Summer Holidays

Summer childcare dilemmas

Mandy Garner | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Parents
Mandy Garner

Every year there are the same old debates about whether the school summer holidays are too long and could be spread more evenly around the rest of the year. But that doesn't deal with the essential issue of parents' holidays not in any way equalling those their children get, even if each parent takes them separately.

19 Reasons We're Already Dreading The Summer Holidays

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Comedy

It's nearly here folks. That's right... Yes, the summer holidays are just around the corner, waiting for us like some huge inflatable 'novelty'...

The Reality of Paradise

Kitiara Pascoe | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kitiara Pascoe

The problem with holiday brochure paradise is that holiday brochures are written by advertising professionals and designed by Photoshop. There are white sand beaches with palms and 'crystal clear water' - of course, but that's not all you need.

Is This the Sportiest Resort in the Alps?

William Gray | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Gray

Anyone familiar with Wii Sports Resort will instantly feel at home in Tignes. The French alpine resort could almost have been the inspiration for the video game where just about every sport and leisure activity is available in one purpose-built, picture-perfect resort.

Helping Your Children Avoid the 'Summer Dip'

Michael Wilkinson | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Wilkinson

We all know that schoolchildren go through a "summer dip", where learning falls back over the long summer holiday. From 2015, state schools will even be allowed to set their own term times, which may see summer holidays shortened.

Our Connected Homes Are Heating Up This Summer

Rob Wells | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Tech
Rob Wells

With the school summer holidays in full swing, you'll no doubt be jam-packing the weeks full of fun activities to keep your kids entertained - from trips to theme parks, summer camps, visiting family and much more. But what about the odd days when you're sat at home?

9 Rules For Having A Great Summer Holiday

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Off on your summer hols? Follow these nine rules make sure you have a great one... (Video for HuffPost UK Comedy by Amanda Wilkie and Handface) ...

Are Healthy Holidays the UK's New Fitness Trend?

Hilary Wardle | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Wardle

We've all been there: you diet for months before a trip so that you don't scare any locals at the beach, then spend your longed for holiday drinking cream-based cocktails, eating kebabs and lying down.

The Mate Escape

William Higham | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

From festivals to social media, we're spending more time with our friends. A growing number of us enjoy a close group of mates that we consider to be a surrogate family: a friendship-family or 'Framily'. In some cases, this is taking over from where the traditional family unit may have left off: either in distance, as people move away from home, or emotionally.

What Is Summer Depression?

Karin Sieger | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

If you are lonely, have few social outlets, low self confidence or self esteem, then the summer months can be challenging. You may find it difficult to go out on your own, if others are out as couples, families or groups of friends, and you have no one to share the summer with. Seeing others apparently living the life you wish you had can make you feel worse about your own situation.

The Most Romantic Summer Travel Destinations

Adam Bown | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Bown

Looking to take your other half on a romantic summer break to rekindle the flames? Or do you just want some well-deserved time out with your partner? Whether they love the arts or the tourist classics, here are the top spots with perfect backdrops for a bit of romance - day or night.

10 Unforgettable Views to Add to Your Bucket-List

Madison Taylor | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

The summer break, especially for university students, is a time to travel and to tick off a few things on your bucket list. Obviously though, as students, our budgets are tight and often in-disposable so an affordable holiday to Zante is usually the only obtainable option. But there is no harm in dreaming of many possibilities right?...

How to Escape the Crowds in Cornwall This Summer

William Gray | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Gray

Families love Cornish beach-beauties like Kynance Cove and Porthcurno, while Summerleaze (at Bude), Watergate Bay and Sennen Cove always score highly for ease-of-access, child-friendly facilities, beach lifeguards and places to eat.

How to Make the Most of Your Summer

Elle-Rose Williams | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elle-Rose Williams

With the exception of the (pretty miserable) weather here in the UK, summer seems to be well and truly on it's way. We've got the festival season starting, the BBQ aisle in the supermarket stocked up and ready to go - and even the deck chairs in London parks are out there for people to enjoy (if you're brave enough in this weather).

Glasgow for Kids: Let the Games Begin

Mark Hodson | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

Taking the family to Glasgow to see the Commonwealth Games in July? Here's the inside track on three fun things to do with the kids while you're there.

How About a Staycation This Summer?

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

No need to wait till your summer hols to indulge in a good read. On your staycation, you have the luxury of time to sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in a fab book. Whether that's a good old trashy novel, educational text or a self-help title, your staycation is your chance to lose yourself in a good book.

Five Family Adventure Holidays in Europe

Mark Hodson | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

If you want to take the kids to Europe this summer, but don't fancy the idea of spending all day at a crowded noisy pool, how about trying something different? These new and exciting family adventures are packed with action and at the time of publication were all available to book during the school 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

Zahra Razavi | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra 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.