Selecting a luxury holiday destination

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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

Award-winning Graycliff Hotel Offers Luxury Bahamas Holidays

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The Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant and Cigar Company is one outstanding property that has recently won awards in all three departments and holidaymakers will experience luxury, high end service and a tropical climate during their stay.

The World Travel Awards 2011 recognised the Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant & Cigar Company as the leading hotel in the Bahamas for the second consecutive year last October.

The luxury mansion is situated next to Government House a few minutes away from the white sandy beaches in Nassau and tourists taking Bahamas holidays can enjoy lavish accommodation in 20 elegant rooms and cottage suites.

The World Travel Awards 2011 recognised the Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant & Cigar Company as the leading hotel in the Bahamas for the second consecutive year last October.

Guests can choose rooms and suites including the traditional Pool Cottage where Winston Churchill used to stay during his frequent holidays to the Bahamas, or the Mandarino Cottage which has an extra large bathroom and whirlpool and offers a modern experience for guests.

All of the rooms feature sophisticated decor and furnishings, air conditioning, private baths (most with Jacuzzis), luxurious bathroom products, mini-bars, TVs with cable channels, alarm clocks, telephones, safety deposit boxes, and daily housekeeping and turn down service.

Tourists can enjoy delicious cuisine throughout their holidays in the Bahamas at the Graycliff Restaurant. The five-star restaurant offers an opulent setting with high ceilings and chandeliers and the menus boasts exquisite Bahamian dishes.

The propertys Humidor Churrascaria restaurant has a banquet-style buffet of decadently seasoned, grilled and skewered meats, salads, vegetables and Brazilian specialties.

Graycliffs award-winning wine cellar boasts 250,000 bottles from over 400 vintners in 15 countries and guests can enjoy wine and cheese tastings during their stay at the luxury Bahamas hotel.

Food-lovers will also have the chance to improve their cooking skills while on holidays at the Bahamas mansion at the Graycliff Culinary Academy. Executive Chef Elijah Bowe and his team will demonstrate how to make signature dishes including Lobster in a Puff Pastry, Bahamian Conch Chowder, and Crispy Duck with Bahamian Citrus Sauce.

The hotel provides complimentary access to the Blue Lagoon Beach and guests can relax in double hammocks, play volleyball, swim in the warm ocean, or visit the Dolphin Encounters facility.

Guests can also visit the Graycliff Cigar Company which is owned by the Graycliff Hotel and they will have the chance to learn how to make an authentic Caribbean cigar.

The Graycliff Hotel beat off stiff competition from other Bahamas hotels with the help of 200,000 votes in the annual World Travel Awards 2011 poll.

Motorhomes for a Better Travel Experience

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While travelling to places on a holiday break there are many things in the itinerary. It includes two most important things. One is the mode of transport and the other is the place of stay during the holiday period.

MotorHome Hire is the perfect solution as it solves both problems. You can drive it to whichever place you want as it becomes your private vehicle. And you can also park up and take rest in the plush living space inside.

You can cut down on your travel expenses if you hire a motorhome. Normally while travelling people incur lot of expenses on hiring a vehicle from one place to another. One needs to keep on changing the mode of transport. You are required to stay in hotels for spending the night which is another major cost added to the travel package.

Motorhomes are available for rent. You just need to pay rent for the number of days the van is used. The campervan hire company will provide you the vehicle after considering the number of people in the travel group or the number of members in the family.

Campervans have state of the art and comfortable interiors and have all the amenities like bedrooms, kitchens and bathroom and good lighting throughout. You have the convenience of planning your travel according to your own choices because you don’t need to depend on anyone.

One person can drive the vehicle and the rest of the family can sit back and relax at the back enjoying the ride. Someone looking for motorHome hire in UK can find service providers who rent campervans. A person living in Australia can book a campervan in the UK.

Touring in such vehicles gives the option of taking a break whenever needed. So, you can stop to eat or rest on your own choice. All you need is to park the vehicle as per your convenience and take the required break from driving.

A motorhome hire company gives the option of choosing from a fleet of vans as per the budget of the traveller. The price on these vehicles will depend on the level of luxury you require and the amount of berths. So, one can book a vehicle that will suit your budget.

There are campgrounds available in many parts of UK which can be used for parking the vans or spending a whole night. Such vans can be deemed as a home away from home or a mobile home. This is a convenient travel partner which takes you places and offers all the amenities in the vehicle itself.

You can get in touch with companies providing motorhomes for rent for that wonderful travel experience with your family.

Avoid Ski Vacation Disasters

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If you’ve previously had some disappointing ski trip experiences, then now is a great time to start thinking about avoiding repeats of those experiences. The truth is that ist’s perfectly possible to have a fantastic ski vacation, as so many people find out each year.

What are the main reasons why ski vacations can sometimes be more disappointing than they should be? It seems to me that we can almost put the issues into a series of categories. Let’s begin with a focus on the nature of ski resorts.

If you select the wrong resort then you can find that you’ll have a truly woeful time. The problem is that some resorts are really lacking in terms of facilities, while it’s clear that others may not be suited to your own needs. You probably have requirements that apply specifically to your family.

How can you avoid running into such problems? You’ll certainly need to spend time doing some research and checking that a resort has everything that you need. In a sense, it can certainly be said that we are all relatively fortunate. With Internet access and the ability to read numerous, objective reviews, there’s certainly no lack of information.

What this means is that there’s really little excuse when it comes to finding the right resort. But what about the snow conditions? We all know that a lack of snow can really destroy any trip and that it may also appear to be something that we can do very little about.

This is actually another area where it can be seen that research is particularly useful. You can look at historic snowfall data and also check out the height of particular ski runs. If a deal looks too good to be true, then it may also be the case that the timing could be better.

The choice of resort and the availability of snow will be critical to the success of your trip, but there are plenty more issues to consider. What type of accommodation should you opt for? My own view is that this is one area where it never really makes sense to cut corners.

If you opt for a cheap, budget hotel then you really need to be extremely realistic about the type of standards that you will find there. It’s clearly unlikely to help you to have the ultimate luxury ski vacation. You may wish to look at the alternatives.

It’s easy to see how ski trips can go badly wrong. In order to ensure that you don’t fall into the same traps, it’s worth preparing properly.

Mobile Ticketing to Boost mCommerce In the Coming Years

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Thanks to the latest technological advancements, booking tickets isn’t a tedious task any more. With the implementation of mCommerce you can purchase the tickets of your favorite movie, any upcoming event, or book flight or train tickets in a jiffy. All you have to do is purchase the tickets using your hand held wireless device, and within a short span of time you will receive a SMS, EMS, or MMS. Interestingly, by the year 2014 it is expected that around 15 billion mobile tickets would be delivered worldwide. In a nutshell, the concept of mobile ticketing is purchasing tickets of any events, latest movies, or booking train or flight tickets through your mobile device. The gurus of mobile commerce predict that mobile ticketing will drive the overall growth of the mCommerce industry in the coming years. According to a recent survey mobile ticketing will form a key driver in the overall mCommerce growth till 2012. The industry is expected to exceed a transaction value of 100 billion dollars. Presently mCommerce or Mobile commerce is being widely used by the retail industry, financial services industry, banking industry and the travel industry. Reports suggest that the mCommerce industry grew about 150% to around 200% in the year 2010, and is expected to grow at a rate of 65% annually generating around 25 billion dollars by the year 2015. According to a research conducted by the ABI research firm, by the year 2015 transaction worth around 115 billion dollars would be done using a mobile phone. What’s more? The number of active mobile banking users in the US will catapult from 10 million in the year 2009 to 53 million by the year 2013. Mobile ticketing has not only freed you from the tedious task of standing in queues for booking tickets, but also reduced costs. Firstly the entire concept of a digital ticket saves paper, and the other costs associated with printing and posting those tickets. It also reduces the operational and delivery expenses associated with it. The rising use of mobile coupons has also triggered the growth of mCommerce. Random research suggests that more than 300 million consumers will use mobile coupons by the year 2014 and will generate around six billion dollars globally. QR code integration has triggered the growth of mobile ticketing and mCommerce. It is expected that the transport companies will make the most of this facility and drive the mobile ticketing market.

What Makes A Good Hotel In Barrow

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Many people stay in hotels in Barrow for special occasions or events. Tourists save to take a vacation and a major part of the expense is from hotel bills. Important or once-in-a-lifetime personal or business events are usually held in hotels. People who want to get away but do not want to go so far, stay in hotels.

Whatever your reason, your hotel experience will be part of your vacation, your important once-in-a-lifetime event, or your business meeting. Due to the importance of the occasions and/or reasons for staying in a hotel, it is important to choose a good hotel in Barrow.

What is a good hotel? Hotels in Barrow are classified according to the size, facilities and services offered. But even among hotels of the same category, there are outstanding ones and there are poor ones. A hotel which provides a worry-free experience to its guests will be long remembered as a good hotel, so what makes a hotel stand out among the rest?

– The staff- They are the most important asset of a good hotel. They are the ones who communicate with the guests and who go out of their way to accommodate and attend to their needs.

– Hotel facilities in a good hotel should be well maintained, especially the toilets.

– Small features that make the lives of the guests like a safe for valuables, hair dryer, clock, television, big mirror, conveniently located power sockets.

– Freebies in the room like free coffee, tea, fruits, or candies. They cost little but gives a caring impression to the guests.

– Good food in a wide variety and generous servings.

– Conveniently-located and comfortable beds. Think of the comfort to the guests if light switches and telephones are easily reached without getting up from the bed.

– Security: Guests should feel secure and safe, Are the door knobs all in good condition? How about the windows? The fire exit location should be identified.

-Some reading materials for guests who need to rest first before sleeping.

– A survey sheet in every room or a suggestion box in the lobby and in every function room. This would enable the guests to communicate their complaints to the hotel decision makers. That they have informed the hotel staff of their complaints would make them want to come again to see if their suggestions have been acted upon.

A river Shannon Boating Holiday in Ireland

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I have recently come back from what I can only describe as the most relaxing and interesting vacation I have ever been on. This year myself and my wife were looking at holiday options and based on a recommendation by some friends we thought that a trip to Ireland might give us a dose of culture and scenery. I had only ever heard good things about the country, so we started planing. We were informed that the best way to see the real Irish countryside was by boat, cruising on the river Shannon which runs through the center of the entire country. So we did our research and booked a cruiser from a little town called Banagher. We had never operated a boat before but we were given a brief class beforehand which made everything easy.

We booked the cruiser for three nights, we thought that this would allow us time to see the rest of the country and it did. The rest of the country was fantastic but the truth is I never wanted to leave that boat. The river is full of history covering three thousand years, the ruins of churches, abbeys, castles and towers are everywhere and free to explore. Not far from Banagher is the ruins of an ancient seventh century city which you can cruise right up to and walk around. It was all very extraordinary. You will never be cruising for long without meeting a lovely village and stopping in at a pub. One pub we visited was 350 years old and the old part of the bar was preserved from this time. Another small village had huge deserted stone buildings and military towers. A local told us this was in case Napoleon was to attack England by coming through Ireland. All of these structures still stand like ornaments on the landscape passed down through generations until there meaning has been eroded to just spectacular sites. Cruising by low lying green meadows to the sweet backing notes of wildlife all around really recharge my soul. As the famous Irish Poet Yeats said ‘Come with me oh Human Child, to the waters and the wild’ my natural human instincts for exploring, for the wild were satisfied and the scenic delights that crossed my eyes will never be forgotten. Until next year when I will return to the river Shannon.

There is a company called Discover the Shannon Link: which arrange holidays on the river and were really helpful with us.

Packing Travel Tips for the World Traveler

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travel tips is to pack good comfortable shoes that you will be able to walk in. Create a travel checklist to make sure you have everything you need. Plan for the unexpected and you will be able to enjoy your trip no matter where you choose to go.

“>One of the worst problems that a world traveler can experience is to arrive at your destination only to find that you are missing several key items that you need for your trip. To avoid these problems you should consider these packing travel tips for the person that travels around the globe.

You need to ensure you have your passport and other travel documents with you. Keep a copy of these records in case something happens to your originals. Pack a first aid kit to ensure that you do not have to deal with unexpected problems. Do not carry all your credit cards, debit cards, traveler checks, or cash in one location. Divide it up in case something happens.

Make sure you pack enough clothes to allow for at least two changes of clothing for each day. You do not have to pack a great deal of clothes, but you should make plans to pick items that can be worn with different outfits to give you extra choices. Accessories such as scarves, sweaters, or jackets can provide you with more options. When choosing your clothes, try to pick wrinkle-free clothes to avoid having to worry about ironing the clothes each day. Choosing darker colors can help you to avoid showing dirt and stains if they should happen.

Learn what the weather is expected to be like when you make plans to visit a certain area or country. This will allow you to pack the right clothes to cover your needs. You can always pack a couple of extra outfits that can deal with unusual or unexpected weather. One of the most important travel tips is to pack good comfortable shoes that you will be able to walk in. Create a travel checklist to make sure you have everything you need. Plan for the unexpected and you will be able to enjoy your trip no matter where you choose to go.

Sivota Beaches

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Sivota is seaside paradise situated on a picturesque small, secluded bay. The ideal location for those seeking a relaxing holiday.
It is the most cosmopolitan region of Thesprotia,Epirus with clusters of islands and beautiful beaches hidden among the maze of small islands and capes.

There’s a great variety of refreshing Sivota beaches both sandy and pebbly,though all with crystal clear waters.
The sea, the sun and the wind have tastefully formed the place
creating an impressive coastline.Some of these have been awarded
the Blue Flag, the European guarantee of cleanliness..

Apart from those beautiful Sivota beaches you can find marvelous rocky cliffs ideal for snorkeling

Some of these beaches that you have to explore:

Mega Ammos

A cosmopolitan beach with sand and cool waters, well organized with water sports facilities.

Mikri Ammos

This is the diver’s paradise as you can find marvelous rocky cliffs ideal for snorkeling. It is actually an enclosed bay with clear waters and beautiful colors.

Mega drafi

This is actually two beaches with a huge cliffs in the middle.The first one is ideal for families and the other one is a nude beach that you can reach walking a very beautiful and kind of dangerous path or by boat.

bella vraka

The most famous beach at Sivota can be reached only by boat or on foot because of the the shallow water.In fact there are three successive beaches,very close one to another.

pisina(pool)

Accessed only by boat,a very beautiful beach with white sand and cool blue waters,is really like a pool. Nice and private environment for those who seeks the perfect.

This beautiful place is located at the northwestern side of Greece,at the perfecture of Epirus.It is nearby the port of Igoumenitsa and a few kilometers away from the famous places of Parga and Preveza.This is a well developed place with numerous hotels and resorts and you can stay there in a low budget.

If you’re planning a family vacation,a romantic getaway or
an adventure with friends,you’ve come to the right place!

Vacation Rental In Vancouver Bc

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Vancouver is a vacation destination located in beautiful British Columbia. To find vacation rentals in Vancouver, BC you can either try going through the ordinary route of booking a hotel online or you can try another approach if you are looking for something a little more affordable or unique there are other websites where you can find vacation rentals through property management companies or for rent by owner. Vacation rental properties by owner are getting quite popular on the web because you actually get a home away from home. There are so many places to choose from such as, apartments, condos, penthouses, beachfront accommodations, suburban retreats, cabins on a lake, and so much more. If you want it chances are you will most definitely find it if you choose to go this route for your next vacation and get a great deal to boot.

You will be amazed at the great deals that are out there. Some vacation rental properties by owner go above and beyond what you would normally get in a vacation rental, such as breakfast, lunch or dinner included, gift baskets, maid service and free car use for your trip. They do this to entice the customers to try their services over the rest, and in return usually end up with return customers. I mean who wouldnt want that extra something to make you feel you is getting your moneys worth.

Vancouver BC, vacationers always end up coming back for more, seeing as it is an all year round vacation spot, in the winter we get crowds of people from around the world just for our abundant selection of ski hills, and winter sports. The spring and summer time vacation rentals in Vancouver, BC fill up fast seeing as how there are so many attractions here for people to see and do. Vancouver, BC offers dinner cruises, party boats, bar hopping bus tours, whale watching tours, fireworks competitions, a vast variety of festivals, PNE and Play land, concerts, outdoor live theatre, indoor movies on the beach, beautiful parks, fine cuisine, hiking, fishing charters, Vancouver aquarium, etc. The list goes on and on, it is a beautiful city, and you will definitely meet some friendly, amazing people here. It is a multicultural society so it is sure to have something of interest for all walks of life.

Vancouver, BC should definitely be put on your vacation to do list, and why not try a new approach for your next vacation getaway and try a vacation rental by owner you might just be pleasantly surprised at how far you money can go.