Dec 6, 2016

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

You asked: Is it safe to travel to…?

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. Many of the countries in question have been popular with British holidaymakers, so it’s understandable that you might be feeling apprehensive about your next trip. Here, we’ve rounded up the latest advice about the destinations on your mind....

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...

Dec 1, 2016

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Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Turkey has fallen victim to a number of high-profile terror attacks and political events this year, including a failed coup on July 15 -16. The situation is now calming, but there is currently still a state of emergency in place. The FCO has advised that security operations are ongoing throughout the country, and that the threat from terrorism remains high – although bear in mind that the threat level for the UK itself is currently at ‘severe’ level....

Dec 1, 2016

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Should I travel to Egypt?

Should I travel to Egypt?

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 exception of the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes the airport and the areas of Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq. There is...

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! 10 travel bloggers’ favourite places...

Revealed! 10 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 seven 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...

Sep 14, 2016

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The best of the UK’s great outdoors...

The best of the UK’s great outdoors

From vast national parks and glorious lochs to the stunning coastal regions that skirt its isles, the United Kingdom is blessed with an incredible landscape. These areas are ripe for exploring, and while it would be almost impossible to cover off all of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s outdoor adventures, we’ve rounded up a snapshot of our favourites. England England’s many national parks make it an excellent country for hiking all year round. The Lake District and the Peak District might be...

Sep 12, 2016

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Luxury for less in Thailand

Luxury for less in Thailand

With its white sands, turquoise seas and fascinating culture, it’s little wonder that tourists from all over the world flock to Thailand year after year. What many of them might not realise, however, is that you don’t have to share a backpacker dorm on Khao San Road to avoid breaking the bank – head to the Land of Smiles in low season (May to October), and five-star luxury is on offer for a fraction of peak season prices. Not...

Sep 9, 2016

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

Booking now vs booking late: The great holiday dilemma

As the last traces of summer fade into autumn, many Brits will be heading back to work after a well-earned holiday. Chances are the last thing on your mind is next year’s big break, but looking to book early could see you save in the long run. It all boils down 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...

Sep 8, 2016

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10 of the best autumn city breaks

10 of the best autumn city breaks

As the post-summer blues kick in, autumn presents the perfect opportunity to get over it by getting your holiday fix with a quick city break. With that in mind we’ve rounded up ten cracking cities, both across the pond and closer to home, that really come into their own as temperatures cool and the leaves start to turn. 1. Paris Paris is a classic city break destination, and after a hot and sleepy August, the city comes alive again...

Sep 7, 2016

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Cheap breaks for couples without kids...

Cheap breaks for couples without kids

The summer holidays are over and once again people without children can rejoice – now that the nation’s kids are back at school, prices in the travel industry are dropping back to their normal, cheaper levels, so if you’re after a late summer escape, now is the time to get looking. Whether you’re after a bit of late summer sun or a quick city break, we’ve rounded up some bargains to suit any couple’s budget. Prague, Czech Republic: 4 nights for £231pp The deal: Flying from London...

Sep 5, 2016

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11 of the world’s weirdest museums

11 of the world’s weirdest museums

If dusty cabinets filled with medieval artefacts and moth-eared manuscripts bore you to death, don’t despair! From a German museum dedicated to curry-flavoured sausages to Britain’s very own tribute to the humble lawnmower, Tamara Hinson outlines some of the more unusual places to explore while on your travels. Currywurst Museum, Berlin, Germany If you’re in Berlin and find you can’t get enough of Germany’s famous curried sausages, this German museum might just sate your appetite. It’s a truly interactive affair, with spice-sniffing stations, currywurst-making sessions and...

Sep 5, 2016

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Beyond Cancún: Great resorts in Mexico...

Beyond Cancún: Great resorts in Mexico

Cancún – the colourful east coast resort which has put Mexico on the holiday map – is easy for Brits to reach and awash in tropical-themed party palaces. But go a little further afield and you’ll discover lesser-known resorts with fewer skyscrapers and more charm on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, or consider flying to the west coast to discover the more mature Pacific resorts which have been drawing fans for more than 50 years, writes Anthea Gerrie. Compare cheap holidays...

Aug 30, 2016

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9 European beach spots for late summer sun...

9 European beach spots for late summer sun

With the crowds retreating and the weather still warm in destinations around the Mediterranean and beyond, September is a great time to fly away for a relaxing beach break, writes Clare Walsh. We’ve picked out nine of the best beach resorts in Europe where temperatures remain high enough for you to laze about comfortably on the sand – while everyone back home starts wrapping up. Tenerife, Spain Average September Temperature: 23°C With temperatures still sizzling well into September, Tenerife makes an ideal getaway....

Aug 25, 2016

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Secret France: How to escape the tourist trail...

Secret France: How to escape the tourist trail

Start counting the reasons why France is the world’s most visited country and you very quickly lose track, writes Mary Novakovich. Its popularity is obvious – the beaches, the food, the landscapes, the culture, the mountains, the sheer joie de vivre of life in France. But learning these French secrets will steer you away from the tourist trail and help you reveal some of the country’s lesser-known experiences. Compare cheap holidays in France Walk along Paris’s Promenade Plantée New York...

Aug 23, 2016

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City break deals for under £99pp

City break deals for under £99pp

Which city are you most keen to tick off the list? Prague, Berlin and Madrid are just three of the top-notch destinations that are currently coming in at under £99 per person for two nights, including flights, proving that September is a cracking time to explore somewhere exciting. As well as those we’ve picked out below, there are loads of similar deals to be had in Europe’s other top destinations, so have a search yourself and you could be discovering a...

Aug 19, 2016

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Recommended reading: Brilliant books to read around the world...

Recommended reading: Brilliant books to read around the world

Going on holiday? A good book deserves a spot in your suitcase as much as your camera or passport. You might be used to whiling away the hours with the latest best-seller, but for this year’s trip, we want you to pick a book that tells you a bit more about the place you’re visiting. With that in mind, we spoke to book lovers around the world to recommend two titles that have the power to enhance an...

Aug 19, 2016

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Secret Italy: How to escape the tourist trail...

Secret Italy: How to escape the tourist trail

Italy’s mix of world-class cities, heavenly landscapes and superb cuisine is irresistible, writes Mary Novakovich. But you don’t have to follow the well-worn tourist trail to have an unforgettable holiday. These Italian secrets – from hidden beaches to home cooking – will make you fall under Italy’s spell and discover lesser-known sides to this marvellous country. Compare cheap holidays in Italy Head south to Calabria’s beaches While Puglia hogs the spotlight, rugged Calabria is the unsung beauty of...

Aug 17, 2016

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Last-minute bank holiday deals

Last-minute bank holiday deals

This bank holiday would you like to stay at home, sorting out your life admin and catching up on household chores, or would you prefer a trip away? We think we know the answer already – you plan to use that extra day to swan off somewhere exotic and leave everything else for a rainy day. So, for those of you who choose departure over DIY, we’ve searched TravelSupermarket for some of the hottest deals over this August bank holiday. Summer in...