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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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With the advent of the internet and the smart phone (along with a million other things) technology has revolutionised the way in which we travel. Not only has it affected the literal forms of transport that we use to move from A to B, but it has also had a huge impact on the whole experience of travelling in itself.

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In December 2013, new runways at Heathrow and Gatwick were among the options that were short-listed by the Airports Commission for expanding UK airport capacity. The three short-listed options included building a third runway at Heathrow, lengthening an existing runway at Heathrow and creating a new runway at Gatwick. There were also suggestions of building a new airport in the Isle of Grain in north Kent.  So far, The Airport Commission has splashed more than £2.1 million in the two years it has spent considering airport expansion in the South East, according to The Independent. So what can we expect from the final report which is due next summer?

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Why do people travel?

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St Augustine once said: “The world is a book. Those who do not travel read only one page.” Whether you agree with that statement or not, the fact is that people are beginning to travel more and more and at I Love Meet and Greet we want to know why…

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Airport lost property

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?

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The history of handshakes

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Archaeological ruins and ancient texts reveal that handshaking was practised in ancient Greece as far back as the 5th century BC. At I Love meet and greet, we may not have been around to witness the invention of the handshake, but we have however participated in our fair share of hand shaking over the years.

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Three decades of baggage

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Whether we’re catching a flight to visit a location for just a night, week or even a year, we all take a bag. Over the years and since we have been providing meet and greet parking at Gatwick Airport, we have observantly watched luggage styles develop, including seeing the Louis Vuitton holdall be outrivaled by the Michael Kors travel tote and the classic leather travel bag be upstaged by the wheeled suitcase.   You can see some examples of our customers’ luggage on our Pinterest board here .

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The Ski Season so far

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Peter Hardy, one of the three editors of the ski information website Welove2ski and Ski Correspondent of Telegraph Travel, tells us about the season so far and how he gets to the airport on time.

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The news that Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their first child sent shockwaves of delight around I Love meet and greet HQ as well as the mutual empathy that as parents and parkers we appreciate the logistics of travelling to the airport with a newborn in tow!

Alongside the happiness at the new arrival in the family, it can also be a stressful time having a baby – and the pressure is sure to rise when setting off on long journeys. Not only do you have the concern of making sure your baby is secure and comfortable (and taking enough supplies with you), you also have to contend with airport parking.

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Getting away from it all?

gatwick 220 - blog sizedChristmas is just around the corner – and the pressure of another festive season is enough to make us seek hibernation for the winter.

But for many, the imminent arrival of Santa means something entirely different.

Thousands of people take this opportunity to jet off to warmer shores and leave the wintry British weather in their wake.

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