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

Why mountain gorillas need tourism to survive

  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... 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

South America for families

By Laura Rendell-Dunn, Journey Latin America

By Laura Rendell-Dunn, Journey Latin America With the summer holidays in sight, our team has picked their choice of the best family summer breaks in South America. 1. Galápagos deal We have an offer of £984 off a family holiday to the Galápagos Islands. With no time constraints (you’re staying in ... Read more

Best travel blog posts in May

By Ben Green Guernsey, so close to our shores although not often mentioned when it comes to travel, but once you’ve read the post a Lady in Guernsey from the blog A Lady In London, you may well be tempted to visit. The post begins, “Flying into Guernsey, it’s hard to believe I’m on an […]... Read more

Best Travel Blog Posts in April

By Ben Green The Blue Lagoon is a popular destination in Iceland and after reading Emma Gray’s post Relaxing In The Blue Lagoon you may be even more curious to visit, although I’m not sure I’d go during a blizzard. Emma writes, “As I got outside the blizzard was at the peak of its power […]... Read more

London short break with teenagers

By William Gray, Editor of 101 Family Holidays Have you noticed how hotel rooms shrink once you have children? Squeeze a travel cot or a child’s bed into your average double room and the floor space is reduced to roughly the area of a bath mat. Getting from one side of the room to the […]... 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

Best travel blog posts in March 2014

By Ben Green 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 gingerl... 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

Best Travel Blog Posts in February 2014

[caption id="attachment_20884" align="alignnone" width="530"] Third-class train travel in Sri Lanka. Photo by Jayne Gorman[/caption]

By Ben Green February means Valentine’s Day, which to many means showing affection to that special person in your life.  So I was amused to read the post Valentine’s Day: My Favorite Holiday… Except in Japan from Beth Williams’ blog Besudesu Abroad. As the title suggests, Beth is a romantic, but as h... 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

Best travel blogs in January 2014

By Ben Green Last month travel blogger James Ballardie started a 15-month trek. The difference? James is a backpacker in a wheelchair and the writing on his blog – Look At All the Poor People – is brutally honest and funny. His post Big Arses And Other Things To See In Rio De Janeiro gives [&helli... 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

Best travel blog posts of December 2013

By Ben Green You may have seen the news earlier this month that Prince Harry made it to the South Pole. A mighty achievement, but what you probably wouldn’t have read about was how being a Royal can help put you at the front of the queue. The well-travelled Lee Abbamonte happened to be on […]... 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

Best travel blog posts of November

By Ben Green Have you ever thought about where salt comes from? I hadn’t. The White Gold of Turda, Romania by Barbara Weibel from Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel is a fascinating read with facts, photographs (see above) and interesting observations including this: “As the temperature plummeted, the wall... 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

Travel websites failing, video is the future, says Google Travel chief

Most travel websites fail to provide a great experience for users, according to Sarah McDonald, Head of Travel at Google in the UK. In a fast-moving and wide-ranging presentation at World Travel Market today, McDonald said that most travel content online had been “done badly up to this point” and she thin... Read more

How Maldives human rights protesters hijacked WTM Twitter hashtag

By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays Today sees the start of World Travel Market, a vast four-day event in London bringing together industry professionals around the world. Over the past couple of years, organisers have devoted a growing slice of time and space to social media, and this year will see a seri... Read more

10 of the world’s worst-behaved air passengers

By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays

Plumber’s violent frenzy after computer porn ban Plumber Ian Bottomley, 36, flew into a drunken rage after being told by cabin crew not to look at porn on his computer. He assaulted three stewards and caused £30,000 of damage during a 12-hour rampage on a British ... Read more

Best Travel Blog Posts in October 2013

By Ben Green Twitter is a great place to stumble across travel blogs. I’ll read a Tweet from someone I follow, which is about someone else they follow who has had (or is on) an amazing journey. If you don’t use Twitter, or you’re simply too busy to read lots of travel blogs, here are […]... Read more

Insider tips for short breaks to Italy

By Eleanor Day

By Eleanor Day The majority of Italy tours only scratch the surface of the country. So how can you experience the ‘real’ Italy in a short amount of time? Eleanor Day, Italy expert at Cox & Kings, shares her top tips. 1. Find the highest point A room with a view isn’t always possible but […]... Read more

How to take kids on safari in Africa

By Sarah Fox, Travel Consultant, Mahlatini A safari can be an unforgettable family holiday, a true adventure exposing children (and parents) to incredible wildlife and a vastly different culture. The planning of a safari holiday with children can, however, be a daunting prospect. Here are a few things to cons... 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

Meet the Boss: Chris Wright, Sunvil


In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Chris Wright, the recently-appointed MD of the Sunvil Group. Chris has been involved in travel from a very young age – as a teenager, he used to organise overseas trips for the Scouts. He wrote his first letter to Greek Islands Club aged 13 ask... Read more

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