Feb 9, 2016

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Winter warmers! Where’s hot right NOW?...

Winter warmers! Where’s hot right NOW?

The mercury has dropped, the thick socks are out and your commute time has almost doubled due to bad weather. All of which can only mean one thing: time for a cheeky winter sun escape. And, although the UK is currently battling with weather warnings, there are plenty of places all over the world enjoying endless sunny days and warm weather. Some sunny spots are a short flight away, while others require more of an investment in time. But, one thing...

Feb 9, 2016

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9 of the world’s most romantic hotel suites...

9 of the world’s most romantic hotel suites

Planning on treating your other half to a break for Valentine’s Day but not sure where to go? Worry no more, writes Tamara Hinson, because we’ve come to the rescue with our guide to the world’s most jaw-droppingly romantic hotels suites. Galaxy Sanctuary, Jade Mountain, St Lucia Price-tag: From £1,837 per night Highlights: Breathtaking views of St Lucia’s Pitons, enormous infinity pool and “wall-less” room design to make the most of the views Forget about rooms with a...

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...

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 15, 2015

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Got a spare £33,000? Christmas hotel stays with the wow-factor...

Got a spare £33,000? Christmas hotel stays with the wow-factor

For many people, Christmas consists of a family get together, plenty of turkey and an uncle who always has a bit too much Buck’s Fizz. And, if you think it’s indulgent to squeeze in one extra mince pie on Christmas Day, think again! From elephants and private butlers to waking up with an enviable view of the Eiffel Tower, here’s where some the wealthiest travellers will be celebrating Santa’s arrival this year. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel New York, New...

Dec 15, 2015

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Britain’s best New Year’s Eve celebrations...

Britain’s best New Year’s Eve celebrations

Got no plans for New Year’s Eve yet? Don’t worry! There’s plenty going on across the UK – and you don’t have to pay a fortune to enjoy it. We’ve picked out some of this year’s best best New Year’s events, so look out for celebrations near you and get ready to link arms and start the countdown… London – see the fireworks for free For the last two years, London’s famous New Year’s Eve firework display has been ticketed due...

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 24, 2015

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Retail therapy! The world’s best shopping destinations...

Retail therapy! The world’s best shopping destinations

Shopping abroad has a glamour that can’t be matched by pounding the pavements of your local high street. In these heavenly shopping hubs, you’ll want to browse and barter your way from gleaming mega-malls and exclusive designers to late-night markets. Because ‘shop until you drop’ is for quitters, writes Anita Isalska. Best for all that glitters: Dubai Record-breaking skyscrapers, palm-shaped resorts and indoor ski slopes make Dubai a playground for the ultra-rich. But the city-state’s smorgasbord of malls and...

Nov 16, 2015

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10 top holiday bugbears

10 top holiday bugbears

When we go away for a well-deserved break, we like to think it will all be smiles, relaxed times and fun for everyone. But holidays are just like life: they have their annoying bits, too. Oddly enough, studies have been conducted into those annoying bits, showing precisely what we find most irritating about travel. So, we’ve compiled the results of various surveys, thrown in a few anecdotes and distilled the rants of the best travelled types at the TravelSupermarket...

Nov 14, 2015

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The 10 worst holiday blunders to avoid...

The 10 worst holiday blunders to avoid

Booking a holiday is an exciting time – so exciting, in fact, that it’s easy to get carried away and end up making a mistake or two that could spoil your break away. Here, we round up 10 of the worst holiday blunders and how to avoid them. 1. Booking the wrong destination/date In 2014, one couple booked flights to the Caribbean for what they thought was a bargain £800, but were turned away at Birmingham airport because their...

Nov 2, 2015

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In pictures: 10 airports you’d actually want to get stuck in...

In pictures: 10 airports you’d actually want to get stuck in

Arriving at the airport to find your flight has been delayed can put a real dampener on your holiday. Hours of waiting in soulless airport purgatory stretch ahead as you sit hopefully watching the departures board. But believe it or not, there are airports around the world where you might actually wish you could stay longer. Airport hell? Try these 10 examples of airport heaven (well, OK, close to it) instead. 1. Madrid-Barajas Airport, Spain For the superb...

Oct 19, 2015

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10 fun things to do for under £10 this half term...

10 fun things to do for under £10 this half term

Keeping the kids entertained on the cheap during half term can be a challenge. But being strapped for cash shouldn’t mean you have to be short on ideas. There are plenty of things to see, do and experience this October half term – and not one of our suggestions will cost you more than a tenner. Here are a few ideas for cheap and fun activities during half term: 1. Venture into the great outdoors Okay, so the...

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 12, 2015

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Ski holidays: The guide for absolutely everybody...

Ski holidays: The guide for absolutely everybody

Beginners, budget skiers, families and even those who prefer après-ski to ski… we’ve found a resort for you. By Alf Alderson. For a great break on a budget: Bansko, Bulgaria Bansko features high on many a list of budget ski options and, while the overall skiing experience isn’t generally as slick as resorts in the Alps or Rocky Mountains, it’s improving all the time – in recent years, new lifts have been installed and the resort has plenty of skiing...

Oct 12, 2015

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Skiing pricey? Seven tips for a budget break on the snow...

Skiing pricey? Seven tips for a budget break on the snow

Think ski and snowboard holidays and you might think: expensive equipment, wince-inducing baggage charges… and Prince Charles at Klosters, writes Jessica Bown. In other words, holidays to keep your wallet away from. But be savvy, and you can have plenty of fun on the snow for less. Here are our top tips for winter sports holidays on a budget. 1. Get kitted out for a bargain Even just preparing for a winter sports trip can make a big...

Oct 6, 2015

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8 of the best places to see Santa this year...

8 of the best places to see Santa this year

When was the first time you met Father Christmas? Maybe it was at school. It could have been down at your local shopping centre. More often than not, it was just your dad in a cheap Santa outfit. But remember how much you loved it? Well, as it’s almost the season to be jolly, it’s time to start planning a trip to see Santa with the kids. Near or far, there are some great festive places to meet...

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 18, 2015

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Unusual sporting events around the World...

Unusual sporting events around the World

Forget the football World Cup, give Wimbledon a wide berth, and let the Olympics have the cold shoulder, we’ve pulled together a collection of some of the most unique, bizarre, and sometimes perilous sporting events from around the world. Let’s start close to home, with a traditional autumnal event… The World Conker Championships, Oundle If you fancy a unique day out in October and are partial to a bit of childhood nostalgia, you should head in the direction...

Sep 14, 2015

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Forget Oktoberfest! 9 of the best worldwide beer festivals...

Forget Oktoberfest! 9 of the best worldwide beer festivals

Oktoberfest is the undisputed heavyweight champion of beer festivals – there’s no denying that. But it’s not the only big beer festival in the world. Not by a long shot. Our planet is full of pale ales, pilsners, craft lagers and stouts; you just have to be willing to seek them out. Whether you missed out, went last year or just want a new location for your beer-inspired break, here are some of the biggest and best alternatives...

Sep 7, 2015

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From castles to clifftop cottages: 10 of the world’s most amazing holiday homes...

From castles to clifftop cottages: 10 of the world’s most amazing holiday homes

Whether you’re after a crash pad fit for a Bond villain or a cosy, clifftop cottage, the following holiday homes won’t fail to impress. So, round up your nearest and dearest and get ready for a getaway to remember, writes Tamara Hinson. 1. The Homestead, Stellenbosch, South Africa Sleeps: 12 Price: From £675 per night This gorgeous property is perfect for wine lovers. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Banhoek Valley, just an hour’s drive from Cape...

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 24, 2015

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12 ideas for days out this August bank holiday...

12 ideas for days out this August bank holiday

Wondering what to do over the coming bank holiday weekend? Whether you fancy learning how to waggle dance or you’re keen to discover how chocolate shaped one of England’s oldest cities, these fantastic days out are sure to keep boredom at bay, writes Tamara Hinson. 1. Best for shaking your tail feather: Africarnival, Horniman Museum, Forest Hill, London Price: free Get your groove on at this free urban festival, which takes place on August 30. Visitors can expect a...

Jul 30, 2015

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Edinburgh Festival survival guide: 10 ultimate insider tips...

Edinburgh Festival survival guide: 10 ultimate insider tips

There’s only one place in the world to be in August, and that’s Edinburgh. Home to the world’s largest arts festival, the city’s population doubles as people flock to experience comedy, theatre, dance and almost every other type of performance imaginable, writes Owen O’Leary. The Edinburgh Festival actually comprises six events taking place in the city this month. The daddy of these is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Aug 7-31), an anarchic, sprawling celebration of the arts that takes...

Jul 28, 2015

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9 of the world’s best places to visit before the masses...

9 of the world’s best places to visit before the masses

True Arabian Nights adventures, alpine valleys lost in time and the epicentre of Balkan boogie. Read our guide to the elite of off-the-beaten-track escapes – and then get there before word gets out. 1. Best for travelling back in time: Albania Why go now? The secret’s out and hotels are going up in some of the prettiest spots. It may be more than 30 years since the Albanians got rid of their dictator Enver Hoxha but they still haven’t...

Jul 28, 2015

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The top 10 free and cheap days out with the kids this summer...

The top 10 free and cheap days out with the kids this summer

It can be difficult to keep the kids entertained over the long summer holidays – not to mention expensive if you’re not careful. But there are plenty of very cheap and even free events happening all over the UK throughout July and August. Catherine Cooper rounds up some of the best. 1. Play in the park If the sun’s out, take a ball, kite or a frisbee and head for your nearest outdoor space. If you’re near South...

Jul 21, 2015

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Nine ways to make the most of the August bank holiday...

Nine ways to make the most of the August bank holiday

Not got plans for the August bank holiday yet (August 31)? This year, you’re spoilt for choice, thanks to recently launched flight routes, some fantastic new restaurants and a rather unusual music festival. Which means the only problem will be working out how to cram everything in, writes Tamara Hinson. 1. World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales Marathons and triathlons are overrated! The World Bog Snorkelling Championship, which takes place on August 30, is ideal for fitness...

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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We’re all going on a summer holiday! The top last-minute deals...

We’re all going on a summer holiday! The top last-minute deals

With summer in full swing and schools starting to break up, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all holidays are booked up already. But fear not! We’ve rounded up some late summer deals for families and couples who want to get away before the August bank holiday. Get your sunglasses and sun-cream at the ready! 1. Majorca from £376pp This firm favourite with holidaymakers is just over two hours from the UK. Choose between cute little sandy coves or...

Jul 8, 2015

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Save up to £1,250 on your summer holiday extras...

Save up to £1,250 on your summer holiday extras

With schools breaking up across the country, many families will be eagerly anticipating their summer holiday. But, without a spot of planning, the cost of a getaway can easily escalate when you’ve added on all of your essential extras – such as car hire, airport parking and travel money. However, if you get organised you can make huge savings on these extras – meaning you have more to spend while on the holiday itself. Here’s how to save....

Jun 29, 2015

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Lighthouses, a Roman gold mine and a groovy 70s pad: 11 amazing National Trust properties...

Lighthouses, a Roman gold mine and a groovy 70s pad: 11 amazing National Trust properties

The National Trust – you know, fusty old buildings and gift shops? Well, if you think that, you’re in for a surprise. Summer is a great time to get out and explore the fascinating variety of properties belonging to Britain’s biggest landowner – from a Roman gold mine, to literary genius Virginia Woolf’s former home, to the cutest little cottage… in Birmingham city centre. 1. Best for… lovers of the handmade Patterson’s Spade Mill, County Antrim, Northern Ireland What, you...

Jun 29, 2015

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Nine of Great Britain’s greatest B&Bs...

Nine of Great Britain’s greatest B&Bs

Fancy a cosy base for a relaxing weekend away? These bed and breakfasts tick all the comfort boxes but each one offers something special, too – be it a private terrace, a spectacular location or some seriously posh nosh. Penbontbren, Cardigan Bay, Wales If you thought B&Bs were all about cramped rooms and cold porridge, here’s a shining example of how this classic British accommodation style has upped its game. The former farm has five spacious suites –...

Jun 29, 2015

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7 ways to save on your holiday this summer...

7 ways to save on your holiday this summer

Hmmm, Wimbledon’s begun, Glastonbury’s just gone and it’s feeling decidedly toasty. It must (at last!) be summer. Now the big question is where to chase that lovely sun for your holiday without melting your credit card in the process. The seasonal holiday sales are tempting us with sizzling deals, but they’re not the only way to save money. As well as great suggestions for where to go and what to do on holiday this summer, here are some clever...

Jun 23, 2015

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Anyone for tennis? Eight great sporting getaways...

Anyone for tennis? Eight great sporting getaways

Is the prospect of watching the best players in the world tearing up the beautifully groomed Wimbledon courts motivating you to pick up a racquet yourself? Or is the warmer weather inspiring you to head to the golf course or get out on your bike? Weekends and evenings are all very well, but the best time to commit to really upping your game is on holiday. So why not swap the sun-lounger for a tennis court or a...

Jun 23, 2015

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If luxe could kill! Seven of the world’s most expensive hotel suites...

If luxe could kill! Seven of the world’s most expensive hotel suites

So you think it’s indulgent to crack open the mini-bar? Think again. For the world’s wealthiest jetsetters, true opulence means commanding butlers, snoozing on rotating beds and enjoying exclusive access to jaw-dislocating views – ideally with a frescoed dome or Volkswagen-sized chandelier along the way. Welcome to some of the world’s most expensive hotel suites, writes Anita Isalska. Two-storey Sky Villa at Palms Resort, Las Vegas, USA Price tag per night: $35,000 at weekends (around £22,000); $20,000 midweek...

Jun 17, 2015

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The 11 worldwide music festivals you need to be at in 2015...

The 11 worldwide music festivals you need to be at in 2015

With Glastonbury set to open its gates next week, music festivals are front of mind. And if you weren’t one of the lucky 135,000 people who snapped up a ticket in the 25 minutes it took to sell out this year, don’t fear, we’ve rounded up this year’s hottest events around the world. Whether you’re after big bands and a great tan or a wonderland site full of topiary and wild-roaming peacocks, get your wellies at the ready,...

Jun 9, 2015

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Revealed! This summer’s top family destinations...

Revealed! This summer’s top family destinations

Are you planning your summer family holiday? Want some help? We’ve crunched the numbers to reveal the nine family-favourites our customers are searching for, with some suggestions of places to stay and things to do while you’re there, writes Catherine Cooper. 1. Tenerife Approximate flight time: Four and a half hours With almost year-round sunshine and sandy beaches, Tenerife is a long-standing hit with families. Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje are the main resorts for plenty...

Jun 9, 2015

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11 things you probably didn’t know about holiday parks...

11 things you probably didn’t know about holiday parks

Think holiday villages are all about cramped caravans, cabaret shows and freezing cold shower blocks? Think again! Thanks to a £32 million makeover, Butlins Minehead resort has more in common with a luxury hotel, and here are some others which are a world away from the holiday villages of yesteryear, writes Tamara Hinson. 1. They don’t all look the same Butlins Minehead, Somerset, UK Our favourite part of the Butlins Minehead £32 million makeover? The rainbow-hued chalets, which...

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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The world’s best street food: 10 dishes that you HAVE to try...

The world’s best street food: 10 dishes that you HAVE to try

Food, glorious food…us Brits certainly love our grub! And on holiday it’s no different, as new flavours and aromas tantalise us, becoming an integral part of the travel experience. There’s no better way to get involved with the local foodie scene then by stepping away from the tourist traps and sampling some authentic street food. So we’ve taken a culinary trip around the globe to discover 10 iconic dishes… 1. For hot and spicy: Jerk chicken, Jamaica It’s not just the weather that’s hot...