UK Holidays

Meet the Mindful Traveller

Andy Puddicombe | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Puddicombe

Travel is such a rich area for mindfulness. It's driven partly by curiosity, an interest in what's out there, and partly the essential need to take time out from routine. In a sense it's a bit like the practice of meditation... Here are a few tips we've put together to help you be a more mindful traveller.

Extreme and Dangerous

Caragh Little | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

You'd think a book would be the least dangerous thing you could send to your friend who's just begun their summer holiday. Nothing could be much safer, it might seem, than relaxing on a deckchair, in a peaceful garden or hotel poolside terrace, with a book and a cool drink. But this is Northern Ireland, and when we send parcels, we have to risk assess.

Butlins to Berlin: A Glimpse at the Future of Affordable Family Entertainment and Travel‏

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tetteh

Butlins in Bognor Regis I have to say kept us on our toes and our little man was skipping his naps to get in as much as possible of the entertainment. With family budgets not being what they were, less people are going abroad and are now enjoying a holiday in the UK.

Easy Rye, Spelt and White Blend Loaf

Holly Bell | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

We're back from our summer hols. We went to Suffolk. Southwold to be precise. We always holiday in Suffolk; it's my attempt at creating childhood memories the boys can bore their own kids with. I regularly irritate them with rose tinted tales of crabbing in Cornwall. It's only right I allow them the same pleasurable adult pastime.

Five Ways to Have a Productive Summer: Start a Side Project

Andrew Phillips | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Phillips

We all know that feeling of elation and excitement in the days, weeks or even months leading up to a well earnt and long overdue holiday. But when it comes to it, do you ever find yourself wondering if perhaps you should try to be more productive with what precious time you have to yourself?

A Guide to Porto and the Douro Valley

Zahra Razavi | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

Porto's historic city centre has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and for good reason. Undoubtedly, one of the best things you can get up to during a stay in Porto is simply to wander and wonder; to engage in the well-established art of flânerie - to walk around idly and aimlessly. Here are some things to look out for on your strolls around the city.

Glasgow 2014: A Summer Escape for Disadvantaged Youngsters

Jane Ashworth | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Sport
Jane Ashworth

Over two million British children live in families who can't afford a trip to the seaside... we like to run day trips and camps to classy events and venues that disadvantaged teenagers are otherwise very unlikely to get near. The latest of these is the residential camp we've set up in Glasgow across the Commonwealth Games.

Summertime Sadness For UK parents

Ellen Broomé | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Broomé

The summer holidays are meant to be idyllic days spent with family having ice cream on sunny beaches. Unfortunately, for many parents the long summer holidays are a source of worry and stress. As schools break up, this is the last week that many parents will know what to do for childcare.

48 Hours in Dubrovnik

Victoria Ferran | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ferran

Renowned for its enchanting architecture, translucent azure waters and dazzling sunshine, it's little wonder that Dubrovnik has been a top Mediterranean tourist destination for several centuries.

Europe's Best National Days and Celebrations

Adam Bown | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Bown

Tooday is Bastille Day, France's national day commemorating the famous storming of the Bastille prison and the start of the French Revolution. Throughout France, le Quatorze Juillet is celebrated with parades, fireworks and parties.

Kicking Back on the Island of St Kitts

Zahra Razavi | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

Experience the thrill of zip-lining through gorgeous, untouched rainforest terrain on the hidden away Wingfield Estate. Lush vegetation, beautiful flowers, mango trees and mischievous moneys await in this lively, tropical paradise.

Reasons To Head Far, Far East For Your Holiday

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Now if you've seen the news in past years, you'll know that China's no picnic to travel around. Particularly on any national holiday. You can expe...

Great Weekend Getaways - The New Forest

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

A two hour drive from London brought us to the New Forest, an area which I have always associated with tiny ponies, perhaps with some justification as there have been 3,000 wild ponies roaming this national forest for the past 2,000 years. They still roam free, along with deer and cattle and all are looked after by local landowners, or commoners as they're called, under an ancient system put in place in 1079 by William the Conqueror.

5 Reasons to Visit Calcutta, India

Zahra Razavi | Posted 30.06.2014 | 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...

Top Ten Boutique Hotels for Hipsters (Moustache Not Included)

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trivago.co.uk

With their vintage threads, vinyl records and penchant for independent coffee shops, hipsters are well known for their discerning tastes. But thanks to the global popularity of this exclusive subculture, hipsters no longer need to settle for a mainstream chain - they can now unpack their skinny jeans in the boutique hotel of their dreams.

Beyond the Mediterranean: Europe's Forgotten Islands

HomeAway.co.uk | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
HomeAway.co.uk

Island holidays in Europe are the perfect way to unwind. Who wouldn't want to spend their holiday sipping cocktails in Capri, lazing on the soft white sand of the Greek Islands or hiking in rugged Malta? With so many beautiful Mediterranean island destinations to choose from it's easy to forget that Europe is also home to some lesser-known but equally charming islands.

Top 10 Beach Hotels To Visit This Summer

The Good Hotel Guide/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Hear the words 'British seaside town' and your mind will most likely conjure up images of fish and chips, run down peers and dodgy arcades. But you...

The Everything You Ever Wanted to Know Guide to Bodrum

Adam Bown | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Bown

With its combination of great weather, beautiful beaches, a rich local heritage plus amazing food, it's little wonder that Bodrum has become one of the top places to head for your summer holidays!

Top Tips for Holiday Packing

Donna Ida Thornton | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Donna Ida Thornton

Now that Summer is upon us though so are a multitude of trips to the sun (it always strikes me as crazy that the minute the sun shines on London we're all desperado to leave) and a well packed bag is essential.

Britain's 10 Best Beaches

Travelzoo UK | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Travelzoo UK

Buckets and spades at the ready, suncream on standby... here's our region-by-region guide to the top coastal spots in the UK

Telltale Signs of 'Body-Enhancement' Drug Use

Dr Nitin Shori | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitin Shori

It's the time of year when many of us are thinking about our summer getaways and lazy days spent at the poolside - but to what lengths do people go to tan and tone their body?

10 Amazingly Cheap Festivals Abroad This Summer

The Huffington Post UK | Louisa Clack | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

We've already let you in on the best cheap holidays in Europe this summer, but what about festivals? Dissertation deadlines are slowly disappearin...

Nothe View, Weymouth - Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

At the beginning of the month I was lucky enough to spend a few days in a townhouse by the sea in the Dorset seaside town of Weymouth.

Good Hotel Guide Reveals 10 Beautiful Lake District Hotels

The Good Hotel Guide | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

People who enjoy travel often forget that there are some beautiful locations to visit here in the UK. The Lake District, England’s largest natio...

Is This the Best Way to Cruise the Greek Islands?

Mark Hodson | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

He pointed to the postcards. "This is how the island used to look." We peered at the sun-bleached images, their corners bending with age, then gazed back at the tiny square where half a dozen men nursed glasses of raki. The only sound was the slap of waves on the small fishing boats in the harbour.