Doing 72 hours in New York the right way

  • 20 Oct, 2017
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Doing 72 hours in New York the right way

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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Top Destinations for an Autumn Break

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

  • 04 Sep, 2017
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“Why have they split up my family on the plane?!”

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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Travelling with a child with a different surname

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

Should I take my suitcase or backpack? How to pick the best luggage

  • 19 Jul, 2017
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Should I take my suitcase or backpack? How to pick the best luggage

We’ve all been there; heading off on a trip, planning our packing but unsure on whether or not our favourite old ¬†suitcase is the best luggage option to take.

With a myriad of options available to us nowadays when it comes to travel bags, it’s no wonder we can get a little confused over the most efficient ways to pack and travel; some bags are just better suited to some trips over others. As much as we love our handy, rollable carry-on, is it the best option when we leave for Borneo? Read More