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.
How to have fun in the Dominican Republic
Those looking for Caribbean luxury for less flock to the Dominican Republic (DR), where a combo of sun, sea, sand and pampering doesn’t break the bank.
8 common holiday scams and how to deal with them
Be it for small cash – or something serious, such as your passport – there’s a scam for most things. Once you know what you’re looking for though, it’s easier to spot a trick coming. Follow our advice and avoid a holiday scam.
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Most holiday destinations have a standout attraction, whether it’s beautiful beaches, lush countryside or top-notch food. Not many can claim to offer all three, but on Spain’s Costa Brava that’s exactly what you’ll find, with miles of spectacular coastline, crystalline waters, fascinating Medieval villages and superb cuisine all on offer. What’s more, enjoying all this needn’t break the bank – prices here are significantly less than you’d pay elsewhere in Europe and there’s plenty to do on a budget, writes Eddi Fiegel. Compare cheap holidays in the Costa Brava Where to stay on a budget Hotel Terrama Passeig Cypsela, 1 17211 Llafranc | 00 34 972 300 200 The pine-laced crescent bay at Llafranc is one of the prettiest and most elegant on the Costa Brava and this hotel has prime position on the seafront promenade. The great value rooms are clean and bright and surprisingly spacious for the price. There’s also a restaurant downstairs with a 3 course menu with wine and aperitif for €18. Hotel Tamariu Passeig Mar, 2, 17212 Tamariu | 00 34 972 62 00 31 Tamariu is another even more dainty horseshoe beach and the sea views from the hotel are gorgeous. The hotel sits right behind the bay, and its small, light and airy bedrooms are clean and contemporary with a crisp, nautical colour scheme of beiges, navy and whites. The hotel restaurant also has great views and a good, reasonably-priced selection for lunch and dinner (€25 for three courses, drinks and coffee). Compare cheap hotels in the Costa Brava Where to eat on a budget Restaurant Vall Llobrega Calle Raval de Mar, 8, 17253 Vall-Llobrega | 00 34 972 60 20 44 | 3 course menu with wine – €10 This is the kind of amazing-value, untouristy restaurant that you’d never normally find without a tip-off. On the main drag of a small village, from the outside it looks like nothing more than an uninteresting neighbourhood bar. Step inside, however, and the cavernous interior is filled with locals tucking into some of the heartiest fare around. Specialties include snails and escudella i carn d’olla – a traditional stew served in two parts with noodle soup and a plate of cooked meats. Pa I Raim Carrer de Torres i Jonama, 56, 17200 Palafrugell | 00 34 972 30 45 72 | Daily lunch menu Wednesday to Fridays from...Read More
Travel to parts of Egypt from the UK has been difficult for many months now due to the suspension of direct flights from the UK to the popular Sharm el Sheikh area. The suspension was ordered by the UK government following the crash of a Russian Metro aircraft on October 31, 2015. The plane came down in Egypt’s Sinai region and the crash claimed the lives of all 224 passengers. Since then, UK carriers have suspended flights to and from Sharm el Sheikh airport until further notice in accordance with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) advice. However, many airlines and tour operators have allowed bookings to continue for forward departure dates and there has been a rolling review of when flights may resume for many months now. The latest information is that flights are unlikely to start again until 2017. Monarch announced this week that they would not resume flights until February 10, 2017, after previously believing they may be up and running by the end of October 2016. Read more here: http://blog.monarch.co.uk/sharm-el-sheikh-travel-update/ Thomas Cook are currently planning to start flights on February 6, 2017, subject to the UK government lifting the ban on direct flights. Read more here: https://www.thomascook.com/travel-updates/#intcmp=TopNav_TravelUpdates Thomson do have dates for some departures showing from the end of October 2016; however this may be reviewed now that others have delayed their start-up plans into 2017. Read more here: http://www.thomson.co.uk/destinations/travel-information British Airways and easyJet are yet to announce when they will resume flying. I have a holiday booked to Egypt – can I change or cancel my booking? If you have a holiday booked to the area and are concerned, we suggest you contact your tour operator or airline to see what your options are should you wish to cancel or choose another destination. You can still travel independently to Sharm el Sheikh via Cairo and then overland, or into Hurghada and onwards by ferry. The FCO have not banned Brits from going to Sharm el Sheikh, only from being able to fly in and out of Sharm el Sheikh airport. There are other popular tourist resorts which remain open with business as normal, including the Red Sea resort area of Hurghada, with direct flights from the UK. Other destinations, including Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings, are open to tourism. Airlines and travel...Read More