The beautiful, walled and fortified Town of Dubrovnik is well worth a visit on its own and is a great one stop city destination. More importantly it is the gateway to some fantastic Dalmatian coastline and the Balkan region. With visitors from the UK growing year upon year, it should not be too long before the numbers exceed those of 1990 before all the problems there arose.
Council Leaders are calling for the ban on parents taking children out of school to go on holiday during term time should be scrapped. Since September last year, local authorities have been obliged to fine parents who take children out of school for unauthorised absences. These leaders are suggesting that the newly imposed rules do not take into account complexities of modern family life; but educationalists believe firmly that children will miss out, particularly in the latter years of schooling as they come up to GCSE examination time.
Tourism is vital to parts of Africa and particularly countries such as Kenya which relies very heavily on the tourist trade. So the last thing that it wanted is a lack of visitors through the scare regarding the outbreak of Ebola. Potential visitors are hesitating to visit countries such as Kenya and South Africa where there have been none or few reported cases of the disease. But travellers seem completely unaware of the massive distances that separate countries on that vast continent; as one tour operator is reported to have said, “It is difficult to defeat fear with logic”.
We no longer have to wait in long queues to get Euros or Dollars for our holidays and the Post Office has announced a brand new app which will allow travellers to buy currency and compare rates at the touch of the button.
We probably have all read about the unfortunate girl backpacker Daniela Liverani who discovered that she had a three inch leech growing inside her nose for a month, which had to be surgically removed. The unfortunate girl was completely unaware as to how the creature entered her nose in the first place, but she had been backpacking in Vietnam and could have caught it whilst swimming there.
We do not see it happening, the margins on package holidays is too small, but Thomson Airways has revealed that it is considering introducing a series of innovations to its fleet as part of its vision, which they refer to as “a change to the face of holiday flying” and these are reported to include features such as family booths which consist of an area of four to six seats which would be situated at the rear of their 737 Max aircraft.
The sun may still be shining and the summer holidays over only a few weeks ago, but already travel agencies are taking bookings for the forthcoming winter ski season. Traditionally the British favour the Alpine resorts, but how about being slightly more adventurous this winter and flying out to Vancouver and taking in one of the world’s best ski experiences, Whistler?
A grieving son was devastated to find the the urn with his mothers ashes had been opened and the contents spilled over his clothing in his suitcase. He had been travelling to the Caribbean to carry out his mother wishes that her remains be scattered in the sea where she had spent many holidays.
There are some wonderful winter sun spots, but many of them involve a long haul flight to the southern hemisphere, it can be well worth it of course, but if you have a limited holiday period and just want to get away for a week there are closer options. The Canaries has been a long-time favourite and is still a number one destination for many in the winter, the islands of Tenerife, Grand Canaria and Lanzarote, with a flight time in the region of about five hours, but how about Cyprus?
Surfing around the UK can never be quite like Hawaii or Australia, but it is surprisingly popular and there are many places where you can get good surf on safe beaches particularly in the autumn period which can be warm enough for surf and a cliff top barbecue.