Dec 2, 2016

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Should I go to Greece this summer?

Should I go to Greece this summer?

From near economic ruin to bearing the brunt of the 2015/16 refugee crisis, Greece has had to overcome a great deal in the last few years. Amid the height of the county’s problems, the British media went into an all-out frenzy, leaving many concerned over their travel plans top the popular holiday hotspot. Now, however, the situation has calmed down again, with tourism expected to thrive again in 2017. Here’s what you need to think about for a...

Nov 10, 2016

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11 of the best Christmas markets in Europe...

11 of the best Christmas markets in Europe

Wooden chalets, mulled wine, and all the Christmassy calories you can consume – it’s Christmas markets time! For many, the Christmas market has become synonymous with the festive season, alongside Brussels sprouts and that one completely useless gift you receive from a distant relative every year. To give you an idea of which one to choose, we’ve put together our list of classic and alternative Christmas markets in some of Europe’s top city break destinations. Berlin To call Berlin a Christmas...

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 13, 2016

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The ultimate guide to budget city breaks...

The ultimate guide to budget city breaks

Your city break’s all booked – exciting stuff! Now that’s sorted, it’s tempting to switch off, but getting organised now could save you a bundle. The more money you save, the more fun you can have on holiday, so we’ve put together this guide to the best way to do a city break on a budget. Compare cheap city breaks Get the right insurance Boring? Maybe. Potential life saver? Definitely. Get your travel insurance sorted well in advance of your trip...

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...

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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Autumn food and drink festivals in the UK and beyond...

Autumn food and drink festivals in the UK and beyond

Some of the UK and Western Europe’s best food festivals take place in autumn, from Northern Ireland’s Potato Festival to Pilsner Fest in the Czech Republic, writes Tamara Hinson. We’ve rounded up 14 food-themed events that are guaranteed to get your stomach rumbling – and the great news is that all these festivals are easily accessible for us Brits! Potato Festival, Bushmills, Northern Ireland October 1 | Free entry | discovernorthernireland.com Celebrate the mighty spud – and try the tastiest varieties – at this brilliant food...

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 9, 2016

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

Booking now vs booking late: The great holiday dilemma

As the last traces of summer fade into autumn, many Brits will be heading back to work after a well-earned holiday. Chances are the last thing on your mind is next year’s big break, but looking to book early could see you save in the long run. It all boils down to the great holiday dilemma: will I save by booking early or are their better deals available at the last minute? Here we place both arguments head-to-head...

Aug 30, 2016

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How to make a successful travel insurance claim...

How to make a successful travel insurance claim

In the wake of Lowcostholidays’ recent collapse, the importance of protecting your holiday has never been more relevant. Although holidays are supposed to be happy and memorable times, on occasion things can go wrong. That’s why we buy insurance; to cover us when events are taken out of our control. However, 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...

Aug 2, 2016

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

Revealed! How to travel in style in economy class

How many times have you boarded a plane and walked through the business class section to find that your seat in economy is not one of those wide, spacious, comfy-looking reclining spots at the front of the plane, but instead resembles a battery farm cage? Your meal looks like it’s made of plastic, the blanket is wafer thin and the size of a flannel, and the entertainment system is broken – ring any bells? Most of us have been there, but don’t...

Jul 26, 2016

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Travel apps to simplify your trip this summer...

Travel apps to simplify your trip this summer

Gone are the days of hauling around gigantic maps and dog-eared guide books; we now have everything we need at the touch of a button on our smartphones. Some say our increasing digital reliance has taken the adventure out of travel (although of course those people are welcome to head off without any assistance!) but many others love how technology has made planning and taking a holiday so much simpler. To help you improve your trip, we’ve put together a selection of essential apps – some...

Jul 18, 2016

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9 unusual things you can do in the UK...

9 unusual things you can do in the UK

Staycation figures are at an all-time high in 2016, according to VisitBritain. If you’re one of the thousands of people holidaying in the UK this year but you’ve visited many of the better-known attractions, you might find yourself wondering where next to add to your Britain bucket list. Luckily for you, our diverse little island contains a treasure-trove of exciting activities – we’ve picked out some of the more interesting and unusual activities you might not have realised you could do in the UK. Get lost in...

Jul 18, 2016

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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…...

Jul 8, 2016

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7 epic bike rides across Europe

7 epic bike rides across Europe

Dig the bike out from the shed and squeeze into that Lycra – the peloton is off and the Tour de France is now well under way! The riders are already several stages into the world’s greatest cycle race, having departed from Mont Saint Michel in Normandy on July 2. If you’re not exhausted from watching along on TV and have been inspired to get back in the saddle, we’ve picked out a number of exciting rides for beginners through to seasoned bike-nuts. 1. UK:...

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,...

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...

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 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...

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...