It’s no secret that the United States as a whole represents one of the most epic biking destinations in the world. Boasting incredibly varied terrain and open road like you won’t find it anywhere else on earth, there really is no better place to head for the journey of a lifetime. But if looking to spend a short time in…

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While there are all kinds of beautiful destinations you can pick for your next ski vacation, few are able to offer such a memorable and exciting experience as a ski vacation in Tignes, France. This high-altitude resort area is actually located in the very heart of France’s ski country and is known as a premier location for year-round skiing in…

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Travelling has become widely popular in the recent years, mainly because a lot of people are starting to invest in experiences more than they used to. This includes planning trips from far flung countries to taking cruises. However, camping and road trips are also fast becoming big travelling trends. When the journey is as important as the destination While…

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On the borders of Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla y León, Picos De Europa is arguably the most beautiful national park in Spain, certainly the most dramatic! With 300 square miles of largely untouched, unspoilt landscapes which contrast with their surroundings quite spectacularly, the Picos De Europa national park features deep vertical gorges, rocky mountains that peak at over 8,000 feet above sea…

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Here we have some of our favourite travel quotes starting with one of the most famous travel quotes of all time from Mark Twain…. May all your travels bring you happiness, exploration, discovery and all your dreams come true.

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There are two types of holiday generally speaking – either an activity/sightseeing based holiday or a relaxation based holiday. However, I was intrigued recently to read about a third alternative known as a ‘slow holiday’ which offers holidaymakers time to relax and breathe in the experiences you enjoy on holiday. This might involve a walking, cycling or maybe a carefully…

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Alveston Manor

Last weekend we journeyed up country from Cornwall to Shakespeare country to visit my family and stayed at Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel, an historic Tudor house hotel dating back to the 1500’s set in the heart of picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon. The gardens boast an ancient Cedar Tree under which rumour has it, the first performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was given. We…

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Paros in Greece is a beautiful place full of interesting historical sites and open beaches perfect for soaking up the sun. Paros offers something for everyone, whether you enjoy exploring the streets of the little Greek town of Parikia or enjoying  time on the water, Paros offers many fun outdoor activities for all ages.  Here’s our choices for the top…

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If you’re a keen skier who fantasises about fresh powder and adrenaline fuelled rushes, you’ll know there’s a mountain of tech you can use to get every last inch and exhilarating moment out of every run. It’s easy to get lost in an avalanche of gimmicks but don’t despair as you get ready for your next trip, here are ten…

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Corsica

The Mediterranean’s best kept secret is the diverse island of Corsica. It has a wondrous amount of geographical diversity where its beautiful landscapes dazzle with crystal clear coastlines and beaches to its breath-taking valleys of forests and hidden hillside villages. Corsica is incredibly varied and appeals to all travellers but I’d say Corsica is best conquered with an intrepid traveller…

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After a 4 hour flight from London, we step off the plane at Paphos airport and the heat hit us. It aways amazes me the difference in climate 2000 miles south can make. Shame we can’t move the UK next to Cyprus. You can see why so many expats come here. We hired a car from the airport as we…

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New York City Break

New York at Christmas is so magical. This city lived up to all the hype and more, from the very moment we took a yellow cab from JFK into Manhattan and for the 4 days we walked into this movie set of a city with Santa Claus as the producer and director. The Americans know how to put on a…

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The best train tours include winter wonderlands, autumn colours, summer holidays, interesting events, iconic train journeys and winter sun destinations. Here are Great Rail Journeys top picks for each month: 1. January – China Visit the fascinating Japanese event with the Harbin Ice Festival tour. 13 days on this spell binding tour starts from £3,395 per person. Guests will discover…

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If you love travel and a good scare, there are a few creepy destinations to add to your wish list. Drop the costume and pick up your passport, because it’s time to travel in creepy style, check these five out. ISLA DE LAS MUNECAS, MEXICO The Island of the Dolls is unlike any other place in the world. It also…

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In 2015, Spain topped the list of the most common tourist destination in the EU for those travelling abroad for their holidays. With so much culture and history, not to mention the temperate climate, it’s easy to see why Spain is a popular destination for tourists. But where are the best places to visit? With so much choice in this…

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Just off the coast of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight has been a popular destination with British tourists since Victorian times. It is especially popular with those who like the outdoors because of its stunning scenery and coastline. The Isle of Wight has an array of sights and activities to see and do, making it the perfect destination for a…

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Sometimes, it’s easy to plunge for the first deal you see online, especially if you’ve been trawling through hundreds of websites to get to it. However, with a few savvy shopping skills, getting the best deal for your money doesn’t need to be that hard. Below you’ll find some easy-to-follow tips that’ll make sure you’re getting the best holiday for…

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Kyrgyzstan may not be the first place to come to mind when planning an adventure holiday, but this is exactly why it should be considered. This Central Asian country is somewhere that many people are completely unaware of – these lesser known parts of the world are intriguing and usually somewhere that is very different to what we know. This…

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These days, it’s all about online casinos. Instant access and gratification being the order of the day for most. Still, there’s nothing quite like the buzz you feel when walking into a premium land-based casino. Here in the UK, we’re lucky to have some of the most incredible casinos in the world. If you thought the action was limited to…

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The small city of Cairns in the far North of Queensland is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations and for a very good reason – there is so much to do. Its warm tropical climate and amazing natural wonders draw people here from all over the world, with everything from Great Barrier Reef tours, to tropical beaches and amazing…

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Where is the coolest place to stay and see the Northern Lights? Travelphant’s vote goes to Hotel Igloo Village Kakslauttanen in Finland. The Northern Lights can be seen anywhere above 60 degrees north latitude but to see them from this igloo village would be an amazing experience. Don’t worry, special thermo glass prevents the igloos frosting up to ensure clear…

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I recently read an article on the UK’s best beaches and it got me thinking that there are some truly amazing beaches this world has to offer, but some of them are more spectacular than others. If you want to have a truly amazing seaside experience, we highly recommend that you take a look at some of the beaches on…

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Eating out in another country is always a great experience. There are literally thousands of great restaurants around the world that offer amazing dining experiences and gastronomic delights, but only a select few are able to offer a view to match. Here we showcase are 10 cool restaurants featured in an Audley Travel article back in 2010 offering mouth watering…

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A collection of the highest bars in the world offering the best skyline views from around the world including bars in Bangkok, New York, Berlin, Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and more. State Tower, Bangkok (63 floors) Visit Website The Dome at State Tower looks gorgeous because of its heady height and stunning colour effects from where you could catch…

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Featuring 10 cool things to do when on holiday in Switzerland. Switzerland is a fascinating country with so much history, culture and of course natural beauty. Here are 10 things we highly recommend you try out when in Switzerland. 1. Hiking Enjoying the scenery in Switzerland is the number one thing to do. With more than 48,300km of marked hiking…

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As Australia’s most urbane, largest and oldest city, beautiful Sydney indeed has something unique to offer every tourist. Picturesque sandy beaches and lovely cruises make the Harbour City the ideal holiday destination for tourists in search of fun in the sea and on the sand. First-class shopping, dining and cultural and historical institutions such as the amazing Sydney Opera House…

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Rome has always been a city I’ve wanted to visit with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. I must admit, I wasn’t prepared for what my eyes were going to see and my mind try and comprehend. We wanted to see the ancient ruins like the Roman Forum and the Colosseum which showcase the…

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Thailand has long been one of the staples of the Asian traveller’s itinerary. It’s status as one of the region’s major airline hubs makes it incredibly accessible from anywhere in the world. Once there, first-time visitors will be delighted at the absolute smorgasbord of physical, cultural, historical and culinary beauty that is just waiting to be discovered. With so much…

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I’m lucky enough to have holidayed on a few of the Greek islands and found that each Greek island has its own unique charms. For those looking to slow things down to a blissful crawl, nowhere comes close to the Greek island of Sifnos. Sifnos is widely regarded as the single most stunning Island of the Cyclades and until recently…

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Most frequent travellers opt for annual travel insurance policies as they are designed for those who travel several times a year, with 31 consecutive days per trip. It’s usually good for 365 days from the date of purchase, so if you are out on several trips per year, it’s advisable that you get an annual travel insurance policy. If you…

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Traveling in Singapore is really so much fun. There are many attractions to see, great places to stay and delicious food to eat. If you want to experience traveling in Singapore like a local, you need to make sure to go to every famous ‘local’ spot in. With its vibrant culture, Singapore has provided many tourists spots for both tourists…

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Stratford Upon Avon

We recently enjoyed a weekend family break in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and stayed at the Mercure Stratford upon Avon Shakespeare Hotel, a 4 star hotel situated right in the heart of the historic town. I blogged about this stay on my cool things blog but wanted to share it with Travelphant readers as it was such a lovely…

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