The Strangest Christmas Traditions Around the World

We all have our usual Christmas traditions, but in other parts of the world the typical festive celebrations can be a bit unusual… Catalonia, Spain In Spain’s Catalonia region, the traditional home Christmas decorations are joined by another, unusual addition known as the Tió de Nadal. Essentially a hollow log with four stick legs, a…

The 10 Best European Ski Resorts

Mayrhofen A once-traditional village in Austria’s Zillertal Valley, Mayrhofen has been a popular destination for British skiers (and now snowboarders) since the Seventies. The local area offers 136km of highly rated skiing terrain but, for the keenest of skiers, the Zillertaler Superskipass provides access to a massive 515km of pistes in the valley. The après…

Last Minute New Year’s Eve Destinations

Whether you’re looking for ideas on where to party, where to take the family, cheap New Year city breaks or the best places in the world spend New Year’s Eve, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our top 5 ultimate New Year destinations for last minute travel plans! Berlin Headlining the list of top…

Merry Christmas from HolidayTaxis

A very Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous New Year, from all of us here at HolidayTaxis to all of our wonderful customers! We’d like to take the chance to tell you about our involvement in the fantastic work of Rockinghorse Charity, our local charity for sick children here in Sussex. They have recently…

The World’s Greatest (Affordable) Train Journeys

Thanks to Kenneth Branagh’s new take on the classic Agatha Christie novel Murder on the Orient Express, old-fashioned train travel is having a moment. In recent years, some of the most celebrated railways in history have been carefully restored to working order, allowing customers to once again experience the golden age of train travel. If you’re…

Europe’s Most Magical Christmas Markets

Winter is a wonderful time to visit Europe, when the streets are filled with glittering lights and the flurry of snow makes cities Christmas card perfect. So why not get into the festive spirit this year with a visit to one of Europe’s many Christmas markets? We have some of the most magical (and less…

The World’s Best Winter Food (and where to find it)

Raclette Raclette, the name of both the dish and the cheese used in it, hails from the Alpine regions of Switzerland where it may have begun life as a simple peasant meal. Travelling from hill to hill, shepherds are said to have carried their nutritious (and filling) wheels of cheese to roast over the evening…

A Guide to the Biggest Fire Festivals in the World

In the run up to Bonfire Night this weekend, we take a look at some of the biggest and best fire festivals across the world. Bonfire Night, Lewes Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes Night, may be celebrated around the UK but nowhere does it better than Lewes. This little town in Sussex, south England, has…

Hot Air Balloons and Hiking: Turkey’s Hidden Beauty

Fairytale landscapes and fire breathing monsters? There’s much more to Turkey than tired east-meets-west clichés. Fasten your rucksack and lace up your boots, it’s time to go hiking in Turkey. The Turkey that we know today is largely down to the work of one man, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Named “Father of the Turks” (or Atatürk, the name…

8 Killer Halloween Parties Around the World

If you feel like shaking things up next 31st October then take a look at our round up of the best places to be. From spine-tingling sites to monster balls, these events will knock you dead, so if you’re looking for a scream this Halloween, read on …if you dare. 1. Las Vegas For everything…

The Best Autumn Coastal Retreats

There’s something about the coast the captivates the human imagination and soothes the soul. Not just a destination during the hot summer months, the beach makes an wonderfully calming place to spend a chilly autumn day, if you’re heading home to a cosy cabin or welcoming guesthouse of course. With that in mind, these are…

Revisit Your Favourite New York On-Screen Moments

Much of the time when we travel we do our best to avoid the clichés. We want to get off the ‘beaten track’, do things like a local, or discover the ‘genuine’ [insert destination here]. But sometimes the clichés are so engrained in the image we have of a place they can be difficult to…

Fall in Love with Austria this Autumn

Next week (26th October) welcomes the 52nd Austrian National Day, an annual holiday marking the beginning of peacetime, celebrated with a host of events in Vienna. As part of the yearly festivities, the Austrian military parade along one of the world’s most beautiful boulevards, the Ringstrasse, and Vienna’s Imperial Palace opens its doors to visitors….

5 Days Trips for a Different View of Majorca

These days the Balearics have mostly shed their reputation as a destination for the package holiday hordes that flocked in during the 60s and 70s. Although it still pulls in the crowds looking for a party, most people are aware that there is much more to Majorca than Magaluf. If you’re a first-time visitor to…

5 Must-Have Travel Gadgets For Your Next Trip

Whether you’re planning a holiday with friends or family there are a few items that always make it into the suitcase. However if you’re looking for something to make the journey a little easier, or you just miss your home comforts while abroad, you might want to consider a pocket-sized gadget or two to make…

7 Unmissable Events for a Crazy Night in Copenhagen

Every October, Copenhagen opens the doors of its museums, art galleries, theatres, parks and churches for the biggest cultural event in the city’s calendar: Kulturnatten (or Culture Night). This huge one-day event offers visitors and locals the chance to explore the culture and history of Denmark in a festive evening that welcomes the whole family….

Game of Thrones: Backstage Tour in Barcelona

Winter is coming… to Barcelona! With season 7 of Game of Thrones all wrapped up for the year, fans will have to find another way to keep themselves occupied until the next barrage of dragon-wielding, accent-wavering madness hits our screens (play the board game, learn to fence… take up cooking?) Or, for fans who travel,…

Essential Language Apps for Your Holiday

One in 10 Britons avoids foreign travel due to language barriers. That’s almost 5 million people who are put off seeing the world because they are worried their language skills will let them down. In fact, fears of being ‘lost in translation’ or making an embarrassing faux pas are common even among those who travel,…

La Mercè: Barcelona’s Incredible Festival

If you’re in Barcelona this weekend then you’re in for a treat. Starting on Friday 22nd September, the yearly celebration in honour of the Virgin of Mercy comes to the city: the festival La Mercè. By far the city’s biggest and most colourful street party, this festival of lights, giants, devils and fire is the headline…

Your Last-Minute October Half Term Holiday Sorted

We know what it’s like. Summer has been declared ‘over’, the kids are back at school and, wait, it’s the last week in September? With only a few weeks to go, are you still searching for that October half term holiday? (If you’ve even had chance to think about it, that is…) Finding a holiday…

How to Do Oktoberfest on a Budget

Go Midweek For the best Oktoberfest experience, go midweek. The opening and closing weekends will be heaving with crowds, with higher prices and queues for the tents starting as early as 6am. Go during the week and you can expect slightly smaller crowds but you may also pay less for food, accommodation and transport (both…

European Heritage Days: Explore a Secret Paris

The European Heritage Days (or journées européennes du patrimoine, as they are known in French) offer tourists and locals alike the chance to glimpse behind Paris’ many closed doors and discover the secret history of the city, all completely free of charge. Every year, on the third weekend of September, cities and famous institutions around France offer free guided…

The New iPhone X – Best Smartphone for Travel Photos?

With the unveiling of the brand new iPhone X last night, it’s time to ask ourselves: is it time to upgrade our smartphones and take our travel photos to the next level? New Portrait Mode The new iPhone X comes with an enhances Portrait Mode, with lighting features that allow you to add more professional…

The Best Beaches for an Endless Summer

Dreaming of an endless summer? Get your beach holiday inspiration from our list of the best beaches to visit in October and November… Malta Average temp: 21°C Often overshadowed by the Mediterranean’s more popular destinations, Malta is proof that good things come in small packages. Otherworldly landscapes, unique architecture and ancient history can all be…

The 10 Best European Cities to Visit in Autumn

Autumn, with its lower prices and smaller crowds, is the perfect time for a city break. Here is our list of the best European cities to visit now, as well as what to see and what to do. Bordeaux Popular with tourists in June and July, a ghost town in August (when the local population…

Hurricane Irma Update

If you are currently in resort and affected by Hurricane Irma, please contact your local supplier for updated travel advice and assistance. You can find your suppliers contact details on your transfer vouchers. If you are due to travel, please refer to the Foreign Commonwealth Office for updated travel advice.

The World’s Best Wildlife Holidays

10 amazing (and surprising) wildlife holidays and the animals found there 1. Whale Watching in Spain One of the most exhilarating animals to see in the wild, the whale is fascinating to watch in its natural environment. A close encounter with one of these enormous creatures guarantees a lasting impression, offering a glimpse of the…

Autumn in Palma: a Relaxed Family Holiday

Majorca, with its blissful temperatures and profusion of gorgeous sandy beaches, is a favourite with holidaymakers from all over the world, for both family holidays and couple getaways. Whilst many tourists come to Majorca for summer beach or clubbing holidays, there is an alternative way to spend your family holiday here. The capital, Palma de…

Culture without the Crowds: A Romantic Trip to Venice

La Serenissima, The City of Bridges, Queen of the Adriatic… The floating city of Venice goes by many romantic sounding names but sadly, due to its popularity, it can be more tourist hell than dreamy getaway for two. Queuing for hours for a public toilet does not exactly say ‘romantic trip to Venice’. However, if…

Your Guide to Notting Hill Carnival

Outside the capital, it’s a whole other country, and no-where is this more true than in London. While many cities have established a unique identity, sometimes far unlike their neighbouring towns, London has taken this to the extreme with its huge melting pot of cultures, identities, styles and flavours. This is a city that means…