Traveling to other countries, or cities, can help take some tension off your already hectic lives. It’s a significant boost to productivity and at times, can give you some of the best business ideas you’ve ever had. Surprising, I know, but absolutely true! This is why I’m a big advocating of taking some time off and traveling to other locations at least 2 times a year. It not just makes you relax and also provides you with some lightbulb moments. Jordan Holidays is really the place you need.
That being said, there is a lot that goes on behind the curtain to make sure that you get the very best traveling experience you’ve ever had! You have to prepare for your vacation well ahead of time and book all your relevant tickets, etc to ensure a stress-free journey. You don’t want to bother about reserving a cab, or a hotel or finding out where you can eat once you’ve landed. These matters needs to be taken care of before you even leave for Jordan Holidays.
So, here I’m going to discuss a few tips that may help you plan your travel well:
1. Book all your tickets, reservations, etc well in advance. This can ensure a relaxed journey. To do this, you need to know the places you want to visit therefore you need to do some research to find out the hotels within your budget and car hire services, too. Doing such research ahead of time can help you a lot.
2. Know how long you’ll remain in the country and get your VISA along with other documents updated for the same. Also keep some local currency because that’ll be required. Decide who all will be traveling with you and obtain their documents updated, too.
3. Have a set budget. Without a fixed budget, you’re just like a ship without a rudder. You may go round and round, shop till you drop and then come back to see that you’ve spent more than you intended to! Not a pretty scenario, is it? Fix your budget well in advance.
April 30, 2011 No Comments
Being an island, Great Britain has some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. During the 1700s a fashion craze swept the country as people began going on seaside holidays to get away from the industrialized cities and relax on beaches in the relative calm of seaside towns, if only for a few days. Once the rail networks caught up in the mid to late 19th Century, the most popular seaside towns grew massively as a result of the influx in tourists. Although international air travel eventually became more accessible to the masses in the late 20th Century, seaside holidays in the UK still remain popular to this day.
What’s great about Britain’s seaside resorts is that they offer more than just beautiful coastlines and as such, can be great for all members of your family, with attractions for children and amenities for adults. The top three seaside destinations in the UK are detailed hereafter for your education.
Blackpool started off as a small hamlet by the sea, but once the fashion craze of seaside holidaying hit the UK around the middle of the 18th Century it slowly gained more and more inhabitants until the 1840s when a railway linking the town to the industrialized areas of northern England was built and the population skyrocketed. Blackpool enjoyed extreme popularity during the Victorian era and that popularity continued until the late 20th Century when air travel became more affordable and people began going on short trips abroad instead of staying in the UK. Although visitor numbers have reduced since their peak at over 15 million visitors per year, Blackpool still attracts around 9-10 million tourists to its sandy beaches, its magnificent Tower and Pleasure Beach theme park.
Cornwall is an amazingly beautiful area of the United Kingdom with some of the most magnificent vistas in the whole of the British Isles. One particularly attractive town is St. Ives, located just north of Penzance. The Guardian newspaper recently named St.Ives as their choice for the best seaside town in the UK due to its eclectic mix of landscape and natural geography, combined with its cultural offerings, promising new art talent that is displayed in the St. Ives Tate Gallery and the famous Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
After the jewel of Lancashire (Blackpool), and the diamond of Cornwall (St. Ives), the place to go in the south east of England for a seaside retreat can only be none other than Brighton. Brighton and Hove, to give it its full name, has been a popular getaway location for Londoners for well over 150 years and is still as popular today as it was back then. Brighton is a city with a lot to give, with some of the best restaurants, theatres, clubs, pubs and bars in the UK, coupled with being surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery, Brighton should be an easy contender for the latest round of the ‘UK’s best seaside town’ competition.
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April 5, 2011 No Comments
Lanzarote is a unique island that offers visitors loads to do and see as well as great weather and wonderful beaches. This Spanish owned Canary Island is home to a number of fascinating attractions all of which can be enjoyed on a variety of guided tours and excursions.
Lanzarote was first discovered by the Italian adventurer Lancelloto Malocello and visitors today will find that there is plenty to explore, after all if you have not seen it before it will be new to you too.
Don’t just stick to the usual suspects though as getting to know a few local will open up quite a few hidden treasures that the average tourist will never even find out about. These days many tourists opt to stay in private rental accommodation – such as villas in Lanzarote which are very popular. Visitors planning to spend time exploring the island a little more will find that villas in Costa Teguise are absolutely ideal as most of these lie within a twenty minute drive of the resort, such as the Cactus Garden and the Mirador del Rio.
Like most of the main attractions on Lanzarote these were created by Cesar Manrique, a local artist who was born in Arrecife – the islands capital – in 1919. It´s thanks to Manrique that the island still remains unspoiled as he campaigned against over development on Lanzarote when tourism first arrived in the 1970´s. And it is thanks to him that much of Lanzarote´s volcanic scenery and traditional architecture has been retained intact, giving the island an unspoiled feel.
Lanzarote is home to an abundance of museums – the best known of which is probably the Museum of International and Contemporary Art, which is housed in the historic 18th century castle, the Castillo de San Jose in Arrecife.
The Castillo is an 18th century castle which as originally built to defend the island from attack by pirates. The Castillo houses some of the best paintings around from leading Canarian artists such as Millares, Lasso and of course Manrique, and whilst some visitors will have there cultural appetites more than filled by the art collection here others can enjoy a further feast for the senses in the basement where Manrique also designed a very stylish restaurant that serves traditional Canarian food with a modern day twist.
Many tourists choose to take advantage of the cheap rental rates and petrol on Lanzarote by hiring their own car to explore and get around, alternatively there are numerous companies offering guided tours of the island. Which take in all of the main attractions such as the many creations of César Manrique and natural wonders such as the islands volcanic region too.
February 14, 2011 No Comments
England is a lovely country, but for many tourists, it’s hard to know what to do outside of London. Our little guide gives you information and tips about the wonderful city of Preston. Preston is the biggest city in the county of Lancashire, to the north of the country. It is well-connected to transport links and is easily accessible. Blackpool is the nearest airport and Manchester airport is also close. You can also get there by train, bus or car, depending on your preference.
Preston offers a wide range of places to stay that suit the budget of every traveler. If you’re after a bit of luxury, then the Marriott and Barton Grange hotels come highly recommended. At the other end of the scale for decent accommodation on the budget, try the Travelodge or Norbreck Castle. For something in between, you can find affordable quality at the Holiday Inn or the Swallow Preston. You could also stay in a holiday cottage if you’re after a bit of quiet and privacy.
Everyone knows that England has a long and intriguing history, but Preston’s role in that is largely unknown. Once a major port and industrial center, Preston is a fascinating place to learn about through visiting some of its many museums. Check out the Museum of Lancashire to discover the history of the county and see great displays on the Victorians and World War 2. Alternatively, the Harris Museum and Art Gallery is great for exploring Preston’s heritage through a range of photographs, art, textiles and costumes.
If museums aren’t your thing, then there are loads of other options for family fun in Preston and the surrounding areas. There’s a lot of surrounding countryside, which is great to explore by taking a tour of the city with a professional guide. These tours are a great way to hear some great stories and learn some anecdotes from people who live in Preston. You could also visit the Beacon Country Park, which is free and has received awards for encouraging kids to explore and learn.
Preston may be a city, but it is also surrounded by some amazing countryside. It’s definitely worth taking the time to check this out. You can explore on your own or go on a range of guided tours including bat walks, trips to stately homes and nature trails. Go on a tour with a park ranger to find out more about the landscape and environment. Whatever you like and whatever your budget, you are guaranteed to have a great time in the lovely city of Preston.
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January 13, 2011 No Comments
One of the most popular destinations in Europe is Paris, in France. Paris is one of the largest cities in Europe and has the long-held reputation as being one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. The city is brimming with culture and offers a wealth of fantastic restaurants, art museums and fashion houses. Many world-famous landmarks are situated within Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre Museum. Paris has long been the most popular tourist destination in the world with over 45 million tourists visiting the city every year, placing it top of our city list.
The Spanish city of Barcelona sits nestled on the edge of northern Spain, right on the beach-front. Its Mediterranean location and large architectural style means that humidity can be uncomfortable during peak times but throughout most of the year the weather is pleasant and comfortable. A number of museums and cultural attractions are on offer along with fantastic food and drink. Travel to Barcelona is easy, with rail and train links available Europe-wide at all times of the year.
The German capital of Berlin is famed for its culture and liberal approach to social values. Following Germany’s reunification, Berlin has grown to become a thriving business center and cultural haven within Europe. Trips to the Brandenburg Gate and Berliner Dom are highly recommended for those interested in history, culture and architecture while the city offers a wealth of restaurants and bars as well as popular dance halls and nightclubs for those looking to enjoy more of the famous Berlin night-life.
If you’re looking for the multicultural center of Europe, you can’t get much better than London. London is the largest city in the European Union and is often considered to be the most important city in the world. With many famous sights, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and, of course, Buckingham Palace on offer, you’ll never be short of things to see and do in London. The city is served by no fewer than five airports and London’s comprehensive underground train system makes traveling around the city an absolute breeze.
Rome is world-famous for its colossal hold on the rest of the world during the rule of the Roman Empire. Many relics of this time still stand in the form of the Coliseum and Pantheon and the city is still the home of Roman Catholicism as the location of the Vatican City. Rome still exerts much religious and political power across the world and this is apparent in its vibrant architecture and cultural spirit which is evident in every building throughout the city.
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November 19, 2010 No Comments
Brighton may be one of Britain’s most popular seaside towns, but it certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to culture. The council has invested heavily in the cultural sector and has capitalized on its popularity with London’s jet-set. Brighton’s reputation for cultural cool is growing.
The architecture in Brighton is stunning. The John Nash designed Royal Pavilion takes centre stage and owes its grandeur to the Prince Regent’s own sense of style. Regency influenced streets and terraces can be found all over the city and the towns of Brunswick and Kemp were modeled on Bath and London. As Queen Victoria took the throne, Brighton changed and Victorian churches and hotels began to spring up and mixed beautifully with the existing Regency buildings.
More than fifty festivals grace the streets of Brighton each year and expose its residents and eager festival goers to art, theatre, music, film and comedy. The biggest and most popular is the Brighton Festival. In 2010 Brian Eno took control of the artistic direction and raised the attendance and the bar for future directors. In 2006 a Fringe Festival split from this main event and invited anyone and everyone to put on a show in what is becoming a rapidly growing festival. Artists get a chance to showcase their work thanks to various festivals in the calendar where Brighton is full of the creative muse.
For its size Brighton has an enormous amount of museums. From the state-of-the-art Brighton Museum and Art Gallery with its 20th century art and displays to Preston Manor in all its Edwardian splendour on the outskirts of the city, there is a museum for all tastes.
Entertainment is never hard to come by in Brighton and there are three major venues to choose from. Top bands play regularly at the Brighton Centre. The Theatre Royal Brighton invites stellar casts from top West End productions and produces its own shows too. Lastly, for everything from Shakespeare to one-man shows, visitors should look no further than Brighton Dome.
The Duke of York’s Picturehouse is the oldest working cinema in the country and is a far cry from the modern multiplexes. Film lovers will enjoy the atmosphere and the quirky films shown at this beautiful picture house.
Be it art, film, theatre or architecture, Brighton has enough to satisfy the most ardent culture lover.
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November 13, 2010 No Comments
Tanzania is arguably the greatest destination in the world to see a fantastic mixture of wildlife and scenery. To give you more of an insight in to what you can expect to see whilst on an adventure vacation there, I have summarised some of the greatest tourist attractions in this beautiful and culture filled country.
Serengeti National Park – The Serengeti is the most famous National Park in the world. Not only does it boast great densities of some of Africa’s greatest safari animals, but it also has the perfect flat and plain terrain to make spotting wildlife easier than most other parks. The Serengeti also plays its part in one of the great natural wildlife wonders of the world, the great migration. The migration consists of more than a million wildebeest taking their annual journey through the Serengeti and into the Masai Mara to find fresh grazing pastures. It certainly is quite a sight to see 1 million of these great beasts in a giant herd, travelling in sync!
September 25, 2010 No Comments
If you are an avid world traveler or are planning to take a trip to another country, one part of the trip that can be confusing is how much should be given as a ‘tip.’ It can be confusing figuring out how much of a tip to give for good service and you also want to make sure that you don’t end up leaving a big tip for bad service, especially when considering the foreign exchange. To help you figure out the best tipping practices, the following is a guide to tipping around the world.
Canada: When visiting Canada, it is suitable to leave a tip of 15 – 20 percent at a restaurant, 10 – 20 percent at a bar, and 10 – 20 per cent for taxi drivers. At establishments such as coffee shops, there is normally a tip jar by the cash register where customers can drop a few coins in the jar.
May 15, 2010 No Comments