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 8, 2016

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7 hotel rip-offs and how to avoid them...

7 hotel rip-offs and how to avoid them

We scrimp and save all year for a big holiday, so that last thing we want is to get fleeced on avoidable costs when we get there. And, even though you’re set for a couple of night’s relaxation, don’t let your holiday good mood cloud your judgement. To help you stay ahead of the game, familiarise yourself with some common hotel rip-offs. Rip-off #1: Mini-bar madness We all love a bit of a splurge on holiday, but there are some areas...

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...

Jan 26, 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 February 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...

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 19, 2016

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The best UK events to perk up your weekends...

The best UK events to perk up your weekends

After a long week of work, Friday slowly rolls around again. “Finally”, you think, “two days of sweet freedom!” Five o’clock strikes and you make a dash for the nearest exit. But in your state of spreadsheet-induced euphoria, you’ve missed one minor detail: you haven’t actually made any plans for the weekend. So another marathon box-set session beckons or perhaps another Friday night at the pub has your name on it? No! Your TV can wait. The UK is...

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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Revealed! How to get the best deals this January...

Revealed! How to get the best deals this January

The annual push by the travel industry for 2016 holidays is here. You can’t escape the sheer volume of advertising that’s hit our TVs, newspapers, billboards and even our online browsing in the last week or so. From our very own cool German Nico with his budgie-smuggling trunks, through to the cutesy Thomson bear, there are lots of offers and brands after your attention. But how do you wade through the sea of bargains to actually find a...

Jan 7, 2016

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The New Year’s travel resolutions you MUST stick to...

The New Year’s travel resolutions you MUST stick to

Every year, we make a list of generic New Year’s resolutions and never stick to them. “I’ll get fit”, “I’ll save more”, “I’ll finally kick my nasty Candy Crush habit.” You know you’re guilty! But, just like the shreds of wrapping paper and empty beer bottles left over from Christmas, they are soon discarded, forgotten about and condemned to the rubbish heap. “This year, I’m going to travel more,” is definitely one of the main culprits. The problem...

Jan 4, 2016

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Do German travellers hold the key to happier holidays?...

Do German travellers hold the key to happier holidays?

Beyond sand, sea and stereotypes, brand-new research by TravelSupermarket has revealed the truth about how German and British people travel – and it may surprise you, writes Anita Isalska. For example, don’t mention the sun-lounger war. German holidaymakers are more interested in having a healthy holiday (29% feel this is important) than reserving their sunbathing spot with a beach towel (just 8% of German holidaymakers admit to doing this). They are also returning home from their trips happier...

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 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 14, 2015

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9 last-minute gifts for the traveller in your life...

9 last-minute gifts for the traveller in your life

Sorry to break it to you, but Christmas is nearly here again. That means less than two weeks left to get all those last presents bought, wrapped and sent off to Santa. Don’t panic though, you’ve still (just!) got time and we’re here to help. Here’s some inspiration on the best travel gifts available this year to get you going, whether you’re buying for a seasoned globetrotter or a casual holidaymaker. 1. Best for gadget addicts: Morphie powerstation mini In days of old,...

Dec 8, 2015

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Bah humbug! 8 places to escape Christmas this year...

Bah humbug! 8 places to escape Christmas this year

While some people love nothing more than traditional turkey dinners, Christmas morning Buck’s Fizz and the Queen’s Speech, others simply want to avoid it. If Yuletide mayhem is not your thing, we’ve got the perfect tonic for you: eight places to where you can escape the chaos of Christmas this year. 1. Christmas shopping with a difference: Marrakech A bustling city of souks, markets and unique craft boutiques, Marrakech offers a welcome respite to the tacky fairy lights and irritating Christmas songs you’ll find on...

Dec 7, 2015

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With bells on! Christmas with the wow factor...

With bells on! Christmas with the wow factor

Bored of cold mince pies and tired pieces of tinsel? Then inject some wow factor into your Christmas with a visit to one of these places, writes Tamara Hinson. We’ve got Christmas trees made from sand, beautiful beachside ice rinks and a Christmas-themed chocolate river (in Dubai, of course). Admire the world’s largest Christmas tree made from sand in Florida Meet Sandi, a Christmas tree made from sand in West Palm Beach, Florida. The ultimate sand castle is...

Nov 24, 2015

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Retail therapy! The world’s best shopping destinations...

Retail therapy! The world’s best shopping destinations

Shopping abroad has a glamour that can’t be matched by pounding the pavements of your local high street. In these heavenly shopping hubs, you’ll want to browse and barter your way from gleaming mega-malls and exclusive designers to late-night markets. Because ‘shop until you drop’ is for quitters, writes Anita Isalska. Best for all that glitters: Dubai Record-breaking skyscrapers, palm-shaped resorts and indoor ski slopes make Dubai a playground for the ultra-rich. But the city-state’s smorgasbord of malls and...

Nov 24, 2015

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How to book a New Year break on a budget...

How to book a New Year break on a budget

New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year. It can also be an occasion where you feel compelled to spend a small fortune to make special. But wait, even if you’re looking to go away, there’s no need to wake up on January 1 regretting a splurge. No matter how late you’ve left booking a break, here are a some handy tips to help you keep the costs down while still enjoying a big end-of-year knees up away...

Nov 23, 2015

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10 of the UK’s cosiest hotels

10 of the UK’s cosiest hotels

The mercury’s plummeted and we’ve all gone into forced hibernation. So a weekend getaway to one of these unbelievably cosy hotels might be just what the doctor ordered, writes Tamara Hinson.  1. Dial House, Bourton on the Water, the Cotswolds Price: From £76.50 per room per night on a bed and breakfast basis This stunning hotel, which dates back to 1698, can be found in Bourton on the Water, which is widely regarded as one of England’s prettiest villages....

Nov 17, 2015

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All-inclusive vs self-catering: The great holiday dilemma...

All-inclusive vs self-catering: The great holiday dilemma

If you’re planning your main 2016 holiday, the chances are you’ll be looking for the best value break for your money. And a common dilemma for holidaymakers looking for the most cost-effective holiday is which board type to go for. Some holidaymakers religiously travel on a self-catering basis in order to keep their costs to a minimum, while others are all-inclusive converts – but which will actually work out cheaper for you? Here we place the board types...

Nov 16, 2015

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10 top holiday bugbears

10 top holiday bugbears

When we go away for a well-deserved break, we like to think it will all be smiles, relaxed times and fun for everyone. But holidays are just like life: they have their annoying bits, too. Oddly enough, studies have been conducted into those annoying bits, showing precisely what we find most irritating about travel. So, we’ve compiled the results of various surveys, thrown in a few anecdotes and distilled the rants of the best travelled types at the TravelSupermarket...

Nov 14, 2015

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The 10 worst holiday blunders to avoid...

The 10 worst holiday blunders to avoid

Booking a holiday is an exciting time – so exciting, in fact, that it’s easy to get carried away and end up making a mistake or two that could spoil your break away. Here, we round up 10 of the worst holiday blunders and how to avoid them. 1. Booking the wrong destination/date In 2014, one couple booked flights to the Caribbean for what they thought was a bargain £800, but were turned away at Birmingham airport because their...

Nov 10, 2015

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7 flight rip-offs and how to avoid them...

7 flight rip-offs and how to avoid them

Finding cheap flights online can sometimes feel like making your way through a rainforest without a map – it’s easy to get lost. Instead of poisonous snakes, hazardous pitfalls and the prospect of starving to death, you’re dodging extra fees and sneaky hidden charges. But don’t fret. We’re here to help you navigate the airfare jungle – think of us like Bear Grylls without the predetermined scenarios. Rip-off #1: Being charged for honest mistakes After hours online searching for the...

Nov 10, 2015

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Nine spectacular winter wonderlands

Nine spectacular winter wonderlands

In search of a winter wonderland for some festive frolics? Tamara Hinson has donned her thermals to find the best places to head to when the mercury plummets 1. Yosemite National Park, California, USA Nearest airport: San Francisco International Airport Average flight time from UK: 11 hours Best time to visit: January The best time to check out this beautiful winter wonderland is January, when visitors are few and far between and the entire park is covered with...

Nov 5, 2015

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Win a holiday to Greece or Spain with our Holiday Flavours Challenge...

Win a holiday to Greece or Spain with our Holiday Flavours Challenge

For many budding foodies, delving into the local culinary scene is one of the best parts of any holiday. Not only can you discover new and exciting dishes abroad, but when you get home, you can try your hand at recreating a few yourself. To celebrate the timeless team of food and travel we are giving you the chance to win a holiday to either Spain or Greece worth up to the value of £500 – it’s time...

Nov 4, 2015

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Why you need to visit Cuba NOW

Why you need to visit Cuba NOW

For years, adventurous American tourists have navigated their way around the US travel ban to get to Cuba’s pristine shores, sample its famous rum and absorb its legendary culture. But, since the back end of last year alone, when Barack Obama and Raul Castro began to extend the diplomatic olive branch, US visitor numbers have started to shoot up and many feel the intriguing island nation will soon change forever. Why go now? We’re not saying that our American cousins are...

Nov 4, 2015

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How to spend two days in Manchester

How to spend two days in Manchester

Manchester is a city that never stays still, and over the last decade the hotel, restaurant and arts scenes have been seriously upping their games. From Batman-themed boutique hotels and original arts festivals to eateries opened by big-name chefs, there’s plenty to grab visitors’ attention in this northern powerhouse. And the capital of the north is enjoying some well-deserved attention from Lonely Planet at the moment after being included in the publication’s round-up of the best places to...

Nov 4, 2015

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Escape the crowds: Alternative holidays to spark your wanderlust...

Escape the crowds: Alternative holidays to spark your wanderlust

Goa’s beaches, New York’s aspirational glitz and Dubai’s wow factor are as alluring as ever. The only problem is, every traveller worth his selfie stick wants to go there. If you don’t fancy queuing for the London Eye or fighting for towel space in Tenerife, broaden your horizons with these destinations: they are less explored but with a similar vibe to the travel A-list. Time to leave your comfort zone, writes Anita Isalska. Weary of London? Lift your...

Nov 3, 2015

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Can’t travel light? Which airline has the best checked-in luggage allowance?...

Can’t travel light? Which airline has the best checked-in luggage allowance?

Low-cost airlines have brought with them the trend of travelling with one piece of hand luggage only, packed to the gunnels. The aim? To avoid paying for checked-in luggage. And travellers have employed increasingly ingenious ways of carrying more on board – although we don’t recommend the antics of boy band member James McElvar. He was the guy who wore 12 layers of clothing recently in an attempt to avoid paying £45 for baggage on an easyJet flight...

Nov 2, 2015

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Seven simple tips to get the best deal on your flights...

Seven simple tips to get the best deal on your flights

With charges for bags, taxes and administration fees, it has become harder to find cheap flights. However, there are still deals to be had if you know where to look and when to book. Just follow our seven simple money-saving tips below to avoid paying over the odds. 1. Timing is key Flights go on sale throughout the year but knowing when to look for them can help you to bag a bargain. Generally, the earlier you book,...

Nov 2, 2015

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Revealed! How to travel in style in economy class...

Revealed! How to travel in style in economy class

Many of us long to get on a plane and turn left into business class, but until we win the Lottery, economy class is where we end up. But don’t despair! While long-haul flights in economy class are no one’s idea of fun, with a few hacks you can turn them into more pleasurable experiences. No, you might not lie flat, but here we give you the inside track on how you can have a meal with a proper...

Oct 28, 2015

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Lonely Planet reveals the “best in travel” for 2016...

Lonely Planet reveals the “best in travel” for 2016

Planning your 2016 holiday and have no idea where to start? Well, lucky for you, the good folks at Lonely Planet have already put together their travel picks for next year, with a few familiar faces going up against some more unusual travel destinations. If the list has inspired you to try somewhere new next year, we’ve put together some fast facts to help you make the most of your trip. Transylvania, Romania Far more than Dracula’s old stomping...

Oct 27, 2015

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Revealed! The cheapest airport to fly from in the UK is…...

Revealed! The cheapest airport to fly from in the UK is…

We receive many comments on our blog from northerners complaining that southerners have far more choice when it comes to airports so it’s always cheaper to depart from London. Yet southerners tend to respond that demand is so high in their area that flights are often nearly sold out resulting in higher prices in the end. So, to put an end to the debate, we’ve done some research to find out who actually gets the cheapest airfares in...

Oct 26, 2015

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How to spend two days in Barcelona

How to spend two days in Barcelona

No matter what your idea of a perfect holiday holds: sightseeing, sunbathing, shopping or simply sitting on café terraces with a glass of cava and a plate of prawns, Barcelona has everything you could possibly wish for, and quite a bit more. Two days won’t seem like enough, but – for all its attractions – it’s a small city, and you can walk almost anywhere, taking in its unique blend of historical and modern architecture as you go,...

Oct 19, 2015

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Suave, stylish, slightly maverick – holiday like a spy...

Suave, stylish, slightly maverick – holiday like a spy

With the UK release of SPECTRE on October 26, the world’s favourite spy is once again set to tackle evil in his own suave, stylish, slightly maverick but ever-so-cool way. It’s an adventure that’s likely to take Britain’s favourite martini drinker all over the world, but even though he’s technically away on work, Her Majesty’s most trusted 00 agent still has to eat, sleep and have a bit of fun. Here’s what we think MI6’s finest got up to...

Oct 19, 2015

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10 fun things to do for under £10 this half term...

10 fun things to do for under £10 this half term

Keeping the kids entertained on the cheap during half term can be a challenge. But being strapped for cash shouldn’t mean you have to be short on ideas. There are plenty of things to see, do and experience this October half term – and not one of our suggestions will cost you more than a tenner. Here are a few ideas for cheap and fun activities during half term: 1. Venture into the great outdoors Okay, so the...