Christmas markets on the cheap

Christmas markets have never really appealed to us: we’d rather spend our money in a duty-free hypermarket in Calais or Boulogne than buy lots of knick-knacks that nobody wants in some cold corner of the Continent. But we have to admit that Travel Republic have a couple of very tempting sightseeing-cum-shopping trips on offer during […]

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Wi-fi, sir? That’ll be $1,000

Cruise lines started the great wi-fi fiddle, by charging passengers vastly inflated fees for broadband access, and some greedy hotels have jumped enthusiastically on the bandwagon. But the news that a passenger on a Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore recently ran up a wi-fi bill of over $1,000 suggests a looming crisis over […]

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Out-of-the-ordinary winter hideaways

More than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 740 miles of coastline, and hundreds of historic buildings across England, Wales and Northern Ireland….the list of places under the care of the National Trust becomes more impressive every year. What is less well known is that they have become a major player in the field of self-catering holidays. […]

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What’s hot, and what’s not, for 2015

When it comes to holidays in 2015, what’s hot and what’s not? The holiday public relations specialists Travel PR have come up with some interesting forecasts, and – even though it must be remembered that their main responsibility is promoting their clients’ holiday operations – their gaze into the crystal ball could prove to be […]

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Wider horizons for single travellers

Single travellers mostly get a rotten deal when it comes to holidays, so it is no surprise that Cox & Kings’ new collection of group tours for 2015 is already in huge demand. With their usual foresight, the tour operators have expanded their solos programme to include more European tours and short breaks. These range […]

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Hotel of the month: November

History tells us that King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn honeymooned at Thornbury Castle, on the edge of the Cotswolds, and visitors can still follow in the royal couple’s footsteps by staying at the Thornbury Castle Hotel in South Gloucestershire.. Many “castle” hotels consist largely of modern additions, but Henry and Anne would doubtless still […]

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Cruise views: From best ship to best water slide

Which two cruise ships have the highest quality ratings in the world? Take a bow “Europa” and “Europa 2”, the ultra-luxurious vessels owned and operated by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and catering principally for the Continental cruise market. The 2015 edition of Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships, which has just been published, confirms that the Hapag-Lloyd vessels […]

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Holidaymakers get best ideas from friends

The summer holidays are over and most of us are already daydreaming about our next break. But rather than looking at holiday advertisements, which this website has always believed to be a massive waste of money, researchers at www.momondo.co.uk have found that people will be checking out travel websites and – even more importantly – […]

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Hotel of the month: October

We had good reason not to think much of the Prince Hall Country House Hotel, on Dartmoor: it was suggested that we make an inspection visit there, then the invitation was abruptly withdrawn. But we went anyway; we can’t resist a challenge, and it was quite fun to visit anonymously. We found ourselves in a very […]

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Summer dreams of tempting Tuscany

One of our favourite tour operators is Peter Horrocks of Villas du Monde – a man who could teach most travel industry PR people a thing or two. He writes to inquire whether we are thinking of taking a villa holiday in Italy next summer. We aren’t – but persuasive Peter wants us to tell […]

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