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...

Aug 15, 2016

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How to do the Costa Brava on a budget...

How to do the Costa Brava on a budget

Most holiday destinations have a standout attraction, whether it’s beautiful beaches, lush countryside or top-notch food. Not many can claim to offer all three, but on Spain’s Costa Brava that’s exactly what you’ll find, with miles of spectacular coastline, crystalline waters, fascinating Medieval villages and superb cuisine all on offer. What’s more, enjoying all this needn’t break the bank – prices here are significantly less than you’d pay elsewhere in Europe and there’s plenty to do on a budget, writes Eddi Fiegel....

Aug 12, 2016

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Should I travel to Egypt?

Should I travel to Egypt?

Travel to parts of Egypt from the UK has been difficult for many months now due to the suspension of direct flights from the UK to the popular Sharm el Sheikh area. The suspension was ordered by the UK government following the crash of a Russian Metro aircraft on October 31, 2015. The plane came down in Egypt’s Sinai region and the crash claimed the lives of all 224 passengers. Since then, UK carriers have suspended flights to and from...

Aug 11, 2016

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

9 things you probably didn’t know about Ibiza

Mention Ibiza and certain things instantly come to mind: all-night super-club parties and drunken Brits on stag dos, perhaps with a few nice beaches thrown in. But while the clubbing scene is famous for good reason, there’s a lot more to the White Isle than Space, Pacha, Amnesia and hungover breakfasts the morning after before doing it all over again. In fact, considering the size of Ibiza, the island has an extraordinary amount to offer visitors, from breath-taking scenery...

Aug 11, 2016

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How to do Dubai on a budget

How to do Dubai on a budget

Dubai means seven-star hotels, private butlers and caviar facials, right? Well, yes… and no. The Middle Eastern city may have been named the second-priciest destination in last year’s Post Office survey of sunny getaways, but expats based there reveal you can still enjoy the famously over-the-top emirate on a modest budget. Look hard enough and you’ll find a city bursting with amazing ethnic eats, generous happy hours and even a dash of culture, without a sprinkling of gold leaf in sight,...

Aug 8, 2016

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Last-minute European beach breaks for under £500pp...

Last-minute European beach breaks for under £500pp

As the summer rolls on, Brits up and down the country will be jetting off on a well-deserved holiday. If you had every intention of booking a bargain break back January but never got around to it, you might be worried about checking the prices now in case they shatter your dreams of a last-minute getaway. Well relax! The deals are still there, you just have to know where to look. To put your holiday anxiety at ease, we’ve rounded up eight...

Aug 8, 2016

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A foodie’s guide to the Costa Blanca...

A foodie’s guide to the Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca may be one of the most popular Spanish destinations with holidaymakers and expats, but don’t be fooled into thinking its food scene is all packed tourist traps serving forgettable tapas and familiar British fare, writes Lucy Douglas. The bountiful larders of the Med and fertile farmlands rich with fruit, rice and vegetables provide the fresh ingredients for quality rustic dishes and innovative fine dining alike. At the northern tip of the Costa Blanca, Denía leads...

Aug 5, 2016

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8 incredible challenges around the world...

8 incredible challenges around the world

When a friend told me he was taking on the mighty Camino de Santiago pilgrimage walk, I must admit I was skeptical. Hundreds of walkers attempt a section of this ancient web of routes across France and Spain every year, but he planned to tackle the entire 550-mile hike in one go. It was a long and gruelling journey with demanding terrain, searing heat, blistered feet and exhaustion, but he was rewarded for his hard work with ethereal sunrise walks past the snow-capped Pyrenees and the...

Aug 5, 2016

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Long-haul travel trends: British holidaymakers’ top destinations...

Long-haul travel trends: British holidaymakers’ top destinations

Whether you’re looking to soak up some winter sun or want to fling yourself into a new culture, a long-haul flight is often part and parcel of going on holiday. France and Spain are still the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers by some way, but the number of travellers taking long-haul flights has grown significantly over the last two decades, despite a dip following the 2008-09 recession. In the graphics below, we look at how flights to...

Aug 2, 2016

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How to do the Greek islands with kids...

How to do the Greek islands with kids

With a collection of dolls and teddies lined up next to her on our kitchen floor, my two-year-old regularly declares that she’s off to Paxos on a “boat”. She tells me she’ll swim in the sea when she gets there, catch a fish and then eat ice cream. Praise indeed for a memorable holiday. But how did we make a trip exploring three Greek islands with a two-year-old in tow enjoyable and relaxing? Here’s how to get the basics...

Aug 2, 2016

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Beyond Rio: 7 of Brazil’s best beach destinations...

Beyond Rio: 7 of Brazil’s best beach destinations

From iconic showstoppers such as Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio to lesser-known hideaways nestled in the wild north or on one of its many islands, Brazil’s 4,000-miles of coastline are strewn with glorious, picture-perfect beaches – it’s clear to see why Brazilians are so proud of them. Crowds of gringos will be packing Rio’s famous stretches of sand during the Olympics this year, so we decided to round up some of the other brilliant beaches elsewhere in the country that we’d love to be sunning ourselves on –...

Jul 26, 2016

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How to do Orlando on a budget

How to do Orlando on a budget

A trip to Orlando can quickly become very expensive, with theme park access, accommodation, dining and getting around to think about on top of flights that will already have taken a big chunk out of your holiday savings, writes Tamara Hinson. With that in mind, we’ve put together some top money-saving tips for holidaymakers checking out the world’s theme park capital. Where to stay on a budget If you’re planning to hit the theme parks, consider a hotel which offers...

Jul 26, 2016

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Bag a bargain! UK getaways in August from £10 per night...

Bag a bargain! UK getaways in August from £10 per night

The Telegraph recently published a bucket list of 20 things to do before you die in the UK, featuring some of the most fantastic places to visit in our own country. We decided to search out some super bargains to help you tick off these amazing attractions this summer, starting from just £10 per person, per night. Live it up in London with stays from less than £50 per person, per night Staying for a couple of nights in the capital can be expensive, but book with Travelodge in Covent Garden and you’ll be...

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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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...