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Partying In The Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands

The three famous Balearic Islands starting with Ibiza, continuing with Majorca and finishing with Menorca patiently wait for their visitors on the eastern side of the coast belonging to the Mediterranean Sea. Formentera is the fourth island composing the Balearic Islands, the paradise on earth as some say. The islands form an Autonomous Community which has Mallorca as capital and even though Catalan is their official language; each island has its own dialect. If you visit the Balearic Islands, you will be welcomed by 300 days of sunshine every year, exquisite beaches, cities with an amazing cultural and architectural design and a lot of fun.

Going to Ibiza

Probably the most famous Balearic Island, Ibiza is popular for its agitated nightlife. Apart from the nightlife, Ibiza also has great beaches with delicate sands and the water of the Mediterranean Sea is of a crystal blue, making it great for a bath. The young tourists love Ibiza as its nightlife is legendary; however this is not the only attraction of the island. Ibiza has no less than 72 beaches as well as a wonderful selection of restaurants, bars and pubs and an interesting countryside which offers beautiful landscapes.

Visiting Majorca

Out of the four Balearic Islands, this is the largest and it has been a wonderful seaside destination starting with the 1960s. The city is full of sightseeing monuments which should definitely be on your list such as the Gothic Cathedral or the Bellver Castel. They managed to survive, even though the country developed really fast in an attempt to keep pace with the millions of tourists that visit it every year. Majorca is also a great place for gourmet ones, as the cuisine is absolutely fantastic.

The wonderful Menorca

Menorca is also known as the hidden paradise as the effect which comes along with mass tourism is not felt here. Menorca has managed to keep its rustic appearance alive, so you will be welcomed by some of the most beautiful landscapes you have ever seen. The beaches are idyllic and if you visit its capital Mahon, you have the chance to see the biggest natural harbor in this part of Europe. The pavement bars and pubs assure the nightlife entertainment that the young love so much.

Formentera

The smallest Balearic Island is also the one that has remained unspoilt. Formentera is the perfect place for those who just want to relax on a wonderful beach.

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Atlantic Realty Offers Big Savings On Obx Vacations For Marathon Runners

Runners often seek OBX vacations because our part of the country is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. For runners, the Outer Banks is perfect because of our mild temperatures and constant ocean breeze. The very popular Outer Banks Marathon is a 3 day event coming up on Veterans Day weekend (November 9-11) that allows running enthusiasts to experience how special OBX vacations are. This is the 7th running of the marathon and the weekend offers something for everyone. Atlantic Realty is happy to offer big savings for runners on our Outer Banks vacation condos and homes.

If youre not a runner those planning their OBX vacations in early November will still enjoy the race. What makes the Outer Banks Marathon unique is the Beat the Bridge aspect of the race. Runners have until 1:00 to make it over the bridge at mile 22. To Beat the Bridge runners need to maintain a pace of 16 minutes per mile. The marathon includes different races including a full and half marathon, a wheelchair division, and the Outer Banks 8K. The Outer Banks 8K is a back yard tour of the Outer Banks, starting in Kill Devil Hills and continuing through the Nags Head Woods Maritime Forrest. It is partially on a dirt road and walker-friendly.

OBX vacations are best in the fall when the crowds die down and runners will experience a great atmosphere of support for this years marathon. Our Outer Banks vacation condos are perfect for athletes, their families, or fans of the event. Atlantic is offering runners lots of specials so plan your OBX vacations with us. For marathon runners Atlantic is offering free early check in and late check outs.

Atlantic Realty also makes runners OBX vacations relaxing with a discounted spa package that includes a massage. Its the perfect way to wind down after a grueling run! Vacationers can also enjoy our Outer Banks vacation condos with a gift basket that includes fresh fruit, bagels, and more. Atlantic Realty is also offering runners who stay at our Outer Banks vacation condos with discounted coupons and/or gift certificates to Outer Banks Running Company.

So remember to choose Atlantic Realtys Outer Banks vacation condos available to runners, family, and fans of the Outer Banks Marathon. Atlantic looks forward to seeing all the fans and runners on your OBX vacations in November, and wishes all the runners good luck in the race.

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Other Types Of Holiday Reps

Another type of holiday rep is the transfer rep.

The transfer representative is more often than not with the guests when they are being transported from the airport to their resort accommodation and vice versa.

There is also another type of rep called an entertainment representative. This rep will often schedule activities for the guests based on their interests for daytime and nighttime entertainment.

The above listed representatives are the main holiday representatives. Often times, there is one representative that maintains the majority of these all together rather than having several separate representatives.

The Requirements to Become a Rep

Although, the requirements will vary between tour operators (companies), there are a few main qualifications to become a holiday representative. However, if you do not have these qualifications it is nothing to worry about as many of the touring companies will still consider you as becoming a representative. Of course, they prefer you to have these qualifications, but in most cases, it is not mandatory.

Below are the 4 main qualifications of becoming a representative, so you can check them of your list of your goals:

– 4 GSCE’s that are equivalent to or above a C grade

– 6-12 months experience within the customer service industry

– Ability to work within a team as a mutual effort

– Experience in administration

– Even if these 4 qualifications were absolutely mandatory, the average person looking into becoming a rep would more than likely have these qualifications.

Some useful qualifications would be certificates or degrees within the travel and/or tourism industry. By having already developed some understanding of the information that may be needed to perform your job as a rep in another country, it will be sure to help you in the long run from your interview to the actual job on location.

By trying hard enough when speaking to the touring companies, you can get the job without having the above qualifications. Most of the touring and travel companies believe in more than just the qualifications as many of the representatives can be a perfect rep without holding any of the 4 listed qualifications.

However, by having these qualifications to begin with, you will find that it is much easier to land the interview and the job. You just need to learn how to present yourself to these companies and show them that you are what they need and want because you are unique and the best.

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Greece Hotels Learn the Secrets of the Ancient Islands

Ancient Greece gave many things to the modern world including the foundations of mathematics and the sciences. Holidaymakers visiting the mainland or the islands will also discover that Greece continues to surprise and confound modern scientists and archaeologists with more recent findings. Tourists staying in Greece hotels can visit the capital, Athens to see some of the artefacts that have been recovered from the Dokos Shipwreck, the oldest known shipwreck in the world dating back past 2500BC. Due to its age many artefacts perished but divers did manage to recover many ceramic containers from the wreckage. The Antikythera wreck is probably the most fruitful discovery of them all and again most of the treasures were taken to Athens after being discovered. Among them were some excellent marbles and also priceless bronze statues like the Philosophers head. However the Antikythera mechanism is its best artefact. The mechanical device is as sophisticated as a mechanical watch made by the Swiss masters of early modernity and scientists believe it was an accurate way of mapping celestial bodies for navigating the oceans or some similar purpose. Holidaymakers visiting Crete, the largest Greek island can see artefacts recovered from La Therese, a French Navy vessel that sank late in the 17th century after an on board explosion. The largest Greek island has a very long history so holidaymakers have a good choice of cultural visits, beaches and inland hikes to choose from. The ruins of the Royal Palace at Knosos are interesting and should precede a trip to the Irakleio museum where holidaymakers can learn more about the ancient Minoans through their artefacts and the other wonders they built on the island. Bodrum hotels on Turkey’s Aegean coast are also popular for holidaymakers who enjoy the Greek islands as they are often close to or on the coast and have excellent views of both Kos and Rhodes. Holidaymakers staying in Bodrum have a pick of excellent beaches to choose from and can visit the historical old city for a memorable excursion looking through artefacts left behind by the ancients. The imposing Castle of St John is Bodrum’s most popular visitor attraction and houses a wonderful maritime museum full of artefacts of all shapes and sizes that have been salvaged from the Aegean and Mediterranean seabeds. The artefacts include glassware dating back to the first century BC and ceramics from the same and later periods. The museums most interesting collections are the shipwrecks, some of which are Bronze Age. There are also Byzantine shipwrecks in the museum’s Glass shipwreck hall. For holidaymakers that want to have a look at the ceramics and other vessels that were used to transport foods and liquids the Amphora exhibit is a very comprehensive collection. The Castle of St John is a very good if slightly unexpected treat for holidaymakers staying in Bodrum and Gumbet hotels.

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Three Easy Steps To Your Dream Vacation!

Let’s face it. For many of us, our dream vacation may not quite fit into our financial possibilities. But with persistent determination, diligence and discipline, your dream vacation could be much closer than you may think! Here are 3 easy steps to your dream vacation.

1. Join a Home exchange program. When it comes to a dream vacation, you simply cannot get any better that FREE!! Home exchange programs allow you to swap homes with other home-owners in your dream vacation destination. This means you save on costs of accommodations! There are several excellent home exchange websites that provide great information about swapping homes. We recommend “Travel The Home Exchange Way” and “Know Your Trade” . There is no better way to fast forward to a dream vacation!

2. Put your credit cards to work for you! Just about everyone uses credit cards in one way or the other, so as long as you are going to use one, why not let it work for you? Get a credit card that allows you to accumulate credit-card miles, which you can then use for FREE travel awards, travel upgrades and many other luxuries you may otherwise have to dish out large sums of cash for. So before you make your next charge, find out if your current credit card offers any travel rewards. If not, its time for a switch. There are many credit cards that award airline miles, cruise vacation points or hotel points.

Caution: Do NOT make unnecessary charges on these travel award cards merely to get a free airline ticket! Use the travel reward cards to pay for necessary expenses! The trick is to use the card to make purchases you would have made with cash. Then pay off the card to a zero balance each month. That way, you made a purchase you would have made with cash anyway PLUS are piling up points toward great travel awards.

3. Liquidate unnecessary assets. So now you got free accommodations and a free airline ticket. But what about spending money? Most of us have stuff all around the house that we seldom ( read:never) use. Why not sell it and use that cash as spending money on your dream vacation? You can hold a virtual yard sale by using Craigslist and Ebay to you sell stuff you no longer use or need. Remember, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

Follow these three easy steps and you may be enjoying your dream vacation much sooner than you think. It really is as easy as 1-2-3.

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In Barcelona Culture, Nightlife And Beaches!

Barcelona is known worldwide for its amazing nightlife (hundreds of bars, clubs and discos) and the wonderful cultural attractions. But another feature makes it even more unique: the beaches located just close to the city.

The city offers 4 km of good quality beaches, and sometimes the water is better than many other famous places both in Italy and Europe. Quite honestly, it is impossible to expect Caribbean beaches in Barcelona: the city holds 3 million inhabitants and is a lively, modern metropolis; as a result it is safe to say the beaches dont escape at least a bit of pollution, as to be expected.

The area that hosts almost all the beaches is the area of Barceloneta. Not so far from here lies the beach of Sant Sebasti, equipped with many showers, different services, assistance, tourist information and medical relief.
But the main (and most famous) beach of the area is known as Barceloneta and hosts a lot of comfortable appartamenti a Barcellona. This beach is also known because of the work of Rebecca Horn which stands right in the middle of the area. Both these two stretches of coastline can be reached by metro with the yellow line (L4), stopping at Barceloneta or Ciutadella.

Lovers of the naturist sea can find a space dedicated to their relaxation. The beach of Mar Bella is, in fact, the section devoted to this type of practice. The metro station, still yellow line, is Selva del Mar and from there is necessary a small one quarter of an hour walk. This stretch of coast is actually marked as a nudist naturist beach but actually we do not see many.

Coming down towards the Olympic City you can meet Nova Icria beach, characterized by many bars, restaurants and discos. Lovers of cycling, skating or jogging can not miss the beautiful promenade of Bogatell. The beach is very wide and the seafront boulevard gives the best of itself with the beautiful days of summer sun.

But between Barcelona beaches there is another one more beautiful (and less popular). Nova Mar Bella is, in fact, the stretch most characteristic and perhaps a little less touristy since it is not easily reachable.

In short, a summer holiday in the city can also include relaxing breaks at the sea. Book your Barcellona hotel or choose between the range of Barcellona appartamenti. After this you can start planning your vacation in the capital of Catalonia. It is difficult to choose between monuments, nightlife and beaches.

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Holiday Package To Goa, Kerala And Ooty

Holiday package to Goa, Holiday packages for Ooty and Holiday package for Kerala
Goa is the smallest state of India. Goa is ranked as best state for its infrastructure by Eleventh Finance commission and for its life quality by National Commission. It is famous for its beaches, worship places and heritage architecture. Large number of foreigners and domestic tourists visit Goa each year. Visit Holiday package to Goa for an easier trip. It is also famous for its rich flora and fauna.

The two world heritage sites are: The Bom Jesus Basilica and Churches of Old Goa. The Basilica has the remains of St. Francis Xavier. There is a bleeding Jesus at Santa Monica Convent which is in Velha Goa. There are many churches like Baroque styled in Panjim, Gothic style in Saligao and each church has its own style and heritage. There are many temples like Shanta Durga temple, Mangueshi temple and Mahalasa temple, although most of them were demolished and reconstructed in Indian style.

Other places to visit in Goa are Goa state Museum, Naval Aviation Museum, Goa Science Center in Miramar( Panjim) and National Institute of Oceanography in Dona Paula. The large numbers of tourists are attracted for Goa Carnival and New Year Celebration. It is also a various tourist destination for newly married couples to enjoy their honeymoon.

Kerala is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Kerala is popular for its beaches, mountain ranges, backwater and wildlife sanctuaries. Other attractions include beaches in Cherai, kovalam and Varkala; backwater and lake resorts Kumarakom, Vembanad Lake and Alapuzha; Munnar, Nelliampathi, Wayanad, Ponmudi and Vagamon hill stations and resorts; and Wildlife and National parks at Eravikulam National Park and Periyar. Kerala is one of the most romantic places for Couples to enjoy their vacation. For holiday packages visit Holiday Package for Kerala.

Udhagamandalam which is better known as Ooty, is a hill station in Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Ooty attracts large number of tourists every year. Lofty mountains, Sprawling grasslands, Great lakes, Miles of tea gardens, dense forests and eucalyptus trees attracts the visitors from different part of the country. For best holiday packages visit holiday packages for Ooty.

Some of the places to visit are government rose garden, Ooty Botanical Garden, Ooty Lake, Stone House, Toda Huts, Ooty Mountain Railway, St. Stephens Church, Wax World, Tribal Museum, Deer Park, Doddabetta Peak, Pykara, Pine forest, Wenlock Downs, Kamaraj Sagar Dam, Mudumalai National Park, Mukurthi national park, Needle hill viewpoint, Frog hill viewpoint, Parsons Valley Reservoir, Avalanche Lake, Emerald Lake, Porthimund Lake and Upper Bhavani.

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Why Get An Island Grill In Virginia Beach

Our ancestors had summer kitchens, outdoor structures used in good weather to prevent overheating in the house. These days we use our gas grills for outdoor cooking, but unlike a summer kitchen the grill lacks kitchen features. This forces us to trek back and forth with food platters, beverages, dishes and condiments. We’re still preparing and cleaning up in the kitchen and it’s just not as leisurely as we planned. Enter the island grill, a complete outside meal preparation unit. Like a kitchen island, an Island Grill in Virginia Beach offers a full range of features designed to make cooking easy and convenient.

For most barbecue cooks a primary frustration is lack of counter space. It’s annoying and even dangerous to juggle tools and food around a hot grill. Island grills have a spacious area to prepare and cook your outdoor meals in safety. There’s under-counter storage for your dishes and cooking tools. Many models include refrigerators with space for food, beverages and condiments. Some versions have the option of a warming drawer which lets you barbecue early and enjoy being with your guests. Complete your outdoor cooking space with side burners or griddles to cook anything outdoors!

Now you have everything but your kitchen sink, but even that can be arranged. Beverage centers for island grills contain sinks, ice and bottle storage and even blenders. For clean up, paper towel dispensers and trash disposal drawers are very handy.

Safety may be a concern with an integral gas grill in an island constructed with flammable material. Check that the island you choose is protected from the grill’s heat with an insulated grill liner or jacket meeting National ANSI standards. Also, if you’re grilling in a covered patio, consider installing a vent hood specifically designed for outdoor use. These improve airflow and quality in your outdoor eating area.

The range of size and features for outdoor island grills is impressive. There are compact units that arrive “knocked down” in panels for ease of installation and others with multiple islands that can be configured like a true outdoor living space. The best retailers carry a full selection and will provide you with a grilling island customized to your needs.

To make your outdoor eating experiences much more leisurely and enjoyable, contact East Coast Leisure. They will offer you an Island Grill in Virginia Beach.

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A Guide To Hotel Linen Sizes

Hotel quality bed linen, duvets and towels are a cut above the rest and thats why hotel rooms always have that sumptuous, luxurious feel. However, how do we know what the industry standards are to make your hotel room so comfortable?

Bed Linen:
Bed linen in hotel rooms has a lovely, luxurious feel and this is often down to the thread count of the linen itself. The higher the count of the threads in the item, the softer and more comfortable the bedding seems to be. The thread count is the number of fibres horizontally and vertically inside a square inch of the material and the higher this is, the better the quality. Hotel bed linen has a thread count of around 300-400 threads.

This then fits over the beds in the room, of which there are a number of different sizes. The exact measurements may differ slightly from one manufacturer to another.

UK Bed Measurements:

Single: Fitted Sheet – 90 x 190cm; Flat Sheet – 180 x 265cm; Duvet Cover – 137 x 203cm

Double: Fitted Sheet – 141 x 196cm; Flat Sheet – 230 x 275cm; Duvet Cover – 198 x 203cm

King size: Fitted Sheet – 152 x 200cm; Flat Sheet – 275 x 280cm; Duvet Cover – 244 x 234cm

Super king size: Fitted Sheet – 183 x 200cm; Flat Sheet – 305 x 305cm; Duvet Cover – 270 x 234cm

Towels:
Towels are also subject to specific requirements for hotels and the width of the cotton towel or its weight is usually measured in GSM, this is grams per square inch. Low quality towels can have a GSM of 200. However, towels in hotels generally have a GSM of at least 600 and up to 800. This ensures they are more absorbent and also softer as there is more cotton to absorb the liquid.

Bath towels in hotels usually come in four different sizes. Again, exact measurements may vary.

Types of Towels and Their Sizes:

Large towel – 100 x 178cm

Medium size bath towels – 70 x 137cm

Small size hand towels – 50 x 100cm

Smallest size towels – 33 x 33cm

Duvets:
The duvet in hotel rooms is usually made from quality natural materials. The tog is how the duvets insulation is measured, and doesnt signify the thickness of the duvet as many people think. This is because different fillings may have the same tog, but differ in thickness.

Togs generally come in six sizes 4, 7.5, 10, 10.5, 12 and 13.5.

Typically, a 4 tog duvet is used for the warmer summer months, whereas the 10.5 tog and 13.5 tog are used for winter months.

So, now you understand the different sizes, thicknesses and materials used by hotels you can buy all your linen, towels and duvets with confidence.

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Enjoy On The Enchanting Beaches Of South India

Endowed with sheer natural beauty, South India is a fascinating tourist destination of India. These are among the most famous tourist attractions of South India. The enchanting states of this region of the country are popular for their mesmerizing beaches. Visit these beaches for rejuvenating holidays. Imagine yourself sitting under the palm trees sipping coconut water and enjoying the beauty of sea. You can also enjoy the bliss of Ayurvedic massages at the beaches. Unleash the adventurer in you by indulging in a variety of adventure activities on the beaches. There is so much to enjoy and explore at the beaches. Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Pondicherry are the perfect destinations for beach holidays.

Kerala
Kerala beaches are known across the world for their breathtaking beauty. Tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy their holidays. The silvery sands, gorgeous greenery, lashing waves, swaying palm trees and rocky cliffs will surely capture your heart. Relax your muscles in the picturesque and pleasant environment and experience the charm of Ayurvedic massages. Some of the famous beaches of Kerala are Kovalam, Poovar, Varkala, Kappad, Beypore, Kochi, Alappuzha and Marari.

Karnataka
Karnataka is a land of rich cultural heritage and sheer natural beauty. Its palm fringed beaches offer great opportunity to tourists to relax in the lap of Mother Nature. Take a break from your daily schedule and let lose yourself in the relaxing environment of the beaches. This state is gifted with 320 km long coastline which makes it a paradise for beach lovers. Murudeshwar beach of Karnataka is not only famous for its scenic ambiance but also for carvings and statues. Karwar, Maple, Maravanthe and Bhatkal are the other famous beaches of the state. Maravanthe is popular for offering opportunities for adventure activities.

Tamil Nadu
This state takes immense pride in its marina beach which is the second longest beach in the world. Visit this beach for a memorable experience. Rameshwaram beach is a must-see tourist destination of this state. It is also a pilgrimage centre. For getting soaked in breathtaking natural beauty travel to Kanyakumari beach where you can see the point where Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal meet.

Pondicherry
Unspoilt, beautiful and peaceful, such are the beaches of Pondicherry. To treat your senses with mind-blowing sunrise views visit Karailkal beach. People playing football is a common sight here. The Serenity, Mahe and Plage Paradiso are the other famous beaches of Pondicherry.