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Normal for Norfolk
Published: 14 September 2017
While I love to head abroad on holiday, I’m also very happy to take a staycation as there are just so many beautiful places to visit within these shores. While the weather can be a bit hit and miss, on a warm, sunny day it’s hard to beat this green and pleasant land. There are also definite upsides to travelling within the UK such as the obvious lack of airport stress and no baggage restrictions (which is just as well as you need to pack for every eventuality clothes-wise).
Travelling solo by Shilpa Ganatra
Published: 31 August 2017
There was a time when I wouldn’t even consider taking a solo trip… No sirreee. Half the point of going on holiday was to bond with my travel bud, and what’s the point of going abroad if you can’t go out to nice restaurants, bars and clubs anyway? For the sake of personal growth I once gave it a go, spending three weeks in New York and San Francisco in a flat-swap a few years back.
Mansukh's Lake Como adventure
Published: 16 August 2017
Unsure of what to buy for my wife for her 65th birthday in late July, I established from her close friend that she would treasure a European Lakes and Mountains break, this being probably the best time of the year to venture a visit. So we and our close friends booked a trip to Lake Como with Riviera Holidays, who specialise in this type of ‘armchair’ touring. The tour details looked interesting enough with picturesque scenery and tantalising drives through the beautiful countryside, lushly sprawled between Italy and Switzerland.
Sheena's west coast road trip!
Published: 27 July 2017
We loved our recent family road trip to California and then onto Las Vegas, Nevada. We were super excited to be exploring places we had dreamt of for so long! Since we were traveling with our 21month old twins, we used an agent called Audley Travel to help us put together our 19 day, child friendly itinerary. They were great and worked with us until we were happy.
Steph’s week in Slovenia (Part 2)
Published: 13 July 2017
Following on from the first instalment covering her trip to Slovenia, our Group Marketing Manager offers her lowdown on her family’s 24 hours in the capital, Ljubljana. After spending six nights in Slovenia’s Julian Alps, staying one night in the capital was a great way to end our trip. It’s a pretty compact place which was perfect as we didn’t have a lot of time to explore.
Steph’s week in Slovenia (Part One)
Published: 29 June 2017
Slovenia – to be honest it’s not a country that’s previously been on my radar as a holiday destination. But after seeing pictures of the beautiful Vintgar gorge and Lake Bled in the Flexicover newsletter I was intrigued to discover more. So when my husband and I started thinking about where to head for the May half term break with our two girls (aged ten and five), the fact this was somewhere different was definitely part of the attraction.
Nikki in New York
Published: 15 June 2017
After dreaming of going to New York for years, my friend and I finally took the plunge & booked a 4 night break. Immediately on arrival I was taken aback with how vibrant the city is. The hustle and bustle of Times Square was exactly how I had imagined. I was captivated by my surroundings in an instant, from the fabulous Manhattan skyscrapers, the enticing aroma of the street vendors to the brilliant lights on Broadway. WOW! I could get used to this city! There are no rules while you are in NYC. You can fit in as much or as little as you want. One thing for sure is that once you have been, you will ‘be bitten by the bug’ & be booking a return visit.
A postcard from Brussels
Published: 31 May 2017
Our very own intrepid explorer Shilpa Ganatra has been all over the world but here she gives us her own take on a recent visit to Brussels. Read on to hear her insights and top tips… While there are pros and cons to the EU, for travel fiends like myself the Union is a blessing, cutting out the red tape when taking a European trip. So partly because the Eurostar is always a joy, but mostly because of its chocolate offerings, I recently went to Brussels for an extended weekend break. Let's be honest: it still has a reputation for being a bit on the dull side, which is a shame, because the many quirks of the city nicely unfurl over the course of a long weekend. And of the many aspects I encountered, these are the nuggets of semi-wisdom I'd like to impart.
Shilpa’s weekender in Leipzig
Published: 09 May 2017
The thing about moving country as an adult means you tear yourself away from your urban family – the people who raised you on a robust diet of good (and often unheeded) advice, nights out, 2am conversations, and hugs during hard times. So now I’m in London, I try to see my Dublin friends with weekends away, and that’s why myself and my lovely friend Gill headed to Leipzig. An hour south of Berlin, it hadn’t much been on my radar before I found out it was supposedly the vegan capital of Europe. That was enough to pique my interest, as it indicated it had a distinct mindset compared to the rest of Germany. I wasn’t wrong.
Stephanie’s short break in Norway
Published: 21 April 2017
After both reaching a certain milestone birthday, my husband and I were keen to head off on a special trip to celebrate. Key criteria was that it had to be somewhere we’d always wanted to go but not on a ‘usual’ weekend getaway, be short haul to make the most of the five child-free nights we had and be active and outdoorsy as neither of us are that into sitting on a beach all day. The answer was easy as Norway was somewhere that we’d always wanted to go to but as we’d heard it was expensive probably called for a special occasion to warrant a visit.
Sheena Simaria's take on the Maldives
Published: December 2016
I recently went to the Maldives with my family for a week’s holiday. My husband and I were very much in need of some sun, sea and relaxation and that is exactly what we got! We were a little apprehensive at first as it was an 11 hour flight with our 16 month old, fun-loving but very active twin babies but they slept most of the way which was a big plus! We stayed at the gorgeous Lux South Ari Atoll resort on the island of Dhidhoofinolhu which was the ideal place to escape and picture perfect just as the photos we had seen.
Superb Attractions to Visit in Sweden
Published: 03 September 2015
Sweden is slowly gaining popularity as a traveller’s paradise. The largest Nordic country in Europe, it borders Finland and Norway. Sweden is better known for its forests and lakes rather than its cities and towns, giving it quite a novel appeal. Many people prefer to spend their summer holidays in Sweden, as the destination offers fantastic opportunities for hiking and trekking. If you enjoy skating and skiing then this country is definitely an amazing place to visit. However, if the great outdoors isn’t really your cup of tea, there are a number of fabulous attractions you can visit too. These include:
Get To Greece – Incredible Greek Islands You Should Visit This Year
Published: 27 August 2015
Despite its economic setbacks, Greece remains one of the most popular tourist destinations to visit. While holidays to Greece will have you touring all the famous sites in the mainland, you simply cannot miss the beautiful islands. Steeped in history, culture and natural beauty, each of the Greek islands has their own charm. One of the facts about Greece is that it has 6000 islands to its credit, of which 227 are inhabited. The sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages and exquisite coastline make island hopping in Greece a true delight.
Amazing Destinations to Include In Your Wine Tasting Tour of France
Published: 20 August 2015
It’s no secret that France is one of the leading wine tourism destinations in the world. The weather in France coupled with its soil conditions makes it an ideal place for vineyards. Many package holidays to France will ensure that you experience at least one session of wine-tasting. However, if you’re planning your own wine tour itinerary, here are some of the top places to visit in France:
Heritage Hotspots You Should Visit In Cyprus
Published: 13 August 2015
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and stands to the south of Turkey. While it is geographically a part of Asia, politically it is considered to be a part of Europe. Irrespective of its status, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Cyprus attracts travellers from all over the world with its beautiful beaches, scenic landscape, culture and history. In fact, Cypriot history is so rich, that there are many recognised UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cyprus. These attractions, that you simply must visit when you travel to Cyprus include:
Best Places to Visit in Krakow
Published: 06 August 2015
Poland, in Eastern Europe, has fascinated travellers and tourists for decades. One of the most popular places to visit in Poland is the country’s cultural capital of Krakow. Steeped in heritage and home to wonderful examples of architecture, Krakow boasts of old churches, a castle and many interesting localities. Here are some of the sites you simply must visit when you find yourself in this charming city during your Poland holiday:
Best War Memorials and Museums to Visit in Belarus
Published: 30 July 2015
Belarus, in Eastern Europe, is one of those places that is still striving to get itself on tourist maps. And the number of attractions it holds and the friendly and hospitable people is definitely contributing to the increase of tourism in Belarus. About 4000 UK citizens visit Belarus every year, no doubt drawn to the country’s beautiful natural wealth and historical sites. In fact, the capital of Minsk and the areas around it are home to a number of WWII memorials and museums, each more interesting than the next. Read on to know which ones you simply must visit when you travel to Belarus:
Top Things to Do In Panama City
Published: 23 July 2015
The country of Panama, located on the isthmus between North America and South America is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination. And with good reason! Being a small country, Panama travel is easy, letting you visit both the North Pacific and the North Atlantic Oceans, rainforests, mountains, vibrant cities and explore a rich culture influenced by both the continents it connects. The most favoured destination though, is the capital of Panama City. Here you can find a lovely contrast of its Spanish colonial past meshed with modern architecture and way of life.
Best of Berlin – Fun Festivals You Should Know About
Published: 16 July 2015
The Germans sure know how to celebrate. From art to culture to music to beer and food, you’ll be hard pressed not to find a festival or event that suits your taste and delights your senses. Berlin, the capital of the country and a major multi-cultural centre in Europe, boasts of some amazing festivals of its own. Here are some of the most important and fascinating festivals in Berlin that you should know about:
What To See Within Angkor Wat
Published: 09 July 2015
Angkor Wat is one of the most famous attractions and several Cambodia tours are centred around the exploration of this marvellous architectural and religious masterpiece. Located close to Siem Reap, this temple complex that stretches over 400 square kilometres, is considered the largest religious monument in the world. While initially used by Hindus, it began to be used by Buddhists in the 13th century, and continues to remain a Buddhist place of worship today. Fittingly, Angkor Wat literally translates to ‘City of Temples’ or ‘Temple City’ and includes:
Discover South America by Ship - Get Behind The Cruise Travel Trend
Published: 02 July 2015
South America is one of the most diverse places in the world. The continent has everything from a vibrant culture, a glorious history, amazing sights, wonderful wildlife and is a veritable treasure trove of experiences. With so much to see and so much to do, planning your South America holidays, could be tricky! How does one get the best of everything?
Amazing Sites to Visit in Azerbaijan
Published: 25 June 2015
Azerbaijan, a country located in the Caucasus on the Caspian Sea between Iran and Russia, and bordered in the west by Armenia and Georgia is a former Soviet Republic (not to be confused by the Azerbaijan region in Iran). Home to a hospitable and extremely polite people, a rich culture and beautiful attractions, it’s a great place to consider if you’re looking for off-beat European holidays. The wonderful architecture and fascinating archaeological sites of the country are exceptionally noteworthy. Here are some of the best sites you can visit during your Azerbaijan holidays:
Going To Guyana - 3 Great Things to Do
Published: 18 June 2015
Guyana, the third-smallest country in South America with Venezuela to its west, Brazil to its south, Suriname to its east, and the Atlantic to its north-east is an often-overlooked destination. But within its borders, it holds a treasure trove of wonderful sights and attractions. If you’re planning to travel to South America, then you should definitely put it on your list of countries to visit. Here are some of the best things to do in Guyana that you must include in your itinerary:
Unusual accommodations found in the UK
Published: 11 June 2015
If big fancy hotels aren’t your cup of tea, try out these interesting and fun options for accommodation in the UK. Make your stay exciting by choosing one of these options while vacationing in the UK. Flexicover brings to you some of the most unusual accommodations in the United Kingdom.
Travel Insurance for Medical Conditions
Published: 04 June 2015
Travelling in foreign lands can be quite an adventure. And whilst we always hope things will go to plan and smoothly, we always recommend taking a good, comprehensive travel insurance policy out before you go. One that is specific to your needs should the unfortunate happen, especially if you have medical conditions. Travel insurance can act as the safety net you may just need.
Royalty - Beautiful Castles to Visit in Luxembourg
Published: 28 May 2015
Surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany, the country of Luxembourg may be relatively tiny, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in its impressiveness. Luxembourg is the only Grand Duchy on the planet and the world’s third richest city. It is also home to astounding natural beauty and some incredible palaces, castles and fortifications that are all top Luxembourg attractions. In fact, we loved the castles of Luxembourg so much, we’re sharing our top 3 picks with you so you can visit them yourself when you visit Luxembourg:
Best Places to Visit in Mesmerising Malawi
Published: 26 May 2015
Malawi, bordered by Mozambique, Zambia and the great Lake Malawi, was rated by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 places to go last year. If you haven’t visited this beautiful ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ yet, then it’s high time you started planning your holidays in Malawi, before it gets too commercialised and crowded with too many tourists. Here’s a run-down of some fantastic places to see and great things to do in Malawi:
5 Fantastic Places to Visit in Ghana
Published: 16 May 2015
Ghana may not be on everyone’s travel bucket list, but is one of our top choices for off-beat vacations in 2015. Though marked by its history of slave trade, this is one of the friendliest countries to visit in Africa that is shedding off the phantoms of its past and emerging as one of the most requested travel destinations. Our tip, visit Ghana before it gets too mainstream, and when you do, make sure to check out these great places:
Fact or Fiction – The Famous Legends of Sri Lanka
Published: 14 May 2015
Sri Lanka, an island-nation to the south of India, is known as the ‘Teardrop of the Indian Ocean’. Formerly part of a land mass called Gondwana that connected it to India, Antarctica, Australia and Madagascar, it boasts of 2,500 years of recorded history. But it’s the country’s unrecorded past, shrouded in myth and mystery, which supposedly witnessed dagger-clawed inhabitants, monuments constructed by aliens and malevolent gods who roamed amongst men that makes travelling to Sri Lanka just that much more exciting. Whether you’re going surfing in Kandy, soaking up the culture in Colombo or taking in the sights on your Sri Lanka family holidays, Lanka Dvipa is home to a range of fascinating legends that you can explore during your Sri Lanka tours. Here are our favourites:
Bankso & Borovets – The Best Bulgarian Ski Resorts
Published: 08 May 2015
While we’re already in love with the beaches on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, its spectacular ski resorts haven’t strayed too far from our sights just yet. Though ski season may be drawing to a close, it’s never too early to start planning wonderful winter ski holidays. Save yourself the panic and stress of booking last minute ski holidays and get a head start on searching for the perfect ski holiday packages to enjoy later in the year. Whether you’re just a beginner, an expert or somewhere in between, the renowned Bulgarian ski schools, powdery slopes and pistes make skiing in Bulgaria an absolute delight. Here’s our round up of the best ski resorts for you to explore during your Bulgarian ski holidays in 2015.
3 Incredible Experiences to Enjoy In Cyprus This Summer
Published: 07 May 2015
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to spend your summer holidays in 2015, then we’ve got the ideal place for you. Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean, boasts of sunny weather, breathtakingly beautiful beaches and more historic and cultural attractions than you could possibly cover in a single visit. But whether you’re keener on going for Cyprus beach holidays or would rather pick comprehensive Cyprus package holidays, here are some of the best things to do in Cyprus that you should definitely try during your Cyprus holidays in 2015:
Best of Belize: Experiences You Have To Try In 2015
Published: 03 May 2015
Looking for a great destination for family activity holidays? Then look no further, because we have just the spot for you. Belize, with a long Caribbean coastline, dense jungles, Mayan ruins, beautiful beaches that offer a range of adventures and wonderful weather provides amazing experiences and incredible sights that always make for great memories. Don’t believe us? Just check out some of the best experiences you can enjoy with the whole family during your Belize holidays in 2015:
Take a Trip to the Past in Santiago de Cuba
Published: 02 May 2015
Santiago de Cuba is considered to be the birthplace of the Cuban Revolution. It was here that the victory of the revolution was proclaimed, and is the most important city after Havana in Cuba. Whether you’re a history buff or just a curious traveller, it is impossible to not be intrigued by the Revolution when you’re travelling to Cuba. Here are some fascinating sites and interesting museums in the city that pay homage to this famous movement that you must visit during your Cuba holidays in 2015.
Top Places to Explore In Portugal This Year
Published: 01 May 2015
Portugal, in south-west Europe, is bound by Spain on the north and east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. Home to exquisite examples of architecture, a glorious history and an extremely vibrant culture, it attracts tourists on Portugal package holidays from all over the world. Holidays in Portugal brim with exceptional sights and incredible travel experiences. Here are our pick of the top places to visit in Portugal that you should explore during your own Portugal holidays in 2015:
Fun In Fiji – 4 Things You Absolutely Must Do
Published: 15 April 2015
The 332 islands of Fiji in the South Pacific are a tropical paradise and make the country one of the most fun holiday destinations in the world. The best time to visit Fiji is usually between May and October, with the peak season generally falling between June and September. Now is the perfect time to plan your Fiji holidays for 2015!
Best Beaches to Visit in Turkey In 2015
Published: 14 April 2015
The land of Turkey is home to a glorious history, rich heritage and layered culture that make Turkish family holidays as much of an educational venture as a wonderful travel experience. But apart from these intangible virtues, the country is also home to a gorgeous coastline and spectacular beaches. Just a 3-4 hour flight away from the UK, beach holidays in Turkey offer the perfect mix of sun-bathing and hours of seaside fun. We think it’s one of the best beach holiday destinations to visit this year.
Explore the Lost City of the Incas around Machu Picchu
Published: 13 April 2015
Machu Picchu in Peru, is a 15th century Inca site dubbed ‘The Lost City’, that is a treasure trove of ancient ruins shrouded in mist and steeped in intrigue. One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, it wasn’t until 1911 that it was finally discovered by Hiram Bingham. While it remains the main attraction for visitors on Inca trail holidays, there are a number of Peru tourist attractions and places of interest to be found around it too.
Cruise and Stay Holidays - Barbados
Published: 12 April 2015
As we’ve already said before, cruise and stay holidays remain one of the hottest travel trends of the year. And as always, Caribbean cruises make for some of the most popular getaways. But of all the places that island cruises sail to in the Caribbean, Barbados ranks amongst our top picks for cruise and stay holidays. The port of Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, where cruise ships drop anchor is the perfect place to experience some of the best delights the country has to offer.
Cultural Festivals You Should Attend In Valletta-Malta
Published: 09 April 2015
Holidays to Malta, south of Sicily in Italy, are some of the best short breaks in Europe you can plan. While Malta attractions such as its pre-historic temples, fossil studded cliffs, picturesque coves and great dive sites draw a lot of travellers to the destination, its thriving cultural festivals provide some truly exceptional experiences. Generally held within or centred around the country’s capital of Valletta, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these festivals form some of the highlights of short getaways to the beautiful locales of Malta.
Favourites Beaches In Vietnam
Published: 26 March 2015
South-east Asia is filled with some of the best beach holiday destinations in the world. But one that may not pop into your mind straight away when thinking of exotic holidays on the beach is Vietnam. However, with 3,400 km of pristine coastline, the beaches here are nothing short of spectacular. Here are some of our favourite spots for the perfect Vietnam beach holiday:
Treasures of Tanzania – Best Safaris To Take In 2015
Published: 23 March 2015
When you think about safari holidays, there’s no other place that leaps to mind as much Africa – from the Big Five to be spotted on a South African safari to the wonderful wildlife sightings in Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. But the best safari destination, voted on by more than 1,000 travellers from 53 nationalities and expert guides in a recent survey was found to be Tanzania.
Top 5 Natural Destinations in South America
Published: 21 March 2015
South America travel is often thought to be just about a fabulously rich culture, Incan monuments, joyous carnivals, over the top religious fervour, buzzing cities and quaint little villages. But some of the best experiences the continent has to offer actually lie in its amazing natural destinations. From islands full of friendly wildlife to thriving lush rainforests, from majestic waterfalls to ethereal plains, the bounty of nature is yours to escape into.
An Alternate Bahamas Experience
Published: 20 March 2015
Imagine this: a long weekend spent lazing on a white-sand beach, turquoise blue waters lapping at the shore, a cool drink in your hand and the sun gently washing over your skin. Bliss! And then spend time exploring the surroundings or raise the roof with a night full of partying. This is exactly what Bahamas holidays are made of!
Travel Bucket List Top Pick- The Northern Lights
Published: 19 March 2015
If a sighting of the magical Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, as they are called isn’t on your travel bucket list, then it definitely should be. These breathtaking coloured displays of light are caused by atmospheric gases reacting to electronically charged solar particles, and are a spectacle to behold at least once in your lifetime. According to NASA, the peak of the Solar Cycle was in 2014, meaning Northern Lights holidays in 2015 are bound to be a smashing success.
The Best Itinerary For A Fly Drive New Zealand Holiday
Published: 18 March 2015
With magnificent mountains, glorious beaches, marvellous fjords, pulse-quickening adventure activities and wonderful cities, New Zealand is a stunning destination. Good New Zealand holiday packages always include a mix of different experiences and tourist attractions, so you can get a taste of almost everything the country has to offer. One of the best ways to explore this fabulous country though, is through fly drive holidays. These are one of the latest trends in New Zealand holidays in 2015 and are a combination of quick flights and laidback road trips.
Ultimate Weekend Escape: 3 Unique Sights In Tenerife
Published: 17 March 2015
Canary Islands holidays are great! Visit the largest and most populated island of Tenerife which boasts a whole range of experiences from water sports, trekking, clubbing, lazing on a golden sandy beach or exploring quaint Canarian villages. With wonderful weather all year-round and just a 4 hour flight from the UK, Tenerife makes for a brilliant place to spend a week or just a long weekend. Here are some of the most unique sights you simply must see and visit whilst there!
Holiday in Jamaica Go Beyond The Beach
Published: 16 March 2015
Think of a holiday in the Caribbean and you’re bound to think of white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and lazy days spent sunbathing with a cool drink in your hand. Chances are you were probably picturing a holiday on one of Jamaica’s many excellent beaches. However, this island nation, to the south of Cuba, has plenty more to offer than just picturesque beaches, famous as they are. Travel inland and you can find some amazing experiences and great things to do in Jamaica. It’s not just the delicious jerk chicken that will have you coming back for more.
The Amazing Animals of Madagascar
Published: 15 March 2015
Madagascar, to the east of Africa, is quickly becoming one of the most sought after adventure holiday destinations. And it’s no surprise, as this island nation has a bevy of great options from scuba diving and snorkelling to sea kayaking, water skiing, kite surfing, quad biking and fishing. But one of the best highlights of holidays in Madagascar still remains sighting the country’s incredible wildlife. Its isolation from the other continents has made it home to wondrous flora and fauna - about 150,000 species can be found here that are found nowhere else in the world! Ecologists even go so far as to claim that Madagascar should really be called the ‘eighth continent.’
Exploring Russia Through A River Cruise
Published: 13 March 2015
Great cities, charming towns, great attractions and a rich history and culture tempt tourists and travellers from around the world to spend holidays in Russia throughout the year. One of the best ways to explore the wondrous treasures of this fascinating country is through its excellent waterways. Home to the Volga River, the longest river in Europe with a length of 3,690 km, Russia boasts some of the most scenic river cruises in the world. Our top pick of Russian river cruises in 2015 is the wonderful route that takes you from Moscow to St. Petersburg, covering some of the best places to visit in Russia.
A Great Guide To Experiential Travel In Cambodia
Published: 11 March 2015
Cambodia is a country with a secret. Despite it’s horrible past and the intolerable cruelty of the Khmer Rouge, the people of Cambodia are somehow heart-warmingly friendly and seem genuinely happy. But it’s not just the people that are fascinating; the nation is home to a variety of treasures from ancient temple complexes to rich wildlife escapes. Here are some of the things you must do, see and visit when you travel to Cambodia:
The Best Budget Travel Destinations For 2015
Published: 14 February 2015
Whatever your budget, there are some great travel adventures to be had this year.
From sunny beaches to wildlife escapes and from bustling cities to charming towns, we’ve got a great list of places that need not dent your bank balance.
The Best Winter Sports Destinations In The World
Published: 13 February 2015
Continuous cold winds, grey skies, pouring rain and snow can make winter seem to last forever. Whilst for many folk this is the toughest season, for winter sport lovers this is the best time of year and one they most look forward to.
3 Offbeat Beijing Experiences To Try This Year
Published: 12 February 2015
China’s burgeoning capital, Beijing, is a great mix of old and new. Famous attractions include the historic Tiananmen Square, the iconic Great Wall, the spectacular Summer Palace and the fascinating Forbidden City.
Revealed: The secret symbols Of China’s Forbidden City
Published: 11 February 2015
The Forbidden City lies at the heart of China’s capital city and is one of the main Beijing attractions and is China’s largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings. For nearly 500 years, entry into this fascinating complex that was the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties, was extremely restricted, lending it its intimidating name.
The fascinating legend behind the Zócalo
Published: 10 February 2015
While it’s formal name is Plaza de la Constitución, and it was often referred to as ‘Main Square’ or ‘Arms Square’, today, the main plaza in Mexico City is known as the Zócalo. It has been the main gathering place of Mexicans for centuries and is used for almost all types of public, military and religious ceremonies and events. It is an absolute must visit if you’re travelling to Mexico.
5 ways to make your holiday to Istanbul unforgettable
Published: 9 February 2015
A popular travel writer once compared Istanbul to an onion, revealing a different aspect of delight with every layer you peel away through experience and exploration. Simply put, she stated, Istanbul was almost a country to itself and so multi-faceted.
Before visiting be sure to plan your trip; this will help you make the most of the time you have in this wonderful city.
Protect your tech every time you travel: Get gadget cover!
Published: 6 February 2015
Most of us will now travel with some sort of gadgets when we go abroad. Whether it’s our iPods for music, our kindles for reading, our cameras to capture magical memories or iPads, smart phones and laptops for work, entertainment, movies and maps!
Cruise away! Why cruise holidays are the perfect getaway
Published: 5 February 2015
Cruise holidays are a real trend in the travel industry and they are a great way to see more than one destination in a trip. Whether you take a European cruise or travel further afield on worldwide cruises, there are some wonderful experiences to be had.
The Flexicover team look at why cruises for 2015 are the perfect getaway:
Travelling to Mexico? Here’s what you should know
Published: 4 February 2015
A Mexican holiday can be a lot of fun! Whether you love getting out and exploring or sitting on a beach relaxing, there is so much to do for everyone! Visit the many museums of Mexico City, explore the Aztec ruins, indulge in delicious food and relax on the beach with a cocktail.
But before you travel, have a look at these Flexicover tips:
The 5 best European river cruises for 2015
Published: 28 January 2015
‘Cruise Holidays have become increasingly popular and are a real trend in the travel circuit this year. If you haven’t cruised before, they make for a great holiday. The Flexicover team look at some great European river cruises 2015!
The Flexicover Team’s 2015 wish list
Published: 26 January 2015
The world of travel is filled with amazing sights, fascinating people and unforgettable experiences. If you had to choose only one place to visit this year, which destination would you pick and why? We posed this very question to some of the Flexicover team and this is what they had to say:
Carnivals that are a “Must-Attend” in 2015
Published: 23 January 2015
Carnival season is fast approaching and there are many celebrations around the world. Carnivals are, in essence, a celebration of life and there are some places that celebrate it so well! Often linked to Easter and Ash Wednesday the parties associated are both huge local and tourist attractions. Our own Notting Hill carnival boasts one of Europe’s largest street parties held over the August bank holiday in London. With street parades and a vast array of Afro-Caribbean food and drink choices this is a great way to celebrate to salsa and reggae music. A wonderful event enjoyed by all!
Why Barcelona is a great city to visit
Published: 22 January 2015
Barcelona is a wonderful city and one that can offer travellers an all-round holiday experience. With its Mediterranean coastline, beautiful buildings, rich culture, adventure sports, delectable cuisine and vibrant party scene, it has so much to offer and should certainly be high on your city break list this year!
Outdoor adventure in New Zealand
Published: 22 January 2015
Last year, New Zealand was adjudged the ‘World’s Best Country to Visit’ by more than 90,000 people in the Telegraph Travel Awards. With its breath-taking landscape, cheerful and friendly people, geological wanders and fabulous fauna these are strong contributors to this title. It is the Extreme-Sports Capital of the Southern Hemisphere that keeps travellers and thrill-seekers alike, visiting New Zealand time and time again.
Exploring Central America
Published: 14 January 2015
If you are looking for an exciting adventure that you will remember forever, Central America has to be the place. From turquoise waters to cloud forests, markets, coffee farms and the ruins of Spanish forts, this is a thrilling region to explore.
Published: 13 January 2015
February is well known for Valentine’s Day, the day of romance and love. Whilst some of you no doubt treat your loved ones all year round, many will still go to town to treat their other half on this day. This year, as the special day falls over a weekend on Saturday 14th February, why not make the most of it and book a holiday that covers that weekend too.
Travel tips for 2015
Published: 12 January 2015
Travelling and holidays are great ways to embark on new adventures and see the world. Create long lasting memories this year by visiting exciting new destinations and doing something different.
Finland – perfect for a chilly adventure!
Published: 11 January 2015
This Nordic country in Northern Europe makes for a wonderful holiday. Offering forests and lakes as far as the eyes can see, open unspoiled landscapes throughout the year and a colourful capital; Helsinki, this is a great destination to visit, especially for a chilly adventure.
For a magical break, Flexicover looks at some reasons why Finland should be on your 2015 travel wish list!
Weekend escapes in Europe
Published: 08 January 2015
A weekend escape is a great way to embark on a new adventure, see a new place, relax and unwind and often there are some great last minute deals to be had if you want to travel away! Europe is a wonderful region to explore for long weekends, with so many different cultures and wonderful sights to see. From romantic to exotic to fun and exciting, where will you choose for a 2015 break?
The Flexicover Team look at a few favourites!
What are the best places to celebrate the Chinese New Year in 2015?
Published: 07 January 2015
The Chinese New Year which falls on the 19th of February this year is one of the biggest celebrations in China and surrounding countries where there is a large influence of Chinese communities. This celebration marks the start of the New Year beginning on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ending with the full moon on the day of the Lantern festival. This is the most important of the Chinese holidays and a huge celebratory parade takes place. Streets are filled with dancing dragons, crackers, fireworks and numerous stalls filled with delectable and savoury delights.
If you want to experience the true beauty of this festival, head to these destinations for an experience like no other!
Mardi Gras : Top 5 colourful destinations that are a must visit this year
Published: 06 January 2015
Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday in English is a wonderful celebration held every year on Shrove Tuesdays (the day before Ash Wednesday) usually between February and March A festival full of colours, masquerades, parades and exciting music on the streets, it’s a great one to get involved in! While some countries celebrate for a week, others go on for a whole month.
The Flexicover Team look at some great destinations where this festival is a lot of fun!
Discover Asia’s most overlooked destinations today!
Published: 05 January 2015
The continent of Asia is incredibly vast and boasts a number of fascinating countries, cultures and communities all with so much to offer. From fascinating farming villages to futuristic cityscapes, Asia is diverse, vibrant and makes for an amazing adventure.
The Flexicover Team look at some great destinations where this festival is a lot of fun!
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