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Credit card charges put squeeze on tourists' wallets


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10 Jul 2013

British tourists using the credit cards overseas will face hefty charges totalling £327 million, new research shows.

A quarter of consumers are planning to flash the plastic during their time away, according to the study for uSwitch - but a similar number who are planning to use their debit cards could be hit with extra fees as well.

It seems that for many Brits financial sense stays at home when they jet off. Rather than checking which card is best in terms of interest rates or protection, one in four say that they will use whichever is handy at the time....

Roaming Brits face hefty data fees


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2 Jul 2013

British tourists could come home to huge mobile phone bills this summer because they have been using the internet in the wrong countries.

EU regulations came in last year limiting data roaming charges across the Union - but some mobile users are still being hit with hefty charges because they do not know that their destination is outside the EU.

The research from uSwitch shows that 15% of Brits have faced bills costing an average of £120 on their return - meaning that UK tourists are spending as much as £256 million on excessive charges....

Spending review: Chancellor pledges largest railway plan since Victorian age


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28 Jun 2013

In this week’s spending review, Chancellor George Osborne vowed to return to the golden age of train travel with the ‘largest investment since the Victorian age’.

The government have promised to press ahead with plans for the £42.6 billion High Speed rail line.

Further to this they have also announced a £2million ‘feasibility study’ into Crossrail 2 and £9billion for other upgrades in London, including the Tube....

Foreign Office warning on travel insurance for Brits abroad


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17 Jun 2013

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is urging young British travellers to take out sufficient insurance to cover risky activities abroad in order to avoid ‘sky-high’ medical costs.

The warning follows a survey by the FCO that reveals that 45% of Brits between the ages of 16 and 24 failed to check that their insurance covered adventurous pursuits, despite four in five of them admitting to participating in potentially dangerous activities while on holiday, including 30% who have been jet skiing, a fifth who have driven a moped or a quad bike and one in eight who have been skydiving or bungee jumping....