May 27, 2016

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Road trip sweets: which is the nation’s favourite car journey treat?...

Road trip sweets: which is the nation’s favourite car journey treat?

So you’re off on a long car journey. You’ve managed to get everybody into the car, skilfully packed the boot, picked the music and found something to occupy the kids for, oh, about 30 seconds. And of course you’ve bought a bag of your favourite travel sweets to pass round. Whether it’s your own set of wheels or a hire car on holiday, a road trip just isn’t complete without a few sweet treats close at hand. But...

May 17, 2016

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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...

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...

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,...

Feb 1, 2016

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Booking now vs booking late: The great holiday dilemma...

Booking now vs booking late: The great holiday dilemma

The Christmas holidays are a long, distant memory and your New Year’s resolution has already become a tedious ordeal. What could possibly pull you from the rigours of a post-festive slump? Why, booking your big summer 2016 holiday, of course. Whether you are planning a week in the sun, a city break for a long weekend or your main family getaway, you will be deluged with advertising shouting about holiday deals and offers. And, of course, getting organised...

Jan 7, 2016

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Happy birthday, Elvis! 8 music-inspired trips to get you all shook up...

Happy birthday, Elvis! 8 music-inspired trips to get you all shook up

Some legends achieve a fame so great that they never really die: Elvis is one of them. And this year, on January 8, the King of Rock and Roll turned the tender age of 81. In true Elvis style, a big party is taking place at Graceland this weekend to celebrate, complete with birthday cake and tours of the Graceland mansion. While a trip to Graceland has to be one of the greatest musical pilgrimages in the world, he’s not the...

Jan 4, 2016

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Do German travellers hold the key to happier holidays?...

Do German travellers hold the key to happier holidays?

Beyond sand, sea and stereotypes, brand-new research by TravelSupermarket has revealed the truth about how German and British people travel – and it may surprise you, writes Anita Isalska. For example, don’t mention the sun-lounger war. German holidaymakers are more interested in having a healthy holiday (29% feel this is important) than reserving their sunbathing spot with a beach towel (just 8% of German holidaymakers admit to doing this). They are also returning home from their trips happier...

Dec 22, 2015

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Nine of the world’s wildest New Year parties (and how to see 2016 in twice)...

Nine of the world’s wildest New Year parties (and how to see 2016 in twice)

As the last few days of 2015 make way, it’s almost time to cast a wary eye forward to the New Year – but not before one last big blow out. Whether you greet the New Year with “Hau’oli Makahiki Hou” in warm Waikiki, “Gleðilegt nýtt ár” in freezing Reykjavik or “Feliz Ano Novo” on a Rio beach, there’s a party to suit you somewhere around the world. Or possibly two: you could theoretically fly from one of...

Dec 14, 2015

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9 last-minute gifts for the traveller in your life...

9 last-minute gifts for the traveller in your life

Sorry to break it to you, but Christmas is nearly here again. That means less than two weeks left to get all those last presents bought, wrapped and sent off to Santa. Don’t panic though, you’ve still (just!) got time and we’re here to help. Here’s some inspiration on the best travel gifts available this year to get you going, whether you’re buying for a seasoned globetrotter or a casual holidaymaker. 1. Best for gadget addicts: Morphie powerstation mini In days of old,...

Nov 11, 2015

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Make more of your weekends this autumn...

Make more of your weekends this autumn

The leaves have turned orange, the nights are drawing in and the weather’s getting a bit chilly. Surely, that can only mean one thing: a sneaky autumn break anyone? November to early December is the perfect time to recharge your batteries ahead of Christmas. While other people are frantically shopping for presents, you can swoop in and pick up a great deal out of the peak season. Here are a few weekend options we think you’ll like. No passport required: The Lake...

Nov 2, 2015

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Revealed! How to travel in style in economy class...

Revealed! How to travel in style in economy class

Many of us long to get on a plane and turn left into business class, but until we win the Lottery, economy class is where we end up. But don’t despair! While long-haul flights in economy class are no one’s idea of fun, with a few hacks you can turn them into more pleasurable experiences. No, you might not lie flat, but here we give you the inside track on how you can have a meal with a proper...

Oct 27, 2015

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How to holiday like an X Factor judge...

How to holiday like an X Factor judge

After a heart-stopping weekend of sob stories, lung-busting covers and “this is all I’ve ever wanted” moments, we finally know which acts Simon, Cheryl, Grimmy and Rita will be taking with them to the live X Factor shows. In all honesty though, we were much more interested in the incredible destinations the judges picked for their acts this year; yes, even more impressed than Simon securing the arguably worst member of One Direction to help him make his decision. So,...

Oct 27, 2015

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Lads, ladies and lovers: The best destinations for group holidays...

Lads, ladies and lovers: The best destinations for group holidays

Whether you’re off on holiday with the lads for a long overdue catch up, are heading away on a hen do with the girls or are getting a few couples together for a fun-filled break, there are plenty of places to choose from just a short flight from the UK. Here are our top picks for group breaks, whatever you’re after. The boys Best for alternative nightlife: Berlin Berlin’s nightlife needs no introduction. From sweaty electro-pumping warehouses to authentically quirky...

Oct 13, 2015

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The dos and don’ts of a ski holiday...

The dos and don’ts of a ski holiday

Incredible alpine panoramic views, thrilling downhill descents and epic après-ski parties – they are all yours for the taking on a holiday on the slopes. But wait! Before you start shopping for salopettes, there are a few things you need to remember. Luckily for you, we’ve got your back – our handy list of dos and don’ts will make sure your next ski holiday is memorable for the right reasons. Getting the gear Do: Borrow everything you can...

Oct 13, 2015

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If luxe could kill! 8 amazing ski chalets to stay in this season...

If luxe could kill! 8 amazing ski chalets to stay in this season

Where would you spend your next ski holiday if money were no object? With luxurious bedrooms, jaw-dropping design features, indoor pools and private nightclubs, one of these fabulous chalets or ski hotels should fit the bill, writes Jessica Bown. Chalet Marco Polo, Val d’Isere, France Price-tag per week: £40,900 to £136,400 Highlights: Indoor pool, massage rooms (hydro and classic), private nightclub Fancy taking a dip in a gold leaf pool before inviting your friends round for a party...

Oct 5, 2015

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How to spend two days in London

How to spend two days in London

London is electric; a city of non-stop action and endless activity. A frenetic current runs through its streets 24 hours a day, with an eclectic restaurant scene, fascinating history and exciting cultures new and old constantly charging the generator. With so much going on, you can pack a tremendous amount into a two-day trip, but you’ll need to use the frantic pace of the capital as your ally. No one stands still too long in London, so you’ll want to...

Oct 5, 2015

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Luxe for less: 10 budget UK hotels with the wow factor...

Luxe for less: 10 budget UK hotels with the wow factor

Fancy a night in a posh hotel but don’t want to splash the cash? Love your luxury toiletries, locally-sourced breakfasts and claw-footed bath tubs but don’t want to break the bank? Tamara Hinson has done some digging to find 10 of the UK’s most luxurious hotels with a price tag of £100 or less. Carden Park, Chester, Cheshire Price: From £99 per room per night on a bed and breakfast basis This beautiful 196-room hotel recently underwent a £4...

Sep 21, 2015

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9 places to visit before Christmas

9 places to visit before Christmas

Even by British standards, this summer has been brief. And now we’re on to autumn. Before you know it, it will be Christmas and then it’s time to start thinking about 2016’s big holiday. But there’s still plenty of time to get one more break in before the festive season. Here are a few hand-picked treats to put in your pre-Christmas stocking – you’re welcome. 1. Where: London When: Saturday November 14 Why: For a start, it’s the 800th Lord Mayor’s...

Sep 16, 2015

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#WishYouWereHere! Are you guilty of holiday bragging?...

#WishYouWereHere! Are you guilty of holiday bragging?

As a social media generation, we’ve become accustomed to an endless torrent of other people’s holiday photos through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Long gone are the days of embarking on wild, wonderful adventures to simply enrich our lives and soothe our souls. Now we need everyone to know where we’ve been. And we need to make them seethe with jealousy. But El Camino Travel might have just upped the game in holiday bragging – the self-obsession stakes are...

Sep 14, 2015

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Scrum in the sun! Rugby inspired holidays...

Scrum in the sun! Rugby inspired holidays

As the Rugby World Cup kicks off this weekend, teams from all over the world will be heading to the UK in an attempt to scrum, tackle and try their way to the prestigious title. England are 9/2 to win the trophy on home soil, according to Paddy Power, but it’s not going to be easy with the Kiwis, Wallabies and Springboks all hoping to triumph at the tournament. The odds aren’t completely against Stuart Lancaster’s men, but the team...

Sep 8, 2015

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5 undiscovered Spanish cities you need to visit now...

5 undiscovered Spanish cities you need to visit now

Just a short flight away, it’s no surprise that Spain was by far the most searched-for country on TravelSupermarket this summer. The tried-and-tested combo of great weather, exciting cities and long, golden beaches make it so easy to just hop on a plane and spend a week in the sun sipping sangria. But once you’ve done the Canaries, been to the Balearics and are bored of Barcelona, what’s next? Why not explore the country’s fascinating Moorish past, taste tapas dishes...

Aug 26, 2015

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How to book hotels for less

How to book hotels for less

If you’re looking to book a hotel for a short break, work or even just a night out with friends, it’s always worth considering how you can cut the cost of your stay. Follow my top tips and bag a bed for less. 1. Do your research Finding the right hotel takes up the majority of my time when I’m booking a trip. It’s important to get it right so I use a good guide book or website to...

Aug 18, 2015

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Street food fight – let your stomach rule your holiday decisions...

Street food fight – let your stomach rule your holiday decisions

Food glorious food. We need it, we love it and some of the more gastronomically aware among us live it. The keenest foodies even use it to dictate where next to go on holiday, according to the latest research from TravelSupermarket. A quarter of Brits said they booked a destination based solely on the food, while almost half (47%) said they considered street food to be the most authentic way to dine abroad. To celebrate this culinary travel...

Aug 17, 2015

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Should I go to Greece this summer?

Should I go to Greece this summer?

Planning to travel to Greece this summer? You might still be questioning the destination as the choice of your holiday after months of news around Greek bailouts, demonstrations in Athens, talks of a “Grexit” (or Greece leaving the euro) and, more recently, news of migrants landing on islands such as Kos and Lesbos as they flee from countries including Syria. But is this all a media storm? What’s it really like at the moment in the ever-popular resorts spread across...

Aug 10, 2015

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How to make a successful travel insurance claim...

How to make a successful travel insurance claim

With the summer holiday season in full swing, no-one wants to dampen high spirits by thinking about something going wrong. That’s why we buy travel insurance: to protect us and give us a sense of security in our holiday plans. But, even if you try to cover all eventualities, a claim could still be rejected with common reasons including not actually being covered for the item you are claiming for, taking part in activities that aren’t included in the...

Aug 4, 2015

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Romance on the road: Britain’s most beautiful road trips...

Romance on the road: Britain’s most beautiful road trips

All out of ideas for your next romantic break? Keep it simple and hit the road. You see, the UK is jam-packed with epic scenery that just oozes passion and romance, so why not explore it with the one you love? Jump in the car, stick on your song and discover a beautiful part of Britain you never knew existed. Here are a few ideas to get you going. Like a young Marlon Brando: Cheddar Gorge Length: 15...

Jul 21, 2015

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Sunburn and teabags: Do you holiday like a Brit?...

Sunburn and teabags: Do you holiday like a Brit?

Getting away from it all – it’s a phrase we Brits can’t seem to fully apply when on holiday. “Try a cup of authentic Argentine, mate?” “No thanks, I’ve brought a supply of Yorkshire Tea from home.” “Breakfast like the locals for the ultimate dining experience?” “Actually, that cafe on the corner does an amazing full English.” “What about this weather; 30C and not a cloud in the sky!” “But have you heard, it’s raining back home?” According to...

Jul 20, 2015

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12 clichéd holiday snaps we could all do without...

12 clichéd holiday snaps we could all do without

Social media has made would-be photographers out of all of us. It’s almost like if we don’t upload our holiday snaps on Facebook the second they are taken, we’ve never even been away. We’re all a bit vindictive too; we want others to see the fun we’re having. We thrive off the thought of their green-eyed jealousy as they sit at their desks while we sun ourselves shamelessly, selfie stick in one hand, cocktail in the other. The only...

Jul 14, 2015

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Take the stress out of travelling with children...

Take the stress out of travelling with children

If you’re gearing up for your big family summer getaway, you may be dreading the prospect of packing, endless waits at airports and flights with kids in tow. But don’t let worries about your children misbehaving on a flight, or stresses about keeping kids entertained in an airport, ruin the excitement of your trip. With a little forward planning, travelling with children can be stress free. Follow our top tips below to make your next trip a breeze…...

Jun 2, 2015

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The world’s strangest and funniest place names...

The world’s strangest and funniest place names

They say travel broadens the mind. Turns out it also provides plenty of opportunities to giggle like a five-year-old at all the unintentionally hilarious – or simply odd – geographical titles out there. Join us on a tour of wacky toponymy from Sandy Balls to Eek, via Middelfart and Dull… Sandy Balls Where: Hampshire, England Look on the website of this New Forest holiday village – even in the FAQs – and seemingly nowhere to be found is there an answer...

May 26, 2015

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This summer’s top five party destinations...

This summer’s top five party destinations

It’s that time of year again. The White Isle of Ibiza has woken from its winter hiatus and is ready to welcome world-famous DJs and revellers to its shores, with the end of May signalling the start of its opening parties. But it’s not just Ibiza that knows how to party. If you’re looking for a summer of fun, we’ve got the low-down on five great options… 1. The grandaddy of clubbing: Ibiza As the original party island and mecca for hedonism, there are still few places that can match...

May 11, 2015

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Summer escapes: 12 beach hotels with amazing views...

Summer escapes: 12 beach hotels with amazing views

Summer’s just around the corner, so make the most of it and grab a room with a view at one of these gorgeous beach hotels, writes Tamara Hinson. 1. Godolphin Arms, Cornwall, UK Guests at the Godolphin Arms hotel get uninterrupted views of St Michael’s Mount and a two-mile-long stretch of beach. It’s possible to step straight out of the hotel on to the sand, and the beach bar is the perfect place to soak up the view...

Apr 30, 2015

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Top secret! London’s top 10 hidden attractions...

Top secret! London’s top 10 hidden attractions

London’s main visitor attractions are world famous. But there are many less well-known sights which are just as enjoyable – if you are in the know, writes Peter Carty. So here we reveal 10 of London’s best hidden attractions. And, as a bonus, they are all free. 1. Best for first-time visitors: Greenwich Park Greenwich Park (Greenwich, London SE10; 0300 061 2380) lacks the status of some of the capital’s other parks and heaths. But as well as...

Apr 30, 2015

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Eat your greens: The best destinations for vegetarians...

Eat your greens: The best destinations for vegetarians

For vegetarians, finding a meat-free meal on holiday can be a headache, writes Robin Gauldie. But it’s not impossible. We pick some destinations that serve veggies surprisingly well – and some that vegetarians may want to avoid. Currying favour in India: 10/10 Say (Hindi): “Main shakaharee hoon” India is veggie heaven. There are probably more vegetarians here than in the rest of the world put together, so this is one place where they won’t look at you as...

Apr 16, 2015

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Why I won’t be holidaying in the UK this summer...

Why I won’t be holidaying in the UK this summer

British “staycations” are all the rage, apparently – especially if you have an unnatural interest in caravans, wear socks with sandals and like to eat out of tins. There’s nothing wrong with a British summer holiday, except that… They’re so expensive you’ll need another holiday to recover from the stress “We would take a foreign holiday this year, only we can’t afford it.” Time to update that phrase as: “We would holiday at home this year, only it’d...

Apr 2, 2015

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Get set for summer: Where to go, and when...

Get set for summer: Where to go, and when

The Easter eggs have been dismantled, you’re bursting with hot cross buns and spring has sprung. Maybe you made the most of the Easter break and are now smugly admiring your tan. But if you’ve been stuck at home, now’s the time to get your skates on and make sure summer is different by bagging yourself a great summer getaway. But where should you go? Let us inspire you… Where to go in June If you’re itching to get away, June is just around the corner and it truly...

Apr 2, 2015

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Style and the city: Pack right when you pack light...

Style and the city: Pack right when you pack light

Heels or trainers? Skinny jeans or little black dress? Packing a stylish wardrobe for a city break can be a tricky business – especially if you’re trying to shoehorn everything into your trusty carry-on bag to avoid extra luggage charges. But if you struggle with this task, at least you’re not alone. Here at TravelSupermarket, we’ve found that 35% of holidaymakers find it hard to fit everything into their hand luggage for a city break. What’s more, we...

Mar 26, 2015

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Home vs away: The great hen and stag party dilemma...

Home vs away: The great hen and stag party dilemma

He put a ring on her finger! Your best mate/sister/brother just got engaged. You’ve issued oohs and ahhs over the diamond, offered your sincerest congratulations and wishes for a happy and long life together, maybe even started planning your outfit for the big day. Then, misty-eyed with pride, it suddenly dawns on you… there’s a hen or stag party to organise. Those words might fill first-time planners with a feeling of utter glee, but for those who have...

Mar 12, 2015

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How your Easter break could cost £1,032 more than it needs to...

How your Easter break could cost £1,032 more than it needs to

With millions of Brits planning to be away over the Easter holidays, the countdown is on to the big getaway day. But for those who don’t plan ahead, the cost of those last-minute travel essentials – such as travel insurance, car hire and airport parking – could make a serious dent in your budget. However, it’s not too late to make massive savings. My five-step holiday plan will save you a fortune and ensure your departure goes smoothly. Step...

Mar 11, 2015

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Decadent destinations: The top 10 places to pile on the pounds...

Decadent destinations: The top 10 places to pile on the pounds

Travel and calorie-counting don’t mix. The signature dishes of these indulgent cities are smothered in cheese, drowned in cream, and well worth adding an extra notch to your belt, writes Anita Isalska. Make sure you arrive hungry at these 10 decadent destinations… 1. Slurp authentic ragu in Bologna, Italy Average flight time from the UK: Two hours Extra belt notches: Three Spaghetti bolognese has conquered plates from New York to New Zealand. For the real deal, twirl your...