May 7, 2014

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Where to go for sun in May

Where to go for sun in May

May weather in the UK is always a bit hit and miss. However, there are lots of places to head to if you’re looking for some sun but prefer milder temperatures to those experienced in the peak summer months. So here, we reveal the top 10 May sunshine hotspots. 1. The Canary Islands Gran Canaria? Tenerife? Or would you prefer Fuerteventura? With seven great places to visit in the Canary Islands, you’ll be spoilt for choice! The great thing about the...

May 2, 2014

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Christmas in Copenhagen

Christmas in Copenhagen

Our ‘Travel Taste Maker’, Oliver Stuart, tells us about his festive trip to Copenhagen – where he went at Christmas with a few friends. Why did you decide to go there? My friends and I all love Christmas and we usually do something to make the most of the festive period. For once we managed to synchronise our annual leave so that we all got a fairly decent break over the winter period. So we decided we’d really...

Apr 30, 2014

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Hidden secrets of the world’s best-loved cities...

Hidden secrets of the world’s best-loved cities

If you’re a keen traveller, you’ll no doubt have already visited some of the most popular city break destinations around the world. But if you’ve simply whizzed around them in two or three days, having your photo taken next to the famous landmarks, you might not have experienced the true essence of the city. So here, we take a look at the world’s favourite cities from a different perspective and show you why it could be worth making...

Apr 24, 2014

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UK breaks: Classic versus alternative destinations...

UK breaks: Classic versus alternative destinations

When you think of visiting the seaside, you might conjure up images of classic beach destinations like Blackpool or Brighton. Or for a romantic getaway, perhaps you think of York and Bath. But if you’re tired of visiting the same old places and fancy something a bit different and somewhere less explored, here, we compare the classics against some alternative destinations to give you some ideas for your next UK break. Seaside destinations Classic: Blackpool So the sun...

Apr 17, 2014

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Easter food around the world

Easter food around the world

This weekend is all about spending time with family and friends and more importantly, eating Easter eggs. But what do our friends around the world eat at Easter? We take a look.   Italy – Colomba Pasquale The Italians eat an Easter cake called ‘Colomba di Pasqua’, which translated means ‘Easter Dove’. The sponge cake is soft and stuffed with raisins and orange peel. It is topped with almond icing and often shaped like a dove to symbolise...

Apr 16, 2014

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Top 10 sporting challenges

Top 10 sporting challenges

If you’re feeling inspired after watching last weekend’s London Marathon and wish you had signed up to next week’s Boston Marathon, then take a look at our top 10 sporting challenges and consider accepting one. However, before you embark on any new fitness programme and before any endurance challenge, make sure you get checked out by a doctor. 1. Tough Mudder Location: Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North America Difficulty: Extremely hard Cost: £59-£140 per person When: Various Tough...

Apr 9, 2014

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Top 10 music festivals in the world

Top 10 music festivals in the world

  If you have booked a short break away, why not check if there is a music festival happening during your stay? It can break up the trip and prove a really unique day or two of fun, with plenty of atmosphere. Alternatively, if you’re a big music fan and book your holiday around the festival line-ups, then take a look at our pick of the best around the globe. 1. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Where:...

Apr 2, 2014

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What’s the best city break for you?...

What’s the best city break for you?

With so many modern, cosmopolitan cities – not just in Europe, but across the world – it can be hard to choose the right place to suit your interests when booking a city break. So here, we pick the world’s greatest cities based on what they are best at offering us to help you find the right city break for you. Best for art and culture lovers… Europe is home to some of the most beautiful cities in...

Jan 3, 2014

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The A-Z of Barbados – introducing the challenge...

The A-Z of Barbados – introducing the challenge

What images come to mind when you think of Barbados? Do you picture long, white sandy beaches littered with palm trees and clear, sparkling seas? Perhaps you think of Barbadian pop singer Rihanna, or maybe you imagine indulging in rum and sugar. Despite being famous for all of this, Barbados has so much more to offer if travellers are willing to get out and explore the island. To celebrate Thomas Cook’s new long-haul routes from Manchester Airport, we...

Nov 1, 2013

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10 things to do on a city break in Bruges...

10 things to do on a city break in Bruges

Bruges is a pretty, medieval town, which sits just an hour away from the UK by plane. Often nicknamed ‘Little Venice’, Bruges is beautiful at all times of the year. There’s not a great deal to do, but that’s the beauty of it. There’s no rushing around to see the hundreds of sights on offer, which can happen on a lot of other city breaks. Here you can relax, walk around and take in the sights of this...

Oct 9, 2013

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The A to Z of New York City

The A to Z of New York City

Meet Neil Barnes, blogger of Backpacks and Bunkbeds, and traveller since 2005. We’ve set him a three-day challenge of exploring New York and unearthing monuments, events, people, food, film sets and buildings – the list of w hat he can discover is endless. The challenge in full But this challenge is not as simple as it might sound. Neil will have to discover something which represents every letter of the alphabet – that’s 26 discoveries in just three...

Jun 20, 2013

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Introducing our world photography map...

Introducing our world photography map

In the summer of 2012 we ran a competition called Capture the Colour. It challenged bloggers to dig out their finest travel photos which best represented our five colour categories; red, green, blue, yellow and white. It was open to anyone who ran their own blog, and the response we had was immense.  Entrants enjoyed reminiscing about their travels as well as being artistic by depicting each colour – sometimes obscurely, other times blatantly, but always brilliantly –...

Sep 20, 2012

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Don’t get lost in a holi-daze!

Don’t get lost in a holi-daze!

You’ve booked the perfect getaway, the kids’ cases are packed and they are ready waiting in the car, the dog is settled at the kennels and you’ve switched off all the electrics in the house. Your other half hands you your passport and you think you’re ready to set off – until you check the expiry date and it’s a year out of date. If this has happened to you, you’re not alone. New research by TravelSupermarket has...