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Education experts call for term time fines to be abolished

Just when parents were getting used to the idea of a fine if they take their children out of school, education experts have urged headteachers to look at each absence on a case-by-case basis.Until last September, heads could grant up to 10 days' leave a year for family holidays in 'special circumsta... Read more

Top 3 long weekend breaks for couples

Aw, so you've met someone new? We're delighted for you. Truly, we are. And now you're heading off on your first minibreak! But where to go? Luckily, we have some ideas lined up...SevilleAlthough it doesn't have the same reputation as Paris or Rome when it comes to romance, Seville is actually a wond... Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland is a cultural hive of activity, and regardless of what floats your boat, it's great place for a lad's weekend, a hen party with a difference, or a quiet couples' weekend. Crowned the first City of Literature, home of the Fringe, the National Galleries, one of the best zoos i... Read more

5 Places to Jet to For a Late Summer Break

There is a lot to be said for jetting off on a late summer break. To start with you will save a lot of money compared to if you travelled in the peak months. Secondly, the resorts will be quieter so you have a better chance of securing a good spot by the pool and on the beach. You can also get a tan... Read more

The 5 Best Safari Countries

When it comes to adventure holidays, they don’t come much bigger and better than a safari. While there are many kinds of safaris, the word safari will always be synonymous with exploring the wilds of Africa in search of the animals you find nowhere else on earth. Here we look at the 5 best safari co... Read more

Know before you go

In June this year, 28 British and Irish holidaymakers enjoying a night at a Brit-owned bar in Portugal were arrested for playing bingo – in line with the country’s strict laws on unlicensed gambling.  Even though they were playing for the prize of biscuits and drinks rather than cash prizes, the l... Read more

Making the most of Barcelona's nightlife

An exceptional nightlife is one of the reasons why Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world. The Catalan capital is home to a variety of establishments to suit any evening; from avant-garde superclubs to underground parties, Barcelona boasts a lively and colourful scene. Why Barcelo... Read more

Foreign Travel Insurance: Caution and Common Sense for Holidays in Portugal

There’s a freedom in Portugal that infiltrates your senses and gives you tingles. Strolling from Unesco world heritage sites, challenging hiking trails, some of Europe’s finest beaches, medieval houses, Roman temples, through Moorish alleys, Portugal has it all bathed in year-round sunshine. What is... Read more

Catching British nationals out abroad

FCO encourages people to be better prepared by researching the local laws and customs of their holiday destination before travel. Every year British nationals risk getting caught out by local laws and customs when travelling overseas.  From driving a dirty car in Russia, to wearing camouflage cloth... Read more

The best places to take your kids this October half term

October half-term is coming up (it's Monday, October 27 - Friday, October 31, if you don't know the dates), and we bet you're worrying about what to do with your offspring. However, help is at hand, Londoners - here is a guide to keeping the smaller people entertained... Free museums: The V&A:... Read more

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