Southwold: a quintessentially English seaside resort


Natasha explores Southwold, an English seaside resort that reminds us of what seaside towns such as this were such a draw for visitors. And still are!

Adventure Island not so adventurous

none of this at Adventure Island

Last Saturday, the Southend Standard reported that one of the town’s big attractions – Adventure island – which is on the West Esplanade had put up signs asking men not to wander about topless. Why and does it matter?

Wind farms and tourism

the wind turbine "Gulliver" in Lowestoft

Does the presence of a wind farm put you off holidaying or taking a day trip to a particular destination? For some time, perceived thinking is that it might.

The major US airline that behaves like a low cost one


It’s easy to bash BA but it’s not necessarily fair or accurate writes Kaye Holland

Hotel reviews and TripAdvisor

© Dan Sperrin

The hotel that Andy Murray bought has bought opened on April Fool’s Day. Before that day TripAdvisor had managed to publish eight reviews that praised it to its rafters giving it five stars. How?

Wrigley turns 100


The Chicago Cubs celebrate 100 years at Wrigley Field

Saturday snippets: 19th of April 2014

the home of sparty's

Just in time for long walks out in the spring Easter sunshine, two stretches of coastline pathways have been opened to the public in the North East and Cumbria. A 34 mile stretch from Hartlepool to Sunderland takes in the rugged beauty of Durham’s east  [...]

Most beaches are excellent


With temperatures being forecastv to hit 20 degrees over the Easter weekend some of us will head for the beaches. So it is timely that the organisation that issues the Blue Flag awards has released its latest guide.

Use a mobile phone when you like


easyJet has announced that – as from today – passengers can e-readers, tablets and mobile phones throughout their flight.

Skiing in Iceland

skiing in the midnight sun

Why a skiing story just as the season is ending you might ask? But if you want to get a bit more skiing in before your skies until next winter have you considered Iceland?

Angkor: Adventure in the Lost Kingdom

PortAventura's Angkor Wat

Angkor: Adventure in the Lost Kingdom, is set in a huge area covering 10,500 square metres and is inspired by the jungles of Asia This star attraction of 2014 is a ‘battle-boat’ ten-minute water ride.

Scuffing, chafing and scouring old Shanghai – part 2

old Shanghai

Admiring all that’s bright, shiny and new in Shanghai, surely doesn’t exclude enjoying what’s left of the city’s past? In part 2 of her Shanghai feature Anna Maria Espsäter seeks out the ancient corners of China’s power house of progress, finding them embattled, but very much alive.

Scuffing, chafing and scouring Shanghai

French Concession in Shanghai

“Brave new world,” James Bond quips in his latest adventure, Skyfall, his point nicely illustrated by a vast vista of Shanghai’s impressive skyline, replete with state-of-the-art skyscrapers. But just how modern is this city asks Anna Maria Espsäter who spent a couple of weeks scratching the surface of Shanghai’s polished veneer for us in this two-part feature.

Dragon boat festivals


One of the most significant festivals in Taiwan’s events calendar, the annual Dragon Boat Festival, is celebrating its 35th year in 2014.

Food, drink and music in Copenhagen


Next month, Copenhagen hosts the Eurovision Song Contest. But don’t hold that against it. There are plenty of other things happening in the capital city of Denmark.

I’ve got my own beach hut!

The Olpro Beach Hut

One of the advantages of having access to a beach hut is that it provides somewhere to change, somewhere to stay out of the wind and somewhere to eat without having competition from ants and flies for your food. The Beach Hut from Olpro takes 10 seconds to pitch.

Letter from France: April 2014

Cavalry charge Deauville

Frederic highlights special events in deauville and Nimes before providing us with a breakdown of what is and what is closing soon.