How to choose between a hotel and Airbnb

How to choose between a hotel and Airbnb

The boom of Airbnb and similar accommodation sharing sites like Booking.com has given us all a wealth of options when it comes to choosing where to stay. But how do you choose between a traditional hotel and the modern accommodation sharing sites? Here are some questions to ask yourself. What is Airbnb, anyway? Accommodation sharing sites like Airbnb or Booking.com give people a chance to rent out their property—or part of it—to short-term tourists. Your “host” is the person who owns the property you’ll…

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Seven free things to do in Las Vegas

Seven free things to do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is well known for some of its more expensive attractions: its gambling culture, but also its pricey hotels, restaurants, and live shows. However, if you’re travelling to Vegas on a budget, don’t despair. There are free and fun activities that you can add to your itinerary, and as an added bonus, they’ll take you off the beaten path where you can explore some of Vegas’s hidden gems. Here are seven exciting free things to do in Las Vegas….

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Malta: still warm in November

Malta: still warm in November

If you need some November sun, but can’t face more than a three-hour flight, then Malta is a great choice. Climate Malta is located far enough south (at the base of Sicily) that it is parallel with north Africa. This gives Malta pleasant weather well into the autumn, with temperature highs in November of around 21C (70F), and sea temperatures of 22C (72F). This is actually an excellent time of year to explore the country’s numerous sights without the oppressive heat of…

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Travel Tips: How not to get lost when sightseeing

Travel Tips: How not to get lost when sightseeing

There’s no doubt that setting out to explore a city you’ve never been to before is exciting. Whether you’re planning on wandering around a bustling modern metropolis or the quiet cobbled streets of an ancient city’s historic centre, it’s great to be heading somewhere new. Soaking up the atmosphere, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells, stopping to admire the architecture, or just browsing the window displays in the local shops can be a fascinating experience. But treading unknown territory…

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Why community-based tourism helps bring Kyrgyzstan’s culture to life

Why community-based tourism helps bring Kyrgyzstan’s culture to life

Travel writer Julia Hammond had no idea what to expect when she travelled to Kyrgyzstan earlier this year. What she experienced was far better than she’d dared imagine. In this internet-led, social media-fuelled age, there are few surprises when it comes to travel. A quick trawl of Instagram or a lightning-fast Google search throws up thousands of images. The days of going to the library or bookshop for a guide book are increasingly too slow for an impatient audience who…

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Granada, Spain: city, beach, and ski—three destinations in one!

Granada, Spain: city, beach, and ski—three destinations in one!

Granada is one of those places in southern Spain where you really can have it all. You can eat free tapas in one of the many bars around the city, walk through the Sierra Nevada mountains before the first snowfall, or relax on a beach along the Costa Tropical. You’ll never be short of things to see and do in this authentic area of Spain. Granada CityGranada may not be one of the more obvious cities to visit in Spain,…

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Tips for making the most of your travel money

Tips for making the most of your travel money

With the pound not buying quite as many euros or dollars as it used to, here are some tips to get the best value for your holiday money. 1. Understanding the basics of travel money The Bank of England exchange rates website gives you the latest interbank exchange rates. These are the rates at which the big banks exchange money among themselves. As a traveller, you’re not going to get a rate as good as this, but it gives you an idea…

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Off the beaten track in New York: gangsters and a speakeasy!

Off the beaten track in New York: gangsters and a speakeasy!

Travel writer Julia Hammond takes us to some of the more unusual sites in New York City. With gangsters, a prohibition-era liquor den, and hidden museums and parks, New York is a city worth hanging around in after you’ve ticked off the major sights. Since moving to the countryside a few years ago, crowded cities hold far less appeal for me than they once did. I find myself irritated by the hum of the traffic, the jostling of commuter shoulders,…

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Corfu: beaches, sun, and beautiful local produce

Corfu: beaches, sun, and beautiful local produce

Continuing our series of first-hand travel experiences, eager traveller Victoria Norris tells us about some of her latest adventures in Corfu. If you’re wondering where to go for a late summer holiday in Europe, the Greek islands are always worth considering. With so many islands to choose from, all benefitting from beautiful weather, there is an island to suit every taste. You’ll also often find some great last-minute deals! Corfu is one of the most popular islands, and for good…

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Fifteen tips to make your long-haul flight more enjoyable

Fifteen tips to make your long-haul flight more enjoyable

Now that our Go2 Travel Insurance covers you for many countries worldwide, why not try a long-haul holiday? Here’s how to have a great flight! 1. Dress in layersOne of the things that can make a flight uncomfortable is temperature fluctuations. Planes are typically quite cold due to the air conditioning, but you might start to feel overheated after being in close proximity to so many other people. Some people also tend to feel hot or cold as they get tired.  The…

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