Protect Yourself from DVT on Long Haul Flights

Posted on: December 5th, 2011 Posted by

If you have booked a long haul flight for your next vacation, you may have some concerns about Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT. Often referred to as Economy Class Syndrome, untreated DVT can lead to life-threatening complications, so being aware of what it is and how to prevent it is vital. Read the rest of this entry »

Thanksgiving in The United States

Posted on: November 22nd, 2011 Posted by

As one of the major national holidays in the United States, Thanksgiving forms an important part of American culture. For many people, this celebration marks the beginning of the festive season and the lead up to Christmas. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and has a history dating back hundreds of years. Read the rest of this entry »

Do You Know How Much To Tip?

Posted on: October 11th, 2011 Posted by

Giving a tip, or gratuity, to someone who has provided you with a service is a custom which is widely believed to have originated in the United Kingdom. The story goes that back in the 18th Century, the thieves had developed their own language in which to tip meant to give. Landlords of pubs and drinking houses adopted this term, and so tipping began. It is often said that the word tips stands for “to insure prompt service” although there is little evidence that this is correct. Read the rest of this entry »

Unless you are already a confirmed “twitcher”, you may consider birdwatching to be a bit of a fuddy-duddy activity that you need to wear an anorak to participate in. However, in a world where Blackberries, I-pods and the internet rule, the necessary quietness and closeness to nature that this hobby make birdwatching a true pleasure. Holidays are an ideal time to switch off and discover the wonders of nature which you don’t usually have time to appreciate. Read the rest of this entry »

What You Can Do To Make Your Holidays Greener

Posted on: August 22nd, 2011 Posted by

At home, you may recycle religiously, use your car as little as possible to avoid polluting the atmosphere and choose eco-friendly products, but this all may seem a bit too much when you are on holiday. However if your green conscience is feeling twinges of guilt, it is possible to make “greener” choices during travel and reduce the impact of your leisure time on our planet. Our great tips are easy to follow, so read on and learn how little changes can help. Read the rest of this entry »

The Advantages of Booking Early

Posted on: August 1st, 2011 Posted by

We’ve all heard about people who leave booking their holiday to the very last minute – weeks, days or even hours before the flight departs, and perhaps you even do this yourself. Until quite recently, last minute deals were the best way to get an affordable holiday, as hotels and apartments which still had rooms available offered accommodation at rock-bottom prices in order to fill up rooms. Over the past couple of years, the trend for last minute holiday bookings has seen a fall, as more people choose to book well in advance of their vacation. Read the rest of this entry »

Staying In The UK?

Posted on: July 18th, 2011 Posted by

According to a recent study by Experian, around 28% of British people will replace their usual annual vacation with a break in the United Kingdom. Choosing to forego sun, sand and sea abroad is becoming a popular way for families to cut back on expenses but can Britain really compare with a holiday overseas? We look at the benefits of staying in Britain instead of travelling abroad, and discover why more and more people are saying yes to the UK.

No More Airport Queues

One of the most frustrating things about travelling abroad is the drawn out process of getting through the airport, onto your flight and collecting your baggage at your destination. Staying in the UK means that you can avoid all this and get on with enjoying your holiday. And of course, no worries about excess baggage weights or lost passports!

Beaches, Mountains, Lakes, Cities & History

For a relatively small country, the United Kingdom has a vast variety of things to see and places to go.  Whether your dream holiday involves surfing, visiting castles or hitting the shops, you will find  all these options without leaving the country.  Rural Britain offers varied country-side and coastline, while her major cities are host to top retailers and offer entertainment from cinema to theatre, art galleries and more. It is easy to forget that Britain has numerous world class attractions, and turning tourist in your own country can give you a whole new perspective.

Hungry?

While some people enjoy the variety of foods available when they travel abroad, it can be difficult for others to appreciate foods they are not used to – and those travelling with fussy children or elderly family members may find this stressful. When you choose to stay in the UK, you’ll be able to access all your favourite brands and national stores without having to pay excessive prices.

No Language Barrier

A  huge bonus of remaining in the UK for your holidays is not having to struggle with a foreign language in shops, on public transport or at your accommodation. While some people may enjoy picking up a new word or two while they are on holiday, this can be a source of worry and stress, particularly for those who are new to travel.

Driving on the Same Side of the Road

Every year, tourists are injured or killed in accidents caused by driving on the wrong side of the road while travelled in Europe. If you choose to stay in Britain, there are no concerns regarding this matter, and of course there are no worries about understanding unfamiliar signs or rules of the road.

Accommodation to Suit Every Pocket

Whether you are counting your pennies, or want to splash out, you’ll find accommodation to suit your needs in the UK. Self catering options are numerous, and range from luxurious country retreats to cosmopolitan penthouse suites and even tree-houses and yurts!

Convenience

If your job or lifestyle mean that 2 week long trips abroad or not a possibility, you’ll find plenty of options for long weekend or short mid-week breaks throughout the UK. This can be ideal if you fancy a getaway but haven’t the spare time for a full blown vacation!

The Weather?

Britain’s weather may not seem like a strong point, particularly for anyone who likes to travel to foreign climes and catch a few rays of sunshine. However, it is worth considering that many popular destinations such as Spain, France and Italy can become almost unbearably hot at the height of summer, and you may spend your break trying to stay cool instead of exploring the local area.

The Self Catering Guide to Shopping At Markets

Posted on: July 11th, 2011 Posted by

Weekly street markets are an important part of the weekly routine in towns and villages throughout Europe. When travelling on a self-catering basis, these food markets offer an ideal opportunity to sample local food-stuffs and delicacies and usually at an excellent price. Individual markets may have a historical significance due to location and are worth visiting if only for the atmospheric hustle and bustle of locals going about their business and traders doing their best to sell their wares. Read the rest of this entry »

Five of The World’s Finest Beaches

Posted on: June 27th, 2011 Posted by

When the sun is shining, and the sky is blue, there is nothing better than taking a vacation and hitting the beach. Whether you prefer sun-bathing on a tranquil sandy shore, or taking part in high-energy activities, we’ve hunted down some of the world’s finest beaches for your contemplation.

1.      Lanikau Beach, Hawaii

With a name which translates to “heavenly sea” Lanikau Beach is one of 100 tourist beaches in Hawaii. The beautiful palm-lined bay stretches along a mile of coastline, and is covered with soft, white-gold sand, with gentle, warm water making Lanikau into a paradise on earth. Lanikau beach is considered to be excellent for swimmers, as the bay is protected by a natural off-shore reef, while those who enjoy watersports can get involved with kayaking, windsurfing and sailing, along with many other activities.

2.      Coral Bay, Cyprus

Located to the North of the popular tourist resort, Paphos, Coral Bay is a spectacular 600m beach, which is watched over by matching headlands at each side of the bay. Close to the beach, visitors will find plenty of bars, restaurants and shops, which makes Coral Bay an excellent choice for families with kids. The safe, still waters of the beach are popular with swimmers of all ages and the bay is a proud holder of a EU Blue Flag.

3.      Playa De Las Arena, Tenerife

Discover beaches that aren’t golden, but are still truly stunning, when you holiday in Tenerife. Most of the natural beaches on Tenerife have black sand, due to the volcanic residues from which they formed. One of the best beaches on the islands is Playa De Las Arena, in the village of the same name. The small beach is set in dramatic rocky coastline, and is quite breath-taking to see in person for the first time – photos in holiday brochures don’t describe the sensation of sun and sea-air on your skin!

4.      Squeaky Beach, Australia

Perhaps you fancy something completely different – in which case, maybe you’d like to visit the amazing Squeaky Beach, in the secluded Wilson’s Promontory National Park. Popular with surfers, the Squeaky Beach is so-called because the quartz sand makes a strange noise when you walk across it. In the nearby area, there are many other points of interest such as rock formations, as well as Australia’s flora and fauna for you to discover at leisure.

5.      Porthcurno, Cornwall

Of course, it is possible to enjoy gorgeous beaches without travelling outside of the UK. Porthcurno Beach in Cornwall could quite easily be compared to a Spanish or French beach, with it’s golden sands and crystal clear waters. The idyllic spot is perfect for a romantic picnic, as it is quiet and not generally mobbed by tourists. Close by, visitors will find Penzance and St Ives, both fascinating seaside towns with plenty of history, art galleries and shops.

These are just five beaches, which stand out for their beauty and charm – have we selected your favourite, or can you think of any we’ve missed out?

Holiday Suggestions

Posted on: June 20th, 2011 Posted by

We all look for something different from our holidays. Whether you are searching for the perfect location for a romantic break, or want a vacation that is all about action and adventure, we have some exciting suggestions to inspire you.

If you are looking for an unforgettable romantic break :

If you are planning a break for you and your partner, think big and take them to Mica Moutain Lodge in Alberta, Canada. The adorable wooden cabins are designed for both privacy and comfort, ideal for one to one time for couples! Mica Mountain Lodge is located within a wilderness park, with breath-taking views, waterfalls, historic sites and the Canada Rocky Mountains all in the local area. If you are thinking about a proposal, you’ll find dozens of dream spots for popping the question, and even if not, you’ll still enjoy getting cosy by the log-fire which you’ll find in your cabin.

If you want a cheap and cheerful break:

For those of you looking for a holiday that won’t dent your bank balance too much, while giving you that fun in the sun vibe, you should consider Benidorm on the Costa Blanca of Spain. Not only does Benidorm enjoy an average of 325 days of sun each year, but has two four mile long beaches. There are plenty of attractions for all ages in the area – from pubs and restaurants, to theme parks and even a zoo. Competition between businesses keeps prices low, and that keeps visitors coming back, year after year.

Gemelos XXII is an apart-hotel located just 2km from the beach, with amazing views across Benidorm. Lots of facilities are on offer, and the simply but modern rooms all have a terrace or balcony, as well as cooking facilities and even a washing machine!

If you want to dine in fine restaurants and shop till you drop:

Not only is London host to numerous major tourist attractions, but it is also home to numerous Michelin starred restaurants and designer shopping opportunities. Britain’s capital city is high on the list for quality entertainment, with theatre shows and musicals galore.

Book an apartment at the classy Odyssey Luxury Riverview, which sits in the bustling Canary Wharf. The trendy, spacious accommodation is complete with all necessities, and finished in the contemporary style. Make this elegant apartment your home from home, as you make the most of all that London has to offer.

If you want to treat yourself to a luxurious vacation in exotic surroundings:

When your daily life is stressful, you need a holiday which will soothe body, soul and mind. Escape to the beautiful Republic of Mauritius, a sun-soaked island which is surrounded by the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean. The tropical climate makes Mauritius feel a whole world away from work and worries, so that you can enjoy a blissful sense of total tranquillity.

Stay on a self catering basis at the five star Le Grand Mauritian, located in the poetically named Turtle Bay. The hotel is close to an ocean nature park, sparkling white beach and coral reef, and edged with sugar cane fields, creating an atmosphere of serenity. Take your holiday relaxation to the next level in the Mandara Spa, where you can indulge yourself with decadent treatment rituals, many of which incorporate local spices and essential oils.