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European Gems - Rome and Dublin

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Ghostly Walks and Great Evenings Out In Rome and Dublin Here are two European destinations that you might want to visit AFTER Halloween, because they both have more than their fair share of ghosts! Dublin Dublin City was home to the notorious Hellfire Club. Established in 1735 by the 1st Earl of Rosse, the club members met in the Eagle Tavern on Cork Hill and also at The Old Shooting Lodge, Montpellier Hill, Rathfarnham. The purpose of the club was to live freely and experience everything. All the men came from priviledged backgrounds and could buy their way out of any outlandish situation – no-one was ever taken to court. The Lodge was burnt down in 1740, but the area has a reputation for unexplained happenings – locals avoid the site and there are documented sightings of ghosts, apparitions and poltergeists. It was also reported that the Devil appeared as a guest player during a card game! Fun Winter Events In Dublin On 2nd November you can enjoy an evening of chills an

All Inclusive Holiday Options

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What’s Good About An All Inclusive Holiday? Take the strain out of a first family or group holiday by having a look at what’s on offer when it comes to all inclusive vacations . There are some very practical benefits in going all-inclusive – particularly if you are someone who relishes a bit of freedom from organizing meals and getting everyone ready to leave the hotel for the restaurant booking.   Freedom From The Kitchen The all-inclusive approach helps to eliminate any unexpected costs for meals and drinks. Eating out is usually a pleasant experience, but splitting the bill often requires diplomacy and a calculator – it’s also a challenge if people have different spending abilities. “You had the lobster – I had the soup”…If you’re working to a set budget - paying in advance means that you won’t have any worries over unexpected meal costs. You can eat at a time that suits you – a real bonus if you are travelling with young children. Older children get to take responsib

A Tour of the Zambian Spice Trail

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Zambia boasts pristine locations for eco-tourism. Commonly known to tourists as the “home of the walking safari”, the country’s protected national parks are home to one of Africa’s untouched wilderness and breathtaking landscapes. A string of African safaris in these three astonishing national parks is commonly known as the Zambian Spice Trail. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park Being home to half of the glorious Victoria Falls, the Mosi-oa-Tunya National park lies on the boundary between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The National Park extends from the very rich areas of wilderness in the north up to the awe-inspiring scenery that surrounds the falls in the south. The breathtaking sceneries range from the high forests up to the Miombo Woodlands. Buffalos, giraffes, warthogs, zebras, elands as well as varieties of birds can usually be seen in the national park. Crocodiles and hippos live in the wide river, whereas the elephants can be seen crossing unrestricted from one bank to another. One of

Unusual Attractions for a Florida Fly and Drive Holiday

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There are an increasing number of travellers who want to experience the best of both worlds on their holiday. Flying to a new destination and experiencing a big city is part of the fun, but the other half involves getting behind the wheel of your hired vehicle and exploring some destinations that lay off the beaten path. While most tourists who visit Florida head to the typical attractions like Miami Beach and Walt Disney World, the large state offers plenty of unique options to those willing to look for them. Here are some of the great unusual attractions in Florida, each of which is perfect for a stop on a fly and drive holiday. Ancient Spanish Monastery, Miami, Florida: While few people would expect to see the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere in the relatively new state of Florida, it is located in the surprising destination of North Miami Beach. The monastery was built in 1147 in Segovia, Spain, but was dismantled and shipped to America by the tycoon William Rando

Grape Expectations: Following the Wine Trails of Christchurch

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New Zealand is fast becoming one of the world’s leading producers of wine. And while fine wines come from all regions of New Zealand, the industry first began in Christchurch and the Canterbury region, making it the ideal place to base an exploratory tour of local wines. Because so many visitors have begun flocking to Christchurch to visit wine country, the region has developed several wine trails to help them explore. These trails, which expand in all directions from Christchurch, as well as the Waipara Valley to the north of the city and Selwyn to the south, give visitors the chance to visit some of the best wineries, vineyards and restaurants. While it’s possible to explore these trails on your own and many Christchurch hotels offer specials that include guided tours; you can also book a guided, motor coach tour of the region if you plan to do any extensive tasting during your visit. It’s difficult to go wrong when you’re trying to decide which trail to explore, but the bes

Snowboarding in the Backcountry of Greece

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With its lovely islands and its bright sun, Greece considered to be a top summer destination. However, this blessed country is wonderful every time of the year. Nowadays Greece strives to become a top winter destination also. After all, there are around 21 ski resorts which are situated in various parts of the country, that combine snowboarding with the colours of the see and the sky. Thessaloniki, the second most important city in Greece, has also earned its reputation among the most popular destinations in the country. Aside from being ranked number five in the world’s best party cities, it also has its fair share of the best ski resorts in all of Greece. Don't miss the opportunity to combine your visit to Thessaloniki with a wonderful snowboarding weekend. Get your skiing gear with discount by using Backcountry Coupon or Moosejaw Coupon and hit the slopes of this extrordenery country. Greece will thrill you with its beaty. Tria Pente Pigadia Just 110 km away from th

Swimming With the Dolphins in Maui

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Herb Smith is a guest blogger, as well as a proud citizen of Maui. Every year, Herb takes his three daughters on a snorkeling trip across Maui's southern coast. Read on to find some top tips about getting the most from a dolphin diving experience. Every year, millions of tourists flock to Hawaii's second largest island,Maui, for two great reasons: snorkeling and an opportunity to commune with the dolphins. Two species of dolphins – the bottlenose and spinner –can be found frolicking and relaxing near the shore, providing lucky tourists with the unique opportunity to view and maybe even swim with these beautiful creatures. The volume of dolphin and scuba excursion companies in Maui might be overwhelming, but before finalizing your itinerary, follow a few tips and suggestions to find the best tour group and make the most of your next dolphin encounter or snorkeling adventure. Picking the Best Tour Group Don't worry if you feel overwhelmed by the sheer variety of tour

Barcelona Beach Vacation

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When you think of the top beach destinations of Europe, chances are that certain coastal communities come to mind. Ibiza, Saint Tropez, the Greek Islands and even the shores of Croatia are probably the first locales that come to mind. However, there is one European beach destination that is often overlooked, but worth a visit. Before the 1992 Summer Olympics, the beaches of Barcelona, Spain were often considered to be dirty and not anyplace that you’d like to while away a summer day. When the city was chosen as the host for the Games, though, organizers undertook a massive clean-up effort and turned what was once a dirty and polluted shore and sea into a pristine environment, worthy of a beach destination. Not only is the sand and water of Barcelona’s beaches and harbor tested each day, but the city has added more access points, services such as bath houses, sunbeds and extra parking to make the shore a destination for both locals and visitors. Nowadays, it’s easy to

Guide to Booking & Staying in a Holiday Villa

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Choosing to stay in a holiday villa is becoming one of the most popular means of holiday accommodation. It combines a holiday in an attractive location together with luxury accommodation, a winning formula! If you are considering booking a holiday villa for your late 2012 or 2013 holiday, there are several tips worth taking into account. Guest guide by Affair Travel. UK based ABTA / ATOL travel agent offering villas in France , Corsica, Croatia and Portugal. For more holiday tips, visit the Affair Travel weekly blog . Cost – Luxury properties are not cheap and you will be required to leave a deposit at time of booking of anywhere from 20% to 25% of the overall cost. If you are using a commercial holiday company ensure that they have an ABTA / ATOL license so your money is safe. If booking by private means, try to negotiate down the required deposit. Included Vs. Not Included – The level of modern cons between properties will vary so to avoid disappointment you sh

Honeymoon Destinations Around the World

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Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations for 2012-2013 You’ve got just a few more months until you walk down the aisle to marry your soul mate. The pressure is on to not only put the finishing touches on your wedding preparations, but also to choose a great destination for your long awaited honeymoon. After looking through gazillions of travel brochures and websites, you are trying to narrow it down to the best spots to relax with your new spouse for your honeymoon.  To make your job easier, we’ve researched the top 10 honeymoon destinations for 2012-2013 here.   Paris, France The city of love is as rich in its history as it is in the culture and people. Paris has long been known as a top destination for romantic honeymoons. From the beauty of the local architecture to the amazing foods, art, and music, Paris can be a dream come true in a honeymoon destination. 2. Cape Town, Africa Looking for the adventure of a lifetime, but with all the glamour of a r

Ibiza For Markets, Castles, Caves, Diving And Of Course Nightlife!

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One of Spain's famous Balearic Islands, Ibiza is a true Mediterranean paradise. With its flawless beaches and magnificent weather, Ibiza is the perfect destination for those looking for a great sun, sea and sand getaway. But this idyllic location has more to offer than just its excellent climate, with a wide range of activities and attractions Ibiza has something for everyone. Here are some unmissable attractions for visitors to enjoy.   Hippy Markets Definitely not a usual tourist attraction, but Ibiza is famous for its fun and unique hippy markets. Here visitors can browse the many fascinating stalls with a wide variety of things for sale, from exotic tailor made clothing to jewellery and trinkets, the hippy markets are perfect for finding gifts for loved ones. And of course visitors will be glad to see some real life hippies! Ibiza Castle (Dalt Vila) Situated atop a mountain in Ibiza town, this remarkable medieval castle is a must-see attraction. A famous world her

Ways to Spend Your Time in Dubai

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The ideal destination for a sun-soaked all-inclusive holiday, Dubai is famous for its endlessly attractive combination of luxury hotels, stunning beaches and the buzz of city life. Read our guide to discover the top five things to do and see while you're here. Splash around at the water parks A great choice if you're travelling with children, the destination's water parks are an excellent place for people of all ages to have fun and cool off from the hot sun. Aquaventure, which you'll find at Atlantis The Palm, is a popular option, while Wild Wadi Water Park is among the most famous. The latter is home to a balanced mix of gentle and more exciting rides, so young and older children alike should enjoy it. Visit iconic buildings No luxury holiday here would be complete without visiting some of the city's iconic buildings. Among the best known is the Burj Al Arab, which looks like a billowing sail. As well as being visually striking, this has a reputation f