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Enjoy unlimited resort credit at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

14 February 2019

Whether you want to rock or relax, you really can choose to do as much or as little as you like at this amazing resort with its brand-new Limitless All-inclusive experience.

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The Seychelles is perfect for families – here’s why

14 February 2019

Once a playground for the rich and famous, the Seychelles has never been more popular, attracting a record number of visitors in recent years. Part of that increased appeal is down to families, who have recognised the region as a great holiday destination more often. Perhaps you’ve never considered the Seychelles as a place to jet off to with the kids, but you should - and we’re about to lay out a few reasons why.

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Family fun at sea on board Mardi Gras

12 February 2019

If you’re searching for a holiday for the whole family, look no further than a Carnival Cruise Line voyage. With some of the largest cruise ships in the world, Carnival’s vessels have so many things to see, do and enjoy. From delicious dining and fabulous bars and lounges to spacious accommodation and fun-filled entertainment and activities, a Carnival cruise has plenty to keep kids – both big and little – occupied.

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Our favourite watersports you can dive into on your long-haul break

14 February 2019

Heading away on a long-haul holiday usually opens the opportunity to try your hand at watersports. You won’t struggle to find warm, crystal clear waters in long-haul destinations like Barbados and the Maldives, and you shouldn’t resist the urge to dive headfirst into them, with a spot of snorkelling or jet-skiing. Here, we’ve paired up our favourite watersports with some standout long-haul destinations.

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What we love about Jumeirah Beach Hotel

07 February 2019

After a summer break and a full refurbishment of its rooms, suites and public areas, the iconic Jumeirah Beach Hotel is now back open for business. With its instantly recognisable wave-like design, Jumeirah’s first hotel continues to be its most beloved resort – a firm favourite on the Dubai beach scene for generations.

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Discover the spectacular Alaskan wilderness with Silversea

14 February 2019

Enjoy a breathtaking encounter with the natural world on one of Silversea's phenomenal Alaskan cruises. Home to spectacular vistas, soaring peaks, emerald-green forests, diamond-blue icebergs and towering glaciers – renew your spirit in the timeless sensations of nature with a Silversea Alaskan cruise.

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Discover beautiful Barbados with Elegant Hotels

08 February 2019

Situated along some of Barbados’ most stunning beaches, Elegant Hotels offers a unique collection of luxury resorts. With a choice of seven distinct properties, each with its own individual vibe and an impressive array of activities, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or a fun-filled family escape.

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Our favourite romantic experiences

11 February 2019

Bolting love-laced activities such as a candlelit table for two, dinner at sunset or a secluded retreat onto your next holiday is a surefire way to ramp up the romance, so with love in the air this Valentine’s Day, here is a selection of our favourite romantic experiences.

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Our pick of the best destinations for a July break

06 February 2019

In light of the cold, drab weather haunting much of the UK right now, you’re probably thinking that summer couldn’t come soon enough – and we agree because there are some amazing destinations you can be jetting off to later this year. Here are some of our standout spots you could be visiting this July.

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Our favourite all-inclusive long-haul resorts

06 February 2019

Whether you’re a newcomer to all-inclusive or you’ve been doing it for decades, you’re sure to love these all-inclusive long-haul resorts.

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Our favourite long-haul destinations and resorts for families

07 February 2019

From once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you wouldn’t get closer to home to the chance to discover new food and radically different cultures to our own, the reasons to take your family on a long-haul holiday are countless. We’ve pooled the combined experience of some of our Travel Counsellors to share our favourite long-haul family destinations and resorts all around the globe.

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Experience British Airways’ new-and-improved World Traveller Plus cabin

05 February 2019

For a premium economy service, try World Traveller Plus – a more comfortable and relaxing experience available on longer routes, proving that a premium service doesn’t have to break the bank. In addition to all the usual benefits of flying World Traveller Plus, there are a range of changes and enhancements to the cabin that will provide passengers with an even better experience.

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Unlock a seamless cruising experience with Princess Cruises’ Ocean Medallion

05 February 2019

Operating one of the finest fleets at sea, Princess Cruises sail to more than 380 destinations across the globe, spanning six continents, with ports in regions such as the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and Australia.  Striving to offer the complete package, Princess Cruises has comprehensive onboard entertainment, incredible shore excursion programmes, and plenty of options for families, as well as comfortable and luxurious accommodation. Discover the world on a Princess Cruise and come back transformed by travel.

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Enjoy the Saint Lucian sunshine at Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa

07 February 2019

With more than 40 restaurants, entertainment venues and duty-free shopping malls, all five properties offer comfortable accommodation, traditional local cuisine, and a huge helping of warm Caribbean service and hospitality.

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Our favourite February stays for couples, families and cruisers

06 February 2019

February can be an awkward month for some people - the festive season is an increasingly distant memory, yet the glorious summer feels an age away. So, what can you do to break up the early year blues? Book a last-minute break, of course. Whether you’re looking for a family getaway, an all-inclusive cruise or a romantic escape with your significant other, we’ve got you covered with some fabulous destinations.

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Why a Secrets Resort is perfect for a romantic getaway

01 February 2019

When it comes to romantic retreats, any couples escaping to one of the 15 Secrets Resorts in the Caribbean and South America are virtually guaranteed a memorable time away.

Newcomers to Secrets Resorts might be curious as to precisely why so many people – including us – rate these adults-only resorts so highly, so we’ve taken it up ourselves to highlight some of the reasons why they’re so great.

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Our favourite reasons to visit the Costa del Sol

06 February 2019

Located in the south of Andalusia, the breath-taking Costa del Sol is also home to gorgeous gastronomy, superb shopping, fascinating museums and some incredible inland landscapes; all of which combine to create a fantastic holiday destination for those looking for guaranteed sunshine, whilst being able to do something that little bit different too.

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Why we recommend Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

05 February 2019

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is one of Dubai’s most opulent contemporary hotels – no mean feat in a city famed for its lavish lifestyle. Set on the city’s beautiful Palm Island, this dazzling hotel is in a world of its own with extraordinary features, amenities and experiences that you’ll only find somewhere as extravagant as Dubai. We take a look at what sets Atlantis, The Palm apart from the rest – from the underwater rooms to its mouthwatering brunches.

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Take advantage of British Airways’ global partnerships

31 January 2019

British Airways, American Airlines, Finnair and Iberia have teamed up across the Atlantic to offer even more route possibilities from Europe to the USA, Canada and Mexico. Meanwhile, BA has also paired with Finnair, Iberia and Japan Airlines to offer yet more routes from Europe to Japan and beyond. What does this mean for you and your travel plans?

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Widen your horizons with a long-haul holiday this year

01 February 2019

Travel Counsellors sell destinations all over the world, from staycations in the UK to holidays in the rest of Europe or further afield. But there are certain experiences that you can only enjoy by flying long-haul. We’ve looked at some of the most compelling reasons to make this year the one in which you book that long-haul trip you’ve always dreamed of.

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What we love about Spain and Portugal

30 January 2019

British tourists are blessed by the fact that they have such fantastic European countries right on their doorstep. Located on the Iberian Peninsula, Spain and Portugal share a border stretching for more than 1,200km, and while they have many cultural similarities, both countries each offer visitors a wide variety of different things to see and do. Both are incredible destinations and we have selected a few highlights that each has to offer.

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Our favourite stopover destinations in the Middle East

01 February 2019

Turn your trip to a far-flung destination into a twin-centre escape. Whether you’re heading for Australia’s magnificent east coast, a wellness holiday in Bali or a cultural city break in Tokyo, why not break up the journey while also enjoying all that the following destinations have to offer?

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Our Favourite Conservation-minded Holidays

31 January 2019

Challenge your Travel Counsellor to take you on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday involving a wildlife or other conservation project this year - ideal for those who, like us, favour authentic travel that preserves our beautiful planet rather than contributing to its destruction, unique and sometimes off-the-beaten-track experiences, and giving back to the communities and destinations we visit.

 

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Why you should take your family on an extraordinary cruise with Royal Caribbean

04 February 2019

There’s never a dull moment onboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, the perfect ship for embarking on a family cruise. This remarkable liner has seven distinct neighbourhoods, two-level loft suites, the only zip line at sea and the deepest high-dive pool ever to sail. With even more Oasis Class innovations than ever before, a voyage with Royal Caribbean will change the way you and your family stay, play and unwind.

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Thailand’s hidden gem islands

31 January 2019

While popular destinations such as Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui rule the roost in Thailand, there are several lesser-known island destinations that are just as good for a Thai retreat. If you want white sand beaches, quiet coves and inlets or simply a taste of stunning scenery, these hidden islands are nothing short of perfect.

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9 exciting new routes you can fly with British Airways in 2019

29 January 2019

A new year often sparks revived spirits and a desire to venture into the strange and unknown. That’s precisely what British Airways is doing after the much-loved airline announced it would begin flying to no less than 10 new destinations in 2019.  The new routes will operate from three London airports: Heathrow, Gatwick and London City. Read on to discover and what you can do there.

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Our favourite foodie experiences in Spain

24 January 2019

Spain is a nation renowned for its glorious coastline, architecture, flamenco dancing, football, and fiestas, but it also has a knack for dishing up fine food. So, to celebrate the country’s flair for flavoursome cuisine, we’ve rounded up our favourite foodie experiences that you can tuck into on a trip to Spain.

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What we love about Pine Cliffs Hotel

24 January 2019

The multi-award-winning Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve promises an opulent stay for any discerning travellers heading to southern Portugal.

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Our favourite USA City Breaks

24 January 2019

The United States of America is a vast country and some people set aside a sizable chunk of the year to make sure they get around to seeing all it has to offer. With literally hundreds of cities to choose from, we’ve picked out our favourite Stateside city break spots.

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Make a positive impact through your travel

31 January 2019

Challenge your Travel Counsellor today to book you a holiday that has a positive impact for EVERYONE involved and for the world around us. At Travel Counsellors our ethos is one of caring for our people, our customers and our communities – both those we live in (via our staff ‘Make a Difference’ annual paid leave for charity fundraising and activities, and our charity partnership with Reuben’s Retreat) and those we send our customers to every day. Every Travel Counsellor can give you advice on the right steps to make a positive impact through your travel.

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Our pick of Abu Dhabi’s amazing cultural experiences

21 January 2019

A combination of international influences and a strong commitment to local heritage has created an intriguing blend of old and new in Abu Dhabi, making it one of the Middle East’s most desirable holiday destinations. Add to that fantastic year-round weather, and it becomes clear why Abu Dhabi is a holiday hotspot. If you’re thinking of making the Emirati capital your next destination, here’s a selection of our favourite cultural experiences that you’ll be able to enjoy.

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What we love about Rocky Mountaineer

22 January 2019

A journey onboard Rocky Mountaineer is much more than just a train ride through the Canadian Rockies. It is the key to unlocking a hidden world of shifting landscapes and unparalleled beauty, where you can relax and enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery that unfolds outside your glass-dome carriage. Complemented by gourmet cuisine, vibrant storytelling and excellent service, a Rocky Mountaineer journey is a feast for the senses. Here is a selection of our favourite things about travelling with Rocky Mountaineer.

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Save big on Celebrity Cruises’ Mediterranean sailings

24 January 2019

With modern luxury, outstanding service and fantastic destinations, Celebrity Cruises offer incredible voyages whether you are travelling as a couple, with friends or with your family. On board Celebrity ships, guests will discover the true meaning of world-class, with luxurious accommodation, award-winning dining and fabulous entertainment. Now, you can save big and enjoy a raft of additional benefits when you book a Mediterranean cruise before Monday 4 March 2019.

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Experience Classic Vietnam with a Twist

22 January 2019

We’ve looked at what you can expect if you ask your Travel Counsellor to book you a spot on a Vietnam tour from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City via a whole array of amazing places and experiences, offering travellers a more authentic experience of Vietnam by showing the unique sides to this compelling country that many holidaymakers overlook.

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Our pick of the USA’s best beaches

10 January 2019

The United States of America is incredibly vast with almost every landscape imaginable. On a journey through the States, you can easily discover snowy mountains, deserts and forests in a single trip. And then there are the beaches – take a look at our top picks of them in America.

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Find your tropical island escape with the Sandals Resorts big sale

17 January 2019

Scattered across seven dreamy tropical islands in the Caribbean are 16 couples-only Sandals Resorts, each offering unparalleled levels of luxury, quality and choice. To make things even better, Sandals are having their Big Sale, offering customers up to 45% off stays plus up to an extra £200 per booking when you book by Tuesday 5 February 2019. Here are just some of the fantastic offers you can take advantage of.

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Our favourite experiences on board Celebrity Edge

09 January 2019

With so much to do and enjoy onboard Celebrity Edge, we have narrowed down our favourite experiences, so you can make the most of your time on board.

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Our favourite small Greek islands

09 January 2019

While destinations such as Crete, Corfu and Rhodes attract millions of visitors every year, there are a number of lesser-known islands that are just as ideal for an escape. Here is a selection of smaller Greek islands that we think you would love.

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Our top foodie experiences for 2019

11 January 2019

Dining your way through countries and cities easily becomes a travel highlight for many and leave you hungry for more experiences, so we’ve picked out our top foodie experiences for you to try in 2019.

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Incredible experiences at the iconic Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

14 January 2019

Set on the city’s beautiful Palm Island, Atlantis, The Palm is a small world itself with extraordinary experiences that you’ll only find somewhere as extravagant as Dubai. We take a look at what sets Atlantis, The Palm apart from the rest, from the underwater rooms to the mouthwatering brunches.

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Reasons to book your cruise holiday with Travel Counsellors

10 January 2019

Our passion for being personal is evident in every trip we book for our 450,000 annual customers, including cruise holidays.  Our Travel Counsellors have their fingers on the pulse of this rapidly evolving industry and can share with you all you need to know when it comes to new and classic sailings, new ships and older favourites, the best destinations and the most tempting promotions. This is true whether you choose ocean cruising, a luxury cruise, river cruising, or a once-in-a-lifetime adventure aboard an expedition cruise.

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8 reasons to book your safari holiday with Travel Counsellors

10 January 2019

Our passion for being personal shines through in every trip we book for our 450,000 annual customers, but safaris tend to require much more organisation than most other types of holiday. And the fact that they are often a once-in-a-lifetime experience make it even more important that you get it right. That’s where we can help, with our Travel Counsellors offering the knowledge and the personal experience to guide you to the very best safari option for you, whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple or a family, or in a group.

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Our Favourite South America Tours

17 January 2019

Challenge your Travel Counsellor to take you on the holiday of a lifetime in South America this year. 

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Why we love Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

16 January 2019

Tucked away on one of the finest beaches on the planet is Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - a AAA Five Diamond Resort offering spectacular ocean views from most of its suites. This award-winning, all-inclusive, adults-only resort stretches across more than 500 acres of Maroma Beach, which was once named one of the ‘World’s Best Beaches’ by the Travel Channel. It also received a 2018 Travelers’ Choice Award as one of the top 25 All-Inclusive Resorts Worldwide. Fully refurbished in 2017, Secrets Maroma Beach promises a perfect paradise with pure white sands, crystal-clear waters and warm tropical breezes.

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Our favourite Italian destinations for first-timers

16 January 2019

With world-famous sights such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Rome’s Colosseum, Italy is unquestionably one of Europe’s must-see destinations. Around 91 million people visited this perpetually romantic Mediterranean country in 2018 (5 million more than in 2016) and this growth is set to continue. Despite its global reputation, though, not everybody is clued-up on Italy. But don’t worry if you fall in to that bracket, we’re about to fill you in on our essentials.

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Visit Angsana Balaclava Mauritius for the perfect wellness retreat

18 December 2018

Nestled in a secluded cove on the northwest coast of Mauritius and part of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, Angsana Balaclava Mauritius is a five-star luxury resort that provides the perfect retreat for those looking to rejuvenate body and mind.

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News and Advice

Introducing our new app: my TC

02 October 2017

Your Travel Counsellor in app form! We know how important your Travel Counsellor is to you for all of your travel plans.

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Is my holiday financially protected?

08 November 2017

Having the peace of mind that no matter what, your holiday is safe is priceless. But the minefield of financial protection is not easily negotiated, so we’re trying to make it clearer to help preserve your precious holiday funds. Read on for tips and advice on financial protection for your next holiday.

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Weddings Inspiration

Palace Resorts Wedding Inspirations

02 October 2017

Palace Resorts is the ideal location for your wedding day, honeymoon or both. With wedding resorts in Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Mexico and Ocho Rios Jamaica, your choices are endless.

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Top Fifteen Wedding Destinations

02 October 2017

Our list of the top fifteen wedding destinations and what they have to offer

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