Jul 21, 2016

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Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Is it safe to go to Turkey?

If you’ve read reports about the recent bomb attacks in Turkey, you may be feeling apprehensive about the safety of the country, especially if you are preparing for a holiday there. Turkey has fallen victim to a number of high-profile events this year, the most recent being an attempted coup on July 15-16. This situation is now calming, however, and flights to and from the country are returning to normal. Following the failed coup, President Erdogan has announced a three-month...

Jul 21, 2016

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Should I travel to Tunisia?

Should I travel to Tunisia?

Updated advice: The current state of emergency in Tunisia has now been extended until September 21, 2016. Please see the FCO site for further information. 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 – many holidaymakers will have had their summer holidays cancelled and may be wondering whether they should still travel to this popular sunshine destination in 2016....

Jul 18, 2016

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9 unusual things you can do in the UK...

9 unusual things you can do in the UK

Staycation figures are at an all-time high in 2016, according to VisitBritain. If you’re one of the thousands of people holidaying in the UK this year but you’ve visited many of the better-known attractions, you might find yourself wondering where next to add to your Britain bucket list. Luckily for you, our diverse little island contains a treasure-trove of exciting activities – we’ve picked out some of the more interesting and unusual activities you might not have realised you could do in the UK. Get lost in...

Jul 18, 2016

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Welcome to the club! Experts reveal what’s hot in Ibiza this summer...

Welcome to the club! Experts reveal what’s hot in Ibiza this summer

When it comes to the White Isle, everyone has an opinion on what to do, where to eat and the places to be for sunset and sunrise – and of course the best clubs to check out in-between. It’s always a good idea to speak to the experts though, so Hayley Leaver asked some of the DJs, seasoned clubbers and locals that have their fingers on Ibiza’s sweaty, racing pulse this season to reveal their top tips for those visiting the island...

Jul 12, 2016

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Where’s set to sizzle this summer and beyond?...

Where’s set to sizzle this summer and beyond?

With the big summer getaway almost upon us as schools up and down the UK break up, we decided to take a look at the holiday destinations that are proving to be popular on TravelSupermarket at the moment. From relaxing summer hotspots to exciting cities, these are the places Brits will be flocking to in the coming months. The Balearic Islands: a trusty favourite The four islands that make up Spain’s Balearics deliver memorable holidays to families, retirees,...

Jul 8, 2016

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9 of the world’s most haunted attractions...

9 of the world’s most haunted attractions

Jump in the Ecto-1 and fire up your proton packs – the Ghostbusters are back in a new film with an all-female cast, on the hunt for ghastly creatures to prove that the dead exist among us. To save them a bit of trouble, we’ve done some research to find nine ghoulish attractions where the paranormal is, well, just normal. Would you be brave enough to visit these scary sights? 1. The Island of the Dolls, Mexico Whether led by Bill Murray or Kristen Wiig,...

Jul 7, 2016

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Revealed! Famous hotels in film

Revealed! Famous hotels in film

Just as a well-cast lead can make or break a film, so too can a careful choice of location. From a moody hotel bar in Japan to a bubble bath in Beverly Hills, some of our favourite films have an elegant hotel at the centre of their script. To get the inside story, we chatted with staff at hotels immortalised on the silver screen in five classic films that wouldn’t be the same without them – action! The Beverly...

Jul 7, 2016

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Revealed! The cheapest airport to go on holiday from this summer is…...

Revealed! The cheapest airport to go on holiday from this summer is…

Do southerners always get the best holiday deals due to a better choice of flights? Or are bargain breaks easier to find from northern and Scottish airports? With the peak holiday season upon us, we decided to crunch the numbers to find out who is getting the best prices on last-minute summer getaways. We looked at holidays in August to seven of the most popular destinations on TravelSupermarket to find out which UK airport is the champion of...

Jul 6, 2016

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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, writes Robin Gauldie. Amsterdam: Blijburg manmade beach You could be forgiven for thinking you’re in Ibiza on this oh-so-cool beach on a manmade island 10 minutes by tram from...

Jul 6, 2016

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If luxe could kill! The world’s grandest and most extravagant hotels...

If luxe could kill! The world’s grandest and most extravagant hotels

It’s been announced that a luxury hotel is to be built on the grounds of France’s Palace of Versailles. Sadly, the first guests will only be welcomed into Louis XIV’s former home in 2018 – although considering that £10 million is being spent on the project, we think it might be worth the wait. In the meantime, those in need of a similarly extravagant getaway can always check in to one of these opulent hotels, writes Tamara Hinson....

Jun 27, 2016

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Why Lanzarote is one cool Canary

Why Lanzarote is one cool Canary

It’s almost dusk on Famara beach – the sweeping stretch of sand on Lanzarote’s north-west coast. A solitary runner weaves across the dunes; surfers ride the frothy waves against a backdrop of pink-tinged cliffs. In the nearby fishing hamlet where the streets are covered in sand, I tuck into tapas at surf hangout Hamburgueseria (‪El Calleron, Caleta de Famara) and soak up the barefoot, hippie vibe of the village. It’s about as far from ‘Lanzagrotty’, with its bad...

Jun 22, 2016

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The city attractions you MUST see this summer...

The city attractions you MUST see this summer

Fancy exploring a new city this summer but don’t know where to choose? Rome looks oh so tempting, but then again Barca has the beach. Well, if you’re on the fence about where to go on your next city adventure, we might be able to help you decide. Here are 10 amazing city attractions you can’t miss this summer. 1. The world’s longest tube slide in London Remember the ArcelorMittal Orbit? You know, that big, red metal tower that was...

Jun 22, 2016

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The ancient sites that should be on your bucket list...

The ancient sites that should be on your bucket list

Wherever you travel, stories and reminders of past civilisations are there to be taken in and learnt from. Just this month, for example, archaeologists discovered a huge platform buried beneath the sands of the lost city of Petra. The massive structure, which measures 184ft by 161ft, has been sitting hidden beneath the noses of archaeologists for years. It took satellite imagery to finally unearth the colossal platform, which is completely unlike anything previously found in the area. While the experts...

Jun 21, 2016

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Revealed! How to do Salou with kids

Revealed! How to do Salou with kids

Salou on the Costa Dorada, 10km from Tarragona, is a brilliant destination to visit with kids, writes Catherine Cooper. The beaches are stunning, the average temperature in July is 25C and, by August, the average sea temperature is the same. Where to stay with kids There are plenty of family-friendly hotels in the town – many of which have entertainment laid on for both children and adults. One of the most popular is H10 Salauris Palace, close to...

Jun 13, 2016

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Spectacular places around the world to watch outdoor films...

Spectacular places around the world to watch outdoor films

This summer, the Tower of London’s moat will be transformed into an open-air cinema, with blockbusters being shown on an enormous screen. Films will only be shown on three days in August, but if you can’t snap up a ticket, don’t worry, writes Tamara Hinson – just head to one of these spectacular outdoor cinemas, instead: Sail-In Cinema, Toronto, Canada There’s one thing we love more than a floating cinema, and it’s a floating screen which is free...

Jun 6, 2016

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Secret Spain: 10 unique ways to escape the tourist trail...

Secret Spain: 10 unique ways to escape the tourist trail

Just like the perfect sangria, travel in Spain is best served with a splash of variety, writes Anita Isalska. These Spanish secrets, from crowd-free beaches to gourmet getaways, are guaranteed to transform your holiday from memorable to magical. So grab your camera, some sunscreen, and leave enough suitcase space for wine bottles. Abandon yourself to the charms of these 10 lesser-known experiences in Spain: 1. Savour alternative tapas culture in Bilbao Consider yourself a tapas connoisseur? Let your...

Jun 6, 2016

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11 European beaches you must see before you die...

11 European beaches you must see before you die

Ah, the beach. The traditional focal point of many a holiday. Sweeping golden sands, fresh sea air and a chance to let all of life’s stresses melt away. But not all beaches were made equal. Some have been blessed with waters so clear, surroundings so dramatic, that they just aren’t like the others. It’s this kind of beach that we dream about at 8am on a rainy Monday morning: the idyllic spot of paradise where emails remain unread...

May 31, 2016

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Post bank holiday blues? Last-minute June deals from £132pp to cheer you up...

Post bank holiday blues? Last-minute June deals from £132pp to cheer you up

Do you have the back-to-work blues after a sunny bank holiday in the garden? Or perhaps you feel hard done by after hearing all about your smug colleagues’ long weekend adventures while you were stuck at home doing the DIY? To raise those dampened spirits, get another break in the diary. To help you get away for less, we’ve searched TravelSupermarket for some of the hottest deals in June. Beach beauties from £132pp Majorca: a sun-drenched classic  How much?...

May 31, 2016

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Unusual and bizarre skyscrapers around the world...

Unusual and bizarre skyscrapers around the world

Plans for London’s second tallest building have been revealed – and it’s made from wood, writes Tamara Hinson. With this in mind, we’ve looked to the skies and compiled a round-up of the world’s most unusual skyscrapers, ranging from the world’s tallest clock tower to a rotating structure in the Kuwaiti desert. Soon-to-be the world’s tallest wooden building: The Oakwood Tower, London Steel and concrete are all well and good, but traditionalists will be pleased to know that...

May 31, 2016

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Swap the sun lounger for a REAL Algarve adventure...

Swap the sun lounger for a REAL Algarve adventure

A sight I never thought I’d see: miles of empty Algarve beach. After a glorious morning of kayaking pristine coastal lagoons – the stillness interrupted only by the flap of flamingos’ wings or a grizzled fisherman collecting clams from traps – I’ve stopped to rest. And I don’t mind admitting I’m feeling rather smug. A gorgeous stretch of golden sand curves off into the distance, its furthest reaches out of sight, and I’ve got it all to myself....

May 24, 2016

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Weird and wonderful ideas for the May bank holiday weekend...

Weird and wonderful ideas for the May bank holiday weekend

Wondering what to do for the upcoming bank holiday? We’ve come to the rescue with some unusual activities and attractions, ranging from a nightclub for kids to an exhibition about underwear. So, ditch the DIY and think differently over the long weekend, writes Tamara Hinson. Take your kids to London’s Ministry of Sound Yes, really. Raves are no longer adult-only events, if this knees up is anything to go by. For a family day out with a difference,...

May 24, 2016

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This summer’s best-value destinations: Where will your pound go further?...

This summer’s best-value destinations: Where will your pound go further?

Uncertainty over Britain’s future within the European Union has helped contribute to fluctuations in the value of the pound against the euro over the course of 2016 so far. The pound’s value dropped to as low as €1.23 in April 2016 from €1.42 in November 2015 (today’s value is €1.30), meaning Brits looking to holiday in Europe could get less for their pound than usual. That’s big news when you’re trying to keep costs down while you’re away. But...

May 23, 2016

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Shakespeare’s Stratford: Walking in the footsteps of the Bard...

Shakespeare’s Stratford: Walking in the footsteps of the Bard

Have you ever said you’re in a “pickle”, have “green-eyed jealously” or called someone “bloody-minded”? Without knowing it, you’re quoting Shakespeare, the world-renowned playwright from Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. The way we communicate today is heavily influenced by the Bard of Avon so, while the 400th anniversary of William’s death is being marked this year, I decided to head to his birthplace and old stomping ground to learn more about what made him tick. Want to do the same?...

May 23, 2016

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9 things you probably didn’t know about Lanzarote...

9 things you probably didn’t know about Lanzarote

With golden beaches, year-round sunshine and just enough nightlife, Lanzarote is a beach-break classic, though you probably already know that this Canary Island is a little offbeat. You might have heard about cave-dwelling blind albino crabs and artfully reimagined volcanic bubbles. Perhaps you’ve clapped eyes on the moon-like landscape around the Fire Mountains of Timanfaya, or held on tight as a friendly camel transports you around the dunes of ash-grey sand. Maybe – just as you’ve pigeonholed the...

May 17, 2016

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Top 10 European cities to visit this summer...

Top 10 European cities to visit this summer

If you’re the type of holidaymaker who prefers the faster pace of city life to endless days spent on the beach, or perhaps you have only a few days to get away this summer, a city break could be the ideal option. Whether you’re after culture galore, beautiful scenery or buzzing bars and restaurants, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to European city breaks – even if you’ve already visited the big-hitters of Paris, Rome and...

May 16, 2016

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European Championships: THE last-minute travel guide for fans...

European Championships: THE last-minute travel guide for fans

We’ve barely had the chance to catch our breath after the most exciting Premier League competition in history and already the European Championships are almost upon us. More than one million visitors from overseas are expected to descend upon France during the tournament, with football fans from all over the continent heading over to cheer on their team. The football festivities kick off on June 10 when the hosts France take on Romania in the opening ceremony and the atmosphere...

May 9, 2016

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The most iconic music locations in Europe...

The most iconic music locations in Europe

The final of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place on May 14, and 42 years after Swedish band Abba won the competition with Waterloo in Brighton, the contest will be held in Stockholm. So, we decided to pay our own little tribute to Europe’s music scene with a round-up of the most iconic music locations, writes Tamara Hinson. Abba: The Museum, Stockholm, Sweden Must-see exhibits at this musical museum include the helicopter which Abba posed in for the...

May 9, 2016

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Bag a bargain! Last-minute sunshine escapes for less than £300pp...

Bag a bargain! Last-minute sunshine escapes for less than £300pp

Not booked your big summer getaway yet? Don’t panic! There are plenty of early sunshine breaks up for grabs at bargain prices. To help with some holiday inspiration, we’ve done the hard work for you and trawled TravelSupermarket to find some of the most tempting deals available. So, escape before the masses and book a last-minute sun escape today. A classic Greek island retreat: Corfu How much? £170pp from London Luton for seven nights Olive groves, rugged mountains and long...

May 9, 2016

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Revealed! How to do Amsterdam with kids...

Revealed! How to do Amsterdam with kids

With its red light district and dope ‘coffeeshops’, Amsterdam might not be the first place that springs to mind for a break with the kids, but this small-scale, manageable city of boats and bicycles, fun museums and outdoor diversions, has much to keep a family blithe and busy. Amsterdammers’ penchant for quirkiness and sense of play adds spice to the mix, writes Rodney Bolt. Where to stay with kids Kids love the off-the-wall atmosphere at Ecomama, with its indoor...

May 3, 2016

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In pictures: 8 places that look like they’re from another planet...

In pictures: 8 places that look like they’re from another planet

Ever dreamed of leaving this world behind and venturing into the great unknown of outer space? Well, it turns out there are some very enticing Earth-bound alternatives until those shuttle services are up and running. These eight extraordinary landscapes right here on this planet have more than a hint of the intergalactic about them, writes Sally Coffey. 1. Lapland, Finland To fully appreciate this mind-boggling collection of snow sculptures you must visit in the depths of Finnish winter...

May 3, 2016

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Revealed! How to do Dubai with kids

Revealed! How to do Dubai with kids

With eight months of glorious weather, beautiful beaches and kid-friendly attractions galore, Dubai is perfect for families. It’s also one of the most expensive winter sun destinations around, but it is possible to holiday here without breaking the bank, writes Lara Brunt. Where to stay with kids Forgo the pricey beach resort in favour of a mid-range hotel with an outdoor pool and free shuttle bus to the beach, such as Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Mall of the...

May 3, 2016

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Revealed! What’s still left for May half term?...

Revealed! What’s still left for May half term?

Glorious May: what are we to do with you? Slap bang in the middle of the year when we should have one thrifty eye cast on our summer holidays, you come along and tempt us with a half term break at the end of the month – oh, how cruel you are. The last chance to get away as a family before summer, May can be a great value option. And the good news? It’s not too late...

Apr 26, 2016

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9 things you probably didn’t know about Las Vegas...

9 things you probably didn’t know about Las Vegas

Sin City’s reputation for debauchery overshadows most of Vegas’ earthy charms. But, boasting a stunning national park, quirky museums, America’s most innovative dining scene, and hopping watering holes well off the Strip, Nevada’s desert gold mine’s underground allure is alive and kicking, writes Michele Bigley. And here’s how it might surprise you… 1. You can eat cheaply For decades, dining in Las Vegas centered around that eponymous all-you-can-eat buffet (definitely an American experience to behold). If you do...

Apr 25, 2016

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Revealed! The cheapest summer city break destination is…...

Revealed! The cheapest summer city break destination is…

There’s nothing quite like discovering the sights, sounds and tastes of a new city; especially when you don’t have to break the bank to do it. And with brighter weather starting to warm up cities all over Europe, the coming months are a great time to get away. So, to help you have a city adventure for less, we’ve rounded up some of cheapest city breaks found over the summer months on TravelSupermarket. To give you an idea of the total cost of your break, we’ve...

Apr 25, 2016

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In pictures: 9 of the biggest and best national parks and gardens worldwide...

In pictures: 9 of the biggest and best national parks and gardens worldwide

There’s something positively calming about the great outdoors. From the meticulously-clipped hedges of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, to the rugged peaks of Yosemite, California, the world is packed full of awesome parks and gardens to lose yourself and your thoughts in for an hour or two. Even Shakespeare himself once mused “the earth has music for those who listen”. And listen we shall, Will. This year, across the pond, America celebrates 100 years of its own magnificent national parks,...

Apr 19, 2016

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Why Ljubljana should be on your city break wish list...

Why Ljubljana should be on your city break wish list

A little-known capital, nestled at the heart of one of Europe’s most underrated countries, Ljubljana is easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. However, after earning the title of European Green Capital 2016 for its meticulous environmental standards and forward thinking approach to sustainability, Slovenia’s biggest city is starting to turn heads; and not just for its approach to recycling. Tourists are now discovering Ljubljana as a destination in its own right, finding an affordable city,...

Apr 18, 2016

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Bargain breaks! How far could your budget take you this summer?...

Bargain breaks! How far could your budget take you this summer?

Recent research from TravelSupermarket revealed that it could actually be cheaper for families to travel to Thailand this summer than Ibiza or Menorca. “That can’t be right!” we hear you cry. But as Brits are turning their backs on previous firm favourites such as Turkey and Egypt, prices to ‘safe’ western Mediterranean destinations such as Spain are rising due to demand. So, it can pay to look for deals a little further afield to get more for your money. To show...

Apr 18, 2016

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9 things you probably didn’t know about Majorca...

9 things you probably didn’t know about Majorca

You might well book your holiday in Majorca dreaming of nothing more than white sand, the turquoise Mediterranean and a never-ending supply of ice-cold mojitos. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but the island has a lot more to offer if you can drag yourself off your sunbed. Hop on a bike and zoom around the mountains, mooch around honey-hued villages, take the train and get off wherever you fancy, go birdwatching in a nature reserve –...

Apr 18, 2016

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10 incredibly glamorous grand old world hotels...

10 incredibly glamorous grand old world hotels

Every day, somewhere, a boutique resort opens, or a swanky steel-and-glass tower for business travellers, or some hipster-friendly hostel. But some of us prefer that tiny elite of unique, stylish, time-honoured hotels that outlive fashions, trends and passing tastes. Why these glamorous old-timers survive is hard to pin down. It might be the building, VIPs who ate and slept there or a novel penned in the bar. For travellers after historical romance – or indeed the honeymoon variety...

Apr 11, 2016

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8 of the best record-breaking city attractions...

8 of the best record-breaking city attractions

If you’ve ever wanted to be lifted 450 feet into the air in a giant glass doughnut, your dreams could finally come true this summer. That’s because Brighton’s newest attraction, the British Airways i360 tower, will become the world’s first moving observation tower when it opens later this year. A what you ask? Well, the concept is simple. A lift-like platform, connected to a narrow metal tube, will shuttle thrill-seeking tourists up to jaw-dropping vistas of the south...