Sep 22, 2016

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How to have fun in the Dominican Republic...

How to have fun in the Dominican Republic

Those looking for Caribbean luxury for less flock to the Dominican Republic (DR), where a combo of sun, sea, sand and pampering doesn’t break the bank. To fly and flop, though, is to miss out on the country’s unsung offerings. The DR is scenically spectacular, packed with outdoor pursuits, watersports, cultural activities and historic sites that span prehistoric to colonial eras. Jo Cooke explores the fun side of the Dominican Republic. Show me the beach, baby! You can’t fail...

Sep 21, 2016

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8 common holiday scams and how to deal with them...

8 common holiday scams and how to deal with them

Every year, unsuspecting holidaymakers are taken for a ride by unscrupulous scammers, who use a whole host of tricks to dupe their prey. Once you know what you’re looking for though, it’s much easier to spot a con coming. Here we’ve rounded up eight of the most common scams used against tourists to help you avoid an unwelcome holiday experience. 1. Broken meter in taxi Don’t get taken for an overpriced ride The scam: After you ask the cost, the driver gives you...

Sep 15, 2016

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How to do the Maldives on a budget

How to do the Maldives on a budget

The Maldives is the epitome of luxury travel, but don’t count it out if you’re on a less-than-lavish budget. With a bit of know-how, these Indian Ocean islands are more affordable than you might think, writes Katie McGonagle. Mention ‘the Maldives’ and most people’s minds go straight to images of over-water villas perched on wooden stilts above a clear, turquoise sea. Bonus cliché points if there’s an untouched stretch of soft white sand in the background, a few...

Sep 14, 2016

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The best of the UK’s great outdoors...

The best of the UK’s great outdoors

From vast national parks and glorious lochs to the stunning coastal regions that skirt its isles, the United Kingdom is blessed with an incredible landscape. These areas are ripe for exploring, and while it would be almost impossible to cover off all of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s outdoor adventures, we’ve rounded up a snapshot of our favourites. England England’s many national parks make it an excellent country for hiking all year round. The Lake District and the Peak District might be...

Sep 12, 2016

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Luxury for less in Thailand

Luxury for less in Thailand

With its white sands, turquoise seas and fascinating culture, it’s little wonder that tourists from all over the world flock to Thailand year after year. What many of them might not realise, however, is that you don’t have to share a backpacker dorm on Khao San Road to avoid breaking the bank – head to the Land of Smiles in low season (May to October), and five-star luxury is on offer for a fraction of peak season prices. Not...

Sep 8, 2016

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10 of the best autumn city breaks

10 of the best autumn city breaks

As the post-summer blues kick in, autumn presents the perfect opportunity to get over it by getting your holiday fix with a quick city break. With that in mind we’ve rounded up ten cracking cities, both across the pond and closer to home, that really come into their own as temperatures cool and the leaves start to turn. 1. Paris Paris is a classic city break destination, and after a hot and sleepy August, the city comes alive again...

Sep 7, 2016

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Cheap breaks for couples without kids...

Cheap breaks for couples without kids

The summer holidays are over and once again people without children can rejoice – now that the nation’s kids are back at school, prices in the travel industry are dropping back to their normal, cheaper levels, so if you’re after a late summer escape, now is the time to get looking. Whether you’re after a bit of late summer sun or a quick city break, we’ve rounded up some bargains to suit any couple’s budget. Prague, Czech Republic: 4 nights for £231pp The deal: Flying from London...

Sep 5, 2016

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Beyond Cancún: Great resorts in Mexico...

Beyond Cancún: Great resorts in Mexico

Cancún – the colourful east coast resort which has put Mexico on the holiday map – is easy for Brits to reach and awash in tropical-themed party palaces. But go a little further afield and you’ll discover lesser-known resorts with fewer skyscrapers and more charm on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, or consider flying to the west coast to discover the more mature Pacific resorts which have been drawing fans for more than 50 years, writes Anthea Gerrie. Compare cheap holidays...

Aug 30, 2016

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9 European beach spots for late summer sun...

9 European beach spots for late summer sun

With the crowds retreating and the weather still warm in destinations around the Mediterranean and beyond, September is a great time to fly away for a relaxing beach break, writes Clare Walsh. We’ve picked out nine of the best beach resorts in Europe where temperatures remain high enough for you to laze about comfortably on the sand – while everyone back home starts wrapping up. Tenerife, Spain Average September Temperature: 23°C With temperatures still sizzling well into September, Tenerife makes an ideal getaway....

Aug 25, 2016

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Secret France: How to escape the tourist trail...

Secret France: How to escape the tourist trail

Start counting the reasons why France is the world’s most visited country and you very quickly lose track, writes Mary Novakovich. Its popularity is obvious – the beaches, the food, the landscapes, the culture, the mountains, the sheer joie de vivre of life in France. But learning these French secrets will steer you away from the tourist trail and help you reveal some of the country’s lesser-known experiences. Compare cheap holidays in France Walk along Paris’s Promenade Plantée New York...

Aug 23, 2016

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City break deals for under £99pp

City break deals for under £99pp

Which city are you most keen to tick off the list? Prague, Berlin and Madrid are just three of the top-notch destinations that are currently coming in at under £99 per person for two nights, including flights, proving that September is a cracking time to explore somewhere exciting. As well as those we’ve picked out below, there are loads of similar deals to be had in Europe’s other top destinations, so have a search yourself and you could be discovering a...

Aug 19, 2016

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Secret Italy: How to escape the tourist trail...

Secret Italy: How to escape the tourist trail

Italy’s mix of world-class cities, heavenly landscapes and superb cuisine is irresistible, writes Mary Novakovich. But you don’t have to follow the well-worn tourist trail to have an unforgettable holiday. These Italian secrets – from hidden beaches to home cooking – will make you fall under Italy’s spell and discover lesser-known sides to this marvellous country. Compare cheap holidays in Italy Head south to Calabria’s beaches While Puglia hogs the spotlight, rugged Calabria is the unsung beauty of...

Aug 17, 2016

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Last-minute bank holiday deals

Last-minute bank holiday deals

This bank holiday would you like to stay at home, sorting out your life admin and catching up on household chores, or would you prefer a trip away? We think we know the answer already – you plan to use that extra day to swan off somewhere exotic and leave everything else for a rainy day. So, for those of you who choose departure over DIY, we’ve searched TravelSupermarket for some of the hottest deals over this August bank holiday. Summer in...

Aug 16, 2016

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Great ideas for days out this August bank holiday...

Great ideas for days out this August bank holiday

Wondering how to keep yourself busy over the August bank holiday? Tamara Hinson has scoured the country to find the most interesting free and cheap events on offer, from taking a tour of Concorde to getting muddy at the World Bog Snorkelling Championships. Satisfy your need for speed in Cardiff When: August 28 and 29 How much: Free More info: p1superstock.co.uk This bank holiday, Cardiff Bay is set to be the backdrop as it hosts the P1 powerboat and jet-ski championships for the third time, with eleven powerboats...

Aug 15, 2016

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

How to do the Costa Brava on a budget

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

Aug 11, 2016

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How to do Dubai on a budget

How to do Dubai on a budget

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

Aug 10, 2016

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10 of Britain’s best regional foods – and where to try them...

10 of Britain’s best regional foods – and where to try them

Britain has no shortage of weird and wonderful local dishes. But where can you try them in style? From Cornish Yarg to Scottish haggis, Tina Lofthouse rounds up the best places to enjoy 10 of the tastiest regional foods in Britain. Laverbread, Wales Nicknamed Welshman’s caviar, laverbread is seaweed that’s been boiled for hours and minced into a paste. It’s often served for breakfast where the laverbread is mixed with oatmeal, turned into a patty and fried. The Pembrokeshire Beach Company, however,...

Aug 8, 2016

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

Last-minute European beach breaks for under £500pp

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

Aug 8, 2016

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

A foodie’s guide to the Costa Blanca

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

Aug 5, 2016

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8 incredible challenges around the world...

8 incredible challenges around the world

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

Aug 4, 2016

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

7 hotel rip-offs and how to avoid them

A big holiday can quickly become very expensive, so the last thing you want is to shell out on avoidable costs when you get there. Even though you’re set for a some serious relaxation time, 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 you should try to avoid. Rip-off #1: Mini-bar madness We all love a bit of a splurge on holiday, but there are some areas where the...

Aug 2, 2016

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How to do the Greek islands with kids...

How to do the Greek islands with kids

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

Aug 2, 2016

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

Beyond Rio: 7 of Brazil’s best beach destinations

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

Aug 2, 2016

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

Revealed! How to travel in style in economy class

How many times have you boarded a plane and walked through the business class section to find that your seat in economy is not one of those wide, spacious, comfy-looking reclining spots at the front of the plane, but instead resembles a battery farm cage? Your meal looks like it’s made of plastic, the blanket is wafer thin and the size of a flannel, and the entertainment system is broken – ring any bells? Most of us have been there, but don’t...

Aug 1, 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...

Jul 29, 2016

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Edinburgh Festival survival guide: 10 ultimate insider tips...

Edinburgh Festival survival guide: 10 ultimate insider tips

There’s only one place in the world to be in August, and that’s Edinburgh. Home to the world’s largest arts festival, the city’s population doubles as people flock to experience comedy, theatre, dance and almost every other type of performance imaginable, writes Owen O’Leary. The Edinburgh Festival actually comprises six events taking place in the city this month. The daddy of these is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Aug 5-29), an anarchic, sprawling celebration of the arts that takes...

Jul 26, 2016

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Travel apps to simplify your trip this summer...

Travel apps to simplify your trip this summer

Gone are the days of hauling around gigantic maps and dog-eared guide books; we now have everything we need at the touch of a button on our smartphones. Some say our increasing digital reliance has taken the adventure out of travel (although of course those people are welcome to head off without any assistance!) but many others love how technology has made planning and taking a holiday so much simpler. To help you improve your trip, we’ve put together a selection of essential apps – some...

Jul 26, 2016

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Surfing in the UK – expert advice for beginners...

Surfing in the UK – expert advice for beginners

Despite our island’s long coastline, surfing probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Great Britain. However, environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage estimates there are 500,000 regular surfers in the country – and after a wave of recent interest, thousands more are eager to get into the water to catch their first break. So, with staycations at an all-time high this year and the weather finally starting to heat up, it seems to be a great time to...

Jul 19, 2016

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5 reasons you need travel insurance

5 reasons you need travel insurance

Two fifths of Brits have admitted to going on holiday without a travel insurance policy in place, according to our research. By doing so they are leaving themselves open to a range of risks that could be mitigated simply by spending a few pounds on a travel insurance policy. Here are five reasons you should never go on holiday without travel cover. 1. You’ll avoid hefty medical bills Here in the UK we are fortunate enough to generally only...

Jul 18, 2016

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Lowcost Travel Group collapse – what are your rights?...

Lowcost Travel Group collapse – what are your rights?

On July 15, 2016, Lowcost Travel Group (LCTG) announced its collapse due to the “recent and ongoing turbulent financial environment”. The news has thrown thousands of holidaymakers’ summer plans into jeopardy, with administrators estimating that approximately 110,000 have a future booking with the provider. A further 27,000 customers were on holiday with LCTG as of Friday. If you’ve been affected by the collapse, here we explain your rights and the next steps you should take. Who is the Lowcost...

Jul 13, 2016

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Half of Brits hit by hidden car hire fees – how can you avoid getting ripped off?...

Half of Brits hit by hidden car hire fees – how can you avoid getting ripped off?

Worried about renting a car on holiday? You’re not alone – according to recent TravelSupermarket research, more than half of Brits (51%) worry about hiring a vehicle on holiday. What’s more, a similar amount (53%) claim to have been overcharged when renting a car in the last five years. Last year alone, holidaymakers who hired a car abroad say that they were charged an average of £116.15 on top of the agreed base fee, so it’s no wonder car hire is such a concern...

Jul 12, 2016

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Where’s set to sizzle this summer and beyond?...

Where’s set to sizzle this summer and beyond?

With the big summer getaway almost upon us as schools up and down the UK break up, we decided to take a look at the holiday destinations that are proving to be popular on TravelSupermarket at the moment. From relaxing summer hotspots to exciting cities, these are the places Brits will be flocking to in the coming months. The Balearic Islands: a trusty favourite The four islands that make up Spain’s Balearics deliver memorable holidays to families, retirees,...

Jul 11, 2016

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From Blackpool to hidden Huisinis: Britain’s best beaches...

From Blackpool to hidden Huisinis: Britain’s best beaches

Not managed to get away yet this summer? The good news is you don’t have to board a plane to dig your toes in the sand and paddle in the sea. From cheery hotels to holiday parks, Britain has a great range of coastal accommodation, while you could also visit the hotspots we’ve picked out on a day trip if you live within striking distance by rail or car. Our round-up of the best British beaches includes a selection of...

Jul 8, 2016

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9 of the world’s most haunted attractions...

9 of the world’s most haunted attractions

Jump in the Ecto-1 and fire up your proton packs – the Ghostbusters are back in a new film with an all-female cast, on the hunt for ghastly creatures to prove that the dead exist among us. To save them a bit of trouble, we’ve done some research to find nine ghoulish attractions where the paranormal is, well, just normal. Would you be brave enough to visit these scary sights? 1. The Island of the Dolls, Mexico Whether led by Bill Murray or Kristen Wiig,...

Jul 7, 2016

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Revealed! The cheapest airport to go on holiday from this summer is…...

Revealed! The cheapest airport to go on holiday from this summer is…

Do southerners always get the best holiday deals due to a better choice of flights? Or are bargain breaks easier to find from northern and Scottish airports? With the peak holiday season upon us, we decided to crunch the numbers to find out who is getting the best prices on last-minute summer getaways. We looked at holidays in August to seven of the most popular destinations on TravelSupermarket to find out which UK airport is the champion of...

Jul 6, 2016

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If luxe could kill! The world’s grandest and most extravagant hotels...

If luxe could kill! The world’s grandest and most extravagant hotels

It’s been announced that a luxury hotel is to be built on the grounds of France’s Palace of Versailles. Sadly, the first guests will only be welcomed into Louis XIV’s former home in 2018 – although considering that £10 million is being spent on the project, we think it might be worth the wait. In the meantime, those in need of a similarly extravagant getaway can always check in to one of these opulent hotels, writes Tamara Hinson....

Jul 5, 2016

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Your essential guide to getting a new passport...

Your essential guide to getting a new passport

It’s an all too common travel scenario. You’ve made all your travel plans – booked, even bought a new swimsuit and are about to start packing – when you suddenly remember to check your passport … and realise it’s out of date. But with the peak summer season fast approaching, it’s time to dust off the old passport and make sure that everything is in order so nothing ruins your big holiday. So, how to ensure you don’t get caught out?...

Jun 29, 2016

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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...

Jun 28, 2016

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What could Brexit mean for our holidays?...

What could Brexit mean for our holidays?

Following last week’s surprise Brexit result, you may be worrying about how the fallout from this momentous decision will affect your holidays. From consumer rights and the cost of a holiday, to passports and booze cruises, Brits are fretting over what has or will change. The most important thing to remember at the moment, however, is that all regulation will stay in place until we have negotiated an exit and a date is known for when we are...

Jun 27, 2016

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Why Lanzarote is one cool Canary

Why Lanzarote is one cool Canary

It’s almost dusk on Famara beach – the sweeping stretch of sand on Lanzarote’s north-west coast. A solitary runner weaves across the dunes; surfers ride the frothy waves against a backdrop of pink-tinged cliffs. In the nearby fishing hamlet where the streets are covered in sand, I tuck into tapas at surf hangout Hamburgueseria (‪El Calleron, Caleta de Famara) and soak up the barefoot, hippie vibe of the village. It’s about as far from ‘Lanzagrotty’, with its bad...