Night time drivingNow that Autumn has well and truly arrived; the clocks are just about to go back an hour, the days will be getting shorter and the nights longer. Motorists will find themselves driving more in the dark which can pose extra challenges during the winter months. Night blindness, reduced visibility, increased difficulty in judging speed, distance and hazards are all extra factors that should be considered when driving in the dark.

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Stansted Airport

Stansted AirportStansted Airport is the fourth busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester and currently serves over 170 destinations across Europe, North Africa, Central and North America. In 2016, Stansted Airport handled a record 24.3 million passengers.

I Love meet and greet is proud to be part of the airport parking facilities at this busy airport and once you have dropped your car off with us it is very easy to spend a couple of hours at the airport with a fantastic selection of shops, restaurants and other activities available. We take a quick look at what Stansted Airport has to offer:

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Travel Safety Tips

Travel Safety TipsYour holiday is booked, your airport parking with I Love meet and greet is taken care of and now you can look forward to your trip.

Any travel is exciting; you get to experience wonderful cultures and visit breath-taking places all around the world and employing a few safety precautions will ensure you have the most amazing trip and give you the chance to truly relax and make the most of your holiday.

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Hello in Different Languages

Hello in different languagesWhen you are visiting a new country, being able to able to communicate with the locals can be very frustrating. Obviously, it can be difficult to become fluent in a language quickly, but knowing some of the different ways to say hello is always a good start and one of the handiest things to know when you are travelling. By being able to say hello in the language of the country you are visiting shows you are making an effort to communicate and trying to be more friendly and respectful to the local people at your destination.

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10 Best Travel Apps

Best travel appsOrganising and making holiday arrangements from booking flights and accommodation and packing, to creating an itinerary and finding your way in somewhere unfamiliar, can be daunting. But luckily nowadays we have apps that will do a lot of this for you.  Here at I Love meet and greet we have compiled a list of our favourite holiday apps…

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Long Haul Flight Tips

Long Haul FlightsMost of us find travelling exhausting and when you are faced with an eight hour flight or even longer, it can put a dampener on your holiday excitement, especially if you are flying in economy. As well as getting your trip off to the best start with very convenient meet and greet airport parking there are a few tips you can use during any long flight so that you can sit back, relax and look forward to arriving at your destination.

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Holiday with Friends

Holidays with friendsGoing on holiday with friends can be an amazing experience whether it is spent relaxing on the beach or dancing the night away. So, if you are looking to get away from the everyday nine to five routine and travel somewhere new with your pals, check out our top destinations for group holidays below. If you’re looking for something a little more romantic, why not check out our post on the Best Holidays for Couples?

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Best Airport Lounges

Airport LoungeWhat better way to start any trip away, whether leisure or business, than to be met directly outside the terminal building with your car, proceed straight through security, then relax in the tranquil environment of an airport lounge?

Recent research published by airport lounge card, Priority Pass, revealed that nearly two thirds (59%) of frequent flyers consider access to a premium airport lounge to be an ‘important’ or ‘very important’ factor when selecting an airport, with 40% admitting to going straight to the lounge and avoiding the shops altogether.

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Travel Insurance Explained

Travel Insurance ExplainedBefore setting off on any trip away, some of us create a holiday checklist; valid passport, tickets, airport parking, foreign currency and of course, travel insurance.

Travel insurance is not compulsory when you are travelling and it can be a bit of a minefield to purchase. However, it is designed to cover and protect you and your loved ones should any major mishaps occur while you are travelling and could be one of the most important purchases you can make if you are travelling away from home.

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Best Sat Nav Apps

Sat nav appsMore and more people are using their smartphones for navigation these days and although new cars are coming equipped with factory fitted navigation and standalone sat nav devices are still widely available, there are many accessible smartphone apps which can help enhance your sense of direction.

So, if you are looking to make your journey to the airport as pain-free as possible or you need directions whilst you are on holiday; I Love meet and greet has been looking at the various sat nav apps currently available.

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Choosing The Top Suitcase Brand

SuitcasesHere at I Love meet and greet, we have lifted many thousand cases for our travelling customers; out of car boots, on and off trolleys and we have even helped a few customers pack their luggage into their cars. The one fact which remains true for all our customers is that your choice of luggage is highly personal – whether you buy the latest trendy design, the cheapest possible or the most expensive – your luggage says something about you.

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Best Family Holidays

Family HolidaysWhatever the age of your child, holidays are a chance to experience all kinds of exciting and interesting things and to spend some family time together. Here at I Love meet and greet we are busy with customers booking their family holiday airport parking for the summer and we thought we would take a quick look at where our customers are travelling to over the next couple of months. Check out our selection of the best family holidays available.

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Solo Travelling

Solo travellingSolo travel is certainly more popular than ever and here at I Love meet and greet we are seeing a huge increase in the number of our customers opting for travelling on their own.  Our customers have said that although the thought of travelling on their own was slightly daunting to start with, if you research holidaying on your own, solo travel is a life changing experience and an amazing opportunity to make new friends and meet other solo travellers.

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Mobile phone penaltiesIt has been illegal to touch a mobile phone, even with a hands-free set, while driving since December 2003 but even harsher penalties, for motorists caught using a mobile phone, while behind the wheel, were introduced by the Department for Transport last month, in a bid to reduce accidents and improve road safety. Drivers now face double the punishment if they are caught even touching their mobile phone at the wheel of a car.

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Easter Weekend Breaks

The team at I Love meet and greet is looking forward to the first long bank holiday weekend of the year as we prepare for the thousands of cars that we will be looking after whilst our customers take advantage of the Easter weekend.  The four-day weekend provides the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a last-minute break. Aside from the popular Easter destinations,  our customers are picking up some fabulous last minute holidays and flying to many beautiful places. Here are just a small selection of the popular Easter holiday destinations:

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Accessible Holidays

Accessible HolidaysAccording to statistics over 20% of the UK population is currently living with a disability, ranging from mobility problems to hearing and sight impairments. The number of less-abled and disabled people is also increasing every year. Having to consider and cater for your disability, if you are travelling or going aboard can be quite stressful and daunting, but a greater number of travel companies are now accommodating the less abled, making travelling much easier.  The team at I Love meet and greet regularly lend a helping hand to travellers that need that extra assistance as we meet them outside the airport terminal.

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Top Ten Airport Films

Ten airport filmsAirport movies certainly have some of the most diverse settings of any film genre. Over the decades airports, airlines and airplanes have witnessed drama, action, romance and even comedy in a variety of airport films. We, at I Love meet and greet, have selected our top ten airport films; ranging from disaster films and preventing an airplane crash to romantic-comedies and finding true love in an unlikely setting.

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Foodie Holidays

Foodie HolidaysEveryone looks forward to exploring new cuisines on their travels and we certainly enjoy hearing our customers’ stories about the exciting holiday food they have experienced. In cities across the world you can find some of the best cuisine on the planet; from fine-dining and gourmet restaurants to cosy cafes and street food markets, there are plenty of eateries ideal for any ‘foodie’. If you love food, then you will certainly love our selection of top city gourmet holidays…

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Valentine’s Getaways

I Love meet and greet Valentines GatewayWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner, thousands of couples around the world will be planning exciting surprises for their partners. Romantic holidays are the ideal way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love but with hundreds of Valentine’s Day packages across a variety of different countries, how can you pick the perfect romantic Valentine’s getaway?

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Most Extreme Airports

Here at I Love meet and greet, we love to listen to our customers’ stories of places they are flying off to or where they have been on holiday, when they drop off or collect their cars from us outside the airport. Their stories about the busiest airports, small airports and, in particular, the scariest runways are hugely fascinating.

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Best Holidays For Couples

i-love-meet-and-greet-best-couples-holidaysAre you looking for the ideal couples’ holiday? In need of a relaxing stylish city break to spend some time together or a romantic couples-only break to kick off the New Year? Listening to our customers, we have compiled our top destinations for any lovers wishing to fly off into the sunset looking for a romantic break. Get your holiday off to a relaxing start with our easy airport parking options.

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New Year Traditions

new year traditions with I Love meet and greetWe all know that on New Year’s Eve wherever the clock strikes midnight marking the arrival of the new year, British families around  the world will be breaking out into a rendition of the famous Auld Lang Syne song. For us in the UK, Auld Lang Syne is a New Year tradition and a key part of our New Year celebrations.

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Winter Sun Destinations

Winter Sun DestinationsIt’s that time of year again when many of our customers tell us, as we collect their car for meet and greet parking, how they are escaping the chilly weather and grey skies of the UK to indulge in some sunshine. So, we thought we would look at some of the 2016/2017 winter sun destinations they are flying off to.

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Christmas Traditions Around the World

Christmas Traditions with I Love meet and greetThe wonder and magic of Christmas will soon be here and as our customers book their holiday airport parking for the festive season we thought we would look at whether Christmas traditions around the world are like the treasured ones we have here in the UK, such as leaving a mince pie out for Santa or sitting down and watching the Queen’s speech together.

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Firework Festivals

bonfire-night-and-fireworksRemember, remember the fifth of November…Bonfire Night is also known as Fireworks Night or Guy Fawkes Night here in the UK. It’s a British tradition dating back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James the First. The anniversary of Fawkes’ arrest on 05 November is celebrated each year in the UK with bonfires and fireworks.

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ski-peakWith Summer officially over, it now means that winter and the ski season are just around the corner. Have you started to think about your winter holiday plans?  We’ve teamed up with ski experts, Ski Peak to find out about their ski holidays in the beautiful gem that is Vaujany, French Alps.

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A Real Pain in the Back!

axa-back-painFor someone with back pain, travelling on an airplane can be a nightmare. Research has found that 88% of people experience increased back or neck pain following a flight. Our friends at AXA PPP Healthcare have produced an extremely useful guide sharing some traveller tips on how to manage back pain and prevent pain during the flight when travelling abroad. It also gives some useful tips on keeping healthy on holiday.

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History of the Olympics

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As official suppliers to the British Sailing Team for the past three years, I Love meet and greet is looking forward to the forthcoming Olympics with great anticipation. The Olympic Games are often regarded as the greatest contemporary sporting event, but they weren’t always the games as we know them now. The games we will watch over the next few weeks have certainly evolved from their origins nearly 3,000 years ago in Greece.

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Best Beaches Around The World

Anguilla Beach beaches around the worldWith the thought of summer holidays just round the corner and with many of our customers jetting off to somewhere hot, we thought we would take a look at some of the best beaches around the world. Read more...

Our Top 5 European Golf Resorts

golf image 2The modern game of golf may have originated in 15th century Scotland but there are amazing courses all over the world from America, which is home to 50% of the world’s courses, to Australia. But for those who don’t want to travel too far, we have compiled a list of the best European golf resorts slightly closer to home…

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Car Number Plates Explained

number plates explained with ILMGHandling cars every day at the airport means that I Love meet and greet deal with a wide range of car number plates and our drivers are always excited to see who can be the first one to spot a car at the airport with a new registration in March and September.

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Hand luggage with I Love meet and greetWhether you are going away on a weekend city break or short trip, travelling with hand luggage will not only save you considerable time at the airport but will save you pounds too, making your break away even better value for money. And with the cost of checked in baggage as much as £75 in peak season it is no wonder that more and more travellers are opting to fly with hand luggage only.

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I Love meet and greet ski tipsThis time of year the I Love meet and greet drivers are meeting a lot of travellers arriving at the airport with skis and snowboards and if you are about to hit the slopes for your next ski holiday you will be considering the best way to pack your skis and snowboards.

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Europe’s Ski Resorts

ILMG ski hat blog post sizedWith the ski season upon us and the snow forecast for Europe looking good over the next few weeks, we thought we would take a look at some of the popular ski resorts in Europe that our customers are currently flying out to.

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Gatwick Airport at Christmas

15-12-20 LGW Christmas image 01Travelling at Christmas can be exciting and magical. It is a time full of anticipation as you jet off to spend time with family and friends. And with around two million travellers expected to pass through Gatwick Airport this festive season, the airport are doing what they can to make sure that everyone’s air travel is as stress free as possible; whether that is making sure people can get through security in less than five minutes or having extra help on hand to assist passengers with their onward journeys.

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Airport travel with ILMGIf you are one of the lucky four million Britons who will be heading overseas this Christmas make sure your journey to the airport gets off to a smooth start as millions will be taking to the roads and public transport over the festive period.

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Travel gift ideas

Travel gifts with I Love meet and greetIf you are having difficulty choosing what to get a friend or family member who loves to travel then read on for some great Christmas gift ideas; from high tech speakers to a set of luggage scales, we have suggestions for all the travellers in your life whether they are jetting off on business, an adventure or just a holiday.

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Europe’s Christmas Markets

Europe's Christmas marketsChristmas is fast approaching and what better way to get into the festive spirit than a short break to one of the many beautiful Christmas Markets, Europe has to offer. Originating around the time of the Middles Ages, Christmas markets give you the chance not only to experience the history of the city but to take in some of the magic of Christmas.

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Our environmental programme round-up

Ardingly Solar Vehicle ILMG sponsorshipI Love meet and greet is very keen to minimise the impact on our environment and is an enthusiastic supporter of many environmental campaigns. We strongly believe that we all hold a responsibility to look after and care for our planet and as part of our ongoing environmental programme; we have supported many sustainable projects.

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Halloween Traditions around the World

I Love meet and greet halloweenIf you are thinking about travelling abroad this Halloween, you might be surprised to find that for other countries the end of October isn’t all about trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving. For many countries Halloween, in its varied forms, is a day where the spirits of the dead can connect with the living.

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October Half Term Holidays

sunsetWith the countdown to Halloween and Christmas here already some of us are searching for some extra sun. The October half term school holiday provides the perfect opportunity for that quick family break in a warm climate before the British winter gets underway.

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The Development of Airport Culture

Gatwick Airport I Love meet and greetOver the years airports around the world have developed into centres of culture, recreation and business. ..it is hard to believe that airports were initially small functional buildings and now they are multi-purpose hubs with retail outlets, dining facilities, hotels and much more to match the customers’ ever-changing demands.

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The Best Free Photo-Editing apps

I Love meet and greetHolidays are one of the best times to capture photos and share them with family and friends or on social media and smart phones have made taking and sharing pictures very easy. We all want to capture our holiday memories; whether it is of the beautiful scenery in a foreign country you are visiting or of your family and friends with you. The big question is which photo editing app will turn your photos from ordinary into extraordinary.

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ILMG family travelWith the school holidays upon us, the question of keeping the children happy during the journey is on every parent’s mind.  There is the possibility that they will disturb other passengers or become bored, especially during a long flight. However, we at I Love meet and greet have found some quick and easy solutions to travelling with children…

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Expansion at Gatwick Airport

Gatwick ExpansionWith so much publicity and debate regarding the expansion of Gatwick Airport and with the Government’s decision imminent, we wanted to reconfirm why I Love meet and greet support the decision to build a second runway at Gatwick.

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Great British Bee CountAccording to Friends of the Earth our bees are in crisis as they have lost much of their natural habitat in the past 60 years and are under assault from pesticides and intensive farming. The UK has lost a shocking 20 species of bee and a further quarter, are on the red list of threatened species as 97% of our wild flower meadows have disappeared.

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Beehive building Gatwick AirportGatwick Airport is the second largest airport in the UK flying to 200 destinations and can handle more than 40 million passengers a year. The airport has changed significantly over the last few years and we thought we would take a quick look back at how it all began and some of the history of the airport…

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Bank holidays

Bank holidays with I Love meet and greet parkingAccording to the Telegraph short breaks make people happier than one long holiday, and with two bank holidays in the month of May, it is the ideal opportunity to take advantage of the longer weekends and plan a quick trip abroad. We thought we would take a look at a selection of European city breaks ideal for the forthcoming bank holidays.

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Holidaying on your own

Holidaying on your own with I Love meet and greetTravelling on your own can be both daunting and scary but going on holiday alone can be rewarding and exciting; an opportunity to make new friends and have an amazing adventure.

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Apps for people on the go

Travel apps with I Love meet and greetIt is hard to believe that the smartphone ‘app’ has only been around since 2008 and with the popularity of mobile apps continuing to rise and the dizzy array of apps available we, at I Love meet and greet thought we would take a look at a selection of travel apps.

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Park Mark I Love meet and greetMike Bibby, Area Manager – Essex, Kent & Sussex of the British Parking Association explains just why the Safer Parking Scheme Park Mark® Award is so important to anyone booking and leaving their car with an airport meet and greet parking company.

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Easter destinations

Tenerife - Easter destinations with I Love meet and greetAfter the long months of winter, a hint of spring in the air and with the Easter break fast approaching it’s the perfect opportunity to get away for a well deserved break.

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Getting in shape for your ski holiday

Les get with I Love meet andAre you heading off to the slopes soon? A skiing holiday is such a pleasurable experience but the fact that skiing is something many of us do only a few times a year can be tough on our bodies. To make your skiing holiday more enjoyable and injury free, we at I Love meet and greet, have put together some very simple tips that will help you prepare your bodies for that skiing holiday.

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Christmas holiday – home or away?

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Everyone knows travelling at Christmas can be affected by weather, but we have to do it if we want to spend time with our loved ones or enjoy the Christmas holiday away. As we are parking even on Christmas day we wanted to share some thoughts on some great destinations for the festive season.

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Do you drive through a car park and tut at other drivers because you think they’re driving stupidly? And men, have you ever said to yourself “I bet it’s a woman!” Well, you may be mistaken because a comprehensive study on gender driving differences has highlighted some very interesting findings.

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Easy ways to keep fit on holiday

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At I Love Meet and Greet we can understand why a lot of our customers might want to spend their holiday winding down and relaxing and therefore won’t plan to do lots of exercise whilst they’re away.

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At I Love Meet and Greet we love holidays for so many reasons and now after finding out that they’re good for us too, we love them even more! According to research, getaways have proven to help manage stress, improve sleeping patterns, reduce blood pressure and even strengthen relationships.

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The best ways to beat jet lag

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For most, travelling to far away locations tends to come at a price and not just in the literal sense! Jet lag is something most people will experience at some point in their lives and therefore at I Love Meet and Greet we’ve put together a list of tips which we believe will help prevent it.

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Summer holidays versus winter getaways

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For years there has been a debate as to whether summer holidays spent in the sun are more popular than cool winter escapes. For most, winter holidays tend to involve snow sports and mug after mug of hot chocolate, which as a whole is a very different setup to summer vacations.

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What to wear to the airport

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In recent years airport fashion has become more and more of a thing. It all started with celebrities setting the trends for women travellers with the two-piece Juicy velour tracksuits combined with the Louis Vuiton holdall. Now even shops have their own section for ‘Airport Clothing’ including the popular online retailer ASOS.

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The top 5 in-flight essentials

in-flight essentialsAmongst the panic of trying to pack all of the necessities for a getaway, many people forget to consider what they might need for their flight. Apart from the obvious things like passports and tickets, there are a few other items that are definitely worth remembering to ensure your flying experience is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

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All inclusive versus self-catering

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At I Love Meet and Greet, after years of conversations with our customers about their holidays, we’ve heard all the arguments about whether it’s better to go all inclusive or stick to self-catering. When booking a holiday, most people are faced with the dilemma of trying to figure out which board type is going to be most cost-effective and at the same time enjoyable. We’ve done some research which we hope will come in handy to our customers in the future…

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Rewarding loyalty at the airport

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At I Love Meet and Greet we have just recently launched our new loyalty scheme, the ‘Airport Parking Club’. After seeing many high street brands successfully introduce loyalty rewards, we felt it was time that we showed our customers just how much we care by giving them something back!

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At I Love Meet and Greet even with our  years of driving experience behind us, we can see how  that reverse gear must be the most difficult gear to find. Curious to find out if it’s just us that would vote reverse as the hardest gear to find, we asked some of our customers their views on the matter.

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I Love meet and greet travelling with children

Although Gatwick Airport may not have a 4 storey tall fun slide between floors like Singapore Changi airport, it is however still great for families. From special baby care rooms to designated kid zones, Gatwick Airport has a range of facilities geared towards easing the journey for parents travelling with babies and children.

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I Love meet and greet parking

At I Love Meet and Greet, our valet parking service allows our customers to leave their cars right outside of the terminal, which not only leaves them with a hassle-free start to their holiday, but also gives them more time to explore the airport. For some, we understand that waiting for a flight can seem boring when all you want to do is get away, but it really doesn’t need to be.

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More to Brazil

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With England’s chances of going through to the next stage now owing more to mathematics than their ball skills we thought we should explain that there’s more to Brazil than just the World Cup!

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For some people there really is no place like home! Even after the most luxurious holidays, for many of us the return home is eagerly awaited. Whether it’s looking forward to getting back into your own bed or making a cup of tea in your favourite mug, there’s lots of things that we don’t realise how much we take for granted until we’re away from them.

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low cost airlines

There’s definitely no denying that low-cost airlines have made travel more accessible worldwide and have certainly a huge impact on tourism, but at I Love Meet and Greet we want to know just how cheap these low-cost carriers still are…

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