Destination Guides

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.

7 ugly truths about Over Tourism

  • 10 Mar, 2020
  • Franki Napolitano
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7 ugly truths about Overtourism

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


Copenhagen vs Bruges – a Christmas weekend away

  • 17 Dec, 2018
  • Alice Fowler
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Copenhagen Vs Bruges

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.

Christmas Markets

Well, it’s the main reason you’ve come, isn’t it?

Christmas markets in Copenhagen and Bruges

Copenhagen

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.

Bruges

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


Why Newquay is the UK’s favourite holiday destination

  • 31 Mar, 2020
  • Franki Napolitano
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Why visit Newquay?

With so many beauty spots and hidden gems dotted around the UK,  it’s easy to see why the appeal for a staycation is on the rise! Even as we edge into Autumn, Newquay remains the UK’s favourite holiday destination.  Whether you like to set up camp out in the elements, or rent a quaint cottage on a clifftop, we’ll tell you why venturing to the most western part of the UK will give you a holiday experience that rivals those in the rest of Europe. So read on as we tell you about things to do in Newquay! Read More


Culinary Tourism is on the rise

  • 16 Mar, 2020
  • Franki Napolitano
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food tourism

Your work day is often more productive when you get on with your colleagues. That means having things in common to chit chat about and make the day pass. We do just that at APS, and there are two things that regularly pop up in conversation around our desks.

Naturally as you can imagine Travel is up there – where we’ve been, where’s next on our list and our ultimate dream destinations. Read More


10 Of Our Favourite Staycation Ideas: The Alternative To Going Abroad

  • 01 Dec, 2020
  • Franki Napolitano
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Explore our collection of the best Staycation Ideas for the UK

Britain is currently facing two huge factors affecting the way we travel; a global pandemic with travel restrictions in place and leaving the European Union, lovingly dubbed Brexit. While there’s not a lot we can do with regard to the pandemic, except adhering to the restrictions and quarentine rules when travel is allowed, Brexit will mean we will likely see the cost of flights and currency exchange rates rocket due to the declining pound value. But it’s not all doom and gloom; we’ve rounded up 10 of the best staycation locations in the UK to hopefully keep that travel bug alive.

What is a staycation?

Simply put, we holiday in the country we live in rather than venture overseas. Over the years we have seen a steady rise in the staycation and if Summer / Autumn 2020 were anything to go by, we’d say this this is still pretty true…until the local lockdowns happened, that is…

So, in a lighthearted attempt to swap your usual holiday haunts, we’ve picked 10 of the best staycation locations in the UK to see if we can convince you that holidaying in this country is doing more for our planet than just reducing your carbon footprint.

That being said, once things return to ‘normal’, some may still feel too nervous to fly overseas and for some, they may have come to discover the beauty that lies on their doorstep. It wouldn’t be a bad choice – The UK is home to hundreds of hidden beauty spots, glittering coastlines and romantic hideouts, suitable for all types of trip.

Let’s take a look at our 10 most favourite UK staycation locations that rival our overseas counterparts… Read More