Jan 13, 2017

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World’s cheapest beer… and more essential ale info...

World’s cheapest beer… and more essential ale info

Come with us on the ultimate bar crawl as we selflessly drink our way around the world’s cheapest cities for beer… Bratislava, Slovakia Average cost of beer: £1.14 Popular beer: Zlaty Bazant A well-trodden destination on the stag and hen circuit (although they’re easily avoided!), you’d probably expect Bratislava to have some pretty cheap ale on sale, and the Slovakian capital doesn’t disappoint. However, just because the ale is cheap here, doesn’t mean the beer is poor quality...

Jan 11, 2017

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

10 things to do on a city break in Copenhagen

Stylish and laid-back, Copenhagen is the sort of place you visit and then fantasize about living in. There’s a reason, after all, that the Danes are consistently said to be the happiest people in the world, and after a few days here you’ll see why. It may not have a huge number of big attractions like Paris or London, but that’s not the point of Copenhagen: it’s about having a beer on the side of the river as cyclists cruise...

Jan 5, 2017

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

10 things to do on a city break in Dubrovnik

Timeless Dubrovnik never fails to enchant, despite becoming more and more popular every year – its walled Old Town of marble streets and terracotta-roofed houses is really quite magical. To get the most out of the city – without spending a fortune – check out Mary Novakovich’s list of the top 10 things to do in Dubrovnik. Walk the city walls OK, it’s not the cheapest thing to do, but you really shouldn’t miss the chance to walk along these...

Jan 4, 2017

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7-night summer holiday family breaks for under £250pp...

7-night summer holiday family breaks for under £250pp

A family holiday is one of the biggest ‘non-essential’ items that Brits spend money on each year (although we’d argue a relaxing break is completely essential!). We know it’s not easy getting a cheap deal during the school holidays, but it can be done – especially if you start hunting now. To prove it, we’ve scoured our site to find some of the best summer holiday bargains out there. Now, where’s that sun cream?! Please note: All prices were accurate...

Jan 3, 2017

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Booking now vs booking late: The great holiday dilemma...

Booking now vs booking late: The great holiday dilemma

With Christmas done and dusted for another year and the back-to-work blues setting in, it’s easy to start 2017 under a cloud. So what better way to give this year a boost than by planning a holiday?! It all boils down though to the great holiday dilemma: will I save by booking early or are their better deals available at the last-minute? Here we place both arguments head-to-head to help find the best option for you. Your situation If you...

Dec 21, 2016

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How to do Edinburgh on a budget

How to do Edinburgh on a budget

Whether you’re heading to Scotland’s capital for its amazing Hogmanay celebrations, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or simply just to check it out, here’s what to see and do in this exciting and vibrant city.   Where to stay Princes Street and the cobbled Royal Mile might be Edinburgh’s biggest attractions, but these areas aren’t necessarily the best for accommodation. Do you really want to be woken by whining bagpipes after a night in Edinburgh’s pubs? Instead, consider the...

Dec 21, 2016

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The best holiday destinations in 2017...

The best holiday destinations in 2017

With another exciting year in travel ahead, we’ve picked out 15 destinations that we think will be popular in 2017 – only time will tell if our predictions are correct! Whether you’re after the value of a package holiday, a new city to explore or a once-in-a-life time adventure, our list should have you covered.   Package holidaymakers Spain Spain has been smashing records for tourism recently and 2017 looks like it will be no exception. Close to home, safe and...

Dec 20, 2016

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

10 things to do on a city break in Havana

Dancing through thick clouds of sweet cigar smoke in the heady Caribbean heat, enjoying late rum-fuelled nights and seeing brightly-coloured classic cars idling on every street corner – Havana conjures up images of decadent fun in a city of faded grandeur. That this is part of Havana’s charm is undeniable. But while Cuba’s capital is a place of music, dancing and drinking, it’s also one of history, culture and revolution; a city that never ceases to fascinate and confuse,...

Dec 19, 2016

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Where should I stay in New York?

Where should I stay in New York?

One trip to New York City would never be enough to see it all – you could spend weeks there and barely scratch the surface. And we’re not just talking about the attractions. This is a city with several distinct and interesting boroughs that are ripe for setting up base in and exploring. From neighborhoods famous for their literary pedigree to up-and-coming areas full of cosy restaurants and friendly locals – if you’re wondering where to stay in New York,...

Dec 19, 2016

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Spring city breaks for under £99pp

Spring city breaks for under £99pp

Fancy a quick city break before the summer but don’t want to break the bank? From Prague and Copenhagen to Lisbon and Dublin, we round up some amazing budget deals that won’t make your wallet wince. All prices were correct at the time of writing and based on a two-night stay and – prices are subject to change over time. Prague from £76pp The deal: Flying from London Stansted on March 28 A historic capital with a flair for...

Dec 19, 2016

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10 brand new travel experiences for 2017...

10 brand new travel experiences for 2017

The New Year is nearly upon and already it’s shaping up to be an exciting one for travel. From alien worlds and Ferrari theme parks to country-spanning hiking trails and overnight desert safaris, there’s plenty planned for 2017. Check out some of these new attractions and events to get yourself pumped up for another year of exciting experiences! Experience Pandora – The World of AVATAR in Orlando, USA The latest addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom will allow intrepid...

Dec 13, 2016

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10 of the best spring city breaks

10 of the best spring city breaks

It’s wintry and cold now, but spring is fast approaching – a fantastic time to discover a new city or see a different side to an old favourite. To help you pick your next urban adventure, we’ve rounded up ten of the best spring city break destinations.   Amsterdam Amsterdam explodes into life during the spring season as the Netherlands’ famous tulips come into bloom – see the best displays in Keukenhof, less than an hour from Amsterdam. What’s...

Dec 13, 2016

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Where should I stay in Barcelona?

Where should I stay in Barcelona?

For a small, densely packed city, Barcelona contains many worlds. It pays to pick the area that most suits your style and budget, whether you want to party all night or take advantage of all the cultural offerings and dazzling architecture on offer. So, if you’re wondering where to stay in Barcelona, check out our breakdown of the city’s best barrios (neighbourhoods).   The Barri Gòtic Crowned by its Disney-like Gothic cathedral, the Barri Gòtic has been the...

Dec 12, 2016

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Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Update 01/01/17: Following a terrorist attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve which killed over 35 people, and an explosion outside Besiktas football stadium in Istanbul on December 10, the FCO advises that tourists remain vigilant at all times and follow the advice of local security officials. Turkey fell victim to a number of high-profile terror attacks and political events in 2016, including a failed coup on July 15 -16. The situation is now calmer, but there is currently still...

Dec 12, 2016

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Should I travel to Egypt?

Should I travel to Egypt?

Update 12/12/16: Following an explosion at an Orthodox Cathedral in Abbaseya, Cairo on December 11, the FCO advises that tourists remain vigilant at all times and follow the advice of local security officials. Currently, certain parts of Egypt are deemed to be unsafe for British nationals. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently advises against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai and all but essential travel to the areas west of the Nile Valley/Nile Delta regions and South Sinai – with the...

Dec 6, 2016

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You asked: Is it safe to travel to…?...

You asked: Is it safe to travel to…?

Please note: The situation in these countries can change very quickly – you should always check the news and FCO advice before you travel In the last couple of years there have been a number of tragic travel incidents around the globe – as a result, we’ve received many questions about whether it’s safe to travel to places such as Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and more. A lot of the countries in question have been popular with British holidaymakers, so it’s understandable...

Dec 2, 2016

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Winter city breaks for under £99pp

Winter city breaks for under £99pp

Cities often change completely in winter, making it a great season to explore somewhere new or see a different side of a favourite destination. With deals available for under £99 per person, including accommodation and flights, it’s also a fantastic time to save money. As with all these deals we source, take a look on the site yourself to find more offers for the dates and departing airports that suit you. All prices were correct at the time of writing....

Dec 2, 2016

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Should I go to Greece this summer?

Should I go to Greece this summer?

From near economic ruin to bearing the brunt of the 2015/16 refugee crisis, Greece has had to overcome a great deal in the last few years. Amid the height of the county’s problems, the British media went into an all-out frenzy, leaving many concerned over their travel plans top the popular holiday hotspot. Now, however, the situation has calmed down again, with tourism expected to thrive again in 2017. Here’s what you need to think about for a...

Dec 1, 2016

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Should I travel to Tunisia?

Should I travel to Tunisia?

Following the deadly Tunisian terror attack in the resort of Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, on June 26, 2015 – as well as the earlier atrocity in Tunis on March 18, 2015 – the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) took the decision to warn against all but essential travel to Tunisia, and a state of emergency has been put in place until at least January 19, 2017. For the latest advice, check the FCO site. I have a package holiday booked to Tunisia...

Nov 30, 2016

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After the Brexit vote: Where is the pound strong?...

After the Brexit vote: Where is the pound strong?

Regardless of how you voted in the EU membership referendum on June 23, the drop in the pound’s value since then against strong currencies such as the US dollar and the euro is clear. This time last year £500 would have gotten you around €710, while this year it’s closer to €585. The dollar fares slightly better, but not by much, with £500 buying $750 in November last year compared to $620 now*. It’s not all doom and gloom, however,...

Nov 29, 2016

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How to do Cuba on a budget

How to do Cuba on a budget

After almost 60 years frozen in a time warp, Cuba is slowly beginning to come out of the cold. As a result, it’s become the Caribbean island on everyone’s lips, with travellers flocking to Cuba “before it transforms forever”. This, combined with uncertainty over the value of pound, the recent death of Fidel Castro and a new US president, is having an impact on the cost of visiting Cuba: from eating out to flights, prices are starting to creep...

Nov 25, 2016

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How to do Prague on a budget

How to do Prague on a budget

The city of spires is that rare weekend-break beast, attracting visitors as much for its medieval history and intricate architecture as its cheap beer and budget-friendly reputation, writes Katie McGonagle. While the past few years have seen some steep price rises in the Czech Republic’s number-one city, it still ranks higher than most European capitals on value for money – and it’s every bit as rich in cultural and historic treasures as Paris, Rome or Berlin. Sure, if...

Nov 24, 2016

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Revealed! 11 travel bloggers’ favourite places...

Revealed! 11 travel bloggers’ favourite places

Where on Earth should you feed your wanderlust next year? The world’s top travel bloggers might be able to inspire you. Though most found it tough to choose a favourite, Travis Levius asked these travel super-influencers to reveal the one destination they love the most – and how to get the most out of it. Thailand: Matthew Kepnes Nomadic Matt: nomadicmatt.com Blog mission statement: Discover the art of travelling anywhere you want. Over the past several years, I’ve helped thousands...

Nov 23, 2016

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Early season ski and snowboarding holidays in Europe...

Early season ski and snowboarding holidays in Europe

The 2016/17 ski season has got off to a great start, with heavy snowfall across the Alps allowing lots of resorts to open early, writes Jess Bown. So, why not swap rain-sodden Britain for snow-covered peaks? You can snap up some fantastic, last-minute ski holiday bargains at this time of year. Here’s our guide to the best European resorts for early season skiing and snowboarding this year. Val Thorens, France Purpose-built Val Thorens is Europe’s highest ski resort,...

Nov 21, 2016

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How to do Corfu on a budget

How to do Corfu on a budget

Corfu’s soft, sandy beaches have a way of making your cares melt away. As you paddle this Greek island’s clear waters and amble through olive groves, the last thing you need is to worry about is your budget, writes Anita Isalska. There are plenty of cheap flights to this Ionian isle, and you don’t need to spend like an A-lister when you arrive. With a little planning, you can keep costs down while enjoying the best scenery, culture...

Nov 21, 2016

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Tricky Travel Quiz: November 2016

Tricky Travel Quiz: November 2016

Fancy yourself as a bit of a travel trivia whizz? Put your knowledge to the test! Don’t forget to share with your friends to find out which of you is the true master of travel trivia!...

Nov 16, 2016

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New flight routes from the UK

New flight routes from the UK

Want to try somewhere new for your next holiday? New and expanded flight routes open up all the time, but they may not be on your radar yet – Tamara Hinson rounds up some of the latest destinations being opened up by airlines from UK airports. Last updated: November 16, 2016 Norwegian: London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale, US From November 2, 2016. Three times a week, from £159 one way Miami might be the original stomping ground of Florida’s beautiful people,...

Nov 15, 2016

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5 local bus routes that are better (and cheaper!) than tour buses...

5 local bus routes that are better (and cheaper!) than tour buses

Bus tours are an efficient way to see the big, crowd-pleasing main sights, but they don’t come cheap. In London, a 24-hour tour bus pass can cost up to £90 for a family of four, so savvy travellers just hop on a local bus! Kathrine Gaw scours her favourite cities for bus routes that rival the big tour companies – at a fraction of the cost. 1. New York: The M5 If you want to get to know New...

Nov 11, 2016

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New York: Save, spend, splurge

New York: Save, spend, splurge

New York is a helluva town, but it can be hell on your wallet, too. That’s not to say there aren’t deals, though – you just have to know where to find them, writes Shandana Durrani. The city offers experiences for every person and every budget, from the cheap and free, like strolling down the High Line on a crisp autumn day or nabbing free TV audience tickets, to the decadent, such as taking in some Opera at the Met...

Nov 10, 2016

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11 of the best Christmas markets in Europe...

11 of the best Christmas markets in Europe

Wooden chalets, mulled wine, and all the Christmassy calories you can consume – it’s Christmas markets time! For many, the Christmas market has become synonymous with the festive season, alongside Brussels sprouts and that one completely useless gift you receive from a distant relative every year. To give you an idea of which one to choose, we’ve put together our list of classic and alternative Christmas markets in some of Europe’s top city break destinations. Berlin To call Berlin a Christmas...

Nov 7, 2016

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9 of the best luxury spa hotels

9 of the best luxury spa hotels

Feel like being pampered? Catherine Cooper rounds up the most luxurious spa hotels in some popular city break destinations – along with suggestions for where to go if your budget won’t quite stretch to these opulent options! Waldorf Astoria Cavalieri, Rome This stunning 19th-floor spa includes indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam rooms and ten treatment rooms, where you can have chocolate, caviar, honey or spices massaged onto your body – if that’s what you fancy! The hotel is also home...

Oct 28, 2016

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City breaks – 10 classic destinations vs. 10 unusual alternatives...

City breaks – 10 classic destinations vs. 10 unusual alternatives

If you’re a seasoned traveller or have already been to the main city in a particular country, you might be keen to experience a slightly lesser-known city for your next trip. Here we’ve outlined 10 classic big-name city break destinations, each alongside another interesting city in that country that you might like to try instead. Plenty has been written about our selected classic city break destinations before, so below we’ve concentrated on describing our recommended alternatives.   The Classic: Rome...

Oct 28, 2016

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Winter sun holidays for under £200pp...

Winter sun holidays for under £200pp

The clocks going back heralds the beginning of winter – the days get shorter, we got to work and return home in darkness, and everything generally seems that little bit gloomier. It’s enough to make you want pack your bags and escape to sunnier climes. Actually, hold that thought – with 7-night breaks on offer for under £200, why don’t you?! As always, once on the TravelSupermarket site you can change the search results to reflect the dates and departure airport that...

Oct 18, 2016

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The world’s safest countries

The world’s safest countries

With a spate of tragic events occurring in popular holiday destinations in recent times, it’s no wonder safety is now such a major factor in most UK holidaymaker’s travel plans. Simon Busch takes a look at some of the countries deemed to be the world’s safest, according to recent reports from the UN, the World Economic Forum and more. Hot and cold safe zones Jittery about world events? Head to Finland! The northern European country, formerly best known for its...

Oct 14, 2016

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9 stunning volcanoes you can hike up

9 stunning volcanoes you can hike up

Climbing mountains is all very rewarding, but hauling yourself to the summit of a volcano and staring down at a steaming crater full of molten lava – now that’s a story for the grandkids. Sure, there’s the small chance of a cataclysmic eruption, but where’s your sense of adventure?! From Iceland to New Zealand, here are some of the most spectacular volcanoes around the world that you can hike to the top of. Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland A celebrity among volcanoes for...

Oct 7, 2016

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9 of the world’s most beautiful lakes...

9 of the world’s most beautiful lakes

From the heights of Andean South America to the verdant jungles of Africa, millions of magnificent lakes cover our planet, many so stunning that they take your breath away. Here we’ve rounded up a few of what we think are the world’s most beautiful lakes – space limitations mean missing out some spectacular examples, so let us know your favourites in the comments below! Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand Surrounded by the aptly-named The Remarkables mountain range, Wakatipu is renowned in New Zealand...

Oct 5, 2016

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Winter sun ideas: Liked this? Try that!...

Winter sun ideas: Liked this? Try that!

If the thought of another British winter is getting you down, wake up to these great winter sun escapes, writes Katie McGonagle. Short days? Dark nights? All-round miserable weather? There are lots of great things about Britain, but the damp, dismal winter isn’t one of them, so it’s no wonder so many of us have already started dreaming of an escape to sunnier climes. It used to be pretty straightforward to get that burst of Vitamin D without...

Sep 26, 2016

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Beyond Oktoberfest: Bavaria’s best beer halls and breweries...

Beyond Oktoberfest: Bavaria’s best beer halls and breweries

With Oktoberfest in full swing, there’s no better time to head over to Germany for a rowdy snapshot into Bavarian life. But don’t worry if you haven’t had the chance to book tickets to the famous beer festival this year; you can don your lederhosen and delve into some of the region’s more authentic watering holes. David Hewitt rounds up some of Bavaria’s best beer tours, beer halls and brewhouses – prost!   The white sausage equator Wolfgang...

Sep 22, 2016

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How to have fun in the Dominican Republic...

How to have fun in the Dominican Republic

Those looking for Caribbean luxury for less flock to the Dominican Republic (DR), where a combo of sun, sea, sand and pampering doesn’t break the bank. To fly and flop, though, is to miss out on the country’s unsung offerings. The DR is scenically spectacular, packed with outdoor pursuits, watersports, cultural activities and historic sites that span prehistoric to colonial eras. Jo Cooke explores the fun side of the Dominican Republic. Show me the beach, baby! You can’t fail...

Sep 15, 2016

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How to do the Maldives on a budget

How to do the Maldives on a budget

The Maldives is the epitome of luxury travel, but don’t count it out if you’re on a less-than-lavish budget. With a bit of know-how, these Indian Ocean islands are more affordable than you might think, writes Katie McGonagle. Mention ‘the Maldives’ and most people’s minds go straight to images of over-water villas perched on wooden stilts above a clear, turquoise sea. Bonus cliché points if there’s an untouched stretch of soft white sand in the background, a few...