Travel

The rise of the 'friendmoon' – why are newlyweds ditching the traditional romantic break?

An email pinged into my inbox earlier this year. It read as follows:

“Dearest chosen ones, we were thinking it would be lovely to keep our wedding party going a few days longer in a pretty place with our closest friends. In short, we were wondering whether you’d like to come on a friendmoon after our August wedding?”

Now I’m au fait with staycations (a holiday spent in one’s home country) and on board with bleisure (when business and leisure trips merge) but I’d never heard of a friendmoon. I’ll confess: reader, I was floored.

For the fellow uninitiated, a friendmoon is just what the name implies: newly-weds bring their closest friends along after they have tied the knot, on what was traditionally the preserve of the couple. 

Blame Jennifer Aniston, if you will. The forever fashionable actress and her (now ex) husband Justin Theroux took a friendmoon with their glamorous Hollywood circle (Courteney Cox, Chelsea Handler, Jimmy Kimmel and Jason Bateman) in Bora Bora a few years back and, just as the Friends star launched a thousand haircuts with the “Rachel” do, friendmoons are now firmly a thing.

Read the full article at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comment/the-rise-of-the-friendmoon/

The Egerton House Hotel

“Two regal red brick Victorian townhouses combine to form the Egerton House Hotel, a boutique property whose warm and welcoming staff feel like family to the legions of returning guests. The inviting lounge bar is a popular spot for board games, afternoon tea and legendary martini cocktails.”

Read the full review at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/london/central/knightsbridge/hotels/the-egerton-house-hotel/

The US has banned cruises to Cuba - how is your holiday affected?

Cruise ships from the US have been banned from docking in Cuba.

Donald Trump’s administration announced the restriction on Tuesday in a bid to punish the country's communist regime, which it views as playing a “destabilising role in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region and propping up US adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua by fomenting instability, undermining the rule of law, and suppressing democratic processes”.

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/will-the-new-cuba-regulations-affect-your-cruise-/

Guitars, bars and country music stars – an expert guide to Nashville

Why go?

Stunning architecture, a fantastic food scene, A-list celebrities and live music every night of the week, all served with a heavy dose of Southern hospitality – yes reasons to visit Nashville soon add up. Are you ready for the country?  

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/port-guides/nashville-cruise-port-guide/