Aug 3, 2015

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Want to learn how to make an animal out of a towel?...

Want to learn how to make an animal out of a towel?

You’ve probably seen them propped up on quilt covers, hiding in bathrooms or perched lazily on couches. Monkeys, turtles, elephants or, more than likely, swans made from twisted, bent, stretched and distorted cotton… We’re talking about towel art, of course. And what’s the first thing you do when you see it? Take a picture! According to TravelSupermarket, 13% of Brits consider taking a snap of towel creations as a classic part of a summer holiday abroad. So, in honour of the nation’s love of cotton creatures, we...

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 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 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...

May 19, 2015

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Five inspirational UK road trips – with soundtracks...

Five inspirational UK road trips – with soundtracks

The great British countryside has some truly spectacular scenery, and to show off some of the best spots, we’ve travelled from north to south to showcase five of the most breathtaking road trips. And to help bring these drives to life, we ran a competition for talented musicians to compose soundtracks to accompany the journeys. So, whether you fancy hopping in your car and taking in the sights of the dramatic Scottish Highlands or admiring the seascapes of the...

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 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 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...

Mar 12, 2015

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10 incredible stargazing destinations...

10 incredible stargazing destinations

Over the next few years, a number of spectacular astronomical events will take place, starting with a total solar eclipse on March 20. The bad news is that it will only be visible from Svalbard, in Norway, or the Faroe Islands. But the good news is that additional solar eclipses and lunar eclipses will be taking place around the world over the next two years. Tamara Hinson has rounded up the top 10 destinations all budding astronomers should know...

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 5, 2015

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Nine amazing places to dine in the sky...

Nine amazing places to dine in the sky

There’s fine dining to be found in some of the world’s tallest buildings – just don’t let the view distract you from your dinner. These nine iconic pinnacles have panoramic views and excellent menus, writes Robin Gauldie. 1. At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Towering above Dubai’s forest of skyscrapers, 442 metres above ground level on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa – currently the world’s tallest building – At.mosphere is the world’s highest restaurant. Despite the desert location, the menu...

Jan 8, 2015

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Eight jaw-dropping snow and ice sculpture extravaganzas this winter...

Eight jaw-dropping snow and ice sculpture extravaganzas this winter

The mother of all ice sculpture festivals has just kicked off in the city of Harbin, China, with whole cityscapes, famous landmarks, even a lifesize steam train (complete with “steam”) hewn from blocks of frozen water. But while Harbin might be the largest such sub-zero spectacular, frosty displays from Canada to Japan, via Sweden, are upping the icy ante. Prepare to be seriously chilled out… 1. International Ice and Snow Festival, Harbin, China: January 5-February 28 How do you...

Aug 26, 2014

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From Tuscany to Gloucestershire, five spectacular autumn scenes...

From Tuscany to Gloucestershire, five spectacular autumn scenes

The long days of summer may be on their way out, but autumn heralds the arrival of the most striking season. Out go the sun-bleached hues of warmer days to be replaced by the bold and rich glows of autumn. While the season transforms many places across the world into a kaleidoscope of colour, some spots can’t be trumped for their glorious performances. Here’s our lowdown on five of the best… New England, USA Famed for its displays of autumnal splendour, New...

Jul 11, 2014

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World-beating travel pics go on show. How do yours compare?...

World-beating travel pics go on show. How do yours compare?

  Looking for some inspiration for your holiday snaps? This selection of winning images from the latest Travel Photographer of the Year awards should fit the bill. Beating entrants from almost 100 countries, the top shots from amateur and professional photographers depict scenes from a tiny lion cub toddling beside two watchful adults in the Masai Mara, Kenya, to an Italian field of flowers that looks like a work of fine art, to one of the most astounding images...

May 16, 2014

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Yikes! Seven scary but amazing viewing platforms worldwide...

Yikes! Seven scary but amazing viewing platforms worldwide

Vertigo-sufferers, now may be the time to leave the room. Stakes have been raised in the world of nail-biting elevated attractions with last weekend’s opening of a 300-metre-high viewing platform in Chicago that tips visitors 30 degrees over the city skyline. Taking eight people at a time, the literally named TILT is a steel-and-glass enclosure that pivots out from the 94th floor of the Windy City’s Hancock Centre to provide the sky-high experience. Passengers in the sealed-in box...

Aug 16, 2013

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Our holiday wardrobe horrors

Our holiday wardrobe horrors

There’s something about being on holiday that encourages us to throw caution to the wind and try out new experiences, activities and food. However, the holiday feeling can also ‘inspire’ us to make some pretty tragic fashion decisions. So, the team at TravelSupermarket HQ decided to be brave and share the best (or worst) of their holiday wardrobe disasters… Bob Atkinson This photo was taken in Egypt on a Nile cruise. Some say it was a fancy dress night, but I clearly had...

Jul 5, 2013

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Around the world in 10 strange dishes...

Around the world in 10 strange dishes

When on holiday, do you enjoy eating like the locals and sampling your destination’s delicacies – whatever they may be? If so, take a journey around the world with us in 10 stops, finding out about 10 of the most unusual dishes to be sampled… 1. Australia: witchetty grubs For many Brits, Australian food is linked to the ‘I’m a Celebrity’ famous bushtucker trials, and strange cuisine in Australia is plentiful – although many of these unusual dishes are actually...

Jun 20, 2013

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Introducing our world photography map...

Introducing our world photography map

In the summer of 2012 we ran a competition called Capture the Colour. It challenged bloggers to dig out their finest travel photos which best represented our five colour categories; red, green, blue, yellow and white. It was open to anyone who ran their own blog, and the response we had was immense.  Entrants enjoyed reminiscing about their travels as well as being artistic by depicting each colour – sometimes obscurely, other times blatantly, but always brilliantly –...

Apr 19, 2013

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Our favourite cityscapes

Our favourite cityscapes

With two Bank Holidays around the corner in May, many of us will be taking advantage of the extended weekends and escaping on a city break. But where should you choose? We’ve put together a collection of our favourite city photographs to offer up inspiration… Susan Donnan: This photo was taken on a city break to Copenhagen around Christmas time a couple of years ago. The city is very picturesque with its winding streets, colourful harbour-side buildings and cosy pubs. Sitting outside  sipping...

Apr 12, 2013

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Our favourite wildlife pictures

Our favourite wildlife pictures

While flopping on the beach with a good book and a cool drink is the perfect holiday for many of us, others prefer to get out and explore the local area. And what you discover while out and about can make for a memorable holiday – as our wildlife photographs from around the globe show… Salome Millmore: These photos were taken when my family was visiting me in Canada. The animals were just relaxing by the roadside near Johnston Canyon, which...

Apr 5, 2013

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Our favourite destinations in colour: Green...

Our favourite destinations in colour: Green

We may have just experienced one of the coldest Easters on record, but with a bit of luck, April will be the month when the snow disappears and we start seeing leaves on the trees. So to coax the shoots out of the ground and remind ourselves that spring is on the way, we’ve collected our favourite snaps of destinations in the colour most associated with the season: green. Cathy Toogood: We visited Banjar Hot Springs during a...

Mar 15, 2013

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Our favourite winter holidays

Our favourite winter holidays

The snow at the beginning of the week may have been an unwelcome surprise for many of us but whether you’re a winter sports enthusiast or love wrapping warm and exploring new destinations, winter holidays can be just as enjoyable as lying on a beach for a week. So, to prove that sun and sand aren’t the only ingredients for a memorable break, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite winter holiday pictures. Clare Francis: Being at...

Mar 14, 2013

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Where to go for spring sun

Where to go for spring sun

So far this month we’ve had snow, ice, and temperatures dropping below freezing – and you won’t be alone if you’re dreaming of escaping to sunnier, warmer destinations. But where’s ideal for sun at this time of year, whether you want to get away for Easter, treat yourself to a spring beach holiday or soak up some sun while sightseeing on a city break? Here are our suggestions… Dubai Temperatures start to creep into the late 20s in...

Mar 8, 2013

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Our favourite sunsets

Our favourite sunsets

There’s something quite magical about watching the sun go down. The rich colours of a sunset can transform the landscape around you and make even the most dramatic of scenes seem strangely peaceful. We’ve trawled through the snaps from our travels to showcase our favourite sunsets. How many of them have you been lucky enough to see? Sarah Scotney: My picture was taken from Café del Mar, Ibiza. It’s magical because you actually see the full sun disappear...

Mar 1, 2013

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Our favourite views

Our favourite views

Whether you drive miles to find a famous lookout point or stumble upon a breath-taking view as you explore somewhere new, views can be awe-inspiring and rewarding. So, we’ve compiled a list of our favourites. How many have you seen? Susan Donnan: We love the mountains and being only an hour from our house, often visit the Snowdonia area. This photo was taken on a glorious April morning on our way home from a camping trip. The light...

Feb 22, 2013

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Our favourite beaches

Our favourite beaches

As spring is edging nearer, and the chance of some sun might finally be on the cards, we’ve been talking beaches at TravelSupermarket this week. So, we’ve compiled a list of our favourites. How many have you been to? Danielle Petrie: This beach is one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. It is located on the tropical east coast of Australia and has white silica sand, crystal-clear waters, lovely warm weather and it’s a fun...

May 25, 2012

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Five reasons to visit Sri Lanka

Five reasons to visit Sri Lanka

In the penultimate episode of his BBC series Indian Ocean, Simon Reeve is taking viewers from Sri Lanka to Bangladesh. Don’t forget to tune in to BBC2 at 8pm this Sunday and, to get you in the mood, read our five reasons to visit Sri Lanka below. For the wildlife   Whether you want to watch the baby elephants being fed at the Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe, or go on a safari in Yala National Park, you’ll...

May 17, 2012

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Five reasons to visit the Maldives

Five reasons to visit the Maldives

Last week, as part of his latest BBC series Indian Ocean, Simon Reeve took viewers to Kenya and the Horn of Africa while this Sunday sees the television presenter travelling from the up-and-coming tourist destination of Oman, through to the bustling home of Bollywood, Mumbai, and on to the dream holiday destination of the Maldives. Ahead of Sunday’s episode, we’ve come up with five reasons to visit the Maldives to whet your appetite. For the luxury From top-class...

May 10, 2012

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5 Remarkable Train Drives

5 Remarkable Train Drives

All aboard! Make your trip all about the journey, not the destination, and spend your next holiday on the rails. Below, we list 5 of the world’s greatest train lines, perfect for long-haul travel through some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery… The Eastern & Oriental Express, SE Asia This journey between Singapore and Bangkok combines style and luxury inside the carriages with rainforest and mountain views of Malaysia and Thailand outside. Img: Train chartering & Private rail...

May 2, 2012

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Five reasons to visit Kenya

Five reasons to visit Kenya

Television presenter and author, Simon Reeve, travelled to 16 countries as part of his current BBC series Indian Ocean. The scenes of stunning beaches and jaw-dropping landscapes have clearly been inspiring Brits to visit the destinations in Simon’s itinerary, and following his visit to the Seychelles, searches on TravelSupermarket for Seychelles holidays went up by a huge 3,595%. This Sunday’s episode sees Simon starting off his journey in the south of Kenya, so to whet your appetite, read...

Jan 17, 2012

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Stunning images of The Iguazu Falls

Stunning images of The Iguazu Falls

This was a guest post submitted by Jessica Bown The Iguazu Falls, situated on the border of the Brazilian state of Parana and the Argentine province of Misiones, is one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Legend has it that an angry god created them by slicing the river to prevent local beauty Naipi fleeing his attentions in a canoe with her mortal lover Taroba, thus condemning the couple to a watery death. Visited...

Jun 14, 2011

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Top 5 Amusing Travel Commercials

Deciding where to go on holiday is a hard decision for most, with so many destination choices and welcoming hotels it has always been a mind boggling choice. So do we get tempted by the amusing commercials? Looking back over the years, there have been a number of travel related commercials that have been put together in aid to capture our attention. I forgot how random and humorous some of these were so I have compiled the top...

Dec 17, 2010

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Travel Photo Friday – Tenuous Christmas Time Pics!...

Ho ho ho, it’s one week until Christmas, the snow is falling and we’re feeling festive so todays travel photo friday is all about Christmas. Prepare yourself for some of the most tenuous festive links imaginable as we try to inspire you with some glorious travel photography. Just click each picture to enlarge them and get a better view. We begin with… Turkey It’s become one of the most popular summer holiday destinations with us Brits. This photo...

Nov 26, 2010

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Travel Photo Friday – Let it Snow...

With the UK about to face a deluge of snow and dropping temperatures this weekend (lots of white and blue bits on the weather man’s map) I thought it would be appropriate to give this week a wintery theme. I’ve published some cracking photo’s taken by staff of snowy scenes around the world. The first photo is cheating a little, its the view out of the rather snowy travelsupermarket.com offices this afternoon. Click to...

Nov 19, 2010

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Travel Photo Friday – Around the World with Travelsupermarket part 1...

Our intrepid employees have been globe-trotting their socks off  during their well deserved holidays and amassed some great travel photography in the process. We’ve decided to publish a few of these photos each Friday and heighten the sense of wanderlust in our travel hungry readers as we head into the weekend…click to...