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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 as a part-time traveller there’s only so many…

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 Trip was my first time in Madrid and…

AirBnB favourites II: Berlin, Amsterdam, Annecy & Hebrides
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AirBnB favourites: Berlin, Amsterdam, Annecy & Hebrides

I’ve always liked the freedom and flexibility you get from renting a house or apartment when you travel. And over the last couple of years AirBnB has taken over the self-catering world – there aren’t many destinations not covered…

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 and beauty to match England’s most popular spots,…

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 World Heritage Old Town with its cobbled streets,…

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 – it’d take you a long time to…

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 been back a couple of times and have…

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 of the things I love most about the…

What to see and do in Lausanne, Switzerland
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Lakes and lookouts: What to see and do in Lausanne

Set on the northern shore of Lac Léman (aka Lake Geneva) in French-speaking Switzerland, Lausanne is a city of two halves. Uphill is a old town of historic churches and narrow shuttered townhouses, then downhill is a lakefront resort…

What to pack for a snowy winter city break – On the Luce travel blog
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What to pack for a snowy winter city break

Over the years I’ve become a dab hand at travelling with just a carry-on bag. Unless I’m heading off long-haul or long-term, I can easily manage a city break or a summer holiday week without having to check in…