Category Archives: Holiday & Vacation

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The Hidden Holiday Gems Of Europe

Are you tired of hearing about the same places in Europe? This is a large and diverse continent. There are plenty of great cities and holiday destinations, so there’s no need to visit the same places at everyone else.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great holiday in Paris, for instance. On the contrary, it’s a great city and you’ll have great fun there. But you’ll also find that it’s busy with other tourists and you might like to try some new places, rather than keep returning to that city.

So where should you go instead? It really depends on what you’re looking for when it comes to having a great holiday, so let’s look at some options.

If you want to see some great scenery then you’ll be spoilt for choice in Europe. Norway certainly takes some beating, although visitors to Iceland might disagree. In both countries you’ll get to see that colder climates can still lead to great holidays.

Spain and Italy also have an enormous amount to offer. When many people think of Spain they tend to focus on the crowded coastal resorts. Although many people love to visit such resorts, if you want to visit the real Spain then it makes sense to head for the interior. Once there, you’ll find small villages that have hardly been touched by tourism.

Great scenery can be stunning, but you may also want to visit places where you can find a lively atmosphere in the evenings. The city of Galway, in Ireland, might make an excellent choice. Located close to some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, you can spend time in the city and experience some of that country’s world famous hospitality.

As you can see, there’s no need to stick with the same old holiday resorts. Take a look at a map and try and pick out some new locations. Holidays are a great way to relax and to broaden your horizons.

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Travel agents offer holiday deals

Many travel firms have kept tour prices unchanged while others are offering big discounts of 30-35 per cent for the upcoming National Holiday early next month (September 2).

The Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper reported on Monday that the The He Tre Tourism Co, in collaboration with Vietnam Airlines, will offer two tours of the northeastern region at unchanged prices despite it being a holiday, when prices normally rise significantly.

Those who take the tours will be able to enjoy several attractions including the Dong Van Stone Plateau, Lung Cu Flag Pole, Ma Pi Leng Pass, Ba Be Lake, Nguom Ngao Cave and Ban Gioc Waterfall.

The tours, lasting six or seven days starting from August 30, cost VND9.8 million (US$470) and VND11.4 million ($540), respectively. This would be up to 35 per cent lower than current market prices, the company said.

For the National Day holiday, Fiditour is offering tours from HCM City to favoured destinations like Phu Quoc and Con Dao islands with discounts of up to 30 per cent.

A three-day all-inclusive tour price for Phu Quoc will be reduced by VND1.57 million ($75) to VND5.19 million ($250) per visitor, while that for Con Dao will drop by VND300,000 ($14) to VND6.46 million ($310).

Doan Thi Thanh Tra, marketing and communication director of the Saigontourist Travel Service Co, said that in keeping with the policy to promote domestic tourism, the company had guaranteed that it would not only refrain from increasing tour prices on this occasion, but also offer many cost-saving tours.

Tourists from HCM City can choose tours to Buon Ma Thuot, Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Sapa, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Da Lat, or Phan Thiet with prices ranging from VND2.5-6.5 million ($120-310).

Besides, there are longer tours to the northern, central and western regions priced from VND5 million ($240) onwards, departing from HCM City on September 1 and 2.

Since this year’s National Day holiday falls on Monday, most visitors tend to choose short tours of 3-4 days.

On the occasion of the National Day, Saigontourist would launch its river tours, Tra said.

Recommended tours include a half-day tour to Cu Chi Tunnel, Long Phuoc Garden and Binh Quoi Tourist Village; and a full-day tour to Can Gio and Long An. The tours cost VND294,000-2.23 million ($14-106) per person.

Ton That Hoa, general secretary of the HCM City Tourism Association (HTA), said that the association would sign this week a domestic tourism stimulus programme with Vietjet Air.

The agreement would be a win-win situation for everyone, Hoa said, adding: “Travel firms will have more opportunities to exploit cheap air tickets to sell tours and consumers will have the opportunity to buy cheap travel tours.”

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Experiencing An Ultimate And Exhilarating Time During Jamaica Vacations

Jamaica is a beautiful island that holds the climate which is simply stunning and refreshing. Whether you want the fresh gentle air or warm and calming sun bath, you may experience everything in this place. The stunning climate of Jamaica and the bright and sharp sunshine allow you enjoy the place throughout the whole year.

The temperatures on the shore of island vary along the hilly areas in atolls interior that look pretty cool. Jamaica is having colorful and captivating history that includes so many different eras. There are so many historical events in this place due to which tourists from different places love to visit this place in Jamaica vacations. Here are some of the most interesting things you can do in Jamaica to make your vacations even more interesting and exciting.

Jamaica vacationers in this place get a chance to discover so many different attractive and popular landmarks in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Kingston. People usually reach this place through airplanes, personal crafts and by cruise ships. After reaching the place, they can hire cars, bikes, taxis, rental ferries, busses, boats, and mopeds for moving around in the island.

There is no charm and excitement in Jamaica Island unless you take a walk through pristine sands. Dipping your legs in the crystal clear water and walking through sands is such a fun during Jamaica vacations. Every beach in this Island has different and unique traits and you can enjoy by trying and visiting all of them one by one.

You can enjoy music in the parties and meet people of Jamaica. Learning their culture and enjoying lovely feasts with the people of Jamaica is such a fun and you will have an amazing and delightful time.

Scuba diving, mountaineering, snorkeling and spelunking are some of the best and enjoyable activities you can do at Jamaica. This place contains a number of interesting and exciting stunts to do and you can enjoy them by trying all of them on your own with your family or your friends.

There is a lot more to experience and enjoy at Jamaica vacations. Fishing and sailing are the opportunities that will make your vacations in Jamaica amusing and splendid. People who love night life are going to have the best time in Jamaica because this place offers you a lot for night life lovers.

People who love varied and unique food will find Jamaica the most pleasant place for enjoying Jamaica vacations. The methods and ingredients of preparation of meals are influenced by the travelers and immigrants of Britain, East India, Africa and China. There are a number of restaurants and hotels each representing different food styles and cultures. So, if you are a fan of enjoying different cultures and meals, you will find this place perfect fit for you.

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What to Consider Before Opting for a Vacation Exchange

Arranging a holiday home swap (also known as a vacation exchange) was very difficult and time consuming in the past when relying on printed directories mailed occasionally. Now, however, e-mail and the internet have made the process of arranging a home swap is much easier. If you are trying to organize a home swap, this article includes a few very important points on arranging a vacation exchange.

First, although you will get to know swap partners through regular communication and they won’t be strangers by the time of the exchange, you must be comfortable with the idea of sharing your home with others whilst living in their home. For many people, the savings that can be had will be a motivating factor. The financial benefits and other advantages of a vacation exchange are enormous and more and more people are now choosing home swaps for their vacations.

Second, you must decide on the dates of the vacation as well as a destination that you want to travel to. Arranging a home swap is entirely different from booking a holiday rental or a hotel room which can be done last minute. It is imperative to plan an exchange well in advance of your dates.

Third, you must find people who would like to take up your offer of a home swap. The best way to do this is to visit vacation exchange websites and blogs. Vacation exchange services show updated listings of home exchange offers from around the world. You can browse through all these offers and match them with your requirements. Register with the Home Swap service that best suits your needs.

With the help of the vacation exchange service, you will be able to look for the most suitable houses and apartments at the destination(s) of your choice. Contact the owners of properties you are interested in to see if they would like to visit your area and stay in your home. Many will be open to offers and some will have listed their own preferences regarding destinations and desired kinds of home plus dates they can travel. This will help you finda good match with your own travel plans and preferences. Retired persons and senior citizens often have more time at their disposal which makes them more flexible and open to suggestions for new places to visit.

If you are posting an offer with a vacation exchange service, include detailed information on your home, city/town and the surrounding area. The other party may still contact you for further details. And of course, you can ask the exchanger anything you want about their property. When both parties are satisfied with arrangements and decide to go ahead, they will confirm dates as well as make arrangements for handing over the keys to the exchangers (set out in a simple agreement). Note: You may also want to swap cars to enjoy a vacation at a very low cost.

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History Of Holiday Wreaths

Wreaths are used since ages, examples are the ancient Rome and ancient Greece used wreaths as a headdress for the Olympic prizes, battle or military heroes, emperors and so on. It is also said that in ancient times, Romans used wreaths as a victory sign as well. Let us make a distinction here between different types of wreaths used in the past as we have some historical facts before us. In past the laurel wreaths were meant for athletes and the wreaths made of olive branches were used for military or battle heroes. The Christmas wreaths symbolize how life overcome the forces of winter. Wreaths are also used as symbol of welcome to all guests. Wreaths are mostly in circular shape without having the starting or ending point. Due to its unique design, these are considered as the symbol of faith and also represent the mercy and eternity of God during the Christmas Eve. Different colors used in wreath or the leaves represent different things. For instance, the evergreen leaves and branches in the wreath symbolize the everlasting life and the love of God. On the other hand, the green color also signifies the new life and hope and sometimes also peace.

In past, the Christmas wreaths were made of plants which were capable of maintaining their green shades throughout the entire year. Those wreaths were usually made of pine, holly and ivy. The purpose behind those wreaths was to show that the life is everlasting and the greenness of the leaves in the winter season truly symbolizes this fact.

Most of the people around the world relate the holiday wreaths to the Christmas wreaths. But in fact, there are certain other kinds of wreaths also. An important thing here to mention is that wreaths never have any special connection to any particular religion. This is a common thought of many of the people that wreaths are meant to be in connection with some specific religion. Nowadays, wreaths are made from plastic, artificial flowers and fresh flowers along with other leaves, berries and branches. Many people used them as a decoration on their doors, windows, fireplaces and even on tables.

These are now made almost the whole year and not confined to the winter season. No matter what is the purpose behind using these wreaths, they are surely a great way to express one feeling either by using it as a decoration or giving it as a gift on special events.

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The Perfect Vacation in Thailand

Go on and have the perfect vacation in Thailand. Don’t just go to Thailand following the trail of one of your friends who has already been there. Don’t also go to Thailand on the advice of your favorite Tour Operator or as per what you have just read in one of the Tour Guides or brochures. Be different. Go and do some volunteer work in Thailand instead. Mind you when you go as a volunteer in Thailand, you get more bangs for your bucks! You get to see the true Thailand, not the sanitized version that’s presented to millions of tourists who have visited Thailand before you. When you wish to go as a volunteer in Thailand the true Thailand will open up in front of you, the rural Thailand that’s unseen by the outside world unless some like you who go over to do volunteer work in Thailand.

So, what kind of volunteer work can you do in Thailand? Do you have to be a professional? Could just anyone go? Will you get adequate time off from your volunteer work in Thailand to be able to see the country and its villages? When you wish to sign up as a volunteer in Thailand you could take any of the several options that are open to you. You could take up teaching and be engaged with little children who could be taught English by you. You could participate in Thailand’s medical program or one in childcare. If you are interested in animals you would surely enjoy working for the welfare of gibbons or elephants besides sea turtles and rescued dogs. You need not be an architect or an engineer but you could participate in Thailand’s building activities and help in building a school, a home or a place for putting up destitute kids. You could also help in community activities such as in vegetable gardens or mini fish farms. Generally, you will need to work for only four days a week, leaving you with a long weeked to explore the countryside or the surrounding mountains. The perfect vacation in Thailand beckons.

Myself webmaster of Starfish Volunteers ( ) – a growing ‘not for profit’ volunteer and gap year organisation providing volunteer opportunities, volunteer Thailand, volunteer travel, community volunteering and volunteer work in Thailand.

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Cairns Diving A Great Holiday Experience

Cairns diving is the perfect holiday destination if you wish to enjoy the mountains, rain forests, ocean and tropical excursion of the city. The city is situated along the North Queensland in Australia. For a memorable experience or for a romantic getaway with your lover, it is definitely the best option.

Cairns definitely have a tropical location but on the other side, it is also known for its mesmerising city views. People who have interest in architecture, this place is like a heaven for them. You will find traditional styles of Queensland along with the impeccable contemporary designs. This style of architecture has been admired by people for more than 100 years all over the world and has been successful in passing the test of the time. For art lovers, a visit to the Cairns’ regional gallery is a must; they will truly appreciate their visit. For experiencing the simulation of a rainforest, reef casino should be visited.

Cairns have the most incredible fun city life. You can plan a short trip to Esplanade and check out the amazing restaurants, bars, clubs and hotels around it. When you get tired in the heat, it is time to cool you off. Get ready for a dip in the salty water-swimming lagoon, stroll around the promenade oceanfront or get caught in waves at the beach. The place seems just perfect for a vacation with its tranquillity of tropics and modernity of city life.

By making a trip to Cairns, you will be able to enjoy the historical and contemporary sights, spectacular views and peacefulness. It includes what any visitor wants from his holiday trip. Cairns is a place best suitable for adventurous people as there are a lot of activities in which they can indulge like diving Cairns, snorkelling, bungee jumping, mountain biking, white water rafting, sky diving, kayaking and off road driving. For an adventure sports lover, this is just the perfect place.

Plush and weather beaches are another attraction offered by the city. The Great Barrier Reef is another famous attraction offered by Cairns. The significance of the reef is that it is the largest in the world. In this underground heaven, you will be able to see more than 400 types of coral, 1500 species of fishes and above 4,000 types of molluscs. You can also indulge yourself in various activities like motorized scooters, underwater helmet dive cairns, snorkelling, scuba diving and cruises. Another interesting fact about this place is that people can get married underwater here. Book your trip to Cairns for an unforgettable experience.

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Holiday Lodges In Cumbria

Cumbria is a popular location to own a holiday lodge. With incredible scenery, great family attractions and friendly residents, it’s easy to see why so many people are purchasing holiday lodges in Cumbria.

Whether you’re looking for an idyllic countryside retreat or a lakeside location for family breaks, there are plenty of holiday lodges in Cumbria to choose from.

If you’re looking for a holiday lodge in Cumbria, then South Lakeland Lodges might have just what you’re looking for. South Lakeland Lodges operate a number of holiday lodge parks in Cumbria in countryside and lakeside locations. These parks include Fallbarrow, Gatebeck, Limefitt and White Cross Bay.

Each of these incredible holiday lodge parks in Cumbria have a wide range of holiday lodges for sale from some of the best manufacturers in the industry; Cambrian, Lissett Homes, Oak Grove Cabins and Wessex.

Cambrian understands how important it is for you to find your perfect holiday lodge and offer models that are of an extremely high quality. The Plantation, Lakeshore and Prospect are three incredible holiday lodge with the latter two models only being available at Fallbarrow’s exclusive Lakeside Development.

Lissett Homes have over 30 years experience creating top quality holiday lodges and have gained a reputation of being one of the very best in the industry. The Odyssey and Utopia models showcase Lissett’s talent for creating incredible holiday lodges.

Oak Grove produce holiday lodges built to the residential standard. Each holiday lodge is custom designed to suit your needs and to your specifications. Oak Grove Cabins ensure all their holiday lodges provide the style, comfort, luxury and functionality you require. The Elm and Oakdale models are truly superb.

Wessex guarantee holiday lodges completed to the very highest of standards and pride themselves on considering every detail of their holiday homes and keeping up to date with any industry innovations. The Contemporary and Deckhouse models are two excellent examples of Wessex’s incredible holiday lodge range. The Deckhouse model is only available at Fallbarrow’s exclusive Lakeside Development.

When it comes to holiday lodges in Cumbria, South Lakeland Lodges have some of the best models available on some of the best holiday lodge parks in Cumbria.

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Country Vacations Bandipur Will Arrange Everything

Bandipur is popularly known as the garden city of India. At country vacations we hope to make you experience the very true culture and nature of Bandipur. Today, Bandipur is looked upon as a popular information technology hub. It is also known as the silicon valley of India. However, country vacations Bandipur understands the importance of other aspects about Bandipur as a popular tourist destination. Country vacations Bandipur has explored a number of beautiful and exotic locations for its guest. These would give them an insight about its natural beauty.

Country vacations would like to make mention of the beautiful gardens that Bandipur houses. These gardens are home to varied species of beautiful varieties of flowers. Country vacations Bandipur makes sure that these parks are very well incorporated in its offers. Lumbini Gardens, Bugle Rock Park, Cubbon Park and Bannerghatta National Park are some popular tourist destinations recommended by country vacations Bandipur. Lal Bagh botanical gardens are particularly famous for their flower shows. The State Secretariat is one place that country vacations will not let you miss on. Tipu Sultans famous fort and Palace is another suggestion from country vacations Bandipur. The Government Museum of Bandipur is one of the oldest museums in India and also the Visvesvaraya Technological and Industrial Museum occupies an important place in the list of city attractions recommended by country vacations Bandipur.

The Karaga festival of Bandipur is quite famous. If our guests are interested we at country vacations Bandipur will arrange everything. Country vacations Bandipur will make special arrangements for its guests interested in visiting temples in Bandipur. For instance the Venkataramanaswamy Temple, the Gavi Gangadhareswara cave temple, and the Someshwara Temple are few that country vacations can suggest. The Ulsoor Lake is another popular picnic destination. Bandipur frequently experiences traffic problems. Before planning your trip in Bandipur it would be a good idea to consult Country vacations Bandipur. Country vacations will ensure that you have a smooth stay at Bandipur.

Country vacations membership offers extra privileges to its members. This would further help in making your trip much more enjoyable. The country vacations membership will help you access most of the popular spots in Bandipur easily and at affordable rates. For instance you can get access to most of the good eating joints in Bandipur.

The details can be obtained from country vacations. Discounts are regular privileges offered by country vacations membership. The various recreational facilities become easily accessible. This doubles the fun of staying with country vacations. Country vacations membership will ensure that you also enjoy the pub culture of Bandipur. The city boasts of a modern culture with everything that you can expect. You can hang out at amusement parks, good restaurants and country vacations resorts providing world class facilities.

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Making Your Holiday Parties Memorable

With the holiday season approaching, its time to start considering planning for parties. Some of the most creative, fun parties revolve around themes. But decorating for specific themes can be more difficult, especially if you dont know what to look for. But there are tons of places to get unique decorating supplies for your specific theme. One of the most memorable decorations you can get to have your party stick out among the crowd is a life-size statue to highlight your theme.

Halloween Parties
Halloween kicks off the holiday season in style. This is one of the best occasions for picking a specific theme rather than getting out your old standby spooky dcor. You could go with a pirate theme, which is always fun for everyone, and have a life-size pirate captain to greet your guests and trick-or-treaters. Even if you stick with the traditional spooky theme, a life-size witch or grim reaper can make your party stand out.

Christmas Parties
It seems every year there are dozens of Christmas parties, and they all feel like the same party. Christmas is a great time to stand out among the crowd by choosing an interesting theme. You get a life-size snowman for a winter wonderland theme. Or, if you want something particularly classy you can do a Nutcracker theme. A life-size nutcracker and the classical sound track are sure to make your party memorable.

New Years Parties
New Years Eve is a great time to play with themes. A glamorous party can be turned into a Hollywood themed party with life-size replicas of your favorite celebrities. For a more laid back party, you could have a karaoke night with a life-size Elvis up on the stage.

Themed holiday parties offer your guests something new and interesting. Using a life-size statue to help create your theme will really make your holiday parties memorable.