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When I first heard about KAABOO I was intrigued at the idea of a Caribbean festival designed with a little luxury in mind. A festival in the Cayman Islands billed as an ‘adult escape’, with no need to sacrifice comfort just to hear great music. I’d let Glastonbury Festival pass me by, even though it’s practically on my doorstep, put off by the huge crowds, the rain and the mud.

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On the edge of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, just a short drive from Faro, is the holiday resort of Quinta do Lago, in the Algarve region of Portugal. I spent a few days at Quinta do Lago Country Club, a luxury apartment complex that’s a few minutes walk from the beach, with views over the lake and Ria Formosa Nature Reserve that is a haven for birds and wildlife. Golf is a big deal here in the Algarve, but as I discovered there are many other things to do in and around Quinta do Lago, with the charming walled town of Faro, gorgeous beaches and coastal walks.

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The Romans bathed in it, the Georgians drank it and Jane Austen wrote about the fashionable society that flocked to enjoy it – I’m talking of course about the thermal spa waters in Bath. While you can no longer bathe in the public Roman Baths, which are open as a visitor attraction, there are plenty of hotels offering spa breaks in Bath. We enjoyed a one night spa break with Spabreaks, whose website has plenty of different options to choose from, including the historic Macdonald Bath hotel and spa, where we escaped the lure of the laptop and the mobile for a Sunday night spa getaway.

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Going on an African Safari is high on many people’s bucket lists! However, once the decision is made to go the number of options available can be quite overwhelming, as it can be difficult to determine what will deliver your ideal African safari experience. The game reserves in South Africa are ideal for a first time safari visit.

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Nova Scotia in the early summer was a great idea, offering sunny days but not too many crowds. We’d already spent a couple of days exploring the provincial capital of Halifax, with historic attractions, harbour front walks and city buzz. Now it was time to head out of the city for a 3 day road trip to see some of Nova Scotia’s other attractions.

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I think it was the oysters that first started my love affair with France. It was the summer in Arcachon which is known for its oyster beds and I was staying as a teenager to learn French with a host family in Bordeaux. We were seated on the terrace of a seafood restaurant and I couldn’t quite believe the huge platter of oysters, lobster and crabs laid out on the table, let alone work out how to eat it!

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A river cruise must be the ultimate way to soak up the history and culture of Europe, waking up every day to a new city, each with its stories to tell. Our seven days with Titan River Cruises on board MS Serenade 1 began in Amsterdam, where we wandered the canals, spotted street art and hung out with the locals in trendy warehouse cafes. The week’s cruise continued through the low countries of Netherlands and Belgium, making memories of vintage shops in Dordrecht, chocolates in Brussels, cycling in Antwerp, canals in Ghent and modern architecture in Rotterdam.

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We all know that feeling when you’ve cleaned out your bank balance but are desperately in need of a holiday! Are you longing to head to the mountains for a ski holiday or perhaps you’d love some winter sunshine, to relax with the sound of the waves washing over you? You may enjoy the finer things in life, but there are still plenty of ways to find great value as you plan your holidays for the coming year.

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Bristol is a city that’s buzzing with creativity, the home of Banksy, Brunel, the Balloon Fiesta and Wallace and Gromit. It’s also a city with a big heart, that likes to support indie makers and businesses, an inclusive city that buys local and even has its own currency, the Bristol Pound that can be spent in the city. If you are looking for Bristol gifts that support Bristol’s local makers or give you a flavour of Bristol, read on for my list of 50 gifts that say you love Bristol!

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If you had to choose just 7 Wonders of the World to visit what would they be? For travel lovers there’s no set answer, as everyone has their dream holiday of a lifetime. Now Exodus Travel have brought you an easy way to create a personal list of must-see destinations and must-try experiences.

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