Places to go and things to do in Chefchaouen, Morocco’s blue city
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Places to go and things to do in Chefchaouen, Morocco’s blue city

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

How to travel with your pet, why owning a dog doesn’t have to stop you travelling
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How to travel with your pet, why owning a dog doesn’t have to stop you travelling

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

16 must have accessories for the home for people who love to travel
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16 must have accessories for the home for people who love to travel

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

9 Tokyo travel tips for affordable luxury travellers
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9 Tokyo travel tips for affordable luxury travellers

If you’re the type of traveller that gets restless when you stay in one place, then Tokyo should be the next stop on your travels. A city that is always on the move, Japan’s capital constantly throws up something new to entertain and excite. But it’s not known as being the most affordable city in the world so here’s our luxury for less Tokyo travel tips. With a rich cosmopolitan dining scene, iconic Japanese pop culture, and fascinating customs and traditions, Tokyo offers up everything you could possibly ask for. Discover all its quirks, its science fiction-like vistas, plus edgy designer boutiques and mega malls. Continue Reading

Travel beauty: how to arrive looking and feeling glam when you travel
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Travel beauty: how to arrive looking and feeling glam when you travel

Trip booked. Bags packed. Checked in online. Beauty treatment at the airport booked… wait, what? I travel a fair bit yet never knew departure lounge beauty treatments were available free of charge until I attended a travel beauty event in London recently. But it’s true – at a range of UK airports you can enjoy a little pampering session before you catch your flight. Continue Reading

Affordable luxury travel deals – how to travel smart this season
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Affordable luxury travel deals – how to travel smart this season

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

How to travel to Helsinki and beyond on the Airbus A350
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How to travel to Helsinki and beyond on the Airbus A350

Helsinki, the capital of Finland may at first glance seem an unlikely destination for travellers, but I’d urge you to reconsider. Finland may be a land less travelled (all the more reason to go there in our opinion). And visitors that do head there tend to go to Lapland to see Santa Claus or the Aurora Borealis, missing places like Lahti region – part of Finland’s incredible lakelands – this is a country with more than 188,000 lakes, it’s southern coast and archipelago with 20,000 islands and the capital. However, Helsinki is a diverse and vibrant city with much to offer in its own right… Continue Reading

7 of the best spa treatments at luxury spa resorts
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7 of the best spa treatments at luxury spa resorts

What better way to look after yourself than with a restorative spa treatment? The stresses and strains of modern life can drift away when you have a relaxing break at one of the world’s luxury spa resorts. There is an acknowledgement today of the need for a better work/life balance, and with lifestyles as hectic as they are it’s more important than ever to recharge and refuel and that’s where the world’s spas are coming into play. With so many trips in the lap of the gods – sun-soaked holidays can sometimes be a washout if a rainstorm strikes suddenly, wonders of the world that don’t deliver as promised – there’s one trip you can totally rely on. Spa treatments are worth their weight in gold for making sure your holiday is reliably restorative. Continue Reading

How to cruise: 9 first time cruise tips to help you get your sea legs
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How to cruise: 9 first time cruise tips to help you get your sea legs

Cruising is a singular experience in travel and one that an increasing number of travellers are turning to for the first time. But if it’s your first tie booking a holiday at sea you will likely be in need of a few first time cruise tips to help make your sailing a go smoothly. Booking the right cruise for you is important. From the type of sailing (do you like adventure, are you travelling with the family, are you looking for luxury or an educational experience?), to destination and ports of call, length of cruise, style of cruise, size of ship and more. But from booking a cruise through to cruise packing and your time onboard, there’s a lot to consider. Continue Reading

A tale of two cities: a twin city break from Helsinki to Tallinn
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A tale of two cities: a twin city break from Helsinki to Tallinn

The journey from Helsinki to Tallinn is certainly different to what you might expect between two European capital cities, certainly in winter at least. In the deep freeze of the season in northern Europe, these cities are set in ice, and the journey on the Helsinki to Tallinn ferry is an ice-shattering experience as the ship cuts through a frozen Baltic Sea. Northern Europe was for a long time under-explored for us, so we were excited to venture north, and discover these cool cities. They have commonalities – a trendy, kooky Nordic vibe – but their contrasts make them a fascinating twin city break. Continue Reading

Places to go and things to do in Edinburgh
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Places to go and things to do in Edinburgh

With a rich history, proud culture and cosmopolitan vibe, Edinburgh is a captivating city where old meets new. It’s one of the UK’s finest destinations and there are plenty of excellent places to go and things to do in Edinburgh. From luxury travellers to food lovers – Scotland’s capital has something for every visitor. A compact and bustling city, it is also home to the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, plus one of the biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations. Yes, this is the home of Hogmanay. Combine this with an array of excellent food and drink, and Edinburgh is an inspiring city to discover. Continue Reading

How to book a package deal – 7 tips to find a great package holiday and transform your travels
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How to book a package deal – 7 tips to find a great package holiday and transform your travels

Booking a package holiday may seem simple. We all know how to find a package deal, right? That’s so 1988. So the title could have you thinking we’ve stepped into a time machine to steal you away from that online booking engine you’re using. But the travel industry is changing. For some years many holidaymakers have turned their back on the trusty old travel agent, and have been crafting their own holidays. Researching their destination, mixing and matching flights and hotels, finding preferred dates, services, and more. We’re big fans of this way of booking travel, and have packaged our own trips for well over a decade now. But, as with any trend, things are cyclical and it seems the package holiday is back. Continue Reading

Four fabulous cities to add to your bucket list
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Four fabulous cities to add to your bucket list

The beauty of travel and being able to experience new cultures and sights first hand can never be underestimated.

Deciding where to visit and where to stay can be a challenge, but a classic city break is the perfect opportunity to holiday your way, seeing and experiencing as much or as little as you wish.

Wherever your wanderlust takes you next, a self-catering apartment is a great option, giving you the flexibility to relax, explore, cook or dine out at your leisure.

And, if you’re travelling as a couple or with the family, the additional space and privacy afforded by an apartment will make your break all the more comfortable.

So this year, tick a few more destinations off your bucket list and visit one of these four cool cities and add an apartment stay to your plan. Continue Reading

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Magic Moomins, smoking saunas and wonderful waffles – all in a day in Naantali
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Magic Moomins, smoking saunas and wonderful waffles – all in a day in Naantali

“Welcome to the sunniest town in Finland,” said our lovely guide Tarja. We were in the small southern coastal town of Naantali, one of the oldest in Finland. It is the official summer residence to the Finnish president, while Russia’s president Putin is also a regular visitor. And the town’s charms were immediately apparent, even to us lesser political mortals. And yes the sun was shining, even though the temperature was well below freezing on the January morning. As we walked around the quaint little town centre, we came upon many 17th and 18th century wooden buildings, which give Naantali a distinctive relaxed feel. Continue Reading

Karma Resorts adds new boutique hideaway to the RCI collection
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Karma Resorts adds new boutique hideaway to the RCI collection

RCI members can now use their membership to holiday at a brand new boutique resort in Vietnam, Karma Resorts’ Cây Tre. Featuring just 22 spacious rooms, guests can revel in verdant tropical surroundings for a relaxing retreat, alongside the Do River, near Hoi An. With river, garden and pool view suites, each accommodation features soothing décor and understated elegance – perfect for couples looking for romance and solitude. Continue Reading

7 places to go for winter sun for luxury travellers
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7 places to go for winter sun for luxury travellers

Freezing temperatures and short, dark days make many of us contemplate sunnier shores and investigate places to go for winter sun. It’s not just about finding a sun-drenched beach either. Travellers are increasingly starting to take their main holiday of the year in the winter months to escape the dark, dank days of the year. From short-haul hops in Europe to far-flung paradise islands, there’s a perfect sunny spot somewhere for every luxury traveller. Here are some of the best places to go for winter sun, which you may not have considered. Continue Reading

A taste of the Champagne region of France
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A taste of the Champagne region of France

How special is a place that not just a monument, but a whole region, is declared a UNESCO World Heritage site? Say hello to the Champagne region of France. It’s an area of enticing landscapes, small, medieval towns, time-honoured traditions, and of course the gold standard of wines – champagne. The Champagne wine region lies east of Paris and produces more than 320 million bottles of bubbly each year, from around 280,000 vineyards. But it is not just the bubbly that draws visitors here, like any good wine region it has excellent restaurants and local dishes. Put them together and the Champagne region of France becomes a haven of taste. Continue Reading

9 Las Vegas travel tips for affordable luxury travellers
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9 Las Vegas travel tips for affordable luxury travellers

More than simply a playground for high rolling gamblers and couples keen to be married by Elvis, Las Vegas is rich with luxury travel experiences. And they don’t have to cost the earth either so we’ve put together top Las Vegas travel tips that will make your trip more fun and affordable. Las Vegas is home to plenty of affordable options for the stylish traveller keen to enjoy something special. Although known affectionately as ‘Sin City,’ Las Vegas has plenty more to offer than just gambling and pool parties. Continue Reading

7 places to go to discover a new you
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7 places to go to discover a new you

Moving swiftly from one year into the next, we can all too quickly forget the importance of a little me time. Whether that’s time to relax, treating ourselves with a shopping spree, or simply delving into a good book. But how about the chance to really focus on you? Boost your confidence by learning a new skill or art or delving a little bit deeper into local culture by enjoying a new skill which will last long after your travels. Here are seven places to go to discover a new you, be that with a cooking experience, art holiday, learning a new language, or perhaps with restorative break. Continue Reading

Discovering paradise on Paros: a Greek island adventure
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Discovering paradise on Paros: a Greek island adventure

From quaint seafront tavernas serving fish, fresh from the sea stretched out before you, to beach parties and live music events, you can holiday any way you want to on Paros Island.

And it has everything an idyllic beach retreat should have. Famous for traditional architecture, sun-kissed beaches and a vibrant nightlife, there is something within its pretty shores for romantic couples, culture vultures and families looking for fun in the sun.

Renowned for its warm and welcoming locals, beautiful walking routes and landscape, it has long been favoured as home for artists, many of whom choose to live, work and exhibit on the island today.

Like the artists who set foot on Paros before you, discover the range of reasons that will make you want to call the Greek island home – not just a holiday destination. Continue Reading

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