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...

Mar 7, 2016

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

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

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

Mar 1, 2016

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Bag a bargain! 7 European city breaks for £99 or less...

Bag a bargain! 7 European city breaks for £99 or less

With Christmas long gone and summer still a shimmering spot on the horizon, we’ve arrived at that strange point in the year – a kind of holiday limbo. The big question is do you stick or twist? A quick break now would be oh-so tempting, but there’s the big break in the summer to save for too. If only you didn’t have to break the bank to travel! Well, the good news is you don’t. We’ve scoured the internet...

Mar 1, 2016

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The world’s most spectacular underwater attractions...

The world’s most spectacular underwater attractions

In February, Europe’s first underwater museum was unveiled in the waters off Lanzarote. The museum is a collection of works by sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and the finished work will include statues of a couple taking a selfie and a rubber dingy filled with refugees. It’s a timely reminder that some of the world’s greatest sights can now be found below sea level. Not convinced? Tamara Hinson donned her diving mask to find out more. Il Cristo degli...

Feb 29, 2016

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Revealed! What’s still left this Easter?...

Revealed! What’s still left this Easter?

With less than four weeks until the Easter break, you may think it’s too late to start looking for a trip away. But there’s still plenty on offer if you want to escape from the daily grind. From country cottage retreats to adventures on distant shores, and city breaks to a date with the Pope, we round up some great ideas for last-minute getaways. A classic winter sun escape: Tenerife How much? £401pp for seven nights from Glasgow...

Feb 16, 2016

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Revealed! 7 ways to cut the cost of long-haul flights...

Revealed! 7 ways to cut the cost of long-haul flights

With so many options when it comes to long-haul airlines, it’s never been easier to fly to an exotic destination on the other side of the world ­– in 2017, you might even be able to fly non-stop from London to Perth. But, unless you know how to find a bargain, flying to far-flung locations can hit your wallet where it hurts. To help prevent this, we’ve put together some top tips to help you get that once-in-a-life-time...

Feb 16, 2016

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Nine of the best ski resorts for a weekend break...

Nine of the best ski resorts for a weekend break

You don’t have to use up all of your holiday to make the most of the ski season, writes Jessica Bown. You can access many of Europe’s best ski resorts within just a few hours. And, with a bit of careful planning, a short break in the mountains can be just as rewarding as a week away. Here’s our pick of the best resorts for weekend skiing… Best for families: La Clusaz, France Nearest airport: Geneva Journey time:...

Feb 16, 2016

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Bag a bargain! 7 sunny beach holidays for £250 or less...

Bag a bargain! 7 sunny beach holidays for £250 or less

We don’t know about you, but the recent cold snap means we’re already counting down to the long sunny days of summer and lazy holidays on the beach. And, the good news is, getting away for a dose of vitamin D doesn’t need to cost a fortune. To help you escape for less, we’ve done some digging to reveal seven early summer deals for less than £250 per person (pp). So, read on and get ready to relax! 1....

Feb 16, 2016

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9 of the world’s most unusual places to spend the night...

9 of the world’s most unusual places to spend the night

Hotels can all look the same after a while. For a getaway with a difference, why not bed down in a boot-shaped hotel or sleep in a capsule secured to the side of a cliff? Trust us – after reading about the following places, that luxury hotel will seem rather boring, writes Tamara Hinson. 1. Wolf enclosure, Polar Park, Norway Price-tag: From £450 per night including breakfast Highlights: Cosy cabin inside wolf enclosure. Visitors can experience a “wolf...

Feb 9, 2016

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Tired of Thailand? Try these 9 alternative long-haul destinations instead...

Tired of Thailand? Try these 9 alternative long-haul destinations instead

Are you daydreaming of new horizons? Stick a pin in a map, grab your passport and don’t look back, writes Anita Isalska. If well-trodden favourites like Thailand, Orlando and Sydney don’t rev your travel engine, these nine lesser-known long-haul holidays are sure to inspire. From Canada to Kerala, these destinations have wondrous wildlife, intriguing cuisines and beaches blissfully free from crowds. Tired of Thailand? Venture to the pure shores of Vietnam Bangkok’s temples, Ko Samui’s warm seas, raucous...

Feb 9, 2016

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Winter warmers! Where’s hot right NOW?...

Winter warmers! Where’s hot right NOW?

The mercury has dropped, the thick socks are out and your commute time has almost doubled due to bad weather. All of which can only mean one thing: time for a cheeky winter sun escape. And, although the UK is currently battling with weather warnings, there are plenty of places all over the world enjoying endless sunny days and warm weather. Some sunny spots are a short flight away, while others require more of an investment in time. But, one thing...

Feb 9, 2016

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9 of the world’s most romantic hotel suites...

9 of the world’s most romantic hotel suites

Planning on treating your other half to a break for Valentine’s Day but not sure where to go? Worry no more, writes Tamara Hinson, because we’ve come to the rescue with our guide to the world’s most jaw-droppingly romantic hotels suites. Galaxy Sanctuary, Jade Mountain, St Lucia Price-tag: From £1,837 per night Highlights: Breathtaking views of St Lucia’s Pitons, enormous infinity pool and “wall-less” room design to make the most of the views Forget about rooms with a...

Feb 8, 2016

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

7 hotel rip-offs and how to avoid them

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