Nov 16, 2016

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New flight routes from the UK

New flight routes from the UK

Want to try somewhere new for your next holiday? New and expanded flight routes open up all the time, but they may not be on your radar yet – Tamara Hinson rounds up some of the latest destinations being opened up by airlines from UK airports. Last updated: November 16, 2016 Norwegian: London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale, US From November 2, 2016. Three times a week, from £159 one way Miami might be the original stomping ground of Florida’s beautiful people, but the cool kids are flocking to Fort Lauderdale in increasing numbers. Head to this coastal town and you’ll also be closer to the Bahamas, which is just a three-hour boat ride away. There are plenty of reasons to stay put, however, including Fort Lauderdale’s fantastic jazz bars, such as the All That Jazz Café and Grill on the corner of Oakland Park Boulevard and Hiatus Road. The Las Olas area is a great place to check out, too – this palm-fringed boulevard is where you’ll find the town’s designer boutiques and finest restaurants. Compare cheap flights to Florida Norwegian: ­­­­­London Gatwick to Las Vegas, US From October 31, 2016. Twice a week, from £179 one way There’s no better time to visit Las Vegas. This summer saw the unveiling of the Park, a landscaped outdoor space just off the Strip. It’s home to several new restaurants (try Sake Rok, where sushi is served to a backdrop of lip-sync battles) and much-needed shade is provided by 200 transplanted trees. Hotel-wise, we recommend downtown’s Oasis at Gold Spike, Las Vegas’s first boutique hotel. Gadget geeks will love the revamped Aria, which now has personal tablets in every room. But Las Vegas is also a great base for explorations further afield, such as Detours’ new excursion to Eldorado Canyon, home to America’s oldest gold mine. Compare cheap flights to Las Vegas Ryanair: London Luton to Barcelona Girona, Spain From summer 2017. Twice a week, details TBC With some of the liveliest nighlife and the best dining scene in Catalonia outside of Barcelona, Girona is a city of museums, galleries and churches that consistently tops polls of citizens as their preferred place to live in Spain. Barcelona itself, just an hour away from the airport and Girona, has something for everyone, whether it’s the cobbled streets and twisting spires of the gothic quarter, or the surreal, colourful curves of the...

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Nov 16, 2016

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The ultimate guide to Christmas travel

The ultimate guide to Christmas travel

It’s the time of year when dodgy festive jumpers are acceptable and mulled wine is flowing freely. Many of us are excitedly making travel plans to visit family and friends in the UK, abroad, or even anticipating a toasty Christmas on the beach. However, travelling at one of the busiest times of the year can be stressful, so here are our top tips to prevent anything ruining your festive cheer. 1. Remember the basics Going abroad? Lucky you! But at this time of year it’s all too easy to get distracted by the festive buzz and forget the basics. So, check in advance that your passport and visas are in date, print out any necessary documents such as boarding cards and organise your travel insurance well in advance to get the best deal. 2. Save money on your holiday extras At the same time, make sure you buy your holiday extras such as car hire, airport transfers and travel money online and in advance to ensure you get the best deal. Drive-up rates for car parking can be especially astronomical, so book as early as you can – don’t spend Christmas counting the pennies like Scrooge because you’ve dropped a clanger on your car parking costs. To find the best travel money deals, use MoneySavingExpert’s TravelMoneyMax tool and save yourself a little extra Christmas cash, too. 3. Plan your journey Heavy traffic could scupper your well-laid plans, so allow plenty of time to get to the airport or train station and plan your route in advance. Highways England and the AA’s traffic news section are two excellent sites for finding out about accidents and traffic jams before you set off, while you can also use the traffic alert function on your car radio to keep you in the know once you get on the road. It goes without saying, but try to avoid rush hour if you can, even if it means you arrive well before your flight or train’s departure – it’s better to sit relaxing in the station bar than sweating, looking at your watch behind an endless queue of cars. It’s also worth checking train and public transport schedules as some may be operating less frequently than usual over Christmas. For example, if you’re flying abroad from either Gatwick or Heathrow this Christmas, you may have to make alternative travel arrangements to get to the airports themselves....

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Nov 15, 2016

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5 local bus routes that are better (and cheaper!) than tour buses...

5 local bus routes that are better (and cheaper!) than tour buses

Bus tours are an efficient way to see the big, crowd-pleasing main sights, but they don’t come cheap. In London, a 24-hour tour bus pass can cost up to £90 for a family of four, so savvy travellers just hop on a local bus! Kathrine Gaw scours her favourite cities for bus routes that rival the big tour companies – at a fraction of the cost. 1. New York: The M5 If you want to get to know New...

Nov 11, 2016

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New York: Save, spend, splurge

New York: Save, spend, splurge

New York is a helluva town, but it can be hell on your wallet, too. That’s not to say there aren’t deals, though – you just have to know where to find them, writes Shandana Durrani. The city offers experiences for every person and every budget, from the cheap and free, like strolling down the High Line on a crisp autumn day or nabbing free TV audience tickets, to the decadent, such as taking in some Opera at the Met...

Nov 10, 2016

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11 of the best Christmas markets in Europe...

11 of the best Christmas markets in Europe

Wooden chalets, mulled wine, and all the Christmassy calories you can consume – it’s Christmas markets time! For many, the Christmas market has become synonymous with the festive season, alongside Brussels sprouts and that one completely useless gift you receive from a distant relative every year. To give you an idea of which one to choose, we’ve put together our list of classic and alternative Christmas markets in some of Europe’s top city break destinations. Berlin To call Berlin a Christmas...

Nov 9, 2016

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The ultimate guide to car hire insurance...

The ultimate guide to car hire insurance

Car rental is one of the easiest ways to discover a destination, yet getting the correct car hire insurance regularly throws up all kinds of unnecessary issues and problems. We often hear from holidaymakers who have bought insurance they didn’t need because of pushy desk staff, or didn’t take insurance at all because they didn’t think they needed it. Sometimes, it is just a case of misunderstanding – unfortunately though, misunderstandings can be costly when it comes to...

Nov 7, 2016

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9 of the best luxury spa hotels

9 of the best luxury spa hotels

Feel like being pampered? Catherine Cooper rounds up the most luxurious spa hotels in some popular city break destinations – along with suggestions for where to go if your budget won’t quite stretch to these opulent options! Waldorf Astoria Cavalieri, Rome This stunning 19th-floor spa includes indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam rooms and ten treatment rooms, where you can have chocolate, caviar, honey or spices massaged onto your body – if that’s what you fancy! The hotel is also home...

Oct 28, 2016

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City breaks – 10 classic destinations vs. 10 unusual alternatives...

City breaks – 10 classic destinations vs. 10 unusual alternatives

If you’re a seasoned traveller or have already been to the main city in a particular country, you might be keen to experience a slightly lesser-known city for your next trip. Here we’ve outlined 10 classic big-name city break destinations, each alongside another interesting city in that country that you might like to try instead. Plenty has been written about our selected classic city break destinations before, so below we’ve concentrated on describing our recommended alternatives.   The Classic: Rome...

Oct 28, 2016

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Winter sun holidays for under £200pp...

Winter sun holidays for under £200pp

The clocks going back heralds the beginning of winter – the days get shorter, we got to work and return home in darkness, and everything generally seems that little bit gloomier. It’s enough to make you want pack your bags and escape to sunnier climes. Actually, hold that thought – with 7-night breaks on offer for under £200, why don’t you?! As always, once on the TravelSupermarket site you can change the search results to reflect the dates and departure airport that...

Oct 26, 2016

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The ultimate guide to ethical wildlife encounters...

The ultimate guide to ethical wildlife encounters

Wild animal encounters can be incredible and fulfilling experiences for travellers, but the welfare of animals at tourist attractions has come under the spotlight in recent times. Over the last few years, major travel operators such as STA Travel, TripAdvisor and Tui have increasingly distanced themselves from unethical wildlife attractions, raising questions about what is ethical and what is not. To help you choose an ethical experience, we’ve put together some general advice to follow before you book, including some expert advice from World Animal...