Bid goodbye to Benidorm! 10 of the best alternative beach breaks
A little tired of the same old beach spots? Say bye bye to Benidorm with these sizzling alternatives!
The cheapest five-star city break is…
Fancy five-star opulence on your next city break for a three-star price-tag? We’ve crunched the numbers to reveal the destinations where your money will go further – from temptingly-low holiday prices to bargain food and drink.
Revealed! How to do London with kids
The UK's biggest city is packed with family-friendly attractions and restaurants. But how do you find them? A mum-of-four is here to help.
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Every year, we make a list of generic New Year’s resolutions and never stick to them. “I’ll get fit”, “I’ll save more”, “I’ll finally kick my nasty Candy Crush habit.” You know you’re guilty! But, just like the shreds of wrapping paper and empty beer bottles left over from Christmas, they are soon discarded, forgotten about and condemned to the rubbish heap. “This year, I’m going to travel more,” is definitely one of the main culprits. The problem is, we all want to make the most of our travel time, but actually making our dreams a reality can be tough. So this year, forget the generic resolutions you know you’ll struggle to stick to and instead be inspired by these resolutions that will help you make the most of your travel in 2016 – and are achievable. 1. Get organised and plan smarter Your bank balance might still be weeping from your festive spending, but now is the time to start thinking about your 2016 travel plans. And the reason? If you act now, you could save yourself a packet – especially if you have restricted travel dates. Yes, you might find a good bargain by waiting until the last minute, but, generally, advanced booking gives you more choice of destinations and hotels for the dates you want to get away. Booking now also gives you the option to take advantage of low deposit schemes put in place to encourage early bookers, which allow you to pay a smaller fee in advance (generally between £25 and £100) with the full balance to be paid at a later date (usually between four and 12 weeks before your departure – but check your travel company’s terms and conditions). So, start thinking about the year ahead now and smugly have a holiday to look forward to. 2. Take the time off you’re entitled to Some of us actually really struggle to take all of our allotted leave; last year, on average, we were set to waste five days each on unused holiday, according to research from TravelSupermarket – five days! That’s a full week out of the office. That’s a proper little holiday. That’s … criminal. To put it into perspective, UK businesses potentially earned a colossal £580 million extra in ‘free’ work hours from the days we didn’t take off last year – think of all...Read More
Beyond sand, sea and stereotypes, brand-new research by TravelSupermarket has revealed the truth about how German and British people travel – and it may surprise you, writes Anita Isalska. For example, don’t mention the sun-lounger war. German holidaymakers are more interested in having a healthy holiday (29% feel this is important) than reserving their sunbathing spot with a beach towel (just 8% of German holidaymakers admit to doing this). They are also returning home from their trips happier and more refreshed than British travellers, who trail behind when it comes to holiday planning and overall satisfaction. German holidaymakers return happier The most significant gap between British and German travellers is their level of happiness. A mighty 82% of Germans report that they always enjoy their trips abroad – compared to just 61% of British travellers. German holidaymakers also enjoy a post-holiday glow: more than three-quarters return home feeling refreshed, while a paltry 45% of Brits feel the same way. So why are Germans better than Brits at unwinding on their holidays? The answer could lie in our different travel styles. Nearly twice as many Germans as Brits regularly choose active breaks (21% of Germans compared to 12% of Brits). Contrary to the stereotypes, Germans are setting their alarms to wake up for sunrise hikes, not to nab a sun-lounger. In fact, more British than German travellers are guilty of using a beach towel to secure their perfect spot in the sun (11% of Brits compared to 8% of Germans). “I think it’s part of German culture to travel and to enjoy nature during a trip,” says Anja Beckmann, a German travel blogger who writes for the Travel on Toast site. “But as our weather is quite often cold and rainy, we also tend to love beach destinations.” While we’re being distracted by our poolside position, the Germans are beating us on cultural enrichment too. Two-thirds of German travellers are motivated to immerse themselves in a new culture, while only half of British travellers feel the same way. Us Brits love a bargain The key to fulfilling holidays might be all in the planning. While our research shows that Brits have a keener eye for a bargain than our German friends (44% of Brits look for a cheap deal compared to 28% of Germans), we...Read More