Escape Travel Holiday Ideas

Europe’s Best River Cruising Shore Excursions

It’s easy to be lulled by the notion of a gently drifting journey, winding through picturesque scenes while living a life of elegant luxury on board. But a river cruise is as much about the stops along the way, brought to life by shore excursions and free time to roam and explore. Here are our favourite shore excursions on river cruises throughout Europe. Cycling Amsterdam From … Continue reading

The Best Travel Apps for Seniors

Travelling without technology is a dream for some who want to switch off from the world for a while, but there’s no denying that some smartphone apps make travelling easier, safer and more enjoyable, whatever your age. With a wide variety of both free and paid apps available, you can easily manage your itinerary. Here are our top picks. Google Translate No other language apps … Continue reading

Top 7 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, formally Saigon, is just as well known for its towering, modern skyscrapers and amazing food as it is for its French colonial architecture and stark reminders of the Vietnam War. As times continue to change this busy city, here are seven unique things to do in Ho Chi Minh. 1. Saigon Central Post Office The Central Post Office is as stylish … Continue reading

What to do in Tasmania this Spring

It’s easy to overlook Tasmania in search of more northern warm and sunny shores once a wintertime escape calls. But with spring now lurking just around the corner, it’s time to put our southernmost state back on the radar. As the days get longer and lighter, flowers are about to flourish, there are new trails to blaze and from top to bottom, Mother Nature is … Continue reading

A First Timer’s Guide to Getting Around Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a beast of a city. Made up of the Kowloon peninsula, Hong Kong Island and over 200 other islands that fall within the city limits, there is so much to explore that it easily warrants back-to-back trips that could always offer something new to discover. ‘To the first-timer, it can be overwhelming to navigate with so much to do, see and eat … Continue reading

Going downtown: Why LA is the destination for design lovers

If you visit cities like London, New York and Paris for their architecture, history and art scene, then you might want to consider putting Los Angeles on the list too. As the home of Hollywood, Los Angeles is more famous for its big-name residents, but the city is hiding something behind its movie magic that makes it one of the most exciting and progressive destinations … Continue reading

Do the USA Tailor Made – Our Favourite Itineraries

So you want to do the USA on your own but you need a little help? That’s where our USA Tailor Made itineraries come to the rescue. Offering the perfect combination of hand-picked boutique accommodation, local experiences and all you need to get around – from car hire to rail passes – our carefully crafted holidays make taking in the best of the USA in … Continue reading

Singapore: Must-Do Day Trips Beyond City Limits

Singapore, the island city-state off southern Malaysia, with its tropical climate and melting pot of many cultures is a bustling, thriving, heaving metropolis full of amazing things to eat, see and do. Without taking anything away from this incredible Asian hub, we have compiled a range of add-on day trips to consider, including local insider tips, to give you some insights into five very different … Continue reading

Local Dishes You Must Try in Rio de Janeiro

Eating in Rio rates as highly as its sultry beaches, vibrant neighbourhoods and catchy dance moves. With culinary roots in African, Amerindian and European traditions, the flavour profile of Brazil’s capital poses an exuberant mix that must be tasted to be believed. Churrascaria A true staple in Brazilian culture, the churrascaria is ingrained in the local way of life. A type of all-you-can-eat steakhouse (or … Continue reading

News Update: Proposed Australian Immigration and Border Protection Strike

Travellers are advised that an upcoming strike by employees of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Services may delay international travel. Although arrangements have been made to minimise the impact on airport operations, passengers are advised to arrive early for international flights and allow at least three hours to check in and clear customs and immigration. The strike dates and locations are as follows: … Continue reading

6 Unforgettable Highlights of North America with APT

The mere mention of Canada and Alaska evokes pristine images of unsurpassed natural beauty, unforgettable wilderness encounters and the kind of moments that belong at the very top of every traveller’s bucket list. APT is one of the most popular touring companies taking in the many wonders of North America and in 2017, the list of extraordinary experiences on offer is bigger and better than … Continue reading

Free Things to do in San Francisco

Arguably California’s prettiest city, San Francisco is known for its grand Victorian houses and charming hilly streets. While it boasts some of the most expensive real estate in the United States, you can easily experience the best of San Francisco without spending a penny. Here are our favourite free things to do and see in San Francisco. Sea lions at Pier 39 Wander down to … Continue reading

Battle of the Capitals: Tokyo vs Hanoi

The thriving metropolitan heart of Japan, Tokyo is famous for its stunning population density, technological marvels and quirky urban street fashions. Hanoi, Vietnam is a city best experienced by getting lost along cobbled back lanes filled with street vendors before taking a mad-cap scooter ride to the Old Quarter for dinner. Both cities are rich in amazing food and cultural experiences and both guarantee you … Continue reading

Tailor Made Latin America – Our Favourite Itineraries

Like the sound of seeing Latin America but not sure how? With a Tailor-Made Holiday, you can witness the many exotic sights and colourful experiences on offer in the comfort of boutique accommodation, while still having the chance to get a little off the beaten track. Ranging from four to 16 days, our Tailor-Made Holidays Latin America collection offers a range of expertly crafted itineraries … Continue reading

Discover New York’s Hidden Treasures

Once you’ve taken a bite out of the Big Apple and experienced all the tourist hot spots, what’s next? Beyond the bright lights of Times Square, New York holds many treasures that most travellers miss. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find timeless attractions that only the locals know. While they may not have the worldwide acclaim of Central Park or the Statue of Liberty, … Continue reading

A Different Kind of Fun in Fremantle

Fremantle exudes a coastal character unlike other beachside enclaves found along the Western Australia coast. This laidback city hums with a distinct charm resonating from its convict roots, maritime past and today’s thriving cafe culture and music scene. It may be just half an hour from Perth, but Fremantle is worlds away when it comes to things to do. Here are the highlights. Shipwreck Galleries … Continue reading

Taste the Real Hawaii on the ‘Garden Island’ of Kauai

An increasingly popular holiday destination for Australians, Waikiki Beach is most often the ‘go to’ destination for those looking for a fun-filled Hawaiian holiday. Weather it’s the sun, surf and sand, the top-notch restaurants, glittering high-rise hotels, or a retail scene that would satisfy even the most insatiable shopping bug, it’s no wonder that people flock to this famous Honolulu beach in droves. The beauty of … Continue reading

Your Story: Canada’s Astounding Beauty

Escape Travel Customer, Jackie McLennan recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Canada, exploring the beautiful Canadian Rockies and beyond. Travelling on the prestigious Rocky Mountaineer, Jackie revelled in Canada’s extreme natural beauty. We sat down with Jackie to find out more and hear her highlights. Tell us about your recent holiday Canada would have to be one of the most amazing countries to visit … Continue reading

6 Unforgettable Moments on Tour in Canada and Alaska

Few places capture the imagination, the serenity or the spirit of discovery like Alaska and Canada. Listen to the call of the wild, where the majestic mountains, the wide open spaces and deep blue waters beckon. In fact, nothing so quintessentially captures the essence of the ‘great north,’ like the great outdoors. But there are other, equally hypnotic settings to be found in Alaska and … Continue reading

10 Things You’ll Love About a Scenic Europe River Cruise

A European river cruise is a magical way to discover the rivers and canals that link and weave their way through the picturesque continent’s most spectacular locations. Drifting down the serene Danube River on my first river cruise, I quickly understood the lengths to which Scenic goes to ensure each and every customer is looked after. As we made our way down the river on Scenic … Continue reading