Things to do in Scotland: why Loch Lomond’s attractions make for a great break
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Things to do in Scotland: why Loch Lomond’s attractions make for a great break

From the thick evergreen forests to mirror-like lochs – the Loch Lomond region is the perfect destination for exploring nature, or just getting some peace and quiet. The activities available are also among the very best things to do in Scotland, and are ideal for those looking for a romantic, getaway-from-it-all break. Fly or take the train to Glasgow for a couple of nights in the city, then hire a car to get out to Loch Lomond and its picturesque southern shores, which rest between the central lowlands and the Scottish Highlands. Continue Reading

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9 New Zealand travel tips for affordable luxury travellers
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9 New Zealand travel tips for affordable luxury travellers

The healthy dose of alluring views sprinkled across New Zealand cannot be forgotten in a hurry. The undulating fields of green interspersed across its North and South islands, punctuated by the skyscrapers of cities such as Wellington, provide a diverse blanket of attractions and sights. New Zealand is a long way from Europe, but travelling there needn’t be super expensive. We’ve collected nine tips to help you save on a trip to the island nation. Continue Reading

Places to visit in Winnipeg: stepping out to discover 150 years of culture
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Places to visit in Winnipeg: stepping out to discover 150 years of culture

When I knew I was off to Canada, my first thoughts were to plan the places to visit in Winnipeg for my week of adventure. To anyone living outside of Manitoba, the central province and beating heart of Canada remains surprisingly undiscovered. But that’s part of its magic and appeal – it epitomises the road less frequented. Manitoba isn’t flocked to by the tourist hordes or even by many first time visitors to Canada. It is more favoured by those who seek authenticity in their travel destinations, by those who know Canada a little more intimately and want to branch out to see something more rugged, unusual and new. Continue Reading

7 of the world’s best pools to cool off in
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7 of the world’s best pools to cool off in

A hotel with an impressive pool always seems to be a major deciding factor when I’m researching my next place to stay. In fact the minute I offload my luggage, it’s the one place I head for before dinner to slip into the relaxed pace of holiday time. And a pool is never just a pool, as you will discover with these seven eye-catching places for a dip. With hotels now striving for ever better swimming pools as their centrepieces, designers are getting more creative than ever with their architecture and design, giving guests a real treat when they cool off. They throw spectacular vistas and are places to see and be seen. These pools demand that you do more than just a few laps in them. From infinity pools with sprawling urban views, to dramatic mountain vistas, there is a pool view for everyone and we think you might just find one that catches your eye in this selection of the world’s best pools. Continue Reading

7 authentic Spanish recipes to savour Galicia’s sun, sea and seafood
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7 authentic Spanish recipes to savour Galicia’s sun, sea and seafood

“Today you’re going to make seven dishes for your dinner,” Rocio our chef and soon-to-be tutor at Quinta de San Amaro enthused. It was already gone 7pm and with a no-work, no-eat task ahead, my group of travel writers felt rather daunted. We were fine with eating to Spanish time, but would we really be able to cook these authentic Spanish recipes in time to actually eat them today? Next Rocio introduced us to some of the ingredients we’d be using. First she thrust an octopus head-first into the air so its tentacles hung long beneath it. Then she drew our attention to a glass full of long razor clams, their shells open for us to see their occupants. Next up in this seafood fest were clams and mussels, all of whom were firmly hidden away from view, and large, pink prawns also in their shells. Continue Reading

A taste for wine and history? Spend a day drinking in Saint-Emilion, France
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A taste for wine and history? Spend a day drinking in Saint-Emilion, France

Saint-Emilion, France. You can almost taste the goodness of this area as it swirls around the tongue like a good wine. This wine region is renowned for delectable flavours, and a deliciously vintage feeling that seeps from its historic heart. But before I regale you with my experiences of this corner of France, I have something to confess. Something rather embarrassing. This was not only my first time in Saint-Emilion, but it was also my first foray in France. Our paths just never seemed destined to cross, even though I had developed something of a love affair with France from afar. 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

Why the world’s chefs go oil the way to the Beaujolais region of France for ingredients
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Why the world’s chefs go oil the way to the Beaujolais region of France for ingredients

In the sleepy town of Beaujeu in the Beaujolais region of France lies a rather unassuming factory. But this is no ordinary provincial factory – this is one of France’s finest huilieries. OK, so a huilerie is not a common word – perhaps not common in French, least of all English. But let’s just say that without this little factory, France’s famous reputation for good food would not be quite so solid. For the past 35 years, the Montegottero family has been producing virgin oils, from fruits and nuts, at Huilierie Beaujolaise oil mill, bottling and selling them at their specialist shop on Rue des Echarmeaux in the town – formerly known as the provincial capital of the Beaujolais region. And not only are they popular locally, but the oils are sold to France’s finest restaurants right across the country. Continue Reading

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

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

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