Jamaica – Guide for Beginners

Posted on: August 30th, 2014 by Anup

Swaying palm trees, superior beaches, sizzling sunshine and a laid-back vibe – Jamaica is calling. With a stunning mountain backdrop and the strains of reggae luring you in, this outstanding Caribbean destination promises an unforgettable holiday. Why choose Jamaica? This striking island has much to recommend it and something for every type of holidaymaker. Beach babes will love flopping on the impossibly white sand and lazing in dreamy hammocks, while party animals can head to one of the many beach bars for a spot of reggae and rum. If history is more your thing, you won’t be disappointed. Spend your days exploring the buzzing towns of the island such as Port Antonio, while the capital Kingston showcases colonial architecture. And you can’t visit Jamaica without paying a visit to the museum which honours one of its ultimate legends, Bob Marley. Find it in Kingston and work it into your itinerary.…

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10 Mind-Blowing Canary Island Locations

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by Anup

With their sub-tropical climate and incredible sandy stretches, the Spanish Canary Islands off the coast of Africa are hugely popular with visitors every year. However, while they do boast spectacular beaches, there is much more to the islands, from spectacular volcanic landscapes to banana plantations. Here are 10 mind-blowing locations to put on your Canary Island bucket list. 1.       La Gomera The tiny island of La Gomera may only be a mere 15 miles in diameter but it packs a serious punch in the scenery department. From the banana groves of the north to the barren south, it is prime hiking territory with turquoise coastal bathing pools offering the chance to cool off on the way. With just two resorts on the island, you may choose to take a day trip from Tenerife. 2.       Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, Lanzarote The bizarre lunar-like landscape of the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya is…

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10 Must Try Foods in Mexico

Posted on: August 21st, 2014 by Anup

While many will head to Mexico for its paradise beaches, crystal clear waters and fabulous weather, the food alone is enough to tempt even the choosiest of eaters. So get ready for your taste buds to be tantalized as you experience a cuisine that packs a powerful punch in the flavour department as we reveal 10 must-try Mexican foods. 1.       Enchiladas While enchiladas are well known and popular on our own British shores, they actually date all the way back to Mayan times. However, things have changed a little since then when they were made from corn and wrapped around small fish before being chomped. Today, anything from meat to cheese to vegetables are stuffed in the tasty flour wraps – and finished off with a blob of spicy chilli sauce. 2.       Elote Street food at its best! You’ll be hard pressed to find a Mexican city street corner that doesn’t sell…

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6 Winter Festivals You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted on: August 20th, 2014 by Anup

While we may traditionally associate festivals with basking in the sun during the warm summer months, there is still plenty of fun to be had when the weather turns chilly. Both in the UK and abroad, there are loads of events to brighten up the long winter days – and what better way to experience one than combining it with a holiday? Here are six ideas… 1.       The Ice Snow Festival, Harbin, China Fancy being wowed? This exciting festival showcases elaborate snow sculptures and full size buildings incredibly carved from blocks of ice. The largest event of its type in the world, areas of the festival include theme parks such as Harbin Ice and Snow World, Ice Lantern Fair, Songhua River Ice and Snow Happy Valley. The event begins on January 5 2015 and will be celebrated until February 28 2015. 2.       The Patras Carnival One of Europe’s largest festivals,…

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7 Essential Summer Holiday Travel Hacks

Posted on: August 15th, 2014 by Anup

Adventure, excitement and new experiences are what summer holidays are all about. But before you jet off into the sunset, arm yourself with these travel hacks to ensure your holiday goes off without a hitch… 1.       Be prepared Before you leave, scan your passport, visa and insurance documents and email them to yourself. While it isn’t pleasant to think about things that could go wrong, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you can always access your details quickly and easily should you need to. 2.       Be savvy with your packing Hauling around a ridiculously heavy case is no fun – and can be expensive if you have to pay for extra weight. So be sensible with your packing to save time and space. Roll items rather than folding, tuck underwear and socks into shoes, take travel size toiletries, and be realistic – do you really need 10 dresses for…

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7 Reasons to Make Cape Verde Top of your Bucket List

Posted on: August 12th, 2014 by Anup

Combining outstanding beauty, year-round sunshine, and a melting pot of cultures, the stunning Cape Verde archipelago is emerging as a must-see destination for holidaymakers. But what exactly is it about the dreamy destination that makes it an essential for the bucket list? 1.       The incredible beaches Paradise found? You might just think so when you arrive in Cape Verde and are presented with miles of unspoiled, powder-white sands and glistening waters offering the most tempting of invitations to invest in some quality R&R. From the desert like landscape of Boa Vista to Sal’s stunning sandy stretches, it’s the perfect excuse to flop with a book and long cool drink or try your hand at some of the great watersports on offer. 2.       The glorious weather Cape Verde enjoys Caribbean-like weather for the majority of the year giving you the option to bask in balmy temperatures whenever you fancy. The warmest…

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The Best of Winter Sun – 3 Destinations to Banish the Winter Blues

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 by Anup

You’re all wrapped up, there’s ice beneath your feet, you have an ‘in case of emergency’ umbrella and 6 months’ worth of tissues in your bag; winter in the UK can be harsh to say the least. Across the world other countries are basking in the sun. So why don’t you take your holiday a little later this year and enjoy some amazing winter sun. Here are some of our favourite destinations to choose from. Jamaica This laidback yet lively destination is perfect if you want to escape the chill of the British winds. With temperatures hitting the high 20′s and low 30′s from November to February, topping up your tan couldn’t be more enjoyable. Enjoy the seven mile powder-soft white beach in Negril for the ultimate in relaxation, before taking a dip in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. With the Jamaican pace being so relaxed, you’ll feel…

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5 Essential Winter Holiday Destinations

Posted on: August 5th, 2014 by Anup

A winter holiday could be just what you need to escape the mad rush that is Christmas and New Year. Somewhere relaxing with a great climate sounds perfect; and just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some sun and great temperatures. In fact it’s all the more reason to head abroad and top up your tan. Here are our top 5 winter holiday picks. Canary Islands Situated just off the North African coast you’ll find the beautiful Canary Islands. The perfect destination for sun lovers all year round, you can enjoy the stunning beaches or take a dip in the warm waters, no matter when you visit. The Canaries are an ideal holiday destination for all types of people, from singles and families to the more active holiday goers. From surfing in Lanzarote, to camel rides in the desert there’s something for everyone. Make sure you visit…

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6 experiences you can only have in Cuba

Posted on: August 2nd, 2014 by Anup

Rum, cigars and 1950’s classic cars – intoxicating Cuba will engulf you in a whirlwind of colour and promise you an unforgettable holiday. Boasting outstanding resorts, delicious food and a fascinating history and culture, a dream getaway awaits with a whole selection of exciting things to do. Here are six of our top picks. 1.       Rumba your way through Havana Music and dancing is a way of life in Cuba, with spontaneous live bands and rumba sessions breaking out on random street corners across Havana. To be catapulted into this fantastic experience, head to the colourful alley of Callejon de Hemel in Havana where bright murals decorate the walls.  Get those hips moving and feet tapping as you experience raw Cuban culture at its best. 2.       Climb Cuba’s highest peak Santiago de Cuba boasts Cuba’s highest peak in the breathtaking Sierra Mastra Mountains. So pull on those hiking boots, head…

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14 Interesting Facts About The World’s Travel Habits

Posted on: July 31st, 2014 by Anup

Are you a globetrotter or do you stick to the tried and tested summer holiday formula? Do you always seek somewhere new or stay to where you know? Whatever your personal travel habits, it’s likely you share them with millions of others around the world. Here are 14 fun facts about how we travel. 1. Summer in the city float your boat? Well, exotic and chaotic Bangkok is where the world flocks to, holding the crown as the most visited city in the world. 2. Spain still reins high as one of the most visited destinations by Brits, and with its 8000 km of beaches and fabulous weather, what’s not to love? 3. If you’re looking for an exotic Asian adventure, Burma and Vietnam saw a substantial increase in the number of British visitors in 2013. 4. Whether it’s the buzz of the Big Apple, California dreaming or walking in…

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