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What We’ve Been Reading: April 2017

April has passed in a whirlwind of hot, sunny days and freezing hailstorms…surely spring can’t be far away? We can see summer holidays on the horizon, so if you’ve not booked yours yet you should get your skates on! We’ve also got some fab last minute deals if you’re considering a cheeky break over the bank holiday weekend – any excuse for a trip away is fine with us. If you’re not jetting off just yet, get inspired with some of the best travel news and tips we’ve been reading this month.

Europe’s Best Destinations of 2017 Revealed

TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Destinations have been revealed, giving us comprehensive lists of the world’s best holiday picks as voted for by other travellers. You don’t have to go far to enjoy the number one Europe pick, as London tops the chart! If you do want to venture further there are some fantastic picks on the list, including Rome, Paris, Crete, Barcelona and Prague.

Group Invite Stranger on Holiday After Friend With Same Name Pulls Out

Have you ever had a friend cause chaos by dropping out of a group holiday? This group got creative to find a solution when their friend Joe McGrath cancelled on them, searching Facebook for a guy with the same name to take their friend’s place on the 3-day all inclusive trip to Majorca. The second Joe McGrath first assumed the message was a joke, but decided to accept the invitation and by all accounts came home with nine new friends.

10 Prettiest Places to Visit in Majorca

If the Joe McGrath story got you considering Majorca for your next holiday, blogger Sabina at Girl vs Globe has a wonderful list of the island’s most beautiful spots. While most people think of the beachside resort towns when they think of Majorca, these little towns are seriously underrated and can easily be accessed by car. Cars can be hired on a daily or weekly basis for a very reasonable price, so get exploring!

Why UK Tourists Should Consider Returning to Egypt on Holiday

Egypt is a bit of a question mark right now – while the FCO has no advice against staying in any of the Red Sea tourist resorts, they are still advising against all but essential air travel to Sharm El Sheikh. As a result, direct flights from the UK to Sharm remain unavailable and tour operators are hesitant to offer it as an option. This article from the Independent points to signs that flights to Sharm may be resuming later this year, which would put an extremely popular budget all inclusive destination back on the map.

48 Hours in Paris

We love this blow-by-blow account of a weekend in Paris from travel blogger Ashton! She’s journaled her weekend practically by the hour and picked out all the best things to do on a sightseeing weekend in Paris, including the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. She also recommends the hop-on-hop-off Big Bus Tour to easily see the city and make sure you don’t miss any of the top landmarks.

I Left My Heart in the Maldives

So the Maldives is one of those once-in-a-lifetime destinations that most of us won’t even see once, but we can dream can’t we? Blogger Hayley stayed at the Maafushivaru resort on South Ari Atoll, and gives us a sneak peek at what it’s like to stay on a private island in one of the world’s most luxurious destinations. A hint – it involves seaplanes, beach villas and lots of amazing food.

We hope you enjoyed this month's link round-up! If you have any more awesome links to share, leave them in the comments!