Aug 16, 2017

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Eating your way around Emilia Romagna...

Eating your way around Emilia Romagna

It’s not unusual for parents to plan ahead for their child’s future – starting a savings account or tucking away family heirlooms to inherit when they’re old enough – but in Emilia Romagna, they do things a little differently. The best traditional balsamic vinegar is aged for a whopping 25 years, so if they’ve any hope of giving it to their little one as a wedding present, they’d better get cracking before the kid starts school. Now that’s...

Aug 16, 2017

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The world’s best themed bars

The world’s best themed bars

In June, a pop-up Game of Thrones-themed bar appeared in Washington DC. It’s one of several watering holes dedicated to the hit show, but if you’ve had your fill of iron thrones and tankards shaped like horns, we’ve got some fantastic alternatives for some themed fun, writes Tamara Hinson. 29th Apartment, Melbourne, Australia It’s hardly surprising that 29th Apartment’s biggest fans describe it as a “home from home” because that’s exactly what it’s intended to be. Designed to resemble...

Aug 16, 2017

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Two days in Palma: What to do on a short break...

Two days in Palma: What to do on a short break

Beaches, bars and resorts may be most people’s idea of Mallorca, or perhaps the luxury inland hotels beloved by A-listers, but what most people don’t think of is Palma – at least not as a destination in itself, writes Eddi Fiegel. For the millions of tourists who head to the island every year, Palma is often little more than a landing point for bookending a holiday. But rather than just being home to an airport, the city is...

Aug 14, 2017

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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...

Aug 3, 2017

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Congratulations Carla and Jack! Meet TravelSupermarket’s Winning Micro-moon Couple...

Congratulations Carla and Jack! Meet TravelSupermarket’s Winning Micro-moon Couple

At TravelSupermarket we know how much a perfect getaway means to you – whether it’s a family holiday to Disneyland, a romantic break in Paris, or a honeymoon on a picturesque island. We also know that a wedding day is one of the happiest days of your life, followed by an out-of-this world honeymoon. But, we realise that sometimes in life it’s not always easy to plan a honeymoon, or even to go on one at all –...

Jul 28, 2017

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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...

Jul 28, 2017

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Should I travel to Tunisia?

Should I travel to Tunisia?

Since a spate of horrific terrorist attacks struck Tunisia in 2015, the country has been largely off-limits for Britons. Recent changes in Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice suggests that the country could be about to open up to UK tourism again, although any progress is likely to be slow in this regard. Read on, up-to-date information on the situation in Tunisia. What is the latest advice about travelling to Tunisia? As of 26 July 2017, the Foreign and Commonwealth...

Jul 19, 2017

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Great Britain’s top 10 staycation destinations...

Great Britain’s top 10 staycation destinations

Brits abroad? Not this year. That’s what Travelodge reckons, anyway. A new report from the hotel chain suggests that 55% of British adults will be trading foreign climes for a good, old-fashioned holiday at home in 2017. And why not? Britain is blessed with some cracking coastline, world-class cities and spectacular rural regions. When the weather’s right in the UK (and it does happen occasionally!), it all comes together beautifully. So, without further ado, let’s have a look...

Jul 17, 2017

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Escape Croatia’s crowds in idyllic Istria...

Escape Croatia’s crowds in idyllic Istria

So you’ve done Dubrovnik, been sightseeing in Split, and maybe even cruised the delightful Dalmatian Coast? Guess what – you still haven’t seen Croatia. Head north to the heart-shaped peninsula of Istria – right on the border with Slovenia, and a hop, skip and jump across the Adriatic from Venice – and you’ll find a lot more to fall in love with. Firstly, it’s only two hours – yes, really – from Gatwick to gateway city Pula, and...

Jul 17, 2017

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City and sand combined: Europe’s best urban beaches...

City and sand combined: Europe’s best urban beaches

Fancy a few days in the sun but want something more than a typical beach resort? Some of Europe’s most fascinating cities happen to come with spectacular beaches right on their doorstep, so you can soak up the culture while you top up your tan, writes Mary Novakovich. San Sebastian, Spain This lively city on Spain’s northern Basque coast has one of Europe’s loveliest beaches. The soft sands of Playa de la Concha stretch for nearly a mile...

Jul 17, 2017

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Two days in Nice: What to do on a short break...

Two days in Nice: What to do on a short break

With just a two-hour flight time from the UK, the capital of the French Riviera is the perfect weekend escape when you want sun, sea and a shot of Côte d’Azur glamour. Curving its way around the Mediterranean Bay of Angels, this classy, colourful city sits between sea and mountains, steadfastly unspoilt by the five million tourist visitors that it welcomes every year. The palm-lined Promenade des Anglais that runs between the pebble beach and elegant vanilla, lemon...

Jul 4, 2017

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Exploring Sri Lanka’s hill country by train...

Exploring Sri Lanka’s hill country by train

Our maroon train chugged through the sun-drenched Sri Lankan countryside, past palm trees, forests filled with firs, and wooden huts with bonfires crackling outside, writes Caroline Howley. We hung out of the open door, enjoying the warm breeze and watching the endless greenery sail past, before quickly withdrawing into the carriage as the train entered a stone tunnel. These same trains had once been used to transport colonial-era Brits up to the cooler climes of the tea plantations,...

Jun 15, 2017

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Two days in Naples: Pizza, passion and plenty more besides…...

Two days in Naples: Pizza, passion and plenty more besides…

With its perfect pizzas, passionate people and thousands of battered, beeping scooters, Naples is a delightfully chaotic place. The port city hugs the curve of the Bay of Naples, where elegant boulevards and hectic, twisting alleys sprawl under the ominous shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Italy’s third-largest city was a popular stop on the Grand Tours undertaken by upper-class young chaps in times past, but today it’s noticeably less touristy than the high-culture Renaissance cities of the north –...

Jun 14, 2017

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11 of Spain’s best Blue Flag beaches...

11 of Spain’s best Blue Flag beaches

It’s official: Spain now has more Blue Flag beaches – those that meet the organisation’s high standards of water quality, safety and other environmental criteria – than any other country in the world. Hearing this news, we decided it was high time to root out the best of the bunch in Spain – and with 579 to choose from, that’s no easy feat. However, we’ve given it a bash and here are the ones we feel are worthy of your beach towel. If...

Jun 8, 2017

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Beyond the beach in Cyprus: the Troodos Mountains...

Beyond the beach in Cyprus: the Troodos Mountains

The rugged Cypriot coastline provides some of the most idyllic beaches in the Mediterranean. Paramali Beach in Limassol, Aphrodite’s Rock in Paphos – these are the sorts of relaxing oases that pop up on your friends’ social media feeds and make you weep with envy. But there is a lesser-known, equally stunning part of Cyprus that offers outstanding natural beauty, cultural fascination, and a palpable sense of tradition and heritage: the Troodos Mountains. Platres – home of the...

Jun 3, 2017

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Where should I go for late summer sun?...

Where should I go for late summer sun?

Still not booked your summer holiday this year? If it’s possible for you to go in September, then that’s the perfect time for late bargains, with the sun still lingering in many of Europe’s most popular destinations – and beyond. We’ve rounded up some of the best deals out there for you. All deals depart on September 14 for a seven-night stay – we’ve featured example prices from a range of departure airports, but you can tailor trips to suit...

Jun 1, 2017

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Two days in Lisbon: What to do on a short break...

Two days in Lisbon: What to do on a short break

Ridiculously reasonable for a capital, Lisbon is a thrifty traveller’s dream city – the kind of place where you can order duas cervejas (two beers) and get change from a fiver. Besides being cheap, it’s not bad on the eye, either. A ramshackle charm runs through its steep neighbourhoods, where tall European-style flats vie for space with buildings of remarkable beauty, and every hill-top summit (of which there are many) seems to give way to a staggering view. Oh,...

Jun 1, 2017

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Off the beaten track: Croatia’s best beaches...

Off the beaten track: Croatia’s best beaches

Think of Croatia’s beaches and the first that usually comes to mind is Brač’s Zlatni Rat, with its distinctive V shape that makes it the country’s poster boy for beach holidays. But along Croatia’s 1,800km-long Adriatic coast and its 1,244 islands, reefs and islets, there are plenty of other beautiful beaches away from the well-trodden path where you can dive into some of the clearest waters you’ll see in the world. Mary Novakovich uncovers some of Croatia’s best undiscovered...

May 25, 2017

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How to do Santorini on a budget

How to do Santorini on a budget

There are some places on Earth that a picture simply can’t do justice to, and Santorini is one of them. No matter how beautiful the photo, nothing compares to actually being there for an uninterrupted view over the caldera to the volcanic peak that breaks the inky Aegean waters. And while holidays to Santorini can cost a little more than Greek island stalwarts such as Corfu, Zante and Crete, the breathtaking views alone make it worth it. Add...

May 25, 2017

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Tbilisi opens up: Adventure beckons in Georgia’s capital...

Tbilisi opens up: Adventure beckons in Georgia’s capital

Welcome to Georgia! Have a triple vodka. Polite Brits; punctual Germans; orderly Japanese… national stereotypes are usually a bit ropey, but from the evidence of my first day, it seems the local version – hospitable Georgians – has plenty of substance. I’m wandering down an alley of elegantly-restored wooden balcony houses in the capital, Tbilisi, when I poke my nose through the doorway of one of these typical old dwellings that appears to be halfway through renovation. No sooner have...

May 24, 2017

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Beautiful Bali: 10 of the island’s best “secret” beaches...

Beautiful Bali: 10 of the island’s best “secret” beaches

Thanks to its idyllic setting, rich culture and ancient traditions, Bali has quickly become a long-haul favorite for Brits seeking something a little more exotic from their holidays. The island is famed for its beautiful beaches, most of which are set in stunning locations. While the popular beachside areas of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Jimbaran and Canggu are well-trodden, you only have to go a little further to escape to a world very different from the typical tourist beat. Here,...

May 22, 2017

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Holiday nostalgia hit: Benidorm, Tenerife and more in the 60s and 70s…...

Holiday nostalgia hit: Benidorm, Tenerife and more in the 60s and 70s…

Ah, nostalgia… isn’t it a wonderful feeling?! It makes you feel warm, fuzzy and happy, so it’s not surprising that TV ads these days are crammed with characters from the past and Craig David is playing V Festival this year… Unsurprisingly, holidays are a massive source of nostalgia too. Casting your mind back to a sunny beach, cold cocktail in hand, not a care in the world… who can blame you, really? If nostalgia were a place we could...

May 22, 2017

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Two days in Alicante: What to do on a short break...

Two days in Alicante: What to do on a short break

If you’ve ever thought Alicante was just an airport stop-off, then think again, writes Eddi Fiegel. Every year thousands of British tourists pass through Alicante on their way to holidays on the Costa Blanca, but only a few ever stop to discover the city itself. It’s a mystery why, but it’s definitely our loss, as Alicante can easily hold its own with the best of Spain when it comes to superb tapas and rice dishes, top-notch fine dining,...

May 19, 2017

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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 in the last couple of years, including a failed coup on July 15-16, 2016. The situation is now calmer, 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...

May 15, 2017

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13 most crystal clear waters on earth...

13 most crystal clear waters on earth

Some are lakes, some are oceans, and all are natural. We wouldn’t go so far as to claim this is a list of places to visit before you die, but we would heartily recommend you make a trip to a few while you’re still alive! Come dive into some of the world’s most inviting crystal clear waters. Australian outback The waters in this Australian red rock cave are perfectly clear. The only distortion is caused by ripples from the...

May 11, 2017

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Exclusive all-inclusive: 8 of the world’s most luxurious resorts...

Exclusive all-inclusive: 8 of the world’s most luxurious resorts

Ever wondered how the filthy rich like to holiday? Spoiler alert – it’s with extreme opulence. From exotic private islands to hotels serving up tacos that cost a small fortune, we reveal the lavish resorts where money really is no object… Grand Velas Los Cabos,  Mexico When a resort’s slogan is “beyond all-inclusive, beyond all compare”, you know you’re in for a bit more than free local beer and unlimited ice-cream for the kids. Located on Mexico’s glorious...

May 11, 2017

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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. Please see...

May 10, 2017

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Talking Turkey: Which resort is right for you?...

Talking Turkey: Which resort is right for you?

Whether you’re a culture vulture, a night owl, a thrill seeker or a beach bum, you’ll find something to suit you on Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean shores. Robin Gauldie explores some of Turkey’s most popular areas – which one is right for you? Antalya If you’re looking for huge sandy beaches, guaranteed sunshine, exciting activities and ancient ruins that would impress even Indiana Jones, head for Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. This part of Turkey is great for families, with superb sandy...

May 8, 2017

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

Revealed! The cheapest summer city break destination is…

With brighter weather starting to warm up cities all over Europe, the coming months are a fantastic time to get away. To help you have a city adventure for less, we’ve rounded up some of cheapest city breaks available over the summer months on TravelSupermarket. *Please note: Prices are taken from real booking data between late May and early September 2017 – prices shown are the median price for a hotel stay and a flight, with the average number of nights being 3.5 and...

May 5, 2017

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North Cyprus: The Med’s last unspoiled paradise?...

North Cyprus: The Med’s last unspoiled paradise?

Simon Busch explores one of the few places in the Mediterranean to remain fairly untouched by rampant tourism… so far. My poor little turtle wasn’t getting an easy start in life. It had a misshapen flipper, to start with, probably the result of being squashed against the side of its sandy nest by 100 or so pushy brothers or sisters: inconvenient when you spend most of your life paddling. Not that the odd body shape of this fledgling sea...

May 4, 2017

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How to do Iceland on a budget

How to do Iceland on a budget

With ash-streaked glaciers and thundering waterfalls, Iceland feels wild and remote – but in reality, the country has never been easier to reach, writes Anita Isalska. Budget carriers like easyJet and Wow Air offer direct links to the capital city, Reykjavík, from London and Bristol. Meanwhile some airlines, such as Icelandair, allow free stopovers of up to seven days on various routes between the UK and North America. Travellers on a budget tend to be wary of Iceland:...

Apr 26, 2017

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8 of the world’s best cities for street food...

8 of the world’s best cities for street food

Whether you’re trying a delicious, authentic Turkish kebab or something much further out of your comfort zone in Mexico, snaffling local delicacies is a great way to get to know a new place. Robin Gauldie rounds up a mouth-watering selection of the world’s best street food cities, where you can try out local favourites and often many examples of other countries’ cuisine at the same time. We hope you’ve brought your appetite! Amsterdam, Netherlands The Dutch have their own take on street food,...

Apr 26, 2017

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Stunning Sicily in seven days

Stunning Sicily in seven days

It’s often said that there’s simply too much to see in Sicily, writes George Clode. With its vast wealth of heritage sites, walking trails, quaint villages, and busy towns, it’s easy to become a bit overwhelmed if you’re planning a week’s holiday to this vibrant island. But there’s no need to worry. For starters, you can certainly pack a great trip into just seven days – and after your first trip there’s a good chance you’ll want to head back for more anyway…...

Apr 24, 2017

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Where are Brits heading this summer?

Where are Brits heading this summer?

Still not booked your summer holiday? Don’t worry, there’s still time to get yourself a sizzling deal to suit your budget! If you’re in need of a little holiday inspiration though, read on – we’ve pored over our data to find out what the most popular spots for Brits are this summer. This list is taken from TravelSupermarket’s search data for departures between June and August 2017. Tenerife Time and time again Brits turn to Tenerife for its...

Apr 21, 2017

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10 things to do in Paphos

10 things to do in Paphos

If Goldilocks had to pick one place in the world to go on holiday, she’d probably choose Paphos, writes Katie McGonagle. This Cypriot town is hot but not too hot, lively after dark without attracting a rowdy 18-to-30s crowd, and is the sort of place where you can do as much or as little as you like. Fancy a week at an all-inclusive resort, lying on a sun-lounger with a cocktail in hand? Go ahead. Prefer getting back...

Apr 21, 2017

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10 reasons to visit Amsterdam in summer 2017...

10 reasons to visit Amsterdam in summer 2017

This summer is a fantastic time to visit Amsterdam, with a whole host of new openings and attractions for first-timers and returners alike. Here Tamara Hinson outlines 10 reasons why the city should be part of your travel plans in summer 2017. The Butcher Social Club The Butcher Social Club’s burgers are legendary, although they’re not the only reason to head to Amsterdam’s newest, coolest hangout. Along with an encyclopaedic cocktail menu, there are vintage arcade games, ping pong tables and deliciously...

Apr 21, 2017

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10 things to do in Fuerteventura

10 things to do in Fuerteventura

It’s warm, it has virtually year-round sunshine and there are miles and miles of stunning beaches. What is this magical place? It’s Fuerteventura, just a few hours away from the UK. Whether you’re looking for a family holiday, a surfing adventure or simply to laze away your days on the sand, there’s no shortage of things to do. Eddi Fiegel outlines some of her favourite activities. Sink your toes into sand dunes at Corralejo The harbour town of...

Apr 21, 2017

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How to do Jamaica on a budget

How to do Jamaica on a budget

With its picture-perfect palm trees and golden beaches, you’d be forgiven for thinking you can’t afford Jamaica. Joanna Booth reveals how to holiday on this beautiful Caribbean island without needing to do a Usain Bolt when you see the bill…. Money don’t make you rich – to paraphrase Bob Marley – and it’s a view that’s a little easier to understand when you’re in his home country of Jamaica. This little slice of Caribbean paradise gives a lot without asking for a dime...

Apr 21, 2017

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Island-hopping outside Greece: The Balearics, the Canaries, Turkey and Malta...

Island-hopping outside Greece: The Balearics, the Canaries, Turkey and Malta

When someone mentions island-hopping, your first thoughts might be of the Greek islands in the azure Aegean Sea. However, not all odysseys start and finish in Greece. Robin Gauldie picks out some alternative island journeys, from the Balearics to Turkey. To make ferry bookings, visit TravelSupermarket’s ferries page. Boat around the Balearics This trip combines peaceful Menorca, lively Mallorca, Ibiza with its legendary party scene, and the hippy-chic vibes of tiny Formentera. Start in Menorca, where a vast natural harbour attracted...

Apr 10, 2017

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The African Caribbean: Sun, sand and “no stress” in Cape Verde...

The African Caribbean: Sun, sand and “no stress” in Cape Verde

A relentless gale whips in off the Atlantic, chopping up the surf and firing spray onto the beach. Out on the water, dozens of huge, brightly-coloured kites dart among each other, tearing the surfers who wield them through the waves at high speed. More kitesurfers ready themselves on the white sand, preparing to pit themselves against the elements. It’s a sight that Cape Verde is becoming famous for, with enthusiasts flocking there to enjoy the guaranteed surf. But if you’re not a...