidays – your savings will be even more significant.

2. Duration It is always worth check out holidays of different durations as sometimes two-week breaks offer excellent value for money compared to seven-night trips. And there are always odd durations such as 9, 10 or 11 nights that can be great value for money and if you can time your break towards the end of October or mid-April you can take advantage of what is known as the season changeover.

3. Extras Check what is included in the basic price. It’s all well and good booking a “bargain last minute holiday” but a lot of operators charge for luggage, in-flight meals transfers etc. so make sure you factor all these elements into your final costing. All inclusive holidays are great value for money everything paid up front so you will have no hidden surprises when you arrive at your destination.

4. Destination Pick a selection of destinations and narrow it down to resorts if you can. If there isn’t anything suitable for your first choice move on to your second choice and so on. It’s also worth looking at destinations you may not normally choose: have an open mind and try to be a little adventurous

5. Weather We all want to get away for the better weather and if it’s winter sun you’re looking for look at destinations a little further afield try Egypt or Cape Verde. Goa is a great destination for the winter and the cost of living is really low which will help keep the spending money down. During the summer months you can get some great deals to the Canary Islands and Tunisia.