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You’ll Take the High Road and I’ll Take the Low Road – Beaches Vs. Mountains

Troodos Mountains

We’re all living for our next holiday – at least we can agree on that. But while you may dream of swaying palms and white sands, I’ll be humming something from the Sound of Music. Shall we go our separate ways or can a destination offer the best of both worlds? Let us know what you think, but for […]

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What to do with dad on Father’s Day

father & son fishing

Whenever I ask my dad what he wants for Father’s Day (or his birthday or Christmas, for that matter) he says: “Give me a liquorice stick!” Although my dad is really quite fond of liquorice, I’m guessing that what he really wants is to spend a great day with his family – and perhaps to get a little bit […]

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Majorca vs Menorca

Monarch Majorca Palma Cathedral

After an afternoon in the sun and a pina colada or two, it’s easy enough to confuse the two biggest of Spain’s Balearic Islands. Majorca and Menorca sit side by side in the western Mediterranean Sea, and each gives an equally warm welcome to Britain’s sunseekers. Majorca is the bigger island by far, but Menorca matches it in sizzling […]

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Age is just a number

Monarch, Age is a Number, Sharm el Sheik

30 is the new 20, 50 is the new 40… there’s no such thing as ‘growing old gracefully’ in the 21st Century! Still, with phrases like ‘you’re too young for that’ and – more importantly – ‘I’m far too old for that,’ still being bandied about, we think it’s important to remind ourselves from time to time that age […]

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Sun and cinema – your guide to holiday locations from the big screen

Monarch Piazza San Marco Venice

If you’re a film fan but can’t make it to Cannes, why not combine a holiday with a visit to one of your favourite film locations? There are plenty to choose from in accessible destinations that won’t break the bank. Barcelona Along with these guys, the star of Woody Allen’s recent effort, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, was the beautiful city […]

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Where’s the Queen been?

Monarch Palm Tree

It’s time to re-colonise with our top 5 destinations from the former British Empire. During her 60 year reign, Queen Elizabeth II has been a prolific voyager, travelling more than any other monarch in history. This Jubilee year, why not follow in her footsteps and embark on a stately getaway of your own? Take some inspiration from our top […]

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Should I stay or should I go? Staycation vs vacation?

Monarch, Holidays Abroad, Packing

With the toughening of our already difficult economic times, the past couple of years have seen some Brits choosing to forego a much-deserved fortnight in the sunshine, choosing instead a staycation at home in an attempt to save cash. And this has never been so much the case as in 2012, when the promise of a summer of sport […]

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Croatia – the secret everyone’s talking about

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Why is Croatia such a hot topic, I hear you ask? Well that’s easy, Croatia is the beauty queen of the Adriatic, full stop. Still wondering why holidaymakers and celebrities love it, families, festival-goers and fun-seekers are flocking to the country in droves, and it’s on the top of most ‘must-see’ travel lists for 2012? We’ll share the secret, […]

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Hot or not? Monarch’s climate 101

Cyprus

Naturally, the weather plays an incredibly important role in our decisions about where and when to go on holiday. Many of us are after guaranteed sun, particularly when we don’t get much of it at home! However, if you’re keen to get into the great outdoors, it’s a much more pleasant experience in spring or autumn temperatures rather than […]

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Apr 19 2012 / Travel Tips & Advice

5 great apps to transport you at 20,000 feet

Angry Birds

Everyone loves going on holiday, but sometimes a long journey can be a real bore –particularly when you can’t wait to get to your destination. Here’s a rundown of the 5 current must-have apps for your smart phone or tablet, guaranteed to keep you occupied on cheap flights abroad (after takeoff and before landing!) and at the hotel. 1. […]

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