Jun 21, 2017

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Themed hotel rooms that the kids will love...

Themed hotel rooms that the kids will love

The summer holidays are just around the corner, and a number of hotels have recently launched themed hotel rooms designed specifically for younger guests. Tamara Hinson rounds up some of her favourite kid-friendly crash pads… Stayokay Miffy Suite, Stayokay Hostel, Utrecht, Holland Located just a few metres from Utrecht’s Miffy Museum, Stayokay’s Miffy suite is a tribute to the cute white bunny created by illustrator Dick Bruna, who lived nearby. Step inside this four-person room and you’ll find Miffy-themed...

Jun 21, 2017

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When is the best time to buy holiday money?...

When is the best time to buy holiday money?

The pound is in a bit of a state right now. Brexit uncertainty and the UK’s current state of political turmoil have caused its value to drop significantly, leaving Brits going abroad with considerably less spending power than they would have had a few years ago. Yet it’s not all doom and gloom – if you’re reading this, the chances are you’re about to go on holiday soon, so chin up! If you’re savvy and willing to put a bit of...

Jun 15, 2017

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

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

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

Jun 14, 2017

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

11 of Spain’s best Blue Flag beaches

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

Jun 8, 2017

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

Beyond the beach in Cyprus: the Troodos Mountains

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

Jun 7, 2017

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The situation in Qatar: will it affect my travel plans?...

The situation in Qatar: will it affect my travel plans?

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen have all severed ties with Qatar following allegations that the country backs certain Islamist terrorist groups. Qatar has denied these allegations, but the current political situation is affecting air travel in the region and beyond. As a result of this event, a number of airlines have indefinitely suspended flights to Doha, the capital of Qatar. The above countries have also closed their airspace to Qatar Airways,...

Jun 7, 2017

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From Absinthe to Whisky: the world’s best distilleries you can visit...

From Absinthe to Whisky: the world’s best distilleries you can visit

Fancy yourself as a bit of a cognac connoisseur, a true aficionado of Cuban rum and Mexican tequila, or a good ol’ sour-mash-sippin’ boy from Tennessee? Robin Gauldie’s guide showcases some of the best distilleries around the world where you can sample your favourite tipple in the place it’s produced. Absinthe – Prague, Czechia Mystique and ritual are part of the absinthe experience, and Prague is the world’s absinthe capital. The Absintherie is the place to sample the ‘green fairy’ for the...

Jun 6, 2017

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What does travel insurance cover you for?...

What does travel insurance cover you for?

Lots of us take out a travel insurance policy simply because we know we’re supposed to have it when we go on holiday, buying the cheapest insurance available and not giving it a second thought once it’s purchased. Unfortunately, this can lead to problems down the line – if you don’t fully understand your policy and pick the right one, you could end up without adequate cover. To avoid any unpleasant discoveries about your travel insurance policy, here we...

Jun 3, 2017

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

Where should I go for late summer sun?

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

Jun 2, 2017

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Avoid driving licence confusion when hiring a car...

Avoid driving licence confusion when hiring a car

New rules came into force on June 8, 2015 as the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) abolished the paper counterparts to our driving licences. This has led to a few small changes to the way we rent cars: here’s what you need to know. What changed? The DVLA effectively scrapped paper licences. It no longer issues or updates the paper licence counterpart for everything from motoring offences to what types of vehicle you can drive. All details are now...

Jun 1, 2017

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

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

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

Jun 1, 2017

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

Off the beaten track: Croatia’s best beaches

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

May 25, 2017

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How to do Santorini on a budget

How to do Santorini on a budget

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

May 25, 2017

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

Tbilisi opens up: Adventure beckons in Georgia’s capital

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

May 24, 2017

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

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

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

May 22, 2017

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

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

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

May 22, 2017

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

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

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

May 12, 2017

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How to beat travel sickness – expert tips revealed...

How to beat travel sickness – expert tips revealed

Motion sickness, travel sickness, sea sickness… this traveller’s scourge goes by many names, but it’s the same outcome no matter what you call it. One minute, you’re mid-journey, halfway through your 4th episode of Call the Midwife; the next, it’s a mad dash for the little paper bag. It can strike anyone, at any time, without warning and, if you’re a regular traveller, it can be a complete nightmare to deal with. So why does it happen and, more...

May 11, 2017

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

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

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

May 10, 2017

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

Talking Turkey: Which resort is right for you?

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

May 8, 2017

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

Revealed! The cheapest summer city break destination is…

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

May 5, 2017

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

North Cyprus: The Med’s last unspoiled paradise?

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

May 4, 2017

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How to do Iceland on a budget

How to do Iceland on a budget

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

May 3, 2017

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Tips for holidaying and flying with babies and toddlers...

Tips for holidaying and flying with babies and toddlers

Holidays are a welcome break from the daily grind, and a time to really recharge those batteries. Or, if you’re a new parent, that’s what they used to be – getting to grips with travelling with a little one in tow is a full-on and challenging experience, writes Beci Wood. Travel has been my passion for as long as I remember, and I was determined to continue that when I became a mother, despite the challenges I knew would arise....

Apr 26, 2017

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

8 of the world’s best cities for street food

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

Apr 26, 2017

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Stunning Sicily in seven days

Stunning Sicily in seven days

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

Apr 24, 2017

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Where are Brits heading this summer?

Where are Brits heading this summer?

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

Apr 21, 2017

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How to do Jamaica on a budget

How to do Jamaica on a budget

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

Apr 21, 2017

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

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

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

Apr 12, 2017

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How do exchange rates work?

How do exchange rates work?

Currency exchange rates are part and parcel of holidays abroad. But have you ever wondered how exchange rates work? Having a better understanding of exchange rates could help you get a better deal on your holiday money. Jargon such as ‘market rates’ and ‘spreads’ can make currency exchange seem like a more complicated beast than it really is – strip away the lingo, and it’s all much more simple. So, what are exchange rates? When you exchange one country’s...

Apr 12, 2017

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Plane scary: The world’s most dangerous airports...

Plane scary: The world’s most dangerous airports

Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, once mused that any landing you can walk away from is a good one. We wonder what he’d make of these hair-raising descents! Princess Juliana International Airport, Saint Martin Ever tried sunbathing beneath a landing aircraft? Well, in Saint Martin you can – although it’s not advisable! Planes descending into Princess Juliana International Airport come incredibly close to Maho Beach at the bottom of runway, allowing thrillseeking beachgoers to stand...

Apr 10, 2017

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

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

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

Apr 7, 2017

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

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

Venice is the ultimate romantic trip away. It’s got fine Italian wine, gorgeous food, enough art and architecture to feel cultured without even trying, plus every water taxi ride is like a scene from a James Bond film – wind in your hair, partner by your side, surrounded by one of the most beautiful cities in the world (even if you don’t have the Bond body to go with it). Better still, it’s only a two to three-hour...

Apr 6, 2017

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10 things to do in Cancun

10 things to do in Cancun

It’s Mexico’s favourite party town, packed with all-inclusive resorts that many visitors never feel the need to leave, writes Anthea Gerrie. But those who confine themselves to their compounds are missing out; Cancun is on the doorstep of spectacular Mayan ruins, a world-class diving reef and freestanding pleasure palaces worth shelling out the price of a drink for to enjoy the fabulous setting. Mexico has made it easy for tourists to get from Cancun to its neighbouring islands...

Mar 31, 2017

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La La Land uncovered: Two days in Los Angeles...

La La Land uncovered: Two days in Los Angeles

Thanks to countless supporting roles in a million movies, Los Angeles has become one of the world’s most familiar cities: you know it, even if you’ve never been. Blockbuster La La Land recently took us back to LA, its streets and iconic landmarks the setting for a story that typifies the City of Angels’ knack for drawing in the world’s dreamers. But there’s so much more to LA than the movie biz, even if it plays a big part...

Mar 31, 2017

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Summer city breaks for under £150pp

Summer city breaks for under £150pp

Ah, summer in the city – the parks begin to fill, al fresco dining becomes the norm, and merry punters spill out of cafes and bars seeking the last few rays of the day. We’ve had a dig around for deals and found some incredible prices to a few of Europe’s best cities during the summer months. Fancy a bargain? All prices were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.   Berlin from London, June 26-28 – from...

Mar 31, 2017

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Secret Costa del Sol: How to escape the tourist trail...

Secret Costa del Sol: How to escape the tourist trail

If you’re looking to escape the tourist trail, the Costa del Sol might not seem an obvious choice. However, despite the fact that this has long been one of Britain’s favourite parts of Spain, inland from the clamouring Costa itself there’s a hidden hinterland heaving with hazy sierras, cork forests, orchards filled with almond blossom and spectacular gorges. You’ll also find Moorish towns, unspoilt villages with exceptional tapas, wonderful walking trails and lakes and beaches, with barely a Brit...

Mar 30, 2017

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10 things to do in Gran Canaria

10 things to do in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is a small island with big ambitions, writes Katie McGonagle. It’s often called a mini-continent thanks to its weather – with five micro-climates, it’s almost guaranteed that if it’s raining in one area, the rest of the island will be basking in blue skies – but it has more than just sun and sand going for it. This is the island that launched Christopher Columbus on his voyage to the Americas, and it’s also home to one...

Mar 28, 2017

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Snakes, nuts and wet Frenchmen: 7 extraordinary flight delays and diversions...

Snakes, nuts and wet Frenchmen: 7 extraordinary flight delays and diversions

It’s hard to see the funny side of a flight delay, and harder still if your plane has to land halfway through your flight due to something going wrong. But sometimes these things happen – and sometimes the reason is so utterly ridiculous, the only thing you can do is smile! Take, for example, the British Airways flight that was delayed at Gatwick airport recently. The reason? No, there was no suicidal pigeon or angry Icelandic volcano to...

Mar 27, 2017

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10 things to do in Crete

10 things to do in Crete

As the largest of all the Greek islands, it’s safe to say that Crete is a holiday destination that comfortably ticks all the boxes, mixing acres of mountainous countryside and a sandy 650-mile coastline with a rich history stretching way back to the myths and legends of ancient Greece. Fast-forward 9,000 years and Crete is a popular holiday destination for everyone from history buffs and active explorers to party-hard groups and fun-loving families. Roxanne Wells gives us a run-down...