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Top Five… European Christmas Markets
Top Five… European Christmas Markets

There are few things more traditional than a European Christmas market. Below, we have highlighted a few of our favourite destinations to visit this winter - specifically for their ability to hold a wonderful Christmas market! From local foods to handmade crafts and presents, a trip to one of these markets could mean your Christmas gifts are sorted in no time at all…

Hamburg, Germany

Germany certainly knows how to host a Christmas market. So much so that many European Christmas markets are, in fact, German exports themselves. Hamburg is a particularly festive place to visit if you are looking for some Christmas fun ahead of December.

The main square - Weihnachtsmarkt - that sits outside ...

Luggage trends: The round up
Luggage trends: The round up

Whether you like placing your bags in the hold, or prefer to keep them close to hand, there is no escaping the fact that luggage and travel go hand-in-hand. To experience all the amazing places the world has to offer, you have got to have the right equipment to take everything you need from place to place.

With the festive season fast approaching, (and gift ideas already being requested by friends and family) we have taken a look at the luggage trends for 2015/16 – you will be fashionably prepared for all kinds of travel in no time at all!

Luggage for…

…the fashion conscious

Vogue demonstrated it best in their handbag style guide for the season - oversized bags are out, and more ...

Things To See & Do in Doha
Things To See & Do in Doha

Not all that long ago, Doha would have been called a 'city in the making'. However, rapid and stylish development over the past decade has ensured one thing: Doha has well and truly arrived. Embrace Doha's modernity, respect its roots - and whether you are here for business or pleasure – we are certain that you will find a special place in your heart for this bustling Persian Gulf metropolis.

Visiting Doha

With one of the busiest airports in the Persian Gulf region, you should have no problems flying into the city. Hamad International Airport, formally known as Doha International until 2014, has a fantastic network of routes, with flights regularly landing from the USA, Europe and beyond ...

Escape from Halloween
Escape from Halloween

Dressing up in costume, decorating your house with pumpkins and cobwebs, and going trick-or-treating with your family is certainly not everyone's idea of fun. For many, Halloween is a tradition that they would rather escape from each year - not because of the day itself, but because of all the fuss that comes with it.

If you fall into this category, firstly know that you are not alone! More families than you think are eager to avoid the Halloween traditions. Secondly, why not consider taking yourselves away for October 31st in the future? After all, we know just the places you could visit that stay on theme, but in a less-conventional way…

Brașov, Romania

There are few people who don't ...

Everything you need to know about… Diwali
Everything you need to know about… Diwali

There is something special about Diwali, the Indian festival of light. Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, the festivities are unreservedly bright and beautiful. Diwali is not just one day of celebration either - it lasts for five days, with the main day of celebration falling directly in the middle of the festivities. This year it happens on the 11th November.

Although the origins, legacies and spiritual meaning of the festival are very varied, there is one universal factor that Diwali celebrates - the triumph of light over darkness, of good over evil.

Diwali celebrations

When Diwali comes around each year, it is well and truly celebrated! Food takes centre stage in the home, where ...

What to do and see in Bangkok
What to do and see in Bangkok

As one of the world's most popular destinations for travellers of all kinds, Bangkok – or Krung Thep Maha Nakhon in Thai – is as welcoming a city as you will find anywhere in the world. Although a large, sprawling metropolis, Bangkok still seems to burst at the seams with a rich culture and secrets to explore. Whether business or pleasure brings you to its streets, Bangkok will be an experience like no other.

Visiting Bangkok

Thailand's visa regulations change regularly so, whether it is your first visit or a return journey, be sure to check that you are up to date on requirements. Bangkok is served by two airports – most travellers arrive into Suvarnabhumi Airport, although some airlines ...

The Benefits of Booking Direct
The Benefits of Booking Direct

Travelling is a competitive field - especially when you are focused on getting the ideal trip for the best price. From flights to hotels, there are many companies fighting for your business - and it is not just between brands. Third party booking agents have joined the contest, and while many offer the best price for your trip, it might be that these offers are not always what they claim to be.

We have taken a look at the benefits of booking directly with your chosen hotel, so next time you are planning a trip, you can do so armed with all the best information. Happy travelling!

Direct customer service

Do you have a question about the hotel or the surrounding area? Do you wish to book a ...

Amazing Outdoor Exploration Holidays
Amazing Outdoor Exploration Holidays

Travel is inherently about exploration, and while this can take the form of an amble through dusky backstreets or a fabulous night time cultural trip, true discovery is more often than not found in the wilds of your chosen destination.

With the planet's staggering natural heritage stretching out before you, which destinations truly give you a chance to explore? Don’t waste any of the time that could be spent enjoying yourself and instead browse our tailor-made selection of utterly incredible outdoor exploration destinations.

Masai Mara

One of the last remaining true wildernesses on Earth, the Masai Mara Nature Reserve is home to a wealth of awe-inspiring sights, sounds and experiences ...

What to do and see in Beijing
What to do and see in Beijing

Overflowing with history and culture, the capital of the People's Republic of China offers surprises and delights around every corner of its busy streets. A city of contrasts, Beijing balances past glories and modern triumphs, the urban rush and beautifully serene settings. Standing tall as the last of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, nowhere else in the world is quite like Beijing – whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, you are sure to be amazed.

Visiting Beijing

Preparation is key when visiting Beijing – although the visa process is not difficult to navigate, it may require some work well in advance to make sure you have done everything correctly. However, if ...

What to do and see in Budapest
What to do and see in Budapest

There is a reason why Budapest is often called the Paris of the east. Though the city is geographically miles away from France, Hungary's capital does feel familiar in terms of architecture and culture - but spend a little time here, and you will discover Budapest has a flavour that is entirely its own.

Visiting Budapest

If you are flying into Budapest, it is very likely that you will be landing at Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport. Sitting just south of the city centre, the airport has great links into Budapest and the surrounding areas.

Equipped with a metro system, bus routes and rail networks, Budapest is a well-connected city in terms of public transport - you shouldn't ...

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