Best World Travel 2017

Last week we brought you our best picks for Europe in 2017. If you are looking to travel a bit further afield, we’ve gathered our top picks for world travel.

Where to go in 2017

Yosemite National Park, United States

For a taste of untamed rugged America, visit Yosemite National Park with its stunning glaciers, waterfalls mountain peaks and valleys. Famed for its giant sequoia trees, they are undergoing a major renovation project on the Mariposa, the largest sequoia grove, due to launch this summer. You can explore the park on the many boardwalks and hiking trails that meander through the groves. With fishing, biking, golfing, rafting, rock climbing, horse riding as well as bus guided tours, there’s something for everyone. Watch the video.

Chile

British Airways are introducing non-stop flights to Santiago, Chile from Heathrow for 2017 making it easier than ever to reach. You are spoiled for choice in Chile. Santiago itself is up and coming on the food scene with many fine dining restaurants. For wine connoisseurs, you have the famous wine tourist scene south of Napa. Channelling your inner Bear Grylls? Try exploring the Atacama Desert, west of the Andes mountains.

New Zeland

If you are a rugby fan, New Zealand is the place to be this year. They are hosts to the British and Irish Lions tour in June and early July. Ten matches will take place across the country including three test matches against the All Blacks. The tour kicks off at Whangarei, travels through Aukland and Christchurch. Full tour info here. Not interested in rugby? New Zealand is still a stunning country to explore and well worth a place on the list.

China

Infrastructure in China has improved significantly over the past couple of years. Great news for tourists as it cuts down travel time when exploring this massive country. Experience wonders such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City in Bejing or the rippling waters of Tiger Leaping George tracking through south-west China. City fans will love Shanghai with its Art Deco buildings, bustling bars and restaurants.

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Top European Travel Destinations in 2017

There’s nothing like planning a trip to get the year off to a good start. We’ll be bringing you our top picks from around the world every week in January.

Top European Travel Destinations in 2017:

Lisbon, Portugal

The Portuguese capital has the perfect mix of culture and nightlife. It’s an ideal weekend break for lovers of charming historic architecture and museums. As well as the iconic Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, the expansion of Madrid’s Arco arts fair, in early 2017 we can expect a new Jewish Museum in Alfama. There are many late night bars and cafes that you can sit outside and watch the world go by.

Matera, Italy

Soon to be made famous as the home of Wonder Woman and her sister Amazons in the new Wonder Woman film. The city itself is constructed of hundreds of 9,000-year-old cave dwellings carved straight from the limestone rock. The effect is magnificent. Although Matera is a fairly reasonably priced place to holiday now, prices are sure to go up once the city gains popularity. There are many bars, galleries and interesting street art to keep you entertained.

Budapest, Hungary

For the foodies out there, Hungarian food is an experience you won’t want to miss. Rich, hearty and comforting, many go for the culinary delights alone. Goulash is the most famous dish and can be prepared many different ways. Budapest city itself is romantic with fine art nouveau architecture. Try the Turkish baths.

Paphos, Cyprus

If year-round sunshine and relaxation is more your style, Paphos will tick the boxes. Not only will you find beautiful beaches, Paphos has a wealth of historical and archaeological attractions. It’s an ideal family holiday destination. For those seeking a more active holiday, you can take your pick of water sports, hiking, golf, horse riding, cycling and exploring the ancient Tombs of the Kings.

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New Year’s Travel Resolutions!

2016 was certainly a year to remember. Make 2017 a year that you will cherish. Kick off the year with some New Year’s Travel resolutions. We have some ideas…

Check off that Bucket List Trip

Is there a dream holiday that you’ve just never gotten around to planning? This year, make travel and creating memories your priority. If money is an issue, work on a travel fund. Time will always be an issue unless you make time.

Become a Weekend Tourist

Have you lived in a city or town for years and never tried the ‘touristy stuff’? Now is the time to start! Make the most of life by using your weekends to explore the city or beautiful natural phenomena around you. Often we take for granted the things closest to us.

Travel Somewhere You’ve Never Been

Tend to stick with the same favourite destinations year after year? This year think about new places you’d love to explore. Make a list and start planning a realistic travel calendar for 2017.

Set up a Travel Fund

Calculate how much you’ll need for your planned trips and continue to add a little bit extra to the fund each month. If your earnings aren’t enough, think of ways you can scale back and add this to the travel fund each month. The small sacrifices will be worth it. This gives you a buffer for spontaneous trips away. Which brings us to our last travel resolution…

Be Spontaneous

Unplanned trips are so much fun. Make use of airline sales and last minute deals to bag yourself a sneaky getaway. Even if it’s only for a weekend, aim to fit in more unplanned trips this year.

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Great UK Winter Walks

After all that rich food over the holidays, it’s good to get out for some fresh air. Here are our top picks of long and short walks across the UK. Get your walking boots on!

Bath, Somerset

6 miles, National Trust Map

Savour the magnificent views of the whole city. The Bath skyline walk takes you on a journey through history, from iron age forts to 18th-century follies.

White Cliffs of Dover, Kent

4 Miles, National Trust Map

For the first time ever, the famous South Foreland lighthouse will be open on New Year’s Day. There are few places less striking than the magical cliffs of Dover. Wrap up well and take in that bracing sea air.

Wragby, Lincolnshire

3.75 miles, Woodland Trust

Winter is a magical time of year to explore the woods. Rich in wildlife, you’ll find lots to see on your wintry walk in Wragby woods. History lovers can explore the medieval and monastic sites on well-worn footpaths.

Montrose Basin, Angus

10 miles, Scottish Wildlife Trust

If you are planning a weekend Winter break, you’ll find some spectacular wildlife experiences just minutes from Montrose town centre. Every year 60,000 pink-footed geese come home to roost among the reed beds and mudflats of Montrose Basin.

Chester’s Roman Fort, Northumberland

2.5 miles, Hadrian’s Hall Guide

Built in a stunning part of Northumberland, the Roman wall has several attractions for you to stop at along the way including two Roman forts. History buffs will love the Roman Vindolanda and Roman Army Museum.

Bolton-le-Sands to Carnforth, Lancashire

4.5 miles, Visit Lancashire

A beautiful towpath walk along the canal with fantastic views of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District.

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Things to do in the UK this Christmas!

We’re all looking forward to having some time off over the festive season (if we’re lucky), so why not make the most of it with one of these seasonal treats?

It’s Panto Season in Liverpool

Oh yes it is! Choose from one of many childhood favourites such as Aladdin, Cinderella, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast. Take a look at the Liverpool Echo’s panto guide for the full Christmas offering. 

1966 World Cup Exhibition, Manchester

If you are a football fan you won’t want to miss this. Share in England’s famous 1966 win with friends and family with a trip to the exhibition over the holidays. Take a trip down memory lane to England’s glory days and see the iconic Jules Rimet trophy. Click here for directions and dates.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink, London

Placed in front of Henry VIII’s sixteenth-century palace, this is certainly an ice-rink to remember. It is especially beautiful after dark when the palace lights shine magnificently behind the ice-rink. Ice guides are available for those who aren’t too steady on their stakes.

Discover the World of Beatrix Potter, Northumberland Street

Children of Newcastle have been awed by the Fenwick’s window display’s for years. This year Fenwick’s is celebrating 45 years of lighting up Northumberland Street by bringing the tales of Beatrix Potter to life. Children can see the characters literally leaping off the pages in their innovative display.

Winter Wonderland Magical Christmas Experience, Durham

Durham Botanical Gardens are transformed into a magnificent winter wonderland for the festive season. The two-hour experience promises to take you and the family on a magical, enchanted Christmas journey, guided by your very own Elf.

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How to have a very British Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of our customers! If you’d like to turn back the years and immerse yourself in some of the olde English Christmas traditions, we have a few things in mind to get you in the festive spirit.

Our 10 steps to a very British Christmas:

  1. Send off a snail mail letter to Father Christmas in Lapland to request any last minute gifts for the little nippers.
  2. And that’s “Father Christmas” to us not “Santa” which is a modern American name. 
  3. Pen and post real Christmas cards to all your friends and family. Lets keep this beautiful tradition going strong.
  4. Buy or, even better; make Christmas stockings for all the family to hang at the end of each bed for Father Christmas to fill with gifts. Hanging stockings at the end of the bed (rather than the fireplace) is the old tradition from the days of Dickens.
  5. Don’t forget to leave out mince pies and something for the big man to drink to keep him going on his merry way. Brandy was the traditional drink, although you might want him to stay sober so he can drive.
  6. Go along to a good old fashioned panto to get you into the Christmas spirit. If you fancy a day out in the big smoke, here’s the guide to London Christmas Panto’s or visit a local one near you.
  7. Bake a traditional Christmas pudding for lunch. Here’s a great recipe we found that is sure to be a winner.
  8. Watch Love Actually – not exactly a long held tradition, but it’s getting there! It’s now officially the UK’s favourite Christmas film. Check out what’s on over Christmas!
  9. Christmas crackers are a long-time British tradition and mandatory for everyone at the table. Everyone gets to pull a cracker and read the cheesy joke.
  10. Dine on roast turkey with all the trimmings for Christmas lunch followed by rounds of delicious mince pies.

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Best UK towns for a Winter Break

Great Britain is bursting at the seams with small towns full of cosy pubs, historic buildings and restaurants offering the best of British culinary delights. Soak up the Christmas atmosphere by venturing to a small UK town over the season.

Saffron Walden, Essex

In this delightful medieval market town, you’ll find The Eight Bells, a cosy 16th-century pub with real ales on tap, log fires and a beautiful original timber framed barn. The twice weekly market held Tues and Sat started in the 12th century. Food is the market’s greatest strength. Jamie Oliver is a big fan and a local patron.

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Home to more than 650 listed buildings, many of them stunning examples of Tudor or Jacobean architecture, all built in a charming, haphazard fashion. It even boasts a Medieval castle. There’s a vibrant arts and music scene making it an ideal weekend getaway location. You won’t be disappointed with the dining choices on offer, Shrewsbury has a diverse selection of international cuisine.

Melrose, Scottish Borders

If you’d like to plan a hike over the holidays, Melrose is the perfect place for you. The Eildon Hills will be beautiful this time of year, crisp with winter frost. Stroll along the river Tweed and visit the home of Sir Walter Scott. Relax in a cosy pub or browse through the local independent shops. Melrose bistros offer a speciality popular with both visitors and locals, known as Borders lamb. 

Bakewell, Derbyshire

The home of the Bakewell pudding, this town is jam packed full of tea rooms and quaint pubs. Visit the Original Bakewell Pudding Shop which will also gift wrap and post your treats to anywhere in the world. The market square is home to various independent shops and galleries.

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The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

It’s that time of year again! If you are planning a Christmas break, we’ve rounded up four great locations to make it one to remember.

Salzburg Christmas Market, Austria

Set in Salzburg’s traditional Cathedral Square, the market is filled with the stalls of traditional craftsmen and the pleasing aroma of mulled wine. Visitor’s won’t be disappointed, there’s an extensive programme of events, from choral singing to “Turmblasen” (wind instruments) and nativity exhibits in the Resinenz courtyard.

Christmas Market in Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy

One of the biggest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Italy, the Christmas and Epiphany Market is held in Piazza Nova in the Centre of Rome. Stands are situated in the elliptic square, in front of three impressive fountains. Festooned with coloured lights, they sell everything from special gifts, pastries, hot drinks to unique holiday food. There’s a joyful atmosphere, with Christmas songs played throughout the holiday season.

Winter Wonder on Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany

From early November the Potsdamer Platz is transformed into a gigantic winter wonderland. Set in the heart of Berlin, it features an outdoor skating rink and a toboggan run with views of the Brandenburg Gate. Sample the delights of German and Austrian food in the wood huts dotted around the resort. From late November the Christmas Market opens with artisans offering crafts such as leather, pottery and textiles.

I Believe in Christmas – Dublin, Ireland

If you’d rather something closer to home, why not nip over to Dublin? The market is centred on the countries most iconic Christmas tree. Inspired by the world-famous Rockefeller Tree in New York, it stand’s at 50 feet tall. Expect a wide range of artisans, local craftspeople, businesses, food stalls. The Scandinavian themed lodge offer’s a selection of craft beers from local distilleries. Santa is there of course, and jazz musicians keep adults entertained while they enjoy the festivities.

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Cut your post-Brexit holiday costs

Brits have been taking to social media in outrage at the rising costs of their summer holiday. Although travel experts have stated that the costs of holidays have not increased, the fluctuating exchange rate has upped the price of our usual European getaways.

As there’s so much political uncertainty, when the pound, is up, we never quite know how long for. We need to be a little bit smarter about how we book our holidays. Here are our top tips for saving money on your travel post-Brexit:

1.    Book your summer holiday now to beat the rush. Popular destinations will be cheaper this time of year and rise in price as the bookings roll in.

2.   Go for a package holiday. Although they’ve fallen out of favour in recent years, you really can save with package holidays. Major tour operators get more favourable rates and the cost will be lower overall when booked as a package.

3.    Even better, go all inclusive. You won’t be affected by exchange rates if the pound dips further against the euro. When it comes to your daily needs you’ll be sorted!

4.    Choose from one of our 10 cheapest  beach destinations in Europe to get the most from your money while you are away. They are based on 10 popular holiday purchases, like a three-course meal for two, beer and coffee.

5.    Go off-season. Generally May or September will be cheaper and still very warm in popular holiday destinations such as Spain, Portugal and Greece.

6.    Make the most of the Black Friday sales this week November 25th. Most airlines and travel operators have fantastic offers. See our blog for tips on making the most of the Black Friday sales

7.    Never buy your currency at the airport! Some airports were trending on social media recently for offering one pound to the euro. Plan ahead to get the best rates and buy when the pound is high.

8.   Book your airport transfer well in advance with cabmania.com for the lowest price. Our reverse auction system allows cabbies to bid for your fare. They bid, you choose based on user ratings.

9.   Plan ahead and search out where the locals dine out and shop for the best prices. A lesson we learned on a recent trip to Malta when food was multiple times the price beside the hotel.

We hope this helps you save money on your next holiday!

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Top tips for Black Friday bargain hunting

It’s getting close now! The one day blow out sale on the 25th November where it’s possible to get discounts of up to 70%. Some of you might be waiting for Black Friday to do some all important Christmas shopping, or maybe just treat yourself to a new tablet, TV or weekend away. Here are our top 10 tips for successful Black Friday bargain hunting.

1.    Start checking the prices now so you can see just how good the deal actually is. They may change throughout the week.

2.   Search around for leaked ads and decide on what you will by. Check out www.blackfridaydealsonline.co.uk/ or Google leaked ads from top retailers.

3.   Shop around to compare prices. There are price comparison websites such as shopping.com to make life easier.

4.   Sign up to your favourite store’s newsletters to be invited to secret sales. Some stores don’t advertise their Black Friday sales – particularly high-end stores so you’ll have to be on their mailing list to be in the know.

5.   Register with the stores you intend to purchase from before the big event and add the items to your favourites for easy access and quick checkout on the day.

6.   Create a budget and stick to it. Black Friday sales are designed to get consumers to overspend and empty their pockets!

7.   Be wary of accessories. Often a retailer will discount the main product such as a laptop and make their money back by adding on lots of pricey accessories. Shop around as you may get them cheaper somewhere else.

8.   The cheapest is not always the best deal. Sometimes it’s worth paying more for quality, especially for a TV that you will have for many years. Ask yourself if it will still be a good buy in a year or two, or it the technology will be obsolete.

9.   Make sure to check the returns and exchange policies in case anything goes wrong.

10. Start early in the day and be persistent if you are shopping online. Websites will often have a long queue. Check out our previous blog on where to find the best Black Friday bargains

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