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DON’T LET THE CREDIT CRUNCH GRIND YOU DOWN
With unemployment on the rise and a long-range forecast of economic doom and gloom, it’s no wonder that
many people are faced with foregoing their precious holiday this year. Yet it’s at times like these that we
need a break more than ever, so does the credit crunch really mean a holiday is out? Well the news may not
be as bad as you think.

         With a little bit of insider know-how you’ll be astonished at how many holiday
         opportunities are available – for little or no cost!

With over 10 years experience in the travel industry, we at the Travellers Alliance have the inside track on the
industry secrets, enabling our members to stay one step ahead of the game. We’ve been doing our research
and have compiled a report of red-hot holiday tips that are GUARANTEED to cut your costs this year. We’ve
even uncovered holidays where travel and accommodation are absolutely free!



Let’s get started with the Number One best kept travel secret:



1.    It’s a little known fact that tour operators give away thousands of great
holidays every year to promote their services and generate repeat bookings – and
not just to travel agents, they’re available to you too!


         Read on to find out how to bag these bargains for yourself.

Tour operators, tourist resorts, hotels and airlines are so eager for your business that they will
actually give away flights and holidays with 5-star accommodation. They reason that once you’ve
sampled the quality of their services you’ll want to book with them again and again.

         We’ll reveal these hidden gems, and you’ll discover great holiday savings.

By becoming a member of the Travellers Alliance you will benefit from our insider tips and industry
knowledge, giving you the tools and guidance to find incredible holidays at incredible prices.
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i nt end ed as a gui de onl y an d yo u sh oul d c hec k inf or mat i on you r sel f .
2.               BOOK EARLY TO BAG A BARGAIN
Like any other business, the holiday industry is affected by the simple economics of supply and
demand. According to our sources, flights are released for sale 11 months before the date of
departure, so if you’re able to book this far ahead, it can be a great time to grab the cheaper seats
while they’re still available.




3.               BOOK LAST MINUTE FOR SUPER SAVINGS
If you can’t book early, don’t worry – just go to the other extreme and book late. The rules of supply
and demand also apply in the last few weeks and days before departure, and if there are still hotels
and flights remaining unsold you should be able to bag a real bargain




4.               PACKAGE DEALS CAN SAVE YOU A BUNDLE
With people becoming more Internet savvy, many are opting to bypass the travel agent and going
online to put together a package of separate flights, accommodation and car hire themselves. But
don’t discount the travel agent altogether, they can often offer a great package deal by bundling
discounted services together, so it’s always worth giving them a call to compare.




5.               BE A WINNER – USE THE WEB
The Internet has revolutionised the way we book our holidays and travel arrangements.
Comparison sites are a quick and easy way to secure great prices on everything from flights and
hotels to car hire and excursions. Once you’ve chosen the best deal you can either book direct
online or use your findings to negotiate with high street travel agents. Remember to sign up for
newsletters by email – that way you’ll be sure to hear about special deals well in advance.




6.               IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, TRY, TRY AGAIN
There’s nothing more frustrating than finding a great deal on a holiday or flight only to find they’re
sold out when you come to book? Well don’t be put off, travel agents and anyone booking online
can reserve deals for several days before confirming the purchase. So if at first you don’t succeed,
try again a day or two later as they may be available again.
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i nt end ed as a gui de onl y an d yo u sh oul d c hec k inf or mat i on you r sel f .
7.               DELETE THE COOKIES TO SAVE SOME DOUGH
Have you ever found your perfect flight at a great price, only to find that the cost has gone up when
you come back later to book? Well cookies could be the culprits! These little bits of data are stored
on your computer by online retailers every time you visit their sites, providing them with lots of
information about you and your shopping preferences. The upside is that next time you visit the site
will remember you, and can even make intelligent suggestions based on your preferences. The
downside is that if you’ve logged on once you’re no longer considered a new customer, so won’t
qualify for their best deals anymore. Try deleting your cookies then hitting the site again – you may
just find that the prices have gone back down!




8.               GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING WITH CASHBACK SITES
If you’re using an online comparison site to search for a holiday then you’re already well on the way
to finding the best deal, but before you buy check a few cashback sites to see if they’re running a
tie in deal with the retailer – you could get as much as 10% back! Cashback sites are basically
shopping portals and are usually free to join, so if there’s a deal on, simply link to the retailer via the
cashback site rather than direct and you really could get some money for nothing!



9.               DON’T PLAY TRUANT – LOOK FOR “KIDS GO FREE” DEALS
The Government takes a strong stance on truancy of all types. Parents no longer have the right to
take their children on holiday during term time, and any decision to authorise absence is left entirely
to the school’s discretion. As part of this anti-truancy initiative, many of the major holiday
companies and tour operators developed a range of deals specifically aimed at families, and now
offer free child places and even reductions for family bookings. They’re not guaranteed to be the
best deal, but are certainly worth checking out.




10.                       COMPARE TERM TIMES AT HOME AND ABROAD
Remember that timings for school holiday differ from country to country, so it’s worth checking the
dates for your chosen destination before you book. Prices for accommodation drop dramatically
once the local peak period is over, so you can make real savings by delaying your departure for just
a week or two. This works best when booking with the hotel or resort direct.




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i nt end ed as a gui de onl y an d yo u sh oul d c hec k inf or mat i on you r sel f .
11.                       KEEP IT SIMPLE FOR THE KIDS
Don’t worry that you’ll upset the children if you can’t afford holiday abroad this year. You may be
disappointed not to be in Florida, but kids are happy on any beach, anywhere in summer. There’s
no need to splash out on expensive days trips either. Theme parks and zoos are great, but young
children will be just as happy with simpler things. Try a picnic in the park, maybe with a treasure
hunt thrown in, or a trip to one of the modern garden centres with aquatic and pet sections to keep
them entertained.




12.                       GIVE NEW DESTINATIONS A GO
With the tumbling pound and rising inflation, traditionally ‘cheap’ destinations like Spain and Greece
may no longer offer the best value for money. Try taking a fresh look at some of the increasingly
popular destinations outside the eurozone such as Turkey or Bulgaria - you could find your money
goes a lot further.




13.                       CHOOSE A CHEAP DAY TO FLY
The cost of flights can vary enormously depending on which day of the week you choose to travel.
Weekend flights are usually more popular and therefore more expensive, so if you’re able to be
flexible there are some great savings to be had by flying on a weekday instead. Even the time of
day that you fly can have a surprising effect, so it’s definitely worth a look before you book.



THE INSIDERS GUIDE TO
ACCOMMODATION FOR LESS


14.                       HAGGLE YOUR WAY TO A HELLUVA DEAL
We all know that haggling can be a great way to bag a deal, and even the most self-conscious
among us should be able to negotiate with confidence when it’s done via email. First select your
destination then research local accommodation through guidebooks and websites. Choose two or
three suitable alternatives then email each one directly asking for availability and prices, letting it
slip that you’re considering a few options. Wait a week or two before contacting each one again. If
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i nt end ed as a gui de onl y an d yo u sh oul d c hec k inf or mat i on you r sel f .
they still have places available then you could be in a strong position to haggle on the price.




15.                       GO AS A GROUP TO GET GREAT SAVINGS
If you have a large family or a good group of friends that you’d be happy to holiday with, then
booking a large villa or house can be very cost effective. For example, booking somewhere for 12
people won’t cost 12 times as much as booking for one. Another bonus is that large holiday
properties often come with added extras like their own swimming pools, tennis courts and outdoor
barbeque areas.




16.                       EXCHANGE YOUR HOME FOR SOMEONE ELSE’S
Your home may be the last place on earth you’d want to spend your holiday, but it may well be an
overseas homeowner’s dream base for a trip to the UK – and vice versa. Exchanging homes is a
great way to save on soaring accommodation costs, and there’s a huge choice on offer from villas
in Valencia to apartments in Antwerp. Have a look at one of the house swap websites such as
homelink.org or homeexchange.com to browse the properties and find out more.




17.                       CARRY ON CAMPING
If your image of camping includes a farmer’s field, no toilets and a 2-mile hike to the nearest shop
then think again! Camping has come a long way in recent years with sites now offering great
modern facilities, yet it still remains one of the best low cost holiday options available at only a few
pounds a night. You’ll need the right equipment, but a quick comparison of local outdoor shops and
online retailers should see you kitted out for under £100 – and once it’s bought, you can use it year
after year. Choose a sunny destination, book a cheap flight with a budget airline, and your all set
for a great low cost holiday sleeping under the stars.




18.                       GIVE GLAMPING A GO
If you still think you’re too glamorous for camping, but don’t have the budget for your usual luxury
holiday this year, why not give glamping a go? Glamping, or glamorous camping, is a great way
for the high-maintenance holidaymaker to enjoy the best on a budget. Have a look at
www.goglamping.net for deals like a lodge tent on Lake Garda with four-poster bed and roll top
bath from as little as £140.00 a week.




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i nt end ed as a gui de onl y an d yo u sh oul d c hec k inf or mat i on you r sel f .
19.                       YOUTH HOSTELS AREN’T JUST FOR YOUTHS
Despite the name, youth hostels don’t just cater for the younger generation. In fact they’ve
undergone a radical overhaul in recent years and now offer a viable alternative for a great holiday
that won’t break the bank. With prices starting at just a few pounds a night there’s an eclectic mix
of accommodation to choose from, including private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, barns for
families and group bookings and even funky, environmentally friendly wooden ‘camping pods’. And
don’t think you’re limited to a break in the UK. The YHA is part of Hostelling International, a global
network operating more than 4,000 hostels in over 80 countries. There’s lots more information and
a link to Hostelling International at www.yha.org.




20.                       COUCHSURF YOUR WAY TO FREE ACCOMMODATION
Why pay for accommodation when there are thousands of Couchsurfers all over the world willing to
put you up for free. With a local as your host it’s a great way to get a really authentic experience,
and don’t be put off by the name, spare rooms are on offer too! Find out more at
www.couchsurfing.com




21.                       BUDGET HOTELS – QUALITY ROOMS AT BARGAIN PRICES
The budget hotel industry has really upped its game in recent years, with international chains like Holiday Inn
Express, Premier Inn and Travelodge proving that high-quality accommodation doesn’t have to cost the
earth. Each country will have its own version of these types of hotel, so it’s worth doing a bit of research to
check their prices too. Remember to sign up to each hotel’s mailing list so you’re sure to hear of any special
offers throughout the year.




22.                       KEEP TABS ON TOKENS
Some national and regional newspapers run great offers where you can bag a heavily discounted
holiday at home or abroad from as little as £15.00! Often in the form of daily tokens, your only
outlay will be the price of the newspaper, so keep an eye on the press and you won’t miss out.




23.                       GET REWARDED FOR LOYALTY
Supermarket loyalty cards offer another easy way to get some great holiday deals. Rather than

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i nt end ed as a gui de onl y an d yo u sh oul d c hec k inf or mat i on you r sel f .
using your rewards on your next weekly shop, save them up and trade them in for great deals on
holidays, flights and hotels. Tesco shoppers with get up to three times the face value when
exchanged for offers in their Rewards brochure, so they’re well worth hanging on to.




24.                       PHONE A FRIEND
Wouldn’t it be great if you had a friend in every place you wanted to visit? Before the Internet we
had penpals, and there are now lots of websites offering the same service for the digital age. Sign
up to one of the international friendship sites - It’s a great way to make new friends and learn about
new cultures, and if you’re lucky you could be invited to stay. As well as saving on accommodation
costs, being shown around by a local is one of the very best ways to explore a new country.



THE ‘LITTLE’ EXTRAS ADD UP TO A LOT!
So here are 20 top tips to help keep them down



25.                       BOOK A CAB BEFORE YOU GO
The last thing you want at the end of your holiday a whacking great fare to get you home. By
jumping into an official on-site cab at the airport you’re almost guaranteed to be paying well over
the odds, so it’s worth taking the number of a local taxi firm with you to call when you land. For
even bigger discounts, negotiate a deal with a local company for both legs of the journey – you’ll be
surprised at how much you can save.




26.                       RECONSIDER PUBLIC TRANSPORT
You may think twice about using public transport in Britain, but services abroad are very often
cheaper, cleaner and much more reliable. Do your research before you decide - you may find the
local public transport system offers an extremely cost-effective alternative to hiring a car, not to
mention a more relaxing way to explore new places.




27.                       HEATHROW FOR HALF THE PRICE
If you’re travelling from London Paddington to Heathrow then the obvious choice is to use the non-
stop Heathrow Express, but buyers beware, a return ticket for a family of 4 could set you back a
hefty £96.00. The cheapest way to make the journey is to use the Underground, with services
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i nt end ed as a gui de onl y an d yo u sh oul d c hec k inf or mat i on you r sel f .
operating on the Piccadilly line every 10mins and a journey time of around 50mins, but if you can’t
stand the thought of the tube, then take a look at Heathrow Connect. This service from London
Paddington takes around 25mins and a return journey for a family of four would cost around
£50.00. Check the latest information for all these services at the Transport for London website –
www.tfl.gov.uk




28.                       GET TO GATWICK FOR LESS
If you’re flying from Gatwick, chances are you’re considering the Gatwick Express to get you there.
Trains run from London Victoria non-stop to Gatwick Airport with a journey time of around 30mins,
and a one-way ticket price of nearly £16. But did you know that Southern Railways also offer a
non-stop service from London Victoria? The journey time is only slightly longer at 35-40mins, but
the cost for a one-way ticket is under £12. Find our more at the Transport for London website –
www.tfl.gov.uk




29.                       AIRPORT PARKING FOR LESS
Pay on the day and you could be in for a nasty surprise, but book in advance and you could save
yourself upwards of £40 for your airport parking. It’s also worth checking your insurance policy as
some companies offer special tie-in parking deals, and if you’re using a local hotel to stay over
before your flight, pick one that offers a ‘pre-flight’ package for even more great savings. Obviously
the cheapest way is to persuade family or friends to give you a lift, even if it costs you a gift from
duty free you’ll still be quids in!




30.                       BEAT THE EXCESS BAGGAGE CHARGE
If you exceed the baggage limit you could find yourself out of pocket with a hefty charge. Baggage
allowances vary from airline to airline so it’s worth checking carefully before you go. Be ruthless
with your packing. Only take what you really need, and wear your heaviest items on the plane.
Also think about the type of case you’re taking. Hard-shell cases can weigh kilos more than the
softer types.




31.                       INSURE YOUR TRIP FOR LESS
When booking a holiday through a travel agent or online you’ll always be asked to consider their
insurance policy. This can seem like a convenient way to cover your trip, but be aware that buying
without researching could mean you’re paying more than you have to. Online comparison sites are
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i nt end ed as a gui de onl y an d yo u sh oul d c hec k inf or mat i on you r sel f .
a great way to find the best deals for single trip policies, and if you travel more than once a year
then it’s well worth considering an annual policy for even bigger savings. Check your credit card
policy too as some companies include travel insurance as part of the deal. As always, make sure
you read the small print to ensure the policy you choose covers all your needs.




32.                       BEAT THE TOUR OPERATORS EXCURSION CHARGES
Tour operators will do their best to sign you up for excursions before you go, and the holiday rep
will do the same once you’re there. It may be an easy way to arrange an exciting extra, but be
aware that they’re not always the cheapest option. Check with local companies first – you may well
find the same trip for a lot less elsewhere.




33.                       PICNIC ON THE PLANE
With many airlines now charging extra for in-flight catering, a family of four could find themselves
paying as much as £25.00 for meals on a medium-haul flight. Budget airlines aren’t much better,
with the food and drinks on their trolley services costing substantially more than they do in the
shops. The restrictions on taking food and drink onto flights has been relaxed recently, so a pre-
packed picnic could be the ideal way to save some money. Remember to double check on what’s
allowed with your airline or holiday provider before you travel.




34.                       DON’T LET EATING OUT GOBBLE UP YOUR BUDGET
If you’re holidaying abroad this year, then do your research before you book and find out the real
cost of eating out in your chosen destination. Restaurant prices have rocketed in countries
traditionally considered ‘cheap’, so it’s worth considering all-inclusive and full board deals. They
may work out more cost-effective once you’ve done the maths.




35.                       BIKE YOUR WAY TO A BARGAIN
If you’re catching a ferry to your destination why not pack your bike? If you notify the ferry operator
in advance they’ll often allow you to take your bikes free of charge. With many overseas countries
offering far better and safer cycle routes than we have over here, it can be a great way to get
outdoors and explore your destination. As well as saving on transport costs, you’ll come back fitter
and healthier – especially if you’re holidaying in the Pyrenees! Sustrans, the cycling movement,
has some great information and advice on their website – www.sustrans.org


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i nt end ed as a gui de onl y an d yo u sh oul d c hec k inf or mat i on you r sel f .
36.                       BAG THE BEST EXCHANGE RATE
Don’t leave it until you’re at the airport to change your money - you’ll have no choice but to pay their
rates, which can be some of the worst around. Another potential trap is to assume that
commission-free services will always work out cheaper. Some companies offset the commission
lost by charging worse rates of exchange, so set aside some time to compare the deals.




37.                       PAY IN EUROS NOT IN POUNDS
If you’re holidaying in the eurozone and make a purchase with a credit or debit card you may be
asked if you want to pay in euros or pounds. While it may feel more natural to go with pounds, this
could end up costing you more as retailers are allowed to set their own rates of exchange! So if
you are asked, always go with euros




38.                       NEW PASSPORT PHOTO? DON’T SAY CHEESE!
If you’re applying for your first passport, or renewing an old one, then check out the rules before
you take your snap as they’ve tightened considerably in recent years. Some people have had
photos rejected simply because their eyebrows are raised, or the background is not one of the few
permitted colours. It costs time and money to have photos taken again and again, and could spell
disaster if you’ve left it late to apply – no passport, no holiday. Consider finding a local
photographer who specialises in passport photos. That way you’ll get it right first time, and only
pay once.




39.                       CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS – THE HIDDEN HOLIDAY CHARGES
With most credit card providers charging an ‘exchange load’ of around 3% every time you make a
purchase abroad and debit cards adding around £1.50 per transaction, you may be in for a nasty
surprise when your post-holiday bills arrive. Fortunately there are still some providers offering cards
specifically tailored for foreign travel, so if you’re likely to be bending the plastic you should sign up
for one before you go.




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i nt end ed as a gui de onl y an d yo u sh oul d c hec k inf or mat i on you r sel f .
40.                       CUT MOBILE COSTS ABROAD
If you intend using your mobile phone abroad then check your contract very carefully before you go.
The costs for making and receiving calls and texts can be extortionate, and the charges for
downloading data on your smart phone may not seem such a smart move when you get your bill.
Talk to your mobile phone provider before you travel as they can often add a good-value
international roaming tariff for the duration of your trip. Another cost-effective option is to purchase
a local SIM card to use on a pay-as-you-go basis while you’re away.




41.                       LONDON FOR LESS
As one of the major capital cities of the world, London is an amazing place to take a break, but with
so many attractions on offer it can also prove to be very expensive. Check out websites like
Discount London and UK Tickets for money saving deals on sightseeing tours, West End shows
and entry to all the major attractions.




42.                       OUT-MANEOUVRE THE FLY-DRIVE CAR
If you’ve booked a fly-drive holiday to Florida, then your package probably specifies a ‘compact’
car. These cars are comparable in size to a Ford Focus and perfectly adequate for most needs, yet
when you get to the collection desk, staff will often try to convince you to upgrade to a bigger model
– for an additional fee. However, as ‘compact’ cars aren’t popular in America, companies don’t
keep many in their fleets, so if you decline the offer you may well find that your given a bigger car
anyway – and if you’re not you could always have a last-minute change of mind!




43.                       DO DISNEY FOR LESS
A Disney holiday is a truly unforgettable experience, but with so much to see and do it’s a sure fire
way to bust your budget in record time! Search around for offers and discounts before you go to
get more for your money. There are some great tips on doing Disney for less on the Mousesavers
website, and for more Disney discounts, the Undercover Tourist website is also worth a look.




44.                       BROADWAY ON A BUGET
If you’re taking a break in New York City, chances are you’ll want to see a show on Broadway. The

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i nt end ed as a gui de onl y an d yo u sh oul d c hec k inf or mat i on you r sel f .
price of tickets can be high, with popular shows costing $90 or more, but if you’re on a tight budget
don’t despair! Get yourself down to the TKTS booth on Times Square where you can buy same-
day tickets for half the price!




45.                      GET GUIDEBOOKS FOR FREE
Guidebooks are a great source of information and inspiration both before and during your trip, often
revealing local tips and hidden gems that can really make your holiday. But think twice before
forking out on the high street or paying through the nose at the airport bookshop – rather than
buying new guides year after year, pop down to your local library and borrow them for free.




TOP TIPS FOR UK AND EUROPEAN
TRAVEL


46.                    BOOK TRAIN TICKETS EARLY TO GET THE BEST VALUE
If you’re travelling by train then it’s best to get organised. Start looking around 12 weeks before
you’re due to travel, as this is when the greatest savings can be made. Booking between 2 and 4
weeks in advance still offers some good deals, but leave it any longer and you’ll pay the price –
particularly if your travelling at popular times such as Christmas or Easter when demand is high.
Planning your trip around off-peak times can also help save the pounds.




47.                       DON’T DISMISS THE FERRY
With more and more people turning to no-frills airlines for incredible deals on low cost flights, ferry
companies have finally upped their game and dropped their prices in order to stay competitive. If
you’re travelling to Europe it’s well worth comparing the costs, especially if you’re prepared to sail
at night when savings are at their highest.




Report issued by the Travellers Alliance, more details can be obtained from
                       www.TravellersAlliance.com

Co p yri g ht T rav el lers Al li anc e 2011. Al l pri c es an d ref ere n c es ar e c or r ec t at t ime of go i ng t o pr i nt . The p u bl i s her
do es n ot ac c e pt an y res pons i bi l it y f or t h e f ac t ual ac c ur ac y of t he inf or mat i o n c o nt ai n ed h er ei n. T hi s publ ic at i on i s
i nt end ed as a gui de onl y an d yo u sh oul d c hec k inf or mat i on you r sel f .
48.                       EVERYONE CAN INTER-RAIL
Interrailing is not just for students on gap years, it’s an exciting, cost-effective way for all age
groups and even families to explore Europe. There are numerous well set up country-specific rail
schemes available and a quick look at www.interrailnet.com will give you all the information you
need to plan an affordable European vacation. If your budget is tight, your money will go even
further if you save on hotel costs by travelling overnight and sleeping on the train!




49.                       REDUCE YOUR SPEED – REDUCE YOUR COSTS
The cost of fuel just keeps rising, but simply by dropping your speed by 10mph you can save
yourself a packet. According to the RAC, for every 10mph you add to your speed you’ll be paying
an extra 4p per mile, so if you’re planning a 2,000-mile trip around Europe it’s easy to see how this
can add up. You should also make sure your tyre pressures are correct before you set off, if
they’re under-inflated you could see as much as 3% added to your fuel bill.




50.                       BREAKDOWN COVER AT BUDGET PRICES
Everyone’s heard of industry stalwarts like the AA and RAC, but they’re not the only providers, and
with a bit of research you may bag a better deal from less well known companies such as Green
Flag or Start Rescue. You should also check cashback sites like Quidco and Top Cashback as
they often have fantastic deals on breakdown cover, both abroad and at home.




51.                       MAKE MEGASAVINGS ON THE MEGABUS
Megabus is a low-cost inter-city travel service that operates throughout the UK, USA and Canada.
Prices are incredibly low, for instance a one-way trip from London to Liverpool costs just £9.00, so
it’s a great way to save money on your journey. The coaches have been modernised too, and
there’s even WIFI available on selected services so you can sit back, relax and browse the Internet
while someone else takes the strain of driving.




Report issued by the Travellers Alliance, more details can be obtained from
                       www.TravellersAlliance.com

Co p yri g ht T rav el lers Al li anc e 2011. Al l pri c es an d ref ere n c es ar e c or r ec t at t ime of go i ng t o pr i nt . The p u bl i s her
do es n ot ac c e pt an y res pons i bi l it y f or t h e f ac t ual ac c ur ac y of t he inf or mat i o n c o nt ai n ed h er ei n. T hi s publ ic at i on i s
i nt end ed as a gui de onl y an d yo u sh oul d c hec k inf or mat i on you r sel f .

				
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