The Harry Potter Studio Tour really is magical

I love Harry Potter. There, I said it. So when my sister and nephews were visiting from Canada and asked me to book tickets to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour, I was delighted! I’m not one of those Gryffindor scarf-wearing type of fans but I did blub my eyes out on the train to work when a certain character died (who I shall not name in case you’ve yet to read the books) and was not even slightly embarrassed about it. I’ll admit I’ve only seen the first two films because, quite frankly, they were not as good…

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Where would you travel if money were no object?

When I was a teenager, I used to have a pretty long walk to school. To entertain myself (this was pre iPhone days) I used to imagine winning the lottery and then plan in great detail what I’d do with the money. Fast-forward almost 20 years later and these thoughts still occupy my mind from time to time. Growing up in South Africa, I didn’t have the luxury of taking a gap year after school to go travelling but it didn’t stop me dreaming of far flung and exotic destinations. Now that I live in London, travelling is much easier…

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How to spend a long weekend in Barcelona

I love travelling and I loved Barcelona. Great people, food, architecture, weather…what’s not to love? With around a two hour flight from London and numerous airlines flying direct, there’s no excuse not to go. And if you’re on a budget, here’s some handy travel tips to help your money go further. Here’s what to do in Barcelona Hire a bicycle and go exploring Barcelona is a pretty good city to cycle in as it’s pretty flat and has cycle lanes. Hire a bicycle in the Gothic Quarter (or Barri Gotic) and cycle to Barceloneta (one of the beaches) and along the Passeig Marítim.…

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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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