Car Rental

Why the key to booking a holiday vehicle is to cut out the middle-man

Q. We need to rent a people-carrier for a holiday in Switzerland. I have found a company called Honk Car Rental which promises: "We're like those mystery deals you sometimes get for hotels, but instead for car rental." Being very cautious, I follow the maxim that anything that appears too good to be true, probably is. So before paying for a car, do you know anything about them? Peter Canton, by email

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Summer 2012: 10 great family travel gadgets

LittleLife's new Animal Wheelie Duffles, in Ladybird and Turtle designs, will delight your little ones and nurture a sense of responsibility. The 20-litre bag has a zip top and telescopic handle; £39.99 (

Deals of the week: Barcelona, Venice, Seychelles

UNDER £200

BA Holidays has a fly-drive trip to Barcelona, with a week's car hire and flights from Heathrow in May, for £179pp. Accommodation is not included, but the package gives you the flexibility to roam the north-eastern Catalan region and book hotels along the road.


Top 10 tips for planning your gap year

Each year, approximately 230,000 young people in the UK plan their gap year. If you haven’t travelled abroad for a substantial amount of  time it can be a daunting task.