6 tiny islands where you can hide from everybody

By Melissa Burfitt

We’ve all had that moment, when the green grass of home starts to look sallow, and the sound of lapping waves keeps sweeping through our minds. The desert island dream is calling. Far from tiresome day jobs, just you and your star-crossed lover, swimming amongst sea turtles, lazing in the... Read more

6 priceless journeys that cost less than £1

By Cathy Tassie

Exploring our world is an intoxicating adventure, an experience for all of our senses. There is often a misconception that touring a foreign city is expensive. If you are creative in your travels, it doesn’t have to be. We discovered six adventures that can not only take you around a cit... Read more

6 reasons to set your alarm before dawn

By Shona Owen

For some, a holiday means long relaxing days with long lie-ins, but these six destinations demand that you get up before sunrise. Dawn is the time when animals appear, people stir and thousand-year-old rituals take place – it’s your chance to catch the world at its golden hour fo... Read more

6 cottages on working farms in Cornwall

By Emma Southcombe

Cornwall has so much to offer in terms of beaches, coastline, great food and attractions. But one of the best ways to really experience the Cornish way of life is to stay on a working farm. Here are six cottages – including some gorgeous barn conversions – where you can stay ... Read more

6 reasons why you need to visit Tanzania

By Rebecca Browning

Is Tanzania the most exciting destination in the world for wildlife lovers? We reckon it might be. Not only does it offer spectacular game sightings and gorgeous lodges and camps, but there’s also a tremendous diversity of animals from the big cats to migrating birds and mountain c... Read more

6 things to do before Cuba changes forever

By Fiona Raleigh

Cuba is changing fast. A country that has been frozen in time since the 1950s is gradually opening to 21st Century commercial forces, and many people think it won’t be long before it will be flooded with American tourists and there’ll be a McDonald’s or a Chipotle on every s... Read more

6 exotic treehouses to bring out your inner child

By Melissa Burfitt

Treehouses have grown up. No longer restricted to childhood rope-ladders and leaky wooden roofs, today’s tree-top hideaways have everything from free-standing bathtubs to four-poster beds. No wonder travellers are clamouring to spend a night in the canopy. Tarzan never had it so good̷... Read more

6 breathtaking clifftop hotels around the world

By Shona Owen

Whether you’re cruising down the California coast or hiding away among Bali’s magnificent beaches, these cliff-hangers are sure to be the height of your trip. Here’s our pick of six hotels that bring you eye-to-eye with scenic thrills and sheer drops. Photo: Southern Ocean Lodge 1. S... Read more

6 things in Iceland to stick on your bucket list

By Rebecca Browning

Just three hours from UK, Iceland is full of spine tingling views in every direction. The Land of Fire and Ice boasts active volcanoes, geysers, giant waterfalls, glaciers and lava fields. Here are six things you need to put on your bucket list. 1. The Northern Lights Any time between... Read more

6 stunning under-the-radar Greek islands

By Nadine Mellor

Many believe the mythological Greek Isles of the Blessed, an earthly paradise for heroes, are very much with us today. Head on your own personal odyssey to find fewer crowds, beautiful beaches and an unspoiled way of life on Greece’s lesser-known islands. Live like a local in selected s... Read more

6 romantic cottages in Wales for Valentine’s Day

By Emma Southcombe

Here’s a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day: escape with your loved one to the glorious Welsh countryside. Whether you choose to stay near the coast or venture up north to enjoy the village life, here are six romantic cottages in Wales, each available at the time of writ... Read more

6 easy scenic hikes in the Andes

By Fiona Raleigh

Hiking in the Andes might conjure up images of strenuous hairy-chested mountain challenges. But there are easier options. Here are six superb hikes, some of which can be completed in a day, where you’ll enjoy all the magnificent scenery and spectacular views of this South American mount... Read more

6 of the world’s best stargazing spots

By Shona Owen

The bright lights of the big cities may draw in the crowds, but it’s the remote wilderness locations and clear skies that make these stargazing spots utterly sublime. As our population grows, so too does the light pollution but these places, in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, are i... Read more

6 unique things to do in Madagascar

By Hannah Champion

Madagascar is a thrilling destination particularly if you’re looking for something different to the traditional African safari. Its unique biodiversity has led to the discovery of hundreds of species that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world. Add friendly people and beaut... Read more

Add these incredible train journeys in Latin America to your bucket list

By Fiona Raleigh

Is there a more romantic way to see the world than from the carriage of a train. And it’s even more exciting when you’re climbing mountains and traversing vast tracts of wilderness. You’ll find rail journeys like this around the world, but there’s an incredible concent... Read more

6 of the world’s most exciting food markets

By Shona Owen

As our interest in world food has grown, we have started to delve deeper into “foodie” destinations. It’s no longer just about finding an authentic local restaurant. Now we want to discover the markets, where the very finest and freshest food can be found. Here’s our pic... Read more

6 places to stay for Edinburgh Hogmanay

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, a... Read more

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 ... Read more

6 dog-friendly cottages in Devon

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... Read more

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... Read more

6 romantic cottages for couples in the Cotswolds

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,... Read more

6 amazing places to see the Northern Lights

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 hemisp... Read more

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. On... Read more

6 charming hotels and pubs that welcome dogs

By Melissa Burfitt

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 getting treated this well, just [&hellip... Read more

6 gorgeous toddler-friendly hotels in the Med

By Nadine Mellor

Holidays 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 the... Read more

6 romantic excursions in Mauritius

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 ... Read more

6 romantic beach resorts in Sri Lanka

By Abi Dare

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 e... Read more

Getting under Gozo’s skin

  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 tru... 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

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 ... Read more

Is Seville the sexiest city in Europe?

By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays

Is there a more beautiful and seductive city in all Europe than Seville? The capital and cultural heart of Andalucia is not just the perfect antidote to the northern winter, it’s a teasing hint at how different our lives might have looked had we been born in Spain&... Read more

Meet the boss: Alison Jago, Completely Croatia

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Alison Jago, founder and head honcho at Completely Croatia. Alison has worked in the travel industry since her early twenties, starting out in the trade press with Travel Weekly (then known as Travel News) on the advertising side. She has also had roles at... Read more

6 stylish places to stay that welcome kids

   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 age... Read more

One night of luxury: Review of Lucknam Park

By Catherine Leech, Director, 101 Holidays When I invited my almost 80-year-old mother to join me for a night at the five-star Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, she replied: “£80 per person for dinner – it can never be worth it, even if it has got a Michelin star.” Raised during World War II, my mum is ... Read more

10 weirdest photos from North Korea’s new official tourism website

By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays

North Korea is perhaps the last place in the world you’d want to go on holiday. The regime is repressive and secretive, and millions of its people are said to be starving. The few tourists that have made it over the border have been accompanied by minders 24 hou... Read more

The best part of Mallorca. Just don’t call it posh

By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays

In 1929 the artist Joan Miró took his new wife on honeymoon to Mallorca. They headed not to the elegant capital Palma, but to an isolated and little-known fishing village on the north coast of the island, Port de Pollença. In the early part of the 20th Century, the [&... Read more

Valencia: how well do you know Spain’s third city?

By Mark Hodson Many people have visited Spain’s two-big-hitting cities Madrid and Barcelona, but what of its third? Some might struggle even to name it, and fewer still will have actually explored Valencia. I recently spent a fortnight with my family staying in a village called Massalfassar about eight ... Read more

Meet the Boss: Emma Barnett, MD of Tots Too

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Emma Barnett, Managing Director of Tots Too. Emma founded Essential Escapes in 2002, following a career in luxury travel which saw her travel extensively around the globe visiting some of the world’s top spa destinations and resorts. Now a mother of fo... Read more

Great Ape! My treetop adventure

By Helena Hodson, age 10 Last weekend I visited Go Ape in Crawley with my mum and dad, and my friend Alex. We had a great day out. Luckily the weather was hot and sunny so we could make the most of our day. Go Ape is a thrilling treetop adventure. You make your way […]... Read more

Meet the Boss: Adele Garbutt, Calabash Hotel, Grenada

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Adele Garbutt (pictured 2nd from the right), Director of Calabash, a delightful boutique hotel in Grenada, which we recommend on 101 Holidays. Adele’s father, Leo (right), bought the hotel in 1987 and the entire family has dedicated itself to creating... Read more

Meet the Boss: Sam Clark, Experience Travel Group

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Sam Clark, co-founder of Experience Travel Group, a tour operator specialising in authentic travel experiences in Asia. We recommend the company’s holidays to Sri Lanka. Q. Please tell us about a great holiday memory from your childhood. My strongest hol... Read more

Is this the ultimate safari holiday?

  By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays

  By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays The web is full of bucket lists – the places people want to see before they die – but one tour operator has devised the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime safari holiday that will criss-cross the world to catch glimpses of 18 critically-endangered species. The th... Read more

Is Chamonix the best ski resort in the world?

By Mark Hodson Among the most popular tourist attractions in France is the Aiguille du Midi cable car in the Alpine resort of Chamonix. Last year it clocked up 450,000 visitors. Interestingly, only a brave few of those visitors planned to ski off the top, which sits at a head-spinning 3,777m. Most take the 20... Read more

5 bizarre (and expensive) holiday rentals

By Paul Conversy of Oliver's Travels

By Paul Conversy of Oliver’s Travels Bored with the usual villa or holiday cottage? How about renting an entire French village, a submarine for two in the Caribbean – at £175,000 a night – or a Napoleonic Fortress in the English Channel? Here’s how. A night on a submarine Hire the Lo... Read more

Travel writers reveal their favourite places

By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays

Here’s an infographic of our recent survey of more than 100 UK travel writers and editors. You can see the full survey results here.... Read more

Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore Dubai

By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays Dubai – more than any other travel destination – divides opinion. Most people I know either love it or hate it, and that’s just the people who’ve never been. For many holidaymakers Dubai now represents the height of aspirational travel – glamoro... 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

Meet the Boss: David Seymour, Seymour Hotels of Jersey

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to David Seymour whose company, Seymour Hotels of Jersey, has been family-owned since its founders, George and Ada Seymour, first visited the island on their honeymoon in 1919 and opened a small guest house shortly after. It is now the largest hotel group in the ... 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

15 great journeys that cost under £10

By Simon Willmore

Sightseeing doesn’t have to be expensive. Some of the world’s most thrilling journeys cost very little. Here’s our pick of the best ways to get around some popular travel destinations using bus, train, tram, ferry – or even cable car. Did we miss your favourite? Let us kn... Read more