|1Cover Travel Insurance exposes why you should never contemplate travelling abroad without suitable travel insurance.|
|1Cover Travel Insurance exposes why you should never contemplate travelling abroad without suitable travel insurance.|
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||Rumpy pumpy on the road. Long-haul love affairs. Getting the holiday horn. Ships passing in the night, getting low down and dirty. Joining the mile-high club. Strangers at sunset, exchanging underwear and email addresses. Can we say ‘sex tourism’? Or just file it under ‘holiday romance’?
Call it what you like, but right now there are thousands, probably millions of amorous young things (ok, and old) far from home, getting it on with one another. And why not? It’s what our bits and pieces are for, isn’t it? Making each other happy? Exactly!
You might be single and looking for some uncomplicated fun, or new couples on your first adventure together – either way there’s likely to be a bit of nakedness, right? At least you hope so…
So you like the white stuff? For some, a ski trip is as much about the social scene as it is a day on the slopes. Make the most of your holiday overseas with our guide to winter sports holidays . We’ll help you enjoy the best snow the world has to offer.
Surprisingly, this is a fairly recent addition to the skiers and snowboarders’ list of places to visit. If you’re looking for uncrowded, family-friendly resorts with slopes and snowboarding runs for all abilities, plus expert tuition, Slovenia is ideal. Kranska Gora, near the Swiss and Italian borders is a fantastic resort with a cosmopolitan feel, offering great value for money.
As well as many great ski and snowboarding resorts, Sweden’s landscapes host a range of other winter sports activities, including snowmobile safaris, husky sledding, ice climbing and ice fishing. Vemdalen, for example, is recommended for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. And being a little off the beaten track, it has a remote, relaxed atmosphere without being sleepy.
British Columbia, Canada
Anyone who’s been there will tell you Canada has some of the best terrain in the world for skiers and snowboarders. And it offers the adventurous and experienced winter sportsperson enough thrills to last a lifetime. Whistler, in southern British Columbia, simply ticks all the boxes, whether you’re a beginner or a veteran of the slopes – and the scenery is second to none.
If you like to party after a day on the slopes, Andorra’s Pas de la Casa resort has the nightlife to keep you going. It’s a popular destination for this reason alone, yet it’s surrounded by slopes to suit all abilities, and there are plenty of off-piste opportunities for the more adventurous. A great all-round destination for any skill level, and there’s lots going on if you fancy a day’s rest from the hat and goggles!
Beaver Creek, Colorado, USA
Perfect for families, beginners, even non-skiers, Beaver Creek in Colorado, is ideally located for easy access to slopes for all abilities, and has awesome panoramic scenery. Resort facilities are extensive, modern and luxurious. It’s not all about the slopes, though – spend all day honing your snowboarding freestyle skills or relax in a resort spa and pamper yourself.
In most cases, you’ll need to take out special winter sports travel insurance for your ski or snowboarding holiday. If you have annual, multi-trip cover, make sure there’s winter sports cover included. Many standard policies won’t cover you for off-piste skiing or other more dangerous activities, so you might need a specialist policy. Always check before you set off.
For some, a holiday is an adventure– a chance to explore the world. Make the most of your holiday overseas with our guide to travelling off the beaten track. We’ll help you enjoy the best the world has to offer.
The Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Croatia’s 300-mile stretch of islands and fantastic beaches, on its eastern coast on the Adriatic, lies between the island of Rab in the northwest and Montenegro in the southeast. There are endless secluded coves and idyllic islands, plus great scenic views and watersport activities. And because it’s a well-kept secret, it’s quiet and ‘un-touristy’, giving you a real sense of escapism.
Forget Goa, Agra’s Taj Mahal and Delhi for the moment. Kerala, on the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula really gives you a taste of India’s tranquil beauty. Charming placid lakes, stunning unspoilt scenery and unassuming, friendly locals are a million miles from package holidays, crowded beaches and loud hotel pools.
Trekking in Belize
Experience the depths of the tropical rainforest; explore the ruins of ancient Mayan civilizations or the sacred caves on the riverbanks. Hear the howler monkeys and marvel at the tropical birds nesting in the forest canopy. Holidays don’t get much more remote than this, and the range of activities is staggering, considering this landscape hasn’t changed for thousands of years. No theme parks here…
Yunnan, South West China
With classic temples, stone buildings and arched bridges, Yunnan is one of China’s most beautiful and intriguing regions. Why not combine walking, driving and boat trips with an experienced guide, and witness the Yangtze River tumbling into the narrow Tiger-leaping Gorge, or the breathtaking and unique Stone Forest near Kunming?
The unique landscape of Iceland offers a wide range of opportunities to step off the well-trodden path for a bit more exploration and excitement. You can go glacier trekking, kayak the serene lakes amid volcanic landscapes, even quad-bike through the lava fields for days on end. But remember to look where you’re going – the scenery here can be very distracting.
Make sure your travel insurance covers you for a holiday that takes you off the beaten track, especially if it involves climbing, trekking, boat trips or off-road vehicles. You may need to buy specialist insurance, or alter your existing policy to cover you at an extra premium.
If your idea of a holiday is hunting market bargains or discovering one-of-a-kind designers, then this guide to fabulous shopping destinations is for you. We’ll help you save time and money on your overseas holiday, with the best shopping the world has to offer.
1. New York
Live your ‘Sex and the City’ fantasies in this shoppers paradise. New York caters for all budgets – from Fifth Avenue to downtown designer bargains at Century 21 department store. For quirky boutiques head to SoHo or East Village. And for bargains from America’s greatest retail brands, it’s well-worth the journey one hour north to Woodbury Common, with 220 discount outlets.
London has some of the world’s best department stores – so indulge yourself in Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Harrods and Liberty’s. Then head straight to Oxford St, where you’ll find the latest catwalk fashion at high street prices at Top Shop, H&M and Zara. Portobello Road markets are a great place to find new designers and one-off pieces, as well as antiques and homewares.
Known as the ‘oriental Paris”, Shanghai is a shopper’s paradise. Head for Nanjing Rd, the biggest commercial street in China, with its modern shopping malls and old-style shops.Huaihai Road is the elegant Fifth Avenue of Shanghai, and if you’re looking for discount designer brands head to Xiangyang Road Market – but beware of fakes! If it’s made in China (and what isn’t?), you’ll find it here.
With buzzing street markets and modern shopping centres, Bangkok has plenty of places to blow your baht. Chatachuk weekend market is a sprawling maze of wares – from Indochine antiquities to the latest trainers. Don’t forget to haggle – but do so politely. Patpong and Khao San Road’s night markets teem with counterfeit goods. For funky homewares, try ZEN – a lifestyle megastore in the huge CentralWorld shopping centre.
Paris has been the fashion world’s epicentre for hundreds of years. Department stores Printemps and Galleries Lafayette have great prices on clothing and shoes. And you’ll also find unusual homewares and gifts in the many boutiques in neighbourhoods like the Marais and Bastille. In a single week, you can visit 58 different markets – Saint Ouen, at Clignacourt, is one of the largest flea-markets and has plenty of antiques, objets d’art and modern treasures. Just watch out for pickpockets!
And the best purchase you’ll make? Your international travel insurance – at least you’ll be covered if your new purchases get lost in transit!
Make the most of your holiday overseas by combining it with your favourite hobby. With our guide to special interest holidays, we’ll help you experience the best the world has to offer.
Whether you want to perfect your landscapes or learn how to take great wildlife shots, there’s no better way than doing it in a fabulous location with expert tuition. Several companies offer inspiring trips – from South East Asia to Scotland. Try http://www.responsibletravel.com for ‘hand-picked’ photography holidays from the world’s specialist operators.
2. Painting and drawing
Set up your easel and watercolours, or simply whip out your sketchbook. Whatever your approach to art, if it’s your hobby, it’s a great theme for a holiday. Or you could even go as a complete novice – there are trips designed for all levels of ability. Your local art class should have some good recommendations.
Learn or practise yoga in a wonderful setting, and combine it with other holiday pursuits, such as walking or sightseeing. http://www.yogatraveller.com will give you a flavour of what’s out there – from yoga, skiing and massage in the Swiss Alps to a yoga-safari through one of Africa’s national parks.
4. Wine tasting
From Argentina to Alsace, Tasmania to Tuscany, the world offers literally thousands of places to enjoy wine tasting. The best way is often to join an organised tour, where visits to wineries are booked in advance. Try looking for a local wine club or merchant that arranges tours, or treat yourself to a holiday with a specialist tour operator such as Arblaster & Clarke – find out more at http://www.winetours.co.uk
Learn Salsa in Havana, Flamenco in Granada, Tango in Buenos Aires – or even belly dancing in the Sahara Desert. Professional tuition is available to holidaymakers all over the world, for dancers of all abilities. http://www.danceholidays.com is a good place to start looking for a holiday, but there are many other specialist operators to check out. Just remember to pack your dancing shoes!
If you’re booking any kind of specialist holiday, make sure you have the right travel insurance for the activity. Then you can just relax and enjoy yourself – and discover a new talent you never knew you had!
Choosing the right time of year to visit your destination can really make the world of difference… Get the most out of your holiday overseas with our guide to travelling by season . We’ll help you experience the best the world has to offer.
Spring – Japan
Perhaps no country takes such visible joy in springtime as Japan, where people track the ‘cherry-blossom’ front as it moves northwards, and gradually engulfs the country in distinctive and beautiful blossoms, or ‘sakura’.
Summer – Great Britain
It’s a shame the British weather sometimes deters overseas visitors. In fact, because the Brits don’t get a whole lot of sun, they really enjoy it when it comes out – you’ll feel like you’re in a happier country! It’s also a great time to set your sights beyond London, and explore the Great British countryside…
Autumn – New England
Head to one of North America’s most beautiful corners, and marvel at the incredible golds, oranges and crimsons on display. Summers vary throughout New England, and winters tend to be bitterly cold – so the famous autumn foliage really is the year’s highlight.
Winter – Goa
India’s smallest state is bombarded with heavy monsoon rains between June and September, while summers (from March until May) can get incredibly humid. Not only does winter offer perfect temperatures for lounging on the beach, but there’s also a wonderful festival in February – and colourful Christmas celebrations every year, too.
But whatever time of year you go, don’t forget to make sure you have travel insurance. So you can relax and have fun, whatever the weather…