UK Holidays

New Year's Eve: Is This How To Have The Best Night Ever?

Alex Shears | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Shears

Well, that's a realisation a handful of holidaymakers have cottoned on to. Rather than digging out something from the back of our wardrobes to attend the most over-planned and underwhelming night of the year, it seems the smartest among us have found a better way of celebrating New Year's Eve...

St. Regis Dubai, Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

The St. Regis Dubai is situated in a new area of Dubai, Al Habtoor City, where on my visit they were in the process of building a water canal that would flow all the way to central Dubai. We were told it would be finished a few weeks after our visit and I couldn't believe it, as it was more or less a building site when we were there, but true to their word after researching online, it is done and looks very impressive.

Festive Christmas Cookies

Steph Matthews | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Steph Matthews

I always loved the array of goodies I would make with my family growing up and sugar cookies were one of my favourites. The original recipe is my grandmother's and we've been making it for years.

How To Minimise The Stress Of Picking The Perfect Christmas Present

Sara Griffiths | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Griffiths

Sometimes it's difficult to find the right time, the place or the words to express how we feel about someone, but don't wait until it's too late. Maybe Christmas is the perfect opportunity! Heal that rift. Say it while you can and put the 'Happy' back into Christmas.

How To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain And Still Enjoy The Feast?

Victoria Vito | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Vito

Unluckily, scientists at the National Institutes of Health report that most individuals never lose that extra pound of weight, thus, it accumulates year after year. Furthermore, later in life, the extra weight might be the main contributor to obesity and the ailments associated with it.

How To Have That Wonderful Time In Lapland

Frank Brehany | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Frank Brehany

Sadly, each year we receive complaints from parents who have been severely disappointed by the failure of the promise provided by the 'real' Father Christmas brochure. We have heard of holidaymakers experiencing a rushed 'day' trip, with little of what was promised or indeed having to deal with children's disappointment at not seeing Father Christmas, to serious injuries as a result of tobogganing or other activities!

Benefits Of A Secular Christmas

Arthur Peirce | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Christmas does indeed get the greater share of focus, and I have focused on it primarily due to my background, my grandfather was an Anglican Vicar and my primary school was Church of England, so I can't help but associate this period with the Christian church which is my own failing.

Five Reasons To Love Air Travel

Jo Carrigan | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

In between leaving and landing, flying is a time for simple pleasures. From sipping on champagne and catching up on the latest must-see movies to turn...

Christmas Expectations VS. Christmas Reality

Nicki Kinickie | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nicki Kinickie

It is the same thing every year; as soon as December 1st rears its head us Christmas lovers go into meltdown. We have this deep need that grows every year to make this Christmas the best Christmas yet and whether it's even more decorations and lights or more pots of twiglets than your family can physically consume, no expense is spared and no detail left out. T

'Tis The Season To Maybe Chill The Hell Out

Katherine Press | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Press

Getting everything organised is tough work. Anyone who talks about getting to go home to do nothing but eat and watch movies makes me jealous, as I know how tired we Christmas Fairies feel after all the gift choosing, and cooking of the meals, and the cleaning and the wrapping and the small talk.

Have You Got The Festive Fear? What You Can Do About It

Malminder Gill | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

I'm using the 'festive fear' as a collective term for negative feelings of stress, anxiety and irrational thoughts during the Christmas period. These could be feelings of financial stress, anxiety about seeing family members who've had rifts with in the past or perhaps obsessive irrational thoughts concerning your hosting skills or the gifts you've bought.

How Can I Plan My Retirement So I Can Emulate My In-Law's?

Jeff Brazier | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Well here I was playing golf with a group of men and women who hit one another with a constant flow of humorous below the belt banter and it started to occur to me that whilst I don't want to be their age just yet, I really liked being in their company.

Finding A Piece Of Paradise

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

We paddled a long way out on one paddle board, just two human beings, the sun, the sea breeze and the open ocean. This is how life is meant to be, I realised, stripped of its complications and unnecessary burdens.

A Year Abroad: Expectations vs Realities

Varsha Patel | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Varsha Patel

Surprise surprise, you're not fluent in French yet. A year abroad is supposedly the best experience you'll ever have. You've heard rumours of fresh croissants for breakfast in Paris, envisaged yourself becoming a pro-surfer in Australia, and you can't wait to update your Facebook status to "moved to Italy".

How I Went From Verging On Bankruptcy To Being In Credit In Three Years... And Travel Was To Blame

Hayley Stainton | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Stainton

Well yes, that was right-I have had to pay for every single penny and a rather hefty sum of interest in the process too. You see, there is only a certain amount of credit lenders will give you and once it's gone, it's gone, and so is your good credit rating. All of a sudden I went from living a life of luxury to one of near-poverty.

How Not To Decide To Build A New Runway

Dr Peter Paul Catterall | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Peter Paul Catterall

My American students could not believe how long it takes in Britain even to agree on the first step of creating additional runway capacity, which is d...

Government 'Ready' For U-Turn On Term-Time Holiday Fines

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics

Justine Greening is reportedly preparing to overturn a ban on parents taking their children out of school on holiday during term-time. The Education ...

'The Truth About Term-Time Holidays': Extent Of Fines Revealed

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Parents

Parents across England were fined more than £4 million for taking their children on term-time holidays last year. Local authorities issued a total of...

Five Antidotes To The Rapid Travel Bug

Olivia Barnes-Brett | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Barnes-Brett

But why do we want to impress each other on social media? Why post as many travel photos online as possible? What are the benefits of this 'lightening travel' that sees people going to 14 foreign towns in as many days?

Seven Reasons You Have To Visit South Africa

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

From the sight of hippos bathing in the Limpopo River at sunset and penguins in the distance at Boulders Beach to mind-blowing panoramas atop Table Mountain and the infamous nightlife in Cape Town, there are fewer places quite as culturally or geographically diverse as South Africa.

5 Inspirational Holidays To Take In Your Thirties

By Hugh Wilson. commercial writer | Jackie Gallego | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Let’s face it, trips we take in our twenties are often little more than the easiest short-haul dash to a sandy beach and a well-stocked bar, or the ...

Al Aïn At The Royal Palm, Marrakech - Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

Our starters arrived not long afterwards, and the Moroccan Salads were brought over to us on a tall metal cake stand, which was filled with small dishes. Each salad was refreshing, and full of flavour and I especially enjoyed the green beans and the fennel.

The Beginning Of The End Of Travel Consumer Rights?

Frank Brehany | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Frank Brehany

There is no doubt in my mind; we are reaching that critical junction when all Consumer Rights are now under real threat - the question is, who will defend those Travel Consumer Rights in this brave new world?

Coffee "cupping" In Costa Rica's Central Valley

Shafik Meghji | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shafik Meghji

Tucked away amongst the green slopes of Costa Rica's Central Valley, a sustainable tourism pioneer produces some of the country's best coffee. I dropped in for a tasting - or "cupping" - session...

Getting off the beaten track in Cuba

Claire Boobbyer | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Boobbyer

Over the years I've had plenty of time to enjoy the tourist spots as well as get away from the beaten track on the storied tropical island of Cuba. Here are some of my ideas on where I escape the crowds in Cuba.