UK Holidays

Five Tips to Survive the Holidays

Emma Brooke | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Brooke

I'm the first to admit that for those of you who have families to support, families with expectations of lovely presents wrapped in shiny paper for the cat / dog / tortoise to try to eat off overnight, the run up to Christmas is nothing but scary stress and you can't wait for it to be over.

Britain's Savings Go to Holidays, Not Houses Study Says

Judith Lewis | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Lewis

We save for retirement, we work hard to try and live frugally and we are careful so I was surprised to see that most Brits save for a holiday and not things like a repair fund (speaks the voice of experience).

Poorna Bell

Brussel Sprout Juice: Does It Taste As Foul As It Sounds?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Now that we’ve moved past our formative experience of farty-smelling school dinner sprouts, we love the little green things doused in gravy, sitting...

Hot Water and Mud: Soaking in Europe's Steaming Thermal Baths

HomeAway.co.uk | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
HomeAway.co.uk

There is nothing quite as relaxing as having a hot soak after a long day, and where better to do it than a thermal bath? For centuries thermal baths in Europe have attracted the rich and the royal, who believed in the healing properties of the hot water and mud.

Which Holiday Accommodation Is Right for You?

Elle-Rose Williams | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elle-Rose Williams

The more I travel, the more I begin to appreciate my own personal space - wherever it is that I happen to be visiting. Whether it's a hotel, a villa or an apartment, it's becoming more important to be where we stay and not just where we are.

What Are You Thankful For?

Meredith Berman | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Meredith Berman

Although Thanksgiving is an American holiday, I think it's imperative for everyone to think about what is important.

Why It's Time to Visit the Philippines

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

When we drank our first San Miguel Light on Siargao Island to toast our small victory against the travel overlords, the sense of relief among our group was muted. We'd just reached the Philippines for a two-week beach, spa and city break, just a week after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the centre of the country, 70 kilometres north of our first stop.

How to Uncover the Best Travel Deals

Mark Hodson | Posted 25.01.2014 | 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.

Cover Me: Why Travel Insurance is Essential

Lee Mannion | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Mannion

Let me offer a salutary tale. There is one kind of insurance that I was glad that I had. A few years ago a week long snowboarding trip in Chamonix, France ended in a very painful way. It was the last day of the trip and there had been a big dump of snow the night before.

Genealogy and Family Gatherings: Make the Most of Them with Genealogy Secret Weapons

Scott Phillips | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Now some years later as a genealogical historian, father, and grandfather, I really love family gatherings all the more. Not only for the family time and memories, but also for the exceptional opportunity they afford to enhance what I like to call 'the tapestry of our family history'.

10 Romantic UK Boltholes

Jane Anderson | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Anderson

If you're not hotel people, your idea of getting away from it all might be snuggling up in a cosy cottage for two far from the madding crowd. However, it's not easy to find good-value romantic hideaways in the British countryside.

Winter's Coming: Time to Think About a Holiday

Lee Mannion | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Mannion

We want to experience how it feels to exist in a different place. We want new sensations: new sounds to fill our ears, the smell of a different kind of food and then the unfamiliar taste of that. Travel also gives us a chance to play the comparison game.

How to Have a Holiday on Very Little Money

Harriet Williamson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harriet Williamson

Instead of gritting your teeth when you see a 'just off to the Caribbean for two weeks' status on Facebook, why not start planning something budget-friendly and a little bit different?

Poorna Bell

Revealed: Lonely Planet's Best Places To Holiday In 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Lonely Planet is still one of the definitive voices in the travel world, so when it comes to planning our next year's holidays, we pay close attention...

Ryanair: Too Little, Too Late?

Michael Huxley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michael Huxley

The general public are becoming so belligerent in their feelings toward the way airlines in general treat them that their tolerance for Ryanair's particularly infamous business model is at an all time low, and it will take far more than a gritted tooth apology and a few token gestures to change their minds.

Disabled People Can Work, Rest and Play

Simon Stevens | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I believe one of the biggest problems for disabled people who do not work, is the unnecessary stresses and strains of not working on the mind as boredom can be much more damaging than any amount of hard work.

Has Flying Lost Its Magic?

Gina Lyons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

I remember when I was a kid, about nine years old and my Dad treated the whole family to go to Florida on holiday. Everything about flying was magical! The impeccable looking air hostesses, the dapper dressed pilots, the excitement of actually flying to a new place...

Budding Artists and Fledgling Gastronomes: Refine Your Art This Year

HomeAway.co.uk | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
HomeAway.co.uk

I'm picking up on a new trend that's seen hundreds of holidaymakers satisfied: by immersing themselves in a new field for a fortnight, many leave with a new skill to use when they get home.

How to Find Happiness in Bermuda

Emma Rose Black | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Rose Black

Now I say all this, after just coming back from a blog trip to Bermuda. And I openly admit... it was a little bit more extravagant than I would normally go for. In fact it was fancy as!

The Sunshine State for £268

Roger Crow | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Roger Crow

If you're one of the thousands of repeat visitors that yo-yo between Blighty and the Sunshine State each year, then this is hardly a revelation. However, if you have yet to take the plunge, here's the lowdown on the top attractions at Walt Disney World at the moment.

A Guide to Finding Romance Abroad

Zahra Razavi | Posted 13.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

I've visited some of the world's most romantic cities this year - not to brag, but both Paris and Venice I'll have you know - and I've had my fair share of romances abroad. How can you do the same, I hear you ask?

"Live Like a Tourist, Travel Like a Local..."

Gina Lyons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

My boyfriend's Dad has travelled the world and recently gave us the best piece of advice. He said we should "live in our own cities like tourists, and travel the globe like we are locals". I loved the suggestion the minute he told me I vowed to put it into practice when I went to Madrid

Highlands and Islands: Eating and Sleeping in Scotland

Zahra Razavi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

I recently spent a week touring the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and managed to get my hands on some brilliant recommendations and a few accidental finds during my trip. Here are my top tips for where to eat and where to stay in Ullapool, Stornoway and Portree.

A Journey Through Natural Scotland

Zahra Razavi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

I'm looking for a taste of history, authenticity and the real Scottish character from this week - surely that's not too much to ask?

Get Out of My Way - I Have Post Holiday Blues and I'm Prepared to Use It

Alfie Evers | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Alfie Evers

I am confronted by a dead pigeon. Its body hard pressed and flattened to the floor. Its face contorted to a fixed expression of doom. Its guts spread across the road. I sigh. We are one. Its state reflects how I am feeling.