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Top Tips to Choosing a Cruise and Stay deal in the Caribbean

No Comments 21 August 2011

Cruise and Stay deals are hot-hot-heat this summer holiday season. With more and more people looking for something different to a traditional beach front hotel holiday in the Caribbean, cruise and stay deals are setting a new trend in holiday making for this beautiful part of the world.

Turn back the clocks some 10 or so years and the idea of an ‘all inclusive holiday’ was non-existent, but looking now at their ever rising popularity, travel agents are tipping cruise and stay deals to be ‘the new black’ in the family and package holiday market space for 2011 and into 2012, for this very reason the team behind Travel Stuff have put together this list of the 4 top reasons why you and your family should choose a cruise and stay deal from one of the islands in the Caribbean sea.

Top reason Number one – Caribbean Cruises have lots to offer, with different islands having local traditions and styles. Being stuck on just one island in the Caribbean is like buying a selection box of chocolate and only eating the Toffee Fudge ones. There is loads of variety and local treasures and history in the Caribbean Sea that you simply have to go there and see it to believe it.

Top Tip Number two – The best of both worlds – cruise and stay deals are just that; the best of both worlds… You can combine a week in a luxury ‘all inclusive’ beach front hotel, where you can relax and soak up the sun, then you are to be picked up by the cruise liner staff and taken on an adventure to the port where you climber aboard one of the largest, luxury cruise ships floating the ocean today. Your cruise is set to last 7 or 14 days, even 15 and longer. As you are whisked around the Caribbean Sea you will stop at various locations in and around the Caribbean and see sights like Havana in Cuba.

Top Tip Number three – You are safe and secure aboard ship and on land. The Caribbean islands rely heavily on tourism to provide their countries with high GDP, bearing this in mind the Caribbean is considered a very safe place to travel, with the recent terror attacks on the adjoining contentment s to Asia and the Middle East, the Caribbean has in recent years seen a dramatic rise in the number of holiday makers venturing here for a safe holiday.

Top Tip Number four – the Weather – The Caribbean is famous for its glorious sunshine, albeit a little windy in some places in the in Caribbean temperatures in this part of the world rarely drop below 20 degrees, even in winder, there is a dry and a rainy season on some of the Caribbean Islands, so be sure to check when you cruise and stay deal is booked for, as you wouldn’t want to visit on rough seas… The oceans in this part of the world have claimed many ships, but once you see the size of your luxury cruise liner, you will see how inferior those vessels are in comparison to modern cruise liners built specifically for floating the Caribbean.

With these top tips in mind, you should be set to book yourself a cruise in the Caribbean, Imagine Cruising website has some terrific Caribbean cruise deals on offer, so before you book with anyone else, it is worth visiting this site to compare the cost of your cruise against and imagine cruise.

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Things to Remember Before You Go On Holiday

No Comments 08 August 2011

Before going away on holiday as well as enjoying the excitement of anticipation, it’s good to stop and just run through a number of things to make sure you’ve not missed anything vital. This is our checklist of what we think needs doing before you go away, after all it’s horrid to sit there in the car on the way to the airport wondering if you’ve forgotten anything!

Well in advance of travelling – maybe one to two months before – you’ll want to sort out all your passports, visas, and other travel documents. Make sure everything is up to date for you and the kids, and anyone else who’s travelling with you.

See your doctor and get any jabs you need sorting out. These can take time to take effect so don’t leave it too late. Make sure if any of you take any medication that you’ll have enough while you’re away.

Sort out your travel insurance if you’ve not done so, and arrange your holiday money. Confirm your travel arrangements with the airline or travel agent, and if you’ve got pets now’s the time to arrange the kennels or for a pet sitter to come in.

A couple of weeks before you go you may want to start checking on the government website www.fco.gov.uk to make sure there are no advice or warnings for the area you are travelling to. Remind yourself of any baggage rules that the airport or airline you are travelling with (don’t forget the rules are much stricter now especially about what you can and can’t carry on to the plane in hand luggage).

Arrange for a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your house. Ask them to move post to somewhere it can’t be seen and just generally keep an eye on things. Test your timer device or buy a new one so you can have timed lighting while you’re away. Arrange for deliveries of newspapers and milk etc. to be stopped while you’re away.

Just before you leave gather all your tickets, currency, and travel documents together in one bag that you can keep securely with you at all times. Hand over your keys and emergency contact details to the person who’ll be looking after your home. Set those timers so lights come on in the evenings, empty the fridge of things that might go off and empty the bins.
Hide away any valuables, turn off and unplug all electrical devices, turn your heating down (but not off in winter – you don’t want your water pipes to freeze!), call the airline to check if there are any delays, lock up your house checking all your doors and windows.

Oh, and have a lovely time!

Useful links
http://blog.netflights.com/useful-travel-tips-and-articles/
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/

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Perfect Holiday in the UK

No Comments 02 August 2011

These days with the wonderful weather we’re getting used to experiencing in the summer time here, there’s no need to travel abroad to enjoy the perfect summer holiday. Instead, you can find it right here in the UK.
If you’re looking for a beach holiday sunning yourself on sandy shores with the kids playing in the sea and building sandcastles at your feet, you no longer need to head abroad to find it.

There are plenty of sunny beaches offering excellent holiday facilities right here in the UK. St Ives in Cornwall was recently voted Britain’s best beach resort, while for quieter spots you could look to Brancaster Beach in Norfolk which is considered an area of outstanding natural beauty, or Oxwich Bay on the Gower Peninsular where you have three miles of golden sand dunes and easy to get to by using any car rental UK agent.

Maybe a country cottage is more your scene. Somewhere in the New Forest perhaps, staying in a log cabin in the woods and enjoying calm walks through the trees to see the famous ponies. You could try staying near Coniston Water where the artist and writer John Ruskin spent his time, or perhaps a stay near the picturesque Clonakilty Bay with its model village appeals to you more.

There are the Norfolk Broads where you can hire a boat and take your holiday exploring all the interesting towns and villages along the broads, mooring for the evening and enjoying a pint and bite to eat in one of the many pubs along the routes here. This is a gentle relaxed type of holiday with birds and wildlife to see.
Holiday Parks can be great fun for the whole family. An escape from the stresses of every day life and a chance to unwind and enjoy activities from swimming to rides, pantomimes to comedy, dancing and singing and loads more. There are plenty of holiday parks to choose from, big name brands such as Haven, Pontins, Hoseasons and Butlins, to smaller independent places around the country too.

So whatever type of holiday you’re looking for, try taking it right here at home in the UK for an amazing experience without the hassle of flying, or the stress of dealing with foreign currency or languages.

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South Africa, the land with something for everyone

No Comments 01 August 2011

South Africa is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations; a country that gazes optimistically at a bright future whilst remaining conscious and grounded by a long and at times tumultuous past. This is a land nicknamed the ‘Rainbow Nation’ and truly the vast spectrum of people, places, sights and sounds that constitute South Africa are as never ending as that optical phenomenon. Blessed with some of the world’s most renowned and recognisable landmarks from the sentinel Table Mountain to the golden beaches of Durban, the vast savannah of the Kruger National Park or meandering coast of the Garden Route; it is no wonder why so many venture to this peninsula of Africa.

The beauty of South Africa is it is accessibility and versatility; and though many still consider the country as playground for the rich and famous it has in fact never been so available from luxury safaris to a more budget conscious vacation the sheer scale and diversity of the country means that whatever it is you are dreaming of here it can become a reality.

South Africa safaris remain one of the biggest attractions for old and young alike; the exhilaration and reward of spying the planet’s greatest and most iconic animals and bird life in an unfettered and natural environment is second to none. Kruger National Park is a place that has become synonymous with rugged wilderness and adventure and asserts a reputation as perhaps the most highly regarded wildlife conservancy in Africa. No where else are you more likely to see the famous ‘Big Five’ all in one place; the animals once considered by colonial visitors as the most revered and ferocious of all the beasts- lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo.

Away from Kruger though there is still plenty to occupy any traveller. As a year round destination there is always something going on in South Africa to delight or enthral you. As winter descends in the Western Cape the start of the whale watching season begins which continues on from July through to December, usually peaking around September-October. Thousands of locals and tourists descend upon the coasts of South Africa’s Cape to catch a glimpse of teems of Southern Right Whales and various other species as they continue they annual migration, often coming within metres of the shore.

Hermanus and De Kelders Bay are particularly popular spots for whale watching, visitors can also head to Simonstown to see the native penguin colonies or for those with a stronger constitution how about a shark tour or perhaps even a cage dive!

North of Hermanus is the legislative capital of South Africa (one of three) Cape Town, the most popular tourist destination in all of Africa. Even a short stay in this bustling and vibrant city will soon make you realise why it remains such an attraction. A plethora of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants coupled with markets, museums playhouses and galleries. You can explore the fashionable V&A Waterfront where the rich and beautiful congregate by the waterside or take a short boat trip across to the infamous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was so famously imprisoned.

A short drive from the city is the Cape of Good Hope which offers spectacular views out across the waters where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. You can also take time to walk around the nearby nature reserve or visit a local Ostrich farm (just mind that you don’t get pecked).

Culinary connoisseurs will also appreciate a visit to the Winelands region, home to many of the most famous vineyards in South Africa which had for years been producing award winning wine. Also renowned for the vegetables, fruits and herbs produced in the rich soils across the valley regions this is where many of the country’s best boutique and family owned restaurants and hotels can be found include the world renowned Le Quartier Francais.

Whatever it is you do in South Africa, and whatever side of this eclectic country you discover one thing is certain; it will be an unforgettable and truly spectacular experience.