Ten things that your low-cost airline does better

Ten things that your low-cost airline does better

We asked our Secret Cabin Crew informer to sit back and give us his thoughts on the world of the skies. Does budget always mean low quality? Far from it! At the start of a new decade, it’s good to reflect on where we’ve been, and where we might be heading next. Air travel is very common these days, but it wasn’t always as simple, practical and affordable as it is today.  Starting in the 1980s with Ryanair, and the…

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A journey to New Zealand’s most enchanting places

A journey to New Zealand’s most enchanting places

Loved throughout the world for its stunning natural landscapes and rich Maori heritage, New Zealand caters to outdoor-minded and culture-loving travellers alike. If you’ve seen The Lord of the Rings films, you’ve already seen the kind of stunning natural beauty that’s on offer. When to visit New Zealand Because New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, February is the last month of the summer. March and April are still pleasant, but after that you’re best to skip their winter and wait…

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Events and inspiration for a short break in Europe

Events and inspiration for a short break in Europe

Looking for a great excuse to head to Europe in the next few months? Here are ten events for an enjoyable short break between now and May. Netherlands Ice Sculpture Festival, Zwolle, the Netherlands Dates: 14th December 2019 to 1st March 2020 Over 100 ice and snow sculptures, made by world-famous artists, are displayed during the three months of the festival. It’s a totally family-friendly event, with exciting activities for both kids and adults, so you won’t regret visiting. Zwolle is…

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San Marino: a day trip to the world’s oldest surviving republic

San Marino: a day trip to the world’s oldest surviving republic

Travel writer Julia Hammond spotted an unexpected face while touring the San Marino parliament.. I knew very little about San Marino before my visit, other than that it is one of the smallest countries in the world. Pub quiz trivia: it’s also one of only three countries in the world, together with Lesotho and Vatican City, which is totally surrounded by a single country, in this case Italy. Small places are perfect for a day trip, especially as I was on…

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Tips for flying with a toddler

Tips for flying with a toddler

Planning a family trip with a toddler along for the ride? Here are a few tips to help. Planning with your airline While you’re booking your flight, check with your airline as to what hand luggage allowance they have for infants and children. It can be handy if you can take a separate bag for your little one. If your flight includes meals, check what the options are for toddlers or small children. You’ll often need to order a special…

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Why is Mauritius so popular? Beaches, catamarans, and more.

Why is Mauritius so popular? Beaches, catamarans, and more.

This year we’ll start taking a personal look at holiday memories you might like to recreate for yourself. This month, Lara Whybrow tells us about her travels to Mauritius. An old favourite among tourists, Mauritius is absolutely gorgeous, and most travellers have been back many times to luxuriate in its lush flora and spotlessly clean beaches. It’s a volcanic island, famed for its beaches, reefs, and lagoons.  We booked our holiday through a specialist travel agency that has lots of interesting…

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Coach holidays to Europe: the stress-free way to get away

Coach holidays to Europe: the stress-free way to get away

Holidays often mean hours stuck in airports, with endless queues and invasive security checks. Yet many of our customers never have this hassle and stress, because they travel to Europe by coach. If you’ve not looked at coach travel recently, it’s a real eye-opener. You’ll get some incredible ideas for holidays by browsing some of the websites that we’ll mention in this article. These kind of guided coach tours are useful if you haven’t been to a place before. You…

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Dubai: A lovely warm holiday in the winter

Dubai: A lovely warm holiday in the winter

Still unsure about where to go on holiday this winter? If you and your family are looking for an escape from the harsh cold weather, Dubai is your answer! The most pleasant weather begins in December and lasts until February. Temperatures get up around 27C (81F) in December and January, so the weather is perfect for sightseeing and entertainment. The best thing about winter nights in Dubai is the long walks in the city. The friendly fellow tourists can be seen…

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Kraków: A beautiful Christmas market, Chopin, and… axe throwing?

Kraków: A beautiful Christmas market, Chopin, and… axe throwing?

If you fancy a short European city break for three or four nights, and you don’t want to break the bank, try Kraków in southern Poland this December. There’s a lot to explore, with a flight time of only two and a half hours, and you might just get some snow to put you in the Christmas mood! Kraków Christmas Market As it’s December, let’s start our exploring with a trip to the Christmas market. The Irish Times named it one of the top ten…

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Europe’s best Christmas markets

Europe’s best Christmas markets

Travel writer Julia Hammond is obsessed with European Christmas markets. Here she gives us a personal tour of her favourites that she has visited. Magical Salzburg delivers festive cheer In winter, under a carpet of snow, crowds of shoppers wrapped up in scarves and hats throng the Christmas markets. Nowhere in Austria, not even Vienna, does it better than Salzburg.  Several excellent markets are scattered across the city, and the largest clusters around the steps of its imposing cathedral. The first…

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