Deal of the Day: save £300 on a week skiing in Austria

April 2nd, 2014

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Holiday details: stay for 7 nights at the Chalet Alpenheim, in the ski resort of St Anton, Austria. Ski to and from the door of the chalet, which is located just three minutes walk from the centre of town.

Price: from £499 per person (a saving of £300 pp) on an all inclusive bases, including return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and resort transfers. Flights are also available from Manchester (+£39).

Date: 12 April 2014.

Book with: Inghams or call 01483 791 114



Best travel blog posts in March 2014

April 1st, 2014

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Have you ever wanted to wash an elephant? You may do once you’ve read Audrey Bergner’s post A day spent feeding, bathing, and marvelling at Elephants from her blog That Backpacker. “With buckets in hand, we stepped into the shallow water, where we splashed around while the elephants gingerly munched on watermelons,” she writers about her experience in Thailand (pictured above). However, though tourists may visit, Audrey’s blog explains that whilst you get to spend time in close proximity to the elephants, this is primarily a rescue centre and a sanctuary where the majority of animals housed here have tragic pasts. You can follow Audrey @thatbackpacker.

Bhutan (pictured below) is not a regular destination for many travellers, so the post Bhutan: The Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery from the Traveling Solemates blog stood out. As the post explains: “Tiger’s Nest Monastery is believed to be the birthplace of Buddhism in Bhutan, making it the most sacred monastery in the country. Precariously perched high up on a sheer cliff a dizzying 10,000 feet above sea level … it has the most stunning and fascinating location.” You can follow Marisol and Keith @tsolemates.

Route 66 is one of the road trips I plan to take one day, so I was interested to come across the post Getting our kicks, on Route 66 from photographer James Tarry on his travel blog, that sits within his photography site. As you might expect, it is the photographs of the well-worn route that are of particular interest, as are the shots from Death Valley: Ghost Town, a post that comes later in the blog. As James says of the journey, “it’s historical, beautiful, sometimes sad but still one of the greatest drives ever.”  You can follow James @JT__photography.

You may not want to read the final recommendation this month unless you have eaten recently. The post A Tapas Tour of Barcelona by Katie Collins from her blog An Unfamiliar Sky is a visual feast and Katie’s plan of “nibbling my way around the city on a self-guided tapas tour” is a good suggestion for any visitor to the city. The post covers five locations around Barcelona, notable for the fact that they are not venues catering to tourists, so you’ll need some Spanish (or Catalan) and a very good appetite. You can follow Katie @katieecollins.


About our writer

Ben Green is a frustrated traveller, who has been to some beautiful places but only seen 20% of the world so far. Based in the Cotswolds with his wife and children, Ben recently started blogging at Hand Baggage Only and is also a freelance photographer, marketing and communications consultant. Through work and pleasure Ben has stayed at several hotels and since September 2009 has reviewed more than 120 of them on TripAdvisor.

Deal of the Day: save £220 on 10 nights in Cuba

April 1st, 2014

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Holiday details: stay for 10 nights in Havana, Cuban on the Malecon seafront.

Price: £1,199 per person (a saving of £223 pp) a three night stay at the four star Melia Cohiba in Havana on a bed and breakfast basis, followed by a week at the four star Melia Varadero in Varadero on an all inclusive basis. Transfers and return international flights from London Gatwick with Virgin Atlantic are also included.

Date: 5 May 2014.

Book with: Hayes and Jarvis or call 01293 735 831


Deal of the Day: rent a Corsican apartment and save £320

March 31st, 2014

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Holiday details: stay for 7 nights in the heart of Calvi, Corisca in a studio apartment. Housed in two-storey buildings, the Le Home apartments come complete with balcony or terrace and guests have access to two shared pools, as well as being a short walk from the beach.

Price: £399 per person (a saving of £320 pp) based on two sharing a studio apartment (self-catering). Price includes return flights from Gatwick – Bastia with Easyjet, and a welcome pack. Transfers or car hire from Bastia can be arranged by Corsican Places for an additional charge.

Date: departing Sunday 4 May or Sunday 11 May 2014.

Book with: Corsican Places or call 0845 330 2113


Deal of the Day: save £155 on a weeks rental in Portugal

March 28th, 2014

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Holiday details: stay for a week in Portugal at the three bedroom Papoila villa, just a five minute drive from the sandy beaches and resorts of the Algarve. Papoila sleeps six and comes complete with its own pool and citrus tree garden.

Price: £695 (a saving £155) for a week’s rental.

Date: departing 12 April 2014.

Book with: Vintage Travel or call 01954 261 1431.

Deal of the Day: save over £1000 on a week on the Nile in Egypt

March 27th, 2014

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Holiday details: travel for a week with Audley Travel on their ‘summer on the Nile in Egypt‘ holiday. Explore the pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and Tutankhamun’s tomb on this Egyptian tour.

Price: £1,175 per person (a saving of up to £1,055 pp) based on two sharing. Price includes three nights stay at the Fairmont Nile City Hotel in Cairo and three nights on board the Sonesta St George. It also covers private guiding in Cairo, private transfers throughout, all breakfasts throughout, all meals on the Nile Cruise and flights with Egypt Air from London Heathrow.

Date: book by 31 August 2014.

Book with: Audley Travel or call 01993 838 400.

Deal of the Day: save £500 on in:spa retreat in Spain

March 26th, 2014

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Holiday details: stay for a week in Andalucia, Spain with in:spa. The retreats are based around three key elements, cleansing food, exercise and relaxation, and have many onsite specialists including yoga instructors, nutritionalists, and personal fitness trainers.

Price: £1,395 per person (a saving of £500 pp) based on two sharing on an all-inclusive basis, including all group activities, a nutrition consultation, a personal fitness training session, two massages, and airport flights. Price excludes flights.

Date: departing 17 June or 19 July 2014.

Book with: in:spa or call 0845 485 0723

Deal of the Day: save over £400 on Marrakech to Barcelona tour

March 25th, 2014

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Holiday details: travel for 15 days from Marrakech to Barcelona with Intrepid Travel. Enjoy the Marrakech medinas, the ancient city of Seville, and the lively and artistic Barcelona.

Price: from £1,297 per person (a saving of £433 pp) including 11 nights hotel accommodation, one night in a guest house, seven meals, local tour leader throughout, transport and most activities. Intrepid Travel can also arrange international flights.

Date: departing 26 April 2014.

Book with: Intrepid Travel or call 0844 4998 487

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