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Wowcher Takes a Bite of the Big Apple

Image by Suzie Boswell

Image by Suzie Boswell

New York, New York… It barely needs an introduction, but now that Frank Sinatra is stuck in your head grinning and clicking in an inviting manner, he and those ‘little town blues’ can be hard to ignore. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best bites, sips and sights of The Big Apple ready for your next trip across the pond.

Food, Glorious Food
Some call it the city that never sleeps. But from personal experience, the city that eats and eats and eats is far more fitting. New York is a culinary playground for the hungry and is forever fusing cuisines, perhaps owing to its diverse demographics. Many gastro mishmashes have made their way to menus – bacon and maple syrup, fried chicken and waffles – you name the questionable combo, they’ve done it (and probably served it on a bed of pancakes with a blob of ice cream).

But New Yorkers aren’t limited to breakfast, lunch and dinner. No, the most important meal of the day is undeniably brunch. The best part about this jolly compromise between breakfast and lunch is that it’s completely acceptable to quaff cocktails like there’s no afternoon, evening or tomorrow, and many brunch joints (such as East Village café Sidewalk) will even serve unlimited refills. From Bellinis to Martinis, the cocktails scene starts flowing at 9am and ends at… well, never. So when you’re feasting on eggs benedict, remember it’d be rude not to invite Bloody Mary along. Read more

What Did A TEFL Course Ever Do For Us? Wowcher’s Guide To TEFL…

To teach or not to teach, that is a question? Here’s another question, what’s in it for you? We often hear stories about the alternative teaching experience, of teaching English, not from the perspective of a regular UK school syllabus, but as a foreign language. The important thing to think about is how a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification can benefit you? Perhaps you’ve seen one of the great TEFL course deal packages on Wowcher.co.uk or you’ve heard about it from a friend. Well here is Wowcher’s guide to the benefits of a TEFL qualification and how it can open doors for you across the world… Read more

Painting the Town Red: The Wowcher Guide to La Tomatina!

You know that festival thing in Spain somewhere with the tomatoes? Well, we think it’s a festival, and we think it’s in Spain. Right? Come on, you’ve seen the pictures a hundred times. Well it actually looks like a hoot, and yes it is a festival. In fact, it might be the the most frantic, ridiculous, delicious and nutritious festival you’ll ever go to… Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To: Spatial Awareness

Don’t let this happen to you – check out our guide to spatial awareness!

If you’ve ever struggled to navigate a simple door knob and have a tendency to fall, trip or bump into people, you may be suffering from poor spatial awareness. Angry commuters and involuntary bump n’ grind aside, your surroundings are also at risk of damage from a lack of spatial awareness. While you can’t control the great outdoors, it’s important to keep the space within your four walls safe and free from clutter to avoid further scrapes and collisions. So rather than worrying about elbowing that pregnant lady on the tube in the womb or causing a pile-up on the escalator, we suggest you take a glance at our guide to becoming more spatially aware.  Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To Beach Etiquette

Whether you’re snorkelling in Mauritius or enjoying a 99 Flake in Margate, the seaside can be great summer fun or a series of embarrassing mishaps. From vacations to stay-cations, we’ve rounded up the universal code of conduct when it comes to that all-important beach etiquette…

Personal Space
The music, the food, the impromptu Volleyball matches… there isn’t much of a finer time than a trip to the beach with friends. However, there’s nothing worse than when someone treats the coastline as if it’s their very own. We’re talking booming portable speakers, towels taking up too much space and sandcastles built in high traffic areas. Do you happen to be Sir Richard Branson on Neckar Island…? We thought as much, now turn it down – or just get a Mini MP3 Player instead!  Read more

Beyond the Final Whistle! Wowcher’s Guide to World Cup Nations: Croatia

The clear aquamarine waters, ancient fortifications and distinctive red-tiled roofs of the picturesque city of Dubrovnik

The clear aquamarine waters, ancient fortifications and distinctive red-tiled roofs of the picturesque city of Dubrovnik

OK, so the first thing that many of us will associate with Croatia is 1989 Eurovision Song Contest-winning pop act Riva. Whilst achieving a total of 137 points in a Eurovision final is nothing to be sniffed at, trust us when we say there is far more to Croatia than the great keyboard-led melody of Riva’s hit Rock Me.

Sitting between Slovenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina on the stunning Dalmatian coast, Croatia is a place of outstanding natural beauty with vast swathes of practically untouched landscape and the thriving cultural hubs of Zagreb and Dubrovnik. As well as being the birthplace of Real Madrid central midfielder Luka Modrić, Croatia has so much to offer as a place of history, culture and stunning scenery. Here is Wowcher’s guide to one of Southeast Europe’s most intriguing destinations… Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To: Festival Fashion

If the star-studded snaps of this year’s Coachella have left you questioning whether your go-to waterproof cagoule is as practi-cool as you think, fear not: there’s still time to salvage your festival wardrobe. Our home-grown festivals might not promise the scorching sun of the California desert, but our British spirit (not to mention our unparalleled – if at times eccentric – fashion sense) always manages to shine through instead. So whether you’re a Glastonbury goer or a V-Fest veteran, we’ve hand-picked a wish list covering all your backpack essentials to celebrate the start of the festival season!  Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To: Enjoying the World Cup (At Home)

Not one England supporter visible – they must be watching the final…

So you didn’t get tickets to Brazil this summer? That’s fine – neither did Zlatan Ibrahimović, Gareth Bale or Samir Nasri. There’s no point getting your knickers in a twist, Samir – just admit that you’re not quite meant for the bright lights of construction sites, and make sure you get the most out of the World Cup at home!

Rather than spending 90 minutes staring at the back of someone’s head or peering through the fabric of one of those massive flags, why not get yourself a HD TV and speaker system? Substitute vuvuzelas and tambourines with the dulcet tones of Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend in stunning HD quality.

We’re also going to need something safer and more stable than the stands of a half-built stadium. Forget clambering around the telescopic boom of a hydraulic crane to see fat Frank pile drive one into row Z, because we’ve got plenty of beanbags and sofa beds for you and the whole World Cup watching team.

With kick-off times as late as 11pm and the fact that Henderson and Jones have been included in the England squad, you might have a few heavy eyelids. That’s where the cinema sofa bed comes in handy! One crying England fan in a bed is more than enough, so make sure you’re evenly spread out around the house. You may even want to invest in an ’anti-snore’ device, as we all know lager has the potential to turn people into grunting farmyard animals.

The first step to enjoying a World Cup match is knowing who is playing, followed closely behind by knowing which team is which. For those in need, this should help!

The first step to enjoying a World Cup match is knowing who is playing, followed closely behind by knowing which team is which. For those in need, this handy kit guide should help!

Let’s imagine (bear with us…) that England qualify from Group D, or don’t all collapse from heat stroke in fixture number one – you’re going to want to celebrate! Why not have a mini carnival in your front room without the danger of fireworks and pickpockets? Alternatively, take the party outdoors, put up your parasols, and relax with the help of some Rattan garden furniture and turn your patio into a rodizio. After the recent removal of 2.6kg of food from the England hotel due to it being ‘unfit for consumption’, you would be forgiven for preferring a healthy George Foreman family grill in your kitchen to stadium hot dogs. Grill some Ricky Lamb-burgers and fill your Leighton Buns with Chiplallanas (other England-themed snacks are available). Certainly beats the out-of-date salmon offered in Rio!

And for the tidy-up, you can always rely on our 2-year supply of bin bags, a Dyson DC25 Special Edition upright vacuum cleaner and 7-in-1 steam-mop deals – if only there was a gigantic mop for the local councils in Brazil, the clean-up process might actually stand some chance of completion. Good luck peeling the sunburnt Brits off the promenade of Copacabana beach.

Finally, C’MON ENG-GER-LAND!

Wowcher’s Guide To: Father’s Day Presents

First thing’s first, if you haven’t already, make sure you pencil 15th June in your diary now. Father’s Day has been celebrated around the world since its origin in the USA in the early 20th Century. It’s meant as a simple celebration of the bond of male parenthood and it’s a brilliant chance to say thank you to our dads by spoiling them rotten.

As well as making the effort to spend time with your dad on June 15th, it’s high time to think about a great present too. This is where Wowcher comes in. We present to you, the ultimate guide to picking a great present for your old man (hint, don’t call him old) this year…

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Wowcher’s Guide to Edinburgh!

With its tall, grey stone buildings, hilltop castle and narrow cobbled streets, Edinburgh is truly a city with a sense of history. The striking old architecture, and the forward planning of the council to restrict the erection of bland modern buildings in the Old Town, means that Edinburgh can truly claim to be one of the most visually striking and beautiful cities in Europe.

The steep hills and dramatic gradient around the city mean that the roadmap of the town necessarily works on several criss-crossing levels, which can confuse the un-initiated traveller. For example, be prepared to enter a building at street level on George IV Bridge, walk down four flights of stairs and leave the building at street level again on Cowgate (this took me several attempts to get my head around). It’s quirks like this that lend the city part of its undeniable charm and make a stroll around the beautiful Old Town feel like walking in an MC Esher print. Read more