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 hotels for short breaks, 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 locate the...

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 11, 2015

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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...

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...

Aug 4, 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 hanker to get on a plane and turn left into business class, but until we win the National Lottery jackpot, 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...

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...

Mar 10, 2015

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Seven golden rules to bag a bargain summer holiday...

Seven golden rules to bag a bargain summer holiday

Spring may not quite have sprung yet, but savvy travellers are already planning their summer getaways. But how do you ensure you get the best deal on your holiday? Just follow our seven simple golden rules… Rule #1: Weigh up whether a package or DIY break is better for you An important question to ask yourself when booking a summer holiday is whether it’s worth going for a stress-free package deal where all of your flights, hotels and transfers are taken...

Mar 5, 2015

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Eight short breaks perfect for winter sun...

Eight short breaks perfect for winter sun

Fed up of wearing woollens this year and dreaming of jetting off into the sun? Even if you have just a few days to spare, there are some fantastic places to visit for a warm short break. Here’s our pick of eight of the best… 1. For tasty tapas: Seville, Spain Flight time: Approximately two hours 40 minutes Basking in balmy temperatures of around 20C during March, Andalucia’s capital is the perfect location for a short, sunny sightseeing break. A city of orange blossom and...

Feb 25, 2015

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Eight travel apps to save you cash

Eight travel apps to save you cash

These nifty bits of globetrotting tech will help to save you valuable cash while you’re away. 1. Save on tips Should I tip or shouldn’t I? And, if I do, how much? Tipping is a travel minefield. Two extremes are Japan and the US. Tipping just isn’t part of Japanese culture; it’s considered condescending and altogether too direct. Go Japanese in your average New York bar, however, and you’ll also be seen as crashingly rude. Global Tipping Guide is a popular...

Feb 19, 2015

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Secret sands: In search of the world’s best hidden beaches...

Secret sands: In search of the world’s best hidden beaches

Fancy a dip? We find where the locals go in the hottest beach locations worldwide. Sussex (just not Brighton) Brighton might be a jolly little town but, judging by the hordes who descend upon the resort’s main beach when the summer sun shines, you’d think it was the only decent stretch of sand in Britain. You’ll more likely find the locals on Hove’s shingle beach, a saunter west from Brighton proper. The nostalgic seaside delights for which Brighton...

Feb 12, 2015

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Are these the world’s 11 most boring places?...

Are these the world’s 11 most boring places?

Turns out one traveller’s dull as ditchwater is another’s safe as houses. Read our rundown of allegedly snooze-inducing spots and then let us know where’s the most utterly unremarkable place you’ve ever been to. Birmingham Poor Birmingham has been voted by TripAdvisor users as the most boring city not only in Britain, but all of Europe. Twice. And it’s not just TripAdvisor. Some 70% of Brummie residents in a poll by the snack brand McVitie’s called Britain’s second...

Feb 3, 2015

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Where to propose? 11 of the world’s best places to pop the question...

Where to propose? 11 of the world’s best places to pop the question

You’ve got the right date – Valentine’s Day – to make the offer of a lifetime, but where on Earth (and we are talking the whole planet) to do it? 1. Urban thrills: London “There is in London all that life can afford,” famously claimed that great resident of the city Samuel Johnson. Some 250 years later, his bold statement remains true. The British capital is one of the world’s most thrilling cities (OK, perhaps especially if you...

Feb 1, 2015

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Top holiday destinations for Valentine’s and beyond...

Top holiday destinations for Valentine’s and beyond

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is most certainly in the air. And if you’ve planned a secret break to surprise your loved one – or are even planning to pop the question – you’re sure to have a memorable holiday. But romance shouldn’t stop with the proposal. Whether it’s your honeymoon, anniversary, or even your first holiday away with the kids, choosing the right destination is key. Here’s our round-up of the best places to visit when…...

Jan 29, 2015

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It’s not too late to hit the slopes: Nine of the best resorts for March and April...

It’s not too late to hit the slopes: Nine of the best resorts for March and April

You might think that the ski season is all but over by April. But think again, writes Jessica Bown. Many ski resorts stay open into May and even June, and some of the best skiing and snowboarding conditions can be found later in the season. Hitting the slopes in March and April means warmer temperatures and cheaper prices – with Eurozone destinations looking particularly cheap just now due to the weak euro. So what are you waiting for? Our...

Jan 28, 2015

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Valentine’s romance? A cheat sheet for flirting abroad...

Valentine’s romance? A cheat sheet for flirting abroad

Travel and romance? They go together like tapas and bone-dry sherry in some cute little Barcelona bar. But what tends to tag along? Cultural difference, of course, aka that hugely embarrassing faux pas performed on a first date with an exciting foreign friend. So, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, here’s our guide on how to flirt on holiday without putting your foot in it  (unless that’s some wacky local custom, of course). France: Fragrant phrases Flirting is as much...

Jan 20, 2015

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00-heaven: How to travel like a spy

00-heaven: How to travel like a spy

  Assume nothing. Suspect everything. And most importantly, trust no one. For behind every door a spy could be lurking – bugging your room, listening to your conversations and watching your every move. Because this is Washington DC, where the great and the powerful of the world’s elite gather to make international decisions – and also home to more spies per capita than anywhere else in the world. So, with the release of the spy thriller ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ due...

Jan 19, 2015

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Package vs DIY: The great holiday dilemma...

Package vs DIY: The great holiday dilemma

If you’re taking action and booking a holiday to rid yourself of the January blues, getting a great deal is likely to be a top priority. And one of the main decisions to make is whether to put together your own jaunt or opt for a no-fuss package deal. So to help, we weigh up your options… Round one: Your cash The type of trip you’re after will largely determine whether a package deal or DIY holiday offers the best value for money for you. Generally speaking,...

Jan 15, 2015

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Greece vs Portugal: The great holiday tug-of-war...

Greece vs Portugal: The great holiday tug-of-war

Fired up to book your next holiday but not sure where to choose? We place two sun-soaked favourites – Greece and Portugal – head-to-head to help you make your decision. Which one will emerge as the victor? Let the battle begin! Round one: The beaches Flop, sizzle and switch off, Portugal and Greece both boast superior sandcastle territory. Take the Algarve, Portugal’s beach capital. Receiving throngs of visitors every year, the sunny corner attracts holidaymakers looking for the classic ingredients of a beach break...

Jan 14, 2015

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Nine great escapes to beat the winter blues...

Nine great escapes to beat the winter blues

OK, so ‘Blue Monday’ – supposedly the most depressing day of the year in Britain, falling on January 19 – may be a largely made-up date, but here’s something that’s not. Seasonal affective disorder – aka SAD, or the winter blues – is thought to affect one in five British people. One cause? Lack of sunlight = low serotonin, the body’s natural happiness drug. And the cure? Well, it may be obvious – go somewhere sunny – but surprisingly few of us...

Jan 8, 2015

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Stay cool this season: 11 incredible ski retreats...

Stay cool this season: 11 incredible ski retreats

Heading to the slopes this season? Whether you’re after a romantic hideaway or want to dine on food fit for a future king (really), these are the top places to stay in 2015, writes Nicola Iseard. Best for views: Pine Lodge, Val Gardena, Italy New for this season, this chalet ticks all the boxes: great location (200 metres from the pistes); beautifully furnished (think polished wood floors, faux-fur throws, sink-into sofas and funky lighting); and floor-to-ceiling windows with...

Jan 7, 2015

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Cruise vs beach: The great holiday tug-of-war...

Cruise vs beach: The great holiday tug-of-war

Are you crazy about cruising or a bronzed beach bunny? Or are you simply struggling to decide what type of break to book for your next holiday? Here our travel expert, Bob Atkinson, argues that an adventure at sea should be on your travel to-do list, while travel writer, Clare Walsh, wants you to stride across the sand on a beach break. Who will get your vote? Let the battle begin! Round one: The choice Bob: Who needs...

Jan 6, 2015

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Florida vs Dubai: The great holiday tug-of-war...

Florida vs Dubai: The great holiday tug-of-war

Are you looking for a wow factor sunshine break but can’t decide where to go? Let TravelSupermarket do the hard work for you as we place two popular hotspots head-to-head. In this holiday face-off, larger-than-life Florida takes on glitzy Dubai. Let the battle begin! Round one Stretches of sand such as those on Palm Beach and Key West, and trendy South Beach in Miami are world famous for good reason! Whether you lounge in luxury on a private...

Nov 28, 2014

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The best Christmas shopping destinations...

The best Christmas shopping destinations

With only four weeks to go until Christmas, have you started your gift and food shopping yet? You may be groaning at the prospect, but why not turn the annual ordeal into a fun and exciting mini break  to somewhere different? Here we share some of our favourite Christmas markets and other festive shopping hot spots. Where will you go? New York You name it; you can buy it in New York. Renowned for its sheer breadth and depth of shops...

Oct 30, 2014

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5 reasons to book your holiday early

5 reasons to book your holiday early

Savvy travellers know that booking a holiday well in advance is the key to bagging a bargain break; think of customers as the early birds and the juiciest holiday options as the worms. Here we round up five of the best reasons why you should act now to secure your dream holiday. 1. You can save up to 25% Let’s be blunt about this: the holiday industry wants you to book early. They are an organised lot and they...

Oct 16, 2014

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Virtual holidays and robot tour guides: Is this the future of travel?...

Virtual holidays and robot tour guides: Is this the future of travel?

I could do with a holiday. A virtual holiday, that is – courtesy of a 3d wrap-around visor to transport me a toasty Bermuda beach or a dramatic Icelandic glacier with much of the fun, and none of the hassle, of actual travel. But if I do get on a real plane and land in a real foreign country, I quite fancy my own 24-hour tour guide. A robot tour guide. At least I wouldn’t have to tip. Travel...