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10 Great British weekend break ideas

Although I love travelling the world, there’s no place like home, and I’ve been trying to get out and explore as much of my own country as I do others. For a small place, Britain really packs a lot…

Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland, England
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A weekend in Alnwick, Northumberland

Rolling hills, sandy beaches, tiny islands, medieval castles and fantastic seafood – just a few of the reasons why Northumberland is one of my favourite places in the UK. This part of the country just south of the Scottish…

Anse La Perle beach in Guadeloupe, Caribbean
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Guadeloupe: Where France meets the Caribbean

Boulangeries selling fresh croissants next to market stalls selling tropical fruit. Boules players on the beach next to homemade coconut sorbet stands. Guadeloupe is a real hybrid – a picture-postcard Caribbean island with a Gallic twist.…

The first-timer’s guide to skiing
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The first-timer’s guide to skiing

I was a bit of late starter on the slopes and didn’t start skiing until my mid-30s. I don’t like the cold and I’m not exactly sporty, so I didn’t think it’d be my thing. But unexpectedly I loved…

What to see and do in Salzburg in winter
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Mozart and markets: What to see and do in Salzburg in winter

There’s something magical about historic European cities in winter. A dusting of snow, twinkly lights, crisp chilly nights and the smell of glühwein and Christmas biscuits make everything seem extra special. So when Jet2Holidays asked me to try out…

10 fabulous French weekends
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10 fabulous French weekend break ideas

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…

How much does it cost: 5 days in the Cinque Terre, Italy
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What does it cost? Five days in the Cinque Terre

A string of coastal villages, with pastel buildings tumbling down the hillside around picture-perfect harbours and clear blue seas – over the last few years the Cinque Terre has become one of Europe’s top wishlist destinations. With the sun…

Sustainable tourism
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How can we make tourism sustainable?

Years ago (a few too many now!) I did a degree in geography. It was one of the things which started off my love of travel – the field trip to Thailand definitely helped – and it was also…