When 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.
Organising 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…
What 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.
Before 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.
More 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.
Here 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.
Solo 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.
It 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.
According 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.
Everyone 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…
Are 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.
If 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.
If 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.
Christmas 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.
Holidays 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.
With 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…
According 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.
It 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.
Mike 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.
Are 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.
Amongst 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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
At Gatwick Airport alone, between 1,000 and 1,800 bins are filled each month with items that have been confiscated, or left behind by rushed, panicked passengers. So where exactly do all the mobile phones, perfume bottles and sun creams go?
It’s that time of the year again – the weather outside is frightful and the fire seems so delightful, as that oh so relatable song goes.
And yet, here in good old Blighty, we’re not so much letting it snow as letting it mildly drizzle, and a winter wonderland seems an age away. You’d be right in thinking it’s time for a holiday.
With a wet and windy British winter beginning to bite, but still no sign of the white stuff, many of us will dust off our ski equipment and pack up the family for a fun-filled adventure at one of Europe’s finest alpine resorts.
Whether you’re an off-piste specialist, a beginner dipping your toe in the powder, or a family-oriented skier, our guide is here to help you find the most suitable destination when flying from Gatwick Airport …
As the cold snap kicks in, we know that many of you will be making your way to the airport for the perfect winter trip. But with winter comes snow, and it’s predicted that Britain will be a winter wonderland particularly early this year, with some reports suggesting first snowfall as early as November. So if you’re planning on travelling through the chilly season, it’s important to think about how you can avoid potential disruptions in your journey. Here are just a few tips.
It gives you and your family the chance to head off for a relaxing break, recharge the batteries and return ready to face work, school or nursery with renewed vigour.
But with many families seeking a week away, it’s important to make your arrangements as early as possible in order to beat the rush and receive the best deal.
Whether it’s airport parking, travel insurance or foreign currency, the more you prepare, the more time, money and hassle you’ll save…
But before you go, it’s important to make sure your children have everything they need to make the half term break as fun and enjoyable as possible.
Our list (below) details the essential items that kids tend to take on holiday, which should help make your family’s time away a more relaxing experience.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Whether you’re jetting off abroad or staying close to home, there are plenty of ways to keep your brood’s boredom at bay.
If you’re anything like us, it’s likely be A LOT – but it’s important to make sure you’re aware of exactly what you’re paying for before you type in your credit card details.
Here at I Love meet and greet, we’re well aware of the importance of providing a first-class experience to our customers, which is why the majority of reviews for our airport valet parking service are overwhelmingly positive.
We all look forward to our holidays, giving us the chance to re-charge our batteries, spend time with our loved ones or simply as a break from working.
According to a recent survey by Aviva 35% of us choose to take a break with our extended families to make up for the lack of time spent together during the rest of the year.
The holiday season is in full swing – which means most travellers begin to rely on an assortment of people to ensure their trip runs as smoothly as possible.
Holidaymakers will put their faith in a house-sitter, pet-sitter and a valet parking firm to look after their most valuable possessions for the time they’re out of the country, while the roles of travel agents, airlines and hotel staff are as important as ever.
How many times do you check to make sure you have all of your belongings at the end of a holiday?
You dig through suitcases, check under beds and scan the room until you’re satisfied you’re not heading home without your passport/mobile phone/youngest child.
But still we leave things behind – and it’s not just a handful of foreign coins.
With all the stresses associated with it, sometimes it’s easy to forget that going on holiday is actually meant to be a relaxing experience!
Yes, it’s your excuse to have a bit of time to yourself and recharge those batteries, before returning home to face all the usual strains.
However, there’s nothing less relaxing than having an accident on holiday. Besides the fact that spending time in a hospital when you should be on a beach isn’t ideal, foreign hospitals can be expensive if you’re not adequately protected.
A consumer review study has revealed that 72% of customers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, while 52% of those surveyed said that positive online reviews will make them more likely to use a local business.
The airport parking industry is no different.
The importance of looking at other customers’ experiences before booking your parking – via the provider’s website, Facebook, Twitter, or a meet and greet review on YouTube – cannot be overstated.
No matter how hard you try to travel light, it’s pretty hard to get everything you need in a suitcase without it overflowing! And of course, the bigger your family the more stuff you need for a holiday.
Getting all of it out the house and into the back of the car is one thing, but you’ll need to know the best way to fit it on your trolley when you arrive at the airport as well.
Going on holiday is supposed to be a joyous experience, but we all know that preparing for one isn’t always the easiest thing to do. In particular, packing can leave you tearing your hair out in the days running up to your departure.
However, there are ways and means of making it easier. For instance, giving yourself plenty of time to pack, and making a list of everything you’ll need (that you can reasonably take with you) well in advance can ease a lot of your mental strain.
There’s one thing we all dread at this time of year is that early morning de-icing of the car.
It’s a typical scene for drivers up and down the country – stepping out in the morning and coming face to face with an ice covered stranger.
You dig out the scraper and de-icer and get to work. It’s not backbreaking but it’s cold. And you have to do it before you get on your way to work. And it’s cold.