The World’s Best Locations For A Life Changing Vacation

If you’ve been searching online for articles that list standard destination recommendations like Spain and Italy, you’ve come to the wrong place. While some people like to stick with the main tourist hubs, we think it’s always a good idea to look for somewhere more interesting. European countries might be enjoyable occasionally, but you should always try to push your limits. Some destinations offer life changing vacation experiences that you will never forget. So, maybe you should do a little more research before booking for annual summer getaway for 2015?

 

Reunification Arch, Pyongyang

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North Korea

While you will have seen all the propaganda about North Korea on the TV, you probably don’t understand the true nature of the country. Ten years ago, anyone who wanted to visit DPRK had to fly to China and then smuggle themselves across the border. However, that is no longer the case. There are now around nine flights per day from mainland China to North Korea, and so you can visit the country legally. It is one of the last places on earth that is still holding onto a system of government that predates World War Two. The people who were born and raised there are very welcoming to tourists, and your safety is guaranteed.

 

Patagonia

Nestled between Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is one of the most beautiful mountainous regions in the whole of South America. Those of you who want to see some amazing sights simply can’t go wrong. The views are breathtaking, and there are plenty of organized expeditions every single week. You just need to look online and do some research. That is the best way of discovering the best activities. Patagonia expeditions can vary in length. Some last only a couple of days, while others can continue for over a week. Your selection should come down to your fitness levels, and the amount of time you’re willing to spend in the mountains.

 

Iran

If you’ve ever taken a holiday in London, you’ll have no trouble handling the hustle and bustle of this next location. Tourists aren’t free to visit many middle eastern countries these days for the obvious reasons. However, Iran is one nation that welcomes thousands of westerners each year. Contrary to what you might see on the television, this is a forward thinking nation that has adopted a lot of modern technology. If you want to experience a Muslim country for yourself, there is no better location in the world. Best of all? The oldest civilization on earth came from Iran, and so there are thousands of ancient monuments to visit. Just be warned that most tours have to be organized in advance, which means you need to make all your arrangements before leaving home. There is only a low threat of terrorism, and so you shouldn’t be too concerned. At the current time, Government advice states that Iran is nowhere near as dangerous as Morocco. Many tourists travel there each year without incident, so you have nothing to worry about.

 

Wherever you decide to take your holiday this year, we hope you manage to experience a new culture and way of life. You might even dispel a few myths and learn what it’s like to live on the other side of the fence.

Villa Holiday Experience: A splendid Home away from Home

Planning for your family’s next perfect holiday destination? Why not try a Villa holiday experience. Villa rentals are offered in most places around the globe.  These wonderful homes give pleasure to both big and small families and what is more fascinating is that you can also handpick a villa which offers child-friendly facilities that can offer added protection for your little ones.

 

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It is indeed a wonderful feel to stay in a fabulous home beautifully situated in the most sought-after location. Villa handlers like PPA Properties offers a wide selection of properties for an ideal villa holiday in different locations and destinations to ensure that your stay will fit your travel plans and requirements.

A Villa rental is an ideal place to celebrate memorable occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or other important family events. It is a fully furnished accommodation, beautifully designed for comfort and relaxation. It also built in a sophisticated ambiance from which will be irresistible to enjoy whether near the coast or through a stunning scenery and landscapes. Moreover, villa staffs are helpful and friendly to cater your needs.

A marvelous second home away from home, an ideal place to rent for two weeks or more to unwind from the busy and stressful city life. A lodging place which is  a wonderful holiday home to stay for a vacation that offers privacy for leisure and bonding moments with your loved ones.  Villa holiday experience is truly a great holiday treat worth the true value for money.

 

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Top 5 Tips for Getting Cheap Flights to Europe

Whether you’re heading overseas to celebrate a college or university graduation, nipping off to get married in secret or are just desperate to get away from it all, you’ll get more holiday for your money if you travel on a low-cost flight.

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These top 5 tips will show to how to get yourself the cheapest flights to Europe:

Shop Around

The internet has made it really easy to find out about European flight routes, timetables and prices and with so many operators offering online bookings, it’s not surprising that a lot of price comparison sites have popped up promising to make your search, quick and simple.

But – if you really want a good deal, don’t rely on them.

Take the time to shop around yourself. Smaller,independent or ethic operators don’t necessarily work with these sites and it’s usually these airlines that have the lowest prices.

Travel at an Awkward Time

If you’re using annual leave to take time away from work, there’s probably nothing stopping you from going mid-week and returning mid-week instead of being off from Monday to Friday.

Mid-week flights are usually less popular, as are flights very late at night or early in the morning and this makes them cheaper.

They might be a little inconvenient, but once you hit that sun-drenched beach with a lot more euros in your pocket, you just won’t care.

Book Ahead

Although it’s nice to jet off at a moment’s notice, it’s cheaper to get organised and plan your travels in advance.

According to industry research, the best time to book a flight to Europe is between 5 and 13 weeks before you want to travel.

Avoid School Holidays

If you don’t yet have children then the smart thing to do is just travel as much as humanly possible, now!

When you’re looking for cheap flights, make sure that your travel dates don’t clash with any school holidays.

A study carried out by Travelzoo showed that when schools close,Airport Passenger Duty (APD) goes up by a whopping 40%.

Not only will your flights during term time be cheaper, but your holiday resort and attractions will be quieter too.

If you’re not sure when the school holidays are, then you can usually find the dates on your local council or government websites.

Get Informed

Getting a cheap flight is much easier if you’re informed and thankfully, most travel operators are keen to send information, promotional offers and discounts to their members, for free.

To make this manageable, set up a new email account and use it to register your interest with airlines, airports, travel agencies, tourist information boards and even enter travel competitions.

You’ll find that almost every organisation has a mailing list, a newsletter, Twitter feed or Facebook page that you can follow to get news about cheap travel opportunities,and it really works.

If you were doing it now, you’d know that Travelex just ran a ‘Happy Hour’ with promotional rates on its currency exchange and that Liverpool John Lennon Airport just announced the launch of a new low-cost route to Bucharest.

Deals and promotions are happening all the time and by keeping on top of all sorts of travel information, you can stay one step ahead of other bookers and bag yourself a great deal.

To find out more about the new flights to Bucharest from Liverpool, visit the flight carrier directly at Blue Air and make a booking or see what other cheap flight deals they have on offer, before someone else does.

Alternative Family Holiday Destinations for 2014

It is coming round to that time of year again, where we are all planning the next family holiday. Of course, the list of holiday destinations is seemingly endless and the choices we are faced with are many. Everyone appears to have their dream holiday destination and the recommendations from friends and family come in thick and fast when you tell them of your summer holiday plans. The more daunting task seems to be planning a holiday that is suitable for the whole family to enjoy. Sometimes, we are keen to play it safe, holiday-wise, and take the family back to the same resort that we go to every year. The tried and tested holiday, however, means that we can stuck in a rut, and the whole affair becomes increasingly humdrum.

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Taking the family to a new destination is an exciting prospect. Take a look at the top family destinations for 2014:

 

Uzes, France

Our enduring love affair with France never seems to fade, and this little gem, hidden in the South of France is a beautiful part of the country. Beautifully preserved, the charming little town is a quiet place for relaxation and serenity. Perfect for families with older children, as they will be able to appreciate this quaint little town in all its glory.

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A beginner’s guide to skiing holidays

January is a tough month. With the Christmas festivities a distant memory and our summer holidays too far away to get excited about, many of us are feeling a little down. However, who says you have to wait till the summer months for your getaway? Why not do something different and plan a winter ski trip?

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If you’re tempted by the thought of the piste, take a look at our beginner’s guide to planning a ski vacation.

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