Jun 28, 2012

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Hannah’s All Expenses Paid Trip to Australia...

Hannah’s All Expenses Paid Trip to Australia

Student365 recently launched a competition to find an amazing student travel writer to send on an all expenses paid trip to Australia. The winner was Hannah Bryan – who impressed them with her article about climbing Mount Everest. Here Hannah tells us about her trip and what she got up to. You can read her full article in the Autumn issue of Fresh Direction – keep them peeled. Keep your eyes on Student365’s Competition page for more great...

Jan 16, 2012

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The Top 50 Tourist Attractions in the World...

The Top 50 Tourist Attractions in the World

We did a bit of research into the world’s most popular travel destinations in 2011 and thought rather than bombard our readers with an energy sapping excel based data table, we’d publish our findings into a swanky infographic. We’ve split the graphic into public places, heritage, amusement parks, markets, seaside attractions, nature based attractions and the world’s favourite museums. Do you think anywhere is missing from this list? Either way these places provide great inspiration for family holidays...

Jan 10, 2012

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10 of Britain’s Best Weekend Walks

10 of Britain’s Best Weekend Walks

This is a guest post written by Anna Lisinki from the Telegraph If you are feeling a bit guilty following a Christmas splurge on rich food and alcohol, then make weekend walking a New Year’s resolution. We are spoilt in Britain with an abundance of parks, lakes and forests right on our doorsteps just waiting to be explored. After a stressful week in the office, a good ramble through some fields or a saunter around a lake is enough...

Jan 6, 2012

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The Traveller’s Guide to Happiness – Infographic...

The Traveller’s Guide to Happiness – Infographic

For many people, travelling away on holiday is the highlight of the year and our leisure time spent away on holiday is when we are at our happiest. To help extend the holiday bliss and combat the post-holiday blues, we’ve produced this infographic detailing how travel affects our emotions and can contribute to a person’s happiness. Enjoy! Embed this graphic on your site Via: Travelsupermarket holidays finder Like this infographic? Spread the...

Jan 5, 2012

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13 Glaciers That Look Like Art

13 Glaciers That Look Like Art

If you’ve been following the excellent David Attenborough documentary “Frozen Planet” you’ll already have a good idea of how beautiful but fragile our planet is at its frozen extremes. Here are 13 pictures that celebrate the most naturally artistic of glaciers. 1. Hypnotic Glacier A mind bogglingly beautiful view of the inside of a glacier by photographer, Tyler Stableford. Genuinely dizzying. 2. Alien Landscape Glacier Another bracingly beautiful view of a glacier, this time formed by snow that...

Jul 4, 2011

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Holiday Packing Checklist

With the summer holidays here, it’s vital to ensure you have checked off all of those things you need to have ready. From your passport to travel insurance, car hire to airport parking, vaccinations to packing. Our video will remind you of everything you need to get done in order for you to have a trouble free start to your...

May 19, 2011

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Unusual Places to Stay in Ireland

Staying in the same chain hotels with no distinctive features whether you’re in a room in London, Tokyo or Melbourne can feel quite repetitive. Ireland is known for its unique traditions and infectious charm so it wouldn’t feel right staying in a run of the mill hotel when visiting this magical country. Rather than boxy hotel rooms with bad food and uncomfortable beds here are some unusual and fun accommodation choices for visiting the Emerald Isle: Irish Castles...

Apr 4, 2011

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The Benefits of Staycationing!

This is a guest post by Annabella Forbes Staycationing? The beautiful art of holidaying at home – or at least in the same country. We have a wealth of destinations here in the UK that are fascinating, terrific, exciting, breathtaking and beautiful – sometimes you miss the things that are right in front of you. From the following pointers, hopefully you will see how staycationing can both save you money and result in some fantastic breaks away. Benefit...

Mar 10, 2011

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Will 2011 Bring The Death Of The Staycation?...

This is a guest post from Steph Wood, writing on behalf of holiday-rentals.co.uk With the British economy subject to a 0.6% contraction in the last months of 2010, there’s talk in some quarters about the possibility of a double dip recession. If we are indeed due another recession, this must mean that the current one must finally be over – as a recent graduate, you’ll forgive me for not realising that the end of the recession was common...

Jan 18, 2011

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Malta-teaser – the top things to do in Malta...

Malta holidays have been a firm favourite with British holidaymakers for many years, here are our recommendations of our top things to do on a holiday to Malta… 1. Check out the Knights Spectacular The Knights Spectacular is a action-packed dinner show that involves battles, cannons, gunfire, horses, hand to hand combat, music and dance over 2 hours to tell the story of the siege of 1565. Featuring over 50 performers & eight horses, the carefully choreographed Knights...

Jan 4, 2011

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8 Video Game Locations You Can Actually Visit...

Tour the towering peaks of Skyrim, plumb the seedy depths of Arkham or have a super time in Mario Land. Computer games allow us to indulge our adventuring spirit and take us to places we can only dream of. While we may wish to visit these fantastical and sometimes frightening locations, we can’t. But not all game designers invent imaginary locales to tease and tantalise us. There are a slew of titles that use our home planet, Earth,...

Dec 17, 2010

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Travel Photo Friday – Tenuous Christmas Time Pics!...

Ho ho ho, it’s one week until Christmas, the snow is falling and we’re feeling festive so todays travel photo friday is all about Christmas. Prepare yourself for some of the most tenuous festive links imaginable as we try to inspire you with some glorious travel photography. Just click each picture to enlarge them and get a better view. We begin with… Turkey It’s become one of the most popular summer holiday destinations with us Brits. This photo...

Dec 6, 2010

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Thermal Spas in Tuscany – A Winter Pleasure...

Any time of the year is great for a trip to Tuscany. The splendid rolling hills that change color every season, world-known art cities and the subtle luxury of splendid Tuscan villas in the countryside are already enough to attract visitors by the millions. However, the Autumn and Winter seasons are perfect for a relaxing activity dedicated to wellness, that in Tuscany has been known for centuries as it traces its origins back to Etruscan and Roman times....

Nov 24, 2010

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Tips for Stress Free Family Skiing Holidays...

Christmas is coming, the snow is falling in the resorts across Europe and the season for ski holidays is now firmly underway. For anyone taking the kids away with them for their skiing holiday this year, the knowledgeable folks at Chilly Powder have provided us with some top tips in this family ski trip survival guide… Tip 1 – Location, Location, Location When skiing with young children, nothing will seem like a bigger hassle than carrying all of...

Nov 22, 2010

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Advice for David Cameron for a Budget Winter Sun Holiday...

My second favourite coalition government leader David Cameron has announced today that he plans to cancel his impending holiday to Thailand, as he fears that it may be seen as ‘extravagant’ given the number of spending cuts the country has endured recently and the austere times we currently find ourselves in, as the world tries to fight its way out of recession. Instead Mr Cameron and his wife Samantha plan to stay at home this Christmas. It’s reported...

Nov 10, 2010

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Destination Review – A Weekend in Prague...

This April, a few friends and I booked a long weekend away in Prague. I woke up on the morning we were due to travel, jolly excited and with a fully packed suitcase, to the bizarre news that a volcano in Iceland had foiled our plans. After a few hours of hoping that the ash cloud would somehow dissipate and allow us to make our trip, albeit a little behind schedule, we had to concede that we weren’t...

Nov 4, 2010

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Why travelling is great – a riposte...

If you’ve already seen our post ‘Notes from the world’s grumpiest traveller’, you’ll have read our resident Victor Meldrew’s complaints and grumbles about the hassles and annoyances of travelling. But the travelling element of any holiday doesn’t have to be a chore – in fact, I really enjoy it! Ok it’s not all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, but the ‘getting there’ is all a part of the trip that can and should be enjoyed. So please allow me...

Oct 26, 2010

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Liquid X-Ray Scanners in Airports – a return to normality or opening up loopholes?...

Over the last couple of days there have been plenty of reports about the new EU approved liquid scanner to be used at every European Airport, to detect if liquids are harmless or potentially explosive. The hi-tech scanner works by firing X-rays through liquids and interpreting the wavelength ‘signature’ to check it is as expected. The technology, Developed by Kromek LTD in Durham, can also apparently read a barcode and run a check against a database of beverages...

Oct 21, 2010

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Is airline food underwhelming and overpriced?...

We want to know your thoughts on the quality and price of airline food. Please vote in our poll on the right and leave a comment to let us know your opinions. This week a study came out that showed background noise can potentially affect the perceived flavour intensity and crunchiness of foods. This has subsequently been cited as a potential reason why airline food generally tastes so uniformly bad (most of the news stories have used the...

Oct 12, 2010

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The ultimate guide to seeing the Northern Lights...

The Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as The Northern Lights, are one of those spectacular natural phenomena that features highly in many people’s bucket lists. This is a galactical display guaranteed to make your jaw hit the floor, as lights of varying neon colours sweep across the sky. As it is, being governed by Mother Nature, seeing the lights can be very hit and miss – but below is some advice for anyone planning on taking a trip...