Holiday Ideas

Holiday Preparations Before and After Kids

Katie Kirby | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Parents
Katie Kirby

The last few days have been spent in preparation mode, I've been sourcing kids crocs on eBay rather than hunting down the perfect shimmery sun tan cream and it got me thinking about how different pre-holiday preparations are now that we have children...

Eight Things You Must Do When Visiting Ibiza

Emily Oakden | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Oakden

Lots of people see Ibiza and automatically associate it with endless parting in world renowned clubs. Yes, those words are synonymous with certain parts of the island, but there is another side of Ibiza that offers idyllic beaches, fantastic Spanish culture and quaint towns.

5 Reasons to Visit Calcutta, India

Zahra Razavi | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

With so many people telling me not to miss out on so many different Indian locations, my head was spinning with possibilities - but two weeks spent in Calcutta turned out to be two weeks well-spent indeed. Here's my breakdown of what makes the city so special...

Plain Sailing

Ceri Tinley | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Tinley

If you like the idea of spending your holiday at sea, but can't bear the thought of a crowded cruise ship, then chartering a yacht may just be the ideal solution. A yacht charter affords you the privacy and comfort of your own home, along with the freedom to explore a variety of exciting destinations at your will.

Seattle Discoveries - The Big Four

Black Tomato | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

Seattle is one of America's most exciting destinations right now. Well, think about it, cosmopolitan city surrounded by astounding natural scenery with endless opportunities for exploration. It's the ultimate city break destination; split your time between the many urban activities on offer and country pursuits in the lakes...

How to Uncover the Best Travel Deals

Mark Hodson | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

Discounting has been an important selling tool for the travel industry for the past 30 years or more and consumers have come to expect bargains... The result is a plethora of different types of deals and discounts, not all of which are as good as they might appear at first sight. Here's a guide to the various offers and how to get the most out of them.

Alternative Oktoberfest: 10 German Destinations | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

For many, Autumn in Germany means Oktoberfest: Munich's 16-day celebration of beer, welcoming over six million visitors each year. However, Germany has much more to offer than beer, pretzels, lederhosen and dirndls.

Top 10 Ways to Avoid Seasickness on a Cruise

John MacLachlan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John MacLachlan

If, like me, you have the misfortune of suffering from seasickness then the thought alone of going on a cruise is likely to make you feel queasy. For many, being cooped up in an enclosed space, surrounded by nothing but water for miles around sounds more like a punishment than pleasure. Indeed, up until recently, I was on the very same boat...

Confessions of a Former Travel Agent | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

I started working for a well-known international travel agency in 2003. The reality, I discovered, was very different from the dream. There was a constant stream of people in and out of the small, three-man shop we had. We'd seldom get to eat our lunch before 3pm.

Seven Spanish Destinations You Won't Find in the Travel Brochures | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

From spectacularly unspoiled havens of nature, to beautiful old-world fishing villages, we've compiled a mixed bag of magnificent spots! While you won't find them in travel brochures, you will find they house a number of our Spanish private holiday rentals.

Beach Porn: The Best Beaches in Florida

Andrew Matthews | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

Some are better than others. And those that are the best can be described as nothing less than pure "beachporn"; dangerously beautiful and seriously tempting stretches of sand being kissed by ocean waves, captured in photos that are designed to do nothing but seduce us.

Ten Reasons to Visit Northern Ireland

Polly Grice | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Polly Grice

Northern Ireland has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, but there's so much more to the country than its troubles. With a bit of common sense and some forward planning, there's no reason to shy away from such a beautiful country.

Tourism Without Tears - A Winter Guide to Florence, Prague and Madrid

Andrew Matthews | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

The time has come to take back the cobbles, the castles, the cathedrals, the architecture and art, in fact anything that's even had a brush with a pair of Rohan convertible chinos in the past decade is now fair game. Because if there's one thing tourists like even less than trousers that don't turn into shorts, it's winter.

The Carnival of Venice Unmasked

Andrew Matthews | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

Something very special that happens every year without fail and without any doom nor gloom, just plenty of elegance, colour and tradition. It is the event of the year in Venice's calendar and it explains why you'll find rows and rows of masks in the souvenir shops and how you will find the magic of Venice is still alive.

Poland by Piste

Sonia Waszkowiak | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sonia Waszkowiak

I dare you to forget about Switzerland and France and join me skiing in Poland this winter. Coming from the UK, you are sure to notice how much cheaper everything is. Prepare to switch off your recession-brain and get in the big spender state of mind.

Go on, Do Something Stupid - But Only if It's Included in the Price

Martin Dorey | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Dorey

So go on, do something stupid. Take a chance on that tandem skydive, google that slack lining school, splash out on that ice holing holiday and book in that bobsleigh break. It's all covered, although, interestingly, I couldn't find skinny dipping anywhere. Oh well.

A Weekend in Bruges

Gareth Johnson | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth Johnson

Bruges is undoubtedly a pretty town - ticking all the boxes that non-Europeans envisage all cities in Europe to embody: Cobbled streets; stone houses; canals and waterways; historic churches; and years of history so old that most of it is forgotten.

Three Great French Cities (That Aren't Paris)

Andrew Matthews | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

We love Paris, obviously. But we've worn our heart on our sleeve long enough now. It's time to take the torch and see what some other great French cities are up to.

Can a City Break Be Responsible?

Lara Solomon | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK Style
Lara Solomon

Most people when they think of taking a responsible/eco/green holiday immediately think it has to be in the countryside, not the city, but that just isn't true. Cities have the same challenges with the environment and local communities as the countryside does.... You can have a great holiday anywhere in the world that is also a responsible holiday.