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Internet Sites for Wannabe Celebrities


Whether you’re after an adventure fit for a prince, a chill-out on the continent or a stylish stay in the sun, there are endless great getaways available for July and August.  So here’s my guide to the top travel sites, the stars they suit and the kind of deals on offer.

High Profile Couple – Posh and Becks  
Stressed by the hassles of moving to Madrid, Posh and Becks need a complete change of pace from their hectic lifestyle. A family beach holiday from Bargainholidays.com (www.bargainholidays.com) fits the bill, and with
last-minute deals including 14-nights in Santorini, Greece, for £339 per person departing Newcastle, or seven-nights in Malta from £259 per person leaving Birmingham, David won’t even be making a dent in his sizeable pay-packet.  Adios amigos!

Active Adventurer – Prince William
Now he’s 21, Prince William will want to celebrate the end of a tough university year with a boys-own adventure break. Newly launched Youthtravel.com (www.youthtravel.com) offers a comprehensive range of student travel options including round-the-world trips and plenty of activity holidays.  For starters, William could revisit Africa, with Youthtravel.com offering a 19-day tour from Victoria Falls to Cape Town from £450 (flights not included). Alternatively, the future king can try ifyoudive.com (www.ifyoudive.com) which features underwater fun for all, including a seven-night diving holiday in Egypt, from as little as £369 per person including return flights from Gatwick. Finally, he could attempt hiking in Turkey for nine days from £443 per person with ifyouexplore.com (www.ifyouexplore.com) (flights not included).


Time-Poor City Slicker – Tony Blair
Facing a triple-whammy of a dip in the opinion polls, quarrelling ministers and backbench revolts, Tony Blair must grab a quick break when he can.  For time-poor, stressed-out Euro fans, Onlinetravel.com’s wide range of DIY city breaks – where you package your own holiday from a massive range of flights and hotels – provides the perfect option to escaping the capital, even for a long weekend.  Tony can also take a tip on relaxation from his old buddy Bill Clinton, with a golf weekend from ifyougolf.com (www.ifyougolf.com) which is offering three nights in a four-star hotel on the Costa Brava from £329 per person, with return flights from Gatwick, throughout July.

Worried Waverer – Monica from Friends
Monica needs a perfect holiday to set her mind at ease, with all eventualities considered and checked-off before she travels. When booking through A2btravel.com (www.A2btravel.com) Monica can research every last detail, with the site offering a comprehensive range of travel and destination information on everything from airports to local customs.  To speak the lingo, try Travelang.com (www.travelang.com) for basic words and phrases in everything from Bulgarian to Spanish, while if Monica is daunted by the prospect of having to manage her finances abroad, XE.com (www.XE.com) provides an accurate converter for every currency from the Turkish Lira to the Thai Baht.

In Need Of A Break – The Cast of Eastenders
For a continental makeover, Waltham’s put-upon Eastenders could take time out and visit France for some light relief.  A ferry trip across the Channel to La Belle France, with Ferrybooker.com, (www.ferrybooker.com) for a car and five passengers from Newhaven to Dieppe costs from just £20.

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