May 23, 2014

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Home comforts: Culinary delights from Wales...

Home comforts: Culinary delights from Wales

For many people, a holiday or weekend break is the perfect opportunity to try new cuisines and delicacies. Be it the fragrant street food of Thailand, light and tasty tapas with a glass of San Miguel beer in Spain or an authentic gelato while taking in the sights of Italy, stimulating the taste buds while visiting somewhere new is a holiday highlight. But you don’t have to venture overseas to enjoy a range of culinary treats. There are plenty...

May 22, 2014

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Driving USA!

Driving USA!

Many people suffer from travel-related phobias, from fear of flying or travelling on water to anxieties about falling ill or getting lost abroad. But I’ve just triumphed over my long standing travel phobia: driving in another country… on the ‘wrong’ side of the road… sitting in the left-hand front seat…! When I was a fearless (or perhaps naïve) 21-year-old, I thought nothing of applying for an international driving licence ahead of departing for my gap year to South...

Feb 11, 2014

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Engagement tourism – a new trend for romantic Brits?...

Engagement tourism – a new trend for romantic Brits?

Getting engaged on holiday or on a short break seems to be a growing trend among loved-up couples. Chances are, if you didn’t get engaged while on holiday yourself, you will know someone who has in recent years. But planning a perfect proposal can make even the most confident of romantics sweat. It’s no secret that men (and women) spend months devising proposals down to the smallest detail in order to surprise their partner on an exotic beach...

Jan 24, 2014

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Have you got that holiday feeling?

Have you got that holiday feeling?

If, like most of us, you own a TV set, you’ll have struggled to miss the plethora of holiday company adverts which have been gracing our screens since Boxing Day, all encouraging us to get our 2014 holiday booked. January is a popular month for booking a holiday for a range of reasons – not just because the TV ads tell us to do so! Once the excitement of Christmas has died down, and the colder weather has...

Jan 2, 2014

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What kind of holiday will Brits book in 2014?...

What kind of holiday will Brits book in 2014?

Are you the average Brit or someone who likes to do something different with your holiday plans? We surveyed more than 1,600 holidaymakers about their 2014 plans to discover what sort of breaks we will be taking this year. Although the average British holidaymaker plans to fork out £617 on a 9.6 night break in a Spanish beach resort staying in self-catering accommodation, there are plenty of other destinations also on our wish-lists for 2014. Here, we reveal the results...

Dec 4, 2013

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Northern Lights tops our holiday ‘bucket list’...

Northern Lights tops our holiday ‘bucket list’

With New Year just around the corner, many of us will be thinking about where we’d like to travel to in 2014, the new places we’d like to see and the new stamps we want firmly printed in our passports. But it’s not just next year’s holiday we’re planning. According to research by TravelSupermarket, more than half of us (54%) have taken our travel plans one step further and have compiled a mental list of destinations we’d like...

Nov 27, 2013

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Michael Palin: ‘Travel is not a spectator sport’...

Michael Palin: ‘Travel is not a spectator sport’

Michael Palin has, in recent years, reached national treasure status. The mere mention of his name seems so often to bring a smile to people’s faces as they fondly remember a Monty Python sketch or recall one of Palin’s many intrepid adventures around the world. A seasoned television presenter, writer and comic actor, Palin was honoured a CBE for his services to television back in 2000. And earlier this year he was made a BAFTA fellow, the highest...

Oct 30, 2013

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Don’t lose out on your annual leave...

Don’t lose out on your annual leave

With only two months of 2013 remaining, those whose annual leave year runs January to December are running out of time to use up any untaken annual leave as the end of the calendar year draws closer. But are you one of the many in danger of losing time owed? Research by TravelSupermarket has revealed that almost 1.3million Brits are set to lose out on their remaining annual holiday allowance in 2013, with the average person having five...

Oct 14, 2013

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Have you had a midlife holiday crisis?...

Have you had a midlife holiday crisis?

Do you feel the types of holidays you take are dictated by your age? As children, holidays are largely decided by where our parents want or can afford to go, or by what school trips are on the syllabus. But once we reach adulthood, do we get stuck in a holiday rut, or are we keen for a taste of adventure? There are various factors influencing where we go on holiday – affordability, family situation, time available off...

Sep 25, 2013

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Do you suffer from Holiday Personality Syndrome?...

Do you suffer from Holiday Personality Syndrome?

Going away on holiday is a great way to escape the mundane routine of everyday life, a chance to experience new things and to reinvent who you are – even if just for a few days or a couple of weeks. Once away from the humdrum of work, domestic chores and all of those familiar faces, a new environment may give you a new lease of life, and you may even feel like a completely new person. Research...

Aug 27, 2013

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Holiday argument predictor

Holiday argument predictor

Were you surprised by your holiday argument predictor result? Let us know in the comments...

Jun 13, 2013

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Holiday mimes and translations

Holiday mimes and translations

When travelling in a non-English speaking country do you struggle to tackle the local dialect? Do you fail to roll your R’s in a suitably authentic manner? Or is it that you fear getting muddled with matters of tense and gender etiquette which just don’t appear to be a stumbling block in our native tongue? It can be tempting to avoid embarrassment altogether and fall back on the worldwide recognition of our language and see how far you...

May 2, 2013

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Extras, extras, read all about it!

–        Airline fees increase by up to 66 per cent, 24 times the rate of inflation –        ‘Extras’ can make up 65 per cent of total ticket price –        Holidaymakers urged to compare total price not headline prices   UK holidaymakers are being urged to compare the total cost of their flight as airline extras such as baggage charges, allocated seating and check in fees have increased by up to 66 per cent compared to last year –...

Jun 17, 2011

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Visiting New York – four nights in the Big Apple...

John Lennon said in the 1970s that New York was the greatest place on earth, that “Today [sic] America is the Roman Empire and New York is Rome itself”. A lot has changed since Lennon’s day, but there is no doubt, when walking down the sidewalk of a high rise New York street, you can’t help but feel you are in the centre of somewhere big, somewhere famous and somewhere you want to know more about. I recently...

Jan 14, 2011

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Travel Q+A with Jedward

We’ve recently seen John and Edward Grimes, aka Jedward, appear alongside moneysupermarket.com’s very own Haggle Hero Omid Djalili in the latest  travelsupermarket.com adverts. In the ad we see the twins enjoying their holiday relaxing by a pool, wearing identical outfits and drinking identical cocktails. But in reality how do the Jedward boys really spend their holidays and where do they go? We recently caught up with John and Edward to find out… TS – do you always go...

Dec 15, 2010

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Travel Q+A with Carmen Roberts

Carmen Roberts is a travel writer and television presenter, predominantly for the BBC’s Fast Track travel programme, broadcast on BBC World TV. She has travelled extensively with the show, and has filmed in more than 70 countries around the world. Carmen has filmed on board the world’s largest cruise ship in Norway, gone behind the scenes of the world’s most efficient high speed train service in Japan and even been behind the wheel of a talking car in...

Nov 24, 2010

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Travel Q+A with Jacqueline Gold

Jacqueline Gold is CEO of retail brand Ann Summers and Knickerbox and is renowned for managing a company run by women, for women.  Ann Summers is one of the British high streets most recognisable retailers, and Jacqueline is credited with bringing sex to the British High Street.  Jacqueline has won numerous awards and accolades during her career including Retail Week’s Most Powerful Woman in Business and Barclays Bank’s Most Inspirational Businesswoman in the UK. Over the last 30...

Nov 17, 2010

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Travel Q+A with Apprentice Winner Lee McQueen...

After two successful years working with Lord Sugar, Apprentice winner Lee McQueen has just launched his first solo business venture – Raw Talent Academy (www.rawtalentacademy.com). Raw Talent Academy aims to provide SME’s and corporate organisations with the vehicle to build internal sales academies into long term staffing plans and to encourage organisations to look at the wider raw talent we have in the UK and not just graduates. As part of the business Lee also offers training to...

Nov 11, 2010

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Travel Q+A with Kate Garraway

Kate Garraway is the Entertainment Editor of ITV’s Daybreak programme, where mingling with Hollywood’s elite and digging into the latest celebrity gossip is all part of the job. She also has a weekly column in New! magazine. Married with two children, she lives in Islington, London and has recently founded her own business goodypass.com, which gives people the chance to get discounts of 30-70% on restaurants, hotels, salons and much more. We chatted with Kate to find out...

Oct 19, 2010

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Travel Q&A with Sarah Beeny

Property expert, Sarah Beeny is probably best known for presenting channel 4’s prime time show ‘Property Ladder’.  As well as her television work, Sarah has recently launched a new website www.tepilo.com which enables house sellers and purchasers to by-pass the estate agent and benefit from Sarah’s wealth of experience along the way.  We caught up with Sarah to ask her about her travel experiences and preferences… 1. Where is your favourite holiday destination? I think I’d have to...