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10 of the best group trips for solo travellers
From wild camping in the Sahara and the Lakes to culinary adventures and tours of Europe, these holidays are also a fun way to meet new people

Joanna Booth

29, Jan, 2023 @11:00 AM

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My life in budget holidays has been a priceless experience
From chance encounters to thrilling train rides, holidays on a shoestring have been some of my best

Dixe Wills

07, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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10 of the best ways to find bargain places to stay in the UK
From priories to Wetherspoon’s, Oxford colleges to seaside cottages, we share ideas for low-cost breaks around the country

Rachel Dixon

06, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Walking Pendle Hill’s new trail: the Two Toms
Honouring two giants of UK hiking, this 25-mile Lancashire route links to the Pennine Way – and finally frees the hill from its witchcraft associations

Chris Moss

25, Aug, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Five of the best sustainable holidays across Europe
From a spa-and-cycling trail across Slovenia to the coolest energy-saving hotels in Berlin, these getaways tick all the eco boxes

Phoebe Taplin

21, Aug, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Backpacker hostels may be cheap – but there’s so much else to love about them | Lamorna Ash
In these temporary communities, each new encounter with someone great and surprising feels like an incredible fluke, says author Lamorna Ash

Lamorna Ash

20, Apr, 2022 @8:19 AM

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‘She’s like a spinning wheel’: the mum supporting 200 other single mothers in her WhatsApp group
Queeny Singh transformed the lives of desperate mums at a homeless hostel in London. Now it’s her turn to be treated

Sirin Kale

26, Feb, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Asylum seekers in UK housed in converted hostel with prison cells
Experts say Home Office risks traumatising refugees by housing them in courthouse turned into hostel

Diane Taylor

29, Oct, 2021 @12:03 PM

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West Highlands on a budget: a hostel amid Scotland’s mountains and waterfalls
Our series of low-cost stays continues at the revamped Glen Nevis hostel, handy for long-distance trails, plus safer routes for frisky weather

Dixe Wills

29, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Snowdonia on a budget: a five-star hostel in the heart of the national park
In the third of our series, an upgraded former YHA hostel is the perfect base for cycling, swimming and scrambling in Sir Edmund Hillary’s footsteps

Dixe Wills

21, Jul, 2021 @10:49 AM

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Yorkshire Dales on a budget: my peaceful little Swaledale cave
In the second of our new series, a YHA pod in a historic hostel is a cosy base for a 30-mile dale-hopping tour

Dixe Wills

14, Jul, 2021 @6:00 AM

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South Downs on a budget: a youth hostel stay for great walks and pretty villages
In the first of a new series on UK hostels, our writer stays in a YHA pod and hikes a glorious corner of the downs

Dixe Wills

07, Jul, 2021 @10:38 AM

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