The best literary holidays around the world

  • 02 Mar, 2015
  • Alice Fowler
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Literary HolidaysIt’s World Book Day on the 5th March, and thousands of children across the country are dressing up as their favourite fictional character and clutching their £1 book tokens. However, the day is not just for kids, so we’ve decided to tempt all the bookworms out there with this list of book-inspired getaways!

Stieg’s Stockholm from The Millennium Trilogy

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy took the world by storm and now you can follow in the footsteps of its protagonists Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist with a trip to Stockholm. A walking tour takes you to some of the key locations from the book and ties these in with relevant local history. Take a break after all that walking at Mellqvists Kaffebar, both Stieg and Mikael’s café of choice, featured in the books! Read More

How not to annoy your partner this Valentine’s Day

  • 10 Feb, 2015
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Couple travelling Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day. Love it or hate it, there are thousands of couples heading off this week for a weekend (or longer!) away. It’s a romantic notion and there are plenty of perfect destinations to enjoy, but most importantly, don’t let your dream trip turn into a nightmare by allowing the little things to cause arguments between you and your loved one.

Travelling can be stressful, and it’s been well documented that arguments are on the rise when on holiday, so we asked our team for some tips on how they’ve kept their travels stress-free when on holiday with their other half! Read More

Destinations Travel and Holiday Show

  • 03 Feb, 2015
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Destinations Show

On a bitterly cold Friday we headed up to the London Olympia to attend Destinations, a holiday and travel show in association with The Times. Unfortunately, I was not there to book a holiday, as exciting at that would be, but there on a press pass to get ideas about what’s happening in travel right now and thoughts for future content. We were also hoping to chat to some official tourist boards – they often have local people there representing the country which is alway fascinating.

We arrived pretty early and it was still quite empty with lots of people still setting up their stands, so we took advantage of this and scoped out the show. It was divided loosely by region and then a whole section was dedicated to adventure and outdoor travel, so there was a lot to take in. Read More

Have breasts, will travel – less than 40% of airports confirm breastfeeding facilities

  • 27 Jan, 2015
  • Alice Fowler
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Young mother breast feeding her baby at home

It’s 2015. It’s the year that Back to the Future suggested we would have hoverboards and flying cars. This may not be the case, but it’s certainly about time airports came into the 21st century, and we headed to Twitter to find out if that was the case.

Firstly, we wanted to check out if UK and Ireland airports were loud and proud tweeters, or simply the begrudging “we tweet because we have to” kind of crowd. Secondly, we didn’t just want to ask them some benign question that no one cares about, we wanted to ask them something that really mattered. Something that is not obvious from a quick trip to their website.

So we asked 28 UK and Irish airports via Twitter:

“Do you have dedicated mother and baby rooms for nursing mums?”

The results, needless to say, were very interesting. Take a look at our summary of airport facilities according to their responses, and discover exactly what we found out. Read More

Secrets for a stress-free ski holiday

  • 16 Jan, 2015
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Skiing packing

Let’s face it, ski holidays are not known for being the most relaxing holidays. Compared with your list of essentials for a beach holiday, when you look at what you need to take with you for skiing you can see straight away that it is more complicated than a holiday lying on a beach reading a good book! The journey is generally more stressful too – long, uncomfortable transfers to get up the mountains to your ski resort, unpredictable weather conditions and endless traffic jams are what are often in store. For some expert advice we teamed up with Snowplaza who kindly put together some helpful tips to make your ski holidays as stress-free as possible.

Packing for ski holidays

Before you’ve even gone anywhere, the challenge starts with what to pack for your ski holidays. In comparison to summer holiday packing, this task can seem rather daunting – especially if you’re travelling with kids! Once you’ve laid out your 6 pairs of ski socks, 6 thermal tops, 6 roll-necks, 6 fleeces, ski goggles, ski gloves and a bobble hat for everyone, you’ll probably be wondering if hiring a van and driving might be a more sensible option!

Ski gear is, for obvious reasons, bulky. However, there are certain items that you can cut down on. For example, you really don’t need 6 bulky fleeces – as they are not in contact with your skin, you can live without a clean one each day! However, NEVER go skiing with any less than a fresh pair of ski socks per day – anyone who skis will know why! Read More