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By Claire
On: 6th March, 2020

Woman Up - Our Best Destinations for Female Solo Travel

  • Iceland
  • Namibia
  • Costa Rica
  • Portugal

When it comes to travel, flying solo can be an incredibly liberating experience. With no travelling companions to cater to, you're free to craft the holiday you've always dreamt of whether you're after a slick city getaway, an adventurous escape or an idyllic island-hopping trip. Travelling…

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By Ella
On: 7th February, 2020

Top Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

  • Greece
  • Italy
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Spain
  • Portugal

Venue - check. Rings - check. Cake - check… What's missing? The honeymoon! Let's be honest (although we may be slightly biased), it's one of the most important parts of the whole wedding process. If you're seeking inspiration for that perfect post-wedding getaway, why not look a little…

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By Jess
On: 23rd January, 2020

The Best Spring Holidays for 2020

  • Israel
  • Sri Lanka
  • Cultural Triangle
  • Galle & the Southern Beaches
  • Portugal
  • Mexico
  • Yucatan Peninsula
  • Oaxaca & Chiapas
  • Japan

Want to put the spring back in your step after the dark doldrums of winter? We've got just the ticket, and with Easter plus two May bank holidays, spring is one of the best times of year for an epic escape. Here's where to go in spring 2020…

By Claire
On: 30th August, 2019

Don't Be An Insta-Sheep...

  • Portugal
  • Canada
  • Indonesia
  • South Africa
  • Kenya

Social media can cause almost anything to become famous overnight (anyone else remember the blue/gold dress saga of 2015?). Home to the weird, the wacky (goat yoga?!) and the wonderful, social media plays a huge part in the trends that creep into our everyday lives. The down side of this is…

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By Ella
On: 30th May, 2019

Travel Like Marie Kondo

  • Portugal
  • Africa
  • Mongolia
  • Uzbekistan
  • Seychelles
  • The Amalfi Coast
  • Borneo
  • Bhutan
  • Australia
  • Uganda
  • South Africa

"Spark Joy". A wonderful phrase that's become synonymous with the Japanese tidying expert-turned-bestselling-author-turned-Netflix-star Marie Kondo. Her method is satisfyingly simple - go through each of your belongings and ask yourself the question: 'Does this item spark joy?' If the answer…

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By Guest blogger
On: 5th March, 2019

Top Europe Destinations for Summer 2019

  • Turkey
  • Sweden
  • Portugal

The February mini-heatwave we've enjoyed this week may have disappeared (and with it a very confusing time for our wardrobes) but all that sunshine and vitamin D got us dreaming about summer holidays. We've put our heads together and come up with a list of the top spots for a bit of culture…

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By Jess
On: 9th March, 2018

Family Summer Holidays: Europe

  • Italy
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • Sweden

The summer holidays may feel like a world away now but come June they'll be a veritable beacon of hope amidst the (organised) chaos of early morning wake-ups, school runs and vain attempts to prevent toothpaste from finding its way onto every single item of school uniform. Frankly, it's…

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By Jess
On: 1st February, 2018

Summer Lovin': Where To Go This Sunny Season

  • USA
  • Italy
  • Argentina
  • India
  • Botswana
  • Malta
  • Uganda
  • Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Namibia
  • Portugal

January is finally over and, boy, was it a long one. But winter ain't over yet, people. We still have to survive February. Lucky for you the Original Travel Department for Life Enhancement (sounds dangerous) has come up with a few key tactics for seeing out a seemingly endless winter.…

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By Guest blogger
On: 27th October, 2017

Three of the Best: Boutique Hotels in Portugal

  • Portugal

On my eight day self-drive around Portugal I discovered how welcoming and generous the Portuguese are all across this diverse country...

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By Jess
On: 28th April, 2017

Top Five: Hotels with Villas

  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Portugal

Hiring a villa is a quintessential holiday experience, affording guests much more privacy and flexibility than staying at a hotel. That being said, there are lots of lovely perks to staying in a hotel - fabulous food, that little choccy on your pillow at night, a great kids club to keep the…