Planning your first cruise might seem like a daunting prospect but taking a systematic approach will pay dividends. Turning what might initially appear to be the less fun part of the process into an exciting and fun component of the holiday, proper planning allows you to remember that the world really is your oyster, when it comes to cruising. If you’re lucky, you may already have a recommendation from a friend or family member as to which cruise company to use, or you might have…

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It’s been a while since I stepped foot in an airport. I’m yearning to get away from the ‘everyday’ and have some time to switch off. From everything. You don’t actually realise how much you need a break, until you haven’t had one for a long time.  All work and no play. That’s what they say isn’t it?  I like to play. I do. Life is hard, no matter what your outlook is. That’s why travelling is so good for the soul. A chance to…

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Taipei is a bustling and welcoming city, packed with cultural opportunities. You may not be able to do everything in 36 hours, but you can certainly get a flavour of this fascinating place. Here are some tips for your whirlwind tour. Saturday Morning – Maokong Gondola The Maokong Gondola is a must. This 25-minute gondola lift ride will take you up through forest clad mountains, offering incredible views. There are 147 cabins, 31 of which are ‘crystal cabins’ with glass bottoms, so you can see…

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Cuba is a country like no other, it’s unique history, culture and politique sets it apart from all others. It is also a Caribbean island with sun kissed shores and waters of cerulean, so there is every reason why Cuba should be on your travel bucket list. Havana No trip to Cuba would be complete without seeing the country’s capital Havana and the city provides travellers with a heady mix of beauty and fiery passion. Salsa is the soundtrack to which those visiting Havana will…

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I can’t believe it’s almost a week since our Friday night escape to the Brighton Harbour Hotel to celebrate our 16th Wedding Anniversary. This week has been a blur of sick kids, Christmas present deliveries (trying to hide them before being spotted) and general feelings of house-trappedness. Yes, that’s a word.  We were invited to stay in one of the group’s latest openings, the Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa, which opened in August 2016. For us, Brighton is our second home, our spiritual home, and…

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