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  • Can you visit the Seychelles on a budget?
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    How to visit the Seychelles on a budget

    The Seychelles – just the name conjures up images of golden sandy beaches, palm trees, turquoise waters, sunset cocktails and five-star beachside resorts. The islands are a luxurious enclave for honeymooners,…

  • A weekend in Chester
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    A weekend in Chester

    It was my first trip to Chester but I felt a distinct case of déjà vu. It was like someone had taken the best bits from cities around the UK and…

  • Christmas gifts for travel lovers
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    Christmas gifts for travel lovers

    Christmas is creeping up on us, so it’s time I got over my aversion to shopping and started getting organised. I’ve read a lot of Christmas gift guides for travellers, but…

  • Visiting Madrid on a budget
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    Visiting Madrid on a budget

    Barcelona has Gaudi, Granada has the Alhambra, Santiago has the pilgrims – but if you’re looking for a Spanish city break then Madrid has a bit of everything. My recent Surprise…

  • A weekend in Rye, East Sussex
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    A weekend in Rye, East Sussex

    A hilltop town with a picturesque jumble of cobbled streets and historic buildings, Rye in East Sussex could be a British costume drama set come to life. It’s got the charm…

  • Edinburgh on a budget
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    Visiting Edinburgh on a budget

    The Scottish capital might be best known for its August festivals and Hogmanay parties, but Edinburgh’s got a whole lot to offer at any time of the year. There’s the UNESCO…

  • Alternative things to do in London
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    Alternative things to do in London

    According to Samuel Johnson: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” And he’s got a point…

  • A weekend in York
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    A weekend in York

    I suppose you could say York was my first ‘solo’ trip – it was the first I went away without my parents on a school trip aged 10. Since then I’ve…

  • 10 Fabulous French weekend break ideas – On the Luce travel blog
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    10 fabulous French weekends

    I’ve spent more time in France than anywhere else in the world – from childhood holidays in Normandy to house-sitting in Paris and a winter skiing in the Alps. And one…