Europe

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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Slovenia's Outdoor Thrills and Spills

You might have a to squint at a map to spot Slovenia, but for a little country in central Europe it packs an adrenaline-fuelled wallop.  There are the Alps running along the north; pristine lakes, karst caves and forests abound in the middle; plus a snipped of Adriatic coastline to the west.  Combined, they make the perfect playground for adventure-seekers. Here’s our guide to the biggest thrills. Read more about Slovenia's Outdoor Thrills and Spills

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7 Things to do in Scotland’s Highlands

Scotland is known for many things, Irn Bru, rain; it is also a fantastic place for a wide variety of outdoor pursuits.  With a countryside rich in everything from towering mountains to crystal-clear lochs, Scotland’s Highlands boast some of the most impressive scenery in Europe.  With a varied national geography running from the lowlands on the English border to the stunning Highlands.  Up north you’ll find everything from mountain ranges for snow sports, sweeping lochs from watersports, and no shortage of stunning scenery for trekking through, mountain biking across and generally marvellin Read more about 7 Things to do in Scotland’s Highlands

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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Explore The Bernese Region of Switzerland

The mountains and farm-covered countryside of northern Switzerland are prime biking territory. The scene is classically Swiss - green, natural, with gentle clanging from Alpine cow bells sounding across the hills and valleys. On our e-bikes, we ride past lavender fields and classic flower- covered farm chalets, racing down hills and effortlessly climbing to the tops of others. Always in the distance are the serene white peaks of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Read more about Explore The Bernese Region of Switzerland

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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UP-Close with Finland’s Wild Brown Bears

A twig snaps in the distance and birds begin to circle ominously overhead. I hold my breath, keeping my eyes peeled for a flash of fur. We are in prime brown bear territory in Kainnu, Finland's northern-most region, just 2km from the Russian border.  There are only two inhabitants per square kilometre in Kainnu, which is the size Belgium. The plan is to spot more bears than people. Read more about UP-Close with Finland’s Wild Brown Bears

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

The weekend, Naples Italy

Leave all your preconceptions about southern Italy at the departure gate - Naples is a hidden gem of culture, history and, of course, food. Nestled in the shadow of an active volcano and infamous as a mafia hot-spot, it's safe to say that this is a city with an edge.  For decades considered little more than northern Italy's crime-ridden junkyard, Naples has cleaned itself up and is now enjoying a second renaissance, but hasn't yet had its authenticity beaten out of it by gentrification and tourism.  Read more about The weekend, Naples Italy

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