4 Ski Resorts To Suit All Tastes


Some people want sun, sea, and sand when they go away on holiday, especially if they live in the UK. You spend all year complaining about the cold weather so travel is the perfect opportunity to soak up some of that sun that you’ve been missing at home.

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There’s no way that you’d ever want to go somewhere that’s even colder than it is at home, surely? That’s not true for everybody and a skiing holiday is one of the best alternative ways to spend a relaxing week away, even if it is freezing cold.

There are plenty of great ski destinations around the globe and as a first timer, it’s difficult to work out which are the best ones and where you should go.

There are a couple of things you should look for when choosing a ski resort to visit. The first is the slopes themselves, of course; if you’re a beginner, you need to find somewhere that has some easy slopes that you can learn on, as well as good lessons.

Most places will have that so it’s not too much of a problem. The second thing to consider is the rest of the resort and what it has to offer.

This depends on what kind of holiday you’re after. Ski resorts are fast taking over hotter countries as party destinations so you can easily find some that have great nightlife to enjoy after a day on the slopes.

But if you want something a little more relaxing, you should look for some of the more traditional resorts with nice log cabins and hot tubs in place of nightclubs and bars. With all that in mind, these are some of the best ski locations around the world.


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Zinal And Grimentz, Switzerland

If you’re looking to spend a week skiing, relaxing and enjoying the rustic charm of a traditional mountain town, Zinal and Grimentz in Switzerland are the perfect resorts for you.

They’re not that well known so you won’t be inundated with thousands of tourists, making for a peaceful skiing experience.

This is also a bonus if you’re learning because it can be a bit daunting if there are loads of people whizzing down the mountain around you.

The village of Grimentz itself is a tiny, traditional village filled with loads of quaint little restaurants and traditional wooden chalets you can stay in while you’re there. It’s ideal for anybody that wants the quintessential ski experience.


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Meribel, France

The French Alps are, of course, one of the best places in the world to go skiing. A lot of the resorts are quite busy but the ones around Meribel aren’t too bad, particularly Chalet Les Bartavelles.

You’ll get a lot of the same charm you’d find in Zinal and Grimentz, but the accommodation isn’t quite so basic. The luxury ski chalet Les Bartavelles has to offer come equipped with hot tubs, pool tables and entertainment systems so you’ve got plenty to do after a hard day of skiing.

It’s not that far to get down to Meribel where there are plenty of great places to eat and drink as well.


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St Anton, Austria

If a relaxing stay in one of those resorts sounds a bit dull and you want something a bit more lively, you’ll want to visit one of the many apres ski resorts around the world.

Apres ski translates as ‘after ski’ and these are the resorts that are famed for the parties they host in the evening after a day on the slopes. St Anton in Austria is often credited with creating the apres ski resort culture and the famous hotspots are still there.

The Mooserwirt’s bar claims to sell more beer than anywhere else in the country, whether that’s true or not, you can be sure that you’ll find plenty of partygoers there any time of year.

There are also a lot of good beginner slopes there where you can learn to ski and hone your skills before heading out on some of the more advanced runs.

There are loads of great bars all over the place and most of them stay open until the early hours of the morning so if you’re looking for somewhere to party, there’s nowhere better than St Anton.


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Tremblant, Canada

St Anton isn’t exactly ideal if you’re taking a family trip so you’ll want to go somewhere like Tremblant in Canada instead.

This great ski resort in Quebec, in the French-speaking area of Canada, is perfect for families. The entire village is traffic free so you don’t need to worry about the kids running into the road.

The ski school there also offers a great course of lessons for kids and adults alike so the whole family can learn to ski.

These are some of the best ski resorts around the world to suit all tastes.   

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5 Ways To Do A Euro Trip


Fancy travelling around Europe? There are lots of ways to get around this exciting continent and see the sights. Here are just some of the travel methods that you could consider and the steps you may want to take to prepare.

Drive around Europe

Seeing Europe by road gives you the ultimate freedom to plan your route, but it’s not something you want to dive into unprepared. Each country in Europe has it’s own driving rules.

Most of the countries drive on the right, whilst the UK drives on the left. Some countries like Hungary require you to always have your headlights on, whilst the likes of France requires you to carry a breathalyser and fluorescent jacket onboard at all times!

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Those on a budget may want to consider whether they want to use highways. Some countries such as France and Italy have toll roads, whilst the likes of Austria and Switzerland require you to pay for a vignette in order to drive on the highways.

Avoiding highways could allow you to not pay these fees, however, it will slow down your journey (negotiating borders can also often be difficult without taking a highway).

Parking costs meanwhile can be a big expense too – especially in cities. You may want to park on the outskirts or plan to visit cities on a Sunday when parking is sometimes free.

If you’re hiring a vehicle, you may want to check that you’re allowed to take it out of the country. Alternatively, you could take your own vehicle (a big car or campervan could save money on accommodation, giving you the option to sleep in it!).

Some handy pieces of kit worth taking involve a car phone charger, cooler box, physical maps (as a backup if your phone/GPS dies) and windshield cover for the night.


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Go interrailing

Another popular way to explore Europe is to travel by train. The cheapest way to do this is to buy an interrail pass, which allows you to visit up to thirty countries.

You can select how many days you want to travel for and then you’re given the freedom to travel as you please within this period of time. Interrailing isn’t something you can do spontaneously with ease – it’s worth planning out your route as there may be trains that require prior booking.

Try not to plan a schedule that’s too busy as you want enough time to explore each place you stop at, not just a few hours.

There are night trains that you can sleep on to save money on accommodation, but you don’t want to be doing this too often!

Unlike other forms of travel, interrailing forces you to pack light – you can only bring what you can carry. Pack the day before your journey off and try walking around with your bag for an hour on your back.

If you find it too heavy after an hour, think about what it will be like for several weeks – taking a few items out could be a good call.

Some tricks for packing light include bringing light clothing (no thick jackets or heavy spare shoes) and investing in a light sleeping bag.

Make good use of your phone by downloading useful apps – it could save you having to bring physical translation guides, torches and maps that could take up space.

Your phone can also double up as a camera and a means of accessing the internet, so think twice before bringing a separate camera and laptop.

A portable charger can help to ensure your phone is always charged up (make sure you bring a universal converter plug – otherwise you won’t be able to use the sockets!).

A more leisurely alternative to interrailing could be to take a luxury intercontinental train. It’s a lot more expensive and you’re limited to a set route, but it could be more suited to those that don’t like rugged travelling.


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Book a coach tour

You can also travel Europe by coach. On the budget end of the spectrum, there are many European coach services that can be booked much like trains. These are usually cramped and stuffy – you get what you pay for.

Another more expensive option could be to take a guided coach tour of Europe. These follow a set itinerary, have more elbow room and often have accommodation booked for you.

Such trips can be great social trips for meeting other people. You don’t get much freedom, but for some people having the trip all planned out for you can be the appeal.


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Take a river cruise

Those wanting a more laid-back Eurotrip could consider travelling by river. There are a number of scenic river cruises in Europe.

Travelling down the Rhine allows you to see cities such as Amsterdam, Cologne and Strasbourg, whilst travelling the Danube could offer the opportunity to explore Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna.

Whilst more expensive than other travel options, a river cruise includes onboard accommodation and catering. You don’t have to be on the move all the time or planning your next meal and hotel.

You are stuck to a specific route, but there is the option to keep taking different river cruises each time and see different places (it helps that many of the biggest cities are situated on rivers).


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Take an ocean cruise

You can also travel Europe via an ocean cruise. There are hundreds of cruise routes with some exploring the icy waters of Scandinavia, whilst others focus on the warmer shores of the Mediterranean.

Ocean cruises can be much bigger than river cruises, allowing more luxuries. Some ships may have multiple bars and restaurants as well as various entertainment options.

These tend to be the most expensive cruises of course – there are many smaller and more basic cruises that could allow you to explore Europe by sea on a budget.

Cruises may also cater to different audiences with some focused at older people and other focused at young people or families. Similarly, some are formal, whilst others are more casual.

How will you travel around Europe?


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Travel Tips For Those Really, Really Big Groups


You’re not always going to be traveling alone. Sometimes, you might have your partner with you.

Sometimes, you might have the whole family. And sometimes, those group trips can get truly huge.

We’re talking about wedding parties, business trips, huge reunions, those once-in-a-lifetime trips that see you at the head of a truly big herd of people.

When you’re looking to get everyone together on the same trip, how do you make it memorable, keep it affordable, and avoid losing your mind while you organize it all?

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Bargain with the best of them

There are a lot of moving parts in large groups and organizing everyone together can be a pain.

However, if you manage to get everyone to agree on the same flights, cruise, or accommodation hotels you can save a huge amount of money.

Most businesses, including train services and ski resorts, make it so much easier to find groups discounts on all sorts of travel costs so that no single individual is spending as much as they would if they had been traveling alone.

No matter what you look for and which provider you’re talking to, ask if they have a group discount.

Sail the high seas

If you’re all willing to split the cost, then having so many people together can make some of the most exclusive luxury travel options much, much more affordable.

Going on a cruise is an experience that everyone should try once in a lifetime. Get treated like a star guest with top food and entertainment while you lounge on the deck and gaze out at the sea.

For groups that have picky travelers, cruises can be a great option because they tend to stop at a wide variety of destinations.

If someone didn’t like the last place you stopped, there’s a good chance they may yet find their personal highlight.

Cruises take a lot of the effort of organizing the trip out of your hands, as well. Just trust in the captain and enjoy yourself.

Rule a kingdom

It’s not the most commonly known kind of accommodation, but if you feel like something a little more adventurous, then have you considered renting your own castle?

There are a lot of castles, particularly in Europe, that can be booked as a mixture of accommodation, tours, and entertainment.

From some of the more relatively recent estates to truly medieval forts with towers, dungeons, and more, a large group could actually make a castle more cost-effective.

Perfect for those groups who love their fantasy TV, books or video games, too. Just don’t start fighting over who gets to sit in the throne, that rarely ends well.


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Skip the airport

Arranging the same flight for everyone can be a massive pain in the neck. With more airlines, it simply won’t be possible.

Sometimes, having people come on different flights can work but not if you have a specific schedule for the trip.

For larger groups, it might not be too expensive to simply hire a private jet over using the standard airline system.

If your group is truly huge, you can even rent aircraft as large as an Airbus a320-200. As with all things, the more people splitting the cost, the more affordable a private flight can be.

Not only is it easier to get everyone on the same flight, but you don’t have to go through the utterly dull experience of waiting for everyone to make it through checkout and security at the airport.

Get away from it all

If a castle isn’t quite your thing, then perhaps a private island resort might be more up your alley.

If you’re willing to go in the off-peak times, then you might be able to have the run of your own private island for a fraction of a usual price.

Private beach parties, lounging together at a group in the same luxury accommodation, exploring the local wilderness.

A private villa can offer the kind of luxury that some of your travel buddies may have only dreamed of in the past.

If you prefer a little more service, then there are still plenty of exclusive resorts that offer group deals for larger parties so don’t give up just yet.

Go exploring

Perhaps your group isn’t the kind that wants to lounge all day or lock themselves up in the towers of a castle.

If you’re the more adventurous type, then take advantage of the growing industry helping you craft more active holidays.

There are a lot of places that offer kayaking, mountain biking, climbing activities, and more.

If you really want to see the best sights a destination has to offer, however, then guided group tours from services like Walks Worldwide might be just the perfect option.

The journey is made a lot easier not just by the good company of the rest of the group, but by a local expert who knows all the best sights to point out and the safest routes to take.


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Stay sane

No matter what kind of trip you’re putting together if it’s not well organized, it is going to be a nightmare.

Conflicting wants, lack of communication, and a sense of no-direction can plague a group that isn’t whipped into shape.

At the very start, appoint someone (perhaps yourself) to be a trip leader.

Take input from what the group wants to do and try to come to a consensus but agree that the leader has the final say.

Ensure you create a trip schedule, too, for the bigger things. Let people go off and do their own thing when you have free time, but for the group activities, set a specific time that everyone has to be there. It can save you so much hassle.

Though it may be a little more troublesome finding the right accommodation and ways of getting around, having a large group could end up helping you split the costs of what might be an otherwise unaffordable vacation.

So, take advantage of the situation, get as much from it as you can and have a truly unforgettable travel experience.

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There’s no shortage of fantastic destinations when it comes to packing up your bags and exploring somewhere new.

A big part of travelling is soaking up other cultures and seeing how people in other countries live their life.

But sometimes, you don’t want to throw yourself into the mix and be around other people. Sometimes, you just want to get off the beaten path and surround yourself with nature, away from people.

Luckily, most of the world falls into this category; below, we take a look at some of the top destinations for waving goodbye to people and escaping it all.

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In the Arctic

If you’re in the UK, then most of your travelling will have involved boarding a plane and heading south to mainland Europe or west to America.

But there’s another way you can go, one that will delight just as much as any European square will.

In just a few hours, you can be deep into the Arctic, exploring the wild beauties of a remote landscape.

You could fly into the northern part of Norway, where the sun doesn’t set in the summer and rarely rises during the winter.

Then there’s also the matter of Iceland, which, while not the Arctic, will deliver everything you’re looking for in the northern part of Europe.


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The Motherland

There are a lot of places that can be considered well visited in Europe, America, and the wider world.

Yet given its importance, Africa remains largely untouched, and this means it’s a fantastic place to explore all that’s great about getting away from it all.

Indeed, take a look at Kenya safari holidays, and you’ll find that people have been replaced by something much more interesting: the big beasts that call the country home.

You spend all your life interacting with humans: head to Africa, and you can interact with the animals.


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Wild America

When people think about visiting America, it’s usually to see New York, or Boston, or to visit Disneyland – all places that are jam-packed with people, which can, of course, be enjoyable.

But there’s another side to America too: the great outdoors. Head to the southwest, and you’ll find beautiful landscape after beautiful landscape just waiting to be explored.

Rent a car, and you can drive for days without having to come across too many people. It’ll just be you, your wheels, and many an inspiring view.


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Jungles and Rainforests

We have our image of the world, but it’s only one image of a million. Nowhere will your understanding of the earth be greater challenged than by exploring its jungles and rainforests, places where the rules of society don’t exist.

Whether you’re in South America or Asia, you’ll find that people are just a small aspect of life on earth.


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Into the Wild

Of course, you don’t need to have anywhere iconic in mind to escape it all. The wild beauty of the Highlands will do the trick, as will the forests of Germany. Look to nature, and you’ll never be short of options.

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Why Travelling Is Just So Good For You

Travelling is often considered a luxury in life. A lot of people tend not to leave their own towns, let alone their own countries, and that suits them just fine.

It’s often far too expensive to keep on jet-setting around the world and you’ve got a lot at home to keep you entertained. However, on the other side of the scale, a lot of people just can’t wait to get away.

But what is it about going away that attracts everyone? What’s so good about stepping foot on someone else’s soil?


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Well at first glance you can immediately see that travelling is incredibly good for you, is a lot of fun and offers up a variety of experiences.

It’s something everyone should try out in their lifetime and there are so many other (and possibly more important) reasons why. But without further ado, let’s get into a few of them below.

You’re Moving Like You Should

Humans aren’t meant to lead sedentary lives, and all these modern jobs with their desks and computers are putting a lot of harm on our health. That means we need to start getting away more often!

We used to go around chasing animals with rocks and spears and now a lot of us barely leaving the house during the week. With this in mind, and considering how your exercising history looks, now might just be the perfect time to book a flight…

No matter where you go, you’re going to have to use your legs to get around. Even just being behind the wheel of the car means you’re going to need good control over your leg muscles and that requires a lot of effort.

Take the time to pull over and explore where you are; you never know what gems you’ll discover in the city you were only meant to be passing through.


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You’ll Meet New People

Once again, humans are social creatures and that means we like to mingle with others. Even when you’re an introvert and need to ‘recharge’ in between meetings, you probably still feel a little lonely when you’ve gone alone for a while.

But travelling perfectly breaches this gap; you can do it alone, sightseeing whatever you want and still talk to people when you’re sitting down for lunch or heading back to the hotel.

Social connections are things we like to have, even if we don’t keep up with them much and no one on Earth is ever truly alone because of this.

So try heading out to somewhere new if you’re looking to meet new people and thrive in their presence. Even just searching some good hotels offer up the promise of getting to know travellers just like you and conversing with locals in the surrounding area.

It Offers a Good Escape

Escaping is something a lot of us dream about when we’re dealing with work, arguments amongst the family and friends that simply don’t have time for us right now.

These are some of the most annoying things you have to cope with in life, but you just don’t see yourself being much use to resolve them.

At the same time, you don’t have the energy to keep up with everything going on. If this sounds like you, it’s time to take a break.

Open up your rainy day fund and count out how many pennies you could spare for a quick flight to another country. There’s probably a lot more than you think.

Find yourself a good deal for your budget (and always go about 25% under what you think you have) and then book it; you can compare quotes against each other or find some advice in chat rooms. Even just planning the trip is a good escape from reality!


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You Might Just Find Yourself Enjoying Life…

If you’re the kind of person who gets easily stressed out about things, travelling might sound like a nightmare, to begin with.

Having to get through the airport, making sure you’ve got your passport and that it’s in date, checking in your bags and all the restrictions associated with packing and then actually having to fly through the air.

Even just mentioning everything you have to do before you touch down is probably bringing on a bit of a headache!

And yet, it’s worth it. Once you’re in your hotel or hostel, or you’ve managed to snag a place on a friend’s sofa for a while, you’re going to be in your element.

Get out and explore; there are cities, towns and villages that are waiting for you to discover. Plus, you can go on a bit of retail therapy if the stress has really been getting to you; the shops abroad are so different to the ones at home.

It can also awaken your creative side and if you’ve been struggling with any kind of artist’s block recently, a trip away can help you tremendously.

There are so many new sights, sounds, smells and tastes to fill up your senses, you may never know where you find that source of inspiration you crave.


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What Does This All Add Up to?

It means when you travel, you’re going to be in a different time and place with different people, nothing like you’ve seen back at home.

When you’ve visited a destination quite a few times, it can sure feel familiar, but there’s always going to be something new to discover. And that’s good for your body and your brain!

The brain likes challenges, the body likes movement, and combining the two in one fun package is hard to go anywhere else.

So get to trying out some travelling if you haven’t already. The journey can often be one of the best parts if you’re with a friend, having fun in your new location, hiking over fields and driving through back roads.

Keep a scrapbook of the time to look back on when life gets too much and remind yourself why you absolutely need to go travelling again.

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