Aug 28, 2015

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In pictures: the world’s most colourful cities...

In pictures: the world’s most colourful cities

Urban areas aren’t just murky skies and vast expanses of grey concrete, writes Tamara Hinson. Spectacular graffiti, daring architecture and ancient traditions have all helped to create some seriously colourful cities, so don your sunglasses and check out our favourites. Bristol, UK In Bristol’s harbourside district of Hotwells, the multicoloured houses stand out, while in Stokes Croft, the graffiti-covered walls do the talking. Earlier this year, the Clifton Suspension Bridge was illuminated in brilliant green to mark the...

Aug 27, 2015

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Still looking for some sun? We round up last-minute inspirational deals at under £250 per person...

Still looking for some sun? We round up last-minute inspirational deals at under £250 per person

With the UK summer turning into a washout, Brits have been racing to book last-minute sunshine holiday deals. And, with prices rising due to lack of stock, you would be forgiven for thinking you cannot find a bargain. Fear not, because we’ve found seven deals for under £250 if you can get away during September. Go Greek There are bargains galore across the Greek islands this September. Zante is a great choice, with both quiet resorts and full...

Aug 27, 2015

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In pictures: 10 airports you’d actually want to get stuck in...

In pictures: 10 airports you’d actually want to get stuck in

Arriving at the airport to find your flight has been delayed can put a real dampener on your holiday. Hours of waiting in soulless airport purgatory stretch ahead as you sit hopefully watching the departures board. But believe it or not, there are airports around the world where you might actually wish you could stay longer. Airport hell? Try these 10 examples of airport heaven (well, OK, close to it) instead. 1) Madrid-Barajas Airport, Spain For the superb...

Aug 24, 2015

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The party’s not over – find the action after Ibiza...

The party’s not over – find the action after Ibiza

Ibiza’s biggest clubs will soon be closing their doors and calling time on another wild summer of late nights, big hangovers and infectious dance beats. Whether you forgot where you were in Amnesia, went Insane at Pasha or got lost in Space, it’s now time to settle back into your sensible home life and focus on the garden, or maybe that shelf that needs fixing ­– the party’s nearly over, right? Wrong. Ibiza’s famous brand of sweaty hedonism...

Aug 24, 2015

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Is there a north/south holiday divide?...

Is there a north/south holiday divide?

The north/south divide has created hundreds upon ‘undreds of stereotypes, jokes and rivalries – some real, some imagined, and some just made up in the name of good old banter. It’s grim up north, but everything’s a rip off down south; those southern fairies don’t know how to pour a proper pint, whereas them northern monkeys are obsessed with slathering gravy on every meal, from breakfast to tea (that’s your evening meal, by the way); and it’s always raining...

Aug 17, 2015

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How to do the Greek islands on a budget...

How to do the Greek islands on a budget

Greece has thousands of islands. Some, like tiny Kastellorizo, are no more than dots on the map while Crete, the biggest, is more than 150 miles long. In between, there’s something to please everyone and fit most budgets. Summer and clear blue water are Greece’s big crowd-pleasers, along with relics of lost civilisations such as Knossos on Crete, medieval fortresses such as Rhodes’ Old Town, and dazzlingly pretty villages on isles like Santorini and Mykonos. And, of course,...

Aug 17, 2015

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Should I go to Greece this summer?

Should I go to Greece this summer?

Planning to travel to Greece this summer? You might still be questioning the destination as the choice of your holiday after months of news around Greek bailouts, demonstrations in Athens, talks of a “Grexit” (or Greece leaving the euro) and, more recently, news of migrants landing on islands such as Kos and Lesbos as they flee from countries including Syria. But is this all a media storm? What’s it really like at the moment in the ever-popular resorts spread across...

Aug 11, 2015

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How to do Cyprus on a budget

How to do Cyprus on a budget

The sunny European island of Cyprus has a well-earned reputation for hot summers and winter warmth. Temperatures can top 35C in July and August and rarely go below 15C, even in January and December – at sea level at least. But it’s a different story in the Troodos Mountains. Rising to almost 2,000 metres above sea level, their highest slopes are snowy from January to March. You’ll even find cheap skiing on the slopes of Mount Olympus, Cyprus’...

Aug 4, 2015

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Romance on the road: Britain’s most beautiful road trips...

Romance on the road: Britain’s most beautiful road trips

All out of ideas for your next romantic break? Keep it simple and hit the road. You see, the UK is jam-packed with epic scenery that just oozes passion and romance, so why not explore it with the one you love? Jump in the car, stick on your song and discover a beautiful part of Britain you never knew existed. Here are a few ideas to get you going. Like a young Marlon Brando: Cheddar Gorge Length: 15...

Aug 4, 2015

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The best destination in the UK for a football break is…...

The best destination in the UK for a football break is…

After what feels like an age without football, the beautiful game will soon be back in our lives – so listen closely for a collective sigh of relief from all over the UK. Yes, this week, the Premier League finally returns and our weekends will once again have a sense of purpose; sweet, over-paid, heart-breaking purpose. So, in preparation for the season ahead, and in celebration of Bournemouth’s promotion, we’ve taken four Premier League teams and entered them into...

Jul 28, 2015

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9 of the world’s best places to visit before the masses...

9 of the world’s best places to visit before the masses

True Arabian Nights adventures, alpine valleys lost in time and the epicentre of Balkan boogie. Read our guide to the elite of off-the-beaten-track escapes – and then get there before word gets out. 1. Best for travelling back in time: Albania Why go now? The secret’s out and hotels are going up in some of the prettiest spots. It may be more than 30 years since the Albanians got rid of their dictator Enver Hoxha but they still haven’t...

Jul 28, 2015

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How to do the Algarve on a budget

How to do the Algarve on a budget

With its idyllic beaches, dramatic coastline and endless leisure opportunities, it’s no surprise that the Algarve has become one of the most popular holiday hot spots in Europe. Since it first came to prominence in the 1960s, Portugal’s most southern region has gone from strength to strength by offering something different for all kinds of holidaymaker; and while it may be famous for stunning golf courses, there’s much more to this place than 18 holes in the sun....

Jul 23, 2015

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Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Those who have read the reports about the recent bomb attack in Turkey may be feeling apprehensive about the safety of the country, especially if you are preparing for a holiday there this summer. Despite Monday’s (June 20, 2015) terrible incident and the trouble in the wider region, the majority of Turkey remains a safe place for holidaymakers. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not changed its stance on Turkey and the vast majority of the country remains in...

Jul 21, 2015

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How to do Marbella on a budget

How to do Marbella on a budget

As one of Europe’s best known holiday spots, Marbella needs no introduction. Since the European aristocracy discovered the resort back in the 1960s, its appeal as a luxury destination and celebrity hotspot has drawn millions of tourists every year. But Marbella isn’t just about the high life. Against the backdrop of luxury hotels, mega mansions and glamourous visitors, this is a destination with plenty to offer everyone. Take the climate – it’s pleasant almost always, with a guaranteed...

Jul 14, 2015

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How to make the most of a family theme park visit...

How to make the most of a family theme park visit

One of my absolute favourite places to take the kids it to a theme park – especially since they’ve got a little bit older and are now more than happy to join me on the rollercoasters, writes Catherine Cooper. Sure, you can simply turn up at the gate, buy your tickets and still have a fabulous time – but you’ll usually get a lot more out of your trip if you plan ahead a little (not to mention...

Jul 14, 2015

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We’re all going on a summer holiday! The top last-minute deals...

We’re all going on a summer holiday! The top last-minute deals

With summer in full swing and schools starting to break up, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all holidays are booked up already. But fear not! We’ve rounded up some late summer deals for families and couples who want to get away before the August bank holiday. Get your sunglasses and sun-cream at the ready! 1. Majorca from £376pp This firm favourite with holidaymakers is just over two hours from the UK. Choose between cute little sandy coves or...

Jul 14, 2015

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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 – as well as the earlier atrocity in Tunis on March 18 – many holidaymakers will be nervously wondering whether they should still travel to this popular sunshine destination. Current Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice warns against all but essential travel to Tunisia, and travel operators are evacuating their guests out of the country (Thomas Cook, for example, has already safely...

Jul 6, 2015

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How to stay cool in the city this summer...

How to stay cool in the city this summer

Ibiza? Amsterdam? Where am I? Who says you need the seaside to enjoy a beach? When we call these cities in Europe and beyond “cool”, we’re being quite literal. Their pop-up beaches, lidos and pools rival a boring old coastal spot for a bit of relief from the sun. (Prices are per day unless otherwise stated.) Amsterdam: Blijburg manmade beach You could be forgiven for thinking you’re in Ibiza on this oh-so-cool beach on a man-made island 10...

Jul 6, 2015

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13 travel faux pas that Brits STILL keep getting wrong...

13 travel faux pas that Brits STILL keep getting wrong

How to get in trouble abroad? Make the A-OK sign while blowing your nose and yabbering about sport. Yep, seems virtually no aspect of our holiday behaviour isn’t open to funny or ruinous misinterpretation. Comprende? Er… comprendo? 1) Talk to the hands Hands: what would you do without ‘em, eh? You can even use them to signal just about anything if spoken language won’t do. Trick is those “signal failures” when your innocent hand gesture means something entirely...

Jul 6, 2015

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Nine suprisingly cheap destinations near you...

Nine suprisingly cheap destinations near you

With the summer holiday season gearing up, many of us will be scouring the internet in hope of snapping up a last-minute deal. But don’t think bargain has to mean boring. We’ve dug up some exotic, sunny and downright adventurous destinations with flight costs and everyday holiday expenses so low you might spend more if you stayed in the UK. And none of these exciting spots is more than a civilised flying distance from Britain. Marrakech – magic on...

Jun 29, 2015

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Lighthouses, a Roman gold mine and a groovy 70s pad: 11 amazing National Trust properties...

Lighthouses, a Roman gold mine and a groovy 70s pad: 11 amazing National Trust properties

The National Trust – you know, fusty old buildings and gift shops? Well, if you think that, you’re in for a surprise. Summer is a great time to get out and explore the fascinating variety of properties belonging to Britain’s biggest landowner – from a Roman gold mine, to literary genius Virginia Woolf’s former home, to the cutest little cottage… in Birmingham city centre. 1. Best for… lovers of the handmade Patterson’s Spade Mill, County Antrim, Northern Ireland What, you...

Jun 29, 2015

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Nine of Great Britain’s greatest B&Bs...

Nine of Great Britain’s greatest B&Bs

Fancy a cosy base for a relaxing weekend away? These bed and breakfasts tick all the comfort boxes but each one offers something special, too – be it a private terrace, a spectacular location or some seriously posh nosh. Penbontbren, Cardigan Bay, Wales If you thought B&Bs were all about cramped rooms and cold porridge, here’s a shining example of how this classic British accommodation style has upped its game. The former farm has five spacious suites –...

Jun 29, 2015

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7 ways to save on your holiday this summer...

7 ways to save on your holiday this summer

Hmmm, Wimbledon’s begun, Glastonbury’s just gone and it’s feeling decidedly toasty. It must (at last!) be summer. Now the big question is where to chase that lovely sun for your holiday without melting your credit card in the process. The seasonal holiday sales are tempting us with sizzling deals, but they’re not the only way to save money. As well as great suggestions for where to go and what to do on holiday this summer, here are some clever...

Jun 23, 2015

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How to do Majorca on a budget

How to do Majorca on a budget

Do you and your partner, or each member of your family, have your own ideas about what a summer holiday should involve? That’s not a problem in Majorca, where options include never-ending beaches and tiny coves, cycling in the mountains and walking around coastal paths, or golf by the sea and chic shopping in Palma. And a trip to this beautiful Balearic Island doesn’t need to cost a fortune, writes Annie Bennett. Where to stay on a budget...

Jun 23, 2015

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Anyone for tennis? Eight great sporting getaways...

Anyone for tennis? Eight great sporting getaways

Is the prospect of watching the best players in the world tearing up the beautifully groomed Wimbledon courts motivating you to pick up a racquet yourself? Or is the warmer weather inspiring you to head to the golf course or get out on your bike? Weekends and evenings are all very well, but the best time to commit to really upping your game is on holiday. So why not swap the sun-lounger for a tennis court or a...

Jun 23, 2015

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If luxe could kill! Seven of the world’s most expensive hotel suites...

If luxe could kill! Seven of the world’s most expensive hotel suites

So you think it’s indulgent to crack open the mini-bar? Think again. For the world’s wealthiest jetsetters, true opulence means commanding butlers, snoozing on rotating beds and enjoying exclusive access to jaw-dislocating views – ideally with a frescoed dome or Volkswagen-sized chandelier along the way. Welcome to some of the world’s most expensive hotel suites, writes Anita Isalska. Two-storey Sky Villa at Palms Resort, Las Vegas, USA Price tag per night: $35,000 at weekends (around £22,000); $20,000 midweek...

Jun 16, 2015

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How to do Tenerife on a budget

How to do Tenerife on a budget

The UK weather is unpredictable, so boarding a flight and arriving just over four hours later in sub-tropical sunshine and endless blue skies is hard to beat. Easy to get to, familiar and safe, Tenerife is a guaranteed blast of summer and its palm-lined beaches are within reach of even the smallest wallet, writes Andrea Montgomery. Where to stay on a budget In the upmarket resort of Costa Adeje, prices rise as high as the temperature but opt...

Jun 9, 2015

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Revealed! This summer’s top family destinations...

Revealed! This summer’s top family destinations

Are you planning your summer family holiday? Want some help? We’ve crunched the numbers to reveal the nine family-favourites our customers are searching for, with some suggestions of places to stay and things to do while you’re there, writes Catherine Cooper. 1. Tenerife Approximate flight time: Four and a half hours With almost year-round sunshine and sandy beaches, Tenerife is a long-standing hit with families. Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje are the main resorts for plenty...

Jun 2, 2015

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The world’s most beautiful coastlines...

The world’s most beautiful coastlines

Fancy a road trip this summer? The following chunks of coastline tick all the boxes: they’re stunningly beautiful but are easily accessible from major cities, making getting there in a hire car a doddle. So what are you waiting for, writes Tamara Hinson… Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia Fly to: Melbourne airport Australia’s coastline has a total length of 16,000 miles (25,765km) but the most spectacular section can be found on the south eastern coast in Victoria, on the...

May 26, 2015

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The world’s best street food: 10 dishes that you HAVE to try...

The world’s best street food: 10 dishes that you HAVE to try

Food, glorious food…us Brits certainly love our grub! And on holiday it’s no different, as new flavours and aromas tantalise us, becoming an integral part of the travel experience. There’s no better way to get involved with the local foodie scene then by stepping away from the tourist traps and sampling some authentic street food. So we’ve taken a culinary trip around the globe to discover 10 iconic dishes… 1. For hot and spicy: Jerk chicken, Jamaica It’s not just the weather that’s hot...

May 26, 2015

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This summer’s top five party destinations...

This summer’s top five party destinations

It’s that time of year again. The White Isle of Ibiza has woken from its winter hiatus and is ready to welcome world-famous DJs and revellers to its shores, with the end of May signalling the start of its opening parties. But it’s not just Ibiza that knows how to party. If you’re looking for a summer of fun, we’ve got the low-down on five great options… 1. The grandaddy of clubbing: Ibiza As the original party island and mecca for hedonism, there are still few places that can match...

May 25, 2015

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5 great cruise holiday destinations for 2015...

5 great cruise holiday destinations for 2015

Cruising remains one of the hottest holiday tickets on offer – in fact, over the last year, the number of people taking cruise holidays has grown globally by nearly 12%, according to the CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association). Many love the all-inclusive nature, the excellent range and quality of food and drink, the variety of entertainment included and, of course, the range of different ports to visit from one day to the next. So where are the big...

May 19, 2015

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Five inspirational UK road trips – with soundtracks...

Five inspirational UK road trips – with soundtracks

The great British countryside has some truly spectacular scenery, and to show off some of the best spots, we’ve travelled from north to south to showcase five of the most breathtaking road trips. And to help bring these drives to life, we ran a competition for talented musicians to compose soundtracks to accompany the journeys. So, whether you fancy hopping in your car and taking in the sights of the dramatic Scottish Highlands or admiring the seascapes of the...

May 19, 2015

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Revealed! The UK’s top 10 favourite city destinations...

Revealed! The UK’s top 10 favourite city destinations

If the city is calling, May and June offer the perfect opportunity to explore somewhere new. You can enjoy pleasant sightseeing temperatures before the crowds arrive – but where should you go? To uncover 2015’s city hotspots, we’ve crunched the numbers to reveal the most searched-for destinations on TravelSupermarket 1. Storming in at first place: Amsterdam Amsterdam is top of the city agenda for the next couple of months with almost one in 12 Brits searching for a break here. Rich in history and culture...

May 19, 2015

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Amazing places to stay in the UK for less than £100...

Amazing places to stay in the UK for less than £100

In need of some time out? Then read on, because we’ve found the best UK accommodation for under £100, writes Tamara Hinson. There’s something for everyone, whether you fancy spending the night in a converted train carriage or channelling your wild side with a safari-themed getaway in the Kent wilderness. Best for a quiet weekend in the country The Pheasant Inn, Hungerford, Berkshire: From £90 per room per night The 11-room Pheasant Inn is ideal for fans of all...

May 17, 2015

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Monkey buffets and baby jumping: The 10 most unusual customs from around the world...

Monkey buffets and baby jumping: The 10 most unusual customs from around the world

Lobbing tomatoes at fellow visitors… water fights with the locals… gorging on haggis, tatties and neeps and listening to poetry… some of the world’s most beloved travel experiences sound wacky and weird to outsiders – that’s the joy of global travel though, isn’t it, throwing ourselves into a culture and customs so very different from our own? Many of us know about Spain’s La Tomatina (the tomato-flinging fest), Songkran in Thailand (the wild water fight), and the UK’s...

May 11, 2015

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Revealed! The UK’s top 10 favourite beach destinations...

Revealed! The UK’s top 10 favourite beach destinations

We all know one of them. That annoying friend who is always having a better holiday than you and manages, every year, to find that place where everyone is going. Well, fear not! Here at TravelSupermarket we’ve crunched the numbers to reveal where Brits are flocking to between June and August 2015 to make sure that, this time, you don’t miss out. So, will Brits be basking in the Balearics or admiring the Algarve in 2015? All will be revealed… 1. Top of the list:...

May 11, 2015

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Summer escapes: 12 beach hotels with amazing views...

Summer escapes: 12 beach hotels with amazing views

Summer’s just around the corner, so make the most of it and grab a room with a view at one of these gorgeous beach hotels, writes Tamara Hinson. 1. Godolphin Arms, Cornwall, UK Guests at the Godolphin Arms hotel get uninterrupted views of St Michael’s Mount and a two-mile-long stretch of beach. It’s possible to step straight out of the hotel on to the sand, and the beach bar is the perfect place to soak up the view...

May 6, 2015

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10 things you didn’t know about cruises...

10 things you didn’t know about cruises

If you are planning your next holiday, a cruise might not be the first option that springs to mind. However, with the ability to explore a number of destinations in one trip, a wealth of on-board facilities and the option to do as much or as little as you want while on-board, it is clear to see why this type of holiday is so popular. If you’re not convinced and feel that cruise holidays just aren’t for you,...

Apr 30, 2015

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Top secret! London’s top 10 hidden attractions...

Top secret! London’s top 10 hidden attractions

London’s main visitor attractions are world famous. But there are many less well-known sights which are just as enjoyable – if you are in the know, writes Peter Carty. So here we reveal 10 of London’s best hidden attractions. And, as a bonus, they are all free. 1. Best for first-time visitors: Greenwich Park Greenwich Park (Greenwich, London SE10; 0300 061 2380) lacks the status of some of the capital’s other parks and heaths. But as well as...