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Escape to Turkey with the kids this autumn

Cappadocia- Fairy Chimneys and hot air balloon

Autumn reveals Turkey’s mellow side. Summer’s scorching days are over, but top temperatures still hover around the high teens to mid-20s, making it easier on little ones who are easily exhausted in the heat. Even better, the biggest throngs of tourists have headed home, so getting around is simpler, and cheap flights and deals on accommodation are plentiful. During […]

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Guest post: 5 great destinations for late summer sun

Monarch Barcelona Park Guell

If you’ve not yet escaped our grey nation but are still keen to catch some rays before the onset of autumn, there are plenty of destinations within four hours of most UK airports where the sun continues to shine in October for much of the day. Granted, it may not be warm enough to spend hours baking on the […]

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Why you should fight your fear of skiing

Monarch Airlines ski ambassador Chemmy Alcott skiing

Skiing is a sport that can be thrilling, exciting and scary. With so many benefits, don’t let fear stand in the way of experiencing this exhilarating sport. Age Lots of people think they have missed the boat to try this fabulous sport of skiing – they may think they are too old, not fit enough or might get hurt. And […]

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Step into the magical world of Venice

Regata Storica Venice

Come September, there’s nowhere I’d rather be. Visiting Venice, even for a weekend, is like stepping into another world. In fact, its one-of-a-kind atmosphere makes it one of the best European city breaks within easy reach (Venice flights are just 2–2.5 hours from the UK). I’m fresh from my own whirlwind weekend in Venice, where I picked up these […]

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Which Costa is right for me?

Costa Blanca

They’re the three great mainstays for beach holidays in mainland Spanish: the Costa Brava, Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol. Each is a beautiful coast in its own right, but is it the right one for you? Here’s the lowdown on each Costa, to help make choosing your next sunshine break simple: 1. Costa Brava The Costa Brava was […]

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City breaks your children will love

Pizza in Venice

My sister-in-law is an urban sophisticate, and loves exploring the world’s cities in style. So when she set off on an all-inclusive package holiday to Ibiza this summer – with flip-flops, bucket and spade – it wasn’t exactly her ideal break. But her two primary-school age children had the time of their lives. It made me wonder whether parents really […]

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Follow the sun – 2012’s hot destinations


Let’s face facts. If we Brits want a proper summer in 2012, we’ll have to seek it abroad. That accepted, here’s the tricky bit: choosing a destination in just the right shade of summer for you. While it’s easy to find the world’s highest highs (in Kuwait City and Ahvaz, Iran), 46°C and rising isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. […]

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Aug 23 2012 / Travel Tips & Advice

How to beat the post-holiday blues


Summer holidays are the stuff that dreams are made of – the promise of a sun-kissed break by the sea is what gets most of us through the rest of the year. So when the plane touches back down in the UK, some post-holiday blues are sure to follow. Make sure you avoid the scourge of late summer with […]

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Aug 14 2012 / Travel Tips & Advice

Taking the freak-out out of family holidays

Children with suitcases

Nothing can quite compare with the excitement we felt about going on holiday as kids. The freedom, the sunshine… lots of larking about with brand new friends met on the beach or at the hotel. When we become parents, we naturally want our children to the same thrill for travel. On the other hand, there are so many more […]

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Aug 14 2012 / Travel Tips & Advice

Beyond Fifty Shades… great holiday reads

Reading on the beach

Mmm. Beachside. That’s where we want to be. This summer, as ever, us Brits are taking to the beaches of southern Europe, from Alicante to Majorca, armed with not much more than a pair of shades, sunscreen and some sizzling reads. And why not? It’s the perfect recipe for a fulfilling summer, even if it’s a simple one. But, […]

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