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 20, 2017 The declaration of a state of emergency in the Gambia has prompted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to update its advice regarding the West African country. As the Gambia is now considered less safe, the FCO advises against all but essential travel to the country, with thousands of Brits currently being repatriated as a result. What is the situation in the Gambia? The political situation in the Gambia has become...

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...

Jan 4, 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...

Dec 21, 2016

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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...

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,...

Dec 19, 2016

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Tricky Travel Quiz: December 2016

Tricky Travel Quiz: December 2016

Fancy yourself as a bit of a travel trivia whizz? Put your knowledge to the test! Don’t forget to share with your friends to find out which of you is the true master of travel...

Dec 19, 2016

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Spring city breaks for under £99pp

Spring city breaks for under £99pp

Fancy a quick city break before the summer but don’t want to break the bank? From Prague and Copenhagen to Lisbon and Dublin, we round up some amazing budget deals that won’t make your wallet wince. All prices were correct at the time of writing and based on a two-night stay and – prices are subject to change over time. Prague from £76pp The deal: Flying from London Stansted on March 28 A historic capital with a flair for...

Dec 19, 2016

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10 brand new travel experiences for 2017...

10 brand new travel experiences for 2017

The New Year is nearly upon and already it’s shaping up to be an exciting one for travel. From alien worlds and Ferrari theme parks to country-spanning hiking trails and overnight desert safaris, there’s plenty planned for 2017. Check out some of these new attractions and events to get yourself pumped up for another year of exciting experiences! Experience Pandora – The World of AVATAR in Orlando, USA The latest addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom will allow intrepid...

Dec 13, 2016

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10 of the best spring city breaks

10 of the best spring city breaks

It’s wintry and cold now, but spring is fast approaching – a fantastic time to discover a new city or see a different side to an old favourite. To help you pick your next urban adventure, we’ve rounded up ten of the best spring city break destinations.   Amsterdam Amsterdam explodes into life during the spring season as the Netherlands’ famous tulips come into bloom – see the best displays in Keukenhof, less than an hour from Amsterdam. What’s...

Dec 13, 2016

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Where should I stay in Barcelona?

Where should I stay in Barcelona?

For a small, densely packed city, Barcelona contains many worlds. It pays to pick the area that most suits your style and budget, whether you want to party all night or take advantage of all the cultural offerings and dazzling architecture on offer. So, if you’re wondering where to stay in Barcelona, check out our breakdown of the city’s best barrios (neighbourhoods).   The Barri Gòtic Crowned by its Disney-like Gothic cathedral, the Barri Gòtic has been the...

Dec 6, 2016

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

You asked: Is it safe to travel to…?

Please note: The situation in these countries can change very quickly – you should always check the news and FCO advice before you travel 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. A lot of the countries in question have been popular with British holidaymakers, so it’s understandable...

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! 11 travel bloggers’ favourite places...

Revealed! 11 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 several 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...