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BUCKET LIST TICKING IN NIAGARA FALLS

Everyone has a travel bucket list, right? Mine includes Vietnam, Samarkand, Ludlow and the Moon. I suspect it may be some time before I can tick the last one off. The reason I mention bucket lists is that sometimes, when you are part of a family, you end up helping tick off items on someone…

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CHANCELLOR CUTS COST OF LONG-HAUL HOLIDAYS

Families will pay less for long-haul holidays from next year after the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced plans to reform the unloved Air Passenger Duty (APD) scheme from 1 April 2015. George Osborne said that although rates of APD would rise this April in line with inflation, the top two levels of duty levied on…

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FAMILIES WORLDWIDE: TEN COOL NEW ADVENTURES FOR 14/15

A visit by train to an underground cathedral carved out of salt in Colombia is one of the highlights of 10 new trips added to the 2014/15 programme from Families Worldwide, which specialises in holidays for adventurous parents and kids. The salt cathedral visit is part of a 12 day Journey to Colombia itinerary, departing…

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BALI “OFFERS BEST VALUE FOR HOLIDAYS”

Bali offers the best value worldwide when it comes to your holiday pound, according to new research from the Post Office. The Holiday Money Report found that the Indonesian island was the cheapest (£31) for a basket of items which includes a three course meal for two with wine, a cup of coffee, a bottle…

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DISNEY AND NEW YORK IN INSTAGRAM TOP 10

Photo sharing community Instagram has released its list of the places around the world that have been most tagged in posts by its users and Disney has two places in the top ten. Disneyland in California is at number three while Florida’s Walt Disney World sits at number five. Other locations that are popular with…

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AN OFFBEAT DAY OUT IN ORLANDO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxIyg9kdSSw I have never had a particular desire to see a dead cockroach that has been transformed into a miniature Michael Jackson but if it had been on my bucket list, I could now tick it off. This odd item is one of thousands of weird and wonderful things that are crammed into Ripleys Believe…

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PLANES ON A PLANE

I like these, I like these a lot. The picture at the top shows the funky new cutlery set introduced by Air France for the 2.7 million passengers who fly with the airline each year who are under 12 years of age. This knife and fork set, from Catalan designer Eugeni Quitllet, is just part of…

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TODDLER FLIGHTS: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE

I am shocked by the four-letter f-word uttered by the woman at check-in. The plane is “full”. So much for our strategy of not paying for a seat for our daughter and instead relying on our technique of putting her in the seat between us in the certain knowledge that a lively toddler will frighten…

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FAT CAT OR FAMILY?

One of the things I learned very quickly after our daughter arrived on the scene nearly two years is that driving to the airport when you go on holiday is a double-edged sword. On one hand it means that the journey there is pretty straightforward. You can take as much luggage as you want and…

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