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How to get an Upgrade at the Airport

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Few things are quite so pleasurable as walking through the doors of an aircraft and turning left, especially on the first day of your holiday. And when an upgrade is courtesy of the airline, and not your Amex, even better. Here are some tried and tested ways of getting champagne, extra legroom and proper cutlery…

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Inside The Bauer L’Hotel in Venice

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Venice, it is said, has the highest concentration of luxury hotels in the world. However, few truly capture the city’s well-developed sense of romance more ravishingly than the Bauer L’Hotel. Founded in 1880 as the Bauer-Grunewald, it was sold to Arnaldo Bennati in 1930, whose extensive refurbishments in the Gothic-Byzantine style contrasted with an entirely…

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An Interview with Insight Travel Director Chad Hartin

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Vancouver-based Chad Hartin has been leading tours across the globe for well over a decade. However, his thirst for discovery goes back much further – ever since a travel director came to his father’s beef farm in south-eastern Ontario farm when he was 12 years old. Chad is a staunch believer in the importance of tapping…

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Packing for Rome: An Insider’s Guide

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Every city offers its own unique set of challenges, but packing for Rome is particularly tricky; a fashion conscious city that demands a lot of legwork to fit in all the sights, with the added consideration of both its religious sites and, if you’re travelling in summer, soaring temperatures. Thankfully, Insight Travel Director Bradford McEwen,…

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Where to Visit in April

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Sandwiched between the winter freeze and the hotter months of high season, April is an ideal time to plan that perfect trip, particularly across Europe and the United States. For many places, it’s the month that sees spring really take hold, with temperatures that, while warm and pleasant (particularly in the south of Europe) are some…

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Another Successful Family Vacation – Insight Staff Stories

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When it came time to decide where to go on our next family vacation, we decided that the Glories of Greece tour was what we were looking for. From Greek mythology, to ancient ruins, to a wide range of Greek cuisine this tour met all our needs for a perfect vacation. When I think about…

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Calling all Single Girls! – A featured Guest Post

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Unlike Cape Town, Ireland has a shortage of women. As a result, there are thousands of tall, charming and capable Irishmen (with gorgeous accents!) left wanting throughout the Emerald Isle. Matchmaking fairs are arranged annually in an attempt to help out the local lads and luckily for them, bonnie women from all over the world…

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From the birthplace of Marco Polo to Game of Thrones – Insight Staff Stories

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Growing up I loved learning about explorers like Marco Polo and imagined what it would be like to discover new lands. While on my Insight holiday on the Country Roads of Croatia tour, our Tour Director Irina Cerar fulfilled that dream and introduced me to many Local Experts who shared stories and legends from the…

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Cook-at-Home with Insight – Irish Soda Bread

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Irish Soda Bread Get the taste of Ireland with this fresh, no-fuss soda bread. Ingredients 250g Plain white flour 250g Plain wholemeal flour 100g Porridge oats 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp Salt 25g Butter, cut in pieces 500ml Buttermilk Directions Preheat oven to 200°C/gas 6 and dust a baking sheet with flour. Mix…

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Returning to Italy – Insight Staff Stories

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It had been 23 years since I last visited Italy.  My husband had never been so we decided to do the Country Roads of Puglia and The Neopolitan Riviera tour based on the regions covered and the short duration as we didn’t want to be away from our young children for too long.  We were…

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