Dec 6, 2016

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You asked: Is it safe to travel to…?...

You asked: Is it safe to travel to…?

In the last couple of years there have been a number of tragic travel incidents around the globe – as a result, we’ve received many questions about whether it’s safe to travel to places such as Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and more. Many of the countries in question have been popular with British holidaymakers, so it’s understandable that you might be feeling apprehensive about your next trip. Here, we’ve rounded up the latest advice about the destinations on your mind....

Dec 2, 2016

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Winter city breaks for under £99pp

Winter city breaks for under £99pp

Cities often change completely in winter, making it a great season to explore somewhere new or see a different side of a favourite destination. With deals available for under £99 per person, including accommodation and flights, it’s also a fantastic time to save money. As with all these deals we source, take a look on the site yourself to find more offers for the dates and departing airports that suit you. All prices were correct at the time of writing....

Nov 30, 2016

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After the Brexit vote: Where is the pound strong?...

After the Brexit vote: Where is the pound strong?

Regardless of how you voted in the EU membership referendum on June 23, the drop in the pound’s value since then against strong currencies such as the US dollar and the euro is clear. This time last year £500 would have gotten you around €710, while this year it’s closer to €585. The dollar fares slightly better, but not by much, with £500 buying $750 in November last year compared to $620 now*. It’s not all doom and gloom, however,...

Nov 29, 2016

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How to do Cuba on a budget

How to do Cuba on a budget

After almost 60 years frozen in a time warp, Cuba is slowly beginning to come out of the cold. As a result, it’s become the Caribbean island on everyone’s lips, with travellers flocking to Cuba “before it transforms forever”. This, combined with uncertainty over the value of pound, the recent death of Fidel Castro and a new US president, is having an impact on the cost of visiting Cuba: from eating out to flights, prices are starting to creep...

Nov 25, 2016

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How to do Prague on a budget

How to do Prague on a budget

The city of spires is that rare weekend-break beast, attracting visitors as much for its medieval history and intricate architecture as its cheap beer and budget-friendly reputation, writes Katie McGonagle. While the past few years have seen some steep price rises in the Czech Republic’s number-one city, it still ranks higher than most European capitals on value for money – and it’s every bit as rich in cultural and historic treasures as Paris, Rome or Berlin. Sure, if...

Nov 24, 2016

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Revealed! 10 travel bloggers’ favourite places...

Revealed! 10 travel bloggers’ favourite places

Where on Earth should you feed your wanderlust next year? The world’s top travel bloggers might be able to inspire you. Though most found it tough to choose a favourite, Travis Levius asked these travel super-influencers to reveal the one destination they love the most – and how to get the most out of it. Thailand: Matthew Kepnes Nomadic Matt: nomadicmatt.com Blog mission statement: Discover the art of travelling anywhere you want. Over the past seven years, I’ve helped thousands...

Nov 23, 2016

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Early season ski and snowboarding holidays in Europe...

Early season ski and snowboarding holidays in Europe

The 2016/17 ski season has got off to a great start, with heavy snowfall across the Alps allowing lots of resorts to open early, writes Jess Bown. So, why not swap rain-sodden Britain for snow-covered peaks? You can snap up some fantastic, last-minute ski holiday bargains at this time of year. Here’s our guide to the best European resorts for early season skiing and snowboarding this year. Val Thorens, France Purpose-built Val Thorens is Europe’s highest ski resort,...

Nov 21, 2016

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How to do Corfu on a budget

How to do Corfu on a budget

Corfu’s soft, sandy beaches have a way of making your cares melt away. As you paddle this Greek island’s clear waters and amble through olive groves, the last thing you need is to worry about is your budget, writes Anita Isalska. There are plenty of cheap flights to this Ionian isle, and you don’t need to spend like an A-lister when you arrive. With a little planning, you can keep costs down while enjoying the best scenery, culture...

Nov 16, 2016

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New flight routes from the UK

New flight routes from the UK

Want to try somewhere new for your next holiday? New and expanded flight routes open up all the time, but they may not be on your radar yet – Tamara Hinson rounds up some of the latest destinations being opened up by airlines from UK airports. Last updated: November 16, 2016 Norwegian: London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale, US From November 2, 2016. Three times a week, from £159 one way Miami might be the original stomping ground of Florida’s beautiful people,...

Nov 11, 2016

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New York: Save, spend, splurge

New York: Save, spend, splurge

New York is a helluva town, but it can be hell on your wallet, too. That’s not to say there aren’t deals, though – you just have to know where to find them, writes Shandana Durrani. The city offers experiences for every person and every budget, from the cheap and free, like strolling down the High Line on a crisp autumn day or nabbing free TV audience tickets, to the decadent, such as taking in some Opera at the Met...

Nov 9, 2016

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The ultimate guide to car hire insurance...

The ultimate guide to car hire insurance

Car rental is one of the easiest ways to discover a destination, yet getting the correct car hire insurance regularly throws up all kinds of unnecessary issues and problems. We often hear from holidaymakers who have bought insurance they didn’t need because of pushy desk staff, or didn’t take insurance at all because they didn’t think they needed it. Sometimes, it is just a case of misunderstanding – unfortunately though, misunderstandings can be costly when it comes to...

Nov 7, 2016

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9 of the best luxury spa hotels

9 of the best luxury spa hotels

Feel like being pampered? Catherine Cooper rounds up the most luxurious spa hotels in some popular city break destinations – along with suggestions for where to go if your budget won’t quite stretch to these opulent options! Waldorf Astoria Cavalieri, Rome This stunning 19th-floor spa includes indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam rooms and ten treatment rooms, where you can have chocolate, caviar, honey or spices massaged onto your body – if that’s what you fancy! The hotel is also home...

Oct 28, 2016

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City breaks – 10 classic destinations vs. 10 unusual alternatives...

City breaks – 10 classic destinations vs. 10 unusual alternatives

If you’re a seasoned traveller or have already been to the main city in a particular country, you might be keen to experience a slightly lesser-known city for your next trip. Here we’ve outlined 10 classic big-name city break destinations, each alongside another interesting city in that country that you might like to try instead. Plenty has been written about our selected classic city break destinations before, so below we’ve concentrated on describing our recommended alternatives.   The Classic: Rome...

Oct 28, 2016

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Winter sun holidays for under £200pp...

Winter sun holidays for under £200pp

The clocks going back heralds the beginning of winter – the days get shorter, we got to work and return home in darkness, and everything generally seems that little bit gloomier. It’s enough to make you want pack your bags and escape to sunnier climes. Actually, hold that thought – with 7-night breaks on offer for under £200, why don’t you?! As always, once on the TravelSupermarket site you can change the search results to reflect the dates and departure airport that...

Oct 26, 2016

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The ultimate guide to ethical wildlife encounters...

The ultimate guide to ethical wildlife encounters

Wild animal encounters can be incredible and fulfilling experiences for travellers, but the welfare of animals at tourist attractions has come under the spotlight in recent times. Over the last few years, major travel operators such as STA Travel, TripAdvisor and Tui have increasingly distanced themselves from unethical wildlife attractions, raising questions about what is ethical and what is not. To help you choose an ethical experience, we’ve put together some general advice to follow before you book, including some expert advice from World Animal...

Oct 26, 2016

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How much duty free can you bring into the UK?...

How much duty free can you bring into the UK?

Nobody likes to call time on an amazing holiday. However, there’s one last thing that often perks up even the gloomiest of home-bound travellers: the duty-free shop. But what exactly are you allowed to bring back with you, and does it vary depending on where you are travelling from? Here we explain your duty-free allowances. What is duty free? When you travel abroad, you are allowed to bring home a certain amount of certain goods without having to pay UK...

Oct 20, 2016

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Tricky Travel Quiz: October 2016

Tricky Travel Quiz: October 2016

Fancy yourself as a bit of a travel trivia whizz? Put your knowledge to the test with our Tricky Travel Quiz! If you’re feeling inspired, click the image on the right to compare thousands of great holiday deals on TravelSupermarket. Don’t forget to share the quiz with your friends to find out which of you is the true master of travel trivia! Good...

Oct 20, 2016

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How to do Dublin on a budget

How to do Dublin on a budget

A cosmopolitan capital with a torrid history still writ large across its streets, Dublin is shaking off the shackles of a hard-hitting recession and regathering the easygoing buzz that made it a popular tourist haven. Much here centres on the ‘craic’: pubs are ubiquitous and distinctive, music seems woven into the city’s very core, and ageing but carefully-upheld traditions give the city an atmosphere that’s distinct from any other European capital. Here’s how Dublin resident James Hendicott suggests...

Oct 18, 2016

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The world’s safest countries

The world’s safest countries

With a spate of tragic events occurring in popular holiday destinations in recent times, it’s no wonder safety is now such a major factor in most UK holidaymaker’s travel plans. Simon Busch takes a look at some of the countries deemed to be the world’s safest, according to recent reports from the UN, the World Economic Forum and more. Hot and cold safe zones Jittery about world events? Head to Finland! The northern European country, formerly best known for its...

Oct 17, 2016

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9 of the world’s best kid-free resorts and hotels...

9 of the world’s best kid-free resorts and hotels

When you’re child-free and carefree, the screaming of other people’s tots and sub-teens – whether it’s from joy or otherwise – is just what you don’t want on holiday. And even if you do have kids, sometimes it’s nice when it’s just the two of you, like it used to be before the little darlings came along, writes Robin Gauldie. In this spirit of maturity, we’ve picked some top spots in Europe and beyond where you can take a...

Oct 14, 2016

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UK theme parks: 2016’s autumn and winter openings...

UK theme parks: 2016’s autumn and winter openings

The nights are getting darker and the mercury has begun to plummet, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop just yet! Tamara Hinson rounds up the UK’s best theme parks that you can still visit before they close this year. LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, Berkshire Open until: November 5. Christmas opening dates: December 3, 4, 10, 11 and 17 to 24 Although there’s plenty in store for LEGO fans visiting this theme park in 2017 (including a castle-themed hotel), 2016 has been an exciting year,...

Oct 14, 2016

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9 stunning volcanoes you can hike up

9 stunning volcanoes you can hike up

Climbing mountains is all very rewarding, but hauling yourself to the summit of a volcano and staring down at a steaming crater full of molten lava – now that’s a story for the grandkids. Sure, there’s the small chance of a cataclysmic eruption, but where’s your sense of adventure?! From Iceland to New Zealand, here are some of the most spectacular volcanoes around the world that you can hike to the top of. Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland A celebrity among volcanoes for...

Oct 7, 2016

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9 of the world’s most beautiful lakes...

9 of the world’s most beautiful lakes

From the heights of Andean South America to the verdant jungles of Africa, millions of magnificent lakes cover our planet, many so stunning that they take your breath away. Here we’ve rounded up a few of what we think are the world’s most beautiful lakes – space limitations mean missing out some spectacular examples, so let us know your favourites in the comments below! Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand Surrounded by the aptly-named The Remarkables mountain range, Wakatipu is renowned in New Zealand...

Oct 6, 2016

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How to protect your city break

How to protect your city break

The number of people taking city breaks has exploded over the past decade, thanks in part to the rise in low-cost air fares, offering the opportunity for a few days away from it all to explore a new destination without spending a fortune. However, just because a trip is short and costs less than a traditional holiday, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take steps to ensure you are protected if something goes wrong. With horror stories of holiday company collapses still very much...

Oct 5, 2016

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The Algarve: Save, spend, splurge

The Algarve: Save, spend, splurge

The southern chunk of Portugal has long been one of the most popular holiday spots for Brits – but the reliable dose of sunshine is only part of the reason. A major part of the Algarve’s charm is the variety it offers – from spectacular coastline to inland spa towns, and from well-preserved heritage to thoroughly modern golf resorts. There’s no one obvious centre, which means the resort clusters and historic towns all maintain their own character –...

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....