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Read our first ever Cruise Brochure

06 January 2018

Cruise the world with Travel Counsellors and experience destinations far and wide from the comfort of your cosy cabin or airy suite, available when you book a bespoke cruise itinerary on-board a luxury cruise liner or elegant river sailing boat.

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5 South-east Asian alternatives to Thailand

09 July 2018

With Thailand imposing limits on the number of tourists in certain areas in recent times, we’ve rounded up our favourite destinations for those looking for a Southeast Asian adventure. Whether you seek a beach holiday or cultural enlightenment, a once-in-a-lifetime family trip or a couple’s break, there’s something here for all ages and tastes.

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What's new in Orlando in 2018?

09 July 2018

If the world’s theme-park capital has been on your family bucket list for some time, make 2018 the year you treat the family to the family holiday of a lifetime in the heart of the Sunshine State. A whole host of new attractions means even more fun and adventure for the year ahead.

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Explore the coastline of California from San Francisco to San Diego

09 July 2018

The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most scenic roads in the world, tracing more than 900km of California’s ruggedly beautiful coast. Embark on the road trip of a lifetime to experience all that this incredible route has to offer, from surfing villages to Hollywood glitz, enjoying farm-fresh food and local wine along the way.

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Five alternative Christmas destinations for 2018

09 July 2018

Christmas time has a distinctly European feel to it. From the myriad of German markets to Father Christmas’ Lapland home in Finland, the annual celebration is very much rooted in the continent. However, there are places all over the world which get in the festive spirit at the end of December and do so in style. Here are five of the best.

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5 fantastic European beaches to visit this summer

05 June 2018

If you’re yet to discover some of the continent’s coastal gems, check out this list to find inspiration for your next summer beach break.

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A trip to Japan for each season

05 June 2018

Millions of Japanese citizens and tourists celebrate Japan’s cherry blossom season each spring, but there is so much more to enjoy in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Each season has its own attractions, here are the highlights of each Japanese season.

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Discover the most stunning parks in the USA on an epic road trip

05 June 2018

There’s nothing quite like a road trip across the states – the freedom of the open road, the extraordinary cities and charming towns, and the truly impressive national parks. Embark on an adventure that will lead you from the lights of Sin City to the dramatic desert landscapes of Utah.

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Embark on a romantic adventure on your honeymoon

05 June 2018

Exploring off the beaten track destinations doesn't mean skimping on romance. Embark on a safari adventure in the wilds of Africa or discover the incredible natural phenomena of Iceland.

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Family Fun in South Africa

16 May 2018

South Africa is an incredible destination with plenty to occupy both little ones and big kids (read: mums and dads!). Spot animals race across the savannah or watch penguins waddle across the beach. Pop on your explorer hats and discover breathtaking scenery, sky-high cable cars and giant caves.

There's a huge amount to see and do in South Africa but here's a taster of fun activities to delight everyone in your family...

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Take the family to Dubai for superb theme parks and resorts

24 May 2018

Dubai has more than just the world’s biggest shopping mall, incredible beaches and impressive skyscrapers, it’s also home to an ever-growing number of world-class theme parks and resorts.

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10 reasons why the Algarve is Europe’s best family destination

16 May 2018

It’s not difficult to see why the Algarve is one of Europe’s most popular destinations. As the southernmost region of continental Portugal, it is famed for its quaint, whitewashed fishing villages, rugged coastline with dramatic red-and-pink-hued cliffs, long stretches of golden, sandy beaches cast against the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean and a culinary scene headlined by six superb Michelin-starred restaurants. There’s so much to explore in this incredible destination – keep reading for our top 10 reasons why the Algarve is perfect for a family holiday.

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What’s hot for summer 2018

16 May 2018

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to decide where your next adventure will take you. Although it’s a popular time of year to go away, there are plenty of destinations to go around and we have selected seven of the best.

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Five beautiful canal cities to visit for a long weekend holiday

21 June 2018

If a canal break is something that you desire and you’re looking for something different to Venice, why not try one of these five alternatives for a bank holiday getaway with a twist?

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Get Out And Explore Barbados With Your Family

30 April 2018

Barbados must be seen and experienced to be believed. In this sun-dappled destination set aside time in your itinerary to get out and explore the island from your hotel, opening up everything from prized beaches to adrenaline-inducing adventures for your family holiday!

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Discover Paradise In Sri Lanka

30 April 2018

If you’re looking for a tropical climate and an unrivalled landscape, look no further than stunning Sri Lanka. A cultural melting pot which has been shaped by its colourful past, Sri Lanka is a sun-soaked destination with spectacular beaches and some of the most delectable cuisine the world has to offer. Here are our favourite places to visit for a unique Sri Lankan experience…

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Three alternative Florida destinations

30 April 2018

Everyone knows Orlando, with its tourist bustle, theme parks and adventure-fuelled attractions. But the state of Florida has much more to offer beyond rollercoasters and Disney castles. Here are three alternative Florida destinations you should try.

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Choose The Perfect Destination For Your 2018 Honeymoon

27 March 2018

Your honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, so understandably you want to find the ideal location. We’re all so different, so obviously we each have different criteria for what we want from this treasured getaways. Here are our perfect destinations for your honeymoon in 2018...

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Snapshot of Singapore as a Holiday Destination

27 March 2018

Singapore is a dream long haul destination. It boasts an intriguing blend of modern marvels, lush natural spaces and cultural attractions, making it like nowhere else on earth for intrepid travellers who want something different. Here’s our snapshot of Singapore as a holiday destination.

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The five best destinations for a Southeast Asian adventure

27 March 2018

Southeast Asia is the perfect destination for those looking to immerse themselves in culture, enjoy unique cuisine, indulge in an idyllic beachfront retreat or just to have some fun in the sun. Here are five of the region’s best destinations that offer lots to see and do and embody what Southeast Asia is all about.

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Things to do in New York City for a magical Christmas

27 March 2018

The Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Central Park - with so many incredible landmarks to visit, New York City should be on everyone's travel wish list, and with so much to do and so many sights to see, it’s a destination that everyone should visit at least once. A trip during the festive season means everything feels just that little bit more magical, so take a look at just some of our favourite things to do in NYC at Christmas time. 

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Uncover the natural beauty of Cyprus

14 March 2018

An island blessed with rolling mountains, glittering seas, rugged headlands and lush forests, Cyprus is the perfect getaway for nature lovers. Visit the unspoilt Troodos mountains and discover wildlife and fauna amidst the waterfalls and the woodlands, or explore the warm shores that stretch on for miles with their hidden coves and secluded dunes. Cyprus is situated on the migration path between Europe, Asia and Africa, making it a birdwatcher’s dream, with flocks of flamingos visiting the salt lakes, and many other significant species passing through.

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Five amazing experiences you can have in Africa

14 March 2018

Africa is a continent with an enormous amount of diversity. From the vastness of the Sahara Desert to the tropical treasure trove that is the Congo Basin rainforest, it has no shortage of amazing wildlife and beautiful scenery.

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Alternative Europe: 5 eastern city breaks you should try

14 March 2018

Europe is home to some of the world’s best and most popular tourist destinations includingLondon, Paris and Rome, but there is so much more to the continent than these established cities. Eastern Europe is a hotbed of safe, lively and fascinating city break destinations which are, largely, unspoilt by tourists. Here are five of the best.

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Escape the winter in Abu Dhabi

14 March 2018

Abu Dhabi is a year-round destination with plenty of sunshine, little rainfall and near-perfect winter temperatures. The capital of the United Arab Emirates also boasts a wealth of activities and a coastline that visitors can enjoy on their Abu Dhabi adventure.

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Head west and explore these fantastic North American cities

27 February 2018

Spectacular cities filled with sky-high buildings, glorious national parks, stunning ocean views and world-class attractions –  there are so many places in the USA and Canada to explore that it can be hard to choose where to start first!

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Explore the wonders of incredible Iceland

27 February 2018

The beauty Iceland’s tourism is that it is accessible and enjoyable all year round. Despite the lack of opportunity to get a sun tan, with temperatures hovering around freezing point in the winter and 12°C in summer, the land of fire and ice is more an attraction for the eyes, not the skin.

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Celebrate Cherry Blossom season in Vancouver

27 February 2018

Vancouver is a vibrant and bustling metropolis in western Canada, known for its cultural diversity, incredible scenery and idyllic pace. One of the most beautiful times of year in Vancouver is in April when they host the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. It is the month where over 40,000 cherry trees, which line the city’s streets, spring into bloom, with visitors flocking to celebrate the clouds of light pink and white blossoms that dominate Vancouver’s neighbourhoods. The yearly renewal offers up a cultural calendar full of opportunities to capture their beauty, from inspiring events to incredible vantage points.

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Enjoy a family adventure to the Caribbean island of Cuba

27 February 2018

Cuba is a land of intrigue and one that provides a fantastic opportunity to whisk your family off to the Caribbean for a spot of exploration and relaxation. Ongoing economic issues mean that some material goods and Florida-style theme parks and waterparks are few and far between, but the island’s close-knit traditions, beautiful beaches, and blast-from-the-past feel make this an intriguing and exciting destination that all the family can enjoy.

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4 fascinating long haul destinations for adventurers

13 February 2018

Travel long haul in 2018 and you’ll be rewarded with some incredible adventures, with sights that you often can’t see closer to home. Delicate cherry blossom trees in Japan, the rolling hills of New Zealand’s Fiordland, ancient temples and historic masterpieces in India await you on your long-haul travels!

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5 long haul experiences for animal lovers

13 February 2018

One of the best things about travelling long haul is the chance to discover a whole new world of wonderful wildlife and natural beauty! The sheer variety of animals, experiences and habitats across the globe is truly stunning, and your Travel Counsellor is on hand to tailor a unique trip to suit you!

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Relax on the world's most stunning beaches

13 February 2018

If you want nothing more from your holiday than to relax and soak up the sun on a beautiful beach, travel long-haul to discover these idyllic destinations, which look like they’ve been plucked straight from a picture-postcard.

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Southern European Destinations To Visit In 2018

13 February 2018

Sun-kissed southern Europe is home to some of the world’s most fascinating destinations, where long golden beaches sit alongside ancient ruins and fascinating cultural attractions. Create the holiday of your dreams with our top three southern European destinations to visit in 2018…

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Top 8 Winter Destinations in the World

18 August 2017

Winter is traditionally the time of year where we pine for a getaway to escape the uncompromising weather and dreary winter evenings. Whether you are looking to follow the sunshine to a winter sun location, or you want to embrace the winter wonderlands of Europe, why wait until summer to get your holiday fix?

Read our list of favourite winter destination here at Travel Counsellors, guaranteed to help you make the most of the winter season.

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City-Break Destinations For New Year 2018

26 September 2017

If you’re looking to celebrate New Year in style, join us as we tour the top seven city-break destinations for New Year 2018.

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Seven Spooky Spots To Visit For An Awesome Family Halloween

27 October 2017

Get your kids’ pulses racing by planning a scary Halloween trip. Here are seven of the spookiest spots to visit for an awesome family Halloween that’s sure to give you the fright of your lives

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Amazing Holiday Experiences in Vancouver

15 January 2018

Vancouver is a must-visit destination for any intrepid traveller. Visually arresting natural attractions, intriguing cultural sites, tantalising cuisine, exciting adventure sports, world class shopping; this seductive cultural melting pot has them all, so you’ll enjoy amazing holidays in Vancouver…

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Unique Sights And Attractions In Australia

15 January 2018

The land down under is a popular tourist spot, with sites like the Sydney Opera House and Ayer’s Rock appearing on many bucket lists. But this fascinating country has many hidden layers and there’s so much more to learn, so here’s our top 11 unique sights and attractions in Australia… 

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Delve Into Intriguing India

15 January 2018

India is one of the world’s oldest civilisations, with a rich cultural legacy for you to explore. Unique experiences await as you take in the sights, sounds and smells of intriguing India…

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Western European Destinations To Visit In 2018

15 January 2018

Western Europe offers an array of cultural delights, culinary experiences, historical landmarks and natural sites for you to explore. Here are our top three Western European destinations to visit in 2018…

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Northern European Destinations To Visit In 2018

06 January 2018

Fly to northern Europe and craft the holiday itinerary of your dreams, with everything from dramatic fjords and imposing glaciers, to charming cities and majestic historical monuments waiting for you to discover. Here are our top three northern European destinations to visit in 2018…

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Our Top Tips for planning your Dream Honeymoon

06 January 2018

Your honeymoon is a chance to enjoy your dream holiday, giving you time to unwind and enjoy each other's company after all the excitement of your wedding day. It marks your first shared experience as a married couple.

And just as your choice of venue for your wedding day reflects your own personalities, you'll want a honeymoon destination that suits you both too. Remember - there is no obligation to lie on a beach for two weeks.

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Discover Fascinating Italy In 2018

06 January 2018

Italy fascinates most intrepid travellers with its grand historical sites, ornate churches, decadent art and culinary delights. Head off the beaten track as we take you under the skin of Italy, showing you the unique experiences you can find in this intriguing peninsula-nation.

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Have An Amazing All-American Adventure

06 January 2018

The United States of America is a nation built on discovery –  a tradition which continues to the present day. Millions of travellers visit places all over the USA for fun, thrills and adventure each year, taking advantage of world class destinations and activities. America is a land of opportunity with millions of unique experiences for you to enjoy…

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7 Top Holiday Destinations For Early 2018

03 January 2018

The start of a new year brings fresh opportunities for you to get out and see the world, creating amazing holiday memories with your loved ones. Get a jump start on planning your next whirlwind holiday as we unveil our seven top picks of the best destinations to visit in early 2018.

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5 Top Bucket List Destinations To Visit In 2018

08 January 2018

If you are planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip in 2018 to celebrate something special, we have put together the ultimate travel bucket list for the year ahead. Here are our 5 top destinations to visit in 2018!

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Six Continents, Six Water Sports Destinations To Visit In 2018

02 January 2018

Shoot, glide or float across the waves; there’s nothing like a water sports holiday that everyone will enjoy!  Here are six destinations, one for each continent, that you might want to think about visiting as a water sports enthusiast in 2018…

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12 Months, 12 Off-Season Destinations To Visit In 2018

02 January 2018

If you travel to your destination of choice during its off-season, you can explore it at your leisure and create your ideal holiday. Here are 12 top off-season destinations – one for each month in 2018!

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7 of the world's best infinity pools

01 November 2017

Infinity pools give off the illusion of no boundary, with water flowing over one or more of its edges. We've compiled the very best infinity pools from around the world, so you can take your swimming experience to the next level.

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Gastronomic Revelations Await in Malta – A Foodie’s Paradise

01 November 2017

Any foodie worth their salt should include Malta on their bucket list. Prepare yourself for divine gastronomic revelations when visiting this scenic island-nation, which is renowned for its elegant waterfront dining, delicious Mediterranean-style dishes, flavoursome wine and more…

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Seven Things To Do When Holidaying In Jamaica

01 November 2017

For a standout Caribbean holiday look no further than Jamaica, where everything from reef-lined beaches and rugged mountain ranges to colonial architecture and vibrant cultural experiences await. To help you plan your perfect itinerary, here are seven things to do when holidaying in Jamaica.

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Chasing The Northern Lights – Three Locations To Try

01 November 2017

A trip to see the iconic Northern Lights – which illuminate select skies across the world – is something which features on the bucket list of most intrepid travellers. Tick this item off with our help, as we unveil three places to go if you’re looking to spot this elusive phenomenon.

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5 river cruises to see cities in style

02 October 2017

Seeking culture? Architecture? The hidden gems of the city? Experience the delights of the city from the meandering waterways that weave their way through the very hearts of these bustling destinations.

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Some places are best experienced by boat

03 October 2017

Whether it’s relaxing on a paradise island or an expedition to some of the most inhospitable places on earth, by sea is by far the best way to uncover much of what the world holds secret.

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Setting Sail into the World of Cruise

04 October 2017

If you’ve never cruised before, you might not be wanting risk your entire 2-week summer holiday (and your hard-earned money) on something you’re not sure of. But with many cruise lines offering itineraries from just one night, you can hit the high seas without too much commitment.

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Thinking of cruising? You won’t get bored on board!

02 October 2017

You wouldn’t book a holiday without checking out what there is to do where you’re staying: you’d want to know what’s going on in your hotel or resort, and it’s exactly the same for cruising. And with so many cruise lines out there competing to have the biggest and best at sea, the list of things to do, see, eat and enjoy on board is endless.

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Top 6 Autumn Destinations to Visit in the World

30 August 2017

The transition of summer to winter sees autumn as a favoured time of year for many travellers, where the weather is cooler and the deciduous trees shed their leaves to form forest and mountainside landscapes emblazoned with blended hues of red, yellow, orange and brown shrubbery, turning many travel destinations into dramatic autumnal scenes.

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Travelling to South Africa with the kids

07 March 2018

Venture to South Africa for an incredible family adventure. Introduce the kids to the African continent and its inviting cities for a holiday rich in majestic landscapes and activities for all the family.

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European Late Summer Festivals

30 August 2017

As summer ends and the nights become ever shorter, you may be forgiven for thinking that the best of this year’s music, food and wine events had been and gone, although there are still plenty of late summer festivals making for perfect weekend or week-long stays as you take in some of Europe’s finest festivities helping close summer season in sizzling style.

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Discover the Best Food Regions in Italy

30 August 2017

Despite the well-worn stereotype of Italy as a land consisting mostly of pizza and red-sauce based specials such as lasagne and spaghetti bolognaise dishes, it is often claimed that there is no such thing as definitive Italian cuisine, such is the culinary diversity spanning its twenty regions.

Harbouring distinct characteristics and terrain, from the alpine enthused north to the sun-drenched southern reaches of Sicily, visiting each town and village in the country will see signature dishes and popular national staples cooked in vastly different ways, ensuring a visit to Italy is as much a culinary journey through the ages as it is to observe its iconic architecture and historical treasures.

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First-timer’s guide to New Zealand: 5 things to see and do

01 February 2018

First-time visitor to this jaw-droppingly beautiful country? Here, we’ve chosen five things we think you should see and do on your first trip to New Zealand. They’re perfect as a starting point for your journey to this spectacular spot on earth…

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Top Six City Walking Tours in the World

31 January 2018

Spend only a few hours on any of our favourite walking tours listed below, and you will likely learn more about the cultural and historical tapestry of your chosen city than many days of exploration could uncover, with all the tours mentioned offering much more than simply a well-worn list of facts, moreover, they are an immersion into the hidden treasures each city occupies.

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10 incredible sights you’ll see if you travel long haul

01 February 2018

Travel long-haul and you’ll be rewarded with some incredible sights. Sights that you often just can’t glimpse closer to home. Towering Mayan ruins. The sweeping emerald green of a tea plantation. Breathtaking temples, masterpieces of architecture...

Read on to discover 10 incredible sights to inspire your next long-haul trip...

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Nine Things To Do In Marvellous Miami

01 February 2018

A kaleidoscope of diversity, culture and fun, sun-kissed Miami is a top year-round holiday destination. Here are our top nine things to do in the Magic City for all the family…

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10 Family-friendly Beaches in Europe

30 May 2017

With so many amazing locations within easy reach, we really are spoilt for choice when it comes to European beach holidays. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to relax while the kids play safely alongside you in the sand, or action-filled aquatic adventures are what you desire, we’ve put together a list of our 10 favourite beach holiday destinations for families with children of all ages.

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Helpful tips for a stress-free flight with children

03 July 2017

Read our list of helpful tips to ensure your family holiday is stress free from the departure lounge to the arrivals hall.

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The Best Destinations for Fly and Flop Holidays with Kids

03 July 2017

When you’re deciding on a destination for your next family holiday, short-haul European stops are likely to be high on the agenda, particularly if your last getaway was a little more far flung.

There are numerous benefits to fly and flop destinations when you’re travelling with kids, namely that the flights are short and the fun is endless once your kids reach their destination, which will be full of dedicated facilities to keep them both safe and entertained.

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The Best Destinations to Take Pre-school Kids in September

25 July 2017

Short flights and plenty of interesting sights to explore yet stay safe are at the top of the list when it comes to child-friendly getaways, so take a look at our favourite fly-and-flop destinations your babies and tots will adore.

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7 Quirky places to eat around the globe

25 July 2017

Travelling across the world presents an opportunity to explore differing cuisines and exotic dishes within unique dining settings which set about to visually enthral us as well as tantalising our taste buds. At Travel Counsellors, we have put together a list of some of the quirkiest and striking culinary locations from which to divulge the senses and create memories lasting a lifetime.

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Top 10 Waterparks Across the Globe

25 July 2017

There are fewer more carefree summer holiday pastimes than careering down a multi-story slide at a water park and waiting in fevered anticipation for the exuberant splash in the pool.

With so many destinations and waterparks to choose from when booking modern day travel, we have narrowed down the list to the creme de la creme of aquatic based adventure across the globe.

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The best places to visit in October

25 July 2017

There are many reasons why October is regarded as one of the better months for travel in many corners of the globe. Gone are the summer months and its associated peak season price tags and larger crowds, while the plummeting temperatures and attraction closures in the winter months are still at arm’s length.

The all too fleeting transition from summer to autumn is captured across destinations still retaining pleasant climates, evolving foliage colours, and festivals celebrating harvest season amid the final swansong of summer before the dark winter night’s firmly set in.

We’ve picked out some of our favourite October getaways where you can be sure to get the best out of your travel plans.      

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Insider Guide to Tenerife: Our five favourite experiences

29 August 2017

With some of the best natural beaches to be found in the Mediterranean, the island is widely regarded as the pinnacle of family-friendly short-haul getaways, seeing attractive coastal space aligned with world class water parts, luscious garden and park areas, historic sights, and an unending list of outdoor excursions and attractions for an action-packed holiday to remember.

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Dubai Delights for all the Family

25 July 2017

A shimmering beacon of modern day wealth and unending ambition, Dubai also represents an all-encompassing holiday adventure for families seeking a destination that quite literally has it all. Kids and teens of all ages and interests can enjoy a host of activities, ranging from such contrasting experiences as a once in a lifetime opportunity to sleep under The Arabian Desert's stars, to getting your skates on and gliding along the frozen expanse of Dubai's Ice Rink.

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Dubai: More than a city in the sun

25 July 2017

With year-round sunshine, Dubai is the perfect place to escape to if the Irish summertime is falling short and you’re in need of some vitamin D. And, with family-friendly thrills, hotels welcoming guests of all ages and international foods to suit every palate, the city is ideal for families.

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Top 5 Must Visit Locations in Northern France

25 July 2017

We have picked out our favourite spots to visit along the northern coastline that will ensure any holiday to northern France comprises the north are filled with cultural enrichment and intriguing discovery.

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The Best Greek Islands for Families

25 July 2017

When looking for the perfect family getaway in the sun with suitable activities for all involved, then travelling to one of Greece’s spectacular islands is often a good start. Short flight times and turquoise hued waters backed by some of the world’s finest beaches are the primed ingredients for a memorable family getaway within a nation that prides itself on looking after its visitors both young and old.     

We’ve selected some of the best Greek island destinations to book for an unforgettable family Greek getaway.

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Discover UNESCO destinations around the world

25 July 2017

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a site which has been nominated as an educational, scientific or culturally inspired area deemed so outstanding that it is deemed worthy enough to preserve for the future heritage of humankind.

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Top 7 Museums and Art Galleries in the World

25 July 2017

Visiting some of the world's most iconic cities on holiday naturally leads to deciding what to do once you get there.

City tours and notable landmarks will always be high on the bucket list, although taking a few hours downtime to explore some of the finest museums and art galleries in the world can provide an enthralling insight into the history and cultural tapestry of your chosen destination.

Listed below are our choices for discerning museum and art gallery visits allowing you to gaze upon some of the most renowned ancient sculptures and artistic visions the world has ever seen.

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A Long Weekend in Lisbon with Children

25 July 2017

Family life is woven into the fabric of Portuguese life, with the capital of Lisbon making for a welcoming and well facilitated destination for families looking for a short break in Europe. Offering a viable alternative to the beaches of the Algarve, laid-back Lisbon is a great way for children to discover a European city which is less frantic and stressful than many of its contemporaries, with its manageable size ensuring you will feel like a local after only a couple of days.

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A long weekend in Barcelona with children

25 July 2017

Have you always wanted to visit Barcelona but have held off because you are worried about your children not being entertained? In fact, children are very much a part of this fantastic city’s way of life, which seamlessly combines traditional and modern Spanish culture.

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Top 8 Winter Destinations in the World

18 August 2017

Winter is traditionally the time of year where we pine for a getaway to escape the uncompromising weather and dreary winter evenings. Whether you are looking to follow the sunshine to a winter sun location, or you want to embrace the winter wonderlands of Europe, why wait until summer to get your holiday fix?

Read our list of favourite winter destination here at Travel Counsellors, guaranteed to help you make the most of the winter season.

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Last Minute Summer Stays for Families

18 August 2017

Escape the crowds and jet off towards some of the best short-haul European destinations for families, where discounted end of season rates and October mid-term deals allow you to enjoy sun-kissed beaches and entertainment-filled resorts at a fraction of the usual cost.

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Insider Guide to Madeira: 7 things to see and do

03 May 2017

Madeira is a beautiful island with nature and culture, and warm year-round temperatures. There are deep green mountains to explore, hikes to discover waterfalls and woodland, and charming cobbled streets made for wandering - and a tipple of Madeiran wine!

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Trusted Travel

16 May 2017

When it comes to travel it’s so important to know you are booking with someone you can trust, someone you can always rely on and someone who knows exactly what you need each and every time. We provide a simple solution to eradicate all the potential stresses and dangers of booking a holiday, providing you with your perfect getaway.

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7 reasons why children will love Thailand

24 May 2017

Although maybe not an obvious place to take children, you will be surprised at just how easy a family holiday to Thailand can be. With a tropical climate and fantastic landscapes and scenery, Thailand’s rich diversity of beaches, mountains, jungles provides opportunities for everything from action-packed adventures to rest and relaxation.

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7 Greek Islands for Family Holidays

30 May 2017

The Greek islands are the perfect place for all-round family fun in the sun, and with a wide variety of sightseeing opportunities, activities and attractions there really is something for everyone.

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3 hidden gems to explore in Jamaica

25 April 2017

Wondering what to do while you’re in Jamaica? Read on to discover three unforgettable experiences our Travel Counsellors recommend!

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11 things to see, do and eat in the Bahamas

25 April 2017

Wondering what there is to see and do in The Bahamas and Nassau Paradise Island? With an interesting colonial history, beautiful beaches and stunning areas of natural beauty, there’s something for everyone.

Read on to discover 11 things we think you should add to your travel wish list!

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Next generation cruises: New ships on the horizon

25 April 2017

What can you expect from the next generation of cruise ships? From stunning new vessels to incredible on-board activities, read on to find out some of the exciting new sailings and ships we’re looking forward to!

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7 holiday destinations to make the most of your holiday budget!

03 May 2017

Hoping to make your money stretch a little further this year? Whether you’re dreaming of sunshine and white sands or an adventure, we’ve chosen a few places you might not have thought of travelling to.

Read on to discover 7 holiday destinations to help make the most of your holiday budget this year…

 

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31 things to do in California

25 April 2017

Wondering what there is to do in California? If there’s enough to keep you occupied whilst you’re there? We’ve collated a month’s worth of ideas to help you plan where to go and what to see!

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Discovering places on your cruise: Far East, Caribbean, Mediterranean

25 April 2017

Our bespoke cruise holidays are tailored to your travel wish list, helping you to make the most of your travels around the world. They’re more than a cruise, they’re a way to explore cities, mountains or beaches as well as those twinkling seas.

Read on to discover a few fascinating places you could experience pre- or post-cruise…

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8 European cities with beaches

25 April 2017

City break or beach break? With these European cities you can have both! See a museum in the morning and then head to the beach in the afternoon...

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First-timer’s guide to New Zealand: 5 things to see and do

25 April 2017

First-time visitor to this jaw-droppingly beautiful country? Here, we’ve chosen five things we think you should see and do on your first trip to New Zealand. They’re perfect as a starting point for your journey to this spectacular spot on earth…

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5 destinations to visit in June

25 April 2017

Hoping to get away before the European summer gets into full swing? The month of June offers sunny weather and spectacular scenery, often without the crowds that appear at the height of the summer season.

From Europe to North America, read on to discover five destinations to escape to this June…

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Multigenerational cruises: Travels with granny, mom, and me…

26 April 2017

Looking for a holiday that will entertain grandparents, parents and little ones? Try a cruise. It offers a fun and hassle-free option for everyone you’re travelling with...

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5 things to see and do in Croatia

25 April 2017

If you’ve yet to visit Croatia, expect exquisite architecture dating back centuries, picture-perfect beaches perched against the twinkling Adriatic, and sprawling forest areas made for hiking and exploring.

Read on to discover five things to start your adventures through Croatia…

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Exploring the great outdoors in Malta

25 April 2017

Malta is a small island with plenty to occupy lovers of the great outdoors! From cycling trails to hikes to climbing, discover a few outdoor activities to add to your Malta travel list...

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7 places to see stunning sunrises and sunsets

24 March 2017

Are you looking to experience a breath-taking and unforgettable sunrise or sunset? There's nothing quite like watching the beautiful colours appear or fade away beyond the distant horizon. Grab your camera and capture this incredible moment at one of these seven top places around the world to see a stunning sunrise or sunset. 

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5 beautiful hideaways to escape to

04 April 2017

In need of a little peace and quiet? Here, we've chosen 5 hideaways to escape to. Perfect for recharging your batteries!

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5 adventures for explorers seeking the finer things in life!

04 April 2017

Intrepid adventures and the finer things in life might not go hand in hand but you don’t have to forego sumptuous sheets and gourmet cuisine to be an explorer these days! 

Read on to discover far-flung destinations where you’ll find more than a little luxury…

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Vancouver: Spectacular by nature!

25 April 2017

It's a buzzing city with museums, shops, and parks galore, and Vancouver has plenty to delight families looking for fun.

From adventures in the heart of the city to exploring wild nature on the edge of town, read on to find out some of the amazing activities this beautiful Canadian city has to offer!

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6 breathtaking presidential villas, suites and penthouses

21 March 2017

From palatial suites to incredible villas with everything you could dream of, there’s nothing quite like staying in luxury.

Read on to indulge in 6 breathtaking presidential villas, suites and penthouses around the world…

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Top 5 Destinations to stay in South East Asia

21 March 2017

South East Asia is the perfect destination for those looking for to immerse themselves in culture, enjoy unique cuisine or even just indulge at an idyllic beachfront retreat. Discover five destinations that offer some of the best that South East Asia has to offer.

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5 luxury destinations that make the most of your holiday fund

21 March 2017

This year, if you’re dreaming of a luxury paradise but aren’t sure if your holiday budget will stretch that far, read on to discover five destinations we think you might enjoy...

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Insider Guide to Italy: 5 must-try dishes!

21 March 2017

There’s no end to the wonderful stories about the delights of Italian food - but when you’re visiting Italy for the first time, where do you start?

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6 things to do with the family in Madeira

21 March 2017

With mild, sunny weather, exciting black sand beaches, festivals and wildlife, Madeira is a great destination to visit with your family. There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied and enjoying their holiday, and here are 5 of our favourite things to do with the kids in Madeira!

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7 luxury escapes in the great outdoors

21 March 2017

Wondering whether you can escape to the wilderness and still enjoy the finer things in life? Well, we think it’s very much possible!

Read on to discover seven incredible destinations that mean you can escape to the great outdoors without leaving luxury behind…

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Spotlight on: The Algarve

21 March 2017

Thinking about heading to The Algarve for your next holiday? Take a look at our Spotlight on guide so you know all you need to before visiting!

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Adventures for wildlife-lovers

21 March 2017

One of the very best things about travelling with your family is discovering a whole new world for each of you. And, what better type of holiday than one full of new wildlife and natural beauty? You can explore both fascinating destinations and the incredible animals who live there!

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10 incredible sights you’ll see if you travel long haul

01 February 2018

Travel long-haul and you’ll be rewarded with some incredible sights. Sights that you often just can’t glimpse closer to home. Towering Mayan ruins. The sweeping emerald green of a tea plantation. Breathtaking temples, masterpieces of architecture...

Read on to discover 10 incredible sights to inspire your next long-haul trip...

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Last-minute Easter breaks for families

27 February 2017

Hoping to escape and make the most of the Easter break? Whether you’d like a week or two in the sun or are hoping to indulge in a city break, read on for last-minute destinations for a family holiday...

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Put down the sugar and lemon juice! 7 incredible pancakes from around the world

28 February 2017

To celebrate Shrove Tuesday and our love of pancakes, we thought we’d inspire you with a few of our Travel Counsellors’ favourite pancake fillings. (And, doughnuts!)

After all, there’s always room for just one more scrumptious pancake, isn’t there?

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7 luxury resorts you can’t reach by road (cue seaplanes and private yachts!)

06 March 2017

Sometimes, the most luxurious spots can’t simply be reached by travelling across land alone. You may have boarded a plane to get to those far-flung shores but a car transfer won’t get you to these places…

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5 trips to delight chocoholics

01 February 2017

Surprise and delight your chocolate-lover with an adventure to sample their favourite sweet treat!

From cocoa plantations on Caribbean islands to a chocolate cafe in Tokyo, here are five adventures for sweet tooths. After all, what could be better than chocolate and seeing the world? 

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Spotlight on Italy

01 February 2017

Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites than any other country – 50 of them, in fact. When you add to this Italy’s astounding regional diversity, beautiful countryside, sunny beaches, fabulous shopping and fashion, and its incredible food and drink, we can’t understand why we aren’t there already!

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Spotlight on Mexico

01 February 2017

You’ll find plenty of beautiful beaches in Mexico but this huge country offers so much more than twinkling, warm waters and white, sandy shores. It's a vibrant blend of fascinating ancient cultures, 34 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, incredible cuisine, and dazzling, cosmopolitan cities. 

If you've yet to visit Mexico, discover a few favourite things to see, do, and eat on your next trip with our spotlight guide to this beautiful country.

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7 incredible places to visit in South Africa

13 February 2017

South Africa is an incredibly diverse country, with a huge variety of landscapes, from nature reserves to unspoilt beaches. 

If you've already visited Cape Town and Jo'burg or are looking for some of South Africa's hidden gems, read on to discover seven breathtaking spots for your next adventure

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5 of the most luxurious hotels in the world

05 February 2018

Whether ‘luxury hotels’ conjures up a dazzling tropical paradise or an opulent penthouse suite with incredible city views, here’s our pick of five incredible hotels that offer an unforgettable slice of luxury.

Perfect spots to celebrate a special birthday, mark an anniversary or, simply, because you’re ready to indulge in a little extravagance…

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Spotlight on Greece

20 January 2017

There are so many different parts of Greece to explore and its charm will delight everyone from sunseekers to history buffs. Discover the breathtaking Ionian islands, nestled in their sheltered position on the western side of Greece. Explore ancient history in Athens. Experience the dazzling white buildings and postcard-perfect beaches of Santorini…

Read on to find out what to see, do, and eat on your next trip to Greece.

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An Insider Guide to Italy: Things to see, do and eat while you’re in Italy!

26 September 2016

In our guide, we’ve chosen a few of the things we think you should see, do and eat while you’re in Italy. We hope it inspires you to journey to Italy time and time again and taste a little of la dolce vita.

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Spotlight on Portugal

01 February 2017

Portugal’s coastline stretches for 1,794 km – far longer even than its land border with Spain, which runs to 1,214 km. Little wonder then, that this European country boasts so many spectacular beaches and such a variety of wonderful resorts!

It also enjoys some of the best sunshine stats in Europe – averaging 2,500 to 3,200 hours of sunshine per year. Add to that its unarguable historical, cultural and gastronomic attractions and you can see why Portugal is such a rewarding destination.

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Spotlight on Thailand

20 January 2017

Thailand is an intoxicating blend of ancient culture, dazzling colours, and bold flavours. Chaotic cities nestle next to emerald green jungles and brilliant white beaches creating a diverse tropical paradise often referred to as Asia in miniature.

Discover a few favourite things to see, do, and eat on your next trip to Thailand with our spotlight guide to this mesmerising country.

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7 spots for a last-minute February holiday!

20 January 2017

With all of the snow, sleet, rain, and gales we’ve had recently, the summer holidays seem a long way away, don’t they? This year, make the most of February (and half term if you have children!) and escape to somewhere exotic!

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Spotlight on USA

23 January 2017

With beaches, bustling cities, and incredible national parks, America is a diverse country with so many things to see and do. This huge country stretches for some 2,680 miles coast to coast, and there's something for everyone, from foodies to outdoor enthusiasts.

If you've yet to discover the USA, we've chosen a few favourite things to see, do and eat on your next trip...

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10 of the world’s most spectacular scenic cruises

20 January 2017

Cruise holidays aren’t all organised fun and non-stop entertainment, sometimes it’s the scenery that makes a cruise so special. The simple pleasure of watching the world go by as you drift along a river with drink in hand. The excitement of spotting an unknown shore come into view for the first time.

Discover 10 of the most spectacular sights you can see from your cruise...

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Spotlight on Spain

10 January 2017

Spain’s warm climate, diverse landscapes, fascinating traditions and wonderful regional variety make it a holiday destination that we just can’t get enough of!

From gourmet dining in San Sebastián to picture-perfect beaches in Ibiza, discover a few favourite things to see, do and eat on your next trip to this captivating country...

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8 of the best beaches in Europe

10 January 2017

With white sands, blue seas and sweeping natural landscapes to rival tropical destinations, Europe's beaches should almost certainly be on everyone's travel wish lists. 

Read on to discover eight spectacular beaches to add to your summer holiday wish list...

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10 destinations to visit in February

12 January 2017

No matter that February is a mere 28 (or 29) days long. In the midst of grey days, summer seems a long way off. Cheer everyone in the family up with a last-minute February getaway!

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Summer city getaways

12 January 2017

Looking to get away in the summer sun to a beautiful city? Read this article for some inspiration and start planning your next getaway!

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Last-minute gift ideas for travellers

21 December 2016

Struggling for gift ideas for travel-lovers? From a weekend in Paris to a helicopter ride around London, here’s our pick of voyages to surprise travel-lovers with…

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55 travel resolutions for 2017

22 December 2016

New Year's resolutions? Fad diets and new regimes begone! This year, kick-start 2017 with one of our 55 travel resolutions…

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Travel Wish List 2017

22 December 2016

The start of the year is a perfect opportunity to create a travel wish list. The destinations you’d like to visit. The things you’d like to see and do during the year. 

To help you make your travel wish list, here are 5 ideas to inspire your adventures in 2017...

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Spotlight on Dubai

10 January 2017

A fascinating city where East meets West, Dubai is a spectacular city - and it's so much more than a stopover destination.

Read on to discover some of the exciting things to see and do in Dubai...

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10 destinations to visit in 2017

04 January 2017

From tropical beaches to brilliant green rainforests to snow-topped mountains, there are so many places to see in the world, aren't there?

If you're pondering where to travel to in 2017, here are 10 destinations to add to your travel wish list...

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Spotlight on Bermuda

21 December 2016

Hosting the America's Cup in June and a short hop from the USA, Bermuda is a spectacular blend of pink sand beaches, culture, and old-world charm.

It's not just a beach destination though - read on to discover some of the highlights of this laid-back tropical paradise...

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Exciting hotels to discover in 2017

21 December 2016

From Costa Rica to Greece, take a look at some of the latest exciting hotels added to the Travel Counsellors' hotel portfolio! 

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7 easy home-made gifts for globetrotters

21 December 2016

Surprise someone who loves to travel with a gift made using their holiday memories. From photos printed onto cotton bags to an album created just for them, these seven easy craft ideas make thoughtful gifts for travel-lovers.

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3 easy Christmas crafts to make with children

10 November 2016

Add an extra special touch to Christmas presents and tabletops with homemade decorations, gift tags and wrapping paper.

These three Christmas crafts are really easy to make and should help to occupy children on a rainy weekend!

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10 destinations to visit in December

10 November 2016

In need of a spot of December sunshine? Prefer to wrap up warm and surround yourself with snow-capped mountains? Wherever you're dreaming of,  there’s still time to squeeze another adventure out of 2016!

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5 of the best Christmas markets

10 November 2016

Piping hot glühwein. The mouthwatering smell of sausages and caramel. Twinkling lights on tiny wooden huts. The Christmas markets are (almost) open and that means the festive season is most definitely upon us! Read on to find out seven of our favourite Christmas markets...

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Travelling solo? Try a cruise!

21 December 2016

Thinking about travelling solo in 2017? Not sure about going on holiday on your own? Try a cruise. Read on to find out why we think cruise holidays are perfect for solo travellers...

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Top 6 things to do in Thailand

07 October 2016

With mouthwatering cuisine, fabulous beaches and beautiful scenery, it’s no wonder that Travel Counsellor Richard Harbourne has visited Thailand 13 times! Keen to discover some of his favourite places, we chatted with Richard and found out his top six experiences for first-time visitors to Thailand…

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Winter sun destinations to visit in November

25 October 2016

The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting worse and it just always feels so dark! Why not take a look at our list of places to visit in November for some much-needed winter sunshine!

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8 of the best places to visit in January

04 January 2017

Still have a few holiday days to use before the end of January? Dreaming of a quick getaway before the new school term starts?

Read on to find out 10 of the best places for a holiday this January…

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Engaging with South Africa’s people and their cultures

10 November 2016

Hear the beat of a Zulu drum and the ululating of dancing Xhosa maidens.

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Top 5 destinations for Foodies

26 September 2016

With so many destinations and a world of exciting flavours to tempt your taste buds, it’s difficult to decide just where to start.

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10 books to inspire your travels

26 September 2016

Our favourite books can often inspire our travels, can't they? We lose ourselves in the pages of our best-loved reads and dream of visiting the exotic and far-off destinations. Take a peek at some of our favourite travel-inspired reads!

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Heading to Mauritius? Leave the beach behind!

11 October 2016

Mauritius isn't just all sandy beaches and beautiful blue seas. Why not take a look at our ideas for making the most of what this beautiful island has to offer.

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5 exciting destinations to visit in October

11 October 2016

As the temperatures start to drop and the autumn weather sets in, October is a great time to jet off to warmer climes. Read on to discover 5 of our favourite places to visit this October...

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Wildlife spotting in Australia

28 November 2016

Australia might be known for koalas, kangaroos and spiders but the wildlife doesn’t stop there. Home to quokkas, penguins and Albert's lyrebirds, the island is a magical destination for wildlife-lovers.

Read on to discover the animals and birds you could meet on your trip down under…

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15 secrets to flying long haul with babies and children

28 November 2016

Flying long haul brings with it a whole set of new questions for parents, doesn’t it? And travelling with babies and toddlers on a long flight can feel really daunting. Read on to find out our travel experts’ top tips for surviving a long haul flight with toddlers and babies.

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Introducing our new app: my TC

26 September 2016

Your Travel Counsellor in app form! We know how important your Travel Counsellor is to you for all of your travel plans.

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What is the 24/7 global Duty Office and how does it help you?

19 July 2016

The Duty Office service utilizes the company’s global presence in seven countries and time zones to ensure that the international community of 1,500 Travel Counsellors are supported around the clock, whenever they need it.

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Palace Resorts Wedding Inspirations

26 September 2016

Palace Resorts is the ideal location for your wedding day, honeymoon or both. With wedding resorts in Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Mexico and Ocho Rios Jamaica, your choices are endless.

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Top Fifteen Wedding Destinations

26 September 2016

Our list of the top fifteen wedding destinations and what they have to offer

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Top Six City Walking Tours in the World

31 January 2018

Spend only a few hours on any of our favourite walking tours listed below, and you will likely learn more about the cultural and historical tapestry of your chosen city than many days of exploration could uncover, with all the tours mentioned offering much more than simply a well-worn list of facts, moreover, they are an immersion into the hidden treasures each city occupies.

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10 incredible sights you’ll see if you travel long haul

01 February 2018

Travel long-haul and you’ll be rewarded with some incredible sights. Sights that you often just can’t glimpse closer to home. Towering Mayan ruins. The sweeping emerald green of a tea plantation. Breathtaking temples, masterpieces of architecture...

Read on to discover 10 incredible sights to inspire your next long-haul trip...

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Nine Things To Do In Marvellous Miami

01 February 2018

A kaleidoscope of diversity, culture and fun, sun-kissed Miami is a top year-round holiday destination. Here are our top nine things to do in the Magic City for all the family…

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First-timer’s guide to New Zealand: 5 things to see and do

01 February 2018

First-time visitor to this jaw-droppingly beautiful country? Here, we’ve chosen five things we think you should see and do on your first trip to New Zealand. They’re perfect as a starting point for your journey to this spectacular spot on earth…

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