Mar 20, 2014

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A wild weekend in Warsaw

A wild weekend in Warsaw

Philippa Mander is a 30-year-old nurse from London and one of our official ‘Travel Taste Makers’. She tells us why she planned a weekend break in Poland’s capital, Warsaw, with her sister earlier this year. Why did you decide to go there? Simply because we both had a free weekend and Warsaw seemed like an interesting place to explore – packed full of rich, cultural activities to enjoy. What did you do?  We strolled around the Old Town,...

Nov 27, 2013

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Michael Palin: ‘Travel is not a spectator sport’...

Michael Palin: ‘Travel is not a spectator sport’

Michael Palin has, in recent years, reached national treasure status. The mere mention of his name seems so often to bring a smile to people’s faces as they fondly remember a Monty Python sketch or recall one of Palin’s many intrepid adventures around the world. A seasoned television presenter, writer and comic actor, Palin was honoured a CBE for his services to television back in 2000. And earlier this year he was made a BAFTA fellow, the highest...

Oct 15, 2013

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Time to beat your fear of flying

Time to beat your fear of flying

As many as one third of those who take to the air suffer from a fear of flying (or ‘aviophobia’) and this can cause big problems, not just when your summer holiday comes around, but for keeping in touch with overseas family and friends, and potentially also for your career. I went to meet Patricia Furness-Smith, a psychologist on British Airways’ Flying with Confidence course and co-author of Flying with Confidence: The Proven Programme to Fix your Flying...

May 3, 2013

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Interview with former astronaut Jon McBride...

Interview with former astronaut Jon McBride

In celebration of International Space Day (May 3 2013) I caught up with former NASA astronaut Captain Jon McBride – one of a handful of people fortunate enough to have experienced space flight. I was keen to find out Jon’s thoughts on the development of consumer space travel, which countries look the best from orbit and just how you manage to follow up space exploration with an Earth-bound holiday. I spoke with Jon as he was preparing for...

Sep 6, 2012

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Beauty and the Beach – How to Enter...

Beauty and the Beach – How to Enter

We are running a fantastic competition for beauty bloggers to showcase their best holiday inspired hair, nails and make-up for the chance to win £500 and £1000 cash as our overall winner! To enter all you have to do is write a blog post showcasing your favourite holiday inspired looks, you can enter a photograph for all three categories or just one if you feel you don’t have a look suitable for each. Then nominate 5 of your...

Aug 29, 2012

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APD: A pilot’s view

APD: A pilot’s view

By Captain Mark Searle, BALPA chairman As Chairman of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), but also as a working pilot, I am acutely aware of the differences in the aviation industry between countries. One of the key differences is the level of taxation British passengers face compared to the rest of the world. In fact, the passengers we fly pay the highest rate of Air Passenger Duty (APD) in the world. A family of four travelling from the...

Aug 28, 2012

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Lauren Goodger – Travel Q&A...

Lauren Goodger – Travel Q&A

  If you’re a fan of the hit ITV2 show The Only Way is Essex, you will be familiar with one of its lead cast members, Lauren Goodger. Not shy of a bit of drama, Lauren has been involved in many of the show’s most memorable storylines as well as running her own successful beauty salon and beauty products range. We caught up with her to see how she likes to prepare for her holidays and what makes...