Thailand travel guide 🇹🇭

Home to film-worthy beaches, awe-inspiring temples, mouth-watering street food, and a vibrant cultural heritage, Thailand has something for everyone whether young or old, intrepid or reserved. Whether you want to come here to explore more of its rich cultural heritage, or simply to enjoy one of their many beaches and nightly parties, you won’t leave disappointed. Buriram province The Buriram province is a primarily rural area in Northern Thailand where most locals earn a living from farming. Due to the areas slower pace it hasn’t traditionally been a large tourist attraction, but to many travellers that’s what’s making it so […]

Making the most of it: Nîmes for the Tour de France

If you crave a roadside view of this year’s Tour de France, but don’t want to join the crowds at the mountain sections or at the hectic Paris finish, then head to Nîmes, in south-eastern France. In fact, even if you couldn’t care two hoots about the Tour or cycling, you should still put this historical city high up on your travel wish list. Dubbed the ‘French Rome’, it provides a base to explore France’s stunning and often overlooked Languedoc Roussillon region. Whatever your reason for visiting, here is a taster of what Nîmes has to offer. Watch the Tour […]

Four hours in Brussels: tips for time-starved travellers

From world-class beer and chocolate to architectural treasures and green spaces, Brussels has so much more to offer than just political institutions and its surprisingly popular peeing boy statue. So, if you find yourself in the Belgian capital with just a few hours to spare – perhaps while waiting for a connecting flight, Eurostar train or after a business meeting – how can you squeeze the most of that precious time? Drink some beer Let’s cut straight to it – if you’re a beer lover, Brussels is the place for you. One recommendation we received on our Facebook page in […]

Four hours in Singapore: tips for time-starved travellers

If you had just four hours to spend in Singapore, what would you do? Four hours may not sound like much, but a brief morning or afternoon may be all you have if you’re on a stop-over in the city-state, or have a bit of spare time on a business trip. Thankfully, while you could easily fill a much longer break, Singapore lends itself well to short stays. It’s small and most key attractions are within walking distance of one of the stops on its modern, cheap and speedy MRT (mass rapid transit) rail network. So, let’s consider how to […]

First time cruiser: tips to get the most out of your trip

Why spend your holiday in just one place when you can effortlessly visit several countries on the same trip? That’s part of the appeal of a cruise: everything is right there in front of you, ready to enjoy. You go to bed and often wake up to find you’ve arrived at a new port in a new country. But as seasoned cruisers know only too well, reaching cruise nirvana requires a fair bit of planning. So, if you’re planning your first cruise, here are some tips from experienced cruisers to ensure you have the most enjoyable trip possible, at a […]

Making the most of it: Madrid for the Champions League final 🇪🇸

If you’re lucky enough to bag a ticket for the Champions League final in Madrid, then you’re in for a treat. Not only is the match one of the highlights of the sporting calendar, but it also gives you an excuse to spend some time in Spain’s energetic and culture-packed capital. Even if you haven’t wangled a spot at the Metropolitano stadium on 1st June, find another excuse to visit the city, whether or not you follow the beautiful game. And put some of these highlights on your itinerary. Tour the stadiums Whether or not you’ve got a ticket for […]

Four hours in Barcelona: tips for time-starved travellers 🇪🇸

You’re in Barcelona but only have half a day, or perhaps just four measly hours, to spare in the Catalan capital. So, what do you do? It’s a tough call. Spain’s second city is after all one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Here are just a few suggestions for things to do and see if time is short. Camp Nou We put a shout out on our Facebook page for suggestions of what to do in Barcelona and the answer was emphatic: visit Camp Nou. Home to FC Barcelona, more commonly known as Barça, since 1957, Camp Nou is […]

Four hours in Hong Kong: tips for time-starved travellers 🇭🇰

It’s been described as the gateway to China, a melting pot of cultures where east meets west, or perhaps less gracefully, ‘stopover city’. Hong Kong is after all a regular feature on long-haul flyers’ itineraries. And its status as the ideal stop-over is helped by the Airport Express train which whizzes you from the airport to the city centre in just 24 minutes. So if that’s you, in Hong Kong for just a layover between flights, or on a business trip with an afternoon spare, we’ve got some tips on how to make the most of your time. Aberdeen We […]

Four hours in New York: tips for time-starved travellers 🇺🇸

Let’s say you have a stopover in New York. Perhaps you’ll have an afternoon or so to spare, after allowing for the time it takes to get to and from downtown Manhattan from JFK. What do you do with that precious time? Here are some suggestions, helped by some recommendations from our community on Facebook. Central Park The huge, beautiful and free Central Park has so much to offer. Find maps here which include running and bike routes, self-guided walking tours – including a mile-long walk for each month of the year – and woodland tours. You can also go […]

Four hours in Berlin: tips for time-starved travellers 🇩🇪

You’re in Berlin. You could easily spend days or weeks absorbing all of the German capital’s history, roaming the huge parks, or just enjoying the lively café culture. But, no, you have just half a day or so – perhaps four hours on a stopover or at the end of a business trip – to take in one of Europe’s great capitals. Fear not. You can squeeze in a lot with just a little planning. Here are just a few suggestions for travellers on a tight schedule. Three museums in one John Maloney, who responded to a shout out on […]

Four hours in Florence: tips for time-starved travellers 🇮🇹

It’s been described as Italy’s culture capital and the cradle of the renaissance. So how can you possibly do justice to Florence’s sights in just half a day? The answer is, you can’t! But if you’re short on time – say you only have a matter of hours before your connecting flight or a business meeting – you can still sample some of this Tuscan city’s many charms. Or at least tuck into some gelato. But what should you prioritise? Stay longer! We put a shout out on our Facebook page to see what our community recommend travellers do with […]

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Four hours in Paris: tips for time-starved travellers 🇫🇷

The trip is almost over but you still have four hours left in Paris before heading home. Maybe you’re waiting for a connecting flight or train, or you’re there on a business meeting and want to squeeze in a bit of sightseeing. With so much to do in the city, how can you get the most out of that precious time? The French capital has so much to offer, but here are just a few suggestions for travellers on a tight schedule who want to do more than potter around the airport or their hotel waiting for the next part […]