Dartmoor sounds like a “vintage” place to be on May 5, the Spring Bank Holiday. The Moorland Garden Hotel (www.moorlandgardenhotel.co.uk) is putting on a rather special garden fete that will take guests and day visitors alike back to “the good old days” with a host of unusual attractions ranging from hairdressers offering vintage-style hair-do’s to […]
So, who was Alfred Russel Wallace? We didn’t know either – but we should have done. Working independently of Charles Darwin, Wallace – one of the great intellectuals and naturalists of the nineteenth century – also developed the theory of evolution through natural selection while working in the Malay archipelago. Now you can follow in […]
Rutland, once famous as England’s smallest county, is making a big comeback, writes Robin Mead. Neighbouring Leicestershire swallowed up tiny Rutland years ago, but was forced to disgorge it again in a local government shake-up. And little Rutland – official motto: “much in a small space” – is working hard to claim a place on […]
A holiday destination like the Isle of Wight needs a really nice hotel that is equally suitable for a weekend stay, a short break, or a fully-fledged summer holiday. Step forward the ever adaptable Shanklin Hotel. Shanklin is by far the best resort town on this lovely island just off the south coast, and the […]
From helping out with lambing season in the Lake District to harvesting apples and making cider in Devon, the National Trust has more than 300 working holidays that provide the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends, and play a part in looking after some of the UK’s most important special places. Breaks vary […]
There is a railway station in Norway called ‘Hell’, and one of the all-too-rare amusements of a Norwegian holiday is to wander into the ticket office in Bergen and ask for a one-way ticket to Hell. Now Iceland is joining in the fun by promoting its own version of the place where none of us […]
Could the “Tea like Mother Makes” and “English Fish and Chips” signs that litter many popular Continental holiday resorts soon be on their way out? The answer is “Yes” according to an extensive survey carried out by the travel search site momondo.co.uk. It showed that dining out is most often cited as a preferred holiday […]
As the world’s longest established travel company, Cox & Kings (www.coxandkings.co.uk) have been making holiday predictions longer than most. And after a long look at the major events, trends and political changes around the world, Cox & Kings’ predictions for 2014 include some unexpected destinations. Perhaps the biggest surprise is Zimbabwe, boosted by its magnificent […]
This website has always loved Fred Olsen Cruises and its oddly-mixed but friendly fleet, so how sad to learn from correspondents that Boudicca is busy removing many of the features most admired by regular customers, while Black Watch will apparently follow suit. The imaginative lengthening of both ships attracted extensive admiration, even though – […]
How do cruise lines handle customer complaints? Badly, if our postbag is anything to go by. A reader tells me that she booked a lovely Christmas cruise with P&O, only for it to be cancelled – no doubt leaving her at a loose end for the holiday. She got her fare money back, of course, […]
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If you want an expert view of travel, or the travel industry, then why not ask award-winning writer Robin Mead? He became a full-time travel writer 40 years ago, after working as a journalist and editorial executive on several of London's Fleet Street newspapers, and is now a recognised authority on all aspects of travel.
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