Winter city breaks for under £99pp
With deals available for under £99 per person, including accommodation and flights, winter is a great time to explore a new city.
After the Brexit vote: Where is the pound strong?
It’s not all doom and gloom, with plenty of places still offering great value for holidaymakers.
How to do Cuba on a budget
After almost 60 years frozen in a time warp, Cuba is slowly beginning to come out of the cold.
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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...Read More
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....Read More