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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

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

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 ... Read more

Jamaica – the ultimate in luxury hotel service?

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 (an... Read more

Are these the most stupid ever TripAdvisor reviews?

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 wh... Read more

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 victim... Read more

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 t... Read more

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 broug... Read more

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 e... Read more

Cape Verde – Out of Africa, Brazil and Portugal

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 headin... Read more

Get under the skin of Provence

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 [&hell... Read more

Notes from the Elman Wall Travel Directors Summit

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 th... Read more

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 brea... Read more

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... Read more

Twitter strategy for tour operators

By Mark Hodson, editor of 101 Holidays Should tour operators use Twitter as part of their marketing strategy? I think so – but only if they do it right. Yesterday I spoke on a panel about Twitter at a meeting of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (Aito). I was there in my capacity as […]... Read more

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