17 August 2016


Solo Travel

The idea of exploring the world alone may be intimidating to some, but research shows that travelling solo is becoming increasingly popular.

Analysis of 100,000 holiday bookings by travel inspiration website 101 Holidays shows that holiday companies which run group tours in the UK and abroad are reporting that 35% of their clients are single travellers.

101 Holidays has launched a new website, 101 Single Holidays, as a result of the predicted surge.

Solo travelling is most popular with women, as 58.3% of single travellers were reported to be female. When broke down by holiday types those figures rise for more active trips including walking holidays (64%) and African safaris (60%).

“Travelling solo has lost much of the lonely hearts stigma it once carried. Not everyone holidaying alone is single, with more women leaving husbands and partners at home as they tick items off their bucket lists,” says Winston.

To meet the demand for solo holidays, holiday companies are now offering incentives to attract single travellers, including dedicated solo travel holidays and the scrapping of the single supplement, a premium charged to people who take a room alone.

Here are a few of our top tips to stay safe when travelling solo:

1.      Leave all valuable possessions at home. Flashy watches and sparkly chains are not needed while catching a bus in Thailand or even sunbathing by the pool in Tuscany. Keep them in your jewellery box at home.

2.      Always keep a small emergency stash of currency (dollars are best as they can be exchanged easily) somewhere that no one will find. If you do lose your wallet / purse you’ll have something to get you by.

3.      Avoid arriving somewhere late at night. If you don’t know the place, get there during daylight hours. Being able to see your surroundings will make you feel safer.

4.      Leave photocopies of your passport, visa and travel insurance with people at home and carry your embassy and insurance company’s number with you. If you lose your passport or insurance details, you have back up.

5.      Keep a checklist of the important stuff – money, passport, camera, keys, ticket, etc. And every time you leave a room, bus or plane you can tick them off.

Whether you are planning on vacationing solo or with someone else don’t forget to choose insurance that will allow you to enjoy your holidays without making a dent in your spending.

Discount Insurance policies offers a wide range of different travel insurance options. Get a quick Quote today! 


Anethe Carvalho

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Solo Travel

The idea of exploring the world alone may be intimidating to some, but research shows that travelling solo is becoming increasingly popular.

Analysis of 100,000 holiday bookings by travel inspiration website 101 Holidays shows that holiday companies which run group tours in the UK and abroad are reporting that 35% of their clients are single travellers.

101 Holidays has launched a new website, 101 Single Holidays, as a result of the predicted surge.

Solo travelling is most popular with women, as 58.3% of single travellers were reported to be female. When broke down by holiday types those figures rise for more active trips including walking holidays (64%) and African safaris (60%).

“Travelling solo has lost much of the lonely hearts stigma it once carried. Not everyone holidaying alone is single, with more women leaving husbands and partners at home as they tick items off their bucket lists,” says Winston.

To meet the demand for solo holidays, holiday companies are now offering incentives to attract single travellers, including dedicated solo travel holidays and the scrapping of the single supplement, a premium charged to people who take a room alone.

Here are a few of our top tips to stay safe when travelling solo:

1.      Leave all valuable possessions at home. Flashy watches and sparkly chains are not needed while catching a bus in Thailand or even sunbathing by the pool in Tuscany. Keep them in your jewellery box at home.

2.      Always keep a small emergency stash of currency (dollars are best as they can be exchanged easily) somewhere that no one will find. If you do lose your wallet / purse you’ll have something to get you by.

3.      Avoid arriving somewhere late at night. If you don’t know the place, get there during daylight hours. Being able to see your surroundings will make you feel safer.

4.      Leave photocopies of your passport, visa and travel insurance with people at home and carry your embassy and insurance company’s number with you. If you lose your passport or insurance details, you have back up.

5.      Keep a checklist of the important stuff – money, passport, camera, keys, ticket, etc. And every time you leave a room, bus or plane you can tick them off.

Whether you are planning on vacationing solo or with someone else don’t forget to choose insurance that will allow you to enjoy your holidays without making a dent in your spending.

Discount Insurance policies offers a wide range of different travel insurance options. Get a quick Quote today! 


Anethe Carvalho

20 July 2016



Virtual house hunting from the comfort of your sofa might be a reality sooner than we expected.

In the near future house-hunting could be less time-consuming because of virtual reality technology.

Agents now have a new tool to help them market a property as buyers will be able to simply strap on a head mounted display (HMD) and take a virtual reality tour. 

If the project is successful, homebuyers will be able to tour properties via smartphones or computers, only visiting the ones they decide to shortlist.

To make it work a property is filmed using a mixture of laser scanning and 360 degree capturing equipment.

The images go through a post-production process and are delivered via HMD which tracks the user’s head movements and shows each eye a slightly different image, giving the illusion of being a 3D space.


Soundscaping is then added in certain points of the tour for an additional sense of presence. The user is then able to see each room and the garden via a number of hotspots.

This technology is being explored by multiple real estate providers in order to make the customer experience better and quicker.

"With this approach, potential buyers could get more of a feel for properties and choose ones to visit that really suit their requirements. It could make the whole process more time efficient for buyers, agents and vendors," says Rightmove’s head of innovation, Hannes Buhrmann.

The virtual videos can be seen on YouTube and alternatively, for a totally immersive experience, you can use a virtual reality headset such as Google’s Cardboard viewer, available online for around £3.

Discount Insurance can offer home insurance policies from a range of leading UK underwriters, allowing you find the right cover for your needs.

Give us a call today on 0800 294 4522 for a quick quote!

Picture source: James Deardley/Google/Youtube

Anethe Carvalho

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Virtual house hunting from the comfort of your sofa might be a reality sooner than we expected.

In the near future house-hunting could be less time-consuming because of virtual reality technology.

Agents now have a new tool to help them market a property as buyers will be able to simply strap on a head mounted display (HMD) and take a virtual reality tour. 

If the project is successful, homebuyers will be able to tour properties via smartphones or computers, only visiting the ones they decide to shortlist.

To make it work a property is filmed using a mixture of laser scanning and 360 degree capturing equipment.

The images go through a post-production process and are delivered via HMD which tracks the user’s head movements and shows each eye a slightly different image, giving the illusion of being a 3D space.


Soundscaping is then added in certain points of the tour for an additional sense of presence. The user is then able to see each room and the garden via a number of hotspots.

This technology is being explored by multiple real estate providers in order to make the customer experience better and quicker.

"With this approach, potential buyers could get more of a feel for properties and choose ones to visit that really suit their requirements. It could make the whole process more time efficient for buyers, agents and vendors," says Rightmove’s head of innovation, Hannes Buhrmann.

The virtual videos can be seen on YouTube and alternatively, for a totally immersive experience, you can use a virtual reality headset such as Google’s Cardboard viewer, available online for around £3.

Discount Insurance can offer home insurance policies from a range of leading UK underwriters, allowing you find the right cover for your needs.

Give us a call today on 0800 294 4522 for a quick quote!

Picture source: James Deardley/Google/Youtube

Anethe Carvalho

13 July 2016



Council houses don’t always have to be boring; in Britain some people have made the best out of the spaces given to them by the government and are now proud owners of unique properties.

A new channel 4 documentary featured council house tenants like Robert Burns, a former decorator who made his three-bedroom Brighton terrace home into a replica of the Sistine Chapel.

Robert has spent 12 years transforming his humble abode into a homage to one of the most iconic artworks of all time, Michelangelo’s ceiling and The Last Judgement fresco.

He recreated the frescos on the wall of the chapel but replaced the paintings showcasing the lives of the saints and important religious events with modern stars like Wayne Rooney, ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Nigella Lawson and Simon Cowell.




Baked Beans museum

In Port Talbot, south Wales, a baked bean fan Barry Kirk, 61, made his flat into a museum dedicated to the savoury treat which he claims has cost him £10,000 over the years.

Mr Kirk who enjoys dressing up as a superhero Captain Beany, says:

“I've got a beautiful collection of baked bean memorabilia. I love living in a council flat because I made it for my own purpose. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but for me it's a visual concept. I'm very pleased.”




Gaudi in Preston

Jam Imani Rad, 65, converted his council flat in Preston into a stunning home, complete with mosaics inspired by Gaudi. The retired teacher spent £6,000 of his own money and around 11 years to finish the lavish interior decorations.

“It's the love I put in this house. You can see every corner of it reflects how I felt at that time I created it.”

The Chelsea council flat might be competition to the millionaire houses on the southwest side of London.


Socialite Pad

Molly Parkin, 84, moved into her council flat after declaring bankruptcy 12 years ago. The former teacher used to live in some of Chelsea’s most sought-after addresses with one of her former homes now being worth £5 million.

Molly was one of the original “it girls”, describing herself as a TV personality, erotic novelist, painter, fashion editor and general party girl.

At the age of 70 she went bankrupt and while battling alcoholism, she moved into a council house in the World’s End Estate in Notting Hill, London. The art work on the walls depicts events from her past such as orgies.


Discount Insurance provides you with great Tenant Content insurance in case you decide to also give your home a makeover.  

Pictures: Solent News

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Council houses don’t always have to be boring; in Britain some people have made the best out of the spaces given to them by the government and are now proud owners of unique properties.

A new channel 4 documentary featured council house tenants like Robert Burns, a former decorator who made his three-bedroom Brighton terrace home into a replica of the Sistine Chapel.

Robert has spent 12 years transforming his humble abode into a homage to one of the most iconic artworks of all time, Michelangelo’s ceiling and The Last Judgement fresco.

He recreated the frescos on the wall of the chapel but replaced the paintings showcasing the lives of the saints and important religious events with modern stars like Wayne Rooney, ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Nigella Lawson and Simon Cowell.




Baked Beans museum

In Port Talbot, south Wales, a baked bean fan Barry Kirk, 61, made his flat into a museum dedicated to the savoury treat which he claims has cost him £10,000 over the years.

Mr Kirk who enjoys dressing up as a superhero Captain Beany, says:

“I've got a beautiful collection of baked bean memorabilia. I love living in a council flat because I made it for my own purpose. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but for me it's a visual concept. I'm very pleased.”




Gaudi in Preston

Jam Imani Rad, 65, converted his council flat in Preston into a stunning home, complete with mosaics inspired by Gaudi. The retired teacher spent £6,000 of his own money and around 11 years to finish the lavish interior decorations.

“It's the love I put in this house. You can see every corner of it reflects how I felt at that time I created it.”

The Chelsea council flat might be competition to the millionaire houses on the southwest side of London.


Socialite Pad

Molly Parkin, 84, moved into her council flat after declaring bankruptcy 12 years ago. The former teacher used to live in some of Chelsea’s most sought-after addresses with one of her former homes now being worth £5 million.

Molly was one of the original “it girls”, describing herself as a TV personality, erotic novelist, painter, fashion editor and general party girl.

At the age of 70 she went bankrupt and while battling alcoholism, she moved into a council house in the World’s End Estate in Notting Hill, London. The art work on the walls depicts events from her past such as orgies.


Discount Insurance provides you with great Tenant Content insurance in case you decide to also give your home a makeover.  

Pictures: Solent News

06 July 2016


Are you planning a family caravan holiday in Britain this summer?

You should be because we have put together a list of ideas which are sure to keep your and your children entertained!




 ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide
The world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide has opened this summer at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Olympic Park! The slide will spiral around the unique tower five times from a height of 80 metres before a final 50 metres down to the ground. You can enjoy the view as the slide has transparent sections but only takes 40 seconds!

It is good timing for the slide to open as the Olympic Games in Rio are just a month away and they are sure to bring back memories of the London Games in 2012.

Nearest caravan park: Lee Valley Camping and Caravan Park, Edmonton


·         Alpamare Waterpark
Alpamare is a waterpark due to open in Scarborough this summer. The park will be Alpine themed and will feature four water rides, offering up to 2,500 rides per hour on four-person floats, two-person tubes, racing mats and body slides.

It is proposed that the park will be open for seven days a week until 10pm at night and in addition to the rides, the family attraction will have an indoor wave pool, luxury spar, outdoor pool and infinity pool.

Nearest caravan park: Jasmine Park, Snainton, near Scarborough


·         Big Friendly Giant Film
On 22nd July, the much anticipated The BFG will be released in cinema in the year that marks the 100th anniversary since the birth of children’s author Roald Dahl. To celebrate the anniversary, there are events taking places across Britain with the most notable happening at Tatton Park, in Knutsford, Cheshire.

Imaginative trails for children include joining Danny the Champion of the World in the gardens, Fantastic Mr Fox at the arm and Matilda in the mansion.

Nearest caravan park: Elm Cottage Touring Park, Winsford


·         Solarsphere
Solarsphere in Wales is where astronomy meets music. Family friendly workshops include solar observing and astro photography, night sky observing, talks on astronomy and a moon landing debate. For children, there is also face painting and a magician alongside great live music.

Nearest caravan park: Built Wells (you can camp on site for free!)


Whether you decide to stay in Britain or travel abroad in your caravan, get great value Travel Insurance from Discount Insurance today! Travel with peace of mind – call 0800 294 4522 today! 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Are you planning a family caravan holiday in Britain this summer?

You should be because we have put together a list of ideas which are sure to keep your and your children entertained!




 ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide
The world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide has opened this summer at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Olympic Park! The slide will spiral around the unique tower five times from a height of 80 metres before a final 50 metres down to the ground. You can enjoy the view as the slide has transparent sections but only takes 40 seconds!

It is good timing for the slide to open as the Olympic Games in Rio are just a month away and they are sure to bring back memories of the London Games in 2012.

Nearest caravan park: Lee Valley Camping and Caravan Park, Edmonton


·         Alpamare Waterpark
Alpamare is a waterpark due to open in Scarborough this summer. The park will be Alpine themed and will feature four water rides, offering up to 2,500 rides per hour on four-person floats, two-person tubes, racing mats and body slides.

It is proposed that the park will be open for seven days a week until 10pm at night and in addition to the rides, the family attraction will have an indoor wave pool, luxury spar, outdoor pool and infinity pool.

Nearest caravan park: Jasmine Park, Snainton, near Scarborough


·         Big Friendly Giant Film
On 22nd July, the much anticipated The BFG will be released in cinema in the year that marks the 100th anniversary since the birth of children’s author Roald Dahl. To celebrate the anniversary, there are events taking places across Britain with the most notable happening at Tatton Park, in Knutsford, Cheshire.

Imaginative trails for children include joining Danny the Champion of the World in the gardens, Fantastic Mr Fox at the arm and Matilda in the mansion.

Nearest caravan park: Elm Cottage Touring Park, Winsford


·         Solarsphere
Solarsphere in Wales is where astronomy meets music. Family friendly workshops include solar observing and astro photography, night sky observing, talks on astronomy and a moon landing debate. For children, there is also face painting and a magician alongside great live music.

Nearest caravan park: Built Wells (you can camp on site for free!)


Whether you decide to stay in Britain or travel abroad in your caravan, get great value Travel Insurance from Discount Insurance today! Travel with peace of mind – call 0800 294 4522 today! 

29 June 2016



With Glastonbury over already, a lot of us are probably not ready to let go of the festival spirit and now we don’t even have to!

The festival season is just getting warmed up and there’s many events featuring live music happening all over the world.

Here are a few of the best events to attend this year:


·         Latitude

In addition to all the bands you can enjoy at Latitude this year, there is also a diverse range of culture to be experienced from ballet to book-readings and Thai food to techno. Latitude is very family friendly and can be enjoyed by people of all ages with main acts including Skrillex, Stereo MCs and Hurts.

Date: July 14-17
Where: Henham Park Estate, Suffolk, UK


·         Sea Dance Festival
Jaz Beach is Europe’s best beach according to Lonely Planet so why not turn a festival in to a holiday at the same time? World class DJs are expected to attend the festival which is quickly becoming one of Europe’s best and most affordable festivals.

Date: July 14-16
Where: Jaz Beach, Budva, Montenegro


·         Green Man
Green Man started out 13 years ago as a modest folk festival in the Brecon Beacons which has since established itself as one of the most anticipated alternative music festivals in the UK. The festival will be headlined by the likes of James Blake, Laura Marling and Wild Beasts.

Date: August 18-21
Where: Glanusk Park, Powys, Wales, UK


·         Lake of Stars

The majority of the line-up at this African festival is from the thriving Malawian music scene however there are Western DJs and bands regularly making the trip. Offering a stunning backdrop of a lakeside wildlife reserve, this is a festival to be experienced.

Date: September 30 - October 2
Where: Chintheche Inn, Lake Malawi, Malawi



·         Burning Man
The Burning Man is one of the world’s most bizarre and creative festivals, and therefore it is not strictly just a music festival. Each year the festival has a theme which encourages festival goes to dress in fancy dress – this year it is ‘DaVinci’s Workshop.’ A huge creation which is different each year is also set alight on the Saturday night which creates an epic bonfire.

Date: August 28 – September 5
Where: Nevada, USA


·         Magnetic Fields
India is not the first country that comes to mind when you think of our typical festival but this is not a typical festival! You won’t need a tent as festival goers are invited to sleep and stay in traditional dens, while the festival itself is set in a 17th century palace. While enjoying the music, you can also indulge in regular yoga sessions!

Date: December 9-11
Where: Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan, India


If you’re planning on travelling to a festival abroad this summer, don’t forget to get your travel insurance sorted with us! Get a quick quote today!


Photo credit: Wales Online; ABC News


Wednesday, June 29, 2016


With Glastonbury over already, a lot of us are probably not ready to let go of the festival spirit and now we don’t even have to!

The festival season is just getting warmed up and there’s many events featuring live music happening all over the world.

Here are a few of the best events to attend this year:


·         Latitude

In addition to all the bands you can enjoy at Latitude this year, there is also a diverse range of culture to be experienced from ballet to book-readings and Thai food to techno. Latitude is very family friendly and can be enjoyed by people of all ages with main acts including Skrillex, Stereo MCs and Hurts.

Date: July 14-17
Where: Henham Park Estate, Suffolk, UK


·         Sea Dance Festival
Jaz Beach is Europe’s best beach according to Lonely Planet so why not turn a festival in to a holiday at the same time? World class DJs are expected to attend the festival which is quickly becoming one of Europe’s best and most affordable festivals.

Date: July 14-16
Where: Jaz Beach, Budva, Montenegro


·         Green Man
Green Man started out 13 years ago as a modest folk festival in the Brecon Beacons which has since established itself as one of the most anticipated alternative music festivals in the UK. The festival will be headlined by the likes of James Blake, Laura Marling and Wild Beasts.

Date: August 18-21
Where: Glanusk Park, Powys, Wales, UK


·         Lake of Stars

The majority of the line-up at this African festival is from the thriving Malawian music scene however there are Western DJs and bands regularly making the trip. Offering a stunning backdrop of a lakeside wildlife reserve, this is a festival to be experienced.

Date: September 30 - October 2
Where: Chintheche Inn, Lake Malawi, Malawi



·         Burning Man
The Burning Man is one of the world’s most bizarre and creative festivals, and therefore it is not strictly just a music festival. Each year the festival has a theme which encourages festival goes to dress in fancy dress – this year it is ‘DaVinci’s Workshop.’ A huge creation which is different each year is also set alight on the Saturday night which creates an epic bonfire.

Date: August 28 – September 5
Where: Nevada, USA


·         Magnetic Fields
India is not the first country that comes to mind when you think of our typical festival but this is not a typical festival! You won’t need a tent as festival goers are invited to sleep and stay in traditional dens, while the festival itself is set in a 17th century palace. While enjoying the music, you can also indulge in regular yoga sessions!

Date: December 9-11
Where: Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan, India


If you’re planning on travelling to a festival abroad this summer, don’t forget to get your travel insurance sorted with us! Get a quick quote today!


Photo credit: Wales Online; ABC News


22 June 2016




It’s easier than you might think to make a cultural faux pas when you’re travelling. Swimwear, chewing gum, high heels, skinny dipping –the world has weird laws about pretty much everything. Whether you are heading to Euro 2016 or a family holiday, these are the things you should take into consideration.

Only speedos allowed in France
Gentlemen, in most of France’s public swimming pools, loose-fitting trunks are forbidden – so Speedos are the order of the day. If your togs don’t comply, you won’t be allowed in for a dip.




Don’t step on currency in Thailand
The Thai baht carries an image of the revered King of Thailand, who ruled the country for 70 years. Stepping on the currency, and therefore his face, is a criminal act to insult his majesty.   

Don’t run out of fuel in Germany
It is illegal to run out of fuel on the autobahn in Germany. It’s also illegal to walk along the autobahn, which wouldn’t make a good place for strolling.  

No driving with sandals/flip flops in Spain
Not advised in any case, but this is a criminal offence in Spain.

No bad words on Virginia Beach, US
In an effort to clear up the image of this family-friendly beach, swearing was made an offence in the 90’s. If you’re caught foul-mouthing you could be fined.

No spitting in Barcelona
It’s quite rightly frowned upon in many places around the world, but you can face a fine for spitting in this Spanish city.




No high heels in Greece
Historic sites, such as the Acropolis, have banned the wearing of high heels for fear of causing damage to ancient monuments.  

Don’t chew gum in Singapore
Some people regard chewing gum as ill-mannered, but in Singapore it’s a criminal offence to chew gum unless it’s medicinal.

No shave no kiss in Eureka, Nevada
It’s illegal for men with moustaches to kiss women in Eureka, Nevada.




No overeating in Japan
In Japan it is technically forbidden to be obese: lawmakers set a maximum waistline of 80cm for men 40 and over. If their paunches breach this limit, men will be given dieting guidance. Tips from the country that gave ups sumo.

While on holiday remember some of these unusual laws and try and to respect the cultures around the world.


Get great value travel insurance from Discount Insurance today so you can enjoy your holidays with peace of mind!


Anethe Carvalho

Wednesday, June 22, 2016



It’s easier than you might think to make a cultural faux pas when you’re travelling. Swimwear, chewing gum, high heels, skinny dipping –the world has weird laws about pretty much everything. Whether you are heading to Euro 2016 or a family holiday, these are the things you should take into consideration.

Only speedos allowed in France
Gentlemen, in most of France’s public swimming pools, loose-fitting trunks are forbidden – so Speedos are the order of the day. If your togs don’t comply, you won’t be allowed in for a dip.




Don’t step on currency in Thailand
The Thai baht carries an image of the revered King of Thailand, who ruled the country for 70 years. Stepping on the currency, and therefore his face, is a criminal act to insult his majesty.   

Don’t run out of fuel in Germany
It is illegal to run out of fuel on the autobahn in Germany. It’s also illegal to walk along the autobahn, which wouldn’t make a good place for strolling.  

No driving with sandals/flip flops in Spain
Not advised in any case, but this is a criminal offence in Spain.

No bad words on Virginia Beach, US
In an effort to clear up the image of this family-friendly beach, swearing was made an offence in the 90’s. If you’re caught foul-mouthing you could be fined.

No spitting in Barcelona
It’s quite rightly frowned upon in many places around the world, but you can face a fine for spitting in this Spanish city.




No high heels in Greece
Historic sites, such as the Acropolis, have banned the wearing of high heels for fear of causing damage to ancient monuments.  

Don’t chew gum in Singapore
Some people regard chewing gum as ill-mannered, but in Singapore it’s a criminal offence to chew gum unless it’s medicinal.

No shave no kiss in Eureka, Nevada
It’s illegal for men with moustaches to kiss women in Eureka, Nevada.




No overeating in Japan
In Japan it is technically forbidden to be obese: lawmakers set a maximum waistline of 80cm for men 40 and over. If their paunches breach this limit, men will be given dieting guidance. Tips from the country that gave ups sumo.

While on holiday remember some of these unusual laws and try and to respect the cultures around the world.


Get great value travel insurance from Discount Insurance today so you can enjoy your holidays with peace of mind!


Anethe Carvalho