Family Fun in a Caravan Park

Apr 13, 2014 by

Family Fun in a Caravan Park

If you have a young family and you like the great outdoors one of the ways to enjoy your leisure time together is to have a caravan on a chosen site that you can visit any time you like. Established caravan parks have all the facilities that you are likely to need; with ownership comes the chance to visit any time you like during the time when the park is open. That will not be twelve months a year but who wants a caravan holiday in January?

There are some annual expenses that you will need to consider including insurance, utilities and site rental but once you have made your purchase you have your holiday facility there for as long as you want it.

Hassle free holidays

It is nice to be guaranteed the sun and warm temperatures such as are found in the Mediterranean but not everyone likes the hassle of airport departure lounges, delays and crowds especially when travelling with small children. If it is just a matter of packing some clothing and getting the children in the car for a short drive there is so much less to worry about. With a caravan waiting, and one which you own and so can keep personal items there, you just have to think about enjoying yourself.

You may be sold on the idea of buying a caravan on a fixed site as opposed to actually towing to different places each year.  If you are, you need to check with a specialist company that has different locations to consider, someone like Allens Caravans.

Location

When you are thinking about location and facilities it is best to select somewhere that is self contained but also fairly close to a village or small town so that you can go out for anything you might need. In addition you will want to know there are day trips to nearby places that will keep the children entertained. It is best to remember that the place you select must be somewhere you would be happy to return to time and again.

You may try out a few locations before you actually make a final decision; a company with several alternative locations gives you that chance. Once you finally decide you may want financing; an established company is even likely to have its own financial packages with payment spread over a few years.

The room you need

You need to consider more than location and local attractions. If you are buying you want to be certain that the actual caravan you select is a suitable size. If you think your family might be going to expand then a little extra space may be needed.

While the family is young a caravan base is an ideal way to enjoy holidays together without the stresses of air flight and all that entails. It is an investment that retains its value whilst not being so expensive as to make the cost prohibitive. You will have other families around during the summer months, and plenty of new friends for your children to meet.

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LUXURY HOLIDAYS IN UNEXPECTED DESTINATIONS

Feb 27, 2014 by

LUXURY HOLIDAYS IN UNEXPECTED DESTINATIONS

UZBEKISTAN

Uzbekistan possesses the top cream of Central Asian architecture epitomized by the grandiose Registan square in Samarkand. Though it is a shadow of its former glory, the ancient buildings and architecture much dating as back as 13th and 15th centuries is still magnificent and outstanding leaving one to wonder at the skills of the craftsmen who labored tirelessly with such primitive tools. On tours of Uzbekistan you are amazed at the opportunity of stepping back in time where technology was unheard of. Recent developments in Uzbekistan have produced excellent hotels and guest houses brimming with character making it an unexpected luxury holiday destination. Despite the modernization you will not miss to a long afternoon battle of chess and backgammon which are a common sight on holidays in Uzbekistan.

RUSSIA

Russia is enchanting, baffling and stunningly beautiful; it is monumental in every aspect. It is a land where untamed wilderness sits along bustling urban centers and an opportunity to indulge in adventure lurks around every corner. From imperial splendor to cool icy Siberian tundra and from ancient Soviet era monuments to modern urban culture, Russia is a land full of contradictions and superlatives. Its magical sceneries have inspired writers and poets for ages; there is no reason you will not find a piece of heaven to inspire you.

St Petersburg boasts of majestic palaces, cathedrals and waterways earning a clean title as the Venice of the North.  You can enjoy luxurious cruises along the waterways and canals as you witness the magic of white nights and the reflections of the city in the water at night. For history buffs, visit the Faberge museum and discover the history of this amazing royal jeweler.

OMAN

The sultanate of Oman is diverse with beguiling landscapes, rich history, rich culture and modern luxuries. It is a modern state with a variety of ancient attractions such as forts, citadels and watch towers. They are littered all over the country and at last count they were over 500 of them, the state ensures they are well preserved, this means they remain the best preserved collection of monuments in the Arabic world.

There is an incredible array of luxurious modern hotels and resorts within easy reach of historic sites and offer world class services. They incorporate global luxury brands such as Intercontinental, Shangri La, Hilton, Ritz Carlton and many more.

The capital city Muscat is Oman’s pulsating heart sandwiched between breathtaking mountains and the Indian Ocean; it boasts of opulent royal palaces and an intriguing mix of culture and history.

ITALY

Italy still remains a top luxury holiday destination; it has everything you could wish for if you are looking for the finer things in life. It is endowed with scenic countryside, fabulous beaches, stunning islands, inland gorgeous lakes, dramatic mountains and verdant vineyards producing the finest wine on the planet. Whether you are seeking a historic, gourmet, beach or a relaxed holiday, Italy will never disappoint you. You can choose from a variety of luxury accommodations from trendy town apartments to luxury villas with private pools and opulent hotels. The Amalfi coast is a great destination for luxurious beach holidays, the Garda Lake for scenic beauty, Sicily for island experience and Tuscany for rural and historic experience.

 

 

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5 WAYS TO KEEP YOURSELF BUSY ON A SUMMER ABROAD

Feb 27, 2014 by

5 WAYS TO KEEP YOURSELF BUSY ON A SUMMER ABROAD

TURTLE CONSERVATION IN COSTA RICA

Costa Rica is known as the birthplace for ecotourism and is home to important nesting beaches for four different species of turtles. You can take part in volunteer programs that help in ensuring that sea turtles in Costa Rica do not become extinct due to egg poachers and general human activities. Some of the activities you may be involved in include; releasing tiny baby turtles to the sea, helping to construct turtle hatcheries, collecting data, collecting eggs and taking them to the hatcheries and enjoying spectacular beaches on the Pacific coast of central America.

TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA

Teaching English in China is a great way of impacting young ones with valuable knowledge of the English language to prepare them for the future. It is a great way to spend summer vacations travelling through China and visiting the best attractions. Teaching English in China is a well paying job and it means that apart from adding value to your CV you will also earn money that you can use to explore China. You also get to experience the Chinese culture firsthand; ensure you take advantage of the opportunity to learn the Mandarin language.

WORK AT A SUMMER CAMP IN AMERICA

Working at a summer camp in America is a great way to gain experience in life skills as well as interact with people from all walks of life. There are different roles which you can choose to participate in and they include; specialist counselors who get to teach or control special activities in the camp, camp counselors act as supervisors to the kids and even share sleeping quarters with them, and the support staff who run the camps but do not get to mix with the kids. The choice of roles should be based on your existing skills, as well as interests.

TAKE A SABBATICAL AND TRAVEL AROUND CENTRAL AMERICA

South America covers a vast area of land and consists of seven nations mainly Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua and Honduras and is surrounded by the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. It is a cheap destination with a variety of attractions such as rainforests, volcanoes, Mayan ruins and amazing wildlife. The sheer variety of nature, culture, and cities waiting to be explored warrant you to take your time to fully enjoy the experience. Central Americans are very friendly, so expect to make life-long friends as you travel. A three month sabbatical will give you an insight about this region as well refresh you with its beauty.

WORK AS A HOLIDAY REP IN MEDITERRANEAN RESORTS

If you enjoy being around people, organizing parties and generally having a good time then a job that fits your character is being a summer holiday rep in amazing resorts such as Ayia Napa, Ibiza, Tenerife, Malia and Zante. It is a job that involves ensuring that guests are well entertained and comfortable throughout their stay. It is time consuming as it revolves around people, solving minor issues, giving important information about resorts, helping in organizing cruises, parties, sports and other fun activities. You are normally the first contact to the customers and you will meet them from airports and give them overview information about the resort. It helps you gain skills in public relations.

 

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5 UNIQUE TYPES OF PROPERTY TO BUY ABROAD

Feb 27, 2014 by

5 UNIQUE TYPES OF PROPERTY TO BUY ABROAD

RIAD IN MOROCCO

Morocco is one of the hottest destinations in the world for the discerning traveler. It has been experiencing a steady growth in the touristic industry creating a high demand for authentic Moroccan Riads for holiday homes and boutique hotels.

Riads are traditional Moroccan townhouses built around a central courtyard. The beauty of their architecture stems from their privacy. While on the streets you may only see unassuming, modest door but when you step inside you discover an elaborately decorated piece of a paradise. Most people may buy a riad as a holiday home for themselves but you can also use it as an extra source of income when you are not around.

As an alternative, those who love to play golf in Morocco can also buy properties outside of the main cities within golf resorts with direct access to the best courses in the country. Agadir is a popular area for this kind of property which is still available at great value.

MOBILE HOME IN FRANCE

France is renowned for its charming countryside, the majestic Alps, gorgeous cities and rich history. It is one of the most popular destinations in the world and it is no wonder that those who travel here decide to buy property in France for the purposes of coming back more often.

Mobile homes in France involve movable residences situated in parks or beaches meant for staying while on holiday. The flexibility they offer means that you get to choose which part of France you will explore. Buying a mobile home is an easy inexpensive process as compared to buying fixed homes. What’s more, they give you an opportunity to explore the property business in France before fully committing to purchase brick and mortar.

A HOUSEBOAT INDIA

Houseboats are a common sight along the Kerala backwaters in India. In a gone era this boats were once just a mode of transportation of goods and people from one place to another. In recent times the boats have been refurbished to include bathrooms, bedrooms and even kitchens to serve as houses as you cruise the magical Kerala waters. With the boom in tourism in this region, the demand for Kettuvalam is on the rise and hence more and more house boat designs are being created to meet client specifications.

HOLIDAY VILLA IN CYPRUS

Cyprus appeals to most people due to its beauty, sunshine, beaches, history and perhaps the growing golf industries. Villa holidays in Cyprus  are popular in Cyprus and many enjoy them so much that they decide to buy one as a second home or to rent out. Overseas buyers tend to have an eye for the villas located in suburbs and rural areas. Cheaper properties are becoming more and more difficult to find unless you want to pick up dilapidated house and refurbish it. However, this option is still cheaper compared to dabbling in property in Spain, Portugal and France. The process of buying is straightforward and simple, taxes are payable when approval is granted.

WATER VILLAS IN MALDIVES

Water villas are holiday accommodations built over water and supported on stilts. These villas are normally well furnished with huge windows to allow great sea views.  Some may contain pools within or outside on the deck. They are popular destinations for couples and honeymooners due to their privacy and romantic settings.  They are available for sale for those seeking a holiday home in the sun and an opportunity to make extra cash as holiday rentals.

 

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How To Spend The Perfect Weekend In De Panne, Belgium

Feb 27, 2014 by

How To Spend The Perfect Weekend In De Panne, Belgium

Although De Panne is in Belgium, it’s only a few miles from Calais. It is actually the most westerly Belgian town, and lies just over the border from France. Many Belgian and French people take their holidays there, and there are plenty of reasons why it is also a good choice for a weekend break from the UK.

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A Fabulous Beach
The beach at De Panne is huge, clean, and sandy. There are sand dunes, beach huts, ice cream, and everything else you’d expect, plus some extras; De Panne is where land yachting first started, and there’s a club and school here. You can generally see some of these amazing three-wheelers whizzing along the sand, and there are opportunities to try the sport yourself.

 

Riding and Cycling
De Panne has riding schools locally where you can join a daytime or evening ride through the woods, among the dunes or on the beach. If you prefer two wheels, you’ll find that De Panne is an excellent place for cycling, with miles of well-maintained cycle paths. In springtime there’s a three-day cycle race, which attracts some of the biggest names in the sport; it ends with a spectacular finish along the seafront.

 

Good Food
Belgian food is famously hearty and appetising. You will find many restaurants in De Panne serving local specialities such as fish soup and croquettes. The national passion, of course, is for mussels served with chips (moules frites); try them with local beer, at a seafront cafe, for a true Belgian experience. But if you a planning a special meal, De Panne has lots of choice for gourmet dining, including Michelin-starred restaurants.

 

A Room with a View
One advantage of taking a weekend break so close to home is that you can get two full days at your destination, particularly if you use a fast crossing such as Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the car train. You’ll need a hotel for one or two nights, and De Panne has many to choose from; there are some large, very classy hotels on the De Panne beach front, and also many smaller, family-run establishments. Remember that this is a popular resort, though, and likely to be booked up during holiday periods, so make your arrangements well in advance.

 

A Tram Ride with a Difference
The longest tram line in the world runs for 42 miles along the Belgian coast, from De Panne to Knokke-Heist. There are 70 stops along the way, and the trams run every 15 minutes. You can buy a day-ticket at tram-stops and supermarkets, which means you can get on and off as often as you want; it’s a wonderful way to see the coast, and a real treat for tram enthusiasts. The tram line’s website (which is in Dutch, but translates) is at http://www.delijn.be/dekusttram/

 

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