Cost of living in Europe for £1,000

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Living in Europe has always been a tricky change in lifestyle and financial situations, with every country having their own economic development meaning it is possible to make your money go a lot further depending on where you stay. To gain a quick overview of the amount of time someone could hypothetically live in a European city, financial firm On Stride Financial has produce a simple yet colourful map of the major cities across Europe...

The 10 Most Unique Place to Study and Live Abroad

Gap years and erasmus exchange programmes are becoming increasingly popular today as university students look to add a little spice to their CV that will make them stand out from the crowd. Students or prospective students that take a year out of their studies to travel abroad or study whilst abroad are reported to return more motivated, independent and confident as well as learning a range of life-skills not taught in the lecture theatre, on top of learning new languages...

Budget city breaks – with a literary theme

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor 2014 sees the start of a new revolution in accommodation. First there was the boutique hotel, then the luxury bed and breakfast followed by the urban-chic hostel and even a trend towards spare room rentals. Now, it’s student accommodation as a city break solution. Throw away those pre-conceived ideas about student accommodation meaning musty rooms and rock hard beds – over the past ten years universities have been investing: think crisp white sheets, en-suite bathrooms,...

10 Ways to Travel Healthy

By Steve Taggart Being confined to the cramped space and stuffy recirculated air of an aeroplane for several hours can have a number of detrimental effects on our bodies, leaving us feeling tired and drained when we eventually reach our destination. Here, wellness holiday experts Health and Fitness Travel, round up 10 travel tips and their top 3 wellness escapes, so you can travel healthy, no matter how far your journey. 1.Stay stress free and plan ahead. Preparing for and...

10 Healthy Holidays to Change Your Life

By Steve Taggart Make now the time to change your life for the better and reach your optimal health. Take a break and escape on holiday to reach your own personal goals, whether to get fit, lose weight, stop smoking, learn to surf, beat insomnia or learn to dance. Here, wellness holiday experts Health and Fitness Travel round up the top 10 self-improving wellness holidays to enhance your life. Get fit in Ibiza - 38° North Ibiza Optimal Fitness Group...

I love Trains

By Nathan Lee I’ve always been fond of trains. In fact, I’m quite partial to most forms of transport other than the one that is socially acceptable; cars. But burdened as I might be by my nonconformity, I may not be as alone as I once thought. As it turns out, Britain is a nation of train lovers. A new survey by East Coast trains has revealed 70 per cent of Brits now travel by train because of practicalities such...

Discovering paradise: Increasing numbers of tourists uncover Belize treasures

By Steve Taggart A naturally beautiful, near-magical place, of exotic black orchids, mysterious Mayan history and the flaming colours of wild toucans and scarlet macaws, Belize is undoubtedly magnetising. Yet, it remains one of the final unspoilt jewels in Central America's crown. The country, which ranges around 20,000 km², is known for its diversity of flora and fauna that is second to none and makes for an enthralling experience. Spanning rich rainforests - home to tapirs who swim in the...

Rebranding Albania: Europe’s hot new destination?

By Steve Taggart For many decades, Albania was not considered a tourist destination. Although situated just 45 miles from the eternally-popular coast of Italy, this South-Eastern European country was considered a world away. With a recent history peppered with the restrictions that come from living under communist rule, travel to Albania has been limited in recent years and its shores have remained largely undiscovered by the wider world. General opinion of the country wasn't high: it was a world of...

Brazil emerges victorious as World Cup host nation

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor They may not have been crowned world champions on the pitch but Brazil, hosts of this year's momentous FIFA World Cup 2014, have come out as victorious in a wealth of other ways. Have a look at these fantastic statistics; •Over 1 million foreign tourists visited Brazil for the FIFA 2014 World Cup •Resulting in a USD$13.5 billion boost to Brazilian economy (FIPE) •Host city Natal saw 851% in tourist spending during the World Cup...

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