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...

Apr 11, 2016

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QUIZ: Where in the world is this view?...

QUIZ: Where in the world is this view?

So, you fancy yourself as a bit of a traveller do you? Put your knowledge to the test with our inspiring picture quiz. Simply guess where these pictures were taken. How did you get on? Let us know in the comments section...

Apr 8, 2016

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

9 things you probably didn’t know about Tenerife

Yes Tenerife is a popular option with Brits for a year-round sunshine escape, but there’s a whole lot more to the island than beaches, bars and all-day-British-breakfasts, writes Andrea Montgomery. From above the clouds to below the ocean, there are myriad ways Tenerife will surprise you, and here are just a few of them… 1. You can dine in one of four Michelin-starred restaurants Tenerife’s foodie scene is firmly on the up, with ritzy restaurants and gourmet menus...

Mar 31, 2016

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Why NOW is a great time to visit Costa Rica...

Why NOW is a great time to visit Costa Rica

Costa Ricans live by a beautifully simple mantra: pura vida. Roughly translated as “pure life”, it can be used to say hello, goodbye and everything in between, but generally, it just means relax and enjoy life as it comes – a feat that’s not too difficult when you’re on holiday in a place like Costa Rica. The country itself boasts everything from pristine beaches and dramatic rainforests to stunning wildlife, and is very well set up for tourism....

Mar 30, 2016

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Should I travel to Egypt?

Should I travel to Egypt?

As a result of a plane crash on October 31, 2015 in Egypt’s Sinai region that claimed the lives of all 224 passengers, the British government has suspended flights to and from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. The situation left a number of British nationals stranded in Egypt, and, due to the nature of the incident, it may also be causing concern for those scheduled to fly to the popular resort in the coming weeks and months. UK carriers...

Mar 24, 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 June 22, 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...

Mar 19, 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. But, despite the recent terrible explosions in Istanbul on March 19 and January 12, three explosions in the capital Ankara in the last six months and trouble in the wider geographical region, the majority of Turkey remains a safe place for holidaymakers. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not changed its stance on...

Mar 11, 2016

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

You asked: Is it safe to travel to…?

We constantly receive questions on whether it’s safe to travel to places such as Egypt and Turkey. And with 2015 being an unprecedented year for tragic travel incidents, you might be feeling apprehensive about your next trip. So we’ve rounded up advice about the hotspots on your mind. Turkey Turkey’s proximity to Syria and the recent bombings in Istanbul and Ankara have left many Brits concerned about the safety of the country, with the majority of the comments...

Mar 11, 2016

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Wild nights: 10 alternative places to party around the world...

Wild nights: 10 alternative places to party around the world

Revellers from Dublin to NYC are painting the town green for St Patrick’s Day on and around March 17, but you don’t need shamrocks and stout to party hard, writes Anita Isalska. Why not look beyond party favourites such as London, Berlin and Bangkok, and shake your thang to techno, sultry jazz or beachside beats in one of these less-explored cities? Get ready to unleash in one of these 10 alternative party cities. Glasgow, Scotland: Dublin’s cheeky cousin...

Mar 11, 2016

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Bag a bargain! Spring getaways from £99...

Bag a bargain! Spring getaways from £99

Having endured a few weeks of single-figure temperatures and lashing rain, it’s tempting to think about booking a break before summer arrives. Here at TravelSupermarket, we are always giving in to holiday temptation, taking every chance we can for a getaway. Can we inspire you to join our gang with some of the affordable deals we discovered when planning and comparing deals on our website? We found bargain breaks for every budget, so you can get away this...

Mar 7, 2016

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The world’s most colourful festivals...

The world’s most colourful festivals

In a couple of weeks, the festival of Holi will explode into life across India and beyond. But India isn’t the only place where colour takes centre stage in traditional celebrations, so we take you on a trip around the globe to discover the best stunningly bright festivals to put in your travel calendar. Holi, India and Nepal – March The original festival of colour, Holi has become iconic the world over for its ritual powder throwing exploits. As Indians...

Mar 7, 2016

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Revealed! How to do New York with kids...

Revealed! How to do New York with kids

There’s a wow factor that happens when kids look out the window of a plane and see the magical skyline that is New York City. It seems huge and unmanageable, but it’s actually a real toy box of activities for families. New York City is a showplace of the world’s best: a fabulous introduction to great eats, culture and diversity and, without a doubt, fun! The hardest part about planning a trip to New York City is knowing...

Mar 1, 2016

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Bag a bargain! 7 European city breaks for £99 or less...

Bag a bargain! 7 European city breaks for £99 or less

With Christmas long gone and summer still a shimmering spot on the horizon, we’ve arrived at that strange point in the year – a kind of holiday limbo. The big question is do you stick or twist? A quick break now would be oh-so tempting, but there’s the big break in the summer to save for too. If only you didn’t have to break the bank to travel! Well, the good news is you don’t. We’ve scoured the internet...

Mar 1, 2016

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The world’s most spectacular underwater attractions...

The world’s most spectacular underwater attractions

In February, Europe’s first underwater museum was unveiled in the waters off Lanzarote. The museum is a collection of works by sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and the finished work will include statues of a couple taking a selfie and a rubber dingy filled with refugees. It’s a timely reminder that some of the world’s greatest sights can now be found below sea level. Not convinced? Tamara Hinson donned her diving mask to find out more. Il Cristo degli...

Feb 29, 2016

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Revealed! What’s still left this Easter?...

Revealed! What’s still left this Easter?

With less than four weeks until the Easter break, you may think it’s too late to start looking for a trip away. But there’s still plenty on offer if you want to escape from the daily grind. From country cottage retreats to adventures on distant shores, and city breaks to a date with the Pope, we round up some great ideas for last-minute getaways. A classic winter sun escape: Tenerife How much? £401pp for seven nights from Glasgow...

Feb 16, 2016

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Nine of the best ski resorts for a weekend break...

Nine of the best ski resorts for a weekend break

You don’t have to use up all of your holiday to make the most of the ski season, writes Jessica Bown. You can access many of Europe’s best ski resorts within just a few hours. And, with a bit of careful planning, a short break in the mountains can be just as rewarding as a week away. Here’s our pick of the best resorts for weekend skiing… Best for families: La Clusaz, France Nearest airport: Geneva Journey time:...

Feb 16, 2016

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Bag a bargain! 7 sunny beach holidays for £250 or less...

Bag a bargain! 7 sunny beach holidays for £250 or less

We don’t know about you, but the recent cold snap means we’re already counting down to the long sunny days of summer and lazy holidays on the beach. And, the good news is, getting away for a dose of vitamin D doesn’t need to cost a fortune. To help you escape for less, we’ve done some digging to reveal seven early summer deals for less than £250 per person (pp). So, read on and get ready to relax! 1....

Feb 16, 2016

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9 of the world’s most unusual places to spend the night...

9 of the world’s most unusual places to spend the night

Hotels can all look the same after a while. For a getaway with a difference, why not bed down in a boot-shaped hotel or sleep in a capsule secured to the side of a cliff? Trust us – after reading about the following places, that luxury hotel will seem rather boring, writes Tamara Hinson. 1. Wolf enclosure, Polar Park, Norway Price-tag: From £450 per night including breakfast Highlights: Cosy cabin inside wolf enclosure. Visitors can experience a “wolf...

Feb 9, 2016

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Tired of Thailand? Try these 9 alternative long-haul destinations instead...

Tired of Thailand? Try these 9 alternative long-haul destinations instead

Are you daydreaming of new horizons? Stick a pin in a map, grab your passport and don’t look back, writes Anita Isalska. If well-trodden favourites like Thailand, Orlando and Sydney don’t rev your travel engine, these nine lesser-known long-haul holidays are sure to inspire. From Canada to Kerala, these destinations have wondrous wildlife, intriguing cuisines and beaches blissfully free from crowds. Tired of Thailand? Venture to the pure shores of Vietnam Bangkok’s temples, Ko Samui’s warm seas, raucous...

Feb 9, 2016

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Winter warmers! Where’s hot right NOW?...

Winter warmers! Where’s hot right NOW?

The mercury has dropped, the thick socks are out and your commute time has almost doubled due to bad weather. All of which can only mean one thing: time for a cheeky winter sun escape. And, although the UK is currently battling with weather warnings, there are plenty of places all over the world enjoying endless sunny days and warm weather. Some sunny spots are a short flight away, while others require more of an investment in time. But, one thing...

Feb 9, 2016

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9 of the world’s most romantic hotel suites...

9 of the world’s most romantic hotel suites

Planning on treating your other half to a break for Valentine’s Day but not sure where to go? Worry no more, writes Tamara Hinson, because we’ve come to the rescue with our guide to the world’s most jaw-droppingly romantic hotels suites. Galaxy Sanctuary, Jade Mountain, St Lucia Price-tag: From £1,837 per night Highlights: Breathtaking views of St Lucia’s Pitons, enormous infinity pool and “wall-less” room design to make the most of the views Forget about rooms with a...

Feb 2, 2016

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Bid goodbye to Benidorm! 10 of the best alternative beach breaks...

Bid goodbye to Benidorm! 10 of the best alternative beach breaks

Drop the sunblock and back away from that beach towel, writes Anita Isalska. It’s time to seek horizons beyond Benidorm, Majorca and the rest of the beach-lover’s A-list, and we’re brimming with ideas for alternative holidays. Golden sands and periwinkle-blue skies are guaranteed, but you’ll find them on unsung Mediterranean isles, the Black Sea coast and even Albania. Bidding goodbye to Benidorm? Make Croatia’s Riviera your next stop With family-friendly beaches, theme parks and spas, as well as...

Feb 2, 2016

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The cheapest five-star city break is…...

The cheapest five-star city break is…

Us Brits love a bargain. Especially when it comes to getting away. In fact, according to recent research by TravelSupermarket, our holiday choices are often motivated by the cheap deals we can find. Of course, getting away for less doesn’t mean you necessarily want to skimp on the little luxuries that make you feel like you’ve escaped the nine-to-five. Quite the opposite. So, if you like the sound of a five-star city break for a three-star price tag, read...

Feb 2, 2016

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Revealed! How to do London with kids

Revealed! How to do London with kids

It’s the UK’s biggest city and boasts some of the country’s most famous landmarks, from Big Ben and Tower Bridge to the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. And although London is crammed with pricey designer shops, high-end eateries and glitzy nightclubs, it’s also home to hundreds of family-friendly restaurants and attractions, writes Fiona Whitty. The biggest problem is where to start. Allow us to help… Where to stay with kids The three designer-led Nadler Hotels are in great...

Feb 1, 2016

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

Booking now vs booking late: The great holiday dilemma

The Christmas holidays are a long, distant memory and your New Year’s resolution has already become a tedious ordeal. What could possibly pull you from the rigours of a post-festive slump? Why, booking your big summer 2016 holiday, of course. Whether you are planning a week in the sun, a city break for a long weekend or your main family getaway, you will be deluged with advertising shouting about holiday deals and offers. And, of course, getting organised...

Jan 19, 2016

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Where are Brits flocking to this summer?...

Where are Brits flocking to this summer?

The new year might still be in its infancy, but for many Brits it’s already time to start thinking about the long-awaited summer holiday. And with the January holiday sales in full swing, there are plenty of deals up for grabs for super savvy travellers willing to search – those bargains won’t come and find you, you know. So, to help inspire you when planning your summer getaway, we’ve crunched the numbers to find out where Brits are looking to...

Jan 18, 2016

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Bored of Barcelona? Try these alternative city breaks in 2016...

Bored of Barcelona? Try these alternative city breaks in 2016

Look beyond classic city breaks this year, writes Anita Isalska. When you swap a well-known city for somewhere a bit different, you’ll dodge crowds, tap into a new culture and your wallet will purr in contentment. So prise yourself away from Barcelona, Paris and New York – our alternative city breaks are so crammed with culture, gastronomy and nightlife that you won’t look back. Bored of Barcelona? Gorge yourself on Girona’s culture and cuisine For travellers, Barcelona is...

Jan 7, 2016

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Happy birthday, Elvis! 8 music-inspired trips to get you all shook up...

Happy birthday, Elvis! 8 music-inspired trips to get you all shook up

Some legends achieve a fame so great that they never really die: Elvis is one of them. And this year, on January 8, the King of Rock and Roll turned the tender age of 81. In true Elvis style, a big party is taking place at Graceland this weekend to celebrate, complete with birthday cake and tours of the Graceland mansion. While a trip to Graceland has to be one of the greatest musical pilgrimages in the world, he’s not the...

Dec 23, 2015

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Where you HAVE to go in 2016

Where you HAVE to go in 2016

I’m counting down the hours to 2016! My enthusiasm around welcoming in a new year is not due to the desire to end a bad 2015, though. Instead, I’m excited about my annual leave entitlement returning to its full quota so I can get planning my next adventure. If you’re itching to get your next break booked too, here we reveal the destinations you should be heading to in 2016 to ensure you have a great getaway (and...

Dec 22, 2015

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Nine of the world’s wildest New Year parties (and how to see 2016 in twice)...

Nine of the world’s wildest New Year parties (and how to see 2016 in twice)

As the last few days of 2015 make way, it’s almost time to cast a wary eye forward to the New Year – but not before one last big blow out. Whether you greet the New Year with “Hau’oli Makahiki Hou” in warm Waikiki, “Gleðilegt nýtt ár” in freezing Reykjavik or “Feliz Ano Novo” on a Rio beach, there’s a party to suit you somewhere around the world. Or possibly two: you could theoretically fly from one of...

Dec 15, 2015

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9 weird and wonderful Christmas dinners from around the world...

9 weird and wonderful Christmas dinners from around the world

For most of us, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a turkey and a mountain of golden roast potatoes. But elsewhere, it’s a slightly different story, writes Tamara Hinson. We’ve got the low-down on some of the more unusual Christmas Day dinners served up around the world. Fried worms anyone? What? KFC Where? Japan Head to Japan for Christmas and it’s highly likely your festive dinner will be prepared by the Colonel. It all started with KFC’s Kurisumasu ni...

Dec 15, 2015

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Got a spare £33,000? Christmas hotel stays with the wow-factor...

Got a spare £33,000? Christmas hotel stays with the wow-factor

For many people, Christmas consists of a family get together, plenty of turkey and an uncle who always has a bit too much Buck’s Fizz. And, if you think it’s indulgent to squeeze in one extra mince pie on Christmas Day, think again! From elephants and private butlers to waking up with an enviable view of the Eiffel Tower, here’s where some the wealthiest travellers will be celebrating Santa’s arrival this year. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel New York, New...

Dec 15, 2015

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Britain’s best New Year’s Eve celebrations...

Britain’s best New Year’s Eve celebrations

Got no plans for New Year’s Eve yet? Don’t worry! There’s plenty going on across the UK – and you don’t have to pay a fortune to enjoy it. We’ve picked out some of this year’s best best New Year’s events, so look out for celebrations near you and get ready to link arms and start the countdown… London – see the fireworks for free For the last two years, London’s famous New Year’s Eve firework display has been ticketed due...