Sitges, Spain

New flights announced to Spain

Spanish tourism has been given a further boost ahead of the Autumn/Winter season after a number of European airlines have added extra routes to the country.

The Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands experience record-breaking arrivals

The Falkland Islands (known as the Islas Malvinas to the Argentineans) proved to be a popular destination last year with the latest figures from the Falkland Islands Tourist Board (FITB) showing it to be the best year since records began.

Barcelona number one hotspot this Easter

Barcelona is top Easter escape says Gatwick Airport

While there seems to be no let up in the cold weather here in the UK, and forecasters are warning of a chilly Easter, Brits are escaping to the sun – with Barcelona the number one hot spot this Easter.

women in the sunshine

First Sunshine Index launches to help Brits escape to the sun

After the UK faced the wettest year on record in 2012 new research released today by Thomson reveals that many Brits are already concerned that 2013 will be the same, if not worse, with over half believing that British summers are getting worse each year.

St Lucia, Caribbean

Celebrities boost winter sun beach breaks

British Airways has seen a rise in bookings to beach destinations favoured by celebrities in its January sale, thanks to the stars uploading pictures of their holidays to popular social media sites over Christmas and New Year.


Best places to visit in January and February

If all this snow is getting you to hit the flight search buttons for warmer climes, then we’re here to help. We we’ve researched to find you the top five winter sun destinations with the best weather for the months of January and February, so you can escape the cold.

Best places to banish the January blues

Best places to banish the January blues

The Christmas and New Year parties are over, the decorations have come down, you’ve said goodbye to your family for another few months and the weather is still cold and miserable. No wonder many of us are suffering from those January blues. So, here are some of the best winter sun destinations to raise your spirits.

Soak up some sun in Saint-Tropez

If you enjoying doing nothing more on holiday than spending some time in the sun and work on developing a golden tan, the south of France is one destination that you're already likely to be familiar with. Although there is no shortage of chic towns and villages to choose from here, basing yourself in Saint-Tropez makes for a particularly wonderful break.

Winter sun series: A beginner’s guide to Gran Canaria

Enjoy a holiday on the ‘Miniature Continent’ of Gran Canaria, an island that gained its nickname from an array of such diverse climates that you can see snow on its mountainous peaks at the same time as sunbathing on the beaches below.

Why villa holidays are perfect for a Christmas getaway

Christmas is traditionally seen as the time of year when everyone goes into hibernation as the weather takes a turn for the worse and staying indoors in front of the fire seems like the only viable option. However, it doesn't have to be that way - go on a winter sun villa break instead!

Mexico named best value winter sun destination

Mexico, Thailand and the UAE have emerged as the best value winter sun destinations for this season, according to new research.

Best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the sun

With the New Year fast approaching, it’s time to be thinking about where to spend that special night and the last one of 2012. So, if you’re not headed abroad for some winter sun over Christmas, then why not start planning a New Year’s Eve celebration in the sun? From partying on Copacabana Beach in Rio, to enjoying the iconic views over Sydney Harbour, here are our top picks.

Brits plan Christmas holiday to escape in-laws

One in five of Brits would consider leaving the country over Christmas just to escape their in-laws, according to a new survey.

Winter sun series: A beginner’s guide to Grenada

If you want to escape the stresses of the season without feeling like too much of a scrooge, Grenada might just be the perfect destination for a holiday in the sun.

Banish the January blues with a winter sun cruise

If you're the type of person who basks in the summer sunshine and becomes extremely miserable during the dark, cold winter months, a January cruise to a hotter location could be the ideal remedy. Take a look at our guide to find out more.

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Today is World Elephant Day, and to celebrate these graceful giants we’ve put together a list of the best places in the world to get up close and personal with them. There’s no image that conjures up the word safari more than a herd of elephants plodding across the savannah, trunks swinging and ears flapping in unison.