6 places to stay for Edinburgh Hogmanay

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By Emma Southcombe The three-day Hogmanay celebration in Edinburgh attracts vast crowds of people to celebrate the New Year. It’s a wonderful time to visit the city and the surrounding countryside, but finding accommodation can be hard. Here are six self-catering properties in and around Edinburgh, all with availability for New Year 2015 / 2016 at the time […]

6 traditional Christmas markets in Europe


By Alison Hall There’s not much that can beat beat a traditional Christmas market to bring on some early Yuletide cheer. Here are six festive market holidays that offer so much more than just Glühwein and Stollen. Why not pop over for the weekend? 1. Fuschl, Austria On the shores of Wolfgangsee several villages hold Christmas markets that […]

6 dog-friendly cottages in Devon

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By Emma Southcombe One advantage of holidaying in the UK is that you can pack your pooch. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or taking the whole family for an active break on the coast, there are plenty of gorgeous self-catering properties that will welcome your pet. Check out these six dog-friendly cottages in Devon. 1. Large family home with […]

6 mind-blowing wildlife experiences in Sri Lanka


By Kate Waite Sri Lanka offers a wealth of history, culture, stunning scenery and delicious cuisine but did you know that the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” also has some world-class wildlife experiences? Add these to your bucket list. Photo: Patrick Dykstra 1. Swim with blue whales What better way to put things into perspective than diving into […]

6 romantic cottages for couples in the Cotswolds

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By Emma Southcombe Nothing says romance more than a cosy cottage for two in the Cotswolds – complete with a few little luxuries. Famed for its pretty villages and rolling countryside, the Cotswolds makes a great destination at any time of year, whether you want to see newborn lambs gamboling in spring, or the leaves changing […]

6 amazing places to see the Northern Lights

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By Catherine Leech The greatest light show on earth is an entirely natural phenomenon – the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights. Nature’s spectacular displays generally occur between October and March, visible against clear dark skies in the extremes of the northern and southern hemispheres. From the UK, whilst there are occasional sightings, […]

6 things you really must do in Berlin


By Mark Hodson Berlin is one of my favourite cities. Always buzzing with street life, it’s a centre of art, music, fashion, food and counter-culture. Because it’s so sprawling with a low population density, it rarely feels crowded and this partly explains why accommodation is relatively cheap. Once you’ve cracked the public transport system, it’s also easy […]

6 charming hotels and pubs that welcome dogs


By Melissa Burfitt, Senior Editorial Assistant at i-escape.com It’s a dog’s life, or so they say, but these days that doesn’t sound so bad. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to a sausage breakfast, spend the day romping around rolling fields, and then retire to their own comfy bed? And if your furry friend is […]

6 gorgeous toddler-friendly hotels in the Med

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By Nadine Mellor, Kids Collection Editor, i-escape.com Holidaying with toddlers can be trying. For a near-guaranteed good time, head to one of these six stylish hotels in the Med. All have excellent amenities for parents and children alike, plus oodles of equipment on tap for small fry, and they’re within easy reach of an airport. And, once […]

6 romantic excursions in Mauritius

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By Laura Brothers If you are looking for romance, head to Mauritius. The island’s crystal blue lagoons, coral islets and unspoiled beaches make it an idyllic setting for loved up couples young and old. Often rated as one of the most enchanting places in the world to tie the knot and regularly voted as one of […]

6 romantic beach resorts in Sri Lanka

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By Abi Dare, Assistant Editor at i-escape.com When it comes to romance, few things beat stepping on to tropical sand with swaying palms overhead and bath-warm water lapping at your feet. These beautiful resorts on the idyllic beaches of Sri Lanka all offer a truly unforgettable stay, whether you’re planning a honeymoon or just looking to […]

6 idyllic secret islands in the Mediterranean


By Mark Hodson We all know about the big holiday islands in the Mediterranean but there are many secret spots where you can hide away for a few days and escape the madding crowds. Here’s my pick of some of the best in the Med. Chora, Amorgos (Sunvil Holidays) 1. Amorgos, Greece One of the […]

Getting under Gozo’s skin

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  By Catherine Leech, 101 Holidays I’ve been to Gozo 20 or more times since 1980 – it’s one of my favourite places on earth and I thought I knew it pretty well. However, a recent walking and cycling holiday around this minuscule Maltese island in the Med has left me feeling I have truly got under its skin. It’s fair to […]

How I fell in love with Paxos


By Mark Hodson I love islands, and I especially love islands without airports. It’s just that added bit of effort in getting there that seems to protect them from overdevelopment and the inevitable cynicism and blandness that comes with it.  I actually enjoy arriving by sea: you get more of a sense of place than […]

Is this the ultimate Antarctic holiday?

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    By Catherine Leech, 101 Holidays “Holiday of a lifetime” is perhaps one of the most over-worked descriptions used in our business but every so often, there’s one which truly lives up to its billing. The Ultimate Travel Company is organising an exclusive 23-night voyage to the Antarctic from 28 January 2016 to mark the anniversary of Britain’s […]

Why mountain gorillas need tourism to survive

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  By Will Bolsover, Managing Director, Natural World Safaris Will Bolsover set up the first ever gorilla tracking safari in Gabon in combination with Emmanuel de Merode (now the Chief Warden of Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo). He also worked for a niche gorilla safari company based in Uganda and Rwanda and was […]

Discover the secrets of Ancient Greece

  By Catherine Leech, 101 Holidays Peter Sommer Travels has perfected the art of combining a relaxing holiday with a fascinating insight into ancient history and archaeology in the heart of the Aegean. Frequently based on board a luxury gulet, these holidays are usually a sell-out months in advance but there’s a new Macedonian Greece trip, departing 2 September 2015, which […]

Entertain the kids in Paris

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  By Catherine Leech, 101 Holidays If you’re heading to Paris with young kids, check out these new tours from Family Twist. There’s a two-hour sightseeing tour, ideal as an introduction to the city. Accompanied by a private and certified guide, and chauffeured in a Mercedes car, you’ll see and find out about the Arc de Triomphe, the Opéra, the Louvre, the […]

Cycling safaris in Tanzania

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     By Catherine Leech, 101 Holidays I’ve been on safari in South Africa and I’ve cycled around Gozo but I’ve never combined the two – the idea of a cycling safari really tickles me, not least as a great idea for families with teenagers. Aardvark Safaris has introduced four-day mountain bike safaris in Tanzania. Explore the […]

Diving holidays for singles

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 By Jane Herbert of Regaldive Single travel is on the up, and diving is no exception. Scuba diving is the perfect activity for the solo traveller – divers are generally an inclusive and sociable bunch and the fact that you spend a lot of time underwater admiring the marine life and not uttering a single word makes for […]

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