Jul 7, 2016

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Revealed! The cheapest airport to go on holiday from this summer is…...

Revealed! The cheapest airport to go on holiday from this summer is…

Do southerners always get the best holiday deals due to a better choice of flights? Or are bargain breaks easier to find from northern and Scottish airports? With the peak holiday season upon us, we decided to crunch the numbers to find out who is getting the best prices on last-minute summer getaways. We looked at holidays in August to seven of the most popular destinations on TravelSupermarket to find out which UK airport is the champion of cheap deals this summer. El Arenal, Majorca – a Scottish victory Cheapest: Glasgow – £1,159.45pp* Most expensive: Manchester – £1,299.01pp Difference: £139.56pp Spain is hugely popular with Brits this summer and the island of Majorca is set to be a big-hitter, with the resort of El Arenal on the south coast a firm favourite. It boasts great sandy beaches, a buzzy atmosphere and there’s plenty going on, from bars and restaurants to water sports. You can even pop along the coast to the cosmopolitan capital of Palma for some serious foodie indulgence, shopping and sightseeing. Glasgow came out as the cheapest airport to fly from for a holiday here at £1,159.45pp, Newcastle was second at £1,194.75pp and Liverpool came third at £1,247.08pp. The top three were followed by Belfast at £1,249.09pp, London Luton at £1,253.49pp, London Stansted at £1,267.85pp, London Gatwick at £1,271.82pp, Bristol at £1,291.01pp and finally Manchester at £1,299.01pp. *All prices are based on 14-night all-inclusive holidays to El Arenal departing on August 6, 2016 and staying at the three-star Palma Bay Hotel with easyJet holidays. Compare Majorca deals Albufeira, Algarve – the north takes the crown Cheapest: Manchester – £569pp* Most expensive: East Midlands – £1,036pp Difference: £467pp A key resort on Portugal’s Algarve coast, Albufeira draws the crowds year after year by offering value for money, 25 beaches and an excellent choice of nightlife and restaurants. There’s also the cobbled old town area and nearby Lagos to keep you entertained if you want a break from the sun lounger. Manchester came out as the cheapest airport to fly from for a holiday in Albufeira at £569pp, Doncaster was second at £585pp and London Gatwick was third at £643pp. The top three were followed by Birmingham at £691pp, Belfast at £774pp, Bristol at £795pp, Newcastle at £819pp, Glasgow at £827pp, Liverpool at £835pp, Edinburgh at £838pp, Leeds...

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Jul 6, 2016

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How to stay cool in the city this summer

How to stay cool in the city this summer

Ibiza? Amsterdam? Where am I? Who says you need the seaside to enjoy a beach? When we call these cities in Europe and beyond “cool”, we’re being quite literal. Their pop-up beaches, lidos and pools rival a boring old coastal spot for a bit of relief from the sun, writes Robin Gauldie. Amsterdam: Blijburg manmade beach You could be forgiven for thinking you’re in Ibiza on this oh-so-cool beach on a manmade island 10 minutes by tram from downtown Amsterdam. Blijburg chills all day (it even has its own-brand beer), then rocks all night. Jazz, salsa, yoga, windsurfing and beach barbecues all go into the Blijburg blender. Open: all year Entry: free Get there: Tram 26 to IJburg Strand Compare cheap flights to Amsterdam Berlin: Strandbad Wannsee Looking to top up your all-over tan? Join the Berliners who bare all on the “textile-free” stretch at Strandbad Wannsee, 20 minutes from the centre of Berlin. But if you prefer modesty, there’s plenty of space on the largest city beach in Europe. Almost a mile of lakeside beach is topped up each year with sand from the Baltic. There are café-bars and plenty of those beach games, such as volleyball, the Germans like so well. Open: March 25 – Sept 17, 2016 Entry: €5.50 (around £3.50) Get there: S-Bahn train S1 or S7 to Nikolassee Compare cheap flights to Berlin Brussels: Bruxelles-les-Bains Oh, those crazy Belgians. They do like to have fun, and for six weeks in July and August there’s plenty of it along the Quai des Péniches, beside the Brussels Canal. During the day, you can laze in a deckchair or play beach football, volleyball or pétanque (a form of boules). A club vibe takes over after dark, and at weekends the whole beach (sand imported from the North Sea coast) rocks to hip-hop, jazz, and world music, with a special Latin flavour on Sunday evenings. Open: 1 July –7 August, 2016 Entry: free Get there: tram 51 or metro 2 or 6 to Yser  Compare cheap flights to Brussels Budapest: Palatinus The mineral-rich waters that fill Budapest’s famous thermal baths also replenish the huge outdoor pools on Margitsziget (Margaret Island). The Palatinus pool complex on this islet in the Danube has been a favourite cooling-off spot for locals since 1919. After a renovation in 2013 it now...

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Jul 6, 2016

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If luxe could kill! The world’s grandest and most extravagant hotels...

If luxe could kill! The world’s grandest and most extravagant hotels

It’s been announced that a luxury hotel is to be built on the grounds of France’s Palace of Versailles. Sadly, the first guests will only be welcomed into Louis XIV’s former home in 2018 – although considering that £10 million is being spent on the project, we think it might be worth the wait. In the meantime, those in need of a similarly extravagant getaway can always check in to one of these opulent hotels, writes Tamara Hinson....

Jul 5, 2016

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Your essential guide to getting a new passport...

Your essential guide to getting a new passport

It’s an all too common travel scenario. You’ve made all your travel plans – booked, even bought a new swimsuit and are about to start packing – when you suddenly remember to check your passport … and realise it’s out of date. But with the peak summer season fast approaching, it’s time to dust off the old passport and make sure that everything is in order so nothing ruins your big holiday. So, how to ensure you don’t get caught out?...

Jun 30, 2016

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Avoid a visa rip-off!

Avoid a visa rip-off!

With long-haul travel  getting more affordable, exotic holidays to far-flung destinations are becoming easier for Brits. But visas are often required for long-haul destinations – popular favourites such as Australia, India and the USA are good examples. Unfortunately, there are some fraudulent sites out there, offering fake visa services that charge well over what’s necessary. We have found charges of up to £75 on top of the normal visa fees for doing nothing other than directing you to the...

Jun 29, 2016

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The 10 worst holiday blunders to avoid...

The 10 worst holiday blunders to avoid

Booking a holiday is an exciting time – so exciting, in fact, that it’s easy to get carried away and end up making a mistake or two that could spoil your break away. Here, we round up 10 of the worst holiday blunders and how to avoid them. 1. Booking the wrong destination/date In 2014, one couple booked flights to the Caribbean for what they thought was a bargain £800, but were turned away at Birmingham airport because their...

Jun 28, 2016

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What could Brexit mean for our holidays?...

What could Brexit mean for our holidays?

Following last week’s surprise Brexit result, you may be worrying about how the fallout from this momentous decision will affect your holidays. From consumer rights and the cost of a holiday, to passports and booze cruises, Brits are fretting over what has or will change. The most important thing to remember at the moment, however, is that all regulation will stay in place until we have negotiated an exit and a date is known for when we are...

Jun 27, 2016

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Why Lanzarote is one cool Canary

Why Lanzarote is one cool Canary

It’s almost dusk on Famara beach – the sweeping stretch of sand on Lanzarote’s north-west coast. A solitary runner weaves across the dunes; surfers ride the frothy waves against a backdrop of pink-tinged cliffs. In the nearby fishing hamlet where the streets are covered in sand, I tuck into tapas at surf hangout Hamburgueseria (‪El Calleron, Caleta de Famara) and soak up the barefoot, hippie vibe of the village. It’s about as far from ‘Lanzagrotty’, with its bad...

Jun 27, 2016

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The 9 worldwide music festivals you need to be at in 2016...

The 9 worldwide music festivals you need to be at in 2016

Glastonbury has been and gone for another year. If you were lucky enough to land a ticket to the muddiest Glastonbury in history, the post-festival blues have probably set in. If you missed out altogether, you might be itching to get your fix of festival fun. Well, don’t worry. The festival season is just getting started and there’s plenty of live music, art-inspired and cultural events going on all over the world. We round up some of the...

Jun 22, 2016

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The city attractions you MUST see this summer...

The city attractions you MUST see this summer

Fancy exploring a new city this summer but don’t know where to choose? Rome looks oh so tempting, but then again Barca has the beach. Well, if you’re on the fence about where to go on your next city adventure, we might be able to help you decide. Here are 10 amazing city attractions you can’t miss this summer. 1. The world’s longest tube slide in London Remember the ArcelorMittal Orbit? You know, that big, red metal tower that was...