Category: Holiday & Vacation

Hawaii Vacations Pros And Cons

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Is it time to plan next year’s vacation? Do you want to go somewhere wonderful but find yourself paralyzed by the idea of planning a trip overseas? Perhaps Hawaii is the place for you. In Hawaii you can have all the wonder of an exotic cultural escape without the stress of leaving your own country. Travel to Hawaii is simple to arrange because it is part of the United States, but the beauty of the islands will have you feeling like you’re in a whole other world.

Many different Hawaii vacations are open to you. There are numerous Hawaii vacation packages available for you to help you explore the islands. The calm and quiet of Maui or the hustle and excitement of Honolulu? Kicking back in the sun and sand of an isolated white sand beach or hiking through the rain forest? Surfing some of the finest waves on Earth or sipping a cocktail while watching the sun set? All of these options and many more are available to you on your next vacation in Hawaii.

There are many activities for the more adventurous. Hawaii is know around the word for variety of water-sports. Probably, Hawaii’s most famous water sport is surfing. But there is more to do in the water then just surf. The crystal clear waters offer the snorkeler or scuba diver the opportunity to view the spectacular aquatic wildlife.

The Hawaiian rain forest offers a wealth of trekking or camping opportunities. A chance to explore the lush green interior of the Hawaiian Islands, stopping to admire the picturesque waterfalls, and maybe even spending a few peaceful nights camping under the clear night sky.

Maui vacation packages or an Oahu vacation package can offer you all these opportunities in a hassle free manner. With one of our all-inclusive packages to Oahu or Maui your dream Hawaii vacations trip can be hassle free. Everything can be arranged, from flights, transfers and accommodation to fine dining and exciting activities.

A Hawaii vacation opportunity offers many attractions for all members of your family, regardless of age. Activities for everyone range from visiting unique shopping sites and enjoying the spectacular views from your Hawaiian rental accommodation to games and sports on the white sand beaches.

Activities you can do on your Norfolk Broads boating holiday.

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When you are planning a Norfolk Broads boating holiday one of the main components of your planning is to plan the route you wish to travel. Take a look at the possibilities.

Before we start the journey we need to focus on the origin first. Even though the broads look totally natural it is actually mostly man made and the result of years of peat digging. Funny though it took until the 1950’s to be discovered that this was due to digging and not natural when a doctor doing research on the lakes found that the sides where vertical. The other obvious clue is the name, most natural lakes and river systems have names that stems from historical languages or names, with the broads this is not the case. This is some interesting facts you can use as a taster while you are planning your Norfolk Broads boating holiday.

The broads consists of almost 300 km of free flowing rivers that provide the perfect opportunity for a grand adventure. The Broads are normally divided in the Northern and Southern parts.

Activities around the Broads

1) Cycling. cycling gives you the ability to explore and breathe in your surrounds as you travel through the landscape. One of the benefits of a boating holiday is that you can rent bicycles that you can take on board and use them for cycle routes. There are three cycle routes you can enjoy on your Norfolk Broads boating holiday. One of those are the Sustrans National cycling network, that includes the child friendly Marriott’s Way and the more advanced Peddars Way

2) Golf. Golf is a fun way, to create a great family experience while on holiday, not only is it relaxing it is healthy too. Most golfclubs have rental golf sets available that means you do not have to take it along on your boat. With loads of golf courses to choose from for every skillset you are sure to add an unforgettable experience to your

Norfolk Broads boating holiday.

3) Walking.Having no less that four different types of landscapes to boast with makes the broads an excellent area for walking and hiking. You will find Fen, Forrest Country and coast all wrapped up in a single package. Hiking routes in the broads can be anything from 1 to 78 miles long challenging walkers of any age and fitness.

4) Fishing. Fishing is a favoured activity in the broads, you can sit on the deck of your boat with a long drink in one hand while you reel the big ones in. other than fishing from your boat there are also day fishing spots available in the smaller rivers where you will even be able to hook some Bass. Reeling in the big one will leave you with a great story to tell of your Norfolk Broads boating holiday.

Post Holiday Blues

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Okay we ate to much. Junked out on sweets. Had a week maybe two of enjoying all those holiday foods we only make for holidays. So what now? Feeling tired, a little fatter then before, yeah, now we start rethinking about those diets and watching what we eat. Welcome back to reality!

Lets be smart about how we go about it. Don’t hit the gym hot and heavy. Work at a little slower pace, ease into it. Its known that if you have a weight issue that cutting back on the snacks an extra sugars will help you feel less bloated.

Make yourself drink plenty of water to help flush your system out. Plan ahead those meals as we all get back into the work habits of everyday life. If you think you need to diet then be smart and set reasonable goal for yourself. Cut back on your calorie intact and do some exercise.

I’m by far not an expert on diet or exercise either. But as an average person I do know and I do watch what I eat. I never miss a meal but watch what size portions I have and try to exercise a little every day. Funny studies show that people who keep food diaries tend to lose more weight and keep it off longer than those who don’t.

Now is because maybe they are more intense on losing that weight and keeping off or have less time to eat? I think although it might be true, you have to have the right reasons and mind set to do it. That’s no difference than life is.

Over the month of January I will post a few simple easy to fix type meals for those that just don’t have the time to eat a well balanced meal. Like all at the beginning of a new year things seem to take a mind of their own. Here’s to good health from Back to my Kitchen

Spending Christmas In A Holiday Lodge

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The main benefit of being away from home is the wonderful fact of putting all chores on hold for the duration; a significant plus to anyone who has laboured mightily on Christmas Day, barely snatching ten minutes to listen to the Queens Speech before collapsing in an exhausted heap and going to bed before the children!

Amongst the drawbacks are that spending Christmas away from home can induce homesickness and the general unfamiliarity with foods and traditions can be a problem; even something as simple as knowing where the milk and sugar are for that necessary cup of tea! Sun-worshippers may like the idea of lying on a beach somewhere, sipping a tropical cocktail while snow and robins are the furthest thing from their minds; however many people prefer to stay in the United Kingdom for Christmas, if for no other reason than to have authentic Christmas weather, maybe even a snow flurry or two to create picturesque tableaux. Another drawback could be that family pets will need to be catered for, either at a boarding facility or having someone pet-sit for them.

Norfolk lends itself admirably to being the location for a holiday away from home; particularly one of the holiday lodges available in the area. Norfolk is absolutely beautiful; miles of flat countryside which should be dull but are not due to the wonderful diversity of plant, animal and birdlife to be found in the area. Rolling heaths interspersed with the occasional evergreen, windmill or church spire are plentifully watered by the many rivers and waterways that provide a vital ecosystem for the birds that flock here from all over the world. Coastal paths and the seaside do not have to be the property of summertime only; wintry walks will reveal a precious private shore life not hinted at in tourist-busy summer.

Many of the lodges come with a housekeeping service meaning that the family can go out for a lovely morning walk to explore the area or stock up on snacks and treats and come back to find everything beautifully clean and tidy. The lodge will provide sufficient privacy for everyone to relax and feel properly at home, in a way not always possible in a hotel or even at a relatives house. Imagine snuggling down in front of a genuine wood-fire on Christmas Eve, the flames sparkling off the tinsel and baubles, beautifully cosy while the frosty wind whistles outside what better setting for the best family Christmas ever? Some lodges may even have a provision for pets to accompany their owners; how wonderful to have the whole family all together for one of the best days of the year.

Norfolk holiday lodges at Christmas can provide a wonderful setting for a memorable holiday, a time of laughter, relaxation, family fun and giving magic!

Can Holiday Allowance Affect Employee Motivation

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Here in Britain we are slowly returning to work after the extended weekend that comes around every August. The Bank Holiday gives everyone a chance to enjoy a bit of extra time in the summer sun which should get us all ready for the build up to the next break we’ll get at Christmas. In Britain we face the very unusual situation of offices being either depleted or completely empty for much of August and the week over Christmas, but do our holidays make us more motivated at work?

An interesting article on the BBC website explores the freedoms we have with our holidays in Britain compared with the much shorter, and in some cases non existent holidays employees are granted in the USA. It would appear from reading the article that the US is the only country out of the top 21 richest in the world not to impose a legal mandate on employers granting time off. But what does this do to employee motivation? Do us Brits find ourselves more motivated as a result of our holidays or does the time they take up interfere with overall productivity?

There will be many views from many quarters arguing the merits or otherwise of employee holidays, but their effect on motivation should not be ignored. The idea of holiday allowance being awarded on merit or as a result of long service is one that may appeal to some companies as a way of offering an incentive to workers. But rather than motivating junior employees, could this approach just lead to staff resenting those co-workers who have holiday allowances that they don’t?

Burnout is also a factor in employees’ holiday as a well deserved break from work can ease stress levels and allow staff time away from the stresses and strains of work. Although work levels may be hit while employees take holiday, there is surely an argument that productivity levels out when compared with stressed, tired and unmotivated staff who have not been granted holiday.

There is no doubt that employees in Britain are lucky when it comes to their holiday allowance, and changes in the law over the years have made it a much fairer working environment for employees with rights and privileges that have never been seen before.

Employee motivation is now key, with bosses realising that they will get more out of a happy and rewarded workforce than by cracking the whip. Indeed, employee motivation is now big business, with strategies and award schemes being established to offer employees incentives and rewards for improving their work.

This British approach to working practices has done well to survive given the increasing use of American corporate motivation practices by UK firms. It would appear that whatever practices are adopted over here, there’s nothing that will ever stop us from enjoying our holiday.

Holiday Decorating More Fun With Holiday Flowers

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This year when you are deciding how to decorate your home or office for the holiday season, don’t you dare forget about Christmas flowers and other holiday flowers! Flowers make such a beautiful addition to any home or office, and at the holiday season, special holiday and Christmas flowers are even more appreciated than ever.

During the Christmas season, most of us spend a lot of money, time and effort cleaning our house and decorating it for the holidays. We entertain our friends and family, go to parties, and admire holiday decorations. For most people, the centerpiece of holiday decorations is the evergreen Christmas tree.

Use of evergreens has traditionally symbolized the rebirth of the new year. During the holiday season it is generally the darkest time of the year in the northern hemisphere. Not long after Christmas the days start to get longer. Traditionally evergreens were the only greenery available at this time of year, and decorating with them has always symbolized the ever-changing cycle of life.

But now we have many more options for holiday decorating, and flowers are among the most beautiful and cherished. Many flower decorating options exist for holiday decor around the house. Christmas themed floral decor brings brightness and color to your holiday decor. While most people opt for the vibrant colors of the poinsettia flower for their holiday decor, there are many flowers available to consider as possible choices for your holiday decorations.

It is easy to find local florists who sell holiday flowers. Arrangements of all sizes are available. Imagine a beautiful bouquet of red roses, white lilies, green leaves of holly, and baby’s breath as the centerpiece at Christmas dinner. Many florists use additional decorations such as ribbons, ornaments, and bells to add a little fun to the arrangement.

A thoughtful gift for the hostess of a holiday party is some Christmas flowers. This is a better option than searching for just the right bottle of wine because it will add to the seasonal decorations of the home. A bouquet of live flowers adds that special touch and lets the person know you care. There are many types of flowers that look great this time of year, like calla lilies and seasonal colored carnations. Tulips are also a nice option. Bring a gift everyone will like, and the other guests will also enjoy with pretty flowers.

If you’re looking to buy flowers, you can find them at local florists, supermarkets, and even from street vendors. Ordering flowers from your local florist in advance may result in a discount. You should also ask your florists about Christmas flowers. They know what flowers make beautiful holiday arrangements and can offer you seemingly endless options.

Planning A Budget Bahamas Holiday Getaway From Miami Just Got Easier

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Travellers planning to book 2012 Miami holidays in Fort Lauderdale now have the unique opportunity to enjoy a brief escape to the enchanting Caribbean island of Bahamas. Joint owners of the Balearia Bahamas Express-Spanish ferry operator Balearia and the Capo Group, have recently announced the launch of the first ever US-Bahamas ferry service.

The Balearia Bahamas Express will be whisking passengers away from Fort Lauderdale, Miami to their budget Bahamas holidays experience in Grand Bahama. The newly launched ferry service means that travellers can enjoy town-centre holidays to the Bahamas and Miami at a bargain price making for a truly unforgettable holiday experience.

The exciting new offer is currently being marketed as “an appealing alternative to air travel” with significant savings to be made over opting for a direct flight to the Bahamas from Miami. Travellers can choose between economy class and VIP/first class travel. An economy day trip starts at $49.50 per person while the first class day rate will cost upwards of $65 per person.

Holidaymakers hoping to see a little bit more of the Bahamas can opt for an overnight stay which will cost approximately $25.5 per person on top of the day rates. All passengers are permitted two pieces of hand luggage at no extra cost; however, the prices listed do not include the departure tax of $18 and operational charge of $12.5.

With the exception of Wednesdays the ferry, christened “Pinar del Rio”, will be running a daily service taking holidaymakers to their short stay Bahamas holidays departing from Port Everglades Terminal One in Fort Lauderdale at 10 am. Return trips are scheduled to depart for Fort Lauderdale at 7:30 pm. Travelling at a remarkable 32 knots the Balearia Bahamas Express boasts of making the 76 mile journey in a mere two and a half hours.

Holidaymakers will have the opportunity to relax, enjoy the magnificent scenery and take in the calming sea breeze on the spacious decks. On board services include a cafe- bar, movie viewing facilities, baby changing stations and duty free shopping. Passengers are reminded that a valid passport is need for check in.

Country Vacations Provides International Holidays For Whole Family

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Country Vacations, being mindful of its members holiday needs, offers access to all of its 54 own Country Vacations properties and more than 1000 affiliated properties. Country Vacations is very well known for its large network of clubs and resorts all over India. Country Vacations now started its worldwide expansion, starting from Dubai and other international locations. This is designed to provide the Country Vacations members, wide range of holiday options to choose from. Country Vacations proposed their new product Country Club Holidays.com, which offers choice to the members according to their requirement and need.

Life in this new age can be compared with mechanical production unit working round the clock. Where work takes its toll, turning hours into days and days into months and years gone forever. As we can remember the best time along all this is the time we spend with our loved ones who make our world and what we are. Country Vacations understanding the needs and requirements of its esteemed members who strive to spend their time with family and friends. Country Vacations being thoughtful about the Country Vacations members different choices according to their liking and taste designed to provide different options through County Club Holidays.com. Book exciting and unusual places to stay in some of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating locations. Country Vacations features a growing collection of our favorite small hotels, guesthouses, retreats, eco-lodges, private rental properties and unforgettable travel experiences. This opens a door for the whole Country Vacations family to spend quality time and enjoy the different cuisines of India and the whole world. Since each place and region all over India or the world offers history and unique happenings, which help to increase the knowledge for all the family. Country Vacations is designed to provide all the comforts and provisions for the member to enjoy their membership privileges to the optimum.

Refreshing spiritual holidays for discovering the inner self and finding the perfect place to pray are offered by country vacations. Honeymoon holidays for the newly wedded couples, designed for unforgettable experience of honeymoon that will leave a lifetime experience and memorable times.Country Vacationsoffers information for regular updates. Country Vacations is perfect for expanding the members traveling horizons.

Now, Country Vacations members can Exchange local holidays to international holiday experience through dial and exchange.

Celebrating Romantic Apple Vacations Unik Island Resort & Spa

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Apple Vacations has deemed UNIK Island Resort & Spa a five red apple resort with excellent guest services and accommodations for Cancun vacations.

Located off of mainland Cancun on the Isla Mujeres (Island of Women), this resort is directed more towards couples than Spring Breakers. It offers the perfect environment for a relaxed, romantic getaway to enjoy the company of a loved-one. At just 84 rooms, one-third of a typical Cancun hotel, the UNIK Island Resort & Spa is truly a unique experience amongst Cancun vacation.

About UNIK Island Resort & Spa

While small, the UNIK Island Resort & Spa is still quite grand. The suites range from 470 to a whopping 825 square feet, each equipped with a balcony or terrace so you can feel the warm tropical breeze as you stare out across the Caribbean.

Speaking of the lovely, turquoise-colored Caribbean Sea, enjoy a peaceful day at the white sandy beaches without fear of tourist overcrowding on this remote island. Or simply go for a dip in the UNIK Island Resort & Spas outdoor pool with swim-up bar while basking in the glow of the sun.

Activities

For travelers looking to remain active on their Apple vacations, UNIK Island Resort & Spa offers complimentary workout equipment and beachside yoga and Pilates.

While secluded, the Isla Mujeres has constant transportation to mainland Cancun via ferry. On the mainland, enjoy the fancy boutiques and shopping centers, thrilling water sports, and exciting nightlife.

Dining Options

The UNIK Island Resort & Spa provides four restaurants with delicious meal options. La Isla Grill & Lounge provides casual favorites and remarkable drinks served poolside. Breeze serves Mediterranean meals with an excellent view of the Caribbean. Jade is the spot to go for Asian and Mexican cuisines. Finally, Pearl is a contemporary dining experience open for all three meals.

Whether youre looking for the perfect honeymoon spot or a place to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary, UNIK Island Resort & Spa is the ideal location.

Vacations & Holidays

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There is not a soul on this planet that would not enjoy a vacation. Just hearing that word uttered by anyone around you is enough to bring a smile to our face and sends us deep into thought about the many awesome vacations we have been on. Most of lead quite a monotonous life, with our nine to five jobs everyday. We wake up, go to office where we are at our desk all day, then go home, spend some time with our family and go to sleep. This is a routine we follow five out of the even days of the week. This sort of a routine can turn the biggest workaholic and make him crave for a vacation.

Vacations however, are not like they used to be. Like everything else even vacations have changed. Today, everyone is always on a strict time schedule. You always have somewhere to get to or some work to get done. People no longer have the liberty of extending their vacations as long as they please. If they do, they probably will not have a job by the time they get back. People are a lot more time bound, and as a result we even try and plan every day of our vacation. Nobody can just spend a day not doing anything, it would seem like you wasted the entire day. Hence, we try and cram as many activities into everyday of our vacation. We try and visit as many spots and sights possible in order to make the most of our vacation. And according to me, by doing this we are missing the whole point of a holiday. The objective of a vacation is to just take it easy and put our feet up. By doing this we hope to be fresh and rejuvenated when we are back at our desks in office and running around all day just to have enough pictures for the vacation album is quite absurd. So what if our vacation album has only a couple of pictures of you laying on a sun bed?

So try and take it easy when on vacation. We are blessed to be born in the subcontinent of India and have a myriad of beautiful destinations to choose from. You can choose between, sandy beaches, intimidating mountain ranges and the mighty dessert to name a few. There are several cheap holiday packages offered by several travel agencies for the budget conscious buyer. So go cash in those paid leaves and set out on an adventure and not just a vacation.

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