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These boots were made for hiking

When it comes to hiking, there are three types of boots you need to consider: lightweight, midweight, and heavyweight. Depending on the weight, they provide more or less ankle stability and foot support. What’s paramount is that the boot fits. It should hug your foot comfortably, with wiggle room for your toes. Try them on … Read more

Best handkerchiefs for when you travel

A handkerchief may be at the bottom of your list when it comes to travelling, but it’s one of those creature comforts that you can’t afford to miss. You get to the airport and you are coughing, have a runny nose, or just want to wipe the sweat off your brow. If you reach your … Read more

Make yours a super high-tech holiday

Is it possible to go on holiday without  your mobile phone? Photo: Nicole Michalou Never before have we relied on technology and gadgets to make our holidays that much more comfortable. From the mobile phone to the tablet, these have now become the new essentials that we pack into our hand luggage or bags. We need … Read more

Best camera to use on a safari holiday

What are your options when taking photographs on safari? Photo: Clément Proust There’s no single “best” camera for a safari holiday, as it really depends on your individual needs and preferences. One of the more popular options for safari is a bridge camera, also sometimes known as a superzoom camera. Bridge cameras are larger than compact … Read more

Pros and cons of having a staycation

My last holiday was a staycation – exploring London – the city I live in. Photo credit: Marianna A staycation is where you take a vacation at home or nearby. It can be a refreshing alternative holiday to a traditional trip. The question is, is it for you? According to a recent poll of 2,000 … Read more

Thermals to wear on a winter holiday

The cold weather has arrived and you still want to go out, possibly even on a short break, somewhere – a long weekend- so what do you wear? The answer is proper layering. This is when thermal underwear comes into play. You will also need to factor in the activity you’ll be doing, the weather … Read more

Spend three days in Tokyo – tradition, neon lights, good food and much more

Welcome to Tokyo, a city of more than 13 million people, where ancient temples rub shoulders with neon skyscrapers and bullet trains zoom past serene gardens! As your local guide, I’ve crafted a three-day itinerary to show you the must-see sights, from panoramic skylines to historical gems and fascinating museums. You could grab a flight … Read more

Escape the cold and winter weather

Free A Palm Tree between Houses on the Coast, Canary Islands Stock PhotoIf you want to escape the cold and winter weather in the new year, then see if you can book some great last-minute deals. Summer might have ended where you live, but in other places in the world, it may be continuing all year round. It could be a place in Europe or on the other end of the world. Here are a few of my suggestions.

Europe

  • Portugal: The Algarve region offers stunning beaches, charming towns, and delicious seafood. Budget-friendly options include hostels, campsites, and self-catered apartments. Consider Albufeira, or Salema for vibrant nightlife or quieter stretches of sand. Flights from London are frequent and affordable.
  • Canary Islands, Spain: These volcanic islands offer year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, and diverse landscapes. Tenerife has vibrant resorts and Mount Teide, while Gran Canaria has stunning sand dunes and charming villages. You’ll find affordable flights and accommodation options, particularly outside peak season.
  • Bulgaria: The Bulgarian Black Sea coast boasts golden beaches, crystal-clear waters, and affordable prices. Sunny Beach is the lively party hub, while Nessebar offers charming old town vibes. Flights from London are often cheap, and you can find great deals on hotels.
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North Africa

  • Experience the exotic charm of North Africa in Agadir. Soak up the sunshine on long stretches of beach, explore the bustling souks, and enjoy delicious tagines. Budget-friendly options include riads (traditional homes) and guesthouses. Flights from London are readily available.
  • Tunisia: Djerba Island offers beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, and a relaxed atmosphere. The island is relatively inexpensive, with options for all budgets. Explore ancient ruins, go camel riding in the desert, or just unwind on the beach. Flights from London are frequent and affordable.

Further afield

  • Thailand: If you don’t mind a longer flight, Thailand offers incredible beaches, delicious food, and a vibrant culture. Consider the islands of Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi, or Koh Lipe for stunning scenery and affordable options. Flights from London are plentiful, and you can find budget-friendly hostels and bungalows.
  • Vietnam: Discover the charm of Vietnam with its beautiful beaches, bustling cities, and stunning rice paddies. Phu Quoc island offers pristine beaches and relaxed vibes, while Hoi An has quaint ancient towns and delicious street food. You could try Luang Prabang, in Laos. Flights from London are becoming increasingly affordable, and you can find budget-friendly accommodation options.

Tips for a budget-friendly beach break:

  • Travel in the shoulder seasons: Avoid peak tourist months and fly midweek for cheaper flights.
  • Consider alternative accommodation: Hostels, guesthouses, and self-catered apartments can be significantly cheaper than hotels.
  • Cook some meals yourself: Save money on eating out by buying groceries and preparing some meals in your accommodation.
  • Take advantage of free activities: Explore local towns, hike along scenic trails, or swim in the ocean – there are plenty of free ways to enjoy your beach vacation.
  • Compare prices: Research flights, accommodation, and activities to find the best deals.

Ultimately, the best destination for you will depend on your specific preferences and budget. However, these suggestions should give you a good starting point for planning your sunny beach escape. No matter where you choose, remember to bring your sunscreen, beach towel, and a sense of adventure! And lastly, don’t forget your travel insurance.

 

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