Algarve Holidays Prove Popular All Year Round

AlgarveThe Algarveis traditionally associated with summer holidays, and visitors imagine lying on a beach in July or August whilst basking in the hot sun. Whilst summer holidays to the area are undoubtedly excellent, many people are discovering the wonders of an Algarve trip earlier in the year, which is why we have solo holidays available for visitors starting as early as April.

2012 is already off to a great start, with February alone seeing a 7.1% increase in British visitors to the region and a 4.2% increase overall, compared to February last year. Read more


Brits Holiday Abroad this Summer Despite Olympics and Jubilee

A recent survey by a large travel comparison website has found that the majority of Brits are planning on heading abroad for their summer holidays despite the jubilee and Olympic celebrations. Some are even eager to get away from the crowds that are expected to flood to theUK.Choose your plans for the British summer with Friendship Travel

The destinations that people are heading for are the usual choices, with the Algarve, Spainand Italyall proving popular, and holidays for singles are remaining a popular choice as well. One reason many are citing for not worrying about being away during the celebrations is that televisions around the world will be broadcasting the Olympics, and news coverage of the jubilee celebrations is likely to be very prominent in certain countries too.

If you’d like to arrange for your own trip away during the summer, or if you think you’d like to stay in theUKand enjoy the celebrations with some like-minded people, then take a look at our solo holidays. You can head off somewhere exotic, or attend one of ourUKweekend getaways.

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Christmas tree

Christmas breaks for singles in the UK

Christmas is the most exciting and magical time of year for so many of us, but have you thought about going away on holiday during the festive period? There are some fantastic Christmas breaks available in the UK for single people, providing plenty of fun and festivity while spending a few days with like-minded people. If you are wondering if a Christmas UK break is right for you, read on and discover what you can look forward to.

Why choose a singles holiday at Christmas

Christmas is a time often associated with family but there are singles all across the UK who are looking for the perfect way to celebrate. Deciding to book a singles holiday is a doorway to so many possibilities, allowing you the freedom to enjoy a lovely destination and break away while spending time with like-minded singles.

Christmas breaks for singles are the ideal solution, bringing individuals together to relax and enjoy the festivities. You don’t have to travel around the world either as there are UK breaks designed specifically for singles at Christmas.

These holidays have brilliant programmes planned out for the Christmas period, including delicious Christmas lunches, lovely walks, activities, and time to explore the local area. If you are looking to do something a little different this year or just want a break from the usual Christmas obligations, a Christmas singles holiday is an easy choice.

Where to go on holiday at Christmas in the UK?

There are some fantastic options to choose from for your UK Christmas break and we have highlighted below a couple of exciting singles holidays to choose from.

Chester Christmas holidays

Chester in England

Cheshire is a beautiful county known for its rural villages of half-timber and red sandstone. The city of Chester is always a popular destination, thanks to its historic heritage and ancient aesthetic. The unique rows of half-timbered galleries are world-famous, the old-English-themed Christmas market will get you right in the festive spirit, and the 7km of ancient Roman walls will delight history lovers.

Chester makes an ideal location for a singles holiday this Christmas, and at the Abode Chester Hotel, you can enjoy a package holiday to truly remember. This modern 4-star hotel boasts great views over the city walls towards the Welsh hills and provides easy access to the very explorable city. The package we have put together is tailor-made for singles looking to enjoy a relaxing and casual festive break.

On Christmas Eve, guests can look forward to a welcome cream tea on arrival and a three-course dinner with wine before relaxing in the lounge bar. For those who want to celebrate the start of Christmas with Midnight Mass, Chester Cathedral is only a short walk away. The Christmas Day activities include a leisurely breakfast, an opportunity for a walking tour of Chester, a Christmas lunch, an evening quiz, and a buffet supper. Boxing Day will be a perfect opportunity to enjoy more of lovely Chester, see the sights, and partake in the Boxing Day sales.

Reasons to choose our Christmas singles holidays in Chester

  • Modern, comfortable accommodation
  • The historic, Roman features of Chester city
  • Christmas markets
  • Good company
  • Great food
  • Evening entertainment
  • Guided walking tours

Read more about this holiday and book here.

Hertfordshire Christmas holidays

Elstree in England

Hertfordshire is a lovely location to spend Christmas in with its mixture of peaceful rural areas and affluent residential pockets. The village of Elstree is home to the Village Hotel where guests will have everything that they need for a Christmas holiday of good cheer, delicious food, and happy memories.

Elstree is only 15 miles northwest of Central London, meaning that you can enjoy a quiet village Christmas in Hertfordshire and enjoy the delights of the city in one memorable Christmas break. The stylish hotel is a lovely venue for Christmas celebrations, featuring its own pub and grill, as well as a state-of-the-art health and wellness club.

You can look forward to swimming in the hotel’s own indoor heated pool, watching sports on big screen TVs, and it even has its own Starbucks so you can enjoy great coffee and hot drinks during your stay. With traditional Christmas lunches, mince pies, pre-dinner introductions with your host, and a Christmas Eve disco, you will be well looked after and entertained.

The 175-acre Aldenham Country Park is nearby and waiting to be explored – perfect for enjoying a post-Christmas dinner walk, as well as fishing and sailing activities. With London so close in proximity, you can also exchange the quiet nature of Elstree for the excitement of the city when the feeling strikes you.

Reasons to choose our Christmas singles holidays in Hertfordshire

  • Delicious festive food
  • Stylish accommodation
  • Health and wellness club
  • Good company
  • Singles disco
  • Relaxing walks
  • Close links to London

Read more about this holiday and book here.

Christmas Singles holidays with Friendship Travel

If you fancy the idea of a singles holiday this Christmas, here at Friendship Travel we would love to make it happen. Our holidays for singles are the perfect Christmas breaks for singles over 50 and are available both here in the UK as well as in many wonderful destinations around the world.

For more tips, guides, and advice, make sure to visit our blog.


David Cameron appeals for British pride ahead of the Olympics | St.

David Cameron - Single HolidaysThe London Olympics will benefit tourism in theUKas a whole, according to David Cameron, who said he was pleased with the progress of the Games.

With Olympic legacies hoped to reverberate around the country before, during and after the Games, the British Prime Minister believes it is vital British people shout about what is great about theUK.

He said: “This year, with the eyes of the world onBritain, and athletes and media from around the globe coming to theUK, there really is no better time to shout about all these things and more.”

He was speaking after it was announced millions of pounds have been lavished on the “Great” campaign in an effort to attract high spending tourists from overseas.

There is plenty going on around Britainthis year to attract any of those contemplating enjoying their solo holidays closer to home, the perfect base for a memorable vacation.

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Exchange rate app launched

EurosAn app has been designed to help you figure out the best exchange rates in real time, which could leave travellers with more money to spend on holidays.

Launched by The Money Shop, users are being urged to use the app before flooding to the high street, with better exchange deals in the offing providing you reserve currency in advance.

The app could prove to be a popular addition to smart phones across the country, as evidenced by a recent poll by YourSayPlus, which reported that 37 per cent of UK holidaymakers view exchange rates as a major, influencing factor when booking a trip abroad.Read more


Beach in Antalya

Great value for money holidays in 2023

Are you looking for a memorable holiday in 2023 but want to make sure you get your money’s worth? There are some fantastic value-for-money holidays available that you will do well to take advantage of. From Turkey to Cape Verde, these all-inclusive singles holidays take you to top hotels in beautiful locations. All you have to do is kick back and relax. Further still there are some great early booking offers available, helping single travellers get a top holiday at a great value. Read on to learn more.

Antalya, Turkey

Antalya old town in Turkey

Antalya, Turkey is a popular holiday destination known for its picturesque Old Town, stunning beaches, and warm Mediterranean climate. The city is situated on the southwest coast of Turkey and offers visitors a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Old Town, also known as Kaleiçi, is a maze of cobbled streets lined with traditional Ottoman-style houses, quaint shops, and charming cafes. The beaches of Antalya offer crystal-clear waters, excellent facilities, and a wide range of water sports. Visitors can also enjoy the city's rich history by visiting landmarks such as Hadrian's Gate and the Yivli Minaret or take a day trip to the nearby Taurus Mountains to explore the natural beauty of the region.

Melas Lara Hotel

There are a couple of great value holidays to enjoy in Antalya in 2023, including the Melas Lara Hotel, a 5-star all-inclusive hotel that is the perfect place to unwind. Located on Lara beach, which is a short distance from both the airport and the city centre, the hotel has a lovely lagoon-style pool, a heated indoor pool, and a heated whirlpool.

With a range of dining options available, you can really take advantage of the hotel’s all-inclusive nature, getting great value for money. The resort features a buffet restaurant with themed nights, three dining options with an a la carte menu, a patisserie, a pool bar, a lobby bar and a beach bar.

Each room has its own balcony, and you also have access to a variety of daily activities, as well as a fitness centre and spa.

Side Golden Rock Hotel & Spa

Another great value-for-money solo holiday in Antalya will see you staying at the Side Golden Rock Hotel & Spa. This is an all-inclusive holiday at a 4-star hotel located just a short stroll from the beach near the ancient port of Side. Guests can enjoy both an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as comfortable rooms and a luxurious spa.

For a relaxing holiday by the sunny Turkish coast, this resort is an excellent choice, giving visitors a glimpse of both old and new Turkey. From your sunbed, you can reach for a cocktail or find a Roman ruin with equal ease, thanks to the waterfront promenade that is also an archaeological site.

The hotel has a main buffet restaurant, as well as a snack restaurant, pool bar, and lobby bar, for a variety of meals, snacks, and drinks.

READ ALSO: Reasons why Oludeniz should be your next holiday destination

Cape Verde

Cape Verde

Cape Verde is a beautiful archipelago of 10 islands off the Northwest coast of Africa and one of 2023’s best-value holidays. The islands are known for their year-round warm weather, stunning beaches, and clear blue waters. Popular activities include swimming, snorkelling, and scuba diving, as well as exploring the island's unique landscapes, which range from desert to tropical forest.

The islands also offer a unique blend of African, Portuguese, and Brazilian cultures, with music and dance playing a large role in the local culture. Cape Verde is also a great destination for water sports like windsurfing and kitesurfing. The combination of natural beauty, year-round sun and rich culture make it a great destination for a beach holiday, adventure or relaxation.

Iberostar Club Boa Vista

The Club Boa Vista is a stunning 5-star hotel in an unrivalled beachfront location. Outstanding value for money, this picture-perfect resort is an all-inclusive affair, set in a colourful village on Areja de Chaves beach, with the Atlantic Ocean right at your feet.

There’s a large pool with ocean views to enjoy, and a collection of fantastic activities to get stuck into, including aerobics, Pilates, archery, rifle shooting, boules, beach volleyball and step classes. There are also great water sports available, including the likes of catamaran sailing, windsurfing and snorkelling, and kite surfing thanks to the strong Atlantic breezes.

Your room will be found in its own colourful bungalow behind the beach, each with its own garden. You also nab an exquisite sea view for just £10 a night extra.

Early booking offers

A great way to get the most value on your next holiday is by taking advantage of top deals, such as early booking offers. Friendship Travel has some wonderful savings available on a range of fantastic holidays if you book early.

Take a look a look at our dedicated Early Booking Offers page for the latest deals. From 20% off a 14-night holiday to up to 30% off specific resorts, there are some great deals to be had, helping to make the value of your chosen holiday an unmissable opportunity.

How do you find a great value-for-money holiday?

A great value-for-money holiday provides a high level of satisfaction and enjoyment at a reasonable cost. How do you find one? Apart from looking at current offers and deals, some key things to look out for during your decision-making process include:

  • Affordable lodging: Find a place to stay that is comfortable and well-appointed but doesn't break the bank.
  • Good food: Whether it's local street food or upscale restaurants, a holiday that offers a variety of delicious and affordable food options can add greatly to your overall experience.
  • Things to do: A great value-for-money holiday should offer plenty of activities and sights to see, whether they're free or relatively low-cost.
  • Affordable transportation: Being able to get around the destination easily and affordably can make a big difference to your enjoyment of a holiday.
  • Good weather: A great value-for-money holiday should ideally take place in a destination with good weather, as this can determine how much you personally enjoy the trip.

Ultimately, a value-for-money holiday is one that strikes a balance between cost and enjoyment, and that leaves you feeling refreshed and satisfied when it's over.

READ ALSO: Reasons to enjoy winter sun holidays in the Canary Islands

If you have any questions about our singles holidays here at Friendship Travel, please get in touch.

For more tips, guides, and advice, make sure to visit our blog.


Kenya tourism staying steady amidst choppy economic climate

Tourism in Kenya is maintaining a healthy status according to recent figures, which reveal tourism revenues missed their 100 billion Kenya shillings target by a tiny margin.

The Ministry of Tourism in Nairobi show final figures missed their initial target by a mere 2 billion Kenya shillings, despite ongoing issues with neighbouring Somalia, the woes of the euro zone and a potential global recession.

The figures reinforce Kenya’s status as a leading holiday destination and things are only going to get better for the country’s tourism sector, according to a source from Nairobi.Read more


Lanzarote named as one of Spain’s best destinations

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Lanzarote has long been recognised by tourists the world over as a fantastic holiday spot, but the Spanish island has now been officially named as one of Spain’s best beach destinations.

Oak Power Communication undertook an extensive survey that studied the recent findings of around 600 global travel journalists to come to a decision as to what are the best overall places to take a beach holiday around the country and its surrounding islands.Read more


Les Deux Alpes recognised for great value

The world-famous French ski destination of Les Deux Alpes has been officially recognised by a leading travel company as one of the best value resorts of its kind in Europe.

The survey from TripAdvisor, known as the TripIndex Ski, was a detailed cost comparison project which totalled the combined prices of a resort’s accommodation, its ski passes, ski hire, food and drink.Read more


Mallorca beach voted best in Spain

A recent poll commissioned by leading travel website TripAdvisor has revealed that a beach in Mallorca is now seen as the best in Spain.

According to the wide-ranging survey, the strikingly beautiful Puerto Alcudia resort also ranks as the third most popular beach of its kind in Europe and 25th in the entire world.Read more


Mauritius visitor numbers up

Mauritius holidays for singlesOfficial figures have revealed that the number of people taking holidays to Mauritius in February increased by 2.5 per cent compared with last year.

Statistics Mauritius stated that 79,331 tourists entered the country during the month, up from the 77,390 recorded in February 2011. 59,195 of these were European, which represents a 2.4 per cent yearly improvement; of all the visitors to the country, roughly two-thirds traditionally hail from this continent. Meanwhile, an impressive 4.7 per cent more people arrived from Asia during the period.Read more


My first Singles Ski Holiday

Hi there, it's Janice here - usually tied to a phone in Friendship Travel's office in Northern Ireland, but just returned from my first-ever singles ski trip, so I want to share it with you.

It was brilliant! I am a convert to skiing.  This was a special four-day familiarisation visit, to help me understand how our ski partners, Mark Warner, look after Friendship Travel’s singles ski holiday guests in the Alps.

I arrived in Val d’Isere in the first week of the season: there had been very little snow beforehand and everyone was holding their breath, hoping the forecast was right, but when I arrived there was literally no snow to be seen.  But thankfully, by dinnertime, Val d’Isere was covered in snow and it continued to fall heavily for the rest of the trip!

I was staying at the Chalethotel Cynaski, which is a three-star standard property managed by Mark Warner Ski and though the rooms were quite basic, they had everything you need when you’re on this sort of holiday, and it was very cosy, friendly and sociable - ideal for single skiers.

On one evening, we had dinner at the Chalethotel Val d’Isere, which is larger and – as a four-star – more luxurious. Mind you, the food at both hotels was of the same high standard: I often feel awkward when I’m eating out, because I have to follow a Gluten-free diet, but both hotels had been warned in advance and so were very attentive to my needs, and the chef even asked me what I’d like him to cook for me during my stay.

Another plus point was that both hotels had two great après ski happy hours – one in the afternoon and another after dinner.  This, along with the fact that the package includes wine with dinner, meant that I spent a lot less than I expected on having fun!

The resort of Val d’Isere is very pretty and really lovely to walk around during the day.  There are plenty of gift shops and of course shops selling ski wear.  I found the coffee shops to be quite expensive though: €4 for a coffee, so I decided to have my coffee and hot chocolate at the hotel, where you can help yourself to free tea, coffee and hot chocolate all day long.

The nightlife in Val d’Isere was a mixture of quiet and lively so you can choose which style of après ski suits you.  There are plenty of bars for social drinks, but if you want a livelier night with a bit of dancing there are a few small clubs to go to.

I was the only non-skier in the group, and as much as I was excited about my first visit to the Alps, I was also very nervous.  However the rest of group helped me carry my skis and gave me tips which eased my nerves before I went off for my ski lesson.  And my instructor was amazing, so instead of coming home with broken bones, I actually managed to stay upright and had a great day on the slopes, loving every minute of it: the aches and pains afterwards were worth it.

A skiing holiday is a holiday for all ages.  Everyone from young to old mix and socialise together, because they all have one important thing in common, a love for skiing!  I absolutely loved it too and will definitely be back skiing soon.


Mykonos named as top spring break destination

Leading Eastern Europe travel guide website Argophilia have released their list of top 10 Spring Break destinations in the region, and the Greek island of Mykonos was one of the places to make the cut.

The entry outlines the potential benefits of ‘island hopping’ when you visit the country, but highlights Mykonosas the best location for partygoers of all ages.Read more


Mykonos praised as great 2012 destination | Mykonos news

MykonosThe picturesque Greek island of Mykonos has been named as a great place to take a holiday in 2012 by a leading UK flight operator.

A complimentary article has praised this most glamorous of locations for its safety, affordability and diversity, despite the recent economic troubles which have seen Greece occasionally making headlines for the wrong reasons.

The report emphasises that places like Mykonos have remained unaffected by the situation in Athens, other than the fact that the cost of holidaying there has gone down recently.Read more


Olu Deniz voted best beach resort in Europe

The idyllic resort of Olu Deniz has been voted by users of online travel guide giant TripAdvisor as having the best beach in all of Europe.

On the edge of a quaint and charming village, the stunning beach has been officially recognised as a favourite amongst those looking for complete relaxation on their getaway. Organisers of the survey pointed to the beach’s calm and tranquil atmosphere as one of the main reasons for its popularity.  Read more


Plan in place to boost Jamaican tourism

jamaicaThe tourism sector in Jamaica is in for a boost after the country’s Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr. Wykeham McNeill suggested its tourism product will be expanded into the areas of health, sports, community and entertainment.

Speaking at the International Tourism Bourse Berlin travel trade show, Dr. McNeill seemed keen to build upon Jamaica’s huge potential for a larger section of the population to get involved in tourism.

He was quoted as saying: “Our plan is to facilitate the communities owning and showcasing their own aspects of our culture, craft, food, history, natural and built environment as an expansion of the tourism product.”Read more


Pound reaches three and a half year high against euro

pound coinsBritish tourists have received a bit of good news ahead of holiday season after it was revealed that leading bureaux de change are selling Euros at a rate of 1.20 to the pound for the first time in three and a half years.

It means Britons are getting 10 % more for their money than they would have got last year, and rekindles optimism surrounding the recovery of the sterling.

Chris Towner, from specialist foreign currency firm HiFX, believes there is even better news around the corner for tourists, but warns that the sterling still has a lot of work to do to regain its old value.Read more


Fuerteventura in Canary Islands

Reasons to enjoy winter sun holidays in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are a popular singles holiday destination for people seeking winter sunshine. Located off the coast of Africa, the Canary Islands enjoy warm temperatures year-round, making them an ideal destination for people looking to escape the cold weather of winter. To help introduce you further to the Canary Islands as a winter holiday destination, we have highlighted just some of the many reasons to consider visiting.

Lovely weather

One of the main reasons to visit the Canary Islands is the climate, considered to be one of the best anywhere in the world. This Spanish archipelago has a subtropical climate, with temperatures ranging from the low-20s Celsius in the winter to the mid-30s Celsius in the summer. This makes the Canary Islands a great destination for those looking to escape the cold and enjoy some warmth and sunshine during the winter months.

Canary Islands’ winter temperatures

  • November: 23°C
  • December: 21°C
  • January: 20°C
  • February: 20°C
  • March: 21°C

READ ALSO: Reasons to choose BodyHoliday in St Lucia

Top activities and attractions

Fuerteventura Scenery

Another reason to seek out winter sun in the Canary Islands is the variety of activities and attractions on offer. The islands are home to beautiful beaches, where visitors can relax and soak up the sun. There are also many hiking trails and nature reserves, offering opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to explore the islands' stunning landscapes. In addition, the islands are home to a number of interesting cultural attractions, including museums and historic sites.

There’s also no better way to convince yourself that it’s summer than by jumping in the sea and enjoying some fun water sports. The warm waters around the Canary Islands are ideal for activities such as swimming, snorkelling, and scuba diving. There are many companies offering guided tours and equipment rentals, making it easy for visitors to enjoy the islands' waters.

Activities to enjoy in the Canary Islands during the winter

  • Relax on the beach
  • Go hiking
  • Visit cultural attractions
  • Enjoy water sports such as swimming, snorkelling, and scuba diving
  • Explore the seven main islands, each with its own unique character

Affordability

If you are looking to save a bit of money on your next holiday, heading to the Canary Islands in the winter is a great idea. Not only is it cheaper to visit holiday destinations like this during the winter compared to the summer, but the Canary Islands are generally more affordable than other popular European destinations, with the island of Fuerteventura known as being the best-value Spanish island. All of this makes the Canary Islands an attractive option for those looking to save money on their holiday.

Great places to stay

Canary Islands

There are many places you can stay in the Canary Islands, with a number of different islands available. One of the best spots to consider, however, is certainly Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands.

Fuerteventura is a beautiful island that offers a wide range of activities and attractions to enjoy. It has stunning beaches, a rich history and culture, a year-round warm climate, and has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Additionally, the island is home to a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, surfing, and windsurfing, making it a great destination for adventure seekers. Fuerteventura also has a vibrant nightlife scene, with many bars, clubs, and restaurants to choose from.

If you are travelling solo, finding comfortable and convenient accommodation to enjoy with other single travellers is important. The good news is that there are some lovely Fuerteventura hotels available, including locations that are mere metres from the beach, featuring their own pool as well as restaurant and bars.

The best Canary Island for winter sun

When it comes to winter sun, you can’t go wrong with any of the Canary Islands. Fuerteventura rarely falls below twenty degrees in winter, but Lanzarote is even warmer, tending to be the hottest island of all the Canaries, due to its close proximity to the Sahara.

READ ALSO: Christmas breaks for singles in the UK

Why choose the Canary Islands for winter holidays

  • Lovely weather
  • Top activities and attractions
  • Water sports
  • Affordability
  • Great places to stay

Overall, the Canary Islands are an excellent destination for people seeking some winter sunshine and a chance to escape the cold weather. With its warm climate, diverse activities and attractions, and affordable prices, the Canary Islands offer something for everyone.

If you are interested in a solo holiday to the Canary Islands, get in touch with us here at Friendship Travel – the single traveller experts.

For more tips, guides, and advice, make sure to visit our blog.


Royals pay visit to St. Lucia

Prince Harry’s recent overseas trips have been well publicised, but it was his aunt and uncle who have been making the latest headlines with a visit to the beautiful St. Lucia. Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, delighted both residents and visitors to the island as they stopped off on their busy two-week tour of the West Indies.

Taking place as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the trip coincided with Independence Day on the island. The royal couple spent their time there in glorious sunshine, firstly enjoying traditional local performances by young people from the area before visiting the St. Lucia School of Music and talking with the students.Read more


Sharm El-Sheikh sees increase in visitors

There has been a sharp increase in the number of people arriving at Sharm El-Sheikh airport so far this year, with figures apparently up by 55 per cent on the same period in 2011.

One of the country’s most senior aviation figures, Hassan Rashed of the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation (EHCAAN), noted how the encouraging numbers represent a significant improvement in the fortunes of the area’s tourism industry. This news has been echoed by other, similarly impressive, results throughout Egypt.Read more


Single travellers city break in Berlin

A guest's blog from the trip to Berlin - It was only three days, but wow did we pack in some sights and angles!  Eight single travellers arrived with various wish lists, most of which were accomplished by the time Monday afternoon rolled by and we departed by plane and train.

Ibis Mitte Hotel is conveniently close to one of the main hubs for public transport in Berlin, walking distance from a Beer Cellar perfect for first night craic, walking distance from the TV Tower which gives a bird’s eye view of the entire city, ten minutes walk to the excellent open top buses which have excellent commentary in English for tours throughout the city.   All guests took advantage of different aspects of Berlin and generally had a ball

A guests picture from Berlin

The pic above is the Holocaust Memorial, which has no written description as it is left to you to form your own idea of what it represents.  Most of us walked through it and of course discussed it later.  Berlin is full of surprises, not least that you can go through the city by boat.  In 24 hours most of us saw Berlin from the top of the TV tower, from the river tour and from the top of a bus, all with excellent commentary.   A free walking tour is well organised, our guide was an Ozzie who spoke with passion about her adopted home and deserved all the tips she received.

Food is varied, of course we tried out the Beer Cellar, had Borscht soup and dined on Wiener Schnitzel.   The bar within the hotel was perfect for ending the day for some of the group.  There is so much more to see, I shall be back in Berlin soon I hope.


Singles enjoying Portugal sunshine holidays

Hi, It’s Gail from sunny Algarve.

I wanted to let you all know what’s been happening over here. Friendship Travel was pleased to present Ken Russell with a Friendship beach towel to celebrate him traveling over 18,000 kilometres to holiday in Portugal!! Ken, who lives in Sydney, Australia, will be 85 this year and has had a few singles, holidays before, but this was his first (of many) with FT. His fellow travellers in the group all got on extremely well together, new friendships were made and promises to meet up again on a future Friendship holiday will continue to be discussed. The group became so close, they continued to eat out and spend time together for their whole stay, and whilst ages ranged from 40 to 84, everyone kept up!!! In fact it was the younger members who were in bed first on some nights!

Guests enjoying dinner during a Friendship Travel holiday.

The group enjoyed great weather during their stay, had a relaxing boat cruise together - which was a day to remember for all. The more energetic in the group walked to Vilamoura from Olhos D’Agua beach. A mere 1 ½ hour stroll along the coast line!

Here are the group enjoying a lovely meal at a family run restaurant- Calheiros –in the resort of Olhos D' Agua.

For anyone coming out to Portugal, I look forward to welcoming you to the Algarve.

 


Survey reveals 13% of UK residents have never travelled abroad

flightWhile many of us in the UK may believe we are a nation of globetrotters, a recent survey has revealed that this might not be entirely true.

The online poll, which questioned 2,200 people to find out how well travelled we are as a nation, found that some of us haven't tasted any form of culture across the UK border, with 13% of people over thirty never having tried a holiday abroad. One fifth of people over 30 haven't even dipped their feet in the sea, and 10% of those who have travelled have never experienced a stroll along a Mediterranean beach, a brilliant way to relax on a holiday.Read more


Tenerife golfing holidays praised

The largest island in the Canaries, Tenerife is a first rate place for those seeking singles holidays or trips away as part of a group. Now, in a recent article, the Spanish haven has been praised for its quality as a golfing destination.

Leading online travel magazine Tourism-Review has written a wide-ranging survey of the island’s numerous golf resorts, citing a mild climate as one of the main reasons behind its continuing popularity as a top sporting and leisure location. The article stated that Tenerife’s position – situated only a few miles from the coast of Western Africa– means that it produces the kind of weather conditions which are conducive to leisure visits all year round.Read more


Tourism boost for Ireland

Dublin castleThere was a boost for Irish tourism yesterday after it was revealed trips to Ireland from overseas had increased by 2.7 per cent.

Figures released by the Central Statistics Office showed some 1,145,900 trips to the stunning country, 30,600 more than the same period last year.

The figures reflect an exciting time forIreland, which boasts what is widely regarded as one of the finest cities in Europe in Dublin.Read more


Tourism Chief: Bolt will be the next Bob Marley

Usain BoltUsain Bolt’s phenomenal double win at the London 2012 Olympics has led people to fall in love with the sprinter, and Jamaica’s tourism chiefs think that the whole world will soon be falling in love with their country too.

With all 3 medal spots taken by Jamaican athletes in the Men’s 200m, and with Bolt’s charismatic antics capturing the attention of millions, Jamaica has become a global superstar. Wykeham McNeill, the Minister of Tourism, believes that Bolt’s performance will elevate him to the fame of Bob Marley, making Jamaica a cultural hot spot once more.Read more


WTCC Race of Portugal comes to Algarve

Motor racing enthusiasts who are planning on taking singles holidays to the Algarve region this summer will be delighted to hear that the exciting WTCC Race of Portugal has relocated to the area’s Autodromo Internacional stadium.

The event, changed from its original location at the Estoril circuit by the World Motor Sport Council for logistical reasons, will be coming to the track on June 3rd and benefit from the three years of development work which has been taking place around the site.Read more