Discovering luxury for less is at the heart of what we do on LiveShareTravel – we believe we should all be able to liberate a little luxury on our travels with great affordable luxury travel deals. Whether it’s finding a great flight, hotel or package deal, adding on airport lounge access, or treating yourself to stylish new luggage, finding a deal can add to the travel experience. So we’re starting a new series where we’ll be bringing you a host of affordable luxury travel deals for smart travellers. Continue Reading
If South Africa hasn’t made it to the top of your ‘must-visit’ list, then I’d be surprised. Most people are enticed by the country’s rich mix of impressive wildlife, beautiful weather and head turning array of food and wine. But most who visit for the latter focus their attention on places like Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, which are undeniably popular for a reason. However there’s a juicy alternative to those starry wine-country faves, but it’s not going to remain hidden for long. The Robertson Wine Valley is home to breathtaking countryside, exceptional wines, and one of the most spectacular drives I’ve ever taken, along the dreamy Route 62. Continue Reading
European low cost airlines have become increasingly popular with travellers looking for cut-price flights. However, they come with many regulations, fees and penalties – perhaps more so than scheduled or charter airlines. Being aware of the extra fees and charges you may face before you fly is extremely important as it can prevent you from having to pay large sums at the airport. Our updated guide to flying on Europe’s low cost airlines has all the fees and restrictions detailed to help you travel more cheaply and easily. Continue Reading
There is something always de rigueur when it comes to afternoon teas in London, and in recent years many of the city’s top establishments have introduced quirky twists on the quintessentially British tradition. It’s never faltered in popularity and is one of the most traditional things to do in London. So why not continue the tradition for yourself – the best afternoon teas in London offer a cornucopia of delights from tea with homemade scones slathered in clotted cream and jam; to ever more artful, quirky sweet treats. Here are some of the best afternoon teas in London to whet your appetite – from the traditional to the quirky. Continue Reading
This is something of a departure from our usual stories on the full sweep of luxury travels and travel tips and advice we usually bring you here. But ever since we first wrote about our first experience of mixed nude spas in Austria, we have been surprised at just how popular that story has proven to be. Thousands and thousands of you have read that article and our first exploration of mixed nude spas. So we thought it was about time to add some practical tips to the mix and combine it with other posts that you enjoy – our packing lists, because what on earth do you pack for a nudist holiday or a trip to a naturist resort? Continue Reading
With summer holidays in full swing, it’s time to get your holiday wardrobe beach fashion ready. Despite the multiple offerings out there on the high street and beyond, it can sometimes be a little overwhelming buying fashionable and everyday clothes for the right beach style. And if you like to pack light for practical reasons then you may be trying to edit your clothes down even further into a capsule wardrobe. Continue Reading
Some holiday destinations simply scream ‘family’, whereas others just don’t seem the right fit for those of you with your own little clan to consider.
Until recently, you’d be forgiven for having deemed Dubai – the glamorous playground of the United Arab Emirates – as infant incompatible or inapt for adolescents. Maybe you’ve vowed to get there sometime soon, well if you do you’ll want to know what to see and where to go in Dubai for families.
Well, the great news is that while Dubai still amazes with its sci-fi, Manhattanesque skyline, and its palm-shaped islands; still astounds with its majestic fountains; and tightly guards the key to shopping ecstasy, this chic city has come over all broody, with family-friendly fun high on the agenda.
Where to go in Dubai for families
The new Orlando – Dubai the theme park haven
The opening of three theme parks and one water park all in one location promises world-class entertainment for the whole family, rivalling the likes of Florida on the fun-o-metre. Continue Reading
Mention Orlando and shopping isn’t paramount in people’s minds. But being the US’s premier holiday spot – Orlando has more visitors each year than any other city in the country – shopping in Orlando is also one of the city’s big draws. It’s not just the number of malls or the bargains to be found, but the sheer number and diversity of shopping outlets that makes it popular – from Gucci to Gap, Michael Kors handbags to Mickey Mouse ears. And as most of the shopping is mall-based and air-conditioned it’s a great break from the heat of Orlando. Continue Reading
Francophiles unite! You know that France is so much more than just Paris and that the best French cities have just as much style and substance as the capital. But for those of you that didn’t get the memo, we have put together a list of some of the more off the beaten track cities you need to visit in France. Be it for their history, their cool culture or just great French cuisine, these cities are well worth considering for a weekend away. So book your flight, source accommodation – perhaps one of the many France vacation rentals, and plan a weekend filled with joie de vivre. Here are seven of great French cities you need to visit now, serving up their own definition of cool, and something to surprise and delight beyond the City of Light. Continue Reading
Other than by luxury yacht, there are few better ways to explore the Caribbean than on a cruise. But with a range of activities and onboard events, you may be left wondering just what to pack for a Caribbean cruise. While every island is unmistakably “Caribbean”, they also offer something decidedly unique. One day you might be exploring the roots of reggae in Jamaica, on another you could be simply relaxing on the white sand beaches of Barbados. Then there’s the fun evenings back onboard ship, and formal evenings such as the Captain’s Dinner. All of this means packing for a Caribbean cruise needs some careful consideration. Continue Reading
Tenerife has long been a popular holiday destination, particularly with the British. This Canary Island promises year-round sun, cocktails on the beach, and fun-filled attractions such as Siam Park and Loro Parque. But there are also plenty of unusual places to visit in Tenerife, away from the busy resorts and guaranteed to keep even the most over-grown kids occupied, including the world’s third largest volcano, Mount Teide.
Tenerife is so varied – from the vibrant resorts and golden beaches of the south to the dark, volcanic sand of the north, through to its historic towns, so you’ll want to explore.
Hiring a car in Tenerife is always a good idea, as traversing the island from south to north and vice-versa is very easy and ‘doable’ in 70-minutes. You can also do the journey by bus so you get the best of both worlds on the island .
If perhaps you’ve visited a few times before, or you’re looking for a day trip that offers something a little different. We have great ideas on what to do in Tenerife as well as where to stay.
Plus don’t miss an exclusive special offer at one of the best RCI resorts in Tenerife. Continue Reading
Although travel can often be a time for us to let our hair down and shake off our usual routines, it’s also one of our most photographed times — and it’s nice to still feel as though we look nice, and a little polished. But the flight restrictions regarding the amount of liquid you take in your carry-on luggage, and the ever-present fear of exploding shampoo plus dehydrating cabin air all collude to try and bring down our travel beauty dreams. Continue Reading
Budapest is one of the most beautiful, but underrated European cities. It’s also one of Europe’s most affordable, so we’ve collated few of the best places to go in Budapest so you can make the most of your visit. With architecture to rival Barcelona, history so rich you will find something new every day you wander its picture-perfect streets, and a romance akin to Paris, Budapest should be on your list of places to go. Continue Reading
For those in need of a serious wildlife fix, you’ll likely struggle to find anywhere as wildly populated with incredible animals than the Kruger National Park. It was one of the best experiences of my life when I visited recently, and I was lucky enough to experience it in two very different ways. After a very long drive, one I hadn’t anticipated to be quite as long we were scaling the dizzying heights of the magnificent Kruger National Park, all 4.8 million acres of it. (Yep, it’s THAT big!) Continue Reading
For a real get away from it all experience, and without travelling too far from mainland UK, visit the Isles of Scilly for an unforgettable break.
Located off the south-west coast of England and just a short flight or ferry ride from Penzance in Cornwall, the Scilly Isles are a haven of peace and tranquillity. While they may be made up of 200 small islands, they are big on wonderful attractions Continue Reading
We’re big fans of Spain and have been to many parts of the country – from city to coast, and countryside. So when Spanish Tourism asked me to share my favourite photos of the country as part of their #SpaininMYheart campaign, finding great images should have been simple. But not so, Spain refuses to be honed down to a handful of images. But, that is the task at hand for you if you’d like to enter their competition to win a snazzy new Canon G7 X digital camera. You’ll find details of the competition below, but first let me explain why I struggled with this project and share some of my favourite images with you. Continue Reading
Theming your holiday might seem a little twee, but when your theme is something you adore, mixing it with travel is only going to maximise your fun. Wine lovers rejoice as there are plenty of amazing holiday destinations out there for you. And it’s not only renowned destinations like France where you can find fine vines to quaff from. There’s a whole host of dreamy destinations for wine lovers where you can expect to enjoy some of the finest wines and eat food so delicious you’ll never want to leave. We are big fans of a destination that offers delectable wine and food to boot, so we’ve pulled together some of the best wine destinations in the world for you here. Continue Reading
If you haven’t yet heard of the Instagrammable bright blue city of Chefchaouen in Morocco, that’s set to change quickly as the spectacular spot in North Africa is set to become ever-more popular. But what are the best things to do in Chefchaouen? Nestled at the foot of the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is an otherworldly idyll, and as far removed from bustling Marrakech as you can imagine. For a start, expect calming strolls and hillside treks and a seriously chilled out way of life. But don’t worry about being bored, as beyond the souks filled with lovely souvenirs to take home with you, there is ample opportunity to snap away at every hue of blue imaginable, eat delicious Moroccan food and enjoy the quiet charm of ‘The Blue City.’ Continue Reading
When you have a dog, travelling becomes slightly more complicated – but that doesn’t mean it’s not doable. You just have to do a little more research or put some extra planning in place before you set off. If you manage it succesfully, you’ll enjoy a holiday with the full family and stop having to worry about poor Rover back home. Continue Reading
Your home says a lot about you, and if like us you are a keen traveller, why not show your taste for the international with these accessories for the home. We have handpicked a range of furnishings and accessories to help create a space in your home where you can dream of far flung shores. So when your luxury adventures are over, you still have your own travel themed room to retreat to. From a quirky suitcase coffee table to Moroccan bathroom features, these accessories make a great focal point. Continue Reading