Top tips for travelling on a budget

No matter if your budget is £5,000 or £500, here are some top tips to make it stretch further. 1. Get the best travel fare If you need to fly to your holiday destination, use a comparison site such as Skyscanner or Travel Supermarket (which also compares holidays). If you’re flexible, you can set up a fare alert on Tripadvisor to ensure you get the best deal. Sign up to Eurostar’s newsletter so that you never miss their travel deals and they also have a dedicated Offers section on their website. 2. Use your air miles If you haven’t already, sign…

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Relaxation, history, culture and culinary delights in Taormina

We’ve just got back from a fabulous week in Taormina, Sicily. We’ve been before in 2012 and, I don’t know about you, I love going back to a place. I love already having a sense of the restaurants I really liked, which beaches were the best, where the best coffee was served… but also, it’s amazing how much more you see the second time around. So, what’s there to do in Taormina for a week? Eat It’s well known that Italy has some of the best food in the world (my Italian husband argues it IS the best). Try a…

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Where to go in the UK for a weekend break from London

Living in London is exciting but it’s also quite draining. Anyone who’s taken the tube, train or bus during rush hour can attest to this. So it can do wonders for the soul to escape London for the weekend, to take in some fresh country air or to just visit somewhere new. Here are some of the places we like to escape to, all within two hours train commute from London. Canterbury, Kent In just over an hour (or just under if you get a fast train) from London’s St Pancras International you’ll find yourself in the picturesque Cathedral city…

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Six reasons to visit South Africa

With the South African Rand at an all time low, now has never been a better time to visit this majestic country. South Africa is a land rich in natural beauty and diversity and offers something for everyone, no matter which province you visit – from wildlife enthusiasts to sun worshippers to foodies and wine connoisseurs. History and Culture Although a relatively new country, South Africa has much to offer in terms of history and culture. If you’re interested in history, visit the many museums (such as the Bo-Kaap museum in Cape Town), take a trip to Robben Island to see…

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What is life without a challenge

It’s so easy to succumb to routine. To stick to the same old thing – the things we are good at, the things we like and the things that keep us in our comfort zone. In my professional life, I tend to say yes to everything. Particularly the things that scare me because I know I will learn from them, even if I fail. But in my personal life, I don’t challenge myself. To shake my routine up a bit, I’m taking on a pretty big physical challenge. I will be swimming the length of the English Channel (in a…

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