What’s a holiday in Greece like in summer 2020?

By Mark Hodson It’s just after 9pm at Ouzeri To 11, a small taverna on a side street off the harbour front in Myrina on the Greek island of Lemnos. We’ve climbed the ramparts of the Venetian castle and watched a blazing sun set over the Aegean, all velvety pinks and purples.  The dishes arrive: [&hel... Read more

10 gorgeous UK hotels to book after lockdown

By Bonnie Friend

After lockdown, we will all be desperate to escape to somewhere spectacular, classy and … perhaps a little remote. Peppered across the UK are some exquisite places to stay, including independent hotels, inns and B&Bs tucked away by beaches, forests and rural bliss. Here, the Good Ho... Read more

Best of both worlds: skiing in Vaujany and Les Deux Alpes

 By Mark Hodson On a good day the journey by road between the resorts of Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes in the French region of Isère takes less than 90 minutes. On a really good day – as I found recently – it can take the best part of three hours. As we left […]... Read more

10 best hotels in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds has a reputation for being an almost Hollywood interpretation of life in the UK. Honey coloured buildings, rolling countryside and plenty of opportunity for a classic cream tea. With all those credentials and more, it’s little wonder that this part of the world has also developed a reputation for hospitality excellence. Here, the expert independent reviewers at The Good Hotel Guide select ten of the best hotels in the Cotswolds.

The Cotswolds has a reputation for being an almost Hollywood interpretation of life in the UK. Honey coloured buildings, rolling countryside and plenty of opportunity for a classic cream tea. With all those credentials and more, it’s little wonder that this part of the world has also developed a reputation ... Read more

Review of Body Tonic retreat at Lou Casteou

By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays I peeled off the boxing gloves, poured some ice-cold water over my head and checked the time. It was 11.30am and we were 90 minutes into our morning exercise session with another two hours to go before lunch. My legs were getting wobbly and I was sweating buckets. [&hell... Read more

10 of the best country house hotels in Scotland

By Bonnie Friend

Brimming with history, charm, style, country pursuits and of course food fit for lords and ladies, Scotland’s country house hotels are in a league of their own. Here, the Good Hotel Guide share ten of their top country house hotels in Scotland that are perfect for romantic breaks, special o... Read more

The best family skiing holiday (with grown-up kids)

By Mark Hodson If you hear the words “family skiing” you will likely think of small children dressed in too many layers, looking vaguely bemused while their stressed-out parents carry armfuls of equipment, scramble around for missing gloves and say things like “HOW much for a spag bol? You a... Read more

Anguilla: so much more than a luxury haven for the rich and famous

By Catherine Leech, Director of 101 Holidays A comfortable place to stay that isn’t a swish hotel and is located on a shelving beach with warm and calm water; restaurants and bars within walking distance; guaranteed sunshine in late November; no jabs or anti-malarials required; a destination where tourist... Read more

Eight best travel podcasts for 2019


    By Lisa Francesca Nand Once upon a time we were told that video was the future for online travel inspiration, but few predicted the rise and rise of the travel podcast. More than 40 million people listen to podcasts every week in the US alone, a number that’s growing daily. The success of audio lies... Read more

Where did all the travel bloggers go? Here are 10 great blogs to follow in 2019

 By Abigail King Around a decade ago, travel blogging arrived in force. From Twitter to Facebook to mainstream newspapers and magazines, lists of the best travel blogs to follow came flying through the pixels. Then the landscape changed. Those lists slowed down. Blogging itself had changed – and n... Read more

Is this the family adventure of a lifetime?

Review of Explore’s Family Indonesian Highlights tour By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays The string of islands that stretch away east of Java are perhaps best known as home to the world’s biggest lizard, the deadly Komodo Dragon. This vicious creature, which grows to 3 metres in length and has b... Read more

High marks for Les Deux-Alpes

By Mark Hodson, Co-founder of 101 Holidays There’s no such thing as a perfect ski resort – you need to decide what’s important for you. Are you looking for value, cosy mountain huts or ear-splitting nightlife? Guaranteed snow or pretty runs through the trees? You simply can’t find everything all... Read more

6 islands in the Philippines you shouldn’t miss

By Marbree Sullivan

When you think of the Philippines, beaches probably spring to mind. Long stretches of white sand, clear turquoise water begging you to slide beneath the surface, perhaps a few limestone cliffs in the distance. You’ll find all of that in the Philippines but there’s more to this island n... Read more

6 best Mauritius hotels for each type of traveller

By Rebecca DiMassa

Whether you are in search of a romantic getaway, an adventurous escape, or something in between, Mauritius offers a vast array of scenery and activities to enjoy. Below you will find 6 best hotels on Mauritius for each type of traveller. The tiny Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is paradise... Read more

Eurostar Ski Train to La Plagne

 By Mark Hodson, Co-founder of 101 Holidays Nine years ago I co-founded Snowcarbon, which set out to persuade skiers to forgo the misery of flying and travel to the slopes instead by train. A brilliant idea, but a hard sell. Not because the train isn’t a wonderful way to travel, but because human behavio... Read more

Hotel review: Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush

By Mark Hodson I once shared a flat with another penniless journalist in Shepherd’s Bush. The best thing to say about the neighbourhood was it had good transport links: it was easy to get out of there. But strange things have been happening in the Bush over the past few years: it’s gone upmarket. ... Read more

Women over 50 lead boom in solo travel

* Women outnumber men by two to one, new study finds * Average age of single travellers has risen to 57 The number of Brits taking singles holidays is booming, with people spending more and visiting ever more exotic destinations. The biggest growth area is women over 50, according to the biggest data crunch of its kind by leading online guide to singles holidays, 101 Singles Holidays.

* Women outnumber men by two to one, new study finds * Average age of single travellers has risen to 57 The number of Brits taking singles holidays is booming, with people spending more and visiting ever more exotic destinations. The biggest growth area is women over 50, according to the biggest data crunch o... Read more

Alta Badia: the ultimate gourmet ski resort

By Mark Hodson

How far would you travel for a bowl of tripe? I’m half way up a mountain in the Italian Dolomites on a cloudy day in December with the mercury plunging to -8ºC. It’s 11am and I’m peeling off hat, thermals and ski gloves to tuck into the first course of a very […]... Read more

No smartphones: an Alpine adventure with teens

By Mark Hodson Our guide Boris prodded the patchwork of ice and wet snow ahead with a ski pole then turned and said: “Be careful here. Follow my tracks.” A second later, his leg disappeared up to the hip, as he stepped into a narrow crevasse. “So maybe not these exact tracks,” he grinn... Read more

Going with the flow in the Greek Islands

By Mark Hodson Are you somebody that likes to be in control, or are you happy to go with the flow? If pushed, many people would claim the latter, but if we’re honest, it’s not always true. Technology and the fast pace of modern life have put us in control: we have busy diaries, appointments to [&... Read more

Dartmoor rocks: wild hiking, historic pubs and cooking for teenagers

By Mark Hodson I’d never been to Dartmoor. I’d thought of it as a desolate place of mists and mires, the Hounds of the Baskervilles, a prison that dates back to the Napoleonic Wars. I was right, up to a point, and also hugely wrong. One of the UK’s oldest national parks, Dartmoor may be […]... Read more

Is this now the world’s best ski resort?

By Mark Hodson Ski journalists get asked a lot of questions. Probably the most popular (after “How are your knees?”) is: “What’s your favourite resort?” This invariably results in a lot of chin-scratching, and humming and hawing, but in my experience there is one answer that come... Read more

Upgrade your ski holiday … travel by private jet

By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays A skiing holiday can be a great leveller. Whether you stay at a five-star hotel with gold taps or a bunkhouse for backpackers, you’re all sharing the same slopes, the same snow, the same ski lifts. And if you’re heading for the Alps, you’re almost certa... Read more

6 cool places in New England you don’t know about

By Julia Hudson

As much as you have to love Boston’s colonial neighbourhoods and the beaches of Cape Cod and Nantucket, there is plenty more to discover in New England. Here are the unsung destinations that you must try and work into your next trip to New England. 1. Discover beautiful Pioneer Valley Driv... Read more

Explore’s Family Tuscan Active Adventure

By Mark Hodson

“Lie down here on the rocks. Keep your head down. Cross your hands across your chest.” I did as I was told and Davide gave me a firm push. I slid down the rock, freefalling for a brief second, then splashed into a deep pool of icy river water. After a few […]... Read more

6 reasons to stay at a ryokan in Japan

By Violet Cloutman

I’m usually hesitant to tell people that something is a ‘must-see’ or a ‘must-do’. I make an exception, however, for ryokan. A ryokan (pronounced ‘ree-oh- can’) is a Japanese inn. Big deal, you might think: what makes them so special? The reason is that the Japanese ha... Read more

6 lodges to rent in the Scottish Highlands

By Emma Southcombe

The Scottish Highlands offer a unique escape from the hustle and bustle of your everyday routine. Rent an isolated lodge or log cabin with friends or family and enjoy majestic views, long walks and blessed silence. Here are six great places to stay. 1. Lodge in private garden near Inver... Read more

6 best islands of Cape Verde

By Stacey Parsons

Marooned off the coast of West Africa, the 10 islands of Cape Verde are as diverse as they are exotic. With African, European and Brazilian influences, they boast tropical beaches, lush mountains and year-round sunshine. And with direct six-hour flights from the UK, this is a great value... Read more

6 of the best beaches in Sicily

Sicily has some of the best beaches this side of the Caribbean with fine white sand and turquoise waters. Even at the height of summer, you can usually find a quiet stretch all to yourself. Here are six of the best.

Image credit: that’Sicilia | Flickr Creative Commons 1. Fontane Bianche Located 15km... Read more

6 French country retreats for families

By Nadine Mellor

The heartlands of Provence and Languedoc are known for glorious rolling countryside, delicious food, great wines and historic towns. So far so grown-up. Yet holidays in the rural South of France also work brilliantly for families, especially when they find a home away from home, such as thes... Read more

6 reasons to visit Eastbourne this summer

By Mark Hodson

Some of the beach resorts on England’s south coast have struggled in recent years with holidaymakers preferring to head abroad, but Eastbourne is bucking the trend. Along with a genteel charm, it has a great beach and a dramatic setting alongside chalk cliffs and the South Downs Nat... Read more

6 cottages with pools in Dorset

By Emma Southcombe

What better way to enjoy a holiday in the UK than a charming cottage with its own swimming pool. These six are in Dorset, a county that is rich in natural treasures but often overlooked by tourists. Photo: Big Oak View 1. Health club in Charmouth Sleeping 10 people across five bedrooms, ... Read more

6 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 […]... Read more

6 bizarre festivals and races around the world

By Shona Owen

If you didn’t manage to get tickets to Glastonbury this summer, why not try something new and something completely out of your comfort zone? Here are six utterly daft festivals and races where you can either take part or watch from the sidelines. Photo: Pekka Honkakoski 1. Wife Carry... Read more

6 things you must do at Inle Lake in Myanmar

By Cathy Winston

Since Myanmar (Burma) opened up to tourists a few years ago, this isolated country has sprung to the top of many travel wishlists. From the imposing golden Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon to the countless ancient temples in Bagan and tranquil scenery of Inle Lake, there’s plenty to discover in t... Read more

6 best airports to suffer a delay

By Cathy Tassie

It has happened to all of us at some point: you arrive at the airport only to find your flight has been delayed. On the upside it could be an hour or two, on the downside it could be closer to 24 hours. If you happen to be delayed at one of these […]... Read more

6 things you must do in Jersey

By Catherine Leech

In May 2016, TripAdvisor named Jersey the British Isles’ number one island for the second year running and Jersey ranked 9th in the whole of Europe. Singled out by visitors for its scenery, beaches and sunshine, what else does the largest of the Channel Islands have to offer? Here are si... Read more

6 US National Parks everybody should visit

By Rebecca Browning

America’s National Parks will celebrate their centenary in August this year. The National Park Service was created in 1916 to protect and conserve America’s natural wonders. Since then, 59 National Parks have been designated – here are six of the most spectacular parks th... Read more

6 of the best views in Sardinia

By Stacey Parsons

Sardinia is one of the most picturesque islands in the Mediterranean with stunning views at every twist and turn. It’s a particularly lovely place to visit in May or June before the summer crowds arrive Here are six of the best vistas. 1. Porto Giunco, near Villasimius Accessible only ... Read more

6 of the world’s most extraordinary forests

By Shona Owen

Not all forests were created equal. Some are utterly mind-boggling and out-of-this-world beautiful, and worth travelling half way across the world to see. Here are six that should be on your list. Photo: Dudarev Mikhail / Shutterstock 1. The Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar Madagascan folklore... Read more

6 cheap-but-lovely places for families to stay in Portugal

By Nadine Mellor

Who doesn’t love a bargain? And Portugal is one of the best-value countries to visit in Western Europe. It has an amazing coastline of cliffs and sandy beaches, delicious food and drink, characterful historic towns and cities, and under-the-radar bucolic countryside. All of which can be en... Read more

6 UK cottages with country walks from the door

Are you looking for a UK holiday this summer? One of the attractions of renting a cottage in the British countryside is the chance to head out on a long walk. Even better if the walk begins from your door. Here are six cottages available to rent this spring and summer with superb walking options directly on the doorstep.

Are you looking for a UK holiday this summer? One of the attractions of renting a cottage in the British countryside is the chance to head out on a long walk. Even better if the walk begins from your door. Here are six cottages available to rent this spring and summer with superb walking options […]... Read more

6 reasons why Botswana is the world’s most expensive safari destination

By Hannah Champion

Botswana is widely regarded as the world’s most expensive safari destination, with outstanding wildlife, excellent guiding and extravagantly luxurious accommodation. Despite the expense, few tourists deny it’s worth it. 1. Safari by air What better way to see the sprawling wa... Read more

6 great food experiences in Bangkok

By Philly Baines

Thailand is famed for its mouth-watering Pad Thai, fragrant green curries and fresh tropical produce. On landing in the capital Bangkok you can start tucking into some of Asia’s most sensational dishes – here’s my personal pick of the city’s best foodie experiences. ... Read more

6 places to see the spring blossom

By Shona Owen

From beautiful beds of colourful tulips to ancient trees covered in sweet smelling blossom, there’s nothing like spring flowers to lift your spirits. With forests, fields and flowerbeds waking up, I’ve selected some of the best places across the Northern Hemisphere where you can enjoy th... Read more

6 mind-blowing beaches in Corsica

By Stacey Parsons

The French island of Corsica boasts some of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean. Here, the experts at Corsican Places pick their six personal favourites. Take a look at the photos below: they could be in the Caribbean or the Indian Ocean, couldn’t they? In fact, Corsica is just two... Read more

6 modes of transport you didn’t know existed

By Simon Langley

An intrinsic part of travelling abroad is the transport. We’ve all heard stories about Thailand’s squealing tuk tuks and India’s overcrowded trains, but there are still some ways of getting around that remain unique. Here, we take a look at six weird and wonderful modes of transport, e... Read more

6 stunning spring walks in Spain

By Alison Hall

Spring has arrived and the first cuckoo has already been heard in the UK. That means it’s time to lace up your hiking boots and step into the flower-filled landscapes of Spain. Here are six gorgeous walking holidays that will allow to explore some of its most beautiful, unspoilt co... Read more

6 of the world’s best foodie experiences

By Rebecca Browning

We live in a world of delicious opportunities, from sushi in Japan, to wines in Australia. Where on Earth do you start? Here are six great foodie experiences that you can book for your next holiday. 1. Tour the vineyards of Tasmania World-renowned for its food and wine, Australia offers ... Read more

6 luxury self-catering cottages in Norfolk

By Emma Southcombe

Critics may dismiss it as flat and featureless – and point out that it’s home to TV’s Alan Partridge – but Norfolk has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years. It could even be called … (wait for it) … trendy. It’s actually a fascinat... Read more

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