Georgia now on exchange map for RCI members
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Georgia now on exchange map for RCI members

Not to be confused with the American State, Georgia – the small country neighbouring Russia – is an exciting and newly emerging holiday hotspot that is now accessible using RCI membership and holiday exchange.

The Alliance Group’s new resort, Alliance Palace Batumi, has now joined the RCI holiday exchange network, making it the first RCI-affiliated resort in Georgia. The impressive resort is due to open to guests in summer 2018, Continue Reading

Places to visit in Athens and where to stay by the coast
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Places to visit in Athens and where to stay by the coast

There are a handful of European cities that not only wear their history well but who’s ancient past make for a journey through time, and Athens is one of them.

Home to one of the world’s ancient civilisations, it makes for one of the most interesting cities in the world. Like an outdoor museum, the ancient city boasts incredible ruins and fascinating historical sites to gaze upon at every turn. 

Keeping a watchful eye over the city is the Acropolis. The range of ancient monuments rests on a large hill that can be seen across central Athens. The spectacular Parthenon takes centre stage and is truly a beautiful piece of architecture. Dating back to 447BC, the temple was built for, and dedicated to, the goddess Athena. Although obviously crumbling in places, it’s easy to imagine the impact it would have had in its glory days.

There are many other ruins on the Acropolis, so try and tear your eyes away from the grand Parthenon to explore the likes of the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheum among others, and learn about their interesting individual stories. Continue Reading

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Skiing, skating and spa-ing in Carinthia’s southern alps
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Skiing, skating and spa-ing in Carinthia’s southern alps

Marketed as the sunny side of Austria’s Alps, that description didn’t quite ring true when we arrived at the last stop on our #AustrianWinter tour. But luck doesn’t always favour the bold, and with an average of 457 hours of sunshine between November and March, we wouldn’t dispute the Carinthia ski region and it’s usual claim to the sunshine crown. Add to that, Carinthia did not disappoint with its wealth of activities both on and off the slopes, regardless of the weather. Continue Reading

Zaragoza: a city whose Moorish past has merged with the modern
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Zaragoza: a city whose Moorish past has merged with the modern

Forget the coast – if you love unravelling the culture of a country then you have to head to its cities. In Spain many of us tend to stick to the major cities. The likes of Barcelona, Madrid and Seville have long grabbed the attention of travellers with a voracious appetite for city life. But Spain is a country with lots of great smaller, lesser-visited cities, such as Zaragoza. And with a chequered history, fantastic food, renaissance and modern art, and more there are many great things to do in Zaragoza that make this one of the country’s smallest unmissable city break destinations. Continue Reading

At home in the city, lake and mountains in Zell am See-Kaprun
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At home in the city, lake and mountains in Zell am See-Kaprun

You’re a powder addict that loves nothing better than carving down the blacks and sloping off-piste every now and then. But your friend or partner either isn’t as confident or loves the snow but doesn’t ski at all. What to do and where to go for a winter holiday? For a diverse group of skiers and non-skiers, Zell am See-Kaprun has to be the place to be. From mountain to glacier skiing at up to 3,000 metres, to fun on the beautiful expanse of Lake Zell, and all the attractions of a small city, Zell am See-Kaprun certainly has something for everyone in your holiday party. Continue Reading

The Spanish city of Tarragona takes us on a journey through time
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The Spanish city of Tarragona takes us on a journey through time

There’s a high-speed train network connecting many of Spain’s major cities. But did you know they also offer up opportunities to travel through time? Of course, they don’t come in the style of Dr Who’s TARDIS, but visit the northern city of Tarragona and you will find yourself transported through Spain’s history. Tarragona is a Spanish city I’d never visited before but wholeheartedly enjoyed. Continue Reading

How to travel to South Africa: where to find luxury and how to explore safely
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How to travel to South Africa: where to find luxury and how to explore safely

Safaris on savannahs to deserts which bloom to life in spring, coastal drives to city nights, travel to South Africa will introduce you to one of the most vibrant and tempting destinations in the world. Its luxury travel offerings are as diverse as they are plentiful, with exquisite hotels, tailor-made safaris, elegant train journeys, and delectable wineland tours. However South Africa has a reputation for crime and violent incidents. So should you travel to South Africa? Where should you go, and where should you perhaps avoid? And how can you travel there safely? This guide to this vast country will focus on areas you should visit, how you can make the most of your trip and how to do so in comfort, safety and with confidence. Continue Reading

The Skicircus challenge? Finding time for all the alpine adventures in Saalbach-Hinterglemm and Leogang
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The Skicircus challenge? Finding time for all the alpine adventures in Saalbach-Hinterglemm and Leogang

You don’t need mountains to ski, and you don’t need to ski to enjoy the mountains. The Skicircus – Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Leogang and Fieberbrunn in Austria was set to introduce us to all manner of snow-bound adventures. From Alpine to cross-country, slaloms to fun parks, it’s a destination for every ski-lover. We were ready for our very own Skicircus challenge!
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Places to go in Thailand for new and repeat visitors
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Places to go in Thailand for new and repeat visitors

If you haven’t been to Thailand before a real experience awaits. It’s a country with arguably some of the best food in the world, but you’ll want to savour the culture, immerse yourself in its cities, and relax on its beaches as well. There are so many places to go in Thailand and, following our seventh visit to the country we thought it was time to share some of our favourite things to do in Thailand with you. The Land of Smiles as it’s known though is a large country, so we’ve decided to focus our Thailand destination guide on the three places we visited most recently. 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

Piste to plate: a gastronomic tour of Austria’s Zillertal ski resort
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Piste to plate: a gastronomic tour of Austria’s Zillertal ski resort

With more than 500 kilometres of pistes to explore and the offer of 365 days in which you can ski in the year, the Zillertal Valley, in Austria’s Tirol, is one of the best ski resorts in the world. My winter-sports loving friend Shelley and I recently took a trip across the country taking in four ski of Austria’s ski regions, starting with the Zillertal ski resort. Here’s the first of our Austrian ski resort guides. Continue Reading

How luxury travel is transforming local lives: our Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy experience
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How luxury travel is transforming local lives: our Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy experience

The joys of luxury travel are many, but for us, the opportunity to leave the confines of our luxury accommodation and connect with people in our destination is one of the things that we love most. When we had the opportunity recently to visit Chiang Mai, in Thailand, and see an Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy project, we were taken aback by what we discovered. Continue Reading

Things to do in Rimini, Italy: Ape-ing about town from food to history
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Things to do in Rimini, Italy: Ape-ing about town from food to history

In the beguiling town of Rimini in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, there is delightful mixing of the old and the new. The Rimini beaches on the Adriatic coast are renowned across Europe for their quality, as are the restaurants, bars and vibrant nightlife. Yet, there is so much more to this ancient town, so many things to do in Rimini – and I was here to explore. Continue Reading

9 luxury travel tips for an Austrian ski break
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9 luxury travel tips for an Austrian ski break

The ski season is upon us and whether you cruise the blues or like to tackle black runs, Austria has a plethora of great resorts with aprés-ski options to suit every traveller. But as many will already appreciate – skiing isn’t exactly cheap. So we’ve put together a list of luxury travel tips for an Austrian ski break that won’t break the bank. With bluebird days, some of the world’s best maintained pistes, powder-filled slopes and adventurous off-piste options, to A-frame hüttes dotted amid rugged mountains there’s plenty to entice skiers of all levels. Continue Reading

Getting to grips with Northern Ireland’s capital – things to do in Belfast for the first timer
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Getting to grips with Northern Ireland’s capital – things to do in Belfast for the first timer

It often occurs to me as a travel writer, that I jet all over the world but know little of home. Northern Ireland is one of those places I hadn’t had the pleasure of visiting despite not needing a passport to go there. That’s right, us Brits can fly there passport free – it’s in the UK, of course. But Northern Ireland is different enough to make you feel like you’ve gone abroad, and there are countless things to do in Belfast that can take first time visitors like me beyond the Troubles and the clichés to discover one of Europe’s rising city break stars. Continue Reading

18 luxury places to visit: where to go next when you think you’ve seen it all
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18 luxury places to visit: where to go next when you think you’ve seen it all

Just like writers’ block, we believe in such a thing as traveller’s block. You may think you’ve been there, done that, and seen it all before. Alternatively with a whole world out there the FOMO (fear of missing out) may hold you back from making that all too important decision of where to go next on holiday. But it shouldn’t. Start by delving into what motivates you to travel. Do you love a luxury escape, enjoy off the beaten track wild adventures, getting to grips with a city through its culture? Then browse through this hot list of options. But be warned, it is highly likely to fire up your wanderlust. Continue Reading

Best places to go in the world – behind the scenes of a year of luxury travel
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Best places to go in the world – behind the scenes of a year of luxury travel

During a lifetime of travels, it’s likely that there will be just a handful of places you consider the best places to go in the world. Over the last year, we have packed our bags numerous times, filled with the promise of somewhere new but with no concrete expectations. By travelling with an open mind, we have once again discovered a fabulous selection of destinations that have captured our hearts, minds and recipe books! But as you will discover with our list of our favourite destinations from 2017, they each have their own personality and individual story to tell. Continue Reading

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