Travel destinations

Why Croatia appeals

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Tvrdava sv. Ivan, Dubrovnik

I have speculated as to how long Croatia can continue to see the double digit growth in British holidaymakers. But the growth just grows and grows.

The Turkish revival has started

Aug 11th, 2017 | By
poster of Turkey saying expect more

Britons feel more comfortable about holidaying in Turkey again and by the end of 2019, it wouldn’t surprise many if a British surge had occurred.

The rise and rise of Dubai

Aug 7th, 2017 | By

We are still attracted by the attractions of Dubai which saw a 4% increase in the number of Britons travelling there in the first six months of the year.

Rock paintings found

Aug 3rd, 2017 | By
rock painting of a hand

According to the ABC, a huge find of aboriginal rock paintings in the Wardekken area of Arnhem Land has been made. And by huge I mean an estimated 30,000!

Exploring north west London

Aug 3rd, 2017 | By

Natasha finds that, without going too far afield from central London, you can easily discover some of the city’s lesser-known places.

A beach stroll in Albufeira

Jul 27th, 2017 | By

Albufeira is one of the most popular destinations in the Algarve for British holidaymakers.

The new Unesco World Heritage listings

Jul 25th, 2017 | By

Here is a lsit of the new sites that were granted UNESCO World Heritage Status recently.

The Jane Austen influence

Jul 18th, 2017 | By

Today is the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, one of the most well-read of all novelists.

Exploring Ilocos Norte

Jul 16th, 2017 | By

Reza travels to the the province of Ilocos Norte in the northernmost part of the Philippines, an area not usually on the tourist routes.

British and Irish world heritage sites

Jul 14th, 2017 | By
Giants Causeway

After the success of the Lake District in gaining UNESCO World Heritage status, some readers have asked for a list of all those in the UK and Ireland plus links to the sites.

The light shows of Normandy

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

One of the best is still that at Rouen, a place forever linked with England since this is where William the Conqueror died at the priory of Saint Gervase.

The UK love affair with Croatia

Jul 11th, 2017 | By
Tvrdava sv. Ivan, Dubrovnik

Given that the average annual increase across the world of tourists will be somewhere between 2.5% and 4% this year it is obvious that Croatia is doing a spectacular job in persuading us to holiday there.

The Lake District; now a World Heritage site

Jul 10th, 2017 | By
panoramic view of the Lake District

Yesterday at the UNESCO meeting in the Polish city of Krakow it was announced that the Lake District had received World Heritage status. What will this mean?

Better Belize it

Jul 10th, 2017 | By
close up shot of an iguana in Belize

Judith finds that whether you are above or below the water, Belize is the bee’s knees for nature lovers.

Discovering the area along Somerset’s Coast Path

Jul 7th, 2017 | By
Ladies from pontins await the passengers on the West Somerset Railway

Natasha Blair and her dog Poppy explore some of these less well-known parts of Somerset and find some hidden treasures.

The television effect

Jul 5th, 2017 | By

It just shows that destinations which invest in attracting series or films to be made in their areas gain a long term benefit.

More to see on the La’al Ratty

Jun 25th, 2017 | By

A star attraction will be the steam locomotive ‘Katie’ which ran at Ravenglass in 1916 and has just been restored to working condition for the first time since the 1920s.

Wimbledon – tennis and the other 50 weeks of the year

Jun 22nd, 2017 | By
Centre Court, Wimbledon

It is less than two weeks until the tennis starts in Wimbledon. But there is more to the town than tennis as local resident, Anthony, tells us.

Guernsey for a holiday?

Jun 20th, 2017 | By

I have even thought of an advertsing slogan for the island. “Guernsey – the overseas destination that is just like home.”

Plymouth – Britain’s ocean city

Jun 15th, 2017 | By

Natasha Blair and her dog Poppy visited to see what Plymouth has to offer and found that the majority, but not all, the activities happen around its harbour known as the Plymouth Sound.

A day in…Harlech

Jun 11th, 2017 | By

Adrian visits Harlech in the Welsh county of Gwynedd to see, what else, the castle. For many though the long, sandy beaches are the attraction that keeps tourists returning year after year.

Turkish holidays grow in appeal

Jun 11th, 2017 | By

Reza visits Istanbul and Antalya in Turkey, assesses the security measures in place and sees tourism on the increase.

Bucharest – a happening city

Jun 3rd, 2017 | By

Natasha visits Bucharest one of the fastest growing destination for city breaks. And finds time to go in search of Dracula’s castle.

The Guggenheim in Bilbao

Jun 1st, 2017 | By

The opening of the Guggenheim Museum twenty years ago has transformed visitor numbers to Bilbao. Now about a million people will visit the museum alone.

The best places to visit in Europe in 2017

May 29th, 2017 | By

Europe is a treasure trove of incredible travel experiences, which can make deciding where to go a challenging task. Thankfully Lonely Planet’s travel experts have been on the case to bring you the best spots to add to your bucket list for 2017.

Growth in Cuban tourism

May 24th, 2017 | By

Reza returns to Cuba to see how tourism is changing the country and what plans the government has for the next few years.

Let’s all go down the Cross

May 11th, 2017 | By

Tourists flock to the area and the tourist board in Sydney describes the area as “a pulsating centre of performance art, immersive theatre, avant-cabaret, music, cult films…”

Seeing mountain gorillas

May 10th, 2017 | By

It is calculated that the number of mountain gorillas in Africa is about 900 with probably 500 or so in Uganda and the remaining 400 split between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.