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You asked Google, here are our answers … Travel tips based on your Google searches

You asked Google, here are our answers … Travel tips based on your Google searches

How can I experience the northern lights? Where is the best place to see the Northern lights?

The northern lights appear in the Northern Hemisphere and their real name is the aurora borealis.  These colorful spectral shapes burn the brightest in higher-latitude areas close to the poles, such as northern Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Antarctica. The optimum times are from late afternoon (5 or 6 p.m.) to early morning (6 a.m.), December through February.

They appear at night green, pink and purple lights that dance across the night’s sky. For the ideal setting, you should be somewhere that is not obstructed by artificial lights from houses, cars and neon signs. This means for the best chance of seeing the lights, you should either take an excursion to a remote and northerly region or you could board a cruise.

On a cruise through Scandinavia, you can visit the remote islands of Norway for your best chance of seeing the lights in regions like Tromso and Svalbard. On a cruise, you will have more of a chance seeing the lights because there will always be someone on the lookout onboard the ship. Once they are spotted you will be woken up to join everybody on the deck to see the lights. Being onboard a cruise and right under the lights gives you more of a chance of seeing them rather than an excursion which may be uncomfortable, cold and a long transfer to which you may only have an hour of sitting in the cold and hoping that they appear.

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For Hurtigruten Northern Lights cruises around Norway, click here>>


What Are The Seven Wonders Of The World?

Perhaps you can list one or two, but few people can roll the seven wonders off the tips of their tongues. We have you covered.

The seven wonders are:
 The Great Pyramid at Giza (Cairo, Egypt)
Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Al-Hillah, Iraq)
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (Selcuk, Turkey)
Statue of Zeus at Olympia (Olympia, Greece)
Tomb of Maussollos at Halicarnassus (Southwestern Turkey)
Colossus at Rhodes (Rhodes, Greece)
The  Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos Island, Alexandria, Egypt)

Historians believe scholars started the list in the second century B.C. and that the final seven wonders were defined in the Middle Ages. But these are the old seven wonders, to read about the new seven wonders and how to see them, read our blog here >>

What Should I Bring To The Beach?

The panic comes on your first day on holiday. You have spent 5- 6 months being pasty, not seeing the sun peeking behind the grey sky and now you have completely forgotten what it will be like to be in the sun. Never fear! Our list is here!

Beach towel
A book
A change of clothes
A change of underwear
Sandals or flip-flops
After sun
A little bit of money
A waterproof bag for your phone

If you are lucky enough to be in the clear waters where fish and coral reside, bring a snorkel to discover the teeming life that lives beneath the water.


How many ml can you take on a plane?

Liquids in your carry-on bags cannot exceed 100ml. That is per bottle so as long as you can fit your 100ml liquids into the plastic bags that they give you, then you should be fine to take that on the plane. Each traveler can have only one plastic bag. Of course, if you do have checked baggage, you can store your liquids in there.


What are the best times to travel to Asia?

Asia is a huge continent with varying temperatures, altitudes and weather conditions. Thailand doesn’t vary in temperature very much but the islands differ greatly in their rainy seasons. You can ski in Hokkaido Japan and then hop on a plane and be sunning yourself in Bali. There are also plenty of celebrations that you may like to include in your itinerary such as the Indian Holi celebration. There are also days of prayer where whole towns will close for reflection so you may want to avoid those. Therefore, whenever you want to take a trip, or wherever, call us on 0800 707 6229 and we can offer you the best advice for your weather conditions. You can enquire here >>


Are all-inclusives worth it?

All inclusives often come with a higher price tag but when you delve a little deeper you can often find that the inclusions that you benefit from soon start to add up.

All Inclusive Ski Holidays

Club Med offer all inclusive holidays which encompass all you could need from a ski holiday including tuition, non-skiing activities and lift passes. Although a normal ski holiday may seem cheaper, once you incorporate the cost for lift passes, drinks, meals, ski schools, airfare and transfers, the cost may not be significant between an all-inclusive luxury holiday and a ski chalet. Plus, with the all-inclusive package, you can rest assured that your money is protected by ATOL.

In the Club Med package:

Room Sups (interconnecting rooms)   

Full Area Lift Pass         

Ski Lessons (Full Day) 

Ski Carriage      

Lunches, Drinks And A Bottle Of Wine Included            

Drinks and Snacks        

You can find all-inclusive ski holidays here >>


All Inclusive beach holidays

For some, knowing that their holiday is packaged together offers a sense of security. With a full package, you are ATOL bonded with protection if one part of your holiday falls through. They also offer you peace of mind that once you get off the plane, your hotel and transfer service will monitor your flight and pick you up as soon as you return. For some people, an all-inclusive holiday package may conjure an image of vats of food being cooked in the microwave but with Sandals and Club Med, you will be served gourmet, luxury food either on demand in the restaurants or you can pick from a varied and changing menu in the buffet.

You will also have free drinks, free evening entertainment and a variety of sports to choose from to occupy your day. The only money you would need to bring is if you wanted to pay for extras such as massages or excursions.


What’s included with Sandals?

All meals, anytime snacks and fine dining

Scuba diving (if certified)

Sailing, water skiing, snorkeling & land sports


Basic Wedding Package

Airport transfers

All tips, gratuities and hotel taxes

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What’s included with Club Med?

Flights & Transfers


Gourmet Full Board Cuisine & Open Bar

Kids Clubs (From 4-17 Years)

Over 60 Land & Water Sports

Evening Entertainment

You can find Club Med resorts here >>

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Travel Club Elite has been advising clients for 32 years and we are ABTA bonded. We can offer huge discounts and savings on your favorite holiday providers and can offer first-hand advice on destinations from all over the world. For more information and advice about your holiday, call us on 0800 707 6229.



  • 17th April 2018