Need a little inspiration on where to go on your next holiday? Check our our destinations guides where we relive our best trips as a team, compare the best Christmas markets and the best family holiday of the century.
We like a challenge in the APS team, and the first one of the year has already been completed; finding the best value holiday on a budget!
With a budget of up to £300 per traveller, we were set the task to find the best value for money getaway in the middle of August 2017, based on two people sharing.
The trip could be anywhere in the world but the budget needed to include flights, accommodation and food for 5-7 nights.
All of our searches covered 5 nights, August 14th – 19th, flying from a London Airport.
Following the success of our Zante: the unlikely family destination blog, we thought here at APS a new year would be a great chance to showcase another unlikely family and friend destination to holiday to; Croatia! let’s dive right in and see what the beautiful country has to offer Read More
Ever wondered what some of the most visited cities in the world are? Well, now you can find out. You might even get some inspiration for your next getaway too!
1. Hong Kong
Despite the protests going on in China, Hong Kong still managed to stay as one of the most visited cities in the world! It welcomes just over 27 million passengers to its vibrant culture each year.
You may think a negative tourism blog seems a bit odd coming from a travel based website, but we can’t always paint it in a “rainbows and sunshine” way. We attended the World Travel Market in November 2016 and a recurring theme throughout the day was “Overtourism”; the negative effects that travel has on certain beauty spots and even whole countries.
This typically means that the ever-growing influx of tourism is causing havoc and angering the local residents of several cities. Examples of this can be seen in Venice where their beloved city hosts more tourists per day than the permanent residents, Amsterdam are cracking down on the activities tourists can do, and it’s even resulting in the closures of Thai islands, with Koh Tachai now permanently closed to tourists.
How has it come to this? How has the once biggest and fastest growing industry in the world turned ugly? We had a look into seven of the main ways tourism is having a negative impact around the world. Read More
It’s December and even in the UK Christmas Markets are popping up everywhere you look in towns and city centres, but there’s nothing quite like popping across to the mainland and finding some real Christmas infused locations to visit for a weekend. There are so many choices however, we’ve picked two of the popular ones and pitched them against each other – let’s find out which one’s the winner!
Members of our team visited both places on the same weekend for a festive getaway, and picked out some key highlights and things to know so you get the most out of your weekend away.
Well, it’s the main reason you’ve come, isn’t it?
The city has plenty to choose from, however, our opinion was that if you want something a little different head down to Christiana where amongst the normal eclectic markets available there’s also an indoors one where plenty of goods can be found, not just Christmas themed. From hats handmade in Nepal, to locally made produce and beautiful Christmas ornaments, it’s easy to spend an hour or two browsing! Just be careful of the opening hours and be prepared to queue as there is a limited capacity inside. If you want something a bit more standard, head across the new pedestrian bridge near Papiroen and browse the markets at Nyhavn, where you’ll find gløgg and treats galore.
There are fewer Markets in Bruges but the aptly named Market Square has a good-sized market with lots of options of food and drink, and there is also an ice skating rink if you fancy a bit of exercise to work off all that glühwein and chocolate! Read More