Feb 6, 2017

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10 things you must do before you go on holiday...

10 things you must do before you go on holiday

Many of us will remember the classic moment in the film ‘Home Alone’, when Kevin’s mother realises that, in all the hustle and bustle of going on holiday, she’s forgotten her eight-year-old son. While this may seem a little far-fetched, if you aren’t prepared, pre-holiday stress can make you forget even the most obvious and important items. So, to help you if you’re jetting off soon, we’ve put together this handy checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered. Then all you...

Jan 16, 2017

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10 of the best autumn city breaks

10 of the best autumn city breaks

As the post-summer blues kick in, autumn presents the perfect opportunity to get over it by getting your holiday fix with a quick city break. With that in mind we’ve rounded up ten cracking cities, both across the pond and closer to home, that really come into their own as temperatures cool and the leaves start to turn. 1. Paris Paris is a classic city break destination, and after a hot and sleepy August, the city comes alive again...

May 16, 2016

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Save more than £500 on half term holiday extras – and treat yourself to a free mini break...

Save more than £500 on half term holiday extras – and treat yourself to a free mini break

The countdown to summer is on and it won’t be long until the kids are enjoying time off school with the arrival of the Whitsun half term in a week or two. If you’re planning to use the week off to get away with the family, now is the time to organise all your holiday extras. Not only will this reduce any unnecessary stress in the run-up to your trip but it will also ensure you don’t end up paying over...

Nov 23, 2015

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7 holiday rip-offs and how to avoid them...

7 holiday rip-offs and how to avoid them

Nothing spoils fabulous travel memories more than a right royal holiday rip-off, whether through sneaky debit card charges, scamming holiday companies, or one of the many other tricks often used to cheat tourists out of their cash. However, the good news is that many of these money-wasters are avoidable if you know what to look out for, so here we’ve outlined some of the classic rip-offs – and how to avoid them. Rip-off #1: The vanishing holiday company Before you’ve even left...

Nov 2, 2015

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In pictures: 10 airports you’d actually want to get stuck in...

In pictures: 10 airports you’d actually want to get stuck in

Arriving at the airport to find your flight has been delayed can put a real dampener on your holiday. Hours of waiting in soulless airport purgatory stretch ahead as you sit hopefully watching the departures board. But believe it or not, there are airports around the world where you might actually wish you could stay longer. Airport hell? Try these 10 examples of airport heaven (well, OK, close to it) instead. 1. Madrid-Barajas Airport, Spain For the superb...

Oct 19, 2015

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10 fun things to do for under £10 this half term...

10 fun things to do for under £10 this half term

Keeping the kids entertained on the cheap during half term can be a challenge. But being strapped for cash shouldn’t mean you have to be short on ideas. There are plenty of things to see, do and experience this October half term – and not one of our suggestions will cost you more than a tenner. Here are a few ideas for cheap and fun activities during half term: 1. Venture into the great outdoors Okay, so the...

Jul 27, 2015

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7 car hire rip-offs and how to avoid them...

7 car hire rip-offs and how to avoid them

Exploration and discovery are yours for the taking when you hire a car on holiday. But without a little planning, you can end up paying way over the odds. Protect yourself by getting to grips with the seven worst car hire rip-offs. Rip-off #1: Sky-high excess costs When you hire a car, insurance is included. But you may well find it comes with incredibly high excess charges – the amount you have to pay to cover the cost of...

Jul 6, 2015

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Nine suprisingly cheap destinations near you...

Nine suprisingly cheap destinations near you

With the summer holiday season gearing up, many of us will be scouring the internet in hope of snapping up a last-minute deal. But don’t think bargain has to mean boring. We’ve dug up some exotic, sunny and downright adventurous destinations with flight costs and everyday holiday expenses so low you might spend more if you stayed in the UK. And none of these exciting spots is more than a civilised flying distance from Britain. Marrakech – magic on...

May 26, 2015

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The world’s best street food: 10 dishes that you HAVE to try...

The world’s best street food: 10 dishes that you HAVE to try

Food, glorious food…us Brits certainly love our grub! And on holiday it’s no different, as new flavours and aromas tantalise us, becoming an integral part of the travel experience. There’s no better way to get involved with the local foodie scene then by stepping away from the tourist traps and sampling some authentic street food. So we’ve taken a culinary trip around the globe to discover 10 iconic dishes… 1. For hot and spicy: Jerk chicken, Jamaica It’s not just the weather that’s hot...

May 26, 2015

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This summer’s top five party destinations...

This summer’s top five party destinations

It’s that time of year again. The White Isle of Ibiza has woken from its winter hiatus and is ready to welcome world-famous DJs and revellers to its shores, with the end of May signalling the start of its opening parties. But it’s not just Ibiza that knows how to party. If you’re looking for a summer of fun, we’ve got the low-down on five great options… 1. The grandaddy of clubbing: Ibiza As the original party island and mecca for hedonism, there are still few places that can match...

May 19, 2015

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Revealed! The UK’s top 10 favourite city destinations...

Revealed! The UK’s top 10 favourite city destinations

If the city is calling, May and June offer the perfect opportunity to explore somewhere new. You can enjoy pleasant sightseeing temperatures before the crowds arrive – but where should you go? To uncover 2015’s city hotspots, we’ve crunched the numbers to reveal the most searched-for destinations on TravelSupermarket 1. Storming in at first place: Amsterdam Amsterdam is top of the city agenda for the next couple of months with almost one in 12 Brits searching for a break here. Rich in history and culture...

May 11, 2015

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Revealed! The UK’s top 10 favourite beach destinations...

Revealed! The UK’s top 10 favourite beach destinations

We all know one of them. That annoying friend who is always having a better holiday than you and manages, every year, to find that place where everyone is going. Well, fear not! Here at TravelSupermarket we’ve crunched the numbers to reveal where Brits are flocking to between June and August 2015 to make sure that, this time, you don’t miss out. So, will Brits be basking in the Balearics or admiring the Algarve in 2015? All will be revealed… 1. Top of the list:...

May 6, 2015

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10 things you didn’t know about cruises...

10 things you didn’t know about cruises

If you are planning your next holiday, a cruise might not be the first option that springs to mind. However, with the ability to explore a number of destinations in one trip, a wealth of on-board facilities and the option to do as much or as little as you want while on-board, it is clear to see why this type of holiday is so popular. If you’re not convinced and feel that cruise holidays just aren’t for you,...

Apr 30, 2015

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Bargain! Sizzling early summer sun deals...

Bargain! Sizzling early summer sun deals

The great British summer: one day sunstroke, the next hypothermia. And with the mish-mash of weather we’ve been treated to recently, it’s hard to know exactly what to expect over the coming months. So, for a belt and braces approach to getting some sun, we’ve found a great selection of early summer deals that will ensure you get plenty of basking time in beautiful locations… For an island escape: Magical Menorca from £204pp Average flight time from London: Two hours 15 minutes The...

Apr 23, 2015

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From secret coves to island escapes: Britain’s most beautiful hidden spots...

From secret coves to island escapes: Britain’s most beautiful hidden spots

The world is full of spectacular spots, but you have to admit it, we’re pretty lucky here in Britain. From magnificent coastlines and soaring peaks to ancient cities and historic hideaways, for a tiny island we pack an impressive punch. But if you’ve exhausted all of beautiful Britain’s big hitters and want to escape the masses, where do you go next? We’ve rounded up some ideas to spark your imagination… Secret coves and hidden bays Cornwall: For barely trodden sandy stretches and incredible sunsets A big hitter...

Apr 20, 2015

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5 inspirational driving routes

5 inspirational driving routes

With summer just around the corner, many of us are turning our thoughts to our next holiday. And if freedom and adventure are high on your agenda, there’s no better way to explore somewhere new than by planning a road trip. So, if the open road is calling, here are five driving routes to inspire you… 1. Explore Tuscan treasures With its golden-hued landscape of sunflowers and poppies, beautiful rolling vineyards and medieval hilltop hamlets, a road trip through...

Apr 15, 2015

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Who needs the Med? Why I’m staying in the UK this summer...

Who needs the Med? Why I’m staying in the UK this summer

If you believe the weather forecast, we’re in for an absolute scorcher in the UK this year. Cue barbecues, beach trips and bikinis as us sunshine-deprived Brits become hysterical at the prospect of some rays. And this exciting news has prompted my decision to stay in the UK for my summer holiday. After all, we live in a country blessed with some utterly incredible locations – so if the weather is playing ball, I’m all for soaking it up on home soil. But there’s...

Apr 9, 2015

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Try something new: 11 unusual city break attractions...

Try something new: 11 unusual city break attractions

Tired of the Trevi Fountain and bored of Big Ben? Why not try something different, fun or downright bizarre the next time you jet off on a city break? From owl cafes in Tokyo to Gladiator School in Rome, we round up some alternative ideas… 1. London: Climb an ice wall Chilling out in Covent Garden takes on an entirely new meaning at Vertical Chill’s ice wall. Your hour-long session will see you kitted out with all the necessary gear to scale the eight-metre wall from...

Apr 2, 2015

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Get set for summer: Where to go, and when...

Get set for summer: Where to go, and when

The Easter eggs have been dismantled, you’re bursting with hot cross buns and spring has sprung. Maybe you made the most of the Easter break and are now smugly admiring your tan. But if you’ve been stuck at home, now’s the time to get your skates on and make sure summer is different by bagging yourself a great summer getaway. But where should you go? Let us inspire you… Where to go in June If you’re itching to get away, June is just around the corner and it truly...

Apr 1, 2015

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Forget eggs and bunnies: Nine Easter celebrations around the world...

Forget eggs and bunnies: Nine Easter celebrations around the world

As you’ve been busily munching on chocolate and hunting for eggs, people around the world have been celebrating Easter in their own way. From elaborate processions to water fights and festivals, here’s a snapshot. 1. Processions and festivities: Seville Spectacular and elaborate, Seville’s Easter celebrations begin during Semana Santa (the seven days prior to Easter Sunday) with colourful processions of hooded medieval characters or nazarenos. There can be up to 3,000 nazarenos in a cofradia (brotherhood) – of which there are nearly 70...