How to travel on low-cost airlines in Asia
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How to travel on low-cost airlines in Asia

Low cost airlines have become extremely popular in Asia with the proliferation of newer companies bringing travellers great prices across the region. However, they can come with complicated fees, expensive penalties and complex regulations. Follow this handy guide to avoid these charges to discover how to travel low cost in Asia. Did you know that you can be charged up to 40,000 Vietnamese dong per kilogram of overweight baggage? Some airlines even charge you to book your flight by phone, reserving your seats via a call centre can incur a charge of up to $30 in Australia. Today being aware of your chosen low-cost carriers’ fees and charges is extremely important. Continue Reading

Places to visit in Marrakesh, Morocco
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Places to visit in Marrakesh, Morocco

If Chefchaouen is Morocco’s Blue City then Marrakesh is the Red City and its beating heart and soul. With an Arabian mysticism and African fascination, there are many wonderful places to visit in Marrakesh. A city often mistaken for the capital of Morocco (it’s not, Rabat is) Marrakesh is one of the most exciting destinations in the world, and it’s less than a four-hour flight from the UK. As soon as you arrive, your senses are filled with the sights, sounds and sweet smells of this unmistakeable city which refuses to be forgotten in a hurry. As the Atlas Mountains loom over the spice and souk filled Djemaa el-Fna, expect to enjoy a thriving art scene while you sit back, relax and sip on a sweet mint tea in a café. Continue Reading

Albariñio-rich Rías Baixas – the most regal of Spanish wine regions
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Albariñio-rich Rías Baixas – the most regal of Spanish wine regions

Row upon row of vines trailed across fields as we left the city of Santiago de Compostela behind and entered one of the most famed Spanish wine regions. But while the name Rías Baixas doesn’t perhaps slip off the tongue as easily as Rioja, its main export has certainly tantalised many a palate. And though this Spanish wine region doesn’t offer as much variety of wines as other locations, what it does produce, it does so well that the world has had to sit up and take notice. Albariñio is one of the most lauded white wines in the world and increasing in popularity as people discover more about its complex character. Continue Reading

A different perspective: 7 of the most Instagrammable views of landmarks around the world
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A different perspective: 7 of the most Instagrammable views of landmarks around the world

Whether it’s New York with the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or the Opera House in Sydney – there are an array of landmarks around the world that have long drawn visitors. People flock to these locations in excitement, with anticipation, and always prepared with cameras ready for the perfect snapshot. But many of the most famous landmarks around the world are best viewed from a different angle – perhaps from further away, rather than at close quarters.  or from a specific street, or even a shop or café. Alternatively, you may find a room with a stellar view or discover that a landmark is best viewed from a specific street, or even a shop or café. Continue Reading

Places to stay in Bordeaux – affordable luxury and a relaxed French lifestyle in Saint-Emilion
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Places to stay in Bordeaux – affordable luxury and a relaxed French lifestyle in Saint-Emilion

Sat on the patio, accompanied by the soft melodic chirping of birds, I was transported into chill out mode in an instant at what has become one of my favourite places to stay in Bordeaux. I hadn’t long arrived at Yelloh! Village Saint-Emilion, and I already felt relaxed and ready for my short break in the French countryside. Saint-Emilion is just one hour from the city of Bordeaux in south-west France and combined with regular flights from the UK, it’s a convenient option for a long weekend wine break or a longer escape. Yelloh! Village Saint-Emilion may be a campsite, with pitches for tents and caravans, but it also has some stylish options for affordable luxury travellers. And with a lakeside setting amid acres of neighbouring vineyards, it allows you to slow down, and enjoy a slice of French life. Continue Reading

Making of a Spanish hero – Balenciaga exhibition in London hails designer responsible for shaping fashion
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Making of a Spanish hero – Balenciaga exhibition in London hails designer responsible for shaping fashion

When the Balenciaga exhibition, London, opened at the V&A Museum with the title Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, it seemed a lofty claim. After all, haven’t countless of the world’s designers shaped fashion in their own inimitable style? But having had the chance to explore the history and legacy of Cristóbal Balenciaga, I instantly knew exhibition-goers were in for a couture treat. You see I took the winding road from San Sebastián to Balenciaga’s home town some time ago, to discover more about him. Continue Reading

Best summer holiday reading 2017 – 12 books for your next getaway
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Best summer holiday reading 2017 – 12 books for your next getaway

Love a good book on the beach? Still planning your holiday reading? To be sure that you get the best summer holiday reading 2017, we’ve undertaken a bit of research for you. Whether you have a long flight ahead or have planned some restorative poolside lounging on your next holiday, packing a few books, or better still loading them onto an extremely lightweight Kindle will not go amiss for a little entertainment or enlightenment. There is an endless supply of great new reading material out there, probably too much to choose from, so we have narrowed down the best of the latest releases to save you time and perhaps unearth some lesser-known gems.

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Extra Special Holidays with RCI Exchange
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Extra Special Holidays with RCI Exchange

For travel lovers, variety is certainly the spice of life. We want to travel as often as we can, visiting new and exciting places, but few of us have the deep pockets to do so all the time, that’s where some luxury travellers have found RCI Extra Holidays and opened up a world of affordable luxury adventures. Maria Musgrove-Wethey shares her experience, she has been a member of RCI, the global leader in exchange holidays and part of the Wyndham Worldwide hotel group, for 25 years. Here Maria explains how, using RCI Extra Holidays – a rental option available to members – in addition to her exchange weeks, she is able to enjoy great-value holidays with her family and friends. Continue Reading

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Unique travel experiences – dinner with the locals in Koh Samui, Thailand
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Unique travel experiences – dinner with the locals in Koh Samui, Thailand

“In luxury” may be the way we like to travel, but it’s never been the reason why we travel. Unique travel experiences, discovering the world’s cultures and people are the things that make us jump on a plane with regularity. There is little better than forming a connection with the locals – sharing a smile, a story, a joke, and maybe even a big belly laugh with the people we meet. For us, the more we travel, the more we realise that we share a deep commonality with people around the world. We recognise that people are more the same than we are different and that any differences are what makes us interesting rather than odd or “the other”. And every now and then we’re struck by a wonderful soul, by the generosity of spirit of the people we meet. Continue Reading

Places to go in London for every visitor
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Places to go in London for every visitor

With thousands of years of history, a royal heritage and thriving multinational culture, there are many great places to go in London. In fact England’s capital will keep visitors busy for days, so much so, one visit to will never allow you enough time to see the city. But here we list London’s best attractions and ideas whether you’re seeking luxury, food, history or family experiences. 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

South African wine’s best kept secret? The Robertson Wine Valley
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South African wine’s best kept secret? The Robertson Wine Valley

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

How to travel on European low cost airlines
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How to travel on European low cost airlines

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

Where to go for the best afternoon teas in London
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Where to go for the best afternoon teas in London

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

How to travel: what to pack for a naturist resort break
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How to travel: what to pack for a naturist resort break

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

The ultimate guide to beach fashion
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The ultimate guide to beach fashion

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

Where to go in Dubai for families: theme parks, attractions and pools
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Where to go in Dubai for families: theme parks, attractions and pools

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

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Shopping in Orlando: where to bag everything from designer bargains to Mickey Mouse
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Shopping in Orlando: where to bag everything from designer bargains to Mickey Mouse

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

7 of the best French cities you need to visit now
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7 of the best French cities you need to visit now

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

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