Celebrate St George’s Day across the Commonwealth – Direct Car Excess

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While there has been a growing demand for St George’s Day to be marked as a national holiday in England, there is still no official confirmation of this.

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This is seen as a disappointment by many who believe that holy days of other nations are celebrated more vigorously and joyously than the chosen day of the country. This is not to decry or to put down the celebrations of any other Saint but it is easy to see why there is a growing demand for the 23rd of April to be recognised as an official holiday in England.

However, keen to celebrate the day in the proper fashion and don’t want to wait around for it to be passed in the UK, why not head off on holiday and celebrate St George’s Day around the world? There are a number of nations where St George’s Day is celebrated with a slight English twist.

There are also countries and major cities outside of the past and present commonwealth nations that celebrate this special day, but for anyone looking for a party that meets their patriotic needs, Direct Car Excess give their tips:

Canada
A visit to Canada is always an exciting trip and there is a large following of St George Fans. While it is not an official holiday in Canada, it is celebrated in many parts of the country and it is considered a provincial holiday in Newfoundland.

Cyprus
Cyprus is another country which has a bank holiday to mark St George’s Day. Many towns, villages and even cities on the island hold parades marking the occasion and there are a lot of festivities to enjoy. Given the climate in Cyprus is rather pleasant at the end of April; this could be the ideal destination to jet off to for a well-deserved break and a celebration of St George.

Malta
The feast of St George is also celebrated in Victoria, the capital of Gozo in Malta. This is one of the main feasts that are celebrated in this part of the country and it is a major celebration, not only for people with faith but for the entire region.

Make sure to get proper travel insurance
Most holidays pass off without incident, but it is important to insure against unexpected events. Findings from recent years indicate that falling ill or suffering an accident abroad can be a costly affair and very serious affair. Even when undertaking activities which are fun, there is a need to stay safe wherever. It’s a sad fact that travellers sometimes die while on holiday either by accident or natural causes, for instance recent figures show that in a five-year period, 475 tourists from Britain drowned while being on holiday. This can present relatives with significant costs at a time of great distress. The cost of repatriating a body to the UK can be many thousands of pounds, and even if help is available from a local consulate, this will have to be paid back. The costs of unexpected illness or tragedy whilst abroad can be extremely high and the need for adequate insurance can’t be overstressed.

Travel insurance is not just for injuries
In 2009/10, there were over 27,000 cases of UK travellers suffering from a lost or stolen passport. This can ruin a holiday, cause great inconvenience and of course cause a number of additional expenses that can quickly run into high figures. The most common location for passports to be lost or stolen, proportionally based on the number of visitors, would be New Zealand.

Bear in mind that there is a variety of travel insurance policies to choose from and it may be a more basic insurance policy that suits. Insurance cover that provides medical treatment, caters for cancellation costs and personal liability but doesn’t provide for lost luggage or airport delays may be of benefit.

Established in late 1992 and trading since 1993, Direct Travel Insurance specialises in travel insurance for individual travellers, couples and families up to the age of 75. Direct Travel Insurance offers a range of cover options and added benefits, including cover for over 100 sports and activities enabling customers to tailor their policies for single trip, annual multi trip, backpacking and winter sports.

All travel insurance policies are underwritten by AIG Europe Limited. Direct Travel Insurance and AIG Europe Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Please note that our policies do not cover undisclosed pre-existing medical conditions or travel to or through Afghanistan, Cuba, Liberia and Sudan.

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Vincenzo Zuccarello
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