Doing 72 hours in New York the right way

  • 20 Oct, 2017
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72 hours in New York

Okay so what would you do with 72 hours in New York? With so many activities, sights and parks, not to mention the food and shopping available to you, it can seem rather hectic to cram in as much as everyone tells you “you have to do!”

I must admit, this was me; all of the bright lights of Time Square, the endless shopping opportunities and gastronomical food? How about all of the traffic you hear about and the ferry to catch to explore Ellis Island? It certainly seemed a daunting task, but I was up for the challenge. Read More

Top Destinations for an Autumn Break

  • 26 Sep, 2017
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Thinking of an Autumn break this year? Optima Villas have hand selected these 5 destinations to whet your travelling appetite!We’ve now got that lull between the end of the summer and Christmas; what do we do with ourselves? We feel cheated out of summer here in the UK so aren’t quite ready for the autumnal nights in the lead up to Christmas. So what shall we do? Did someone say Autumn break?! 

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21 phrases to master in different languages!

  • 19 Sep, 2017
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Make your trip a little easier by mastering these key phrases in another language!

When you go abroad, it’s always useful to know a little of the local language, don’t you think? Even if it’s just being able to say hello, goodbye, knowing your P&Qs or being able to order a drink, it makes you feel a little more polite than just expecting the locals to know English.

Given this, we thought it’d be helpful to bring you the 21 most useful phrases to learn before your next trip! Read More

“Why have they split up my family on the plane?!”

  • 04 Sep, 2017
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why are airlines splitting up families on their planes?

If you’ve travelled recently, there’s a high chance you may have heard unhappy groups asking this very question in your airport or on your flight.

Reports of airlines such as Ryanair, United Airlines, Jetstar and Delta all being accused of splitting up young families on a flight are apparent from a quick Google search. Read More

Travelling with a child with a different surname

  • 28 Jul, 2017
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The summer holiday is one of the most anticipated breaks of the year, but did you know you could end up in hot water when travelling with a child with a different surname to you?

It’s not uncommon in 2017 for parents to not be married or in fact be raising their child independently, but this will usually mean that the child will share a surname with one parent and not the other. The same goes for grandparents, too. Read More