May 27, 2016

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Road trip sweets: which is the nation’s favourite car journey treat?...

Road trip sweets: which is the nation’s favourite car journey treat?

So you’re off on a long car journey. You’ve managed to get everybody into the car, skilfully packed the boot, picked the music and found something to occupy the kids for, oh, about 30 seconds. And of course you’ve bought a bag of your favourite travel sweets to pass round. Whether it’s your own set of wheels or a hire car on holiday, a road trip just isn’t complete without a few sweet treats close at hand. But...

May 24, 2016

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

Weird and wonderful ideas for the May bank holiday weekend

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

May 24, 2016

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

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

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

May 23, 2016

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

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

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

May 23, 2016

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

9 things you probably didn’t know about Lanzarote

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

May 17, 2016

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Top 10 European cities to visit this summer...

Top 10 European cities to visit this summer

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

May 16, 2016

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Airline food: The best things to eat at 30,000 feet...

Airline food: The best things to eat at 30,000 feet

Now you can get a head start on indulgent holiday vibes and start your break feeling tip-top by jumping on the latest traveller trend: packing your own delicious plane food, writes Emma Ledger. Venerable luxury-grub purveyor Fortnum & Mason is leading the way with the launch of ‘onboard dining’ hampers from their store at Heathrow Terminal 5. Holidaymakers can choose from five menus designed to taste good when travelling above the clouds. They include some of Fortnum’s most...

May 16, 2016

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

European Championships: THE last-minute travel guide for fans

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

May 9, 2016

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Your essential checklist when hiring a car...

Your essential checklist when hiring a car

Renting cars abroad has been popular with Brits for generations and having the freedom to explore the open road can really turn a holiday into an adventure. But renting a hire car can be a bit of a headache if you don’t plan properly. Time and time again, we hear from holidaymakers who’ve been caught out and ended up footing the bill for something they could have avoided. So, to prevent this being you, we spoke to a number of experts in...

May 9, 2016

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The most iconic music locations in Europe...

The most iconic music locations in Europe

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

May 9, 2016

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

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

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

May 9, 2016

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Revealed! How to do Amsterdam with kids...

Revealed! How to do Amsterdam with kids

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

May 3, 2016

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

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

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

May 3, 2016

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Revealed! How to do Dubai with kids

Revealed! How to do Dubai with kids

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

May 3, 2016

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

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

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

Apr 26, 2016

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

9 things you probably didn’t know about Las Vegas

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

Apr 25, 2016

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

Revealed! The cheapest summer city break destination is…

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

Apr 25, 2016

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

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

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

Apr 25, 2016

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11 shockingly delicious tapas to try before you die...

11 shockingly delicious tapas to try before you die

Multi-hued, many-flavoured, dangerously moreish (and sometimes Moorish), and magnificent with a glass of Rioja or a chilled caña de cerveza (beer), tapas are the humblest and finest expression of Spanish gastronomy, writes Chris Moss. Every country has finger food, but few take it quite as seriously as Spain does. Tapas are the way talented chefs explore the extraordinary variety of the Spanish kitchen – and as a diner you can do the same, without ever having to leave...

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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Am I entitled to compensation for a delayed flight?...

Am I entitled to compensation for a delayed flight?

No-one wants their flight to be delayed and we receive regular questions from readers about how to tackle the claims process following travel disruption. So, to help you if your flight is delayed, our handy guide simplifies your legal rights and explains what compensation you might be entitled to, as well as how you would go about claiming it. My flight is delayed – does my airline have to look after me? If you are travelling from a European...

Apr 10, 2016

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Why I’m now a holiday park convert

Why I’m now a holiday park convert

When you’re on holiday with a toddler, the simple things in life suddenly become more important:  sleep, stress-free meal times, and activities that put a smile on everyone’s face. And that’s why, for the first time in my adult life, I decided that a holiday park was the place for our family summer holiday. We’d never been on a campsite with our one-year-old before, so I was slightly nervous – but here’s why I’d recommend it. We enjoyed...

Apr 10, 2016

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11 things you probably didn’t know about holiday parks...

11 things you probably didn’t know about holiday parks

Think holiday villages are all about cramped caravans, cabaret shows and freezing cold shower blocks? Think again! Thanks to a huge makeover in 2015, Butlins Minehead resort has more in common with a luxury hotel, and here are some others which are a world away from the holiday villages of yesteryear, writes Tamara Hinson. 1. They don’t all look the same Butlins Minehead, Somerset, UK Our favourite part of the Butlins Minehead makeover last year? The rainbow-hued chalets,...

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...

Apr 5, 2016

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Forget Oktoberfest! 9 of the best worldwide beer festivals...

Forget Oktoberfest! 9 of the best worldwide beer festivals

Oktoberfest is the undisputed heavyweight champion of beer festivals – there’s no denying that. But it’s not the only big beer festival in the world. Not by a long shot. Our planet is full of pale ales, pilsners, craft lagers and stouts; you just have to be willing to seek them out. Whether you missed out, went last year or just want a new location for your beer-inspired break, here are some of the biggest and best alternatives...

Apr 4, 2016

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7 tips for slashing your costs on a city break...

7 tips for slashing your costs on a city break

With budget airlines offering £19.99 flights to somewhere in Europe that it would have taken our ancestors a month to reach in a horse and cart, city breaks can sound pretty tempting these days. Until, that is, you start to factor in accommodation, eating out, transport, entrance fees, spending money… suddenly it all starts to seem less affordable. The trick, though, is to stay cost-conscious throughout every stage of your journey. We’re not talking a Scrooge’s holiday here – in...

Mar 31, 2016

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What could a Brexit mean for our holidays?...

What could a Brexit mean for our holidays?

Despite all the political posturing and scaremongering surrounding the Brexit debate, very few clear-cut arguments to stay or go have been put forward so far. However, in terms of travel and what a Brexit could do to our holidays, there are a few things to consider in the lead up to June’s referendum. From consumer rights to the cost of a holiday, some things could change if the UK were to leave. So, with less than three months left...

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 21, 2016

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Bag a bargain! UK spring escapes for £99 or less...

Bag a bargain! UK spring escapes for £99 or less

After a long, cold winter, the weather is getting warmer, the days longer and the sun is starting to put his hat on more often – spring has finally sprung in the UK! And when the weather is good in Great Britain, it really does take some beating in terms of good value, beauty-filled short escapes. We’ve really got the lot right here in our back garden. So, if you’re yearning for a sneaky, guilt-free getaway, we’ve rounded...

Mar 21, 2016

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10 reasons to read your travel insurance small print...

10 reasons to read your travel insurance small print

You’ve spent weeks planning your holiday, weighing up all of the options to find the perfect break for you. You’ve finally booked. Now what? It’s time to buy your travel insurance. OK, so this might not be the most exciting part of your getaway but it is essential to take out a comprehensive policy as soon as you book so you’re covered for everything from medical costs and lost possessions to cancellation. And  it’s a false economy to simply opt for...

Mar 21, 2016

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12 of the UK’s most unusual and unique places to stay...

12 of the UK’s most unusual and unique places to stay

From a green bus in the middle of a field to a fort in the middle of the ocean – take your pick from these weird and wonderful accommodation options, writes Simon Heptinstall. 1. A water tower Where: Sandringham, Norfolk How much: From £500 for four nights (sleeps four) Queen Victoria had this 60ft (18m) octagonal water tower built on the edge of her Sandringham Estate, topped by a 32,000-gallon (145,500-litre) cast-iron water tank and viewing platform. Now you,...

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...