Out of the holiday loop? Our overseas summer travel special - top tips for a successful trip

This summer has seen travel demand rebound and for many, it could be their first overseas jaunt since before the pandemic.



For that reason, there may be some rusty holidaymakers out there. But fear not, Lee Boyce, Helen Crane and Georgie Frost are at hand to help get you in the holiday mood (kind of).



They talk about what you need to think about before a trip, from sorting out your passport with plenty of time to why it is imperative to have good quality insurance. It may not be sexy, but it is vital.



Then, while you're away, what to think about in terms of spending money and little tips and tricks to save cash.



We also ask if the days of cheap flights are over thanks to fuel price rises, whether chickenpox just before you go away means an automatic refund and more pearls of wisdom from decades of travel experience.



Elsewhere, there are dire pension warnings linked to inflation. A new study believes that fewer than two in five households will be on course for a decent retirement due to the soaring cost of living. What can be done about it?



And a large factor of that soaring cost of living is energy bills. Next month, we'll fully know just how high the price cap will head.



Many are facing bill rises that they simply cannot afford. One part of the cost that is a real bugbear for many are standing charges. What are they and why can they not simply be cut?