Silver Travel Advisor brings home the silver

Good news for Silver Travel Advisor. The only travel reviews and advice site specifically for the over 50s, to which we are modest contributors, has been voted as a runner up for Best Travel Review Website in the British Travel Awards. Silver Travel Advisor finished hard on the heels of both TripAdvisor and Cruise Critic, […]

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Blue whales make a comeback

The last we heard, the beautiful blue whale – the largest creature on the planet – was on the verge of extinction. Now, in a wonderful about-turn of the creature’s fortunes, you can take a blue whale-spotting trip. It is one of the “bucket list” experiences offered in the Azores, the mid-Atlantic archipelago a four-hour […]

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Cruise views: The early bird….

We don’t like Carnival, and try hard not to promote their cruises on the grounds that their ships are far too Americanised for the average British cruise fan. But the same criticism does not apply to their offshoot Holland America Line, whose vessels have a much more international feel. Like everyone else, however, HAL are […]

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Flying off to a bargain

For the biggest and best bargains in the air, the secret is to book a flight on Christmas Day. For example, flight specialists CheapOair.co.uk are currently offering return flights to Lisbon (where, unlike in the UK, everything does not necessarily shut down over the holidays) for as little as £236 per person, provided that you […]

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Never bored in Bordeaux

Our favourite PR man, Peter Horrocks of Villas du Monde, is a big fan of Bordeaux and the entire Aquitaine region. And we are big fans of Peter’s, because he makes his Press releases so interesting and informative. Here’s an edited version of his latest chatty epistle – and it might just inspire your choice […]

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Hotel of the month: December

From the outside, Glazebrook House Hotel looks like an ordinary home with nothing remarkable about it except a rather smart stone porch. Go inside, however, and you might as well step straight into the pages of Alice in Wonderland. This fairytale hotel is a newcomer to the quiet Devonshire village of South Brent, nestling beneath […]

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Cruise views: Invasion of the scruffs

What a disappointment! There you are, all dressed up in your glad rags and ready for a shipboard gala night, and along come a group of scruffs, dressed in vests, tracksuit bottoms or torn jeans, trainers, and – horror of horrors – a baseball cap that has been put on back-to-front. Even worse, although the […]

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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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