Travelling in twos: How not to kill each other

April 9, 2014 at 12:20 AM
Travelling in twos can be stressful...here is how to do it without wanting to kill each other (Photo: Pedro Ribeiro Simões)

Travelling in twos can be stressful…here is how to do it without wanting to kill each other Photo: Pedro Ribeiro Simoes

So you want to travel the world and you’ve decided that the best person to see it with is your spouse, your BFF, a co-worker, or your mum. When my husband and I had been married for just one year, we went on a six-month trip to Canada, and I can tell you from experience that when you’re with somebody 24 hours a day in a foreign place, even the best relationships are tested. I know of more than a few couples who were ready to kill each other after just a week.

And so, here is how to travel in twos – and still actually like the person once the trip is over.

Bits and bobs abroad: Six holiday beauty essentials

March 19, 2014 at 4:49 AM
Image courtesy of Sofia Salom

Image courtesy of Sofia Salom

The captain has switched off the seat-belt sign. The plane is cruising at 30,000ft, high above the Portuguese coast. And the biggest predicament in your life? Whether to have the Pinot Grigio, the Cabernet Sauvignon, or both. That is, of course, until you have your very own Home Alone moment – but instead of shouting “KEVIN!” at the top of your lungs, a whole host of beauty goodies that you’ve forgotten come to mind – and you know it will cost you double the price to invest in these holiday godsends on the other side of the pond.

Given that we aren’t exactly equipped on a daily basis for a week by the beach in blissfully hot temperatures, I think we can be forgiven for our somewhat uneducated method of packing. One bottle of sun cream; one pair of flip flops that cut into our toes; one too-large-hat-that-we’ll-never wear again: these do not suffice for a job well done in the packing world.

But fear not, beautiful holidaymakers – I’ve devised your top six go-to items that should be mandatory in your suitcase. Asides from this, and your passport, everything else is just filler.

Eight French ski resorts popular with the British

January 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Val d'Isere Photo: Andreas Bjarlestam

Val d’Isere. Photo: Andreas Bjarlestam

France is always a popular destination for new and professional skiers, but where in France are the British travelling to brush up on their downhill pursuits? We’ve looked into search activity on HomeAway and have found the top eight ski destinations in France that are capturing the attention of the Brits. So here are the most popular mountain retreats for 2014.

Top tips on finding cheap flights

October 29, 2013 at 3:08 AM

Today’s guest post comes from cheapflights.co.uk, where you can find really useful information on how to save money on your next flight, without having to book with budget airlines. You will also find tips on navigating airports and airlines, too. Below, expert Oonagh Shiel shares her five top tips on how to get the best flight for your budget.

Research and compare

Family in kitchen with laptop

Family in kitchen with laptop

10 tips for travelling with toddlers

September 3, 2013 at 1:18 AM
Traveling with toddlers doesn't have to be a complete nightmare (Photo: jencu)

Traveling with toddlers doesn’t have to be a complete nightmare (Photo: jencu)

Travelling with toddlers doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes it’s more like trying to herd wild cats. Confined spaces and toddlers just weren’t meant for each other.  If I’m completely honest, I wouldn’t be opposed to the idea of using a tranquillizer dart on my feisty toddler because no parent wants to spend the first part of their holiday dealing with massive melt-downs and eardrum-bursting screams. Obviously that’s not an option, but there are other ways you can ensure you remain sane when you’re travelling with a toddler. Getting to your destination with a happy toddler and parents who are still sane is a challenge whether you’re travelling by plane, train or car, so here are 10 tips to make your trip just a little bit easier: