News & Updates

Coronavirus update

UK holidays and also holidays to Europe are all going ahead as scheduled

Holidays to India and Cuba have been moved forward to winter season 2022-2023

Please follow this link for a full update      Covid 19 update

Please be patient when contacting us,  we are a small company of only two staff

Kind regards

Jilly & Debbie

Booking Your Flight

Please always try to book your flight through a website or agent who are ABTA and ATOL members and pay with a credit card..Book a flight with a COVID guarantee who will refund you if the holiday does not go ahead. (such as Easyjet)

See our flight button

Brexit - travel rules have changed.

Click here for information on travel to EU countries

Travel Insurance

Always make certain that you have insurance cover as soon as you book your holiday or flight. If you do not have an annual travel insurance policy you can take out cover just for the dates of your holiday at any point prior to the holiday taking place. The Post Office Travel Insurance includes cover fro Covid.

Taking out cover straight away ensures that should anything unexpected happen that is covered by the insurance policy  you can make a claim . Travel insurance policies vary enormously ALWAYS read the small print

Brexit and how it affects your travel

Passport You will now need at least three months validity left on your passport when travelling to an EU country and probably 6 months for further afield. Be especially careful if you renewed your passport early last time you renewed as this does not include the extra time on your passport between the actual renewal date and the date it was due for renewal. Follow this link, click on the country you are travelling to and then click on Entry Requirements http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)  which gave free, or reduced rate, healthcare when visiting the EU has been replaced with the UK Global Healthcare Insurance Card (GHIC).

This is free of charge, visit nhs.uk.ghic to obtain yours. You can continue to use your old EHIC until it expires. Neither of these cards covers Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Do not forget to take out additional travel insurance as these cards do not cover all costs should you become sick or injured when in an EU country.
Remember that the GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property.

Updates - flight delays


My flight has been delayed. Can I get compensation?

Check the Citizens advice website for detailed information by following this link

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/holiday-cancellations-and-compensation/if-your-flights-delayed-or-cancelled/

Also read the following

Airlines don't have to pay out for delays caused by snow because weather is classified as an "extraordinary circumstance" – though some airlines may issue a refund at their discretion. For those of you flying to India you are almost certainly on a non EU airline so contact them direct to see exactly what you are entitled to.

According to Which magazine you can challenge your airline if you don't agree there were extraordinary circumstances – for example, if you are told you can't fly due to the snow, but other flights are departing. "Airlines may stretch the definition of extraordinary circumstances further than they should."

Which Magazine  states:-

If the delay is not caused by extraordinary circumstances you will be entitled to compensation under EU rules, but only if you are flying with an airline based in the EU or with a non-EU-based airline flying from an EU airport, and only if the delay is for two hours or more. If you are flying somewhere else or with a non-EU-based airline not flying from the EU you'll have to check that carrier's terms and conditions.

If you are delayed for two hours or more you are entitled to: two free phone calls, faxes or e-mails; free food and drinks; and free hotel accommodation if you need to stay overnight.

If your flight arrives at its destination three hours or more late you will receive compensation of between €250 and €600, depending on how far your flight takes you. So you'll get €250 if your three hour-delayed flight travels 1,500km or less (ie, London to Amsterdam), but €600 if your plane is delayed by four hours or more and travels at least 3,500km (ie, London to Sydney).

My flight has been cancelled. Will I get my money back?

If your flight is cancelled you should be offered either a refund or an alternative flight to your original destination.

For compensation you will have to look to the EU rules again, though if the delay is caused by snow – and thus an extraordinary circumstance – you might not get anything. If you are covered by EU regulations you will be entitled to travel assistance (such as help with rebooking for a later date) as well as meals and accommodation etc. Check the official EU website for more on your rights.

Call to book: 01273 564230

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Hatha Yoga with Kathy Taylor

Kathy is a devoted yoga teacher who imparts her radiant spirit and joy for life in her classes and workshops.

Kathy discovered Iyengar yoga 30 years ago coming from a background of gymnastics and athletics.

She gained her teaching certificate in 1991 and has since built up a busy business teaching privately run classes, together with teaching at health clubs and for the employees at a local business near her home town of Sevenoaks, Kent. 

Her classes will focus on breath, alignment and the interconnection between mind, body and spirit.

She encourages her students to work at their own pace and ability in a safe relaxed environment with the aid of props in the form of belts, bricks and blocks.

   

The classes on this holiday will be suitable to all levels of students beginners as well as those with more experience. Students will be offered a 2 hour daily morning asana class together with an hour of gentler practice in the early evening.

  

Kathy is also a qualified Homoeopath, graduating from the London School of Classical Homoeopathy in 2006

www.kathytayloryoga.co.uk

 

Kathy Taylor also runs Yoga & Mindfulness weekends at Champneys Spa with Debbie Cooper. Kathy will teach the yoga element and combine her sessions with Debbie who will be teaching the mindfulness element.

About Debbie Cooper

Debbie is a mindfulness practitioner with a diplomas from the Clear Mind Institute and the International Alliance of Holistic Therapists. She has been practising Yoga as a method of relaxation and well-being for over 30 years and more recently has embraced Mindfulness.

She is passionate about helping people find some peace and quiet in their busy lives to allow them to feel more grounded, relaxed and energised. She has a wealth of experiences from a variety of workplaces both as an employee and as a company director and she has brought up three lovely children with her husband.

Debbie provides balanced and practical Mindfulness sessions to help people address the challenges in their lives. Practising mindfulness helps people to acknowledge challenges which they may not have noticed before and allow them to turn towards their emotions in a kind and compassionate manner.

Debbie facilitates weekly mindfulness sessions at workplaces.  Yoga and mindfulness complement each other with greater awareness and presence being brought to the yoga mat and Kathy and Debbie will plan and deliver sessions combining both discipline. . 

This will be a relaxing yet energising weekend with plenty of opportunities to improve your physical and mental flexibility.  The relaxing sessions will enable you to tune into your feelings and really listen to yourself resulting in finding your inner peace and centred calmness.

You can find out more about Debbie on her website

www.debbiemindful.webs.com