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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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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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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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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Rewarding loyalty at the airport

Airport Parking Club loyalty card

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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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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Stansted success!

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Things are looking up at Stansted Airport; since last November when we celebrated our first anniversary, there has been growth in passengers and Ryanair has now announced its winter schedule has eight new destinations and increased 36 other flight routes from the airport.

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Gatwick Airport

The word airport conjures up many different connotations depending on the person. Some people will categorically not let themselves start enjoying their holiday until the dreaded ‘airport bit is out of the way’ while others love the whole experience.

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British Sailing TeamSometimes it seems like we Brits love nothing more than a good natter about the weather – which is just as well, as there’s certainly been a lot of it about lately! Libby Greenhalgh, professional Meteorologist, talks weather and her role with the British Sailing Team…

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park mark 007 - blog sizedIt’s just one of the many reasons that you should leave your car with us when you fly:

As a story emerged in the Daily Mail that a man left his car in what he assumed were safe hands after booking with a valet service online, only to find out that the secure parking facility advertised was in fact a muddy field holding a host of other vehicles.  The man was left shocked when his car’s tracking device showed him that it had been left in the field, which had no secure fencing or CCTV cameras onsite, leaving every one of the cars vulnerable to theft or defacement.

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Make the most of your time away

Save time by booking valet parking when you go on holiday

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.

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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.

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Valet parking from I Love Meet and Greet is a great option for anyone who needs extra assistance at the airport

For many disabled people, the excitement of jetting off on holiday can be mixed with worries over adequate wheelchair access or additional assistance at the airport.

And with facilities likely to differ depending on where you travel from, it pays to find out if the airport has the amenities you require before you book.

Crucially, if you do need extra help once you reach the airport, it’s vital that you inform your airline about any disabilities at least 48 hours before departure.

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Avoid parking confusion by booking holiday parking with I Love Meet and Greet

Jetting off on holiday should be an enjoyable occasion, but ending up at the wrong airport car park can put the brakes on your relaxation time before it’s even started.

Take the case of Lorna and John Connor from Lanarkshire who accidentally parked in the short-stay instead of the long-stay car park.

After jetting back from a dream holiday in Las Vegas, they were met with a nightmarish £626 car park bill – despite paying for their parking SEVEN months in advance.

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The valet parking service we provide is excellent value for money and is cheaper than you might think.

A recent Telegraph article has revealed that British holidaymakers who don’t book their parking solutions ahead of time could be left facing charges of up to £377 a week to park at the airport. That’s not just a whole heap of money, it’s enough to pay for a seven night break in Spain – including flights.

Demand for car parking at airports peaks at certain times of the year such as Easter, May half-term and the summer school holidays. Many airport car parks will be completely full during these periods, leaving the highly expensive short-term car park the only option if you have nothing pre-booked.

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Consider valet parking for a quick getaway this bank holiday weekend.

With one bank holiday over and another just around the corner, thousands of sun seekers will jet off to top up their tans before the warmer weather reaches our own shores (maybe).

Of course, any type of holiday, but especially a long weekend, requires a large amount of organisation and patience – that’s why our airport parking service is ideal for time conscious travellers struggling with large amounts of luggage or excited children.

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Our essential holiday checklist to ensure your trip gets off to the smoothest of starts.

If you haven’t already, it’s almost time to book your summer holiday – and this is the year you promised to be organised, right?

That means not leaving your dog stranded in the back garden, and avoiding leaving your 8-year-old home alone like the film of the same name.

It also means following our essential holiday checklist to ensure your trip gets off to the smoothest of starts.

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Top 5 1980s fashion trends

We’ve been reminiscing fondly about all of the things that made the 80s such a great decade.  With this in mind, we’ve compiled our top 5 favourite fashion trends.

Say what you like about the 80s, but it can never be accused of being drab – and when it comes to fashion trends, it’s hard to find a more infamous decade. From skin-tight leggings, miniskirts and jelly shoes, to fingerless gloves, stone washed jeans and moon boots, the 80s had it all.

This month at I Love Meet and Greet, we’ve taken a trip down memory lane by considering our ultimate 80s playlist and reflecting on our favourite 80s cars. In fact, we’ve been reminiscing fondly about ALL of the things that made the 80s such a great decade.

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Definitive cars of the 1980s

Let us know what 80s vehicles you love, and which ones you hate

Back in 1980, the British population tried to figure out who shot JR, the Rubik’s Cube seemed destined for world domination, and British Leyland launched their puzzlingly popular Mini Metro.

The super small economy car was intended to complement the Mini, with sales regularly topping 100,000 per year up until its demise – nowadays, however, it is held up as a fairly poor example of 80s motoring.

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If we were to make the ultimate 80s music playlist for our journeys to and from the airport, what would be on it?

The 1980s was a tumultuous decade.

Laying claim to some of the best music and fashion trends the world has ever seen (and some of the worst), the 80s style has exploded back into favour recently.

From streaky eyeliner, spiky hair and leg warmers, to headbands, shoulder pads and jelly shoes, those who remember the 80s are likely to laugh, cringe and reminisce fondly in equal measure.

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I Love Meet and Greet are going back to the eighties for Red Nose Day.

Since its inception in 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £750 million for various charitable causes – and this year, the team I Love meet and greet is determined to play a part.

On Friday, we will be donating the difference between the current cost of parking and the price back in 1984, the year that our Managing Director, Sarah Anglim, became part of the team responsible for the first ever meet and greet parking company at Gatwick Airport.

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Sarah is at the helm of our hugely successful meet and greet parking business

Sarah Anglim, the Managing Director here at I Love Meet and Greet, is well aware of the significance of Mother’s Day.

While being the first to admit the influence her mother had on her life, Sarah also recognises the importance of her own position as a role model for females looking to make inroads into professions normally associated with men.

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I Love Meet and Greet have an active presence on Facebook and TwitterA recent study has shown how social media infiltrates almost every aspect of our lives.

The report by Rebtel, a mobile voice over IP company, has linked users’ feelings to both heavy and light social media use, and found it keeps us entertained, connects us with friends and can even provoke bouts of jealousy and envy.

But here at I Love Meet and Greet, it’s the impact social media has over our holiday choices that is most thought-provoking.

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Treat your loved one this valentines day with the luxury of meet and greet airport parking

When planning a romantic trip away, it’s best not to leave it in the lap of the gods

Aphrodite and Venus, despite embodying love, beauty, pleasure and procreation, knew little about the logistics of arranging the perfect surprise trip.

Here at I Love meet and greet, we don’t claim to be gods – but our meet and greet parking is certainly close to heavenly.

More of that later, though.

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Parking Politely

With I Love Meet and Greet you get a polite parking experience

Last year insurance giant AXA looked at the most stressful aspects of modern life and, unsurprisingly, parking was voted in the top five.  Even experienced drivers will go out of their way to avoid parking in certain areas and some decide to leave the car and not park at all.

What shocks me, though, is that the parking industry is well aware of this.

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Breaking the ice

Advice on defrosting your windscreen from I Love Meet and Greet

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.

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