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Faro In Portugal

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Faro, the capital city of Portugal’s Algarve region, is often overlooked by holidaymakers who see little more than the international airport before heading for the better known resorts along the country’s south coast. But Faro is a charming and authentically Portuguese city that has much to offer anyone who spends a little time here. Its easy to find a cheap flight and as it's just about 5 hours journey time, you'll be on the spectacular beach front in no time! In Roman times, Faro’s position on the Formosa Estuary led to its development as a trading and fishing port by Moorish settlers. A destructive earthquake devastated the city in 1755, but a stroll through the winding cobbled alleyways of Faro’s tranquil Old Town reveals many remaining examples of ancient Roman and Moorish architecture. Climbing the original 13 th century tower of the magnificent Sé Catedral de Faro (Faro Cathedral) provides panoramic views of the city and coast beyond.  Among the many

Motor Around New Zealand

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Abel Tasman a sailor, discovered the land mass that is now known as New Zealand in 1642, and John Cook officially mapped it in the 1700s. Modern New Zealand is a very popular tourist destination and gap year hot spot - and it's full extraordinary things to do and experience. The size of England with under 3 million people, means there is room to breathe and enjoy the great outdoors in peace and quiet! Here are a few of the key destinations that people rate as must-see places. Wellington This is New Zealand's capital city, and it is home to the National Museum. For those who enjoy off-the-beaten-path adventures, travel an hour north of Wellington to the newly constructed Aotearoa Stonehenge, which is New Zealand's version of Salisbury Plains Stonehenge. New Zealand's stone formations maps the stars - so its a great place for anyone interested in astronomy. Christchurch Christchurch is undergoing some major clean up work in the light of recent earthquake, but the coun

Australia Has It All

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Take The Best Family Vacation in Australia It’s hard to imagine a family vacation destination more fabulous than Australia. Australia has it all and even a little bit more so don’t forget to bring your sense of adventure - it's sure to get plenty of exercise in Australia. To begin with, Australia has an entire continent’s worth of beaches. The island is surrounded by them. If beaches are your thing, campervan hire Perth , could be just the thing to get you to your hit list of favourite beach spots. Even the smallest in the group will enjoy the trip. Australia has shallow water for wading and deep seas for fishing. Your family can surf, jet-ski, go boating, snorkeling, SCUBA diving or sight-seeing under the waves. The Great Barrier Reef has more colors than Pantone. Don’t forget the Land Down Under’s flora and fauna. You’ll see plants you’ve never seen before and won’t see anywhere else. The wildlife is really wild. Australia has animals that are more like Dr. Seuss characte

Current and Future Tourist Attractions in Dubai

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The UAE city of Dubai – the fastest growing city in the world – welcomes more than 10 million tourists every year. The consistently hot weather, the city’s reputation as the world’s top shopping destination and the outstanding entertainment, restaurants, bars and hotels in Dubai are regularly cited reasons for visiting the city and the tourist attractions dotted across the city only further extend the appeal. Caitlin Xavier is the author of this guest post. She plans to take Dubai holidays next month thanks to a selection of late holiday deals that she recently stumbled across online.  Here are three fantastic current tourist attractions for anyone planning to take Dubai holidays and two to keep an eye out for in the future... Current attractions: Burj Khalifa The Burj Khalifa skyscraper stands at a colossal 829.84 meters (or; 2,723 feet) high and is officially the tallest structure in the world. The building – which is the centrepiece of Downtown Dubai – took si

Winter Is On Its Way Down Under!

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The Best Australian Ski Resorts When you think of Australia, you probably think of surfing, diving, snorkeling, visiting the Outback... and skiing? That’s right. The land Down Under, home to kangaroos and crocodiles, also has a booming snow sports industry. As we move into the winter months in the southern hemisphere (the ski season officially begins in June), Australian ski resorts are gearing up for the winter rush. Here are some of your best bets if you want to hit the slopes in Oz this year. Victoria Mt. Buller - located in the Victoria high country, Mt. Buller is the closest mountain to Melbourne, offering easy access to day-trippers. Mt. Buller has been called Australia’s most accessible mountain; the 3,000 hectares of trails are accessible by 25 lifts that can move up to 40,000 people per hour. There are trails for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, as well as a half-pipe and ultra cross course.    Mt. Buller is also home to the Australian Inst

Melbourne Magic

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Melbourne, Australia is a perfect place for a trip - there's so much going on in and outside the city. It's t he second largest city in Australia and the country’s cultural capital. There is beautiful Victorian-era architecture, extensive shopping facilities, galleries, theatres, museums, and loads of parks and gardens. It's very much a multi-cultural city and there is always something to do - visitors are actively encouraged to get involved! There are two airports that service the area and cheap flights to Melbourne are easy to come by. Keep up to speed with city life and check out events in Melbourne - it's got a thriving music scene, and there many festivals such as the Apollo Bay Music Festival, held 3rd week of April.  But if you fancy a break from city life, you'll find that Melbourne is also a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside. Just a short trip from the city you've got sea, surf, wildlife and wineries, so, if you are look

Walt Disney World vs. Disneyland Paris

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Deciding between the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and the Disneyland Resort Paris can be tough, particularly for theme park fans based in the UK. Both resorts offer the same great Disney experience and service, but the costs and the time it takes you to get to the resort will have a huge impact on your decision. Guest post for resor Guides from Samantha McNesby who is an expert writer over at Theme Park Tourist , where you can find details of all the latest Disneyland Paris discounts and offers . Location Location Location Location may play a key role in deciding between Disneyland Paris and Florida's Walt Disney World. The resort's location in proximity to your own home will determine how much you spend on airfare and transportation and how long it will take you to actually get to your destination. A holiday of two weeks allows you enough travel time to choose either location, but airfare rates may be much higher for one destination than the ot

Fun And Literature On The Shakespeare Trail

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Fun and Literature on the Shakespeare Trail Fans of Shakespeare all over the world frequently flock to the UK to visit all the places associated with the famous writer. Historic sites connected with the Bard teem with literature enthusiasts, fans of Joseph Fiennes, and international students studying at English schools such as St George International. And what better way for the students of St Georges London English courses to experience the history behind the man than to explore the places he visited himself? Here are some of the most famous places associated with Shakespeare during his lifetime: Shakespeare’s Birthplace This small house on Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years. As Shakespeare was growing up, he lived in this house with his parents, and he later returned to live in it briefly, after his marriage to Anne Hathaway, at the age of 18. For Shakespeare enthusiasts, the house is a shrine, perfectly preserved to show exa

Georgian Splendour In Glorious Harrogate Yorkshire

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Pump Rooms, Parks and The Perfect Tea Shop Fancy a change of scene? How about a road trip to visit to one of the great Georgian Spa Towns? Harrogate in Yorkshire is an incredibly pretty town, with lots of traditional buildings, wide streets and plenty of choice as far as entertainment goes – see what’s on the local listings , and you’ll have plenty to do and see, day and night. Royal Past  If you are game for a new experience, you might want to sample the delights of the strongest sulphur wells in the UK, and possibly Western Europe (!) in the Royal Pump Room Museum – full of weird and wonderful items from Harrogate’s past and old film footage of the Spa Town when the wealthy flocked to take the water.   Park Life  For those who enjoy park life, a visit to Harlow Carr Gardens will be a winner. These Gardens were previously known as The Bog Fields and this is where Victorians originally came to sample the sulphurous waters. Mineral springs were unusually prev

Egypt Tours & Excursions

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Egypt tours bring your everything you need to lose yourself in antiquity. Start your fabulous Egypt tour in Cairo and hit all the hot spots before boarding your Nile cruise. A slow moving cruise down the River Nile takes you to all the important ports including Luxor, Aswan, Edfu , and Kom Ombo. However, there is one ingredient to kick your visit up a notch, and that's loading up on Egypt excursions. Egypt tour excursions may be a full or half-day event or a multiple night stay in the coastal regions. All the top notch Egypt excursions can and should be booked at the time of your reservation. Remember that this fascinating country has caught the attention of the world and the Egyptian tourism points of interests are busy places. Although your local ground tour operator will be willing to book your last minute excursion, limited spaces fill up quickly. Take a look at some of the highlights off the beaten track and get busy with snagging your spot before they are all gone: Cair

A Girls Weekend in Spain

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Girl’s weekends away are perfect for catching up with old friends and just having a great time, and what better country to head to than Spain?  Spain is known for being home to some of the best party islands in the world, and if that’s not your kind of thing there are some interesting cities and relaxing beach resorts available too.  Accommodation is varied and you are sure to find something that meets the needs of your travelling party. The top 5 locations for a girl’s weekend in Spain: Ibiza Ibiza is known for being the party capital of the world, and for good reason!  The nightlife on the island is amazing and you will never be short of bars or pubs to explore.  If you want to keep your drinking limited to the night-time, you will still have plenty to do during the day.  Why not hire a boat charter and sail in luxury around the island.  You could also spend a day touring the world famous “hippy markets” and buy some souvenirs for friends and family back at home.  This is one

Why You Should Fly To Dubai In 2012

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Eight million tourists booked flights to Dubai in 2011. This Emirate is definitely on the up. Glass skyscrapers shimmer like oases in the sun; the coast is a heavenly mix of golden beaches, swaying palms and water that’s as clear as that found in a swimming pool.  The city may be a little contrived, built out of, well nothing - a vast open, dry desert, but it has been transformed into an adults playground. Do we need to give you any more reasons to fly to Dubai? Here are a few more just for good measure.    The Price You can fly to Dubai from the UK with Dial A Flight for just over £300, return. There are few other destinations at this price where you can take off in the middle of winter and land in year-round summer. Plus it’s a quick and easy flight. It takes just seven hours to fly to Dubai and a whole range of airlines will take you there from several regional UK airports.  The Diversity In Dubai you can spend your morning lazing on the beach, your af