Aug 27, 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...

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 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...

Aug 18, 2015

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10 top holiday bugbears

10 top holiday bugbears

As we hit the beach in our millions this summer, 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...

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...

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 19, 2015

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10 things you must do before you go on holiday...

10 things you must do before you go on holiday

Many of us will remember the classic moment in the film ‘Home Alone’, when Kevin’s mother realises that, in all the hustle and bustle of going on holiday, she’s forgotten her eight-year-old son. While this may seem a little far-fetched, if you aren’t prepared, pre-holiday stress can make you forget even the most obvious and important items. So, to help you if you’re jetting off soon, we’ve put together this handy checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered. Then all you...

May 19, 2015

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Amazing places to stay in the UK for less than £100...

Amazing places to stay in the UK for less than £100

In need of some time out? Then read on, because we’ve found the best UK accommodation for under £100, writes Tamara Hinson. There’s something for everyone, whether you fancy spending the night in a converted train carriage or channelling your wild side with a safari-themed getaway in the Kent wilderness. Best for a quiet weekend in the country The Pheasant Inn, Hungerford, Berkshire: From £90 per room per night The 11-room Pheasant Inn is ideal for fans of all...

May 17, 2015

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Monkey buffets and baby jumping: The 10 most unusual customs from around the world...

Monkey buffets and baby jumping: The 10 most unusual customs from around the world

Lobbing tomatoes at fellow visitors… water fights with the locals… gorging on haggis, tatties and neeps and listening to poetry… some of the world’s most beloved travel experiences sound wacky and weird to outsiders – that’s the joy of global travel though, isn’t it, throwing ourselves into a culture and customs so very different from our own? Many of us know about Spain’s La Tomatina (the tomato-flinging fest), Songkran in Thailand (the wild water fight), and the UK’s...

May 11, 2015

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Feeling peckish? 11 weird foods from around the world...

Feeling peckish? 11 weird foods from around the world

We’ve got used to eating things our grandparents would have been horrified by – like squid, octopus and sushi. But there are still some challenging dishes out there, writes Robin Gauldie. Here’s our pick of 11 bizarre menu options around the world. But, be warned – none of them taste like chicken. 1. Welsh wonder food: Laver bread It may look like dark green slime, but laver bread – bara lawr in Welsh – is one of those ancient...

May 11, 2015

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Revealed! The UK’s top 10 favourite beach destinations...

Revealed! The UK’s top 10 favourite beach destinations

We all know one of them. That annoying friend who is always having a better holiday than you and manages, every year, to find that place where everyone is going. Well, fear not! Here at TravelSupermarket we’ve crunched the numbers to reveal where Brits are flocking to between June and August 2015 to make sure that, this time, you don’t miss out. So, will Brits be basking in the Balearics or admiring the Algarve in 2015? All will be revealed… 1. Top of the list:...

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...

May 6, 2015

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10 things you didn’t know about cruises...

10 things you didn’t know about cruises

If you are planning your next holiday, a cruise might not be the first option that springs to mind. However, with the ability to explore a number of destinations in one trip, a wealth of on-board facilities and the option to do as much or as little as you want while on-board, it is clear to see why this type of holiday is so popular. If you’re not convinced and feel that cruise holidays just aren’t for you,...

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 29, 2015

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10 incredibly simple ways to save on rail fares...

10 incredibly simple ways to save on rail fares

The school summer holidays are fast approaching and if you’re planning on travelling by train, why pay a penny more for your rail tickets than you need to? So, with advance tickets for the summer months starting to be released now (with fares at a fraction of the full walk-on rate), we’ve come up with 10 simple tips to save you money when travelling by train. 1. Snap up tickets as soon as they are released… Train tickets are generally...

Apr 23, 2015

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In search of the perfect cuppa: Nine great teatime experiences around the world...

In search of the perfect cuppa: Nine great teatime experiences around the world

Designer coffees and hipster cafes are all very well – but nothing beats the full-on afternoon tea, whether it’s served in a grand Palm Court lounge, a tradition Victorian tearoom, or in more exotic surroundings, writes Robin Gauldie. 1. No Jeremy Clarkson: The Ritz, London For sheer vulgar snobbery, you can’t beat high tea at The Ritz, on London’s Piccadilly. Silver spoons clink gently on fine porcelain in an atmosphere of reverential hush. No jeans, no trainers, no...

Apr 22, 2015

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Dive in! 10 pools with amazing views

Dive in! 10 pools with amazing views

Summer’s just around the corner, which means warmer weather, trips abroad and long days lazing by the pool. And, if the latter’s your priority, read on, because we’ve rounded up the swimming pools with the best views in the world. So, dust off the swimwear, grab the sun lotion and prepare to get wet, writes Tamara Hinson… 1. Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl, St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, Austria Swimmers who take a dip in this alpine pool get fantastic...

Apr 21, 2015

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In pictures: 8 unforgettable US road trips...

In pictures: 8 unforgettable US road trips

America is road trip heaven. Dramatic landscapes, roadside kitsch and cultural heritage combine with wide open freeways to create the perfect setting for a driving holiday, writes David Whitley. Beyond driving on the right, there aren’t too many quirks for UK motorists to get their heads round (aside from different speed limits in each state and a first come, first served rule at the many unlighted crossroads). Cheap – and perfectly adequate – roadside motels can keep costs...

Apr 16, 2015

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Britain’s cheapest city break is…...

Britain’s cheapest city break is…

Oh, we do love Britain in the springtime! There’s a fine bevy of attractions packed into these little isles, and nowhere’s more packed than the UK’s cities. If you’re planning a UK city break now the warmer weather has finally appeared, we’ve crunched the numbers to provide you with an easy guide to spending. What we haven’t done is just line up the cheapest UK metropolises. Let’s face it, some urban hot spots are hotter than others: not...

Apr 15, 2015

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10 reasons to read your travel insurance small print...

10 reasons to read your travel insurance small print

You’ve spent weeks planning your holiday, weighing up all of the options to find the perfect break for you. You’ve finally booked. Now what? It’s time to buy your travel insurance. OK, so this might not be the most exciting part of your getaway but it is essential to take out a comprehensive policy as soon as you book so you’re covered for everything from medical costs and lost possessions to cancellation. And  it’s a false economy to simply opt for...

Apr 9, 2015

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10 of Europe’s most breathtaking natural sights...

10 of Europe’s most breathtaking natural sights

Europe: it’s about as civilised (and tame) as travel gets, right? When it comes to seeking out nature in all her raw and forceful glory, we tend to think of travelling to far-flung climes – the fearsome ice-scapes of Antarctica, say, Madagascar’s bizarre island zoo or the mighty jungle stretches of the Amazon, writes Nigel Tisdall. But keep your eyes on the horizon and you risk missing the natural wonders on our doorstep. Europe has fiery volcanoes, dense primeval...

Apr 9, 2015

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Try something new: 11 unusual city break attractions...

Try something new: 11 unusual city break attractions

Tired of the Trevi Fountain and bored of Big Ben? Why not try something different, fun or downright bizarre the next time you jet off on a city break? From owl cafes in Tokyo to Gladiator School in Rome, we round up some alternative ideas… 1. London: Climb an ice wall Chilling out in Covent Garden takes on an entirely new meaning at Vertical Chill’s ice wall. Your hour-long session will see you kitted out with all the necessary gear to scale the eight-metre wall from...

Apr 1, 2015

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Forget eggs and bunnies: Nine Easter celebrations around the world...

Forget eggs and bunnies: Nine Easter celebrations around the world

As you’ve been busily munching on chocolate and hunting for eggs, people around the world have been celebrating Easter in their own way. From elaborate processions to water fights and festivals, here’s a snapshot. 1. Processions and festivities: Seville Spectacular and elaborate, Seville’s Easter celebrations begin during Semana Santa (the seven days prior to Easter Sunday) with colourful processions of hooded medieval characters or nazarenos. There can be up to 3,000 nazarenos in a cofradia (brotherhood) – of which there are nearly 70...