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Travel fit for a queen

travel fit for a queen

The British Royal family knows a thing or two about carrying on no matter what the weather. Last year, the Queen won the nation’s admiration by standing steadfast, at the age of 86, for four freezing hours as she was escorted along the Thames on a barge as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. So with dreary forecasts ahead, […]

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Croatia – festivals to look forward to


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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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

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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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Mar 14 2013 / Travel Tips & Advice

How to celebrate St Paddy’s Day around the world

By Egan Snow

Who knew you could combine Ibiza holidays with Irish style wearing of the green? Most of us would imagine that St Patrick’s Day, on 17 March, is only a big deal in Ireland and English-speaking countries such as the UK, US, Canada and Australia where successive waves of Irish immigrants have settled. However, Spain is just one of the […]

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How to have a happy flight – jet etiquette

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It’s just you, the cabin crew and a couple of hundred other passengers. There’ll be laid-back frequent fliers, frenetically excited first-timers and every shade of traveller in between. And for the next few hours, you’ll all be journeying side by side. What could possibly go wrong? Nothing, ideally! Whether you’re jetting of on cheap holidays or taking a business […]

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Live the fairy tale – three fabled holiday destinations

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

Recently we’ve seen a slew of updated, exciting fairytale-based films hit our screens… from Oz the Great and Powerful, to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Feeling inspired, I’ve put together a list of three of the best fairy-tale themed destinations you can visit on holiday – places where perhaps dreams could come true. Sleeping Beauty’s castle Neuschwanstein Castle has appeared in […]

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Finishing school on the slopes – my ski etiquette tips

Chemmy Alcott shares her ski etiquette tips on the Monarch Airlines blog

Not many people know that I was sent to finishing school. Yes, shock horror, jaw dropping secret and very much not expected of someone whose job is to throw themselves down a mountain with guts, ‘ballsy’, rugged skiing. However, those who do know me are well aware that I am often partial to exaggeration! I have to admit, I’ve […]

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Feb 20 2013 / Travel Tips & Advice

Top tips for scatterbrained travellers

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I’d like to say that we’ve all been there. But it’s simply not true. Some of us are more forgetful than others when it comes to remembering everything we need in our suitcases. Take my sister’s boyfriend. My sister knows his reputation for leaving behind life’s essential items so, while they wait to check in, she likes to quiz […]

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