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 […]

Why mountain gorillas need tourism to survive

Mountain habitat

  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 […]

6 stylish places to stay that welcome kids

Polurrian Bay Hotel

   By Nadine Mellor, Editor of the Kids Collection, i-escape The ultimate family holiday for many of us means being by the sea. Our Kids Collection has a great selection of wonderfully stylish places which warmly welcome children. These six hidden gems are sited close to the waves and cater for all ages. Polurrian Bay Hotel, Cornwall, UK We really […]

Jamaica – the ultimate in luxury hotel service?

Round Hill

By Catherine Leech, Director, 101 Holidays In the mid-’90s, the new MD of one of the UK’s luxury tour operators gave a stark and well-publicised warning that service levels in the Caribbean simply didn’t match up to those of the Far East and Indian Ocean – both of which were making (and continue to make) […]

Are these the most stupid ever TripAdvisor reviews?

Confusing 2

By Hilary Wardle In Mitch Albom’s novel The Five People You Meet In Heaven, the protagonist finds himself in the afterlife and meets five people who have significantly impacted and guided him throughout his time on Earth. TripAdvisor isn’t heaven. Far from it. But you can divide the misguided reviewers who use the site into […]

9/11 Memorial

I visited the 9/11 Memorial at the site of the Twin Towers three weeks ago. It’s a surprising restrained and moving memorial. The waterfalls are monumental in size and cascade downwards into an unseen abyss. As you walk around you’re encouraged to run your hands over the etched names of the victims. I wish I […]

Would you try a home exchange?


By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer and Editor of 101 Holidays You’ve probably heard about home exchanges, but would you give it a try? Would you take the chance of staying in a stranger’s house and – more to the point – trust them with yours? I’m a fan of the sharing of the […]

No photography: Why camera bans might make us smarter tourists


By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays I’ve just returned from a visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo where I spent three hours utterly enthralled by the treasures of King Tutankhamen. I don’t think I’ve seen a more impressive collection of artefacts anywhere in the world, brilliantly brought to life by our expert guide, […]

Would you travel with a 20-year-old guide book?


By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays I’m 30,000ft above the southern Mediterranean on a flight from London to Cairo and I’m reading a 20-year-old guide book. This might sound like a bad decision given that much of the text will be out of date, but in fact it’s turning out pretty well. My first edition of […]

The Cary Arms, Devon

The view from our Commodore Room, The Cary Arms

By Catherine Leech, Director, 101 Holidays No – this isn’t a photo of the Cote d’Azur or some other resort in the Med. It was the early morning view taken through the window of our bedroom (Commodore) at The Cary Arms on south Devon’s Babbacombe Bay earlier this month. So many small hotels peg themselves […]

Cape Verde – Out of Africa, Brazil and Portugal

Crystal clear water

By Catherine Leech, Director, 101 Holidays Cape Verde is one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations, according to a new report from the World Travel & Tourism Council. And it’s not hard to see why, as I found on a recent visit to one of the islands. Tell most people you are heading to […]

Get under the skin of Provence

Alternative Provence.Marseille harbour

By Dave Hanson So you’ve been to Provence. You saw lavender fields, you took trips to the Pont du Gard and some of the major wine estates, you soaked sun aplenty at the main Côte d’Azur beaches and even made time to scoot round the three A’s: Arles, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. So what now? What […]

Jo Whiley’s tips on family holidays

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By Mark Hodson My son was 14 months old before we took him abroad for the first time. As new parents, my wife and I were not very brave. No backpacking with a papoose for us. We went to a Mark Warner resort in Corsica and had a fabulous time, which I wrote about for […]

Notes from the Elman Wall Travel Directors Summit

Delegates zorb-fighting!

By Catherine Leech, Co-Founder and Director, 101 Holidays Now in its second year, yesterday’s annual Elman Wall Travel Directors Summit brought together an august gathering of tour operators and other travel industry types for a day of speakers, networking and the chance to kiss the hallowed turf of the Emirates Stadium, home to Jonathan Wall’s beloved […]

Wimdu is the latest ‘social travel’ website. Our reporter tests it out on a trip to Vienna

W_Marcella's home

 By Lizzie Rivera A weekend break is just the right amount of time to discover a new city – if you’ve researched where to go and what to do. If not, it can be 48 hours of expensive disappointment in what seems like one big tourist trap. Where do you do turn when a decent […]

My Isle of Wight holiday beat Australia hands down

James Lorenzo at The Island

By James Lorenzo, age 15 My trip to Camp Beaumont’s The Island last summer was one of my favourite holidays to date. Had you asked me before the trip to the Isle of Wight whether I thought it would compare with previous visits to Italy, Spain, even Australia, I would have laughed. Had you asked […]

15 best travel blogs to follow in 2012


By Holly Cave Last year we gathered together our 25 favourite travel blogs. Now at the beginning of a new year we’ve found 15 new and inspiring travel blogs that we believe you should be following in 2012. We looked for websites that are run by individuals who are out there seeing the world, not […]

Best books to read in 10 different holiday destinations


Guest post by Suzi Butcher, editor of Packabook Travel Novels If there is one thing that goes hand-in-hand with a well-deserved holiday, it’s a good book to read during those leisurely hours between breakfast and cocktails. But while the latest vampire novel or sci-fi adventure might give you a welcome break from reality, you might […]

The rise of social travel

An apartment in Darlinghurst, Sydney

By Catherine Leech, Director, 101 Holidays With 30 years’ experience in the travel industry, I’ve witnessed the rise of the all-inclusive, the growth of regional airport departures, the rise (and fall of some) low cost airlines, the advent of pet passports and all manner of buzz words for green tourism. This year, I’ve become aware […]

From the Inner Hebrides to Ethiopia: our pick of the week’s best travel blogs


By Holly Cave Over the past few days, it’s been adventurous exploits that have captured our attention. From a cruise around the deserted Inner Hebrides to a trek through the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia, our imaginations have been stretched to bursting. Oh, and we haven’t forgotten about Christmas – one of this week’s blogs features […]

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