10 things to do in Iceland
Iceland is home to lava-filled volcanoes, mighty glaciers, sweeping scenery and more adventures than you can shake a stick at.
Last-minute half-term holiday deals
Grab a bargain while you can...
The best resorts for cheap ski holidays
Skiing can be an expensive business – but that doesn't mean you can't do it on the cheap.
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With Christmas done and dusted for another year and the back-to-work blues setting in, it’s easy to start 2017 under a cloud. So what better way to give this year a boost than by planning a holiday?! It all boils down though to the great holiday dilemma: will I save by booking early or are their better deals available at the last-minute? Here we place both arguments head-to-head to help find the best option for you. Your situation If you have a family with school-aged children, work in a job with restricted holiday periods or have a set idea on the type of holiday you want to go on, booking as soon as possible will be your best bet. Getting in early means you get the pick of the crop and will be able to snare the holiday you want before everyone else piles in and snaps up those valuable seats on the plane. This is especially important for departures during the busy school holiday periods. However, if you’re just after a week away in the sun as a pick-me-up or are happy to be inspired by available deals, booking late and waiting for a bargain might suit you better. Your flexibility If you have to travel at a certain time or have a specific room or hotel requirement, booking now will mean you won’t have to compromise on your day of departure, or any other element of your break – as one of the first bookers of the year, you’ll get the best choice of hotel or hotel room type, destinations and holiday length. If, on the other hand, you are truly flexible in terms of where and when you can travel then leaving it late and playing ‘holiday roulette’ can pay off with some excellent late deals. You won’t find many last-minute bargains in peak dates, though, so be aware that choice will be limited and last-minute prices can actually rise, not fall – even for package holidays. Note too that any holiday involving a low-cost or scheduled flight is highly unlikely to ever get cheaper except on an off-peak date to a destination that is not currently popular. Prices for these trips only ever go upwards, in our experience. The offers The best offers are always available at the last minute, right? Wrong! Booking early means you can...Read More
Whether you’re heading to Scotland’s capital for its amazing Hogmanay celebrations, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or simply just to check it out, here’s what to see and do in this exciting and vibrant city. Where to stay Princes Street and the cobbled Royal Mile might be Edinburgh’s biggest attractions, but these areas aren’t necessarily the best for accommodation. Do you really want to be woken by whining bagpipes after a night in Edinburgh’s pubs? Instead, consider the buzzing waterfront Leith area, a short bus ride or 40-minute walk from Princes Street. For a beautiful view without the price tag, check into the Premier Inn Leith Waterfront. If shopping’s your priority, consider staying in the New Town, home to George Street, famous for its designer shops. The four-star Angel’s Share is a New Town boutique hotel known for its huge wall murals and fine Scottish toiletries, and rooms start from around £80 per night. If you’ve still got your sights on the tourist-filled Old Town and the Royal Mile, don’t panic – there are plenty of fantastic hotels away from the chaos. The nearby Grassmarket has some of the best, including the nearby Castle Rock Hostel and several self-catering apartments. 2017 will also see the unveiling of the Old Town’s shiny New Waverley project – a £150-million development incorporating two Premier Inn hotels. Where to eat If fine dining’s your thing, head to Commercial Quay’s The Kitchin, owned by chef Tom Kitchin, who became the world’s youngest Michelin-starred chef aged 29. Another option is the Number One at the Balmoral Hotel, which has clung onto its Michelin star for 15 years. But some of Edinburgh’s best restaurants are also its quirkiest. Union of Genius, near the National Museum of Scotland, describes itself as Edinburgh’s first soup café. “We treat soup with the love it deserves, serving six different soups every day,” explains the café’s Elaine Maison. “We also match them with locally-made artisan breads.” For traditional Scottish pub grub, head to the Royal Mile’s cosy taverns. This is also where you’ll find the award-winning Wedgwood, where dishes include Douglas fir-cured salmon and beef fillet with haggis. Several fantastic independent coffee shops have recently sprung up in Edinburgh, and one of the best is Cairngorm Coffee Co, on Melville Place and Frederick Street. The cafes are light, airy...Read More