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The time we take finding the best travel sites is the time you save! Most of the following sites are also listed on our article pages because the perfectly complement our travel articles. The best are also listed in this 'QualityHub' as a directory of quality-assessed travel sites: to make your e-travel a more enjoyable experience!

The Continent Pages

The following world map shows the approximate continental - and corresponding page - divisions used by the QualityHub. These divisions are more practical than 100% geographically accurate - merely a way of breaking the world into six sub-regions - or 'Continent Pages' - plus wider-ranging sites listed on the separate
Cross-Continent page.

Sites that cover more than one country within a single continent are listed at the beginning of the appropriate Continent page, so click the continent name for these: they're a great place to start if you've never been to that continent before.

Just click for the appropriate continent to see the relevant country list:

What is the Quality Hub?

Synergism, synergy: combined effect that exceeds the sum of individual effects. Synergistic: working together.

As the above dictionary definition indicates, 'synergy' is about making more from less. And the Synergise QualityHub is about making more from the best. We put our name to it right from the start!

Our Travel.QualityHub aims to combine the features of associated travel sites such that the total result exceeds their individual contributions to the net: by working together in harmony. In essence that is also the original aim of the internet as well. The QualityHub is our way of embodying this by bringing together some of the very best destination information on the web in such a way you can be assured of only reaching quality sites that deserve the accolade of world class! Many of the sites on the QualityHub pages are ones that complement our travel articles and they are also mentioned on the relevant pages. Other world-class sites are added whenever they come to our notice. Remember, we are striving to bring together quality not quantity - but the end result should eventually become a definitive index of truly superb travel resources that will give both a physical picture and a true feel for great locations to visit across the world. Imagine the joy of exploring travel sites that are all guaranteed to be of high quality. Now do it: just follow the Index links above! Keep coming back to this page, for we hope to add new sites most weeks. Please be patient if the list grows slowly, for a human-being has to firstly assess all these sites for quality before they can be included - and most sites are rejected!

Synergise Travel Awards have been around since 1998 and are recognized within the travel industry as an independent validation of a web site's quality. We aim to extend these and offer you the very best in a concise and efficient way from our Travel.QualityHub. In terms of Synergise INSITE Travel Awards these will be limited to a selection of suitable sites from those that achieved Silver, Gold or Platinum status. But they must also be sites that contribute towards the overall synergy of the QualityHub.

Why a Hub?

Search engines can provide you with a list of hundreds of travel sites, but that does not mean to say they are good ones. With search engines, you get quantity rather than quality - and you waste considerable time and effort finding this out!

Our hub will only list sites that we have personally assessed for quality. Our assessment is completely independent, and an award cannot be bought. It is a 'hub' because you reach all associated sites from the centre rather than via a miscellaneous ring - eventually via this and associated pages - and our fully-partnered sites refer back to this quality-assured group via this single hub.


The Playgroup
Janey Fraser
With an opportunity to prove herself, Gemma can't wait to take over Puddleducks Playgroup. But the new head of the infant school, Joe Balls, soon tempers her enjoyment. Meanwhile, Nancy is in turmoil. Her only son has just started at the playgroup and her husband has taken a temporary posting to Vietnam. There never was much hope of conceiving her much-wanted second child so what is she to do now? A tumultuous term lies ahead for all.
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Dead Men
Richard Pierce
Birdie Bowers, an infamously secretive painter, is a woman given a dead manís name by her obsessed parents. Her namesake was one of Scottís companions on his fated expedition to the Antarctic. Almost a hundred years after his death, she is determined to discover what really happened to him accompanied by Adam, a bored computer geek, who falls in love with her. But Scottís tent is now under 30 metres of ice.
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On Beauty
Zadie Smith
"On Beauty" concerns a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kipps - and a clutch of doomed affairs. It puts low morals among high ideals and asks some searching questions about what life does to love. For the Belseys and the Kipps, the confusions - both personal and political - of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family.
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The kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
In his debut novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini accomplishes what very few contemporary novelists are able to do: provide an educational and eye-opening account of a country's political turmoil - Afghanistan - while also developing characters whose heartbreaking struggles and emotional triumphs resonate with the reader.
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