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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Relax and unwind

When the weather is as glorious as this, you want to do nothing more than sit back and relax.

Norwegian fjords

So many holidays can seem ruined before they even begin because of airport hassle. So, why not chill out and try a no-fly cruise? Just drive to the cruise terminal and hand over your un-weighed cases. 
Your holiday begins with lunch on board your ship, and you’ll be amazed where you could end up. The main departure points are Southampton, Dover and Tilbury. You don’t have to get there until after mid-day so no need to be up at the crack of dawn either.

Scenic Crystal, Budapest

Let’s start with the fun bits, writes Mike Pickup after a trip to Budapest, in Hungary.

Infoversum

We hadn’t flown from Southend before and were pleasantly surprised at its peaceful, laid-back atmosphere compared to the stress and hassle of Heathrow and Gatwick, writes Mike Pickup.

City Palace Udaipur

With temperatures soaring into the 50’ – that is Celsius – in Rajasthan at present, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is a place to be avoided!

Luxor Las Vegas

Squeezing as much as we possibly could out of our holiday time, we were going away over the popular Easter period, writes Andrea Powell.

Blue Crater Lake

If you love Lakes and Mountains holidays then you will adore the Azores. But why? asks Andrea Powell.

Modershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat - the 25m vitality pool

Sitting in a bubbling vitality pool with a glass of prosecco in hand, and surrounded by nothing but the picturesque rolling hills of Staffordshire, reality seemed but a distant memory.

Crocodile

Disembarking our cruise ship and all its comforts, we were quickly on board the “luxury” bus that was to drive us through the thick, green, overgrown forests of the Costa Rican countryside, writes Andrea Powell.

Monks at ceremonies, Bhutan

It’s called Gross Domestic Happiness, writes by Roger Hermiston and Eileen Wise

Chiangi

We all have favourite holiday destinations, top hotels and even choice airlines, but Andrea Powell has a favourite airport.

Brisbane

You can’t possibly have a two week holiday in Australia,” according to, well, Everyone.

Aquamarine Waters

I think it is fair to say that Malta is not the place to go for beach bums – although of course there are some very nice coves and beaches to explore. Rather, though, this is a place for culture, history and of course sun. And so it proved….

BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Andrea Powell felt like a film star on her rail experience through the Rockies. And despite all the trees, leaves on the lines were never a factor, it seemed...

Bangkok sunrise

These days we are all keen on ensuring value for money – and none more so than with holidays. And for those people, I would always recommend a visit to Thailand, writes Andrea Powell.

View from above Hong Kong

We were only in Hong Kong for a day, but this was enough to whet my appetite for a return, writes Andrea Powell.
For a start, the drivers were so polite! One advantage of a cruise ship tour meant that where others had to walk, we got to use the bus up the steep hill to see the Big Buddha - and I was impressed to note how our slow bus gave way to every car behind it. From someone who has spent endless hours on the old A12 to Lowestoft and the A140 to Norwich crawling at 20mph, I could not help thinking how great it would be if we adopted a similar idea here!

Group hug. Andrea Powell and her dogs

This was the first time we had been away at Christmas-time, writes Andrea Powell.

The cable car over Bracelona

I could see Hubby was sceptical at the idea. A Winter City Break? Some cities suit a winter break and other maybe less so.

Vienna town hall

For those with last minute shopping still to do, it is not too late to head off to the Continent for a visit to one of the many Christmas markets.

Bridge at night - Porto

Harry Potter fans Andrea Powell and hubby noticed something strangely familiar about the streets of Porto.

The Golden Gate Bridge in fog in San Francisco, California, USA

Andrea Powell takes a road trip out west to discover the wonders of California...and her husband’s greatest fear.

The opera house

You’re going to Paris just for the day?” Hubby was somewhat perplexed by my latest hair-brained scheme.

Blue lagoon

Although you won’t be wanting to take your bikini, even in June, says Andrea Powell.

Quebec Jacques-Cartier National Park

When my wife suggested a walking holiday in the world’s second largest country, I was pleased we were only doing a small part of it!

Ushuaia and the scenery

The cruise around Cape Horn was always set to be an adventure, writes Andrea Powell.

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