Mar 3, 2017

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The best destinations for a budget honeymoon

The best destinations for a budget honeymoon

The wedding stress is finally over – it’s time for you and your new hubby or wife to take a break! But where should you go that doesn’t result in spending your first year of married life in debt? Well, it turns out an amazing honeymoon doesn’t need to cost the earth – check out our suggestions for a budget post-wedding break that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. Hit the beach Greece Underestimate Greece’s honeymoon credentials at your peril! You’ll find everything from boutique to budget among its idyllic islands – the trick is knowing where to look to get your money’s worth. The likes of Santorini and Mykonos are famous for their glamour and style, but they have the price tags to match. Lesser-known islands such as Koufonisia and Sifnos offer just as much romance at a fraction of the cost. Alternatively, try the mainland – often overlooked in favour of Greece’s islands. The Peloponnese peninsula boasts a dramatic, mountainous interior, gorgeous villages and endless opportunities to delve into the country’s past wonders. Meanwhile, if you’re after adventure, the Epirus region provides a platform for all things outdoor with placid lakes, mountains and great forests to explore. Mexico Mexico’s enduring status as an affordable long-haul holiday hotspot makes it a no brainer for a budget honeymoon. The country’s Caribbean coast is lined with long sweeping beaches and great value hotels in resorts such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. If the prospect of endless margaritas on the beach doesn’t temp you, Mexico’s other assets are close at hand too. Chichén Itzá, Tulum and Coba are all nearby, giving you access to some of Mexico’s best preserved ruins and historic sites. Over the border in the Yucatan region, the vibrant city of Merida mixes Mexican culture, colonial architecture and a booming cosmopolitan dining scene. Cape Verde Dubbed “The African Caribbean”, this archipelago off the coast of Senegal offers high-quality all-inclusive sun and sand, minus the long-haul flights and the cost that goes with the Caribbean – being only six hours away, and just one hour behind the UK, there’s no jet-lag to get over, either. The craggy island of Sal has been blessed with miles of white-sand beaches and hotels are popping up all over the island to take advantage. This is your gateway...

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Mar 2, 2017

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The world’s best water parks

The world’s best water parks

There are plenty of excellent water parks around the world already, but we’re especially excited about the latest offering from Universal Orlando Resort, Volcano Bay, which will be packed with tube slides, wave pools and hi-tech water-coasters when it opens on May 25. You can find more details about Volcano Bay below, but if you can’t wait until it opens or are headed elsewhere this year, we’ve also rounded up some other top options for wet and wild fun around the globe. Volcano Bay, Orlando, US Besides the rides at Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando’s brand new water park, the innovative ‘TapuTapu’ electronic wristbands sound like a great idea – you simply register your interest in an attraction by scanning the wristband near its entrance, then you’re given a time to return to the ride to access it without a queue. The centrepiece, however,  will be a steaming, lava-spewing volcano, and rides will include a four-person aqua-coaster, a 70-degree drop ride and a six-person raft ride (through lava tubes, naturally). Its location, just off International Drive and right next to Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, makes getting to Universal’s other parks easy. Siam Park, Tenerife, Spain Step into this Thai-themed water park and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve entered some long-lost ancient city, complete with temples, dragons and traditional Thai houses. Kinnaree is a high-speed raft ride incorporating huge bowls, the Dragon slide features near-vertical funnels, and the Tower of Power is a lightning-fast slide which passes through an aquarium filled with sharks. Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai Tempting holidaymakers into the water in a place where the mercury regularly tops 50C is never going to be hard, but the team behind Wild Wadi haven’t rested on their laurels. Take on the Jumeirah Sceirah, for example, and you’ll drop through a trapdoor before whizzing through an enclosed tube slide at speeds of up to 80kmh. For more high -peed fun, head to the park’s Master Blaster water coasters, before chilling out in Breaker’s Bay (the Middle East’s largest wave pool) or hanging ten on the FlowRider standing wave. World Waterpark, Edmonton, Canada At first glance just a shopping centre, the West Edmonton Mall is also home to one of Canada’s biggest water parks – follow up your retail therapy session with some water therapy, where you can sip cocktails in your very own poolside cabana...

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Feb 23, 2017

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8 ways to prevent your luggage getting lost...

8 ways to prevent your luggage getting lost

Waiting nervously for your cases at the baggage carousel is always a heart in the mouth moment – the longer it takes for your bags to arrive, the more you convince yourself your luggage is lost. Most of the time it’s fine, but every once in a while, you’re the frustrated traveller left baggage-less: cue holiday chaos. Between trying to track down your bags, panic-buying necessities and figuring out exactly what your airline or travel insurance will cover you...

Feb 23, 2017

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7 of the world’s best cities for running...

7 of the world’s best cities for running

The world divides into two kinds of people – those of us who pack trainers when we go on holiday, and those who certainly don’t, writes Joanna Booth. But forget getting cooped up in the bowels of a hotel gym. Runners know that far from being a waste of precious holiday time, jogging through a city is the very best combination of sightseeing and training. Two birds, one stone. We’ve done the legwork for you and picked out some...

Feb 23, 2017

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10 things to do in Fort Lauderdale

10 things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Step aside Miami and Orlando, because Fort Lauderdale is quickly shaping up to be Florida’s coolest holiday destination – Norwegian recently increased its flights from London to the coastal city, while British Airways is due to launch a new direct flight in July. Tamara Hinson gives the lowdown on what to see and do in Florida’s new capital of cool.   Browse and bite in downtown Fort Lauderdale Get your bearings with a wander along East Las Olas Boulevard, which stretches from...

Feb 17, 2017

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Spring city breaks for under £99pp

Spring city breaks for under £99pp

Fancy a quick city break before the summer but don’t want to break the bank? From Prague and Copenhagen to Lisbon and Dublin, we round up some amazing budget deals that won’t make your wallet wince. All prices were correct at the time of writing and based on a two-night stay and – prices are subject to change over time. Prague from £83pp The deal: Flying from London Stansted on March 28 A historic capital with a flair for...

Feb 16, 2017

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Should I travel to Tunisia?

Should I travel to Tunisia?

Following the deadly Tunisian terror attack in the resort of Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, on June 26, 2015 – as well as the earlier atrocity in Tunis on March 18, 2015 – the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) took the decision to warn against all but essential travel to Tunisia, and a state of emergency has been put in place until at least May, 2017. For the latest advice, check the FCO site. I have a package holiday booked to Tunisia...

Feb 16, 2017

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7-night summer holiday family breaks for under £250pp...

7-night summer holiday family breaks for under £250pp

A family holiday is one of the biggest ‘non-essential’ items that Brits spend money on each year (although we’d argue a relaxing break is completely essential!). We know it’s not easy getting a cheap deal during the school holidays, but it can be done – especially if you start hunting now. To prove it, we’ve scoured our site to find some of the best summer holiday bargains out there. Now, where’s that sun cream?! Please note: All prices were accurate...

Feb 14, 2017

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18 annoying things that people do on planes...

18 annoying things that people do on planes

“Unruly passenger incidents”, as the aviation industry body puts it, have risen by more than 10% in a year, according to a report on a study by the International Air Transport Association on the incidence of boorish behaviour on aeroplanes. Yep, folks – air travel ain’t necessarily civilised any more, and there are plane-loads of stag and hen parties to prove it. If only they were the worst of it. Starting with the mildly teeth-gritting, through the blood-pressure pumping and...

Feb 14, 2017

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How to get the best holiday money deals...

How to get the best holiday money deals

We all like to think we’re great at getting a holiday deal, so it’s surprising that so many of us fail to do the same when it comes to our holiday cash, often falling back on the easiest option on offer. Read on to find out how easy it can be to save big and get the most for your holiday money on your next getaway. Plastic fantastic? Know your charges Do you rely on your trusty debit...