Category Archives: Traveller Time

Top Tips for Discovering Ireland

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With endless rolling hills dotted with sheep and any number of medieval castles ready to explore, Ireland is a stunningly beautiful country. Alongside the wonderful scenery, the rich history and the friendly locals make this a great place for a weekend away or family holiday. To ensure you make the most of your time in the Emerald Isle, here are five top tips for visiting the country.

6 holiday homes with hot tubs

There’s nothing like a good soak in the tub to clear the mind and sooth aching muscles. While most of us aren’t lucky enough to have a hot tub sitting in our garden, on you’ll find 100s of cottages, lodges and apartments with hot tubs up for grabs.

To kick off your search, here are some fabulous holiday homes with hot tubs.

Where:  Andalucia, Spain


Top-5 Happiest Countries in the world


The latest World Happiness Report (2013) has declared Denmark the happiest country in the world, followed by Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands and Sweden (in that order).

Within the last calendar year, I have been lucky enough to travel to all 5 of these countries. At the time, I didn’t know the “official record” that these were the happiest countries in the world. But looking back, it makes perfect sense.

Each and every country is so welcoming that I never wanted to leave. The people are extremely friendly, the economy seems to be just right, and the positive vibes in the air are just too good to be true.

Must try foods from around the world (Part-1)

When travelling to a foreign country, you may be eager to see the iconic sights and shop for the perfect souvenir. When it is time to take a break and refuel, don’t go for the familiar or fast food, check out some of the unique foods and try something new. Here are a few tasty samplings of must try foods from around the world recommended by Linda of Tripping Blonde

BELGIUM – Mussels and Waffles

When sampling some of Belgium’s best food, you probably should leave the calorie counter at home. After all, you are on vacation, so why not indulge in the best waffles, mussels, fries, chocolate and beer you will ever have. Go for it!

Six Tips You Need to Know for Your First Family Holiday

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Having a baby doesn’t mean that you can’t have a holiday. In fact, it’s a great excuse to go away for a week of fun with your extended family. Hiring a big chateau or cottage, or perhaps a pretty villa, is a great way for your little ones to enjoy some quality time with their grandparents, cousins and other family members. Plus with a variety of babysitters at your disposal, it means that you’re bound to get at least one night off to enjoy some time with your other half!
Picking a destination and where to stay requires a bit of consideration though, so think about the following:

Shopping in the city

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London really is a shopaholic’s dream to suit every budget and style. If it’s shabby-chic and vintage pieces you’re hankering for, head to the world famous Camden, Portobello and Brick Lane markets.

Visit Oxford Street where you’ll find one and a half miles of shops to satisfy shoppers looking for famous high-street brands. For a bit of indulgence and street entertainment along the way, try Covent Garden and Seven Dials with its boutiques, beauty parlours and five-star brasseries.

Shop for stays in London.

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Make your mother’s day

It’s Mother’s Day in the USA tomorrow, but if you’re based in the UK along with the flowers and card, why not treat Mum to a mini-break? We have got great ideas for activities and places to stay, all guaranteed to make this Mothering Sunday one your Mum will remember.

Shop till she drops

Few countries do shopping quite like the UK and you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to giant shopping malls where Mum can shop to her heart’s content. One of the country’s biggest is at Bluewater in Kent, home to a massive 330 shops and over 50 eateries. Not to mention the surrounding lakes and parkland, perfect for a relaxing stroll after some hard shopping.

New: book it on your smartphone

Browse Holiday Lettings on your smartphone

Whether you’re out and about or just need to book your holiday in a hurry, you can now do it in super-quick time via your smartphone on

Our newly designed smartphone-friendly site responds to the size of your iPhone or Android device, tablet or computer screen, letting you easily find and book a holiday retreat, whenever and from wherever you are.

Previously, searching via your smartphone would have redirected you to a slimmed-down mobile version of our site. But now you have instant access to all the menus, features and latest updates in a space that works for whatever gadget you’re using.

Driving in Spain: changes to traffic laws

Car in TenerifeNew traffic rules came into play on 21 April affecting pedestrians, drivers and cyclists in Spain.

If you’re planning on holidaying in Spain, or visiting your Spanish holiday home, it’s worth making a note of the changes so you’re not caught out with a fine.

Driving in Spain

New speed limits

In some urban areas, e.g. around schools, speed limits have been lowered from 50kph (31mph) to 20kph (12mph).

Children in cars

Only children over 1.35m tall (4ft 5in) can travel in the front seat of a car. Children under this height must sit in the back.

School holidays in Wales 2014 & 2015

School holiday dates 2014 & 2015Fancy a family break during the school holidays? If you’re based in Wales, see when the kids are free by taking a look at our up to date list of the Welsh school holidays for 2014 and 2015.

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School holidays in Wales 2014

Summer half term Sat 24 May 2014 – Sun 1 June 2014
Summer holidays Tue 22 July 2014 – Sun 31 August 2014