Creative ideas for a great Fathers Day

If you’re thinking about doing something more adventurous with your dad this year then you’ve come to the right place. You might be bored of buying the same aftershave and be thinking of taking your Dad away or planning a special day out. We’ve rounded up a few ideas to suit all tastes and budgets so that you can make your Dad smile on June 17th 2018.

Whisky Tasting, Scotland

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Treat your Dad to something bigger than a bottle. Taste and be educated on single malt Scotch whisky whilst discovering the best of Scotland at the same time. From the Famous Grouse Distillery to the Royal Lochnager Distillery, if your Dad is a whisky lover then he’ll appreciate any fabulous tasting experience. We offer luxury hotel deals in Scotland at prices too good to miss so you can take your Dad on a Scottish whisky tour this year at a price that suits you.

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The O2 Father’s Day Special Climb, London

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Climb the O2 this Father’s Day and discover a range of fatherly activities when you reach the top. From cheese tasting to grooming sessions, to massages and manicures, enjoy luxury treats on a 52m-high platform. Relax putting your feet up afterwards at a luxury London hotel. We have many exclusive hotel deals helping you save, so you can enjoy the very best of your trip at the lowest price.

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History Adventure, Rome

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Pose outside the Colosseum and experience the world of the gladiators when you take a trip to Rome this Father’s Day. Your Dad will be amazed by a city which provides endless things to see and do. Discover the world’s most famous and influential art whilst enjoying traditional gelato when you whisk your Dad away to this city for his special day. We have many exclusive city break deals to Rome so you’ll be able to take your Dad on a trip to remember at a price you can afford.

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Beer Tour, Prague

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If your Dad appreciates a good craft ale, then you should be visiting Prague – the capital city most know for beer. Not only is the beer the best, but also some of the cheapest in Europe. Spoil your Dad by booking a beer tour where you can sample a range of tasty Czech beers and learn at the same time. Our team of experts have handpicked affordable holiday deals to Prague so you won’t miss out on taking your Dad away this year.

Golf Break, Algarve 

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Just a short flight away from the UK, Algarve remains one of Europe’s best Golf destinations. Hosting championship courses along the beautiful coastline, it is clear to see why Algarve is a popular place for golf lovers and families. If your Dad would love to be on the green teeing off in the heat then this is the trip for you. We have many holiday deals to Algarve so that you’ll be able to spoil your Dad at a price which excites you.

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Treat your Dad to a gift he’ll never forget. With our help, you can give your Dad a present slightly different to the usual pairs of socks and pants. Our exclusive holiday deals mean you’ll to push the boat out on Father’s Day this year at a price suitable for your budget.

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14 surprising laws around the world you probably don’t know about

Where are you going on your holiday this year? As summer approaches it may be a good idea to familiarise yourself with surprising laws to look out for around the world.

1. Running out of gas on the autobahn in Germany

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It is illegal to run out of gas on the Autobahn since this is down to human error and is therefore punishable. If you run out of gas you can be expected to face fines up to €70.

2. Chewing gum in Singapore

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Since 2004 chewing gum has been banned in Singapore unless prescribed by a doctor for medical reasons. The ban stemmed from a man putting a piece of gum between a train door so it could not close, causing delays. Selling gum can even land you in prison for two years or fined up to $100,000.

3. Chickens crossing the road in Quitman, Georgia

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It is illegal for a chicken to cross the road in Georgia for the safety of drivers. The law claims owners must have their chickens under control at all times.

4. Winnie The Pooh banned from a playground in Tuszyn, Poland

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The much loved animated bear is banned in Tuszyn because he doesn’t wear pants and has non-gender-specific genitalia. Winnie the Pooh lunch boxes, t-shirts and toys must be left at home since the character is ‘inappropriately dressed’ and has even been denounced as a ‘hermaphrodite’.

5. Obesity in Japan

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In 2008, Japan implemented the ‘metabo law’ in attempt to overcome increasing obesity rates. Men and women are required to stay under a waist circumference of 33.5 and 35.4 inches. Failure to meet these goals result in a fine.

6. Camouflage clothing in the Caribbean

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In Barbados, it is an offence for even children to wear camouflage clothing and adults will be fined or arrested for doing so. Unless you are in the army or anti-drug forces then wearing camo is illegal.

7. Feeding the pigeons in Venice

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Since 2008, it has been illegal to feed pigeons in Venice as they are blamed for spreading dirt and ruining the city’s monuments. Offending can land you with a bill up to £622 (€700).

8. Owning one Goldfish in Switzerland

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The Swiss government believes it is cruel for goldfish to live without a companion since they are ‘social’ creatures. Other animals covered by this law also include guinea pigs and budgerigars.

9. Making ugly faces at a dog in Oklahoma

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You can be fined, arrested or jailed for making ugly faces at a dog.

10. Paying with too much change in Canada

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Depending on the value of the transaction, the 1985 Currency Act forbids people from using too much change to pay for goods.

11. Wearing heels at ancient sites in Greece

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Since 2009 women have been banned from wearing heels at the country’s archaeological sites as they may damage monuments.

12. Stepping on money in Thailand 

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Thailand worships its King and since his likeness is on all currency it is disrespectful to step on the King’s face. It is also forbidden to keep money in your socks and shoes.

13. Frowning in public in Milan, Italy 

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Unless you’re attending a funeral or visiting someone in hospital, it is illegal to frown in public in Milan and in doing so you could face a fine. But is there really much to be sad about when on holiday?

14. Flip Flops in Capri, Italy

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If you’re heading to Italy for your holiday this year then be aware of the ban on noisy footwear. In Capri in 2010 a couple was fined £100 each for wearing noisy flip flops.

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Top places to visit for your summer holiday

Summer is just around the corner and you may be stuck on knowing exactly where to go on your holiday. Looking for some inspiration? Continue reading our guide on the most popular places to go in 2018. Your perfect destination is just a flight away.

Algarve, Portugal

A European favourite for an affordable sunny holiday close to home. Algarve is top of many peoples lists, boasting a winning combination of spectacular beaches, inexpensive hotels, hot weather and reasonable pricing for both food and drink. Enjoy 300 days of sunshine a year and explore a country which caters for any type of holiday. Discover many spectacular beaches such as Ponta Da Piedade and find yourself relaxing amongst the rugged cliffs and breathtaking views. Or immerse yourself into the history and take a visit to one of the best examples of Moorish architecture at the Castle of Silves. Algarve has many different regions all offering its own particularities.

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Must Visit – Benagil Caves

Benagil Sea Caves frequently make it onto the lists of the most stunning places in the world. Be amazed by this natural wonder where you can catch a glimpse of the blue skies and crystal clear waters through caved windows. It really is as beautiful as it looks.

Tenerife, Spain

Visit Tenerife any time of the year without disappointment and find an island full of culture and diversity. Whether you’re looking for white sandy beaches, hiking, mountains or history, there is something for you here. With the average lowest temperature being 17°C and the highest 25°C and more, Tenerife has a satisfying climate all year round. Venture beyond the stunning beaches and uncover an island which boasts the highest mountain in Spain, the Mount Teide. Take a cable car and experience flying over volcanoes, craters and lava flows until you reach the top at 3,718 m.

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Must Visit – Garachico

Visit the charming village of Garachico and dive into the famous lava rock pools and sea channels. The swimming pools are suitable for everyone: from shallow calm waters to deep plunge pools. Its famous natural pools as well as its churches and historical buildings sitting on the cobbled streets have made this village become a very popular tourist destination.

Cyprus

Being the largest island in the Mediterranean, there is definitely something to suit everyone when visiting Cyprus. Hop on a flight for just over 4 hours and be guaranteed the good weather where the summer can see highs of 40°C. You won’t regret it when you see the sun-kissed beaches, shimmering blue seas and stunning archaeological remains from the roman period. Whether you’re off on a family holiday seeking fun and excitement or a romantic, relaxing getaway with your partner Cyprus will cater for you.

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Must Visit – Ancient Kourion

If you are visiting Cyprus then you must visit the Ancient Kourion at least once. Perhaps the best known and most photographed site in Cyprus, the Kourion shows the ancient culture of the country as well as spectacular views of the ocean.

Turkey 

Attracting as many as 42 million tourists a year, Turkey is a popular destination for crystal clear waters, small villages, huge cities, mountains and ruins of ancient empires. Its clear why the country is ranked as the 6th most popular tourist destination in the world. Turkey is strikingly beautiful and incredibly diverse. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful beaches. Relax on the soft, white sand in front of deep blue waters. Or backpack through Turkey’s favourite long-distance trail, Lycian Way, which combines coastal trekking with ancient sites. A holiday to Turkey promises an exciting vacation.

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Must VisitCappadocia

Located in Central Anatolia, Cappadocia is best known for its rocky, desert-like landscape, cave churches and houses caved into the rocks. See it all from above and soar over the landscape in a hot air balloon (which are open all year round) so you can get your perfect Instagram shot.

Marrakech, Morroco

Dive into an exotic city offering vibrant culture and fabulous charm. Visitors are always captivated by its lively environment, unique architecture and interesting entertainment. Visit the Souks and the market where you can find memorable goods and souvenirs such as beautiful fabrics, jewellery or ornaments. You will never experience shopping like it as you stroll past snake charmers, dancers and daily entertainment on your way.

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Must VisitJemaa el-Fnaa

Take a trip to this busy square and be amazed by snake charmers, henna tattoo artists and the variety of food stalls offering culinary delights. Open both day and night, don’t miss out on indulging in traditional lamb dishes or the tagine. Jemaa el-Fnna is a chance to really experience the true culture of the city.

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5 European Cities for Foodies

Eating well and appreciating the food definitely contributes to a great holiday. With the vast diversity of dishes around the world, don’t limit yourself to what you know. Indulge into the unknown and discover flavours that wow your taste buds. Here are the holidays which will promise a tasty experience.

Marrakech

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Discover interesting flavours and subtle spices. Marrakech offers stylish restaurants, delicious street food and vibrant culture. The famous Jemaa el-Fna, a busy street market, serves different dishes throughout the day combining Andalusian Spain, Arabia and France. From Moroccan soups to street kebabs, let your taste buds indulge in the exotic dishes.

Don’t leave without trying…Tagine – These traditional stews can be found bubbling away in restaurants, cafes or markets.

Italy

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There’s much more to Italy other than pizza, spaghetti and gelato. Italy is of no shortage of flavours so leave your diet at home and discover a country full of fresh delicious cuisine. Get the best out of your Italian eating, from Arancini to Bistecca alla Fiorentina, you will never leave unsatisfied.

Don’t leave without trying…Porchetta –  Imagine pork loin wrapped in pork belly, marinated, rolled, tied and then slow cooked. Enjoy thinly sliced Porchetta served with fresh bread.

Greece

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If you’re idea of heaven is blue seas and white buildings whilst eating olives, roast meats and cheese then take a trip to Greece. From Moussaka to Tzatziki, to Koulouri and Souvlaki, Greece offers so much variety. The Mediterranean diet is one of the most popular diets around with fresh vegetables and fish playing a significant role in the dishes.

Don’t leave without trying…Gyros – Pile it all into one. Choose your meat, add some salad, sauces and maybe even chips. Late night drunk food would not be the same without this foodie heaven wrapped in pitta bread.

Spain

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Add some flavour to your holiday by visiting Spain, a country famous for its tasty tapas and flavoursome paellas. You’re bound to find something to suit your tastebuds with such varied options. Look beyond tapas and devour in Cocido Madrileño, a stew containing a mixture of  meat and vegetables. Or try Pulpo a la Gallega and discover octopus served on sliced potatoes and sprinkled with paprika. Spain provides something for everyone.

Don’t leave without trying…Tortilla Española – This Spanish omelette consists of eggs, potatoes and onions, but it is so much more. Slow fried and adding chorizo, spinach or anything you fancy makes this delicious meal great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

France

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French food is not all about fine dining and cheese and wine. Stumble across cute hidden cafes and enjoy a croissant with a coffee. Or when it’s time for an afternoon snack find yourself tempted by the many street stands offering crepes. Each region in France has its own speciality foods and traditional recipes so you will never be short of things to try.

Don’t leave without trying…Buttered Escargot – Surely you can’t leave France without trying a traditional dish? Snails may not be everyone’s cup of tea but many tourists are pleasantly surprised. Cooked with herb butter and eaten with a pick, they may not be as bad as you think.

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What you need to know about taking a holiday during Ramadan

From Tuesday 15th May to Thursday 14th June, Muslims across the world will celebrate Ramadan – the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which strict fasting is monitored from sunrise to sunset. This sacred month sees Islamic culture abstain from pleasure and enjoy family time. However, tourists should not hesitate about taking a holiday during this month. There are many cultural festivals and entertainment that take place where you can educate yourself on this yearly holy tradition. Places such as Dubai and Egypt become relatively cheaper making it the perfect time for you to travel to your dream destinations at a lower cost. Yet, is it still important to be aware of the etiquette before you go.

Is it fine to go on holiday during Ramadan? 

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Ramadan is a time where Muslims do not eat or drink anything between dawn and sunset and instead dedicate their time for prayer. So how will this affect your holiday? There is no reason why you shouldn’t go on holiday during Ramadan. Countries celebrating this tradition welcome tourists with open arms providing an opportunity to dive into the vibrant culture. As long as you respect the rules, your holiday will be no different to any other time.

Can I eat and drink in public?

Non-Muslims are not required to fast but it is not accepted to eat, drink or smoke in public. There are designated areas or restaurants where you can eat and drink during fasting hours without offending others participating in this holy month. Children however, are allowed to eat and drink in public.

Is alcohol allowed?

Consuming alcohol is forbidden in public during Ramadan. However, tourists can drink alcohol in certain hotel bars or order it from room service as long as its in moderation. Some nightclubs will close but most bars, pubs and lounges will stay open but only serve alcohol after sunset.

Will everything still be open during Ramadan?

Supermarkets stay open throughout the day, takeaway food can still be delivered and some restaurants will remain open. Malls are open as normal and some for an extra hour or so at night. Depending on the mall, closing times could be as late as midnight. Most tourist attractions are open, although they may have different opening times but you won’t have to queue.

Things to remember

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Your holiday during Ramadan will be no different as long you respect the rules. You can still go to the beach, enjoy many attractions, explore Ramadan markets and even get involved in the tradition yourself. After hours, discover the many cooking stations where you can enjoy energising Ramadan drinks and delicious cuisine. Or spend an evening at a shisha bar and be entertained by the belly dancers. There’s just as much to explore during Ramadan.

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6 things we all do on an all-inclusive holiday

1. Abuse the bar 

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When everything is all-inclusive you suddenly think it’s your duty to have a cocktail with breakfast.

2. Consume enough food to feed 5 people 

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You spend months trying to get the perfect summer body, then as soon as you arrive you let go of all the food guilt. Ice cream for breakfast? Yeah, why not?

3. Eat anything but the local cuisine

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“Hmm…the Paella does sound nice but but I think i’ll go for the burger and chips please!” – Sticking to what you know!

4. Refuse to leave the resort because you’ll have to pay for things

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You have everything on your doorstep so why leave? It’s only going to mean you’re going to have to pay for extras.

5. And if you do decide to leave the resort its necessary to sneak food out of the restaurant

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Eyeing up the waiter to check when you can ‘make the run’, whilst your pockets are filled with food wrapped in tissue.

6. Have the option of 4 or 5 pools but always going to the same one and the same spot

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Once you’ve picked a spot, that is the spot for the whole holiday. You won’t even attempt to try any other pool.

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Where to go on your bank holiday weekend break

As May bank holiday approaches you may be in need of a relaxing break away to a short haul destination. Whether you’re looking to just relax or explore a busy city, we have many exclusive escapes at unbelievable prices.

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And if you’re not sure about where to go then we’re here to help. We’ve put together a mini guide of the best places to spend your bank holiday weekend.

London

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The capital is full of activities to do so you can make the most out of your weekend. If the sun decides to shine then take the opportunity to discover the city’s best parks, lidos and fountains. Dine al fresco or cruise down the River Thames on a boat tour to observe many famous landmarks.

London offers something for all budgets. From luxury designer shops to street markets, you will never get bored of the diversity the city offers. Your weekend break doesn’t have to be expensive here as many museums and attractions are completely free such as the National History Museum or the Portrait Gallery.  And if you’re not too familiar with London then see our last blog post here to give you some guidance.

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Venice, Italy

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Relax with a gelato in a gondola cruising on the city’s famous waterways. Discover the beauty of Venice only a short flight away, making it the perfect destination for an easy getaway. Its romantic aura, interesting architecture and abundance of things to do are the reasons why this floating city is on many peoples bucket lists.

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Barcelona, Spain

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A common favourite for a weekend break. Barcelona is a city bursting with famous art, excellent shopping experiences and sandy beaches. Las Ramblas is one of Barcelona’s most visited areas, a vibrant area full of entertainment which stretches for approximately 1.2km. Be sure to visit Sagrada Família, the city’s greatest and most famous work designed by Antoni Gaudi.

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Paris, France

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Paris is a popular destination for a city break. Some call it the city of love where you can experience a romantic weekend away exploring secret garden courtyards and dedicated love museums.  Aside from romance, Paris offers much more. From its cute cafes to its iconic sights such as the Eiffel Tower, you won’t find yourself stuck for things to do. Take time away with the kids and visit Disney Land Paris where you can relive your favourite Disney moments all only a couple of hours away from home.

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Prague, Czech Republic

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Imagine beautiful castles, Gothic houses, churches, gardens, rivers and bridges all in one place – that is Prague. The capital of Czech Republic is an ideal choice for a city break if you’re looking for any type of trip. Whether you want to explore historical architecture, dive into the culture, visit for the best beer or simply admire its beauty, Prague is a charming city great for families, friends or solo travelling.

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