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Cost of summer has tripled since the 60s


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27 Aug 2013

The cost of summer has soared for families, with the money needed to keep children entertained triple what it was 50 years ago.

A jam-packed calendar of events cost £357 in today’s money back in the 1960s, a figure which is dwarfed by the average of £1,133 spent by parents today, according to research by Nectar....

Millions expected to leave the UK on holiday this month


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23 Aug 2013

Millions of Britons are expected to head off on last minute holidays this month, after becoming fed up with the topsy-turvy weather.

With the weather across the UK changing on almost a daily basis, from 90C heatwaves, to torrential rain and flash floods, many are planning last minute getaways.

Most Britons said they would like to have a holiday in August, with Monday being the favourite day to start a break....

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....