Aug 19, 2015

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Lunch Break Holiday Party

#LunchBreakHoliday Summer Party Competition Terms and conditions The competition (“Competition”) is promoted by Moneysupermarket.com Limited (“MoneySupermarket”), whose registered office is at Moneysupermarket House, St. David’s Park, Ewloe, Chester, CH5 3UZ, and is subject to the following terms and conditions. The Competition is open to all attendees of the TravelSupermarket Lunch Break Holiday Summer Party aged 18 or over. except employees or family members of employees of MoneySupermarket or any companies or agencies directly connected with the creation and/or...

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...

May 28, 2015

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What are the ingredients for your perfect holiday? Tell us to win £100...

We’re looking for your feedback! Simply answer a few quick questions on what makes your perfect holiday to be in with the chance with winning £100 of Love2shop vouchers. Terms and conditions There is no obligation for you to complete our survey, however by completing it, you give TravelSupermarket permission to use your answers in an anonymised form. We will not share any personal data that you provide in connection with this survey with third parties for commercial...

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...

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...

Dec 1, 2014

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Win a week’s winter sun without missing a day’s work!...

Win a week’s winter sun without missing a day’s work!

  Impatient? Click here for details on how to enter. TravelSupermarket is giving you, lucky readers, the chance to win a seven-day luxury holiday to Jamaica this winter with one very special condition: you won’t even have to take any leave. Instead, a “holiday double” will be playing the desk drone for you, doing all your work, while you’re swanning around on sunny shores in your best swimwear. What?! How will you pull that one off? We’re glad you asked....

Sep 1, 2014

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Is this the world’s strangest inflight entertainment?...

Is this the world’s strangest inflight entertainment?

It’s screening cats and dogs at British Airways with the airline’s launch today of an inflight entertainment channel dedicated to cute animal antics, writes Simon Heptinstall. As well as being an amusing way to while away flight time, the canine and feline fun featured on Paws and Relax could help you to relax and concentrate better, the airline, citing a psychological study, said. The channel isn’t BA’s only inflight innovation this year. In June, it introduced a less obvious form of...

Aug 28, 2014

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UK airports we love (and hate)

UK airports we love (and hate)

Precisely when does your blood begin to boil before you jet off on holiday? When you can’t find the airport car park? Or, when you have finally found it, on the long bus trek to the terminal? Or is it on the search for a lifesaving luggage trolley to haul your belongings to check-in – only to find it’s coin-operated, and you don’t have any change. Or you do – but the payment is non-refundable. Or do you...

Aug 26, 2014

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Eggs royale! 10 of the world’s best hotel breakfasts...

Eggs royale! 10 of the world’s best hotel breakfasts

If you’re anything like us, breakfast is one of the things we most look forward to when checking in to a hotel, writes Kate Laytham. But there are hotel breakfasts and there are hotel breakfasts. If you thought a choice of mueslis and eggs cooked to order were impressive, you’re in for a surprise with these superlative spreads. 1) Caviar Eggs Benedict Waldorf Astoria New York, USA Not only was the Waldorf Salad invented at this venerable art...

Aug 20, 2014

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Kiwi campervan or Japanese ski resort? 10 great gap year choices...

Kiwi campervan or Japanese ski resort? 10 great gap year choices

  With A-level results released earlier this month, many students will be breathing a sigh of relief and thinking about their next stage in life – university, writes David Whitley. But before plunging into three more years of study, some will decide to go for learning of a different kind: the year out. Not that gap years are just for students-to-be. A year travelling and working overseas has many benefits whether you’re yet to embark on a career...

Aug 14, 2014

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8 unforgettable road trips from Spain to Miami’s South Beach...

8 unforgettable road trips from Spain to Miami’s South Beach

The breeze in your hair, a long highway ahead, mountains in the distance… travel is all about freedom, and few things feel freer than being behind the wheel of a stylish automobile on the road trip of a lifetime, writes Robin Gauldie. These routes – through Spain’s rugged Sierra Nevada, along the Florida coast in a Chevy Corvette, a 4,000-mile ride to the northern tip of Europe – show off some of the best fun you can have on four wheels....

Aug 12, 2014

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10 free and cheap days out this August bank holiday...

10 free and cheap days out this August bank holiday

The August bank holiday – on the 25th of the month – is now within reach, and many of us will be gearing up to enjoy the last long weekend before Christmas. Whether the British weather breaks with tradition and treats us to three long days of sunshine or not, we have plenty of ideas for enjoying the extra day off without breaking the bank. 1. Days out in the capital… London is bursting at the seams with free things for you...

Aug 8, 2014

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Nine of the world’s sexiest cities (and Bedford)...

Nine of the world’s sexiest cities (and Bedford)

It was really just the spark that lit the fuse. News that the Fifty Shades of Grey web trailer has reportedly become the most watched movie teaser ever, with more than 100m web views, got us thinking about the travel angle, of course – the sexiest places on the planet. No sooner was the topic raised among the TravelSupermarket team than a torrent of argument – plus the odd embarrassing anecdote – spilled forth about about where was sexy… and where...

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...

Jun 19, 2014

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8 awesome hotel pools

8 awesome hotel pools

Notorious diver? May we humbly suggest that the Uruguay player Luis Suarez save any alleged “foul” play in his country’s game against England tonight for some of the gorgeous hotel swimming pools the national teams are staying at. Now these sweet swimming spots are really worth diving into. For the cream of the world’s hotels, a swimming pool isn’t just somewhere to cool off on a sunny day. It’s a focal point: a point of difference and a...

Aug 14, 2012

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Camilla Dallerup Travel Q + A

Camilla Dallerup Travel Q + A

   You might know Camilla Dallerup best for her six years spent partnering a succession of contestants on the BBC’s popular dancing show Strictly Come Dancing. Since leaving the Saturday night show Camilla has continued her work as a dancer, model and public speaker, as well as joining the touring production of Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls. We caught up with the award-winning dancer to find out what kind of travel appeals to her. How are you? Have you...

Jul 17, 2012

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Travel Q +A with Paul Rose

Travel Q +A with Paul Rose

  Television presenter, author and Polar explorer Paul Rose has travelled extensively over the years. His work has taken him to some of the most extreme places on the planet, from the harsh environments of both poles, to the colourful surroundings of the tropics, and pretty much everywhere in-between. We thought he’d have a thing or two to say about how to get the most out of your travels. Have you managed to get away much this year?...

Jul 10, 2012

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5 Outstanding Holiday Rentals for the Rich...

5 Outstanding Holiday Rentals for the Rich

Luxury isn’t necessarily a function of price, right? In any case, the most attractive options in terms of holiday accommodations will usually bare a hefty price tag. In that sense – if you’re looking for the best holiday rentals money can get, this article will provide a quick reference. Here, we have compiled some of the most exclusive and luxurious villas on the holiday accommodation market, as of 2012. Read through, dream on, and if you can afford...

May 16, 2012

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Chicago: Blown away by the windy city...

Chicago: Blown away by the windy city

I arrived in Chicago by night. My excitement of arriving in the States for the first time, coupled with a healthy sleep on the eight hour flight had left me wide eyed as I approached the city centre in the eight seated shuttle bus. Our ride shot into the city and I resisted pointing at the traffic signals and yellow cabs so familiar from a lifetime of US exported movies. It was only when the skyline came into...

Apr 11, 2012

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Try your hand at an Unusual Hen Activity...

Try your hand at an Unusual Hen Activity

  This is a guest post submitted by Tom Bradley of Go.Hen There are approximately 400,000 marriages that are registered within the UK every year. As long as there are weddings, there will be stag and hen dos. Leading hen weekend specialist GoHen has noticed that there has been a major increase in certain types of activities that they want to try their hand at while they are away with the girls. Activities like song & dance weekends...

Dec 6, 2010

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Christmas in the Sun

Let me begin by pinning my colours to the mast. I love Christmas. I am not overly religious but I am attracted as most people are by its sense of occasion, its opt-in seasonal faith, its proud, shameless indulgence and the opportunity it gives to pause and take stock. But even Bob Cratchit would surely concede that once you reach the age of double figures the celebrations take something of a downwards bent, eventually levelling out to the...

Nov 24, 2010

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Travel Q+A with Jacqueline Gold

Jacqueline Gold is CEO of retail brand Ann Summers and Knickerbox and is renowned for managing a company run by women, for women.  Ann Summers is one of the British high streets most recognisable retailers, and Jacqueline is credited with bringing sex to the British High Street.  Jacqueline has won numerous awards and accolades during her career including Retail Week’s Most Powerful Woman in Business and Barclays Bank’s Most Inspirational Businesswoman in the UK. Over the last 30...

Nov 24, 2010

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7 Reasons the UK Should Celebrate Thanksgiving Day...

Thanksgiving Day in America is a couple of days away now (it was a couple of weeks ago in Canada). It’s one of those holidays that the British know little about and often resent the idea of. Most of what we know has been gleaned from various American TV shows and talking with Americans on holiday. Recently I read Bill Bryson’s “I’m A Stranger Here Myself” where he talks about thanksgiving and raises an interesting point, why hasn’t...

Nov 22, 2010

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Queenstown, Adventure Capital of the World! – Bungee, Luge, Mad Dog River Boarding?...

Kiwis are crazy. No they are, they’re actually crazy. Maybe that’s a little harsh, maybe fearless is a better word, or daring. Whichever way you look at it though, they are nuts. I am of course referring to New Zealanders’ tendency to throw themselves, willingly into all manner of dangerous but exciting activities. The bungee, skydiving, canyon swinging, luging, rafting, river boarding, ZORBING (what the hell?!) and the perfect base for all this is Queenstown, “Adventure capital of...

Nov 22, 2010

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Advice for David Cameron for a Budget Winter Sun Holiday...

My second favourite coalition government leader David Cameron has announced today that he plans to cancel his impending holiday to Thailand, as he fears that it may be seen as ‘extravagant’ given the number of spending cuts the country has endured recently and the austere times we currently find ourselves in, as the world tries to fight its way out of recession. Instead Mr Cameron and his wife Samantha plan to stay at home this Christmas. It’s reported...

Nov 17, 2010

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Travel Q+A with Apprentice Winner Lee McQueen...

After two successful years working with Lord Sugar, Apprentice winner Lee McQueen has just launched his first solo business venture – Raw Talent Academy (www.rawtalentacademy.com). Raw Talent Academy aims to provide SME’s and corporate organisations with the vehicle to build internal sales academies into long term staffing plans and to encourage organisations to look at the wider raw talent we have in the UK and not just graduates. As part of the business Lee also offers training to...

Nov 15, 2010

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I’m A Celebrity Style Bug Eating is Nothing New...

Post written by Dave Holcroft As the next gaggle of B list celebrities head into the jungles of Australia for another annual instalment of ITV’s bug eating “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” I find myself questioning whether or not Linford Christie or Lembit Opik would ever be challenged to eat something that would kill them? Imagine it, nutrition diet guru Gillian McKeith meeting her maker live on ITV, it just wouldn’t happen. If the I’m...

Nov 15, 2010

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Head Down Under for Christmas Holidays in Australia...

Australia is the perfect place for holidaymakers and backpackers to spend Christmas…it’s got the usual festive traditions like Christmas trees, carols and present but the best thing about this season in Oz is the weather! It’s warm, sunny, the sand is golden and the sea doesn’t contain icebergs. The biggest question you need to be asking yourself is how you should spend your Christmas in Australia? Christmas Eve – Carols By Candlelight, Melbourne Start your Christmas in Oz...

Nov 11, 2010

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Travel Q+A with Kate Garraway

Kate Garraway is the Entertainment Editor of ITV’s Daybreak programme, where mingling with Hollywood’s elite and digging into the latest celebrity gossip is all part of the job. She also has a weekly column in New! magazine. Married with two children, she lives in Islington, London and has recently founded her own business goodypass.com, which gives people the chance to get discounts of 30-70% on restaurants, hotels, salons and much more. We chatted with Kate to find out...

Nov 4, 2010

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Notes from the worlds grumpiest traveller...

Now don’t get me wrong, I look forward to my holidays as much as the next person. In fact I can’t think of anything better than leaving the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind for a couple of weeks and spending my days relaxing on a beach with the biggest worry  in the world being what drink to choose next. When I’m there it’s great, but getting there is another story altogether. That period of time between...

Nov 4, 2010

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Why travelling is great – a riposte...

If you’ve already seen our post ‘Notes from the world’s grumpiest traveller’, you’ll have read our resident Victor Meldrew’s complaints and grumbles about the hassles and annoyances of travelling. But the travelling element of any holiday doesn’t have to be a chore – in fact, I really enjoy it! Ok it’s not all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, but the ‘getting there’ is all a part of the trip that can and should be enjoyed. So please allow me...

Oct 22, 2010

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Bob in South America. Part 8 – Getting soaked at Iguassu Falls, Argentina...

And so to the final leg of my trip. A quick jaunt north to the Brazilian border to see the famous Iguassu Falls. Flights take under two hours from the city airport at Buenos Aires so it’s an easy side trip to take, you can even do it as a day trip with some military style planning and taking flights with Aerolineas Argentinas.. I opted for a one night stay and to take some more civilised flight times...

Oct 21, 2010

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Is airline food underwhelming and overpriced?...

We want to know your thoughts on the quality and price of airline food. Please vote in our poll on the right and leave a comment to let us know your opinions. This week a study came out that showed background noise can potentially affect the perceived flavour intensity and crunchiness of foods. This has subsequently been cited as a potential reason why airline food generally tastes so uniformly bad (most of the news stories have used the...

Oct 19, 2010

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The Top 5 Not So Obvious Things to do in Australia…...

Australia is an exciting and magical place to visit with Aboriginal culture and mythical beliefs, seeping into every aspect of daily life. What is truly fascinating about Australia is the diversity of the lands that await you; don’t just stick to the usual run of the mill trips (yawn), be adventurous and find something unique and different. Check out our top 5 not so obvious things to do in Australia… 1. Swimming with Whale Sharks – Ningaloo Reef,...

Oct 19, 2010

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Bob in South America. Part 7 – Buenos Aires Fantastico!...

Nothing quite prepares you for the sheer scale of this city. Over 200 square kilometres of sprawling metropolis and well over 12million people living within the city boundaries. The traffic appears relentless, there are crowds everywhere, street sellers hawking goods on every street and a real sense of something happening at every turn, even if you have no idea what it is. I found the city a little overwhelming at first and it took a while to get...

Oct 19, 2010

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Bob in South America. Part 6 – Estancias and Gauchos...

With Patagonia firmly behind me, the next chapter of my trip begins, with a stay on an Estancia out in the pampas, three hours south of Buenos Aires. Well three hours in theory. The journey by hire car actually ended up taking me nearly seven hours thanks to breaking down ten minutes into my journey and two wrong turns. Add in the complete lack of road signs in Argentina and I am surprised I arrived at all. Although...

Oct 19, 2010

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Travel Q&A with Sarah Beeny

Property expert, Sarah Beeny is probably best known for presenting channel 4’s prime time show ‘Property Ladder’.  As well as her television work, Sarah has recently launched a new website www.tepilo.com which enables house sellers and purchasers to by-pass the estate agent and benefit from Sarah’s wealth of experience along the way.  We caught up with Sarah to ask her about her travel experiences and preferences… 1. Where is your favourite holiday destination? I think I’d have to...

Oct 18, 2010

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Bob in South America. Part 5 – Cape Horn, the End of the World...

The briefing the night before we visited Cape Horn filled me with a real mix of emotions, from the excitement of a child through to the cautiousness  of a knowing adult as we were shown where we would be going and the dangers of the trip were explained. Safety first at all times. The captain would only let us go ashore if the sea and wind conditions were ok and we would have to be prepared to get...

Oct 15, 2010

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Bob in South America. Part 4 – The Magellan Straits & Beagle Channel...

So I’d graced the lakes with my presence and learned that the Chilean miners trapped underground in the north were going to be getting out early. Job done, so it was time to take on the highlight of my trip. World peace would have to wait for another day. I have wanted to sail through the Magellan Straits and the Beagle Channel since I was a little boy. I used to love tracing maps from the family atlas,...

Oct 14, 2010

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Bob in South America. Part 3 – The Chilean Lake District...

Two hours or so south by air from Santiago lies the Chilean Lake District. While you may immediately think of Kendal Mint Cake, Beatrix Potter and the Edinburgh Wool Shop, the lakes Chilean style are a little more impressive in the geographic stakes, far less commercialised and with more outdoor activities than you can shake a stick at. The scale is vast with the landscape dotted by lakes, volcanoes and waterfalls coupled up to the south by fjords...