Stuart

Stuart discovered his passion for all things travel during one of his first jobs overseeing the travel section of a well-known bookshop. He has worked in publishing for 15 years, most recently as a freelance travel writer. He's always planning his next adventure away. Favourite destination? It has to be the Canadian Rockies. Next trip? Monte Carlo.

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31st January 2018 by Stuart

The Scoop: Barcelona

...such a beautiful horizon! With its unique city-meets-beach vibe, it’s hard not to fall for the youthful energy and immersive culture of this cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia. Situated on Spain’s North East Mediterranean coast, the city basks in warm sunshine for much of the year with peak averages between 26 - 30°C in August and September. Rarely even dipping below around 14 - 18°C in winter, it’s easy to understand Barcelona’s attraction. Languages...

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31st January 2018 by Stuart

The Scoop: New York City

...big lights will inspire you! Loud, glitzy, sprawling and relentlessly busy, New York is the ultimate megalopolis...the city of cities that never sleeps! Made up of five boroughs, of these Manhattan conjures up the primary iconic images most people think of. Situated where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic, with so much to see and do you’d be hard-pushed not to be wowed. But a word of warning… you may feel like you need a relaxing holiday when you get back! Languages...

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12th September 2018 by Stuart

Booking a Christmas market break

With late summer daylight beginning to lose its battle with encroaching autumnal darkness, thoughts inevitably begin to turn to the “C” word. Yep, Christmas is fast approaching and, love it or loathe it, it eventually claims us all! While many people look to escape in search of some much-needed winter sun, more and more are attempting to kick-start a full-on festive feeling by booking a Christmas market break. But with more Christmas markets popping up in so many countries every year how...

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31st January 2018 by Stuart

Air New Zealand Black Friday Deals

This Black Friday (November 24th) offers an amazing opportunity to snap up a mega flight deal with Air New Zealand who are offering passengers their lowest ever online fares. But with a limited number of flights available you’ll need to be quick to make the most of the mammoth saving. What’s the deal? 100 x Los Angeles (Economy) Return Flights at £175 per person: Outbound travel dates: 4/5/6/7/20/21/22/26/27/28 February 2018. Inbound travel dates: 11/12/13/14/15 February 2018 and...

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31st January 2018 by Stuart

The Scoop: San Francisco

...you’ll leave your heart in San Francisco! A vibrant, hilly city in Northern California, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, best known for its year-round fog and cable cars. Forward-thinking and ultra-modern in outlook, bohemian and old-fashioned in style, with so many things to see and do we dare you not to fall insanely in love with this eclectic city! Languages Spoken English (main language). San Francisco is a culturally diverse city with many...

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30th January 2018 by Stuart

The Price of Travel: British Passport Price Hike

As with most things in Britain post-EU referendum, it’s just been announced that the cost of a British passport is set to rise. From 27 March 2018, anyone applying for a new passport by post will have to pay £85. That’s a £12.50 (17%) increase on the £72.50 that you’d currently pay.The cost of online applications is also set to rise by £3 to £75.50. Children’s passport applications - for anyone under the age of 16 - are going up an enormous 27% (£12.50) to £58.50 from...

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8th February 2018 by Stuart

Fly Direct to Portland, Oregon with Delta

From May 4th 2018 Delta will be flying non-stop from London Heathrow to Portland, the largest city in Oregon, Pacific Northwest USA. Return air fares start at £844ppVoted the 8th most popular city in America, Portland is renowned for its street food, numerous micro-breweries and tax-free boutique shopping. It's one of the greenest in the world with a significantly high number of its population choosing to cycle or walk rather than drive. Participation in farm to table dining is also one of the...

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6th February 2018 by Stuart

Aviation breakthrough: Fly to Perth without stopping

Get ready to throw another shrimp on the barbie to celebrate March 25 2018: that's the momentous day that passengers will be able to fly to Oz in one go. That's right, no stopping to refuel! An aviation first, you'll be able to fly from London Heathrow to Perth, Western Australia in a single 17-hour marathon with Qantas. And it's all made possible thanks to the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner's state of the art 8,947-mile range and fuel economy. Qantas has even challenged aircraft manufacturers...

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16th February 2018 by Stuart

BA to fly first direct service to Seychelles from the UK

Honeymooners and exotic holiday-lovers rejoice! British Airways are going to be flying to the Seychelles again after a 10-year hiatus.From March 24th 2018 passengers will be able to fly direct from London Heathrow to the Indian Ocean country, the first direct service available from the UK.A tropical archipelago of 115 islands, the Seychelles is perhaps best renowned for its romantically idyllic setting, conjuring thoughts of crystal clear blue seas and white-sand beaches. As such, it's...

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13th February 2018 by Stuart

Croydon - City of Love? Hilarious Valentine's Day offer from easyHotel

Croydon: City of Love? Sure, Croydon doesn’t seem an obvious first choice to spend a romantic evening with your significant other. But easyHotel could be about to change all that……or maybe not…This Valentine’s Day, for just a £5 upgrade, the budget hotel chain are offering couples choosing to stay at their Croydon hotel the chance to transform their own room into a love nest. That’s right, a self-assembly pink and orange four-poster canopy to turn their bed into the ultimate...

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23rd August 2018 by Stuart

Eurostar London to Amsterdam direct trains on sale this week. Get two return tickets in our giveaway.

Great news! Eurostar have announced the start date for their highly anticipated direct service from London to the Netherlands as Wednesday 4th April 2018. Tickets can be purchased on their website from Thursday - 22nd February 2018, but you could get a pair of return tickets for free in our Eurostar giveaway.Direct trains between London and Amsterdam have been a long time coming since Eurostar initially proposed the idea back in 2009. And excitement has continually increased ever since. Imagine...

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1st April 2018 by Stuart

Norwegian launches new services to Chicago and Austin from Gatwick

It's been a soaring week for Norwegian Air. The third largest low-cost carrier in Europe has expanded their long haul destinations to include American cities Chicago and Austin, bringing their US destinations tally to 14.The London Gatwick to Chicago service began on Sunday 25th March and will be flying four times a week to Chicago O'Hare International: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. They'll depart from Gatwick at 10am, arriving in Chicago at 12.25pm (8h25min duration). Return flights...