About Selina Akhtar

Selina is TUI UK & Ireland’s resident blog writer. Her background is in TV production and retail copywriting, but travel is her passion. She loves exploring new countries and spent nine months backpacking through Asia, Australasia and the USA. Her favourite trips so far include interrailing through Eastern Europe, Croatian island-hopping by pirate ship and a road trip through 30 US states.

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Visit Rough Guides’ most beautiful destinations in the world

Rough guides asked their readers to vote for the most beautiful destinations in the world. And at number one, surprisingly, it was Scotland that took the crown. Other northerly destinations in the top 20 include Iceland and Norway, and luckily for you, we’ve got a trip that covers all three… The best thing about cruising […]
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Enter our picture perfect competition to WIN a Nikon camera bundle

We know how important reliving those holiday memories is, which is why we’re offering one lucky Thomson Cruises passenger the chance to win a Nikon SLR camera, plus a bundle of fabulous prizes…
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Thomson Cruises teams up with Larry Lamb

We challenged much-loved British TV star, Larry Lamb, to meet an array of interesting locals while sailing across the Med on TUI Discovery 2. Here’s what happened…
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Six fun things to do on a cruise ship

There’s so much more to cruising than amazing eateries, packed itineraries and premier service. Yes, really. Here are six activities you didn’t know you could do on a cruise ship… Outdoor cinema Open-air cinemas are the new trend. After all, there’s no better way to spend an evening, than catching a film while the sun […]
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Best places to eat on TUI Discovery 2

Calling all foodies – if you want to combine your love of world cuisine with cruising, TUI Discovery 2 is the ship for you. It boasts no less than seven places to eat and, best of all, most of them come with your all inclusive package. Here’s the lowdown on the top places to dine…
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Vote for Thomson in the British Travel Awards

We're excited to announce that we're nominated for a whopping 29 British Travel Awards, but we need your help to win. If you've enjoyed a holiday with us, here's how you can vote...
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Our most popular cruise itineraries

Considering a cruise but not sure where to go? Here’s our round-up of the top-rated itineraries across the globe to help you choose…
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Introducing Cruise Mates…

Did you know that making new friends from different cultures boosts emotional happiness by 10%? Thomson Cruises has teamed up with Yale University as part of its #CruiseMates campaign to put this theory to the test…
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Set sail on TUI Discovery 2

The newest addition to our fleet, TUI Discovery 2, made its debut last month, and is now off on its first sailing around the Med. Here's what you need to know about the ship and why you should book your trip today...
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Why 2017 Is The Best Year To Visit Cancun

Chichen Izta, spectacular coral reefs and the infamous Coco Bongos - Cancun has lots to shout about already. And there's even more reason to visit in 2017. Here's what you can get up to...
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How To Cruise The Caribbean Prince Harry-style

You’ve probably seen envy-inducing snaps of Prince Harry on his official visit to the Caribbean, which includes stops in Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia. If you want to follow in the royal footsteps and embark on your very own Caribbean tour, here’s how…
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Where Is New ITV Drama ‘The Durrells’ Filmed?

ITV's popular show The Durrells is back for a second series. And this series promises more chaos and drama for the famous family, plus, of course, more screen time of the stunning location. It’s filmed in our very own resort and A la Carte hotel, here’s how to see it for yourself…
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Inspiring Places For Women To Propose This Leap Year

Next week is leap year day, and ladies across the globe are officially expected to put a ring on it. If you love a twist on tradition, here are some alternative places to pop the question in our popular holiday destinations…
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Dubai’s 5 Most Common Myths – Busted

When you think 'tourist-friendly holiday', Dubai might not be the first destination that springs to mind. There are lots of myths surrounding this middle-eastern metropolis, but we're here to set the record straight…
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7 Of The Best Resorts For Après Ski

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Skiing holidays aren’t just about skiing (funnily enough) - the resorts also happen to be some of the best party spots in the world. If you've got all the gear and no idea, here’s our rundown of the best places to ski and party in equal measure...
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Why Leonardo DiCaprio Deserves An Oscar…

...for services to travel (at least). Did you know that he single-handedly boosted tourism in Thailand by 19%? Here's how Leo squeezed in being one of the world's most successful travel agents while churning out those Oscar-nominated performances...
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Where To Go On Your February Half Term Holiday

Need something to look forward to while the weather's looking grim? Now is the best time to book your half term holiday. Here’s where to go…
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6 Travel Bloggers You Need To Follow In 2016

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No need to dust off those travel guides. If you're after up-to-date travel inspiration, follow these bloggers on their adventures around the world for top tips, honest reviews and destination guides ...
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5 Holidays To Help You Keep Your New Year Resolutions

The 50 most popular resolutions of 2016 were recently revealed and they include all the classics – joining the gym, eating all the superfoods and saving money. But will we stick to them? If you’re already struggling on day 4, here are the holidays that will help… Eat well and exercise more When you’ve spent […]
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12 Things That Became Cool In 2015

Justin Bieber, Kimoji's and Pizza rat just about summed up pop culture this year. Before we ring in 2016, here's a round-up of the things that went swiftly from 0-100 in the popularity stakes...
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