Summer Holidays

Travelzoo's Tips for Finding a Cruise Bargain This Autumn

Travelzoo UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Travelzoo UK

With autumn in full swing, there are plenty of opportunities to find a fantastic cruise bargain and our resident Cruise Expert Raph Giacardi has put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you source the best deals and know what to look out for when booking a cruise holiday.

Smoking on a Cruise: Both Sides of the Debate

John MacLachlan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John MacLachlan

Smoking is a hot topic (pardon the pun), one that has been on the cards for some time now, and, with further restrictions being placed on travellers, it does not look likely to disappear any time soon.

The Top Five Most Rockin' Cruise Holidays

John MacLachlan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John MacLachlan

Cruises are for old people. Cruises are boring. Cruises are too formal. These are just some of the accusations which, rightly or wrongly, have been hurled at the cruise industry for years.

The Lies Behind the Facebook Smiles

Shannon Edwards | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Shannon Edwards

It's what we've come to expect in the new social media world order. Nothing is really what it seems but all the boasts and tall tales of old are shone in our faces via tablets, mobiles and desktop computers.

How I Survived Just One Week of the School Holidays and Lived to Tell the Tale

Elliot Wagland | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elliot Wagland

Being a parent is hard enough during the school holidays and keeping your children entertained is a skill in itself. Firstly my two children are up at 6am every morning,' mummy, daddy, can we get up now?', who needs an alarm clock when you have two boys under four-years-old to wake you up every single morning.

It's Time to Fight the Parent Trap

Travelzoo UK | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Travelzoo UK

The way I see it, parents are being corralled into extortionate holiday prices - they can't take their children out of school and summer family deals are few and far between - it's something I call the Parent Trap.

France By Train Part II: Avignon

Lauren Razavi | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Razavi

When we step out of the station in Avignon, an intense heat and the sound of cigales act as our greeting. The city is well known for its impressive climate and the region for its sonic buzz, even selling soft-toy versions of the cricket-like creatures in its tourist shops.

Tasty Eats in Bywater, New Orleans

Peggy Nuttall | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Peggy Nuttall

A magnet for bohemians and fertile ground for new and interesting restaurants and bars, Bywater is on the rise but it's not quite there yet, so for now the beautifully colourful tree-lined streets are peaceful and the people are some of the most laid back and friendly you'll ever meet.

Planet Appetite: Villa Orsula Offers Boutique Charm in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Rupert Parker | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Villa Orsula was built in 1939, in the Mediterranean style, using the local white stone for the walls and traditional red tiles for the roof. It was completely restored and refurbished for its grand opening in spring 2012. They claim that it's the most luxurious accommodation in the city, and I can't disagree.


The Spa Spy | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

When I think of Crete I think of warmth. Not the perennial warm climate, nor the clear warm waters of the Aegean Sea, but the warmth of its people. Cretans are known for their genuine kindness, loyalty and hospitality, their Greek filoxenia (love of strangers). Mind you, I guess you would be pretty happy when you reside somewhere of such beauty.

Families That Hike Together, Stay Together | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Every summer families across Europe take out their hiking boots, grab a backpack and put on their sunhats for a family adventure in the great outdoors. Whether your family prefers a gentle amble along flat forest paths, or a more challenging climb up rugged hillsides, Europe is full of amazing hiking destinations that are ideal for kids.

Are the School Holidays Too Long?

Julie Booth | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Summer learning loss is a well-known phenomenon in many schools. So much so that from 2015, the government is planning to introduce measures to give every state school the power to set their own term times - a freedom currently available to free schools and academies. The change could see a four week summer holiday introduced in many schools, with a longer gap between other terms.

Maximise Your Pool Time This Summer - Pick the Perfect Pool Side Position

Emyr Thomas | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emyr Thomas

Are you heading off on your holidays over the next few weeks? If so, read my guide to picking the perfect poolside position. Whether it's to maximise sun exposure, the shortest route to the bar or selecting the best view, securing the best sun lounger is an art form.

Two Extremes of Port Wine Tasting in Porto

Julie Dawn Fox | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Dawn Fox

If you're travelling to Porto, the chances are you'll be trying some of Portugal's delicious port wine during your stay. I've been to many port wine establishments in the city over the years, most of them fairly similar in their approach and all enjoyable.

Seaside Snipers

Amber Key | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Key

There is nothing random or especially aggressive about seagull behaviour. Rather than responding to their environment, gulls assert control over it from the sky (much as humans do on the ground), dealing with threats and opportunities with supreme efficiency.

Top Barbecue Tips for Summer Weekends

Jerrine M Lowe | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jerrine M Lowe

Summer has finally arrived and what better way to celebrate than to welcome the British barbecue season. To ensure your get-together goes off without a hitch here are a couple of tips and essentials, leaving you with time to make the most of summer and all the outdoor fun that goes with it.

Four of the Best Cruises Departing From the UK

John MacLachlan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John MacLachlan

Ever thought about taking a cruise around the UK? Probably not, I'll bet. Yet, whilst the UK may not seem like the typical destination for a luxury holiday, its domestic cruise market is surprisingly popular and, in many cases, outstanding value for money.

Keep Your Home Safe While You're on Holiday

Lauren Razavi | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Razavi

In the excitement of preparing for a holiday each year, it's easy to forget about the important measures everyone should take to protect their home when leaving it empty for a long period. Between January and December 2012, a total of 3,700,349 crimes were recorded by police, with burglary standing as one of the largest contributors.

Singles Cruises: Advice for Sailing Solo

John MacLachlan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John MacLachlan

Taking a cruise holiday on your own can sometimes be a bit daunting. It can also be expensive, with many cruise lines charging supplements to cover the revenue that they're missing out on by booking only one guest into a room instead of two. There are a few things that someone wanting to cruise solo could be concerned about.

Five of the Best Luxury Scottish Hotels

John MacLachlan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John MacLachlan

Stunning scenery and delicious local food coupled with lots to see and do makes Scotland the perfect place to enjoy a luxury break. From wondering the West Highland Way, to cycling the gorgeous Ghia, bonnie Scotland never fails to impress or entertain.

Mini-breaks: Becoming a Frequent Traveller Without Letting Real Life Get in the Way

Sasha Szczepanski | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sasha Szczepanski

For those of us with unrequited wanderlust in our hearts, a major barrier to frequent, consistent travel is, quite simply, lack of time. Many people wonder how they can travel while working a full-time job and juggling their daily responsibilities. After all, isn't travel only for the privileged few with loads of leisure time? Wrong!

Seeing the Light: Ten of the World's Most Beautiful Lighthouses | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Lighthouses are grand towers that are testament to man's long relationship with the sea and make some fabulous tourist attractions. Some historic lighthouses have even been turned into hotels. From the coast of New England to rugged shores of Australia, you'll find these beautiful guiding lights in every shape, size and colour.

Top Tips for Saving Money on a Cruise

John MacLachlan | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John MacLachlan

Cruise lines are a highly competitive industry and, for the most part, they follow similar patterns within their itineraries, so price and amenities are a big deal! Essentially, there are two major areas where you can save money on a cruise ship; booking and on-board amenities.

Top 5 Alternative Cruise Destinations

John MacLachlan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John MacLachlan

As cruise companies continue to announce increasingly exotic itineraries reaching every corner of the globe, there is no time like the present to push the boat out and try something a little different!

Best Eco Friendly Resorts in Thailand (PICTURES)

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

Stepping out of the luxury speedboat sent to pick up guests of Soneva Kiri, the calm atmosphere of the resort has a tangible quality. As the latest addition to the hugely successful resort range pioneered developed by husband and wife team, Sonu Shivdasani and Eva Malmström Shivdasani, Soneva Kiri on Koh Kood island is a flawless, high-end version of what it means to have an eco-friendly holiday.