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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

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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

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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

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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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Hidden Rome – neglected treasures of the Eternal City

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Rome swelters in August – and it’s packed with tourists too. So it’s a perfect time to slip away from the crowds and get a down-home sense of this city. While you won’t want to miss Rome’s big draws, add a couple of the city’s more secluded corners to your itinerary, and discover its quirky and quiet sides: 1. […]

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The best wild swims abroad

Wild swims

Wild swimming in natural lakes, rivers and beaches has always held a kind of free-spirited appeal. Just think  of diving into a clear blue lagoon – bliss! Ever since the comedian David Walliams swam 140 miles of the Thames for Sport Relief, interest in wild swimming has rocketed in the UK. So much so that a new by-law has […]

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Monarch Guide to Turkey: hiking, climbing and rambling

Cappadocia

If you itch for an active holiday, Turkey could be ideal for you. Between its long coast, which skirts three sides of the country, and its highest peak (the volcanic Mount Ararat) you’ll find just the right terrain for a hike, climb or ramble to suit you. Turquoise Coast This glittering stretch of coast is a firm favourite for […]

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