Apr 28, 2014

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Bergen: home of the most delicious fish you’ve ever eaten!...

Bergen: home of the most delicious fish you’ve ever eaten!

  On a weekend trip to Bergen, Norway, ‘Travel Taste Maker’, Rose Kingscote, cycled through idyllic countryside and discovered a fish market full of tasty seafood. Why did you decide to go there? My boyfriend and I both really enjoy cycling, and Bergen – a city and municipality on the West coast of Norway – looked like a place that would offer fantastic long cycle rides in beautiful, crisp countryside surroundings. What did you do? Exploring Bergen castle...

Apr 22, 2014

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Surf’s Up in Biarritz

Surf’s Up in Biarritz

With beautiful beaches, great surfing, an abundance of good restaurants and a vibrant nightlife, Biarritz in France was the perfect combination for our ‘Travel Taste Maker’, Matt Hancock. Why did you decide to go there? I had heard that Biarritz had great weather, beautiful beaches and good restaurants – not to mention the nightlife too. That’s basically a tick in every box as far as choosing a holiday goes for me. What did you do? It was a...

Apr 16, 2014

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Rovinj: fresh, affordable and tasty

Rovinj: fresh, affordable and tasty

Our ‘Travel Taste Maker’, Sean O’Shea, tells us about the great food and drink available in Rovinj, Croatia. Why did you decide to go there? I had wanted to visit Croatia for a while as I had heard a number of good things about the country on the whole. I spoke to a few friends to see if anyone had any tips and a work colleague suggested Rovinj. I didn’t know much about the place to begin with,...

Apr 11, 2014

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Reykjavik: Thermal spas, geysers and the pursuit of the Northern Lights...

Reykjavik: Thermal spas, geysers and the pursuit of the Northern Lights

Sarah Geldart, one of our official ‘Travel Taste Makers’, tells us about her magical long weekend in Reykjavik, Iceland. Why did you decide to go there? My boyfriend and I went to Reykjavik with another couple. We’d heard it was a cool city and I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights – plus there’s all the extra amazing natural attractions like the thermal spas, blue lagoon, waterfalls and geysers. I think we were all quite ready to...

Apr 9, 2014

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St Petersburg: the most beautiful, liberal and culturally rich place in Russia...

St Petersburg: the most beautiful, liberal and culturally rich place in Russia

Max Haddock, 22, one of our official ‘Travel Taste Makers’, visited St Petersburg with a few friends to lap up the culture. Why did you decide to go there? I knew that I wanted to go to Russia, and St Petersburg immediately stood out as a beautiful, liberal and culturally rich destination – no other cities in Russia come close. Plus, it is smaller than Moscow, so more manageable to explore. What did you do? I explored everything...

Apr 4, 2014

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Partying in Tel Aviv

Partying in Tel Aviv

One of our official ‘Travel Taste Makers’, 23-year old Sasha Gallick, a media executive from London, tells us about a fun, jam-packed holiday she had in Tel Aviv, Israel, with her best friends. Why did you decide to go there? We’d heard that the nightlife was on a par with somewhere like Ibiza, and that the food was delicious – the ideal components of a holiday! What did you do?  Some days we were busy taking in the...

Mar 20, 2014

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A wild weekend in Warsaw

A wild weekend in Warsaw

Philippa Mander is a 30-year-old nurse from London and one of our official ‘Travel Taste Makers’. She tells us why she planned a weekend break in Poland’s capital, Warsaw, with her sister earlier this year. Why did you decide to go there? Simply because we both had a free weekend and Warsaw seemed like an interesting place to explore – packed full of rich, cultural activities to enjoy. What did you do?  We strolled around the Old Town,...

Jan 23, 2014

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Where to go in…

Where to go in…

If you’ve still not decided where to go on your 2014 holiday, our resident travel expert Bob Atkinson gives his top picks for each of the 12 calendar months, at a glance. Enjoy! To find out more about any of the destinations mentioned above, visit our main site to find a great deal on your 2014 holiday....

Sep 11, 2013

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Unwritten rules of the road

Unwritten rules of the road

One of the most exciting things about going abroad, and what keeps us rebooking each year, is experiencing different cultures and seeing how other people live their lives – from tasting exotic food to discovering ancient buildings. But that also brings with it some different customs that we might not be familiar with such as rules around dress code or different meaning for hand gestures. It’s not just the way other cultures cover up that you might need...

Jul 16, 2013

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Top 10 beaches in Asia

Top 10 beaches in Asia

Everyone has their own idea of what a beach holiday should entail. Some want loud parties and fun in the sun; others are searching for quiet isolation. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in Asia. Get ready to pack your bags as we’ve put together a list of our favourite Asian beaches to help you pick your destination. Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia The seaside resort of Kuta is the busiest place on the island of Bali,...

Jun 21, 2013

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Rimini paints the town pink for Notte Rosa celebrations...

Rimini paints the town pink for Notte Rosa celebrations

Notte Rosa, or Pink Night to you and me, is Italy’s flamboyant summer carnival which is only set to get bigger and more extravagant over the coming years. I was lucky enough to go along in 2012 and I found a festival that was frivolous, good natured and unashamedly fun. This year’s celebrations are set for Friday, July 5, and if you have never visited Italy before and you’re looking for a new summer getaway, read on for...

May 3, 2013

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Interview with former astronaut Jon McBride...

Interview with former astronaut Jon McBride

In celebration of International Space Day (May 3 2013) I caught up with former NASA astronaut Captain Jon McBride – one of a handful of people fortunate enough to have experienced space flight. I was keen to find out Jon’s thoughts on the development of consumer space travel, which countries look the best from orbit and just how you manage to follow up space exploration with an Earth-bound holiday. I spoke with Jon as he was preparing for...

May 1, 2013

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See the sights infographic

See the sights infographic

This is a guest post by MoneySupermarket.com If you’ve decided to brave the English summer weather and stay in the UK this year, you may be looking for a little inspiration for family days out. So we’ve teamed up with VisitEngland to bring you a list of top 10 of places to visit with the family – and have even found low-cost accommodation and places to eat near each attraction. Take a look at our infographic to discover...

Sep 14, 2012

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Mobile apps to help you get the most out of your ski holiday...

Mobile apps to help you get the most out of your ski holiday

Your mobile phone is your new ski buddy! Modern technology makes it so much easier for us to record our skiing achievements, plan which routes are best to take, choose resorts to stay in -they generally help make our ski holidays as amazing as possible.  And with roaming charges having been reduced, you can make the most of mobile apps on your holiday without worrying about facing a huge phone bill when you get back home.  Find out...

Aug 14, 2012

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Camilla Dallerup Travel Q + A

Camilla Dallerup Travel Q + A

   You might know Camilla Dallerup best for her six years spent partnering a succession of contestants on the BBC’s popular dancing show Strictly Come Dancing. Since leaving the Saturday night show Camilla has continued her work as a dancer, model and public speaker, as well as joining the touring production of Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls. We caught up with the award-winning dancer to find out what kind of travel appeals to her. How are you? Have you...

Jul 20, 2012

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Food and Wine in South Australia

Food and Wine in South Australia

  Eating out is an obsession in Adelaide with an estimated one eatery for every thirty people and if you hit Gouger Street or the bustling Central Market on a Friday night you’ll see some of that eating in action. But to experience the best of South Australia’s food and wine reputation you must head out of town. The Barossa Valley With a dry climate and heavy red-brown soils, low rainfall and cool winter temperatures, the Barossa Valley...

Jul 17, 2012

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Travel Q +A with Paul Rose

Travel Q +A with Paul Rose

  Television presenter, author and Polar explorer Paul Rose has travelled extensively over the years. His work has taken him to some of the most extreme places on the planet, from the harsh environments of both poles, to the colourful surroundings of the tropics, and pretty much everywhere in-between. We thought he’d have a thing or two to say about how to get the most out of your travels. Have you managed to get away much this year?...

Jul 10, 2012

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5 Outstanding Holiday Rentals for the Rich...

5 Outstanding Holiday Rentals for the Rich

Luxury isn’t necessarily a function of price, right? In any case, the most attractive options in terms of holiday accommodations will usually bare a hefty price tag. In that sense – if you’re looking for the best holiday rentals money can get, this article will provide a quick reference. Here, we have compiled some of the most exclusive and luxurious villas on the holiday accommodation market, as of 2012. Read through, dream on, and if you can afford...

Jun 25, 2012

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A Photographic Journey through Copenhagen...

A Photographic Journey through Copenhagen

This is a guest post by Graham Padmore. Travel blogging takes us to many places we feel an immediate connection with. This happened recently when we took a trip to Copenhagen. We instantly fell in love with the city’s friendliness, unique atmosphere and outlook on life. Not to mention its extraordinary architecture, hip nightlife, fashionable districts and world renowned culinary scene. Here’s our photographic journey through the cosmopolitan Danish Capital: Christianshavn is a very trendy district of Copenhagen...

May 31, 2012

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Five reasons to visit Australia

Five reasons to visit Australia

In the final episode of Simon Reeve’s BBC series Indian Ocean, the television presenter and author will be taking viewers from the northern tip of Sumatra, through the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and on to the popular tourist island of Bali. Simon’s Indian Ocean adventure finishes up on the west coast of Australia, the last of 16 countries on his journey. If you’re considering travelling to Australia and experiencing what this great country has to offer for yourself,...