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Fun in the Sun during your Corfu Holiday

A Corfu holiday should include a day on isolated beaches like these ones!

Corfu is a beautiful Greek island cast out into the Ionian Sea, close to the coast of Turkey. It’s known as the Emerald Isle, and for good reason too – one glimpse at those lush hillsides, dense forests and sparkling blue seas and it’s clear to see how it got its name.

Like its neighbouring islands, Corfu has a fascinating story to tell and is peppered with ancient ruins. Its history is smattered with battles and conquests which span the last several centuries, and its legacy survives in the form of crumbling walls and fallen temples, towering fortifications and echoing castles. Wander among the remains and learn about the Ancient Greece lifestyle, the advances of the Ottoman Empire, Turkish sieges, and even the Napoleonic Wars.

It’s fair to say that if you’ve got a Corfu holiday on the agenda, you’ll never be short of fascinating things to see, do and experience. But of course, a trip to this beautiful island offers so much more than a history lesson – something that the kids will be happy to know!

Today, a Corfu holiday take many different forms. Check out a tour operator like Thomas Cook holidays to get an idea of the different types of package holidays available. You can enjoy family fun in the sun on one of its beautiful beaches, a day’s shopping trip in its incredible capital city, or pick up the tempo in its buzzing party resort of Kavos.

If you’ve got a laid-back beach break on the cards, this lovely island is happy to oblige. Head to beautiful Acharavi or Aghios Georgios in the north, and enjoy a laid-back lifestyle with wide sandy beaches and quiet, traditional tavernas – perfect for trying the local cuisine or enjoying a Grecian nightcap at the end of another gorgeous day.

In Corfu resorts like Sidari and Govia, you’ll find a livelier vibe which tempts in tourists looking for somewhere upbeat, with plenty of home comforts and nearby activities. These resorts lay on plenty of entertainment both day and night, so you’ll never be short of things to do.

For fun in the sun, the beautiful Emerald Isle of Corfu ticks all the right boxes…

12 Mar 2014

Planning an all inclusive holiday – what do you need to know?

Planning an all-inclusive holiday isn't as hard as you think - follow our guide and you'll be chilling in this pool before you know it!

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and book that relaxing all inclusive holiday you’ve been dreaming about all winter – good for you. The only question is, what do you need to know before you do? Our guide will help you get to grips with what to look into before handing over your cash.

All inclusive deals aren’t all the same

The first and arguably most important thing you need to bear in mind is that one all inclusive package can vary an awful lot from the next. So, don’t make your booking without thoroughly checking exactly what you’ll be getting. You can pretty much bank on food and drinks being included, for instance, but often you’ll find some of the fancier drinks are excluded.

If you’re planning an action-packed trip, it’s also worth finding out whether any onsite activities are part of the deal (or water sports at the local beach, for instance), since this could help you decide whether or not this really is the best option for you. Similarly, if you think there’s a lot included that you just won’t use, it could be worth looking around some more, because you may well find there’s an offer better suited to your needs elsewhere.

Food and local restaurants

Enjoying some good food is part and parcel of a decent holiday, and when you’re going all inclusive you’ll largely be tied to the restaurants at your chosen resort – after all, you’ll have paid to eat there, so it’s unlikely you’ll want to pay extra to eat somewhere else every night! So, check out what kind of food is on offer at each venue. As well as thinking about whether you like the sound of it, consider how much variety there is – if there isn’t much, you may well get bored of what you’re eating after a few days.

While you’re likely to want to eat at the resort most of the time, occasionally you might like to treat yourself to lunch and dinner out. So, you should also take a peek at what kinds of restaurants are nearby – and what sort of reviews they get.

Location

The next thing you need to think about is the location of your hotel. When doing so, keep in mind the facilities and activities included in your deal – they may well mean you’re happy enough to stay somewhere a little further out from the centre of the action, purely because they offer you plenty to do.

If, however, you’re really set on visiting certain attractions or spending lots of time out and about, you should make sure there’s plenty of scope for you to get around easily. It’s worth considering the cost of transport, too, because this can have an impact on your overall budget.

Budget

Speaking of budgets, while all inclusive deals can be great for making sure you don’t overspend and seeing your overall holiday cost at a glance, you need to do your sums before booking. First of all, check whether there could be any hidden charges – if you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to ask.

Again, you should also make sure you fully understand what is – and what isn’t – included in the price you’re paying. Remember to add on any attractions that you expect to go and see, as well as any known travel costs. Doing all this will help you build up an accurate picture of the overall price of the holiday, as well as work out how much spending money you’ll have per day. Another way to make your trip more feasible is to leverage credit card points, click here to learn more.

Flights and hotel transfers

You’ll often see all inclusive deals encompassing hotels, flights and transfer costs. Because they’re so simple, these often seem particularly appealing, but it pays to stop for a moment and look carefully at the individual costs. Often, it’s actually cheaper to organise your flights, transfers and hotel separately.

Why? Chiefly because it allows you to select the very best deal for each, not to mention giving you the freedom to pick flight times and suchlike that best suit you – Holiday Nights is a good place to look.

17 Feb 2014

Discover Desert Landscapes and the Red City in Jordan

Wadi Rum is one of the amazing natural assets that are just begging to be discovered in Jordan...!

Jordan is becoming an increasingly popular place to visit for a walking holiday and with very good reason, as its desert landscapes are truly spectacular and provide a wilderness experience like no other.

Another attraction of hiking in Jordan is that you can visit some amazing historical sites as you walk, including the breathtaking city of Petra. Also known as the Red City, this was once an important stop on the trade routes from east to west, although much of its charm for travellers lies in the fact it remained undiscovered by the western world for centuries.

We’re going to take a look at some of the highlights of a trekking tour in Jordan – if this interests you, Explore Worldwide can help you organise your ideal holiday.

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is a desert valley where you’ll find some incredible rock formations and beautiful scenery. The cliffs and rocks here have been carved into bizarre shapes by the power of the wind and they really are a sight to behold.

This part of Jordan was made famous by TE Lawrence, who was based here during the first world war and who went on to write about his experiences. He described the landscape as “vast, echoing and god-like”.

However, Wadi Rum was being used centuries before as a trade route and it’s one the local Bedouin people know well. They still live a semi-nomadic life in the desert and visiting one of their camps will give you an insight into how they survive in what seems to be such an inhospitable environment.

Among the most famous – and impressive – rock formations in Wadi Rum are the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a towering red-stone cliff, and the Burdah Rock Bridge. Dotted throughout the valley are thousands of petroglyphs and inscriptions that indicate that the area has been inhabited by humans for centuries.

Petra

Petra is Jordan’s most famous tourist attraction and with very good reason. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is quite incredible, with the original city having been hewn out of the cliffs and other buildings developed around it in its sheltered location among the mountains.

It was the Nabateans who developed it into a thriving hub for traders crossing the desert from the Orient to Arabia and it was a bustling city until the Roman era, when trade routes were diverted and Petra gradually lost influence.

Despite being known to the local Bedouins, it was forgotten by the rest of the world until the early 19th century when Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt stumbled across it. Although many of the buildings were in ruins, the tombs and chambers that had been carved out of the cliffs themselves are still in remarkable condition.

One of the highlights is the Treasury, which greets travellers as they enter via the Siq Gorge. Obelisks, temples, tombs and a Roman-style theatre are some of the other things you can discover as you wander around the city.

If you’ve got the energy for a bit of a climb, make your way to the Al Deir Monastery, which stands at the top of a flight of 800 steps that have been cut out of the rock. In addition to the archaeological treasures themselves, there are two museums onsite that have been designed to give visitors a better understanding of Petra’s history, as well as to showcase artefacts that have been recovered here.

15 Feb 2014

London’s Unmissable Bars, Clubs & Pubs!

Wishing Well Pub, London, England

When it comes to the top bars and clubs in Europe, the city of London simply can’t be overlooked. There’s so much entertainment on the capital’s streets as it is, and sometimes there are some amazing bars and clubs that get overlooked by tourists – and even Londoners – when on a night out.

If you’re thinking of visiting London, England in 2014, then a tour of the city’s best places to drink is a must, with some of the oldest pubs in the country laying roots in the capital for hundreds of years! Here’s a short guide to London’s Unmissable bars, clubs & pubs to kick start your evening in one of the world’s most spectacular cities.

Lime 

Lime can be found nestled in the suburbs of Palmers Green in North London, and having just undergone a complete refurbishment from its previous name The Live Room, this bar is a real eye catcher. With black and silver walls, stylish mirrors surrounding the seating areas, table service and smart, friendly staff, there’s no doubt you’ll have a night to remember in Lime, especially as the DJ plays the freshest hip hop tunes until the early hours! Call or visit their website to reserve a table.

Moonlighting 

Moonlighting is another of London’s top bars/clubs, and it’s extremely popular with students on a Thursday night with drinks selling for £1.50! Situated in the heart of Soho, one of the capital’s trendiest boroughs, Moonlighting hosts a number of nights every week, with the busiest being Saturday.

If you’re looking for great cocktails, a dazzling interior and old tunes as well as new ones, then Moonlighting is the place for you, and just like Lime you can call ahead and reserve a table – or even host a party there!

Koko 

Koko is one of London’s oldest venues, and to this day it remains a popular place to party with the capital’s youth in the heart of Camden. From NME nights to gigs and special DJ appearances, this is a great place to spot celebrities in the city, especially if a great band is playing. Koko is pretty big inside, with 3 levels overlooking the main dance floor.

Furthermore, the club also puts on special student nights in the week (usually Wednesdays), meaning there’s a whole host of great drinks deals to take advantage of. Get discounts on tickets by booking online at the Koko website.

The Wishing Well 

Palmers Green has a knack for cool places to drink, and situated right across the road from Lime is the Wishing Well. Home to some of London’s most seasoned Irish drinkers, the Wishing Well is as traditional as pubs come, playing live music most nights of the week and even supplying drinkers with sandwiches towards the end of the night!

Furthermore, there’s an overground train station opposite the pub, meaning you can be back in central London in less than 20 minutes. Run and owned by manager Chrissy, she keep’s this establishment in tip-top shape, so get down to the Wishing Well and experience a true Irish pub at it’s finest!

If you are looking for the finest London bars and clubs, you needn’t despair, as the establishments listed above will get you well on you way to one of the best nights out that you’ve ever had in your life!

10 Jan 2014

Top 5 Sights in the Southern Hemisphere

Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland, Australia

There are plenty of historical and cultural landmarks dotted south of the equator that travellers flock to.  This is not surprising given the fact that four of the world’s continents – Africa, South America, Australasia and Antarctica – are encompassed within its territory.

If you’re thinking of visiting one of the countries in the Southern Hemisphere, or indeed taking part in a round-the-world trip, then here are some of the top 5 sights for you to check out.

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Symbolising the religious zeal of Catholic Brazil, the imposing Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ that has become synonymous with the country. Its substantial size of 98 feet and position on top of the 2,300 feet tall Corcovado Mountain makes it dominate the Rio skyline. Although there is a strenuous climb up to the foot of the statue, the views over the rest of the city are breathtaking. It is estimated that over 1 million people visit every year.

The Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand

One of the most popular tourist destinations in New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is a 16km-wide inlet which forms a natural harbour at the northern tip of the country. Although many visitors come each year, the natural beauty of the area remains preserved to a high level. 144 islands make up the area where people come to enjoy the picturesque bays and sandy beaches. Yachting and fishing are also popular pastimes in the Bay of Islands.

Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, Australia

The incredible Great Barrier Reef is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. Referred to as one of the Seven Wonders of the World on numerous occasions, it has also been selected as a World Heritage Site. Because of its reputation, millions of people flock to the Reef every year, especially tourists travelling down the popular east coast route. The Great Barrier Reef supports an extremely diverse plant and marine life which make snorkeling an attractive pursuit also.

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Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe

Lying on the border of both Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the world. Named by the Scottish explorer David Livingstone after the British monarch of the time, the Falls are considered to be the largest in Africa and the world due to its combined height and width. Large national parks surround the waterfall with an eclectic bundle of wildlife to enjoy for visitors.

Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia

If visiting Sydney then the harbour district is the must-see area for all tourists. With its historical past and cultural landmarks, the image of the harbour is widely associated with Australia. This is notably because the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge lie within a small distance of each other, two of the most prominent sights in the Southern Hemisphere. The spectacular celebrations at New Year also take place around the harbour, perhaps the most famous fireworks display in the world.

 

19 Dec 2013

Top Five Things to do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has long captured the imagination of Americans and others vacationers for its excitement and many fun offerings. Known as a mecca all over the world for the best quality casinos and resorts that can be found along with one of a kind gambling and entertainment, Las Vegas is a destination not to miss. Visiting Las Vegas promises to be the vacation of lifetime. Not only are the downtown casinos rated best in class, but the Las Vegas strip incorporates the nearby communities of Paradise and Winchester providing tourists with significant variety and satisfaction. When in Las Vegas, tourists should always make sure to capture the excitement and novelty of America’s most desirable vacation destination by taking part in the following must see and do attractions.

Best Things To Do In Las Vegas

Las Vegas shows are legendary for a multitude of reasons including having the highest quality performers and incredible variety amongst the many offerings. Major productions include performances by the likes of David Copperfield, musicals such as the “Jersey Boys” and “Rock of Ages”, and fabulous concerts by leading bands and soloists. When These productions are definitely among the things to do in Las Vegas that will deliver memories for a lifetime for you and your family.

Equally entertaining are the one of a kind museums including the super popular Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement and the one of a kind Neon Museum. While at the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, referred to by locals as the “Mob Museum,” visitors can learn about the exciting history of organized crime in America. At the Neon Museum visitors can see the exciting past of Las Vegas through actual signs and other architectural marketing wonders from the actual resorts and casinos that have become so legendary in American history. Whatever your interests, Las Vegas offers a unique array of exciting museums that you will not find the likes of anywhere else.

All visitors should also check out the famous Bellagio Fountains to see a one of kind highly choreographed water show done to specially choreographed music. The shows are unique and are another one of the many things to do in Las Vegas.

A fourth treat for all visitors is the fine dining Las Vegas offers. Whatever your favorite cosines, Las Vegas offers world class restaurants and eating venues that you must take advantage of. The restaurant scene is in fact a staple on everyone’s list of favorite things to do in Las Vegas.

Lastly, you should take advantage of the world’s nicest and best gambling experience. The casinos that call Las Vegas their home are unequaled by those anywhere else. You can choose from a diverse array of options either downtown or on the famed Las Vegas Strip. Casinos such as the Bellagio, MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, and Caesars Palace are legendary attractions that are must see and do experiences for your visit. Other fine casinos such as Binion’s Gambling Hall and Casino and Tropicana Las Vegas offer even more variety and even more world class gambling.

The next time you plan a trip, remember that a Las Vegas holidays provide memories for a lifetime and offers several must see and do adventures for everyone.

07 Nov 2013

Top Things To Do In Thailand

Knowing the top things to do in Thailand will allow you to keep your itinerary in order before you hop on the plane.  While Thailand’s claim to fame is the pristine Maya Bay of Koh Phi Phi Leh Island which was once featured in the movie “The Beach”, there’s certainly more to this charming Southeast Asian country than this beautiful beach. Here are some of the top things to do on holidays to Thailand:

Best Things To Do In Thailand

Explore Bangkok.  The capital of Thailand, Bangkok, should be the first place you head out to once you reach Thailand.  While it’s a modern, metropolitan city, it is rich in cultural and historical heritage.  Tour around the city and take time to visit some of the city’s well-known attractions such as the Grand Palace.

Take a historical trip.  Bangkok is not the only place you can learn about the history of Thailand.  The former capital, Siam, and other cities such as Ayutthaya and Sukhothai are great stops if you are interested in learning about the history of Thailand.

Beaches.  One of the top things to do in Thailand is going to the beach.  Thailand’s beaches have lured millions of visitors every year from all over the world, since the 1920’s.  Hua Hin is the country’s oldest beach resort discovered by King Rama VII.

Topping the list of popular beaches in Thailand are Phuket and the Maya Bay in the Ko Phi Phi Leh Island, which gained fame thanks to the movie “The Beach”.

Visit the waterfalls.  Waterfalls can be found all over the country.  Among the most popular are the Heo Suwat Waterfalls in the Khao Yai National Park and the Erawan Falls of Kanchanaburi.

Marvel at the gravity defying limestone formations of Phang Nga Bay.  This bay between Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi has some of the most spectacular sights in the world, particularly the limestone formations that seem to defy gravity.  You can join one of the day tours which will allow you to explore the area, or book in one of the hotels and inns available in some of the nearby larger islands.

07 Nov 2013

Top Reasons To Visit Mauritius

Great weather and some of the best beaches in the world are some of the top reasons to visit Mauritius.  Located off the southeastern coast of Africa, this island nation lies in the Indian Ocean, where warm waters and rich and exotic marine flora and fauna make it one of the best honeymoon and vacation destinations in Africa.

Reasons Why You Should Visit Mauritius

But there is more to holidays in Mauritius than pristine beaches with powder-fine white sand and turquoise waters.  Here are some of the top reasons to visit Mauritius.

Cultural diversity.The country’s populace is made up of several ethnicities:  Indian, African, Chinese and European descent.  This cultural diversity results in an interesting fusion of cultures which is evident in their cuisines and infrastructures.

Dodo bird.  Mauritius is known to be the home of the now-extinct dodo bird.  Discovered in 1505 by Portugese explorers, the dodo bird became their fresh source of meat when Mauritius was established as their stopover point for the spice trade.  Later on, the introduction of other domesticated animals such as monkeys and pigs, along with rats that escaped from the ships significantly reduced the numbers of dodo birds in the island as they ate their eggs.  In more or less a hundred years after is discovery, the dodo bird became a rare species.  The last of its kind was killed in 1681.

Today, you can see the reconstruction of the dodo bird from its skeleton in the Natural History Museum in Port Luis.

Se’ga demonstrations.  If you enjoy dancing and world music, the Se’ga demonstration is a must watch spectacle.  It’s part opera and part group dance and may even require audience involvement.  Se’ga dance is performed without the feet leaving the ground.  Instead, the whole body should move.

The performance is vibrant, colourful and a sight to watch.

Ile aux Aigrettes.  One of the top reasons to visit Mauritius is its majestic green landscapes, lush with flora and fauna.  The recently restored Ile aux Aigrettes has once again become home to the Kestrel and Pink Pigeon when the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation has turned back the hands of time in the island and restored it to its original state.  Non-native plants and animals were removed from the island.

06 Nov 2013

Top Things To Know About Visiting Barbados

It is important that you are acquainted with the top things to know about visiting Barbados, to avoid any hassles and confusions if you plan to have a vacation in this popular destination in the Caribbean.  This island off the northeast coast of Venezuela is often called “Little Britain” as it has been a British colony for a long time.

Important Things to Know About Visiting Barbados

Today, most people would often associate Barbados with beaches and the pop singer Rihanna who was born here in 1988.  So whether you’re here for the beaches or because you’re a big Rihanna fan, here are some of the top things to know about visiting Barbados:

Camouflage is strictly prohibited in Barbados.  As a matter of fact, it is illegal to carry accessories or wear clothing (be it swimwear or casual wear) with camouflage material and print.  So leave behind your camouflage coloured bikinis and tank tops at home to avoid trouble.

It’s always sunny.  As Barbados is located near the equator, Barbados is a little sunnier than you’d expect.  So you need to arm yourself with the needed protection against UV rays.  So don’t forget to bring sunscreen and protective clothing.

Also, make sure any treatments, whether orally taken or topical, won’t cause photosensitivity or sensitivity to sun exposure.

Bug spray is also important.  At night time, you need to protect yourself against mosquitos and other bugs, so it is important to bring bug spray with you if you travel to Barbados.

Beware of the manchineel tree.  One of the top things to know about holidays in Barbados is that you need to watch out for the manchineel trees.  They don’t bite though, but touch any part of the tree and you’ll end up with blisters and allergic reactions.  Don’t even think about taking shelter under the manchineel tree either when it’s raining as the water dripping from the leaves may also cause blisters.  These trees are often marked with a red ring around the trunk or a signage and they bear fruits which resemble yellow apples.  You can find these trees near or in the beach as these prevent sand erosion.

Never explore the beach on barefoot.  Sure, the feel of sand between your toes can be such an exhilarating experience.  But if you step on one of the sea urchins washed up ashore, you’d have to spend the rest of your vacation with a swollen foot until someone is brave enough to pee on it.

05 Nov 2013

The Best Activities for Kids in Dubai

Located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is the most populated city in the United Arab Emirates.  Millions of tourists visit Dubai each year for its unique culture and amazing experiences.  Rated as the best place to live in the Middle East, Dubai has become a transport hub known for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings.  There are hundreds of attractions to visit in Dubai, but here are a few family-friendly places for the kids.

water attractions in the UAE

Wonderland

With a name like Wonderland, there is no question as to why this attraction is tuned for kids.  Built in 1996, Wonderland is structured around a Caribbean theme and is separated into three divisions: Splashland, Main Street, and Theme Park.  With over 30 rides covering 22 acres, Wonderland is full of attractions involving water, including a water cinema and water mist shows.  Children can also ride the swing chairs, go-karts, and carousel.  Wonderland is open every day of the year and can be found at www.wonderlanduae.com

The Dubai Mall

For an adventure indoors, vacationers can visit the enormous Dubai Mall.  The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest mall and welcomes over 100 million visitors each year.  All amongst thousands of shops and restaurants, the mall also features an indoor theme park, 22-screen cinema, and a giant aquarium.  The indoor theme park, Sega World, is specifically designed for the enjoyment of children.  The Dubai mall is open 7 days of the week and can be found at www.thedubaimall.com

Children’s City

For a more educational visit, the Children’s City centers all its attractions for a hands-on, learning experience.  Kids can explore the human body, nature, science, and Middle Eastern culture.  There is also an interactive flight simulator!  The Children’s City is located at the Dubai Creek Park in Bur Dubai and is open 7 days a week.  More information can be found at www.childrencity.ae

Atlantis Resort

Atlantis hotels have been placed worldwide with attractions for the entire family.  The Atlantis Resort is located on the western shore of Palm Island and offers a variety of stunning views and attractions.  The Dubai Atlantis Resort allows visitors to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat.  Another way to get wet is to visit the Aquaventure.  This water park features 42 acres of water slides, rivers, and rapids.  For those wanting to stay out of the water, The Lost Chambers is an underwater aquarium with over 65,000 marine animals on exhibit.  The Atlantis Resort is open 7 days a week and can be found at www.atlantisthepalm.com. You can find some good deals for That Atlantis Resort and other Dubai holiday packages with free half board by just doing a little research on the web.

There are hundreds of exciting activities to do in Dubai.  As a cultural center of the Middle East, Dubai offers everything a visitor could want from adventurous outdoor attractions, to fine dining restaurants in the world’s tallest structures.  When visiting Dubai, be sure to maintain a cultural respect for the city.  Specific dress codes for women and no public displays of affection are requested.  There you have it, just some of the best activities for kids in Dubai. Enjoy your next trip there!

 

05 Nov 2013