Tired of Thailand? Try these 9 alternative long-haul destinations instead
Are you daydreaming of new horizons? Stick a pin in a map, grab your passport and don’t look back - check out these awesome alternative long-haul destinations.
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Got no plans for New Year’s Eve yet? Don’t worry! There’s plenty going on across the UK – and you don’t have to pay a fortune to enjoy it. We’ve picked out some of this year’s best best New Year’s events, so look out for celebrations near you and get ready to link arms and start the countdown… London – see the fireworks for free For the last two years, London’s famous New Year’s Eve firework display has been ticketed due to the sheer number of people who flock to the banks of the Thames to see the show. And, as one of the hottest tickets in town, the show has already sold out. Luckily, a firework display of this size isn’t the kind of thing you can put on in private, so there are plenty of places you can see it, for free! Vauxhall Bridge, the Monument, Cannon Street and Tower Bridge are great options in the central London area, while Primrose Hill and Alexandra Palace will offer excellent views from further out. Expect most places to be very busy – some tube stations may even close early – so plan ahead and dress for the weather. If you have a bigger budget and are after something a little different, the restaurant SushiSamba (110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY; 0203 640 7330) is holding a Brazilian-style dinner party, with an all-white dress code, to channel the famous Rio NYE celebrations (tickets from £200pp). Book hotels in London The south west – fancy dress and a night on the town Bristol will have the usual selection of big club nights you’d expect to find in a city, along with the big prices to match. If you don’t manage to get into any of the big-name venues – or that’s just not your thing – plenty of pubs and bars around the city have live bands on to sing in the New Year in style. For an eclectic mix of tunes, Goldbrick House (69 Park St, Bristol, Avon BS1 5PB; 0117 945 1950) will be jumping well into the wee hours with Motown, funk and disco flavours. If you’re after something different, a number of towns across the region put on their own brand of fancy dress festivities. Bideford, St Ives and Dartmouth, to name a few, all encourage the good old tradition of getting dressed up...Read More
Sorry to break it to you, but Christmas is nearly here again. That means less than two weeks left to get all those last presents bought, wrapped and sent off to Santa. Don’t panic though, you’ve still (just!) got time and we’re here to help. Here’s some inspiration on the best travel gifts available this year to get you going, whether you’re buying for a seasoned globetrotter or a casual holidaymaker. 1. Best for gadget addicts: Morphie powerstation mini In days of old, a map and an international telephone card would have been essential items for any avid traveller. But now, everything is combined into hand-held devices. So it’s essential to keep tablets and mobile phones charged for every eventuality – from needing directions in a strange city and Skyping home to scouring TripAdvisor for somewhere to eat. Enter the Morphie powerstation mini, a handy little gadget that gives your device that extra kick of juice when the battery hits red – the pocket-sized power source packs enough energy to charge the average smart phone twice over. Combine this with the Blacks Universal travel adapter and you’ve got the perfect power-themed gift. What’s the damage? £34.95 & £18 2. Best for wannabe photographers: InstaLens The social media revolution has made would-be photographers out of us all, especially the travelling set. However, no matter how many filters you add, there’s only so much you can do with a smartphone, and the alternatives can be pretty costly, too. So if you’re after a small gift, rather than a costly camera, InstaLens have developed a compact happy medium, perfect for the modern traveller. Small, simple and easy to use, the InstaLens transforms your average smartphone camera into a much more advanced piece of kit. Every sunrise, delicious Parisian pastry and iconic landmark selfie can now be snapped and shared with much higher quality. The tiny lens clicks on to your phone over the normal camera, enhancing the pictures you take with minimal fuss. What’s the damage? From £19.95 3. Best for regular travellers: Hand-held luggage scale With airlines constantly changing baggage allowances, getting the the weight spot-on on has become a bit of a headache for frequent fliers. But with hefty extra charges for overweight items, getting it right is always worth the extra effort. That’s why a hand-held luggage scale could be the ideal gift for the regular traveller in your life. No, it’s not...Read More