Mar 21, 2017

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10 things to do in Cape Verde

10 things to do in Cape Verde

Fancy a slice of the exotic without the jet lag? Look no further than Cape Verde, a fascinating smattering of islands some 400km off the coast of Senegal. A melting pot of African and Portuguese culture blessed with white sand beaches and gorgeous blue waters, these islands were never going to stay secret for long. Whether you’re into water sports, volcano trekking or just fancy a beach break somewhere sunny, a holiday in Cape Verde is a cracking option. Direct flights...

Mar 20, 2017

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Secret Costa Blanca: How to escape the tourist trail...

Secret Costa Blanca: How to escape the tourist trail

Hear the words Costa Blanca and your first thought may be Brits, beers and bars. And yes, the Costa Blanca is indeed one of the better-known stretches of Spain’s coastline, but hidden away, just behind those heaving beaches, lies a stunning hinterland, writes Eddi Fiegel. Away from the bustling coast, this is a place to meander and discover miles of lush countryside, packed with fruit orchards and blossom, historic palaces, fabulous festivals and superb Spanish food. To escape the...

Mar 17, 2017

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

From Blackpool to hidden Huisinis: Britain’s best beaches

From North Yorkshire to Norfolk, we’re scoured Britain’s coastline for the best beaches we could find. Have we got it right, or is your favourite missing? Read on and find out!   Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire Caught in a time warp, the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay is the perfect place to escape the strife of modern life. Sheltered from the rest of the world by steep, craggy cliffs, the beach itself delivers a slice of...

Mar 17, 2017

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

The cheapest five-star city break is…

“Luxury” and “budget”: two words that don’t crop up together too often, especially when it comes to holidays. But what if we told you there’s a way to take a five-star city break for a three-star price tag? Well, there is – and some of Europe’s coolest cities happen to be on our hit list. Using search data from our site over the period of a year*, we’ve found the cities where you can have your cake and eat...

Mar 15, 2017

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Can I take my kids on holiday during term-time?...

Can I take my kids on holiday during term-time?

Taking children on holiday during term-time is a very sensitive subject. The Department for Education (DfE) maintains that even one day of school missed can affect a child’s learning, while some parents argue that the dramatic hikes in the cost of going away during the holidays leave them with no other option. The topic was thrust back into the public eye in May 2016 when Jon Platt, a businessman from the Isle of Wight, refused to pay a...

Mar 13, 2017

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How to do Barbados on a budget

How to do Barbados on a budget

It may be the Caribbean capital of luxury, but Barbados can be glorious on a budget, too. Joanna Booth shows you how to bag a bargain. From photos of Simon Cowell striding in bare-chested glory down the beach to Prince Harry hanging out with Rihanna, the pervasive, paparazzi-driven impression of Barbados is one of an island where money matters. But while it’s true that Barbados has some very, very swanky hotels and restaurants, there is another side to...

Mar 13, 2017

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10 things to do in Madeira

10 things to do in Madeira

From the moment you set foot on Madeira, the landscape is pure drama, writes Anita Isalska. These Portuguese islands, marooned off the coast of Morocco, have volcanic caves, shores lashed by the Atlantic, with world-class vineyards in between. Whether you’re gliding in by cruise ship for a day or staying for a longer holiday, begin with these 10 things to do in Madeira. Soar to dizzy heights on the Funchal cable car Most visitors start in Madeira’s main...

Mar 9, 2017

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Last-minute Easter holidays and long weekend bargains...

Last-minute Easter holidays and long weekend bargains

Still haven’t sorted out your Easter escape? Don’t panic! There are still plenty of great deals available, whether you’re looking for a week away with the kids over the Easter holidays or planning to make the most of the April long weekend with a relaxing beach break. We’ve rounded up some of the best value deals that are still out there for Easter. But hurry – prices for these deals are rising fast!   Holidays for couples over the April bank...

Mar 9, 2017

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

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

Malaga is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations – yet hardly anyone pauses long enough to look around, writes Katie McGonagle. As the gateway to the ever-popular Costa del Sol, most visitors arrive at the airport and move straight on in search of sunshine – west toward Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Marbella, or east toward the less-built-up resort of Nerja. Tempting as the beach might be, the city has plenty to recommend it too, whether as a weekend...

Mar 7, 2017

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Trump’s US travel ban: What is it and who is affected?...

Trump’s US travel ban: What is it and who is affected?

In 2017, US President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders which limit travel to the United States from certain countries. Here we explain the two executive orders and their implications. The March 2017 executive order The January 2017 executive order (explained below) was blocked by the courts in February, and effectively remains on hold. On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order, to take effect from March 16, placing a 90-day ban on people from...

Mar 3, 2017

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10 things to do in Tenerife

10 things to do in Tenerife

UK visitors can’t get enough of Tenerife – in 2016, more than 2 million of us visited the largest of the Canary Islands. Year-round sunshine, 70 beaches to choose from and a short, four-hour flight are the obvious draws, but there’s plenty more to love. Whether you’re after family fun, natural beauty or are primed to party, there’s something to suit. Ride up the side of a volcano Teide National Park is home to Mount Teide, Spain’s highest...

Mar 3, 2017

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The best destinations for a budget honeymoon...

The best destinations for a budget honeymoon

The wedding stress is finally over – it’s time for you and your new hubby or wife to take a break! But where should you go that doesn’t result in spending your first year of married life in debt? Well, it turns out an amazing honeymoon doesn’t need to cost the earth – check out our suggestions for a budget post-wedding break that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. Hit the beach Greece Underestimate Greece’s honeymoon...

Mar 2, 2017

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The world’s best water parks

The world’s best water parks

There are plenty of excellent water parks around the world already, but we’re especially excited about the latest offering from Universal Orlando Resort, Volcano Bay, which will be packed with tube slides, wave pools and hi-tech water-coasters when it opens on May 25. You can find more details about Volcano Bay below, but if you can’t wait until it opens or are headed elsewhere this year, we’ve also rounded up some other top options for wet and wild fun...

Feb 23, 2017

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7 of the world’s best cities for running...

7 of the world’s best cities for running

The world divides into two kinds of people – those of us who pack trainers when we go on holiday, and those who certainly don’t, writes Joanna Booth. But forget getting cooped up in the bowels of a hotel gym. Runners know that far from being a waste of precious holiday time, jogging through a city is the very best combination of sightseeing and training. Two birds, one stone. We’ve done the legwork for you and picked out some...

Feb 23, 2017

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10 things to do in Fort Lauderdale

10 things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Step aside Miami and Orlando, because Fort Lauderdale is quickly shaping up to be Florida’s coolest holiday destination – Norwegian recently increased its flights from London to the coastal city, while British Airways is due to launch a new direct flight in July. Tamara Hinson gives the lowdown on what to see and do in Florida’s new capital of cool.   Browse and bite in downtown Fort Lauderdale Get your bearings with a wander along East Las Olas Boulevard, which stretches from...

Feb 16, 2017

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7-night summer holiday family breaks for under £250pp...

7-night summer holiday family breaks for under £250pp

A family holiday is one of the biggest ‘non-essential’ items that Brits spend money on each year (although we’d argue a relaxing break is completely essential!). We know it’s not easy getting a cheap deal during the school holidays, but it can be done – especially if you start hunting now. To prove it, we’ve scoured our site to find some of the best summer holiday bargains out there. Now, where’s that sun cream?! Please note: All prices were accurate...

Feb 14, 2017

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18 annoying things that people do on planes...

18 annoying things that people do on planes

“Unruly passenger incidents”, as the aviation industry body puts it, have risen by more than 10% in a year, according to a report on a study by the International Air Transport Association on the incidence of boorish behaviour on aeroplanes. Yep, folks – air travel ain’t necessarily civilised any more, and there are plane-loads of stag and hen parties to prove it. If only they were the worst of it. Starting with the mildly teeth-gritting, through the blood-pressure pumping and...

Feb 13, 2017

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11 of the most inspirational places on Google Street View...

11 of the most inspirational places on Google Street View

Wanderlust can be a terrible affliction. Sitting at your desk, dreaming of that far-off holiday; it’s enough to send you over the edge. Luckily, the Internet Gods at Google HQ saw fit to bestow a wonderful tool upon us, one that can sate your thirst for travel, if only for a little bit. Since its creation in 2007, Google Street View has gone from a useful, functional feature to a window into some of the world’s coolest, most...

Feb 13, 2017

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The best Irish pubs for St. Patrick’s Day in Britain...

The best Irish pubs for St. Patrick’s Day in Britain

Whether you’re actually Irish, pretending to be Irish or just fancy sinking several pints of Guinness in a green hat, St Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse for a party. If you’re not lucky enough to be in Ireland on the day, we’ve rounded up some of the best Irish pubs in Britain where you can raise a glass to St Paddy this year. So, in the words of Oscar Wilde: “Let’s knock a couple back and make...

Feb 8, 2017

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How to do Berlin on a budget

How to do Berlin on a budget

Germany’s capital tells a tale of two cities. One grand, boasting imposing landmarks and pristinely-kept parks, and the other gritty, where graffiti is celebrated as an art form and parties pop up on every corner. Both sides of this split-personality city are equally beautiful and easy to experience on limited euros. Roxanne Wells advises on how to enjoy the best of Berlin on a budget. Where to stay on a budget The central Mitte area is where you’ll...

Feb 8, 2017

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Central and South America: Fine dining, natural wonders and excitement...

Central and South America: Fine dining, natural wonders and excitement

It’s an exciting time for Central and South America, with several airlines launching direct flights from the UK to countries which were once much more tricky to get to. To help you get to grips with the area, Tamara Hinson outlines where’s best for eating out, getting off the beaten track, partying, and connecting with nature. Dine in style Chile BA to Santiago British Airways launched their Santiago flights in January, creating the first direct route between the UK...

Feb 6, 2017

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10 things to do in Benidorm

10 things to do in Benidorm

The quintessential sun, sea and sand destination, Benidorm has been doing the trick for budget-conscious Brits for decades. With a reputation that precedes it and a loud, lively nightlife, the resort makes no apologies to anyone – but that’s the joy of Benidorm! If you’re after good fun, hot weather and low prices, you can’t go wrong with this Spanish classic. Hit the beach With three to pick from, Benidorm takes some beating for beaches. Award-winning Levante and...

Feb 3, 2017

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How to do Croatia on a budget

How to do Croatia on a budget

Croatia has soared in popularity among travellers over the past few years, with visitors flocking to wander the streets of its marble Old Towns, party on its picturesque islands and paddle in the aquamarine waters of the Dalmatian Coast. There’s plenty to do and see in this sunshine destination, writes Caroline Howley, and it’s easy for travellers from the UK to make the most of it on a budget. Where to stay on a budget The Old Town...

Feb 2, 2017

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Low-cost carrier tricks and how to avoid them...

Low-cost carrier tricks and how to avoid them

The rise of the low-cost carrier has helped drive airfares down to some incredibly low prices – with a bit of searching, it’s not unheard of to find return flights to Europe for under £50 per person. Yet while the fares are low, budget airlines have many hidden tricks and fees up their sleeves to try to trip you up. Avoiding them is pretty easy, though, as long as you know what to look out for and stick to...

Feb 2, 2017

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10 things to do on a city break in Krakow...

10 things to do on a city break in Krakow

A city of culture and cool that often surprises visitors, Krakow is perfect for a cheap city break from the UK. Here are 10 of the best things to do in Poland’s second city. Stride around the largest central square in Europe Smack in the centre of the Old City, Kawkow’s Rynek Glowny (Central Market Square) is impossible to miss. This vast square is a marvellous site in itself, but it also contains a trio of beautiful buildings, each...

Jan 27, 2017

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10 things to do on a city break in Aarhus...

10 things to do on a city break in Aarhus

The coastal Danish city of Aarhus is European Capital of Culture in 2017, so it’s a really hot destination right now, writes Tamara Hinson. Here are ten things every visitor should see and do. Chow down with locals at Aarhus Street Food It’s easy to miss Aarhus Street Food, housed inside a nondescript warehouse a few metres from the train station. But step inside and you’ll find dozens of stalls serving a wide range of delicious cuisine, from...

Jan 21, 2017

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The best holiday destinations in 2017...

The best holiday destinations in 2017

With another exciting year in travel ahead, we’ve picked out 15 destinations that we think will be popular in 2017 – only time will tell if our predictions are correct! Whether you’re after the value of a package holiday, a new city to explore or a once-in-a-life time adventure, our list should have you covered.   Package holidaymakers Spain Spain has been smashing records for tourism recently and 2017 looks like it will be no exception. Close to home, safe and...

Jan 20, 2017

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10 things to do in Iceland

10 things to do in Iceland

Iceland is a place of extremes. Known as ‘the land of fire and ice’, it’s home to lava-filled volcanoes, mighty glaciers, sweeping scenery and more adventures than you can shake a stick at, writes Katie McGonagle. With plenty of cheap flights to Reykjavik it’s an easy weekend away, whether you’re thinking of a romantic escape or a quick trip with the kids. However, check out our top 10 list of things to do in Iceland and you might...

Jan 20, 2017

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Last-minute half-term holiday deals

Last-minute half-term holiday deals

Just because you’ve left it late, doesn’t mean you can’t still find a bargain break this February half-term. In fact, there are still some incredibly good deals out there! From familiar favourites like the Algarve and the Canary Islands to exciting adventures in Dubai and New York, we’ve found some amazing last-minute half-term holidays for this February. All prices were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.   Algarve – £82pp From Birmingham on February...

Jan 18, 2017

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The best resorts for cheap ski holidays...

The best resorts for cheap ski holidays

Skiing can be an expensive business – even when the pound isn’t taking a pounding. Eastern Europe’s ski resorts are still among the cheapest, although you may have to sacrifice size for price, writes Mary Novakovich. However, if you’re a novice skier, having hundreds of kilometres of pistes at your disposal won’t necessarily be your first concern. What’s more important is saving money on accommodation, eating out, lift passes and ski hire. You should also add lessons if you’re...

Jan 18, 2017

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Is it safe to go to The Gambia?

Is it safe to go to The Gambia?

Please note: This article was last updated on January 24, 2017 The declaration of a state of emergency in The Gambia in mid-January 2017 prompted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to update its advice regarding the West African country. At the time the FCO advised against all but essential travel to the country, with thousands of Brits currently being repatriated as a result. However, as of January 24, 2017, the FCO no longer advises against travel to The Gambia, as...

Jan 16, 2017

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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...

Jan 16, 2017

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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...

Jan 16, 2017

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

Am I entitled to compensation for a delayed flight?

Nobody 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...

Jan 13, 2017

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World’s cheapest beer… and more essential ale info...

World’s cheapest beer… and more essential ale info

Come with us on the ultimate bar crawl as we selflessly drink our way around the world’s cheapest cities for beer… Bratislava, Slovakia Average cost of beer: £1.14 Popular beer: Zlaty Bazant A well-trodden destination on the stag and hen circuit (although they’re easily avoided!), you’d probably expect Bratislava to have some pretty cheap ale on sale, and the Slovakian capital doesn’t disappoint. However, just because the ale is cheap here, doesn’t mean the beer is poor quality...

Jan 12, 2017

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Revealed: The best holiday deposit offers in 2017...

Revealed: The best holiday deposit offers in 2017

Every year, the ‘January sales’ offer up a bit of a conundrum: there are some amazing travel bargains to be had, but after the inevitable Christmas splurge, many Brits are feeling the post-festive pinch. Luckily, many top travel brands offer excellent holiday deposit deals in January, allowing you to secure your place on the plane in advance, then pay the rest later. To make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve rounded up some of the best low holiday deposits...

Jan 11, 2017

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10 things to do on a city break in Copenhagen...

10 things to do on a city break in Copenhagen

Stylish and laid-back, Copenhagen is the sort of place you visit and then fantasize about living in. There’s a reason, after all, that the Danes are consistently said to be the happiest people in the world, and after a few days here you’ll see why. It may not have a huge number of big attractions like Paris or London, but that’s not the point of Copenhagen: it’s about having a beer on the side of the river as cyclists cruise...

Jan 5, 2017

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10 things to do on a city break in Dubrovnik...

10 things to do on a city break in Dubrovnik

Timeless Dubrovnik never fails to enchant, despite becoming more and more popular every year – its walled Old Town of marble streets and terracotta-roofed houses is really quite magical. To get the most out of the city – without spending a fortune – check out Mary Novakovich’s list of the top 10 things to do in Dubrovnik. Walk the city walls OK, it’s not the cheapest thing to do, but you really shouldn’t miss the chance to walk along these...

Dec 20, 2016

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10 things to do on a city break in Havana...

10 things to do on a city break in Havana

Dancing through thick clouds of sweet cigar smoke in the heady Caribbean heat, enjoying late rum-fuelled nights and seeing brightly-coloured classic cars idling on every street corner – Havana conjures up images of decadent fun in a city of faded grandeur. That this is part of Havana’s charm is undeniable. But while Cuba’s capital is a place of music, dancing and drinking, it’s also one of history, culture and revolution; a city that never ceases to fascinate and confuse,...

Dec 19, 2016

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Where should I stay in New York?

Where should I stay in New York?

One trip to New York City would never be enough to see it all – you could spend weeks there and barely scratch the surface. And we’re not just talking about the attractions. This is a city with several distinct and interesting boroughs that are ripe for setting up base in and exploring. From neighborhoods famous for their literary pedigree to up-and-coming areas full of cosy restaurants and friendly locals – if you’re wondering where to stay in New York,...