Vacations

10 Amazing Things You Didn't Know About Bulgaria

Ellis Shuman | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellis Shuman

Bulgaria? Why visit Bulgaria? Bulgaria is a beautiful country, with majestic mountains, sandy beaches, picturesque villages, good food, and hospitable people. And, it's incredibly affordable.

Thai Retreats: Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket

The Spa Spy | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Overlooking the Andaman Sea and with a horizon view of the majestic limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay... this slice of opulence is located on the east coast of the popular Thai holiday island.

Uganda- Africa's Best Kept Tourism Secret

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmine Dotiwala

The range of adventure in Uganda is wide and hair-raising. Activities include game viewing, fishing trips, water fall cruises, silverback gorilla safari treks, white water rafting, African rainforest camping, chimp trekking and swamp walking. So having two days off to enjoy the country, of course I, chose the sedate activity of cruising down the Nile.

Why Are the UK's Holiday Habits Changing?

Alison Couper | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Couper

Now that spring has finally sprung, it's not surprising that many of us have started to think about where we'd like to holiday this year. The promise of sun, sea and sand in some exotic location far, far away can be a heady concoction, but what we're actually seeing is a rise in Brits holidaying closer to home, city breaks and 'staycations'.

Eight Rules to Avoid Getting Ripped Off on Holiday

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Sometimes I think getting overcharged is part of travel but it doesn't have to be like that. I am currently on a short break in Turkey and I made up some rules about how to get the most out of being in Istanbul without getting fleeced.

Reasons to Holiday in the UK This Year

Zahra Razavi | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

I have high hopes for the summer - in terms of both weather and activities. While you're snuggling up with your hot water bottle and sipping your cup of tea, have a think about the following reasons to stay in Britain for this year's holiday.

Easter Break from 'Rubies in the Rubble'

Jenny Dawson | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Dawson

Easter is celebrated like Christmas in our family. A rigid, clockwork routine year in, year out starting with the family breakfast, invasion of cousins, the Easter egg hunt (by mum - a notorious expert hider) and church.

Confessions of a First Year Student - Girls' Night Out

Eve Betts | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Betts

For some inexplicable reason, three different boys offered to take me to Nando's. I will never understand the romance in that offer.

Captivated by Kefalonia

Emily Stacey | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Stacey

Unlike any other place I have visited, Kefalonia has stolen my heart hook, line and sinker. But I'm not the only one. Year after year, you see the same faces arriving at the airport heading back to their favourite spot for another few weeks in paradise.

UK Should Relax Visa Rules for Chinese Visitors or Lose Out to Europe

Alison Couper | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Politics
Alison Couper

Visitors from China are also big spenders when they are here. Typically Chinese visitors will spend in the region of £1,600 while in the UK - nearly three times the average tourist spend, according to Visit Britain.

The Psychology of a Holiday

Adrian Hado | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Hado

A holiday doesn't need to be two weeks somewhere far flung, with soaring temperatures, in order to recharge our batteries. Even taking a couple of days off work to go for a walk somewhere new, eat in a different restaurant, or even sleep in a different bed can radically change the 'work' mindset.

Best Time to Visit Six of the World's Best Destinations

Mark Hodson | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

Arriving at the wrong time of year is an easy mistake to make, particularly on a long-haul holiday. You could land in the middle of a tropical cyclone. You may find you've paid over the odds to travel in the peak season, when the 'off' season would have been just as good.

Four Reasons to Visit Aachen

Gareth Johnson | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth Johnson

The whole trip took about four hours from the centre of London to the centre of Aachen - no endless hanging around airports and you can take as much luggage as you can carry.

Burma for Beginners

Lynn Houghton | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lynn Houghton

I listened to the tolling of temple bells while worshippers poured water over tiny Buddhas as an exercise of purification. Entire families were relaxing in the shadows as dusk descended while hundreds of candles were lit.

Two Algerias

Adrian Millar | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Politics
Adrian Millar

When the heat dies down over the siege in In Amenas, it will be back to business for the West, propping up the Algerian authorities in defence of Western interests.

Ringing in the New Year in Romania

Gareth Johnson | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK
Gareth Johnson

Romanian food is interesting - we started each day with a traditional breakfast of bread, cheese, peppers, raw onion, pig fat, and two types of pork offal sausages. I won't lie to you, not my choice for a delicious way to start the day

Skiing: Good Times/Bad Tan Lines

Gareth Johnson | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth Johnson

As we dragged our weary bodies, goggle tan lines, and assorted minor injuries back to Grenoble airport we were tired but happy - a great skiing holiday with a great group of friends.

A New Skiing and Eating Concept Hits the Slopes of Alta Badia in 2013

Rachel Wilson-Couch | Posted 07.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Wilson-Couch

Learning to ski in your late-30s is potentially a daunting experience. Bones take longer to heal and the fear of resurrecting an old knee injury initi...

The Best of the BVIs

Black Tomato | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

As winter creeps in, the idyllic archipelago of the British Virgin Islands sounds like the escapism we all crave. Much more than just beautiful, sunny...

The Future of Airline Travel is Not in the Bag

Adam Ewart | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Ewart

My guess is that we're not too far away from hand baggage only flights. As air travel increases but efforts of airlines to bring excess baggage handling costs into a reasonable price bracket remain non-existent, it can only go one way; passengers will stop checking in luggage and there will be no need for the airline to spend money on handling services.

Barcelona - Fitness Holiday with a Difference!

Marc Marchant | Posted 18.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Marchant

The past decade has seen a rapid rise in the popularity of fitness holidays, boot camps and yoga retreats. Whether it's learning to kite surf in Tarif...