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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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Oct 31 2012 / Destinations // Special Offers

Enthusiasts’ & Christmas Market Daytrips On Sale

Friedrichshafen Airport aircraft landing

Our next Enthusiasts’ Day will offer a special twist! This time around, not only are we offering a special Enthusiasts’ itinerary for aviation lovers on the first scheduled flight to Friedrichshafen, but we’re also offering a special, separate itinerary for people who love Christmas markets and gluwein! Read on for details! Friedrichshafen – Enthusiast Daytrip Itinerary – Thursday 6th […]

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Plan ahead to see Florida’s best Halloween spooks!

halloween parade

I’d always known that Halloween was a much bigger deal in America than in the UK, but on a recent trip to the other side of the pond, I discovered just how crazy Americans go for the second-most commercially successful American holiday (after Christmas). Indeed, it’s estimated that as much as a quarter of all sweets—or should I say […]

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Tee off towards some of the best golfing destinations ever

Monarch Golf Clubs

Autumn should mean crisp, bright days and russet-tinged views…and time to unwind on the golf course. In reality, autumn at home can be relentlessly grey and miserable outdoors. For a golfing break that lives up to the season’s promise, you’ll need to get your destination right. I’m thinking top-notch courses designed by pros, facilities to match, scenery to wow […]

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Madeira’s 5 best kept secrets

Madeira Funchal Fireworks

1. Madeira rivals the Canaries for sunshine breaks Madeira, Porto Santo, Desertas, Selvagem – the four islands that make up the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira don’t trip off sunseekers’ tongues as readily as Tenerife, Gran Canaria or Lanzarote. But the islands of Madeira are less than 400km north of the Canaries and enjoy a similar (if slightly less scorching) […]

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Could the Canaries offer a cure for the winter blues?

Hiking in Tenerife

After a rather unpredictable summer, the recent heavy rainfall and gale force winds have left us in no doubt that we’re in for a typical British winter. For many of us, the colder weather and shorter days can bring on a mild form of depression, with 17% of Brits admitting to suffering from ‘winter blues’.  Sunlight and exercise are […]

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