Tag - Holiday

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Purple Tips: 7 foods to try on holiday in Spain
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Top tips for staying comfortable on your flight
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2011 Summer Fashion Trends: What to Wear on Holiday
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Must-Have Travel Apps for iPhone

Purple Tips: 7 foods to try on holiday in Spain

Here is one for the foodies amongst you today.  Navigating a menu on holiday can be a nightmare sometimes, even when they are translated you don’t really know what something actually is. Purple Travel gives you the lowdown on the top 7 delicious Spanish foods to try on holiday so you don’t miss out! Have you tried any of the dishes mentioned below? Let us know your top tips for eating out in Spain.

Tapas

The number one must-try food is tapas, less a food actually and more of an experience – you can’t go to Spain and not try tapas. The great thing is that you can eat it anytime and anywhere and because there is a little bit of everything on the plate there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Another awesome thing about Tapas is that in most bars in Madrid and Barcelona, you will get tapas for free – whether it be mini sandwiches, almonds, squid (really you can get anything). In other places such as the Basque Country and Andalusia you will have to pay but I’m sure it will be worth every penny.

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Image via @Jessica Spengler

Paella

Paella is a rice-based dish consisting of a great mixture of rice, vegetables, meats, seafood and spices. There will be many varieties on offer but the three main types you will find are: Paella Valenciana (rice, vegetables, chicken, duck, rabbit, snails, beans and spices) Paella Mixta (usually made from rice, chicken, seafood, vegetables, and spices) and Seafood Paella (rice, seafood and spices). Doesn’t that sound appetizing, and why not wash it off with a nice sangria.

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Image via @Mike McCune

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Top tips for staying comfortable on your flight

It doesn’t matter whether you’re on a short flight of just an hour or two, or a longer haul to some far flung destination, we know you want a way to stay comfy, cool and unfrazzled (yes, we may have just invented that word!) So, we’ve put together some top tips on what to wear and how to stay relaxed at 30,000 feet.

We do NOT recommend dressing like this on your flight!

Anyone who has flown before usually has some tricks for staying comfortable and distracted, so we decided to put them all together in one handy place, so you can print them out and have the best flight ever! Combine this with the tips in our post on how to keep the little ones entertained, and  you’ll be able to stay cool and collected from departure gate to the arrivals hall. As always, if you have any more, we’d love to hear them.

So, here goes, as always, we’d love to hear if you have anymore, just add your comment below. 

  1. Get comfy, think about wearing trousers with a dress over it. You can always whip off the trousers when you get to your sunshine destination. Linen pants are always a great comfy choice. Try and stash a cardigan in your bag, as it can get chilly in the air. For guys, a sweater you can tie around your waist is the best option.
  2. Drink plenty of water; it’s the only way to keep hydrated in the pressurised atmosphere of a plane. Steer clear of coffee or tea and stick to water to stay feeling tip-top!
  3. Reading material: always bring a couple of magazines or books with you and try to bring more than you think you’ll need. Inevitably there’s a little extra waiting around and there’s nothing worse than staring at the other passengers for excitement (unless that’s what you’re into!)
  4. Bring something to entertain yourself. A great choice is a tablet computer, like an ipad, on which you can watch movies, listen to music, or play games (all with the aid of headphones, so you don’t upset your neighbours!)
  5. Take a little stroll around the cabin; this is quite important especially on longer flights. There are some exercises you can do from your seat, but it’s hard to beat a walk around the cabin and a couple of stretches to make you feel a little better.
  6. Bring a toothbrush! It’s always nice to give yourself a quick refresh and cleanup before landing; it’ll help you feel better and is quite nice for anyone you’re meeting at the other side too.
  7. Don’t check the time! You can’t do anything to get to your destination faster and it will only make you feel a bit frustrated.
PS. We think it’s probably best to steer clear of outfits like the one pictured and don’t do like Joey in Friends when he wore every single item of Chandler’s clothes at once (remember that?)
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2011 Summer Fashion Trends: What to Wear on Holiday

Once you’ve made your decision on where you’re going, which hotel you’re staying at, and who you’re travelling with… the next most important thing to do is pack. What to take with you for a sunshine holiday is not always the same as what you would be wearing in the UK every day – not that you could fit your entire summer wardrobe into your 15kg case anyway.  Regardless, though, there are some fashion trends to follow this year. Luckily, they’re all light, breezy, and beautiful! Check out these top 2011 summer holiday fashion must-haves to make your packing light – and be on the forefront of style!

1.  The Maxi Dress – Redone

Last summer’s hottest trend is set to continue this year – and I must say, we are very grateful! The Maxi Dress is the ultimate holiday wardrobe essential that will take you from your afternoon tea to a romantic evening meal with just a simple change of your shoes. This year, though, the Maxi trend has shifted to bright, neon, or neutral colours in sheer fabrics. Leave last year’s flower prints at home and opt for a solid, bright colour in a light, sheer fabric instead. The texture and flow of these dresses is ideal for hot weather and their versatility between day and night means more precious luggage space for your shoes! Pair with flat sandals during the day and switch to your favourite wedges in the evening for a dressier look.

2.   1970s Pleated Skirts

The Pleat is back! Yes, you heard me. At least for skirts, that is. Pleated skirts are all the rage this summer. Try going for those bright neon shades again but the choice of length is all yours. Pleated skirts can be mini, knee, or maxi length and must accentuate your waist. This summer trend is also all about what shoes you pair with it. Gladiator booties, sandals, and pumps will all do! Looks like your luggage is going to consist primarily of shoes….

3.  The Floppy Brimmed Hat

Hooray! Another style trend favoring the beach dwellers and holidaymakers this year is the wonderful floppy brimmed hat. A must-have for this season’s 70s trends, this hat will keep you cool from the sun and stylish on the beach – or in town! Not solely for the swimsuit, these romantic accessories are screaming to be paired with your maxi dress, shorts, and flares (yes – flares!). Note: The flare trend is in high swing this summer season but did not make our cut because – really – who wants to wear long pants on holiday?! But if you are indeed the pant-loving type – then give them a go!

4.  The Platform Wedge

No 70s style trends are complete without these beloved shoes. Build for flattering versatility and surprising comfort, fashion definitely loves us this season! Pair these beauties with any of this year’s summer holiday pieces to finish your look for an evening meal or for a night out.

We’re really excited to see this summer’s trends in all your holiday photos… but not more excited than the prospect of wearing them ourselves! If you have any of your own suggestions for this summer’s holiday trends, let us know!

Must-Have Travel Apps for iPhone

You’ve finally bit the bullet and invested in an iPhone (possibly even your second or third) – so what next? So many things you can do with it, where do you even start?Image from AppAdvice.com Well, if you’re going on holiday in the near future – then you’ve just officially made yourself a valuable travel companion! To get through all the noise, here are the top apps you need to get before you leave on holiday.

1. Photo Editing & Sharing

Your iPhone has an incredible capability to take photos. Whenever on holiday, taking photos of your experiences is as essential as packing (if not more so)!  Aside from the built-in features, investing in some extra apps to help you edit and share your photos will ensure they end up perfect. For editing try CameraBag to brighten, sharpen, crop, and add filters to your photos almost instantly. Use Pano to capture those incredible views in Panoramic images.  PixelPipe is an amazing app for sharing your photos with your friends – it is linked to over 50 supported sites (including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and WordPress) and even lets you add geotags to your photos so you can keep track of exactly where each photo was taken.

2. Language Translation

Jibbigo is an application that promises to take all the hand-gestures and guesswork out of trying to communicate in another language. All you do is say what you want to say and it says is back to you in the language of your choice! No typing required. Right now it’s available for English to Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic… hopefully with many more on the way. If you are looking for a greater set of language translation options, try iSpeak. Although you need to type what you want to say, an audio playback feature will help you get the words just right and is available in most European languages with more to come.

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3. Restaurant Locations & Reviews

The next time you’re drifting about a busy resort wondering what “looks like” a good place to eat, all you need to do is pick up your phone. Zagat to Go gives you access to thousands of restaurant ratings and reviews, including descriptions and price guides. Chances are you’ll only be in the area for a week or two at the most, so it’s best to get it right as soon as possible and save your taste buds – and your wallet.

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4. Trip Planning

From airport departure times and delays, estimated landing times and alternate flights, to parking availability, baggage claims, airline contacts and weather – TripCase has your entire travel itinerary needs in one neat little package. To sort out all the fun things you want to do while on holiday (alphabetically, by importance, cost, location & more) and store contact numbers and locations with ease, try GlobeTrot on for size.

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It goes without saying that there are so many options out there that it may be possible we missed a couple travel apps worth sharing. If you have any suggestions, we would definitely like to know!

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