City Breaks

Spend the Weekend in Gothenburg, Sweden

Sweden’s second city is nowhere near as big and famous as Stockholm, but it’s perfect for a short break.  It’s small enough to explore with ease yet big enough to have plenty to do, plus it’s cheaper than the capital too.  The Liseberg Amusement Park is smack bang in the middle of the city, and is Sweden’s most popular tourist attraction.  It has plenty of hair-raising rides and rollercoasters. Read more about Spend the Weekend in Gothenburg, Sweden

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24 Hours in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, an Islamic city without the radical factor is an attractive option in this day and age.  The peaceful Topkapi Palace is first cab off the rank.  In its outdoors, all four courtyards of it, the silence is only broken by the soft tweets of the avian residents.  This air of serenity is accompanied by a rich royal history: Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (1494 – 1566) insisted everyone walked around in silence to avoid compromising his tranquillity. Read more about 24 Hours in Istanbul, Turkey

Reykjavik: Wet and Wonderful Short Break

Rain pelts down as we squelch up the ice, just barely detecting our mountain guide Björgvin’s red jacket in front of us.  I had heard many things about Iceland – a country of natural beauty, locals who know how to party, and, until recently, a pricey travel destination.  But no one said anything about the rain.

In a dry reprieve, while wringing out our gloves – sheep’s wool in the most effective means of keeping warm while wet, says Björgvin, and he should know, braving Iceland’s elements almost every day – we get to admire the stunning scenery that our hike has led us to. Read more about Reykjavik: Wet and Wonderful Short Break

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Visit The Baltic Coastal Town of Gdansk, Poland

An industrial port on the edge of the Baltic may not sound like an ideal spot for a mini break, but with his cobbled streets and pastoral coloured Flemish buildings, Gdansk is full of surprises. And right now, is the time to go, before it starts attracting anywhere near the hefty number of visitors Polish hotspot Krakow does. From a tourist’s perspective, it still feels almost undiscovered. Read more about Visit The Baltic Coastal Town of Gdansk, Poland

Get a Taste of Japan, Visit the Cities of Niigata and Tsuruoka

On the north-east coast of Japan, where mountains roll into rice fields and waves crash on sandy shores, two historical cities stand out for their gastronomic delights. Harbour side Niigata and mountainous Tsuruoka - located in the Tohoku region of Japan, a few hours from Tokyo by train - have a very different culinary style, but both approach cuisine in a way that celebrates the farmlands, oceans and mountains that surround them. The cities may  be 140km apart, but their commitment to the country's natural abundance unites them in reputation: as true culinary capitals of Japan. Read more about Get a Taste of Japan, Visit the Cities of Niigata and Tsuruoka

Take a Road Trip and Experience the Lone Star State of Texas

Start your adventure in Dallas, where glimmering skyscrapers meet tangible history - starting at Dealey Plaza, the birthplace of Dallas and later the location of a significant moment in the USA's history. Learn all about the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy at the sixth-floor museum before delving into the city's blooming beauty at the 66-acre Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, or its burgeoning creative scene in the atmospheric Arts District. Read more about Take a Road Trip and Experience the Lone Star State of Texas

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Weekend City Break Vienna, Austria

With its splendid architecture, wide collection of museums and galleries, and regular performances of world-class ballet and classical music, this is the place to embrace high art. Throw in atmospheric bars, taverns and cafes, and you've got the makings of a wonderful city.

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The Schloss Schonbrunn, the baroque palace that was Marie Antoinette's home as a child, is a microcosm of Vienna - touching on many of the things for which the city is famed. Read more about Weekend City Break Vienna, Austria

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Explore Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina's Second City

When you say Bosnia, most people will think of war, ethnic cleansing and massacre, as seen on the news in the early nineties. But I didn't come here for a dose of shock tourism. I'm here because travel junkies have dubbed Bosnia one of the world's most exciting undiscovered destinations. Its rugged landscapes, clear rivers and rich East-meets-West history under the Romans and Ottomans are the drawcards. Read more about Explore Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina's Second City

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A Summer Adventure Guide to Tirol, Austria

Adventure awaits you in Austria. As the seasons in Tirol change, so too does the landscape; transforming the region from a winter wonderland into a summer playground. Think majestic mountains and craggy ravines, emerald pastures strewn with wildflowers, playful brooks rushing through verdant woodland, and crystal-clear lakes just waiting to be leapt into.  Winding pathways meander throughout, helping those who wish to wander; in fact, there's 24,000km worth of marked hiking trails and 6,000km of mountain bike tracks to find and countless outdoor activities to try. Charming alpine villages with friendly locals, hearty dishes served in cosy mountains huts, and lively summer festivals all add to the appeal after an action-packed day of exploration. Read more about A Summer Adventure Guide to Tirol, Austria

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