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Croatia – festivals to look forward to

Rovinj

Croatia’s fortunes are looking up. This stunningly beautiful country is once again attracting visitors in droves, especially to its Adriatic coastline. Expect more positive vibes than ever this summer, as Croatia will be celebrating its acceptance into the European Union in July 2013. In the party spirit, we’re taking a look at more fun reasons to visit Croatia – […]

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Greatest (achievable) climbs in the world

Bavarian Forest

When Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to ascend Mount Everest nearly 60 years ago, it was a feat so impressive that both were promptly knighted (although it was two days before the pair heard about their new elevated status). Climbing Everest, earth’s highest mountain, is still a formidable challenge. In fact, between 1922 and 2011, […]

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Mar 22 2013 / Destinations // Ski

Six reasons why you should ski late season

relaxing in the sun at ski resort

As April approaches, most of us are probably hoping for some warmer weather. But if you haven’t managed to make it skiing yet this winter, there’s still time to book yourself a holiday. In fact, this part of the season is many people’s preferred time to ski, and here’s why: 1) The weather’s better   No white-outs. No frostbite. […]

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Our top 4 picks for a 3-day weekend

Couple eating in Rome

Easter is just around the corner and with it comes the first of spring’s three-day weekends. If you’ve got itchy feet, you’ll naturally want to make the most of these minibreaks. So which are the best destinations when you’ve got just three days? With so many European destinations in easy reach, I’ve broken down some of the top options […]

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Skiing the great unknown – Les Contamines

Les Contamines Rob C 017

Guest post by written by Rob Crabtree of Ski Club of Great Britain So you’re planning a winter ski holiday and itching to make those first few turns. If you’ve decided on France, you’ve made a great decision. But with so many great resorts to choose from, the question is where to go? I’ve skied in many of the larger […]

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Unexpected places to celebrate Chinese New Year 2014

Chinese Red Lantern

I first encountered Chinese New Year in a seemingly unlikely place – Melbourne, Australia. There, crowds follow the customary dragon dances and deafening drums as they follow in procession from one end of Chinatown to the other, evicting bad spirits from businesses as they go. What are your experiences of Chinese New Year? Tell us your highlights in the […]

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Forget Paris – 5 romantic cities to visit instead

Venice Romance

Try as I might, I just can’t fall in love with Paris. Now, I’m not denying that it is chic, slick and sexy. Or that the city’s every square inch oozes with history, art and culture. I just can’t join those who believe that Paris sums up romance in every aspect. Perhaps, due to hopelessly romantic films set in […]

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January blues – how to choose a holiday remedy that really works

sunbathing in January to beat the winter blues with Monarch

You book, pack your swimwear or skis, and life is suddenly on the up-and-up even before your plane takes off. But the real art to booking a mood-lifting January break lies in choosing a holiday that will keep the feel-good factor going after you return, too. For some, nothing but sunshine will bring on those lasting benefits. But others […]

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Turn over a new leaf for 2013 – nature walking in the Canaries

Hiking in Gran Canaria

The world was supposed to end on 21st December – but it didn’t, and thank goodness for that. So as the New Year kicks off, now is the perfect time to go out and appreciate the world’s ongoing existence. And what better way to discover Mother Nature than the most natural way of all; on foot?  Whether you just […]

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From radishes to rollerskates – Christmas traditions around the world

christmas tree in mall

We love Christmas with all the trimmings in the UK – and many millions of people around the world feel the same. It’s just that the trimmings – and the traditions that make Christmas special – can vary radically from place to place. The Christmas tree is one tradition that has travelled well (it all began in 16th-century Germany, […]

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