Today brought news that Saudi Arabian dream interpreter, Yusuf al-Harthy, plans to open an academy specialising in degrees and even PhDs in dreaming and visions; “Many of us would consider ourselves practiced in the art of day dreaming, but are you good enough to qualify for a PhD? If so you may be interested in [...]
After a week conspicuous for the amount of fictional news in the form of April Fools jokes (my personal favourites were Expedia’s Virtual Vacations, toptable’s scratch ‘n’ sniff site, and the first reviews from space on tripadvisor) this week’s Real Deals story focused in on a recent poll about lies:
From the newsletter: “There is no longer any need to travel to Hollywood as we have our own replica of the famous sign right here in the UK. Sure, so the letters might only be five-feet high, and so what if they spell out BASILDON? We’re sure the effect is much the same!”
Favourite travel story this week has got to be the strange tale of the €10,000 Ryanair scratch card winner who ate the winning scratch card! According to the airline, the unnamed winner grew so incensed on learning that cabin staff on the flight couldn’t give him the winnings right there and then that he ate [...]
We all know that you’re going to pay a premium when you travel to traditional romantic destinations like Paris and Venice. So, as Valentine’s Day approaches where should we be heading for the best-value romantic getaway?
Yum! This week there’s been a lot of chocolate related news coming out of China – first Chinese confectioners built a 10 metre long chocolate model of the Great Wall of China. The wall was constructed as part of the World Chocolate Wonderland exhibition which is aimed at promoting chocolate to the Chinese.
There’s been trouble brewing at dealchecker and it boiled over last week. As you may have guessed the one thing we love almost as much as travelling is food (preferably combined). Siobhan and George, two of our fantastic sales peops, have been arguing for weeks over who creates the best lunches and it finally came down to [...]
This delicious pastry can be filled with anything from fruit to cheese, but this recipe uses poppy seeds. Prague hosts an annual Kolache festival, but the sweet pastry has become so popular in the USA that many American towns hold festivals too. Look out for one near you, or try making them yourself!
Just when we thought budget airlines had made flights as basic as possible – no meals, no seat allocation, no tiny little toothbrush – a private Chinese airline has gone a step further and taken away the seats!
You may have noticed some cool new features popping up on dealchecker recently. If you are flexible with the dates you can travel then this is going to make it much easier to find the cheapest deal. Travolution (the industry magazine) has been talking about it too. So what’s new? We have added a list [...]
Just found this fantastic video by Chris Rehage a German filmmaker who backpacked along the Silk Road in China. He filmed short clips of himself as he went along which are all set against beautiful backdrops. It’s also fun to watch his beard grow over the months he was on the road.
Clam chowder is originally from New England, but I like the San Francisco version that was created in 1849 and is served in a sourdough bread bowl. When you’re hungry it’s good to know you can eat your tableware too.
We were sorry to hear this morning that Freedom Direct has gone out of business after 12 years. We know that the online travel company was popular with dealcheckers, so if you have an existing booking here are the numbers to call and the websites to visit. Note: it also applies to bookings made under [...]
Taste of London, Birmingham and Edinburgh Birmingham: 9th -12th July Edgbaston’s Cannon Hill Park, London: 18th – 21st June Regents Park, Edinburgh: 29th – 31st May Inverleith Park.
Getting stuck on a boat with John Mayer will be a nightmare to some people and a dream come true for others. But if you are in the latter camp get yourself to California super quick because the ‘Mayercraft’ departs today. Yes, really.
Struggling to get good water pressure in your shower? These ones ought to do it. Here is my list of the world’s top waterfalls which just happen to be located in some of the world’s most beautiful countries. I’ve even included a video of the favourite.
Ahh that first day at the resort, after sampling a bit of everything at the breakfast buffet you stroll out to the sun terrace with a good book, a bottle of sun cream and a towel slung over your shoulder. But lo, every sun lounger is covered with a towel! So do you:
I will happily admit to a minor obsession with visiting film locations – particularly the exotic beach ones. This year location was a central character in many of the Oscar-winning films so here is a round-up of the hottest destinations for your itinerary.
Pad Thai is a popular Thai dish which tastes best when bought from a street stall and shovelled into your mouth with chopsticks.
Liverpool has handed the baton to not one but two European Capitals of Culture for 2009 - Vilnius in Lithuania and Linz in Austria. Here is a low down on the two cities and some of the year’s highlights: