Game of Thrones may be coming to an end but that doesn't mean you won't be able to get your fix of the Seven Kingdoms. In fact, when you peel yourself away from the TV screen, it could be the perfect time to go exploring the real-life destinations of the likes of Westeros, Dragonstone and King's Landing. That's because the hit series was actually filmed on location and the cast and crew headed to some pretty great holiday destinations. Think the likes of Croatia, Spain and Iceland - or if you're looking for a mini break, then why not head to Northern Ireland? (You could even time it to visit the new Game of Thrones Studio Tour at the same time). To give you a helping hand, we've compiled a round-up of the destinations where GoT was filmed, as well as top deals if you want to go and explore... Which locations are included? Northern Ireland Croatia Spain Iceland Each destination guide includes the best film sets to visit, the hotels closest to the action, and even a deal for a … [Read more...] about Top Game of Thrones filming locations that also make great holiday destinations
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With Bristol having been blanketed in snow, schools closing because of the freezing weather and traffic everywhere disrupted, the thought of escaping to sunnier climes may well seem appealing. But with the pound weak against the euro and the dollar as Brexit uncertainty continues, where should you go on holiday to get the best bang for your buck? When it comes to planning a trip away, Brits should compare currency rates as well as the cost of travel and accommodation, new research suggests. Currency exchange provider Ramsdens, which has a branch in the Galleries, has revealed the ten best-value destinations for Brits to go on holiday. Turkey is at the top of the list for the best exchange rate, with the pound 36.5 per cent stronger compared to this time last year. This gives British travellers £182.50 more currency for a £500 transaction. Temperatures in Turkey can reach well over 30 degrees Celsius in the summer and the country has the record for the most blue-flag … [Read more...] about The best value destinations for a holiday in 2019
With Brexit uncertainty leading to some topsy-turvy exchange rates, those looking for a summer getaway will be wary of which destinations offer the best value. Popular countries such as those in the Eurozone and the USA have seen rates tumble since 2016 compared the previous years, meaning travellers aren’t getting as much for their money once they’re on holiday. However, exchange rates haven’t been falling everywhere. Ramsdens, which recently opened a new store in Freshney Place, has unveiled the top ten value destinations which offer travellers more bang for their buck compared to last year. Savvy holidaymakers are being encouraged to plan and book their 2019 holidays now and snap up local currency at favourable rates to avoid any impact from further Brexit uncertainty. The list is topped by Turkey, with the pound now 36.5 per cent stronger against the Lira compared to the same time last year. The gives British travellers £182.50 more currency for a £500 … [Read more...] about The top ten holiday destinations where your money will go further
Travelling can be a dangerous activity, but more often than not the weather can make things worse. Storms, earthquakes, volcanoes, and blistering heat can ruin a holiday, or even endanger your life. The extreme weather can cause problems all over the world, and some of the most dangerous destinations might take you by surprise. Here's some of the worst places hit by natural disasters in recent years. California California has seen its fair shares of disasters in recent years. Not only is it at risk from tsunamis and earthquakes, but in recent years the state has experienced some horrific wildfires, this year 98 civilians and 6 firefighters died from the raging fires. 2018 saw the worst fire season on record however, with 8,527 fires burning an area of 1,893,913 acres. The fires raged in popular destinations like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Fransisco. If you want to travel to California, stay away from fire season in mid July to August. Not only have these deadly fires hit, but … [Read more...] about The most dangerous popular holiday destinations for natural disasters
It is traditional, at this time of year, for travel sections to run articles discussing new or pertinent destinations for the coming 12 months. Some of them will be well-known sun-spots given fresh relevance by a hotel opening or a resort renovation. Some will be intriguing locations and alluring cities given an extra gleam by a major anniversary. And some will be niche corners of the planet whose inclusion on any list may make the reader shake their head, and wonder if the writer in question has lost touch with reality. Saudi Arabia would certainly fall into this third category. And yet here we are, at the dawn of 2019, and the idea of a week in this desert sand-zone is being quietly mooted. Before we go any further, we should stress that this article is not saying you should go to the Middle Eastern kingdom. It is merely discussing the fact that people are. This week, the news agency Reuters has reported on what it described as the first "trickle" of western tourists into Saudi … [Read more...] about Could you ever really consider Saudi Arabia as a holiday destination?