• July 30, 2017 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    Long haul holidays offer something special to us Brits as we discover the beauty of a destination that is completely different to ours. We may be travelling to a tropical paradise for a wedding or honeymoon, or maybe for a romantic break to one of the world’s most luxurious resorts.

    But, when we have to choose the actual destination things start to get a little complicated. Consider arriving in the hurricane season for a honeymoon or making your wedding vows in the extreme humidity and heat of the Far East. Planning ahead is essential to successfully chose the right long haul destination and the weather and activities available need to be carefully researched.

    Some will have a fixed date of travel whilst others will have the flexibility to select a destination first and then decide on the best time of year to travel. Feeling a little overwhelmed already, then take a look at the handy charts below. Each month has recommended long haul holiday destinations taking into consideration low or moderate humidity, low chances of rainfall and temperature that will on average not exceed 30C.

    Once you have narrowed your possibilities you can also review some of the most popular activities in available to ensure the holiday you select matches your personality.

    The Caribbean islands include Antigua, Barbados, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, British Virgin Islands, Cuba and St Lucia.

    The African continent includes holidays in Kenya, Botswana and South Africa.

    The Far East presents Vietnam and Thailand, which individually contain the popular resorts of Phi Phi, Phuket and Koh Samui.

    Popular honeymoon destinations include St Lucia, the Seychelles, Maldives, Hawaiian Islands and Mauritius.

    Other top long haul holiday destinations include Hawaii, Dubai, Oman, Mexico, Bali and Egypt Sharm El Sheikh

  • July 29, 2017 /  Tour & Travelling
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    A few years ago I took the Trafalgar Tour Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. I chose this tour because it offered a slower pace than most tours. The tour consisted of 3 nights in each city. I really enjoyed this aspect so that I did not have to pack and unpack every day. The tour group really had plenty of leisure time to explore the cities. We began the tour in Prague. I had seen Prague in a lot of movies but it really was breath taking in person! The architecture was so beautiful. I also happen to be a big fan of Eastern Europe food so that was a plus! In Prague, the sightseeing included the St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castles, and the Charles Bridge. After that there was plenty of time to shop!

    After Prague, we headed to Vienna for the next 3 nights. I absolutely loved Vienna! Famous included sights were the Hofburg Palace, Parliament Buildings and the Opera House. An optional tour that I had to sign up for is the Lipizzan horses. These majestic beautiful white horses look like they are dancing to classical music. We were able to see them while training. Another optional tour I took was the Viennese classical music. would recommend everyone to sign up for that one. Again the food was delicious!

    Last but not least, we went to Budapest. This is a city where definitely want to come back and spend more time exploring. We took a lovely dinner cruise on the Danube at night. The buildings are gorgeous at night illuminated. All of the hotels in each city were great location and interior as well. I had a fantastic tour director who was charming, knowledgeable, and funny! He kept us entertained with hilarious stories during our driving from city to city. The tour group was great as well. I met people from all over the world and we all got along fabulously! The fare well dinner is always sad, saying goodbye to new friends. I would recommend this tour for people who want a slower pace and have time to enjoy each city.

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  • July 29, 2017 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    Travelling is one of the classiest and loved hobbies in the world. Holidaying in Cruise is the most ultimate wish for anyone. Vacationing in San Diego can be the most beautiful holiday experienced by you in your life time as it has the most stunning beauty innate. Holidaying in California is very beautiful occurrence because of it its weather or the pictorial views, the natives or the rich and magnificence legacy and cultural inheritance. California has the ultimate blend of fun and excitement. Holidaying in the San Diego is itself a beautiful feeling. The peaceful and tranquil surroundings will add life to the trip making it more worthy.

    Touring California is a mind blowing idea for choosing a long and peaceful holiday destination. Full of scenic beauty and unlike the shine and noise of countries like Asia it has the entire ingredient which can make ones holiday destination full of rest and calmness. California has one of the best hospitality when it comes to travelers and rocking and mountain climbing is the most loved adventure sports out here. The hotels in California offers the best facilities and services, especially their swimming pools are the best in the entire world. The Swimming Pool Builders in San Diego is famous for their unmatched service.

    The concept of holidaying in places like California has urban cultural attachments to it. It is the most tranquil spot to spend a silent and peaceful holiday. If you are planning to take a tour to California make sure you have your booking for its hotels are already in place, and the hotels offering swimming pools. The swimming pools of these hotels are made by the San Diego Pool Company.

    The hotels in San Diego have all the elements one could think of or wish for in a swimming pool. All the advance facilities, accommodation and hotels, city exploration, everything is done in a very organized way. Tourists these days are little more concerned about their accommodation rather than traveling around the city. Hence the hotels should have all the amenities intact, a swimming pool is a great place to relax and soothe our minds and California has the best swimming pools in the world as they are constructed by the Pool Builder Carlsbad. The Carlsbad builders also Supplies Pool items, they promise to provide the best service in the world, with world class relaxation experience.

  • July 29, 2017 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    The current holiday trend among families is to go together on a family sailing vacation. The excitement of being secluded with the entire family on a single yacht in the middle of the ocean is incomparable with anything else. And being surrounded by picturesque locales is another added asset. More and more families today are going a-sailing together to celebrate occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and family get-togethers.

    Hotspots for family sailing vacations include the Hawaiian Islands, the Caribbean Islands, the coast of Florida, Brazil and Argentina and European countries such as Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Families usually prefer lonely cays and beaches for their sailing vacations and avoid crowded waters.

    Many tourist agencies provide packages for family sailing vacations. The first step is in finding a properly sized yacht or catamaran to accommodate the entire family. A big enough yacht will also have rooms or cabins for the people on board. Food and drink is provided on board. There may also be provisions for live music and orchestras if the families so prefer. Some sailing vacations also hire emcees who coax the people to dance aboard in the style of cruises.

    Families prefer to perform group activities when they are sailing together. Lonely islands are preferred for taking a break from sailing. They may indulge in beach-combing or even snorkeling and scuba diving if they are more adventurous. Family meals become a highly celebrated affair with local cuisine and folk dances thrown in.

    Agencies that target family clientele try to provide activities for all the members. Children are provided inflatable water toys with which they can amuse themselves. Adults can enjoy different adventure sports while those not inclined to sports may simply enjoy the whole experience. Care is taken by the crew to keep everyone occupied.

    Usually a family sailing vacation will have a crew on board, apart from the family itself. There might also be chefs and waiters along with artistes for entertainment. It all depends on how much the family is willing to have a vacation together. A family vacation may last from 3 to 7 days and the cost would depend on the number of people, number of days and the location.

    Family sailing vacations are fast becoming hot trends. All companies are cashing in on this craze, which doesnt seem to be fading away in a hurry.

  • July 29, 2017 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    Outdoor vacations present an exciting yet affordable means for the whole family to get together and enjoy. Everybody involved gets a chance to be involved in games and activities thus relaxing their mind and bodies.

    Campgrounds being earmarked at national parks, state forests and park systems produce an excellent and less costly option to vacationing in hotels and motels. At the expense of about $14-$30, family members can spend a night at these campgrounds. These parks and forests have rangers who usually provide security and assist with the vacationers.

    The campsite consists of a fireplace pit, picnic table, and charcoal grill. The places where you could set up your tent are already earmarked also. Bathrooms and showers are available in the buildings inside the park. Campgrounds also have restaurants, swimming beaches and several have separate playgrounds with swings, tennis and basketball courts for little ones. Some offer satellite tv and access to the internet to vacationers. Facilities like fishing and hiking are also offered at certain areas.

    One of the best benefits for people who camp would be that it provides them with time together inside of a quiet and serene atmosphere. Most of these parks are usually in remote forest areas clear of busy cities they usually produce a perfect spot to see nature at its best, watch sunrise and sunsets and clear skies with stars at nighttime. A large number of campgrounds are pet friendly.

    Families or groups coming with camping gear can anticipate a very cheap vacation because they will pay for camping fees, food, charcoal or ice. Those coming without camping gear will probably need to pay around $500 to get geared up.

    Campers enjoy and engage in various outdoor activities such as trekking, biking, hiking, swimming, white water rafting and simply simple walking to name just a few. These activities fill everyone with new strength and momentum and lead them to healthy living, a massive change from the stressful lifestyle back home in the cities. Camping in reality comes with a learning experience to almost all those involved as they simply experience many intricacies of camping. They could learn to start charcoal or simply just do cooking over a gas stove for the first time. Experiencing a storytelling session and gossip round the glowing embers at night is a wonderful unforgettable experience for anyone involved.

    As camping getaways become more common, wide possibilities in camping styles and cost packages have recently become available. It supplies a memorable, economical and quality time together for those that is brimming with adventure and learning experiences. Camping is the perfect way to rejuvenate the entire body, mind and soul. In national Parks and forests, through getting nearer to nature and slowing their pace, campers relish these experiences and produce fond memories that should keep working for a lifetime.

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  • July 23, 2017 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    One of the biggest ‘holidays of a lifetime’ for many people has got to be trekking in the Amazon rainforest. Just the thought of it is enough to send a world of exotic images spiralling into your mind: the verdant green of the trees, the shrieks and calls of the monkeys and birds, the croak of frogs, the trickle of sweat as it glides down your back, the squelch of the soft ground beneath your boots…

    The Amazon rainforest traverses a whopping nine countries, over an area one and a half times the size of the European Union, meaning the opportunity to trek terrain that varies enormously. Visitors to the area should prepare to navigate microclimates where it can vary from the very hot to pouring rain, with changing animal species that diversify with their environment – and what animals they are! Jaguars, monkeys, anacondas, frogs, parrots, dolphins, crocodiles and tarantulas are just a few among the thousands of different types of animal life that can be found within the depths of the Amazon’s tropical rainforest. This, combined with the amount of species of plants and trees, makes the area one of the most magnificent in the world. Trekking in the Amazon rainforest is something that challenges tourists, and becomes an experience they will never forget.

    Unfortunately, the Amazon rainforest is under growing threat of deforestation caused by logging, cattle ranching, mining and more. Global climate change is also a significant threat to the rainforest. Many people are aware of the types of threats that put the future of the Amazon rainforest in jeopardy, but are we doing enough to help protect this precious land?

    If we want this region to keep its stunning, world-renowned biodiversity intact for the future, then we’re going to have to work harder than ever to stop deforestation, lower carbon emissions and reduce the terrible effects of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment. It may be possible for us all to enjoy the wonders of the Amazon rainforest in our lifetimes, but what about the next generation, or the next? If you want to help ensure that this precious – and crucial – rainforest is looked after and protected, it’s time to look into what you can do to help the cause. After all, there’s only one Amazon rainforest – and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

  • July 23, 2017 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    When you wish to pick up your household and go out for the wild blue yonder, do you search for deals on Hawaii vacations or would you prefer to take everyone out camping in the Rockies? Your time off is important and of course you might like to spend it on the best Hawaii vacations or on the Appalachian Trail, but bear in mind that you must also consider what everyone else wants to do. Leaving the house is sometimes a relief for you, but remeber that it will be a hard sell for your other family members!

    Before you go trying to look for deals on Hawaii vacations and prior to starting learning about the best Hawaii vacations, take a moment to talk to your loved ones. Let them know that you have a vacation in mind and that you would like them to clear their schedules. This is especially necessary for teens, who have plans that their parents most likely are not aware of. This can make a huge difference to the kind of mood they are in when they come along.

    Ask your family where it wants to go. For example, an exceptionally bookish member of the family would prefer to go to a museum, while someone who is very invested in ecological concerns can be quite serious about heading out to the mountains or the local national parks. Try to look for a compromise that could suit everyone while not forgetting about the budget. The more people are aware that their needs are being attended to and accounted for, the more likely it will be that you could get some good feeling going.

    Be sure to put the travel time into your vacation plans. While it is a lot of fun to look at all the vacation time that you have, it is important to remember that you will be traveling and that in many cases, especially if you are driving a car or a recreational vehicle, you will need to rest up from your travel!

    If you are going to be traveling with your family, also remember that you should consider things to do in the car. In this time period of smart phones and laptops, you are likely to find that everyone can easily entertain themselves, but the reality is that it is definitely best to have something pleasurable that you can do together as a family.

    Whether you are ready to start searching for deals on Hawaii vacations or you already know of the best Hawaii vacations out there, be ready to do some negotiation with your family regarding this year’s trip. Choose a vacation that is going to bring your family even closer together than it is right now.

  • July 21, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Glasgow is now one of the leading cities in United Kingdom to do business, shop and dine that’s why millions of people visit this city every year. Dhr.com offers a wide range of hotels in Glasgow ranging from economy to luxury hotels. Get up to 70% discount on selected hotels at Dhr.com so make sure to check out the big sale to avail of great discounts. For those who are planning to visit Glasgow for the first time, it is best to find a hotel that has the perfect location and accommodation to have a hassle-free stay. Dhr.com highly recommends Thistle Hotel Glasgow which is located right in the heart of Glasgow and near the main business and shopping districts. This 4-star hotel has been in operation for almost 28 years now and has proven to be one of the leading hotels in the city center. Tourists would find convenience in their sightseeing as Thistle Hotel Glasgow is surrounded by some of the main attractions in Scotland including the Kelvin Grove Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Concert Hall, The Pavilion Theatre, Princes Square and Hampden Park. Businessmen can easily attend conventions at the nearby SECC Glasgow and City Chambers while shopaholics can shop all they want at the streets of Argyle, Buchanan and Sauchiehall. For those who want to explore more of Glasgow, there are several railway stations near the hotel such as the Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Queen Street railway station. There are 300 glamorous rooms and suites available at Thistle Hotel Glasgow which are newly-refurbished and features hues of brown, burgundy, fuchsia and red, modern furnishings and the latest amenities including flat screen TV with free view, direct dial phone, work desk, air-conditioning, mini bar, coffee/tea maker, in-room safe, hairdryer, ironing set and trouser press. There are also 17 fully-equipped meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom which can accommodate up to 1,500 guests perfect for bigger events such as wedding and corporate parties. Guests of Thistle Hotel Glasgow have the privilege to use the amenities of the prestigious Otium Health & Leisure Club which consists of state-of-the-art gym equipments, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and sun bed. After a long day of sightseeing and working, guests of Thistle Hotel Glasgow can choose to indulge in authentic British and European cuisine at Annlann Restaurant, have a drink and light snack at Cabin Bar or dine comfortably right in their own room anytime they want.

  • July 21, 2017 /  Beach & Island
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    Travellers planning their holidays in the British Virgin Islands this May are in for treat as the island is preparing for its annual three day beach front music festival- BVI Music Fest. The event is set to take place at the stunning Cane Garden Bay Beach at Tortola between 25th and 27th May 2012. Organisers are expecting the event to be well attended as the dates coincide with the US Memorial Day weekend- historically a time where holidaymakers from the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other surrounding locations converge in the British Virgin Islands.

    The diverse crowd expected to be in attendance coupled with the fun-filled Caribbean atmosphere and the amazing talent that will be on display are all the ingredients needed for a memorable holiday to the British Virgin Islands.

    The Cane Garden Bay Beach has long proved to be a popular spot for travellers booking their holidays in the British Virgin Islands. Cane Garden Bay is known not only as the go to place for holidaymakers interested in various water sports but also for the lively entertainment provided by the local bars and restaurants making it the ideal spot to host the 2012 BVI Music Fest.

    Music Fest Committee Event Coordinator, Rhodni Skelton has expressed his confidence in the success of Music Fest 12 as it makes a return to a beach front location, We have been eager to host Music Fest again on the beach. From its inception, people have come to know and recognise this festival as one of the top beach jams in the Caribbean. After a three-year hiatus from having the stage set within footsteps of the sea, we look forward to seeing the partygoers, music lovers, locals and tourists dancing and enjoying themselves on the waters edge.

    Previous editions of the BVI Music Fest have proved to be a resounding success with appearances from an eclectic group of local, regional and international stars including Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, Wyclef Jean, Luciano, Lucky Dube, The Temptations, Roberta Flack, Percy Sledge, Allison Hinds, Shurwayne Winchester, The Stylistics, Maxi Priest and Daddy Yankee. This year the performances promise to be equally varied with talent representing the full spectrum of musical genres on display including, British Rock n Roll, Party Soca, Dancehall, R&B, Fusion Jazz and Roots Rock Reggae.

    A detailed list of the headline acts and performers are due to be released on the 23rd April 2012. By all accounts, BVI Music Fest 2012 is shaping up to be the perfect answer for travellers looking to escape to an exciting, fun filled holiday in the Caribbean.

  • July 19, 2017 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    Club Intrawest in Ixtapa is a resort club with many all inclusive vacation packages available. This magnificent ocean front villa resort is a year-round Apple vacations destination that offers an authentic village setting. Take a sunset walk along the beach and the mariachi and troubadours will serenade you. Even if you are a frequent visitor to Mexico, you probably have never experienced Ixtapa. Club Intrawest-Zihuatanejo has panoramic views of the Mexican Riviera and is just two hours from Acapulco. Club Intrawest-Zihuatanejo is an exclusive resort with the old world charm of an authentic fishing village. This western Mexico resort is surrounded by dense vegetation including the bougainvillea and papaya plants.

    About Club Intrawest-Zihuatanejo

    Take your next Apple vacations to Club Intrawest-Zihuatanejo and you will be able not only have dinner under the starts, but even sleep under the stars with the open-air design this resort features. If youd prefer, you can close your shutters and turn on the air conditioning for more privacy.

    The handcrafted tiles and palapa roofs give you a glimpse into the rich culture of the area. All of Club Intrawest-Zihuatanejo furnishings where handcrafted by local artists. This tremendous resort caters to both couples and families. One important thing to note is that this resort has no elevators. This property even made Expedia’s Insiders’ Select list which is a list of top hotels, factoring in both Expedia expert input and traveler opinions. This is certainly a great spot for a relaxed Ixtapa vacation.

    There are only 20 guest rooms and 89 suites offered at the Club Intrawest-Zihuatanejo resort. All rooms have a balcony and are furnished with air conditioners, ceiling fans, cookware and dishware, microwaves, kitchenettes, and fridges. All rooms also offer a blender so you can make a tropical drink right in your room! Some rooms also have private dip pools.

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    Kids 17 and under are free when staying with their parents. While on your Apple vacations, you can golf at the Campo de Golf Palma course. There are plenty of other activities to do on-site, such as surfing, boogie boarding, and windsurfing. Nearby this resort, other activities are offered, such as a boat launch and dock, fishing, horseback riding, parasailing, and windsurfing.

    There are two restaurants for your dining pleasure. When you are ready for a swim, choose between the two outdoor pools or the kids pool. If you are ready to cool off with a drink, then choose between floating up to the swim-up bar or drying off and visiting the poolside bar. Try this Mexico vacation if you are looking for something new and exciting.