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Browse a selection of travel related features and articles covering a wide array of subjects from the best beaches in Thailand to where and when to party around the world.

Best UK seasides for summer fun in the sun

Summertime is synonymous with trips to the seaside. No matter what sort of beach break you’re looking for this summer, the UK is sure to have an option to suit. From the best piers to the finest beaches, we take a look at some of the best coastal locations for summer fun in the sun. Pier pressure The Daily Mail…

Go Greek This Summer

Ahh, Greece. This glorious sun-soaked destination takes pride of place on top of so many holidaymakers’ wish-lists, and it’s not hard to see why. From the fascinating heritage and bustling vibe of Athens, to the glittering golden sands and pristine shores of the Greek islands, there are plenty of reasons to visit. On the mainland, Athens has star appeal with…
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Liverpool Museums: What’s On this Summer

The great thing about museums is the ever-changing exhibitions and special events that are held in them throughout the year and the plethora of Liverpool museums are no different. Having been designated the City of Culture in 2008, Liverpool has the right to shout from the rooftops about just how culture-rich the city is and the museums help to demonstrate…
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Coach travel reinvented

There are a number of ways that you can travel to and from Europe, though most people opt automatically for planes and sometimes trains.  If you suggested coach travel to most people, they might assume you were talking about some over-60s package holiday by coach with accommodation and meals included and arranged by the tour company.  But actually, thanks to…

Experience Egypt by Cruise

Mention Egypt and what springs to mind? Soaring pyramids, hot dusty plains and buzzing cities? These are just a handful of things that tourists have come to associate with Egypt, but there are plenty more that might just strike a chord if you’re planning an Egyptian escape this year. For instance, how about sailing along the Nile River, kicking back…

A Trip to Manchester from Liverpool

Manchester and Liverpool are two cities separated by 35 miles of the M62 motorway and a large difference of opinion over football, but it’s not unknown for visitors to Liverpool to make a trip down ‘the Lancs’ to sample what the near neighbour has to offer. Shopping With a large shopping outlet, the Manchester Arndale Centre, as well as four…
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Secret skiing: three destinations you didn’t know had ski resorts

When people think of skiing, Zermatt in Switzerland, Aspen, Colorado and Chamonix in France come to mind but there are many less popular destinations that have superb facilities and which are less crowded. Escape If you want to escape the crowds and some of the frighteningly expensive costs associated with skiing then it’s well worthwhile taking a look at some…
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Six new boutique hotels to open in Shoreditch 2013-2015

by Francesca Young, LondonTown.com Not content with being one of London’s trendiest neighbourhoods, Shoreditch is about to up the ante with six new boutique hotels opening in the east London district in the next two years. Recently opened on 12th September, Ace Hotel London Shoreditch is one of the most exciting new London hotels to launch in London in 2013 (particularly with the opening of the…
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Must-have hiking equipment

With the summer finally upon us, there really is no better time to hike. Whilst you may be keen to get going, it is vital that you prepare yourself with all the necessary equipment. Here is all the must-have hiking equipment you will need… Hiking boots Hiking boots are essential as your feet must be comfortable and well protected whilst…
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Cycling in all weathers

Whether you’re warm and dry in Spain, cold and being snowed on in Canada, or enjoying the summer showers of the Lake District, it is essential to prepare you bike and your body for the cycling weather to be tackled. Here are some hints and tips to the best preparation for each climate: Rain If you are determined not to…
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Making your travel more efficient

If you do a lot of air travel you tend to become a bit of a pro at making it as easy, comfortable and cheap as possible. Getting the best deals on flights, accommodation and all the rest takes quite a bit of dedication though, which is why a lot of people end up lumping for the easiest option even…
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Spain versus Portugal: where’s the best place to holiday this summer?

Sitting as they do side by side on the Iberian Peninsular, these two Latin neighbours have long vied for your holiday pound. Both offer great food, great beaches and a wealth of attractions but where should you choose for your week away this year?   Weather Portugal’s Algarve region has some of the best and most reliable sunshine in the…
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Trekking in Tramuntana

For a holiday with the element of adventure, try Majorca. Spelt Mallorca in Spanish, the largest of the Balearic Islands sits on the Mediterranean Sea just off the South East coast of mainland Spain and enjoys typical Mediterranean weather: warm, dry and pleasant most of the time. The Tramuntana mountain range, or Serra de Tramuntana, is the ideal backdrop for…
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Europe’s finest: Eurodisney and the London Eye

Europe has come a long way in recent years in terms of interesting tourist attractions. The traditional Spanish beach holiday and winter skiing trips still hold their appeal, but there is a new sort of visitor attraction taking to the market. Two very different types of attraction tickets have become some of the most sought after in the region: Eurodisney…
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Top UK events in 2013

There’s no doubt that 2012 was a momentous year for the UK, with a collection of historical events such as The Queen’s Jubilee, the London Olympic Games and the London Paralympics to name a few. This year as well as welcoming a new royal baby, 2013 brings a new host of exciting one-off events around the UK which will celebrate…

Five Reasons to Get Away to the Lake District

There is seemingly no end to the attractions and activities available during breaks in the Lake District, whenever you happen to be visiting. The biggest star by far is the breathtaking beauty of its hills, lakes and mountains. But there are also many places to visit and sights to see. Here are just five of them in the Keswick area…

A world of choice with villa holidays

As Christmas approaches and the days grow shorter, many of us are looking ahead to summer and beginning to plan our escape to sunnier climes. There’s nothing more appealing on a chilly winters day than browsing the internet in search our next holiday, but they can be expensive. In the current economic climate, many of us are tightening our belts.…

Holiday Favourites: Tenerife

Ask anyone to name their favourite holiday destination and the chances are you’ll hear Tenerife. A lot. This sun-baked island, the largest of the Canary Islands, has got tourism down to a ‘T’. With a year-round climate, warm Spanish hospitality, top-notch hotels, sparkling beaches and a varied selection of resorts, it’s certainly got holidays covered. The island is split into…

Holiday advice for a trip to Chigwell

One of the most exciting things about a London holiday is the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city life. Yet, sometimes after a day in the city centre, it can be nice to escape to a more relaxed part of the world. Finding a hotel in Chigwell will let you escape the rush of the CBD during the evening,…

A very merry Cornish Christmas

Winter is a very special time to be in Cornwall, the UK’s most southerly county.  Here you’ll find age-old traditions which have been kept alive for the modern day for a Christmas experience like no other. Carol singing Cornwall has a strong musical heritage, particularly in the old mining communities of Redruth and Camborne, and it is claimed that many…

The Colours of Autumn

Autumn has arrived once again and, whilst many would mourn the end of the summer sun, we think that there is a lot more magic to be found at this time of year. The changing of the seasons is never more dramatic than with the change in autumn leaves and the entire transformation of the landscape before your very eyes.…

Three Ways To Save Money When Travelling

Ask people to list their passions in life and the opportunity to travel usually tops the list. But with today’s tough financial times, the opportunity to see the world isn’t always economically viable. The good news is that the experience of travelling doesn’t need to put such a strain on your bank balance. Here is a look at three easy ways…

5 Essential Medical Items To Take With You When Travelling To The USA

It is quite likely that your Holidays 2013 in America will prove enjoyable and hassle free. You might well escape falls on the snow covered mountains of Aspen and Beckenbridge. You may also manage to remain unscathed on challenging walks along the Appalachian and Hayduke Trails. However, if something does go wrong then you might be thankful for having access…

Bangkok on a budget

Travelling in Thailand may seem like an expensive way to spend a holiday– a long flight, a week at a hotel, and endless cocktails and dinners out. But you can find many ways to cut costs, especially if you know what to look for. Here are some insider tips that will help you save while experiencing one of South East…

Boutique cinemas across the UK

When it comes to style, movie-goers around Britain are spoilt for choice. From converted car-dealerships to old places of worship there are lots of cinemas in interesting places. If you don’t fancy going abroad for your break, you might fancy taking a tour of some of the UK’s best cinema venues. The Lighthouse, in Wolverhampton, is one of the most…

Discover unexplored territory in Thailand and Dubai

When booking our dream holiday, my wife and I eventually boiled down our selection of possible hotspot destinations to just two final contenders, Thailand or Dubai, two countries renowned for their decadence and seldom-rivalled opulence.  We were determined to optimise our ‘once in a lifetime’ holiday, however, and in a joint effort to realise as many of our dreams as…

New Age Backpacking

When we think of backpacking, images of over-laden travellers pouring over detailed maps immediately come to mind. Yet thanks to developments in portable technology and the widespread popularity of the backpacking experience there are now more ways than ever to enjoy this form of holiday-making. So if you’re looking for a more upmarket adventure or even just longing for a…

Five reasons to take a round-trip cruise

by Jeremy Head Taking a cruise doesn’t mean you have to catch a flight to some exotic destination before you board. Take a round trip cruise from your home country – it costs less and it’s ideal if you’re not keen on flying. 1) Don’t worry about flying Some people just don’t like flying and they tend to assume that…

Gap year travel checklist

A gap year is no longer an experience reserved for backpackers and university students. If you are planning to take a gap year soon, you will be familiar with the exhausting amount of planning required. Insurance should be at the top of your list, and it is recommended that you compare travel insurance at MoneySupermarket. Read on to learn why,…

Useful tips for visiting two of France’s top destination

France has been the favourite holiday destination for traveling Brits ever since Brits started traveling. This is not only because of its proximity, but also due its wonderful variety: the beaches, the mountains, the picturesque countryside and bustling cities. With the wealth of goods on offer in this great nation, it can be a little daunting to plan where to…

Easter Holidays on a budget

With all the expenses of Christmas causing a serious tightening of the average money belt, the definitive guide to the best last minute affordable holiday destinations over the Easter period has been carefully draw up, all offering you that much wanted fun in the sun. 1. The Canary Islands One of the most popular destinations amongst the European sun seeker…

A Writer’s Journey

From Charles Dickens, The Bronte’s, Jane Austen to J.K. Rowling, the history of the United Kingdom is littered with a litany of amazing authors. For any bibliophile, there are a number of sacred sites that should not be missed while vacationing in the land of Shakespeare. It starts with finding your ride at the meet and greet lot at parking…

5 great winter sun getaways

The bleak mid-winter is aptly named; Christmas aside, winter in Britain is one of the most depressing and melancholic times of year. The long nights draw in rapidly as darkness seems to loom from the moment you wake up and an overall feeling of gloom seems to envelop the nation. On top of all this is the chaos frequently brought…

Mediterranean Relaxation in Cyprus

Cyprus is one of the most beautiful islands in the world: it sits in the Mediterranean Sea and basks in its warm waters and gentle breezes. Cyprus holidays are a wonderful way to get some sun and, most importantly, let all your cares slip away: there is probably no better place to relax than this stunning isle. Cyprus is very…

Find the perfect Madrid hotel online

One of the decisions you will take most time over is the difficult choice about where to go on holiday. Many factors will influence your decision, with two of the most essential being the climate that you want to experience and the attractions that you want to visit, but the accommodation available is also of utmost importance. A quality hotel can make or break a…
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Thailand’s best beaches

In a country famous for its beaches, it can be hard to sort the truly outstanding coastal locations from the simply outstanding ones. The following spots all have something seriously special going for them on top of the standard white sand and turquoise waters – so read on to find out more about the beaches that are just about as…
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Top five party destinations

Forget stunning scenery and cultural gems – sometimes all you want from a destination is the chance to dance until you drop and then spend the next day recovering on the beach. These popular locations boast party scenes diverse enough to appeal to even the most hardened clubber. Koh Phangan, Thailand: In a country famous for its parties, Koh Phangan…

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