Sailing breaks: perfect for a short getaway with the kids


Naples' coastline is popular for sailing

Let’s face it, we all seem to have very busy lives nowadays and there never seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done and still have time for some rest and relaxation. It can even be tough to squeeze in holidays, which is why short breaks are increasingly appealing to people from all walks of life.

More skiers travelling without insurance

More skiers and snowboarders travelling without proper insurance

ABTA – The Travel Association has revealed that the number of skiers and snowboarders travelling without adequate winter sports travel insurance has increased to over a third.

Skiing is a great way to get the most out of a long weekend

Maximise your time off by taking a skiing holiday

If you're pushed for time but fancy getting away from it all then you may want to consider heading to the Alps for a ski trip. Even if you've only got a few days to spare, you'll find that you're able to squeeze loads of action – and relaxation – into a weekend on the slopes, and will probably get more benefit out of a couple of days in the mountains than a whole week lounging around on a beach.

If you've only got a few days for a trip, go skiing!

Skiing mini-break: why hitting the slopes is a great way to spend a long weekend

If you're planning on going a way for a long weekend then you need to make sure you choose the right type of holiday and really make the most of every moment. After all, time is of the essence and the last thing you want to do is waste it not enjoying yourself. For that reason, we'd recommend a skiing trip, as there are few activities more exhilarating than hurtling down a mountain surrounded by stunning alpine scenery.

The Matterhorn, overlooking Zermatt, provides an impressive backdrop for a spot of autumn skiing

Where to ski in autumn

Most people associate skiing with winter, but if you can't wait that long then you may be interested to hear that there are several places in Europe that start receiving significant snowfall from September onwards. Naturally, anyone who fancies a spot of alpine action at this time of year will find their options slightly limited, although this isn't necessarily a bad thing, as we'll explain in this guide to autumn skiing.

Choosing the right resort can help you have the perfect skiing holiday

Top tips for the ultimate ski weekend

If the thought of hurtling down a snow-covered mountain surrounded by pine trees appeals to you then the chances are you'll have a great time at just about any ski resort in the world. However, there are lots of little details that can really improve a winter sports holiday, and choosing the right location and type of accommodation are among the most important.

James Bond, Casino Royale

Top James Bond experiences to unlock your inner 007

With the latest James Bond book written by William Boyd, about be launched next week, fans will be eager to get their fix of the much-loved British spy. To celebrate the launch, VisitEngland have released a list of the top Bond-themed activities to try out here at home on a short break.

Spain boasts some lovely hiking trails

5 highlights of Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park

The Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park is a stunning corner of Spain that lies around a two-hour drive from the city of Malaga. However, it is well worth taking a daytrip here when holidaying in the city, as there are plenty of things to see and do.

Barefoot walks in Switzerland

Barefoot hiking routes in Switzerland

The village of Celerina has created four barefoot walks that cross meadows, ford streams and pass through the Staz Forest so that visitors can enjoy an invigorating stroll that engages the senses.

New direct route from London to Northern Norway brings Northern Lights closer

A new direct route from London to Northern Norway will bring the Northern Lights closer from October as Fly Nonstop will be flying directly from London City Airport to Bodø in Norway.

A weekend in the Algarve - What to do

Making the most of a weekend away in a foreign country such as Portugal doesn't have to mean plenty of planning. If individuals are only going to be abroad for two or three days, there are plenty of activities and sightseeing trips for them to pack in.

Fun family weekends away

The key to planning a successful long weekend away with the kids lies in achieving a good balance of a relatively short journey - so you don't spend the whole time in the car! - and a splash of excitement once you arrive. We think there are three options that work particularly well.

Mountain biking in the Alps

Mountain biking in the Alps

What could be better than a bike ride in a beautiful setting, with enough fresh air to fill your lungs and the type of rolling, twisting trails that can only be found in remote places?

Mount Teide dominates the landscape

How to see Tenerife's natural sights in 48 hours

If you're planning to jet off to Tenerife for a short break and want to experience the island's stunning natural attractions, you might be struggling to work out where to go because there is just so much to see and do outdoors here.

Horse riding in Wales

Adventure in Abergavenny

Surrounded by spectacular rolling countryside and overlooked by its very own Sugar Loaf mountain, Abergavenny is a proper outdoor playground.

Weekend destinations for skiing breaks

Weekend destinations for skiing breaks

Sometimes you just have to get away for a few days. Perhaps work has got too much, or your family is driving you up the wall. Maybe you're just fed up of the gloomy skies and prospect of non-stop rain for the next few months. Well, why not book yourself on a weekend ski break? There are loads of alpine destinations you can get to within a couple of hours on a plane, so you can leave your desk and be on the piste in no time.

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