The concept of a winter skiing holiday has been very popular now for a number of decades. There is something about having a full day on the slopes, returning to your cosy and warm ski accommodation and then perhaps heading out again to experience the fantastic apres ski facilities that may exist in your resort.
The most well known winter skiing resorts for Europe can be found in Switzerland, France, Austria and northern Italy. These attract hundreds of thousands of tourists each and every year and the facilities associated with them are truly excellent.
But there are actually numerous other places around the world where you may wish to head, if you are an avid winter sports enthusiast. Staying in Europe to start: The Pyrenees is always a crowd-puller, as is Norway and there are even resorts located in the Scottish Highlands. (more...)
If you really want to learn English quickly and more easily, why not consider an English Homestay Belfast for your language course? The benefits of a homestay course are numerous, not least that you actually live with your English teacher so you have private tuition at home, so to speak, and interact with the tutor and his or her family at other times such as breakfast and dinner.
You also have trips arranged in the afternoon so it is not just hard work, but great fun as you get to practise your English skills in different places and learn more about the culture of Northern Ireland.
The best thing is that you are totally immersed in the language, so even if you are shy and afraid to speak up in groups, you will have no choice but to speak English – in a good way of course! (more...)
Whether you have visited a foreign country on holiday or are a native of another country living in this one, it is nice to have reminders of the fantastic things found elsewhere. The world is full of great culture and getting a taste of it whilst you travel can mean that you miss some aspects of it when you return home.
For example, you may have spent some time in the wonderful country of France. This western European country has a fantastic culture which the natives are, quite rightly, fiercely proud of. Many people visit France every year and take home souvenirs to family, friends or even to remind them of the fantastic time they had.
For some people a souvenir is not enough though. They want things from France that will give them a more intense reminder of their time there. Luckily, there are dedicated websites who offer many different items from France that people can buy to use or keep. (more...)
Whether you have your heart set on Sitges Villa Rentals or a property in Marbella, in the south of Spain, there is no denying the fact that villa rentals has become a very popular idea. Not only in Spain, but increasingly all around the world now.
There are some real perks to renting-out your own private villa for a while and here are just a few of them:
Your Home-Away-from-Home (more...)
Okay, I know, we have not even got the summer holidays out of the way yet, but now may still be the perfect time to consider a cosy little Christmas break away. There is no stopping you from going ahead and reserving a holiday that the whole family will love right now and just putting down the deposit. At least this way you will have lots of time to save-up the balance.
There are a few popular ideas for great Christmas breaks and probably the one that shines out at the top of this list is Lapland Adventure Holidays. Trust me when I say that the kids usually absolutely love this.
They have the best of both worlds on this type of holiday. Not only will they get the chance to visit Father Christmas in his actual homeland, but they will be able to take part in plenty of winter activities and adventures too. (more...)
Golf is one sport that has caught on across the entire globe. From Thailand to Toronto, you can bet your bottom dollar that there will always be a decent course close by if you fancy trying to improve your handicap.
When most people think about a golfing holiday - they usually see many pound signs in front of their eyes - and feel that this type of break would be out of their price range. But there are ways of finding Cheap Golf Holidays without even having to compromise in the least.
The best way to get a good deal would be to travel out of the main summer season and find an all inclusive special package that will include your tee-off times, accommodation and sometimes all of your meals. These can represent excellent value for money and it is always preferable to stay in the same resort. (more...)
At the end of the day, one of the best ways to evaluate a travel company must be down to the way in which it deals with its disgruntled customers. You can investigate the Travel PR as much as you want, this will not tell you how good a company they really are until you travel with them and something goes wrong.
Having worked within and written on the travel industry for around 14 years, I would say I am in a good position to pass an informed opinion on this issue. For the most part, my overall opinion would be that the majority of travel companies have a deplorable track record when it comes to dealing with holiday complaints.
I have tended to find, over the last ten years or so, that as the demand for no frills holidays has grown, the average level of customer service has taken a massive nose-dive at the same time. Within the travel industry, never has it been more pertinent to state that you really do get what you pay for. (more...)
There are very few other countries in the world that can offer you such a wide choice of accommodation, for a holiday, than France. From chateaux to gites and country houses in France, the world is your oyster and no two holidays to this diverse country need ever be the same.
If the idea of a chateau grabs you, there are literally hundreds of them open to the public across the entire country. This would make for the ultimate romantic break, in an absolute fairytale setting, and may prove to be the best place to get down on one knee and pose that question. The Loire Valley is possibly one of the best parts of France to enjoy a chateau holiday and the choice in this region is vast.
Then you have that little known word - gite. People that have little clue on anything Francophile may not have heard of this type of property, but it is basically a charming and quintessentially French cottage. Think rustic, quaint and cosy and you may have an idea of what you can expect from staying in such a delightful property. (more...)
If you are planning to travel to Sydney, then you already know there is so much to see and do in this vast country. There are countless sightseeing opportunities that are natural and can be done from anywhere that you are at. There are many options that will want to be considered.
Plus, there are many beaches and pools to enjoy, as well as museums and histories to explore also. The beach areas are not like beaches in other areas. Sydney offers a range of shopping at the many stores, boutiques, art galleries, malls and more.
You will definitely not ever be bored while searching for Sydney travel accommodation and then booking your holiday in Sydney, Australia. There are many world famous landmarks in the area, plus many picture taking opportunities too. They day life is exciting and vast, as is the night life too. (more...)
I remember when I was booking my holiday to Australia, I found it very exasperating that these packages seemed to be so prohibitively expensive. The cost was high whether I booked an inclusive package through a tour operator or even reserved each part of the holiday package separately.
Then I found that I was very annoyed by the fact that the tour operators that travel to Australia, seem to have an agreement whereby they refuse to publish the cost of the whole package in advance - they would only give you the cost of the flipping hotels and one idea of a fare that you will not find available when you try to go ahead and book - very unhelpful. In the end, I realised that I did not like the way in which these companies were being so disingenuous and decided to avoid them altogether.
I found the best way to tackle the extraordinary Australiawas to definitely take care of arrangements myself. I booked a flight that included several Qantas and BA flights together and this was on a special round-the-world fare that meant that I just had to keep travelling east around the globe. This actually worked out as being excellent value for money, although I would encourage you to steer clear of Qantas for your flights - I thought they were horrendous! - and try to stick to BA. (more...)
If your ultimate destination is Australia, you have probably been trying to ascertain an idea of the expected airfare. If you have taken a sneaky peek lately, you were no doubt shocked by the high fares that were being offered to you.
Air fares to Australia are at the highest they have ever been, right now. If you can secure a return ticket to and from Australia for less than £1000, you will have done very well indeed. If you prefer to fly in a premium economy cabin - which is much more comfortable for such a long journey - the fares are usually around £1650 plus.
There may just be a good way of reducing this high fare and it involves being a little tricky here. Sometimes, you may be able to get a much better fare to the Far East: e.g. Hong Kong or Bangkok. Then book a separate return flight to and from this destination and Australia. (more...)
Whilst a couple of weeks at a seaside hotel in Spain is fine for many people as their annual holiday there are others who want a little bit more from their vacation, maybe seeing a country that's completely different from what they are used to, seeing some spectacular scenery, and perhaps even getting a little excitement. If you're one of those types of people who prefer to extend their horizons rather than just sit around by the pool or on the beach all day, then it might be worth your while considering an African safari holiday.
Africa is one of the relatively few unspoiled continents in the world with vast tracts of wild country, and diverse wildlife, some of which is truly majestic and awesome to see in its natural surroundings. I'm talking of course of big cats like lions and leopards, and also elephants, giraffe, rhinoceros, and hippopotamus. These are all exciting creatures to view close up in their own habitat rather than in a cage in a zoo, and you can track these animals on safari with experienced guides and see them for yourself.
Africa is such a large continent that it is difficult to know where to head for since there are so many different sights to see. Kenya, however, is one of the best regions for seeing big game, as well as superb scenery and Kenya Safari Tours specialize in this magical region which has everything you could wish for as a memorable holiday destination. (more...)