Travel tips to help you plan

Those helpful people at Lonely Planet have produced this quick video guide to New Orleans in Louisiana. The city was famously battered and bruised by Hurricane Katrina a few years back but has invested a considerable amount of money, effort and time into reinventing itself for the 21st century traveller. The video gives a flavour … Read more

Croatia’s magical islands, its rugged coastline and national parks have drawn people back to this Balkan country in droves. Visit them and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the wars that devastated the former Yugoslavia never actually happened. But while its coastline and the historic city of Dubrovnik have been pulling in the tourists, the … Read more

James Brooke visits one of the most glamorous of the Greek islands – Mykonos. Circling around the granite island of Mykonos in our cramped Airbus, we caught sight of the landmarks easily in the cloudless skies. The historic windmills that once milled wheat, the whitewashed buildings shimmering in the sunshine, the chaotic Paraportiani church, the … Read more

Peru: Beyond Machu Picchu

July 10th, 2013 | Posted by TravelBuddy in Peru | South America - (0 Comments)

For many of us, historic Machu Picchu is a must on the list of places to visit. But there’s more to see in Peru. The north of this South American country has much to offer, from archaeological treasures, superior surfing on the Pacific Ocean and great food, to diverse scenery, desert and coastal towns. The … Read more

Over the water from glitzy Manhattan, Brooklyn is often forgotten by visitors to New York City. But there’s loads to see and do, on a day trip or whether you’re staying longer. It’s one of the city’s many exciting neighborhoods, with some of the best nightlife, some excellent cultural institutions and green spaces. Take time … Read more

There’s more to Denmark than the cosmopolitan capital city of, Copenhagen. So go beyond a city break and discover the region of North Sealand and its many attractions. It’s a region that offers the holidaymaker fascinating castles, historic monasteries, world class museums, picturesque fishing villages and some of the country’s best sandy beaches, on the … Read more

Wherever you want to go in the world, there’s a cruise waiting for you. In this latest round-up of cruise news, we’ve got Burma trips, a Cunard celebration in the UK, a visit to French wine country and a whole lot more. We begin with… Thomson at a new Olympic venue Thomson’s summer 2014 programme … Read more

Looking for an excuse to travel, or for something to do with the kids? Wherever you are in the world, there are events and attractions to keep you occupied. Here’s a selection to help inspire you… A summer of screaming at London Dungeon, England Top British attraction The London Dungeon will be tickling or torturing … Read more

The USA knows how to do theme parks and, this summer, there are a wealth of new rides, attractions and challenges at some of the nation’s best. Here’s a selection of seven to try around the country – and somewhere that you can buy tickets. Full Throttle in California Billed as the world’s tallest and … Read more

More than two million Britons holiday in the Portugese Algarve each year, drawn by its beaches and golf courses. But there are other reasons why it’s worth a visit. Below are 10 things you may not know about the Algarve – maybe some of them will tempt you into booking a flight. Just remember not … Read more

Concarneau has been a vital fishing port for the French for centuries but it’s also a handy base for a holiday in Brittany, as Steve Warren reports. It’s all about fish in Concarneau. The restaurants trip over themselves to serve the freshest seafood; the harbour is full of fishing boats; there’s even a museum of … Read more

It’s a perennial problem for mums and dads – how do you keep the children entertained during the summer holidays? Here’s a guide to some new attractions in England for 2013. They include giant Gromit trails, Poohsticks, knights glamping and pop-up beaches. Spot the dog, Bristol Families can play ‘spot the dog’ in Bristol by … Read more

We know Austria’s Tyrol best as a skiing destination, a winter wonderland with some of the best resorts you’ll find anywhere in the Alps. But there’s lots more to see and do throughout the year. We look at some of those top attractions, away from the award-winning ski slopes of Austria and the summer hiking … Read more

Marking something special but not sure where to go for your celebrations? Here’s some inspiration from a survey carried out by travel company Kuoni. It’s revealed the 19 occasions Britons celebrate with a holiday and where we go in the 2013 Special Occasions Travel Survey. The obvious triggers are special birthdays (61%), honeymoons (49%) and … Read more

Around the world, there are some great events and attractions to keep you entertained during the coming months – whether you’re at home or on holiday. This week we have Caribbean festivals, sky high in fun in Seattle, a film festival in Iceland, World War One walks, pottery in Stoke and 007 in Jamaica. But … Read more

The Swiss city of Zurich has a bit of an image problem. It’s known as an HQ for banks, as one of Europe’s financial centres and as the place you fly to en route to Switzerland’s glorious lakes, mountains and ski resorts. Much less is it seen as a city in its own right. But … Read more

Steve Warren goes in search of peace on a holiday to Ibiza in the Balearics. Ibiza can be wild. And I’m not talking about the weather. Anyone who’s had the misfortune of going to San Antonio will know what I mean. And while Ibiza Town is more sophisticated, it’s still a busy old place. But … Read more

For some, Kent is the county you have to pass through on the Eurostar between London and Paris. But there’s lots to do for all the family on the county’s coast. Kent, the so-called Garden of England, boasts 350 miles of varied coastline in the south-east of the country, from the White Cliffs around Dover … Read more

Nadia Saary heads east from the capital of Jordan, Amman, to discover the country’s famed desert castles. It’s bleak as we head out on the highway from the bustling city of Amman. The city disappears along with its endless ribbons of development, to be replaced by a barren land of sand and basalt. Wherever you … Read more

The historic city of Cambridge is home to one of England’s two great universities. And like its rival Oxford, it has colleges that date back more than 700 years and some of the great names of learning attached to it. Built astride the River Cam, it is a city of bicycles, of art and culture, … Read more

New shows and new attractions are awaiting visitors to Disney’s themes parks in the French capital Paris and Disneyland in California. And whether you like it or not, they’re the ultimate in family friendly entertainment. Birthday action at Disneyland Paris The extended celebration of the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris will come to a climax … Read more

6 great new places to stay

June 22nd, 2013 | Posted by TravelBuddy in Burma | Canada | China | Indonesia - (0 Comments)

In need of some ideas on where to stay? Want to try out a new or refurbished hotel? Here’s our latest travel accommodation news update, with Bali glamping and hotels for China, Burma and north America among others. Glamping in Bali Fancy somewhere different to stay and some glamorous camping in Bali? One Off Places … Read more

They’re separated by more than 1,000 miles but the historic ships  Mary Rose and Vasa have a lot in common, as Jo Durbridge reports. The famous Tudor warship the Mary Rose has finally found a permanent home in a brand new museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in Hampshire, England – the very same yard in … Read more

The majority of visitors to the west of Sweden find themselves in the bustling city of Gothenburg, but there’s plenty to enjoy in the great outdoors away from the city. Depending on the time of year you visit, there’s a fine selection of sports events, foodie celebrations and natural wonders to tempt you. Here’s our … Read more

The western Canadian city of Calgary boomed on the back of the oil industry but at its heart there’s still much of the wild west about it. It’s got an efficient public transport system, gets very cold in the deep-freeze of winter but at other times can be a great place to visit. It’s also … Read more