All aboard the perfect pre-cruise stopover

Halesowen News:

11:49am Monday 21st July 2014

When you are looking forward to a relaxing getaway on a leisurely cruise, the last thing you need is a three-hour, early-morning drive to the coast in order to make the departure time.

Setting sail for island time travel

Halesowen News:

11:20am Monday 21st July 2014

From the moment our ferry set sail across the gleaming waters of The Solent from Southampton, we knew our maiden voyage to the Isle of Wight was going to be memorable.

A zest for life in Sorrento

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

Using the same care and attention a jeweller might employ to handle precious stones, 68-year-old farmer Peppino Nunziata examines the plump, waxy lemons hanging from wooden pergolas in his 10,000 square metre garden.

Why Ireland will drive you wild

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

I rest on my kayak paddle and gaze at the horizon as a golden hue from the setting sun illuminates the pale waters at Killary fjord.

A wealth of treasure on Costa Rica

Halesowen News: A wealth of treasure on Costa Rica

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

As the driver slams on his breaks, passengers in the back of the mini bus lurch forwards. The perilous pedestrian blocking our path, however, doesn't seem to be in any hurry to cross the road. Hardly surprising since, even at top speed, this three-toed sloth can only muster 0.15mph.

Going with the flow on the Rhine

Halesowen News: Going with the flow on the Rhine

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

Admiring the last drops of sunlight sparkling on the canals of Amsterdam, it is hard to believe that just two days ago I was sipping champagne as I watched the sun go down behind the impressive skyline of Cologne in Germany.

Looking for the bear necessities in Chengdu

Halesowen News: Looking for the bear necessities in Chengdu

6:00am Saturday 24th May 2014

In the space of just a few hours, it's impressive how much a giant panda can defecate.

Delicious days in Italy

Halesowen News: Delicious days in Italy

6:00am Saturday 26th April 2014

If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, few places offer more pulling power than plentiful Puglia.

Ape expectations in Rwanda

Halesowen News: A gorilla with her baby at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

April marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide which tore Rwanda apart. Sarah Marshall finds out how, two decades on, gorilla conservation and wildlife tourism are putting this African country on the path to a brighter future.

Life is sweet in the Caribbean

Halesowen News: Life is sweet in the Caribbean

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

Bars, beaches and renditions of Bruno Mars songs are attracting a young party crowd to Barbados, says Lauren Turner.

Cracking the Norse code in Norway

Halesowen News: Cracking the Norse code in Norway

6:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014

Inspired by British Museum's new Vikings: Life and Legend exhibition, Sarah Marshall visits Norway's rugged and mountainous Lofoten Islands, where Norse legends and fishermen's tales abound.

Follow the stars to this stunning corner of Mallorca

Halesowen News: The Hotel Illa D'Or

12:14pm Friday 21st March 2014

Crime writer Agatha Christie did it in 1932 and based one of her celebrated ‘whodunnits’ on it, writes Alf Bennett.

Calm and chaos in India

Halesowen News: Calm and chaos in India

6:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

Combining sightseeing with super spas, Nilima Marshall explores the contrasting delights of Delhi and Udaipur.

Spurred on by America's lone star state

Halesowen News: Spurred on by America's lone star state

6:00am Saturday 8th March 2014

Denise Bailey discovers she's a cowgirl at heart on a trip to Texas.

Happy Ghanniversary to an Aussie icon

Halesowen News: Happy Ghanniversary to an Aussie icon

6:00am Saturday 1st March 2014

It's 10 years since The Ghan made its maiden trip across Australia. A decade on, Richard Jones finds that the iconic train is still very much on track.

Learning to ski at home and away

Halesowen News: Learning to ski at home and away

6:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

With most of Sochi's Team GB candidates having honed their skills on UK slopes, Ellen Branagh follows suit by joining the Go Ski Go Board scheme before heading to the Austrian Tirol.

Travel company announce fire sale of African adventures

Halesowen News: Get up close and personal with a gorilla

5:30pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

TRAVEL company Acacia Africa is having a fire sale its holidays this week.

Look what's brewing in India

Halesowen News: Look what's brewing in India

6:00am Saturday 15th February 2014

It's as much a British institution as the royal family, but a freshly-brewed cuppa has far humbler origins. Cherry Wilson follows the tea trail to Coorg in southern India.

Getting to the core of Iceland

Halesowen News: Getting to the core of Iceland

6:00am Saturday 8th February 2014

Wild nature baths, tales of trolls and some of the best opportunities to see the Northern Lights entice Sarah Marshall to the remote and less visited region of northern Iceland.

Keeping company with Pantanal's big cats

Halesowen News: Keeping company with Pantanal's big cats

6:00am Saturday 1st February 2014

Lesser known than the Amazon but just as rich in wildlife, the Brazilian Pantanal is the best place to spot jaguars in the wild. Sarah Marshall goes in search of these elusive big cats.

Crash, bang, wallop what a weekend in Porto

Halesowen News: It's hammer time!

1:39pm Friday 31st January 2014

The airline Flybe has announced it will be flying to seven new destinations from Birmingham Airport. Florence, Cologne, Toulouse, Alicante, Bordeaux, Palma Mallorca and Porto are all now closer thanks to the deal. And travel writer Steve Zacharanda remembers an eventful weekend in Porto.

Swimmers descending on the Lake District for some outdoor chilling

Halesowen News: Swimmers chilling in the Lake District

3:47pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

OVER 570 hardy souls from around the world will be braving the icy waters of Windermere set in the stunning scenery of the Lake District this weekend for the 2014 Big Chill Swim.

Sloping off to Cataloni

Halesowen News: Sloping off to Cataloni

6:00am Saturday 25th January 2014

Who'd have thought you could ski so close to Barcelona? Beth Littler discovers Spain's best kept winter secret - the Catalan Pyrenees.

Striking gold in Montana

Halesowen News: Striking gold in Montana

6:00am Saturday 18th January 2014

Braving the cold outdoors, Pete Thompson enjoys ranch life on the slopes in America's Big Sky Country.

Where to go in 2014

Halesowen News: Where to go in 2014

6:00am Saturday 11th January 2014

Beat the January blues by planning a holiday. Sarah Marshall provides some inspiration with a look at this year's top ten trending destinations.

Twitchers paradise as Minerva sets sail in the sun

Halesowen News: Flying high on the Minerva

4:36pm Thursday 9th January 2014

Birds of a feather flock to ornithologist Tim Earl’s chirpy Earl-y Birds Club on cruise ship Minerva. Lesley Bellew dragged herself from under the covers to join them.

Review - SimSpot flight simulator - Nottingham

10:28am Thursday 2nd January 2014

FLYING a plane – it’s one of those jobs everybody fancies having a go at but no one really gets the chance to do.

Arctic adventures in the deep freeze

Halesowen News: Arctic adventures in the deep freeze

6:00am Saturday 21st December 2013

A snowmobile ride through the Arctic Desert, ice caving in a glacier and a husky ride through snow-capped valleys are all treats in store for Sarah Marshall on a winter trip to icy wonderland Svalbard.

Wonderful winter weekends

Halesowen News: Wonderful winter weekends

6:00am Saturday 14th December 2013

Falling in love with a cold climate? From a Christmas shopping spree in Brighton to a ski weekend on the Swiss slopes, Sarah Marshall rounds up the best festive short breaks.

Protecting paradise in the Maldives

Halesowen News: Protecting paradise in the Maldives

6:00am Saturday 7th December 2013

As tourism continues to grow in the Maldives, Hannah Stephenson dives into the underwater world that conservationists are trying to preserve.

Sun, sea and submarines in Lanzarote

Halesowen News: Sun, sea and submarines in Lanzarote

6:00am Saturday 30th November 2013

A 7ft yellow duck and the promise of mid-haul winter sun keep James Tapsfield, his pregnant wife and three-year-old daughter happy on a short break to Lanzarote

Ice walk with Tim Jarvis

Halesowen News: Polar explorer Tim Jarvis.

6:00am Saturday 30th November 2013

ANYONE with a shred of adventure in their body might fancy taking up the challenge of doing an ice walk along with the chance of encountering polar bears.

Blimey! No blarney but one trip to Ireland and we could be blue blooded Bellews

Halesowen News: One direction: The Bellew clan at Bellewstown

5:16pm Wednesday 27th November 2013

Amy Bellew is one of more than 70 million people worldwide who can claim Irish ancestry. On her first visit to the Emerald Isle she celebrated a heritage that went back to the 12th century.

A place at the Nordic table

Halesowen News: A place at the Nordic table

6:00am Saturday 23rd November 2013

It's consistently rated as one of the world's top culinary destinations, but what is it that makes Copenhagen such a foodie paradise? Catherine Wylie arrives hungry to find out

Enjoy a seasonal city break

Halesowen News: Enjoy a seasonal city break

6:00am Saturday 16th November 2013

There's nothing like a Christmas market to really muster the magic of the season - and the UK is home to some fantastic festive fayres. Whether it's an unforgettable family day out or a Yuletide minibreak you're after, Abi Jackson rounds-up seven of the best

Starting from scratch in Val d'isere

Halesowen News: Starting from scratch in Val d'isere

6:00am Saturday 9th November 2013

Demonstrating that it's never too late to tackle the slopes, Diana Pilkington embarks on a beginners' ski course in one of the most famous Alpine resorts

In awe of Norway's Aurora

Halesowen News: In awe of Norway's Aurora

6:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013

Kids may be desperate to see Santa this Christmas, but according to a poll by Lonely Planet, an audience with the Northern Lights tops most adults' wishlists. Kate Whiting heads to Norway's Vesteralen Islands in search of the often elusive display.

On your marks, get set, ski!

Halesowen News: On your marks, get set, ski!

6:00am Saturday 26th October 2013

As the European ski season kicks off, Sarah Marshall cherry-picks this year's top winter resorts.

The Welcombe and Walton in Shakespeare country were beyond beautiful

Halesowen News: Walton Hall

5:05pm Friday 25th October 2013

SHAKESPEARE put Warwickshire on the global tourism map but despite a hop, skip and a jump from the Black Country it is a county I have rarely ventured.

Saga Holidays launch 50 at 50 to showcase far flung destinations

Halesowen News: 50 at 50: Bridget McGrouther

2:39pm Thursday 24th October 2013

PHILEAS Fogg tried to go round the world in 80 days but Saga Holidays could teach him a thing or two as they are sending travel writer Bridget McGrouther all over the planet in 50 days. 

Happy tidings from Hamburg

Halesowen News: Happy tidings from Hamburg

6:00am Saturday 19th October 2013

Now the countdown to Christmas has begun, it's time to start drawing up festive shopping lists. Make the process more bearable by visiting one of Europe's top Christmas markets, says Polly Weeks.

Iceland's Northern Lights

Halesowen News: Iceland's Northern Lights

6:00am Saturday 19th October 2013

ANYONE looking to really explore Iceland - in addition to hunting the Northern Lights - will enjoy the brand new ‘Winter Wonderland’ tour launched by Taber Holidays.

A lot to like about Lulea

Halesowen News: A lot to like about Lulea

6:00am Saturday 12th October 2013

Once home to traditional reindeer herders, the northern Swedish town of Lulea is now the nerve centre for social networking site Facebook, making it arguably one of the most connected destinations in the world. Sarah Marshall discovers why this winter wonderland is deserving of so many 'likes'.

Dance the night away on the high seas with Saga Holidays

Halesowen News: Dance the night away on Saga's Pearl II

2:18pm Thursday 10th October 2013

WHETHER passengers have ants in their pants or want to shake a leg Saga Holidays offers unrivalled access to the dancefloor on their cruises.

A stateside road trip for all age

Halesowen News: A stateside road trip for all age

6:00am Saturday 5th October 2013

Tricky teens are tough to please, especially when it comes to spending time with 'old' people. Sarah Tucker bites the bullet and takes her son on an American adventure.

Keeping it real in Tobago

Halesowen News: Keeping it real in Tobago

6:00am Saturday 28th September 2013

Less dependent on tourism than neighbouring islands, Tobago offers visitors an authentic Caribbean experience, says Cherry Wilson.

Elvis is back in town!

Halesowen News: Elvis is back in town!

7:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013

This upcoming weekend – September 27-29 - the seaside town of Porthcawl will once again be transformed by the biggest town-wide celebration of the life of Elvis Presley this side of Memphis.

Aurora Reykjavik

Halesowen News: Aurora Reykjavik

6:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013

MANY people travel to Iceland in the hope of witnessing the natural beauty of the Northern Lights and now, thanks to a new facility in downtown Reykjavik, they won't be disappointed.

Brand new Banyan Tree Spa indicative of China's progress

4:45pm Friday 20th September 2013

CHINA, as in almost every other sector, is learning fast when it comes to tourism.

Secret splendour of Kathmandu

Halesowen News: Secret splendour of Kathmandu

10:29am Friday 20th September 2013

Most visitors to Nepal pass through Kathmandu on their way to Mount Everest. But spend some time in this vibrant city and its surrounds, says Fiona Wootton, and you'll discover plenty of treasures.




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