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Unmissable Things To See And Do In Albufeira

By Lorraine Loveland
Experiences | 14/11/2018
The city of Albufeira rests on Portugal’s south coast, a former fishing village which has been transformed with a modern marina and waterfront promenade, popular with locals and tourists alike....
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Top 5 Christmas Markets

By Steve Adams
Experiences | 09/11/2018
The traditional wooden-stall markets originated in Germany, but are now held all over the world and, as well as providing shopping and gift inspiration, are very much an outing in themselves. And...
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Celebrating Diwali Traditions

By Natasha Hegarty
Experiences | 07/11/2018
The festival falls between October and November, but the exact date changes each year, as it is based around the Hindu Lunisolar calendar and also depends on the phases of the moon. This year, Diwali...
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Fireworks Around The World

By Steve Adams
Experiences | 02/11/2018
The fateful event took place in November 1605, but fireworks have been used as a form of celebration for centuries, dating all the way back to seventh century China, where it’s believed they were...
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Halloween Travel Tricks & Treats

By Steve Adams
Experiences | 31/10/2018
The ‘tricks’ are great, time and money-saving tips to make the most of your holidays. The ‘treats’ are some ideas on how to splash out, with the savings you’ve made using our 'tricks', on...
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Always Fun In Tenerife

By Len and Gill Fletcher, RCI Members
Experiences | 26/10/2018
Tenerife deserves the title of ‘Island of Eternal Spring’ as the weather is great all year round, which we love. There is so much to do, you'll never be bored, no matter what kind of holiday you're...
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US Beach Treat: Gulf Shores Alabama

By Donna Dailey
Experiences | 19/10/2018
I’m ambling along the shore, soft powder-white sand oozing through my toes. The gentle sea breeze cools the rays of the early evening sun, and a brilliant gold and purple sunset is building over the...
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Crete: Freedom

By Amy Franklin
Experiences | 12/10/2018
Travelling with a friend, and both of us equally new to Crete and so a little unsure of the best area to stay in, we more or less shut our eyes and put our finger on the map – on Bali, to be...
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Top Tips For Running On Holiday

By Jo Smith
Experiences | 10/10/2018
My idea of a great holiday was parking my rear end on some sun-drenched hot spot, by the side of a pool, plugging in my ear phones and perhaps burying myself in a good book. If I’d have worn my...
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48 Hours In Las Vegas

By Steve Adams
Experiences | 05/10/2018
Arguably the world's most iconic entertainment capital, Las Vegas offers a ridiculous array of things to do. Although it is best known for its gambling and casinos, it's not called the Gambling...
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Top Tips For An Unforgettable Thailand Holiday

By Cameron Rutherford
Experiences | 25/09/2018
Chiang Mai is a bustling northern city in Thailand which is surrounded by dense rainforest, and I was thoroughly entertained by its charm and welcoming atmosphere. I quickly learned that Chiang Mai...
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Where To See Autumn Colours On Holiday

By Natasha Hegarty
Experiences | 14/09/2018
The trees become a kaleidoscope of colour, with red and golden hues illuminating the countryside. This is the perfect time to get out and about and enjoy the outdoors. Here are just five of the best...
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Racing To Hungary For The Formula 1 Grand Prix

By Kane Keating
Experiences | 12/09/2018
Many people reading this, will no doubt wonder if there was a selfish reason for my choice of destination on the same weekend as the Formula 1 Grand Prix was set to take place there, but it just so...
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The Best Of Florida

By Lorraine Loveland, Travel Writer
Experiences | 07/09/2018
Three RCI member couples, who call Florida home for two weeks every year, share the very different holiday experiences they each enjoy out in the US state of fun. Read on to learn...
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Ways To See Finland

By Ellen Smith
Experiences | 31/08/2018
As much as 70 per cent of the land in Finland is covered in forests and it is estimated that Finnish woodlands hold ten trees for every person in the world – not just every person in...
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RCI Holiday Picks

By Alex Brinnand
Experiences | 29/08/2018
It’s the anecdotes about quaint eateries and lesser-known activities which make for perfect travel inspiration. Each week on our Facebook page, RCI staff members share their own stories and...
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Secret Beaches To Discover On Your Next Holiday

By Natasha Hegarty
Experiences | 24/08/2018
A beach that ticks all the boxes, but without the crowds of people spoiling the view and vibe, sounds good, right? Well there are so many undiscovered beaches all over the world that are just waiting...
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Taste For Travel

By Leigh Connelly
Experiences | 17/08/2018
France is a foodie’s dream. The French take great pride in their food, placing emphasis not only on processes and presentation, but also on the experience of eating as a social activity. Breakfast...
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Around The World In Seven Photos

By Sarah Lee
Experiences | 15/08/2018
Photos of our holidays provide us with a window on the world and a cherished memory bank of our encounters. Looking at a photo from your travels can transport you back to that time and...
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A World Under The Waves

By Natasha Hegarty
Experiences | 10/08/2018
If it's looking at all the different types of coral dancing on the rocks, or seeing little Nemo in person, scuba diving will open your eyes to the incredible life that lives in the sea, and you never...
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Search For Fun

By Leigh Connelly
Experiences | 08/08/2018
They say ”the most important shot in golf is the next one”, so why not take yours in the golf capital of the world – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina? Dubbed the ‘supermarket of golf’, Myrtle Beach has...
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Loving Lanzarote

By Jeanette Parkin
Experiences | 03/08/2018
It can be hard to choose between Lanzarote’s three main resorts. Laid-back Playa Blanca boasts mountainside villas and a clutch of small town beaches, while purpose-buit Costa Teguise lures with its...
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Top 10 Things To Do In Colorado – Away From The Slopes

By Steve Adams, Travel Writer
Experiences | 01/08/2018
Get the flags and banners out, it’s time to join the party and celebrate Colorado Day! The state’s big day is 1 August, and marks the anniversary of Colorado becoming the 38th state to join the...
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Holidays With The Elderly

BY HELEN FOSTER
Experiences | 27/07/2018
I have always saved a week of my holiday each year to take with my parents and we have had the best of times together the world over. Sadly, my Mum died five years ago and, just a couple of...
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The Grand Tour Of Hungarian Wine

By Quentin Sadler, A Member Of The Association Of Wine Educators
Experiences | 25/07/2018
The picturesque Lake Balaton has plenty of outdoor activities' such as cycling, hiking and water sports on the lake, as well as pretty beaches to relax on, making it a perfect holiday destination....
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Sweden: Sun Or Snow

By Mary Anne Evans
Experiences | 20/07/2018
Lindvallen, like all the resorts in Sweden, offers year-round fun. In summer this small town on the western Sweden/Norway border is the best place to unwind. You can walk all day along the...
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I’ll Take the Low Road - Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

By Donna Dailey
Experiences | 18/07/2018
The dew is still glistening on the grass as I set out for an early morning drive through Galloway Forest Park. The sun casts a soft light on the heather-covered hills, and in the distance the massive...
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The Masters Of Madeira

By Lorraine Loveland
Experiences | 13/07/2018
Madeira is well-known for its mild climate and awe-inspiring landscapes, as well as its charming, friendly people. Of course to experience this first hand, a visit to one of the many vibrant...
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Málaga as a city

By Donna Dailey
Experiences | 11/07/2018
I wouldn’t normally be drinking wine before noon. But I’m at the Antigua Casa de Guardia, Málaga’s oldest bar, and it would be a shame not to taste the sweet, fortified Málaga wine that has been...
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The World's Best Holiday Cycle Routes

By Natasha Hegarty
Experiences | 06/07/2018
The teams will cover a total distance of around 2,069 miles throughout the tour as they tackle hills and mountains and the odd flat terrain here and there, to prove to the world they are the best of...
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Rocky Mountain Highs In The US National Parks

By Steve Adams
Experiences | 04/07/2018
Few holiday destinations offer as much variety as America, but as much as I love visiting its exciting cities, nothing beats the beauty of the country’s National Parks, which are undoubtedly also its...
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Milan Day Trippers

By Ellen Smith
Experiences | 27/06/2018
Although we visited in October, we were surprised to find the temperature was still up in the mid-twenties. You can’t beat that feeling of stepping off a plane and feeling the welcome warmth from the...
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Relaxing With Yoga

India by Sarah Young and Vinyasa Yoga Asanas by Laura Hodgson
Experiences | 20/06/2018
Yoga is an ancient practice of philosophy, science, lifestyle and physical movements which originated in India, in the Himalayas. It was originally taught and passed down from teacher to student...
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Driving California’s Coastline 

By Steve Adams, Travel Writer
Experiences | 13/06/2018
Highway 1, which runs almost the entire length of the California coastline, could hardly have been more aptly named, as it’s often cited as the number one driving experience in the USA. The...
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Forever Friends

By Helen Foster
Experiences | 08/06/2018
Were it not for Susan's husband, Brian, causing a bit of a splash by trying to throw Susan into the swimming pool at the Hotel Bella Colina in Mallorca 40 years ago, the two couples would most likely...
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Canary Island Adventures

By Ellen Smith
Experiences | 06/06/2018
With temperatures averaging 18 degrees centigrade from December to March, and around 25 degrees at its hottest in August, the Canary Islands prove to be an ever popular escape route all year round...
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A Love Affair With Crete

By Donna Dailey
Experiences | 01/06/2018
On a recent visit, my husband Mike and I stayed near Rethymno, on the north coast. Crete’s third-largest city has a warren of old-town streets rife with architectural remnants from the island’s past...
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Spa Stars For Sheer Indulgence

By Lorraine Loveland, Travel Writer
Experiences | 30/05/2018
Relaxation usually ranks pretty high on the list of things to do on holiday. And let’s face it, there’s something rather inviting about whiling away a day enveloped in a fluffy white robe,...
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Celebrating unlikely food origins on Hamburger Day

By Steve Adams, Travel Writer
Experiences | 25/05/2018
However, the humble burger is no longer just the mainstay of the typical high street food chains, with trendy restaurants, gastro pubs and street food trucks serving up their own take on the...
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Heat Awareness Day

By Natasha Hegarty
Experiences | 23/05/2018
This is the most obvious holiday essential, and the most important. There’s no doubt that having a nice tan makes us feel better, but it really isn’t good for our skin. You can't have missed the many...
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Finland in the Summer: Fun, Foraging and Food

By Mary Anne Evans
Experiences | 18/05/2018
Summer is the time to escape the cities for Finland’s wonderful lakes where little red wooden cottages sit on the banks with a sauna nearby, and families splash around in the warm waters.
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Getting Married Abroad

By Natasha Hegarty
Experiences | 16/05/2018
However, if you are not a member of the Royal Family, your wedding will be unlikely to be seen by millions, but it doesn’t make it any less special. To celebrate the new Royal couple’s nuptials,...
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Blooming Lovely – Six Of The World’s Top Gardens

By Steve Adams, Travel Writer
Experiences | 11/05/2018
This year’s Chelsea Flower Show takes place from 22-26 May and organisers are hoping it’ll be one of the biggest and best yet, with a wide array of gardens, plants and flowers for visitors to...
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Top 5 Places For A Family Holiday

By Natasha Hegarty
Experiences | 09/05/2018
The wide choice of resorts available to RCI members in the holiday exchange company's network have everything covered when it comes to catering for families. Timeshare accommodation...
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Let the Music Move You – On Holiday!

By Ellen Smith
Experiences | 02/05/2018
Looking at a map of some of the southern US states, song titles seem to jump off the page, just begging to be sung. I can’t help but notice a few of these towns and states have inspired rail-based...
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Hungary For More

By Adrian Phillips, Author Of Hungary: The Bradt Travel Guide
Experiences | 27/04/2018
A Hungarian menu is rather like a history book. Pasta, onion and garlic? That’s down to the 15th-century Italian scholars and artists who brought these ingredients to the Renaissance court of King...
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Colours Of The Exotic

By Lorraine Loveland, Travel Writer
Experiences | 18/04/2018
There is something ever so enchanting about Mexico's Riviera Maya region. With numerous all-inclusive resorts sprinkled along this glorious section of coast, what better way to wake each morning than...
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The Best Vineyards in the Algarve

By Quentin Sadler, A Member Of The Association Of Wine Educators
Experiences | 13/04/2018
It’s also a popular wine-making region, which has recently started producing wines to rival even the most well-established vineyards across the country. With more wine estates, and better wines in...
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Golf Gatherings: Best Places For A Golf Family Break

By Marj Anderson
Experiences | 06/04/2018
"Along with my husband David and son Martin, we have long enjoyed golfing and had the pleasure of taking part in green time across the globe over the years. However, Scotland, Spain and Tenerife are...
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Six Travel Apps To Revolutionise Your Holiday

By Lorraine Loveland, Travel Writer
Experiences | 04/04/2018
Reduce jet lag with this nifty calculator that uses your flight information to tailor the perfect plan for the best night’s sleep. Travelling across different time zones can get our body clock...
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Easter Traditions

By Natasha Hegarty, RCI Travel Writer
Experiences | 29/03/2018
Here are just some of the weird and wonderful traditions that different cultures celebrate at Easter time.
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Las Vegas - A Great Bet For Couples

By Steve Adams, Travel Writer
Experiences | 27/03/2018
The fabulous array of things to see and do in Vegas is legendary. From glitzy casino-resorts to stunning stage shows, and high-adrenaline entertainment to laid-back dining, this desert oasis has it...
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Sipping And Chilling On The Costa Blanca

By Quentin Sadler, A Member Of The Association Of Wine Educators
Experiences | 23/03/2018
The Costa Blanca forms part of the Comunitat Valenciana - the Spanish region which includes the wonderful holiday destinations of Valencia and Alicante. Boasting one of the healthiest climates on...
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Mardi Gras Magic in Mobile

By Donna Dailey, Travel Writer
Experiences | 21/03/2018
As the crowd swells, I guard my front-row spot along the Dauphin Street barricades. The parade is coming our way, and I can feel, as well as hear, the distant booming of bass drums. Children toot toy...
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Spring Has Sprung: Festivals From Around The World

By Natasha Hegarty, RCI Travel Writer
Experiences | 16/03/2018
I looked into some of the colourful spring festivals from around the world, to give you some inspiration to start planning and booking your next holiday as the resorts, along with the...
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The Mountains Are Calling

By Jem Pearce, RCI Staff Member
Experiences | 14/03/2018
Spending a week or longer in snow-covered, jaw-dropping, white and slate landscapes never fails to remind me just how insignificant I am in the face of the power of Mother Nature. Over the past 100...
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Get Away This Mother's Day

Natasha Hegarty
Experiences | 09/03/2018
This year in the UK, Mother's Day falls on Sunday, March 11, so make sure that date is in your diary and start planning something special as a 'thank you'. Whether you want to make a handmade...
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Top Tips For Taking Holiday Photos

By Steve Adams, Travel Writer
Experiences | 02/03/2018
Ready for your holiday? Need I even ask? Holidays are the highlight of any year, and as well as being a much-needed way to escape the real world and recharge the batteries, they’re a chance to spend...
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Tenerife's Best Beaches

By Mary-Anne Evans
Experiences | 23/02/2018
Let's start with the most famous resort in Tenerife - and the most popular. Luckily, you'll find a whole string of beaches stretching along the coastline, mostly built especially for the...
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Celebrating Chinese New Year

By Natasha Hegarty, RCI Staff Member
Experiences | 16/02/2018
The Chinese New Year is colourful, festive and lots of fun – everything a big celebration should be. However, it isn’t just about the earth becoming another year older. The Chinese are very...
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The World's Most Romantic Places

By Lorraine Loveland, Travel Writer
Experiences | 14/02/2018
Move over Paris, there’s a new romantic city to adore. Barcelona is enduringly beautiful with plenty to please, from the cultural sights of Las Ramblas and Park Güell to lazy days at the beach.
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The Romance Of Italian Wines

By Quentin Sadler, Wine Expert
Experiences | 09/02/2018
Start your vino adventure at Azienda Vinicola Sorrentino on the south slope of Mount Vesuvius. Here you will  enjoy an abundance of tasty local dishes in the relaxed and casual restaurant,...
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The Southern Delights And Sights Of South Carolina

By Melissa Shales
Experiences | 07/02/2018
Sand, sun and sea – and greens   We arrived bleary-eyed and jetlagged to be met by the forest of neon known as Myrtle Beach.   South Carolina’s answer to Orlando, entertainment...
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Top 10 Things To Do In Lake Balaton

By Adrian Phillips, Author Of Hungary: The Bradt Travel Guide
Experiences | 31/01/2018
Get cultured – Keszthely is the capital of Balaton, a graceful university town at the western end of the lake. A highlight is the 18th-century Festetics Palace, one of the country’s finest...
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Five Walking Tours To Wake Up Your Wanderlust

By Lorraine Loveland, Travel Writer
Experiences | 26/01/2018
What makes a better walk than one surrounded by free-flowing streams and fragrant flowers? Levadas were built in Madeira in the 16th century to allow farmers to irrigate the farmlands and to...
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Unlocking The World Of R&R: Roars And Relaxation In Orlando

By Lorraine Loveland, Travel Writer
Experiences | 19/01/2018
Finding your roar When you visit Orlando’s parks you’re guaranteed to encounter a scream or two, and there are a whole host of places to find your roar. Opened earlier this year, park guests can...
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The hottest holiday hotlist for 2018

Jem Pearce, RCI staff member
Experiences | 17/01/2018
Marvel at the 16th century architecture of this port city, pictured above, awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Small it may be but Malta actually possesses three UNESCO sites. Valletta has...
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Dream, Discover, Explore, Experience

By Alex Brinnand, Digital Marketing Executive
Experiences | 10/01/2018
Cancún plays host to a ritzy hotel zone with the famous white-sand beaches and unabashed party scene. While Cancún has a lot more to offer than just beaches, it is the ocean-lapped stretches of...
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Must visit destinations recommended by RCI

By Danielle Millar, RCI Marketing Campaign Executive
Experiences | 27/12/2017
As familiar as it is warm, there's no surprise why Tenerife remains a firm favourite with British holidaymakers for both summer and winter getaways. With beaches galore, from golden sands with...
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Great Christmas Traditions

Shelley Burton, Head of Member Marketing, RCI Europe
Experiences | 20/12/2017
It transpired that all our parents had a very different deal with Father Christmas as to how many presents he brought us for Christmas. The treats we left out for Father...
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Finland - Happy Birthday Celebrations

By Steve Adams, Travel Writer
Experiences | 13/12/2017
Finland declared its independence from the Russian Republic after the revolutions that took place in the aftermath of the First World War. The 100 years since then has seen the country develop a...
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WIN a fabulous FREE 7-night holiday on the sun-kissed island of Tenerife

Experiences | 08/12/2017
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Travelling with kids

By Kane Keating, husband of Kara Keating, Campaign Planning Manager, RCI
Experiences | 06/12/2017
I think everyone has had that moment when you’re sat on the plane getting ready for takeoff. You’ve worked hard all year for your well-earned week away in the sun. The doors are about to close and...
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Malta's mix of beaches, bays and baroque

By Danielle Millar, RCI Marketing Campaign Executive
Experiences | 29/11/2017
The Sunny Coast Resort Club (1201), overlooking Qawra Bay in Malta was where we stayed. This looked like an ideal escape to some much-needed winter sun. This resort is signed up to the RCI...
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A tale of two Spains

Ellen Smith, Executive Assistant, RCI Marketing
Experiences | 22/11/2017
Holidays for me were all about jetting off for a week in the sun, relaxing, enjoying the local amenities (let's be honest, the bars), lazing about in the mornings and debating which pair of the...
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🎆 Remember, Remember the Fifth of November 🎆

By Mariella Ralph, RCI Social & Digital Intern, E-Commerce
Experiences | 31/10/2017
The first tradition, which started many years ago, has been given the iconic name of 'Penny for the Guy?'. To celebrate the survival of King James I, people lit fires around London to...
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🎃 Six Halloween hot spots

Mariella Ralph, RCI Social and Digital Intern, E-commerce
Experiences | 26/10/2017
First stop... Tokyo! Still celebrating its annual Halloween parades after 34 years, Japan is pulling out all the stops to make sure that everyone is out in the capital this October. A...
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Grand Times In Gran Canaria

By Gemma Gregory, RCI Campaign Planning Manager
Experiences | 23/10/2017
When we arrived in Gran Canaria, the heat hit us as soon the plane doors opened. In that initial rush of holiday excitement, I wondered what the next seven days would bring on our first holiday,...
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German Christmas Markets

By Helen Foster, Marketing Manager, RCI Europe
Experiences | 29/09/2017
This ancient city on the Rhine is famous for its towering Gothic cathedral, and there's a lively holiday market right at the foot of this spectacular building. But venture further afield to...
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Alpine Holiday Adventure in Austria

By Shelley Burton, RCI Marketing Manager
Experiences | 21/09/2017
It was a school trip which first introduced me to the delights of alpine life in Austria. Little did I know then, that Austria would be the place where my partner, JB, and myself would 'tie the...
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Fuerteventura for foodies!

By Cameron Rutherford, RCI Marketing Analyst
Experiences | 07/09/2017
The Canary island, Fuerteventura, is one of those places that you visit thinking that it will just be one of those sun-trap islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of Africa....
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A Winter's Tale

By Philip Hakim, RCI member
Experiences | 23/08/2017
It was with some trepidation that my wife, Michelle, our eight-year-old twins, Zara and Daisy, and Annabel aged 10 - set off to visit Santa in the December of 2014. We stayed at Holiday Club Yllas...
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Dutch Delights

By Deirdre O'Riordan
Experiences | 16/08/2017
After a brief flight of only 80 minutes, my colleagues and I landed in Amsterdam on a beautiful sunny Monday morning in the spring. First things first, we sought out some lunch in the...
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I love Finland

By Karen Creedon, An RCI Guide
Experiences | 15/08/2017
I have just returned from an amazing seven-day stay in Finland. Magical memories were made, and it was a welcome change from the sun holidays I normally take. I travelled with three of my...
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Mayan wonders and more In Mexico

By Leigh Connelly, RCI Travel Writer
Experiences | 15/08/2017
All-inclusive is the norm in Mexico, so take your pick of resorts, all of which provide some of the vital ingredients for a fully-indulgent and relaxing break. Cool pools, beaches...
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Six top Tenerife day trips

By Mary Anne Evans, Food And Travel Writer
Experiences | 15/08/2017
Mount Teide, at the centre of the island, is a fabulously strange world. Drive into the 10-mile-wide volcanic crater and it’s like entering a science fiction movie – such as Clash of the Titans which...
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Amazing Alicante!

By Rhona Norris, RCI Guide
Experiences | 15/08/2017
I had the pleasure of visiting warm and sunny Alicante in May 2017, and what a stunning place it was. Our first stop was Denia in the north of Alicante, which became my favourite place because of...
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