Street Food Worth Flying For

Posted on: March 27th, 2015 by Sam Mckay
We’ve all sampled the local cuisine whilst travelling the world, but which street vendors would you actually fly around the world to get to? Each country has its own street speciality from the German currywurst to Jamaican jerk chicken; each having its own distinct flavour. Even today, the thought of fresh churros in the streets of Mexico gets my mouth watering. Gelato – Italy Forget Mr Whippy. Nothing can beat a traditional Italian homemade strawberry gelato. Never frozen solid the smooth creamy taste that is associated with the Italian delicacy is second to none. Mass produced ice cream can’t match the street food that is available on many roads in the major towns and cities. Traditionally, you don’t ask for a number of scoops, but just the size of a cone or cup (coppetta) and then ask for the flavour(s). To spot a traditional gelateria look out for a sign… Read more

12 Travel Hacks We Should All Use

Posted on: March 25th, 2015 by Sam Mckay
Read my 12 travel hacks which will help you fit more in your suitcase, save money and make your travels a little easier. These tips and tricks of the trade can help everyone from single travellers to families. 1) Dryer sheet in your luggage Sticking a tumble dryer sheet in your luggage before you fly will help all of your clothes stay fresh. 2) Roll, don’t fold If you’ve got a small case, save space by rolling all of your clothes tightly. You can also keep fragile souvenirs in the middle of them to keep them safe. 3) Underwear in shoes If you want to bring back a present for every member of the family, stuff your underwear and socks into shoes save even more space and help footwear keep their shape. 4) Use Google Maps offline Mobile roaming charges can be expensive but if you use Google Maps Offline… Read more

Top 7 Family Activities at the Beach

Posted on: March 20th, 2015 by Sam Mckay
Tweet Family holidays are a precious thing, you want to be soaking up all the sun whilst your kids want to play and splash around. Some kids enjoy just playing in the sand all day but other may need a little more attention. So to help you to keep them entertained through the day I’ve come up with the 7 best things to keep kids entertained at the beach, they may even inspire you to create your own games. 1) Sand sculpture Leave the kids to build their masterpiece and watch them slowly sculpt it into an elegant animal or shape. It takes a while to build and form, it may even give you time to finish that chapter of your book. 2) Let the kids bury you Instead of building a sculpture why not let the kids bury you and give them the chance to give you that beach… Read more

20 Need to Know Spanish Phrases

Posted on: March 18th, 2015 by Sam Mckay
Tweet Maybe you want to order some food and drinks or you may need directions to your hotel. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, spoken by over 300 million people in 22 countries (mainly in South America) and obviously Spain, you’ll find it useful knowing the basic phrases and questions on your travels. English Spanish Basic Phrases   Hello Hola Please Por Favor Thank you (very much) (Muchas) Gacias Excuse me Discuple Essential Phrases Do you speak English Hablas inglés? Where is..? Dónde está …? Which way to the beach? Qué camino a la playa Is there a bank around here? Hay un banco por aquí? Do you have …? tiene …? How much is this? Cuánto cuesta este? It’s too expensive Es demasiado caro Eating Out How long do we have to wait? Cuánto hay que esperar? Do you have a menu in English? Tiene… Read more

Survival Guide for a Tech-Free Holiday

Posted on: March 14th, 2015 by Sam Mckay

If you’re constantly glued to your phone and laptop or you can’t stop snapping away with your camera, it’s time for you to put it all down and de-stress. Our tech-free survival guide has everything you need to help you unwind and forget everything the tech mad world has to throw at you. Instead of picking up your gadgets, take up a new hobby on holiday and liberate yourself from your handheld devices for a few days, you’ll be amazed by how relaxed your body and mind will be. Find your own tech-free holiday with Direct Holidays  Share this Image On Your Site <p><strong>Please include attribution to with this graphic.</strong></p><br /><br /> <p><a href=><img src= alt=’A Tech Free Holiday Survival Guide’ width=’500′ border=’0′ /></a></p><br /><br /> <p>

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Late Deals this Spring

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by Sam Mckay
If you’re still searching for a holiday this spring we have an excellent range of holidays to Tunisia and Cyprus, or if you want somewhere a little more exotic what about Cuba? Find Late Deals Whether you want a tan top up before your main summer holiday or you’re holding out for the best deal around, one of these destinations are sure to match all of your holiday needs. Tunisia Click here for Tunisia Deals The smallest nation in North Africa, Tunisia certainly isn’t short of things to do and picture perfect beaches. Whether you’d like to spend your days on the sun-kissed sands or explore the wonders of the ancient world, there is a hotel for you in Tunisia. The 3 main resorts of Sousse, Port El Kantaoui and Hammamet offer a variety of attractions, from the soft white sandy shorelines to the lush green golf courses, and the… Read more

Free Things to do in Budapest

Posted on: March 7th, 2015 by Sam Mckay
When visiting Europe’s top cities we can all sometimes get carried away with everything you want to see, so I’ve come up with some fantastic free things to do in Hungary’s capital. Whether you’re trying to budget or just save a little you should check out these attractions. Budapest is a captivating city that is split down the middle by the River Danube. Buda is built on the east of the river lining the banks and up into the hills, Pest is built to the west and is considerably bigger than its counterpart. Stroll along the Danube Strolling along the meandering Danube you’ll come across some of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. From the beautifully sculpted Parliament buildings to the most iconic sight of Budapest, the Chain Bridge, you’ll get a real flavour of the city just by walking along the banks of the river. But don’t stop there.… Read more

Choosing the Right Destination For You

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by Sam Mckay
There are many beautiful destinations that you could choose for your holiday, but how do you decide on just one? Spain and Turkey are two of the most popular vacation countries in the world, so I thought I’d see how they compare. Each destination will be compared on its food, history, beaches, attractions and value for money, which of these holiday giants will you choose? Spain Spain Holidays Spain is a laid back country full of sun, sea, sangria and siestas. If you want a beach filled holiday you’ll be spoilt for choice with over 3,000 miles of sandy shores, coves and hidden bays. Over half of Spain’s coastline is against the calm waters of the Mediterranean, stretching from the quaint village of Tarifa to the edge of the dramatic Andes mountain range that borders France. But there is more to Spain than just the expansive beaches; take a trip… Read more

New to Direct Holidays

Posted on: February 28th, 2015 by Sam Mckay
If you’re looking for the very best range of travel products all under one roof, then look no further. At Direct Holidays, we’re proud to be able to offer you even more choice on our website. Our new range of products are designed with you in mind and include city breaks, flights and hotel only as well as holiday extra’s.  Whether you’re thinking of a long weekend in the vibrant Catalonian city of Barcelona or a flight to the sunshine state of Florida, you can find it all at Direct Holidays. Find out more below:- Amazing City Breaks There are many beautiful cities around the world, so why not book one of our very own city breaks. You could jet off for a long weekend and discover a fascinating new city. What new places will you discover this year? Great Value Flights Only Offers Will you be visiting family or… Read more

Irresistible Italy

Posted on: February 22nd, 2015 by Sam Mckay
If you’ve never visited Italy before, you’re really missing out. This beautiful country will take your breath away with picturesque coastlines, stunning landscapes and stylish cities. If you like something a little different, Italy also has a few tricks up its sleeve. Neapolitan Riviera Situated around the Bay of Napes, the Neapolitan Riviera is home to some lovely beaches with a backdrop of towering mountains and volcanoes. The colourful towns and villages are ready to welcome you with open arms and a Limoncello, a local speciality. Once you’ve settled into your beautiful hotel and admired the stunning views you may want to explore the surrounding area. But where do you start? If you’re looking for beaches you’ll want to head towards the charming town of Amalfi, where you will find a number of tranquil locations to lay your beach towel. If you prefer a little more adventure then why not… Read more